* Review * MISADVENTURES WITH THE BOSS by Kendall Ryan

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* Review * MISADVENTURES WITH THE BOSS by Kendall RyanMisadventures with the Boss by Kendall Ryan
Series: Misadventures
Published by Waterhouse Press on April 24, 2018
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five-stars

***MISADVENTURES ARE STANDALONE ROMANCES THAT CAN BE READ IN ANY ORDER***

At age twenty-nine, Piper Daniels is having the longest dry spell of her life. When she agrees to be set up on a blind date, she never expects it to end with the hottest sex of her life.

But when she discovers that her very well-endowed secret lover is also her new boss, heartless womanizer and cutthroat CEO Jackson Dane, she chalks it up to a one-time mistake and puts up her best professional front. But Jackson isn’t used to rejection, and if Piper thinks it’s going to be easy to move on from their tryst, she’s underestimated his determination.

 

Delightfully fun! With a delve into the Misadventures series, Kendall Ryan brings us a fast paced joy! It’s a simple plot, with lots of laughs, a ton of heat and a super sweet connection when we least expect it that makes it a gem of a book to read! Really enjoyed it!

She’s new in town and setting out to make new friends, find new hangouts, and if she’s lucky, live a little! Piper Daniels has no clue that the one time she decides to throw caution to the wind and have a wicked one-night stand, it’s going to be with her new boss at the job she starts the next day … what a nightmare!

Jackson Dane wants nothing more than meaningless sex with an anonymous body to work off the tension of working night and day to become the success he always wanted to be! He’s not one to have relationships, but when he realizes the woman who blew his mind last night is his new assistant, he might be willing to make a new policy just for her!

five-stars

* Review * FORBIDDEN by Elisabeth Naughton

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* Review * FORBIDDEN by Elisabeth NaughtonForbidden by Elisabeth Naughton
Series: House of Sin #1
Published by Elisabeth Naughton Publishing LLC on April 24, 2018
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three-half-stars

She has no idea what lurks behind the forbidden doors of the House of Sin...

He is temptation. Forbidden fruit. A craving I can't seem to resist.

I went after him in search of answers, certain he had blood on his hands. Now I've fallen prey to his seductive looks and commanding charisma.

I know he is a threat. He's entwined in a dangerous world I don't understand. But even that doesn't stop me from aching for his touch, for the taste of his wicked lips.

Before I can truly surrender to the fire smoldering between us, I need to know more. I have to see behind the doors he keeps firmly locked.

I need to discover what he's hiding in the shadowy world known as the House of Sin...

**WARNING!**
This book is very sexy, very dark, and very addictive! Features a mysterious hero with a dangerous secret. This is a big story that can't be told in only one book so there is a cliffhanger - but never fear, book two releases three weeks later. The release schedule is as follows:

Books in the House of Sin Series:
FORBIDDEN -- Book 1 -- April 24, 2018
DECEIVED -- Book 2 -- May 15, 2018
UNDONE -- Book 3 - June 5, 2018

 

Exhilaratingly wicked danger! With the first book in her new House of Sin series, Elisabeth Naughton takes us deep into a tortured story that is way out of the realm of her normal type of book. I found myself in a bit of a conundrum reading it. In one sense it felt almost reminiscent of a Eyes Wide Shut type of story where things were happening, yet you couldn’t figure out what was happening or why it was happening until close to the end of the book … but on the other side of the coin, the main characters make a seemingly loving connection that keeps the reader wanting to know what’s going to happen and if they will get their happily ever after in the end. We’re left on a cliff-hanger with the second book in the series coming in just about three weeks, and yes, I’m impatiently waiting to see what happens next! Overall, I didn’t love it, but I want to know how it’s all going to play out so I obviously didn’t outright dislike it either. The characters were well-developed, the plot was intriguing and had the potential to really pack a wallop, but sadly fell a little flat.

She innocently enters a world she is clueless about in order to try to find answers to what happened to an important person in her life. She never sets out to trust him much less fall for him … now she’s caught up in his world and has no clue what she’s gotten herself into or how to get out alive!

He is taken with her from the first moment he lays eyes on her, but he has to get her to go away and stop poking her nose in where it doesn’t belong. If only she wasn’t so deliciously intriguing to him. He can’t resist having a taste … but he swears he’ll keep her tucked away separate from his diabolical world!

three-half-stars

* Review * FEDERAL AGENT UNDER FIRE by Julie Anne Lindsey

* Review * FEDERAL AGENT UNDER FIRE by Julie Anne LindseyFederal Agent Under Fire by Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Protectors of Cade County
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on April 1, 2018
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five-stars

She’d fought for her life
but the terror continues.

For five years FBI agent Blake Garrett has fixated on a serial-killer case. Now the madman has attacked Marissa Lane. She escaped with her life…and some clues that could help Blake. Yet she is still the object of the killer’s obsession. And Blake is torn between the unquenching need to catch his prey and a deep desire to protect the woman he can’t possibly keep.

 

Riveting danger, an intriguing backstory and a sexy lawman to save the day … what more could we ask for? With her first story in the Harlequin Intrigue line, Julie Anne Lindsey does not disappoint! She comes in strong with a sassy heroine, a conniving villain and a gun-touting cop determined to bring justice once and for all! It was fast paced, attention grabbing throughout, and had a sweet happily-ever-after. Really enjoyed!

Photographer Marissa Lane wasn’t expecting to become the victim of an attempted abduction when she went out for a run one morning, but she finds herself smack dab in the middle of the return of a fugitive serial killer to the area!

FBI agent Blake Garrett has never forgiven himself for letting this monster get the slip on him 5 years ago, and not a day has gone by that he hasn’t been hunting for him. Finally the end of this nightmare might be near … but first he has to keep Marissa safe as the psycho starts playing hunting games!

five-stars

* Review * UNDERCOVER SCOUT by Jenna Kernan

* Review * UNDERCOVER SCOUT by Jenna KernanUndercover Scout by Jenna Kernan
Series: Apache Protectors: Wolf Den
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on May 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

Can she trust him with her case…

And with her life?

Despite clues pointing tribal police detective Ava Hood to one suspect, her instincts scream that Kee Redhorse isn’t involved. She’s deeply attracted to the Apache physician, but she can’t let those feelings hinder her case. With the clock ticking, and Kee willing to help find the missing girls, Ava will use him. Her career, multiple lives and perhaps even her heart are now on the line.

 

Action packed! We’re on the verge of solving the case with the next book in the Apache Protectors: Wolf Den series. We second guess everyone we’ve come to know as fingers are pointed at people that we never expected would do bad things, and some of them get cleared while others look guiltier and guiltier. Still more to come in the story, but this particular book was an exciting read! Kee has been an intriguing character from the start when we met him in earlier books, but to actually get to know him better and find out what makes him tick only endears him to us even more. Really enjoyed it!

Doctor Kee Redhorse has been working so hard in the reservation’s clinic that he’s lost touch with a lot of what is happening around him. His siblings are settling down and some are on the rim of danger as the hunt for who is in on this kidnapping/surrogacy ring heats up and more is on the line than ever!

Ava Hood is undercover in Turquoise Canyon to try to bring down whoever it is at the clinic that is targeting the tribe’s young girls. She has Kee in her sites as her prime suspect until she actually meets him and sees him in action on several occasions and finds herself really second guessing what her instincts were telling her previously. As they start to admit their attraction to each other, danger draws closer in a place he would least expect it, and they find themselves being forced into uncomfortable situations!

four-half-stars

* Review * HER CLAIM by Rebecca Grace Allen

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* Review * HER CLAIM by Rebecca Grace AllenHer Claim by Rebecca Grace Allen
Series: Legally Bound #2
Published by Rebecca Grace Allen Enterprises on April 23, 2018
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four-stars

She’s no princess. He’s no prince. Then again, they never wanted a fairy tale.

Legally Bound, Book 2

Cassie Allbright takes no prisoners. A half Cuban ball-busting attorney, she’s too tough to admit what she wants in bed. But tough is the only way to cut it in her high-powered firm, and Cassie doesn’t need a knight in shining armor. And she definitely doesn’t need Patrick Dunham—an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore with a knack for pissing her off.

Bound to the helm of his family’s publishing house, Patrick is shackled to a life of power and wealth he never wanted. Seduction is his only distraction—his nights of pleasure always temporary, because happily-ever-afters are not for him. But while luring a woman into his bed has always come easy, the high-and-mighty Cassie has never succumbed to his charms.

Their verbal sparring turns to foreplay, but instead of scratching an itch, it only whets their appetites. Patrick gives Cassie a taste of what she’s secretly craved, and Cassie’s dark desires stir up things Patrick never knew he wanted. Enchanted, he offers to fulfill her most dangerous fantasies. She agrees, with an iron-clad escape clause: her heart is off-limits, and so is his.

Funny thing about hearts, though. They have a way of ignoring the fine print.

Warning: This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Disclosure includes angry, vying-for-control hate sex and one steamy weekend in Miami. Ready? Break the caution tape and proceed.

 

The forbidden is often what we desire most! With the second book in the Legally Bound series, we get drawn into the story of the BFF’s of the couple from the first book in the series, Jack and Lilly. While I found it impossible to love Cassie and Patrick more than I did Jack and Lilly, I did enjoy their story a lot and loved getting to see the old gang back together again throughout their book. This book contains some very taboo sexual fantasies, so only read if you can handle that. Overall, it’s a long book so there are parts that are slower than others, but overall a really enjoyable read. The characters are easy to like, we find ourselves wanting them to get together and to last, and the secondary characters are mostly ones we are already familiar with, so it was a nice cast to get to know even deeper than the last book. Looking forward to more … hopefully Brady & Samantha next?!

Cassie Allbright has a reputation that she takes pride in. She might be a fiery half Cuban, hard-as-nails Boston attorney, but she doesn’t apologize for getting the job done time and time again. She secretly fantasizes about losing some of that iron-clad control in the bedroom, in some really hard-core ways, but she hasn’t found the guts to go after what she wants yet.

Playboy Patrick Dunham happens to run in the same circles with her now that her best friend is with his best friend, but that doesn’t mean she has to like him. He’s egotistical, too hot for his own good and a downright player … she absolutely hates him! And the feeling is quite mutual … so why does it feel like their tempers and ire are just heating things up when the other is near? When one thing leads to another and they decide to act on their undeniable attraction, Patrick promises to fulfill her every desire … but their hearts are off limits!

four-stars

* Review * NIGHT STALKER by Shirlee McCoy

* Review * NIGHT STALKER by Shirlee McCoyNight Stalker by Shirlee McCoy
Series: FBI: Special Crimes Unit
Published by Love Inspired Suspense on March 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

A serial killer is on the loose…

in the first book in Shirlee McCoy’s FBI: Special Crimes Unit series

After Special Agent Adam Whitfield’s ex-wife is nearly killed when she stops an abduction, the serial killer that Adam’s been hunting turns his focus on Charlotte Murray for getting in his way. Now, as the Night Stalker closes in, Adam has two missions: bring the murderer to justice and save Charlotte—because failure isn’t an option.

 

Full of intrigue and emotional turmoil! With the first book in a new FBI: Special Crimes Unit series, we’re faced with the hunt for a killer who just might be hiding in plain sight, at the same time we watch a couple deal with the emotional upheaval of seeing each other again years after they called it quits. Adam and Charlotte might want to think they moved past each other, but the second they are in the same room together again, the connection between them is blatantly obvious. The plot is thick with danger and intrigue and the characters are easy to connect with and we find ourselves hoping they will find their way back to each other. Really enjoyed it!

FBI Special Agent Adam Whitfield never expected the call he’d been hoping for with a lead on the serial killer he’s been hunting for years to shake up his world and take him back home again, but here he is, back in Whisper Lake, Maine sitting by his ex-wife’s side.

Charlotte Murray might have been almost killed trying to help a woman who was being abducted, but the pain she feels most is coming from seeing the love of her life standing in front of her again after being without him for years. She’s not sure how she’s supposed to handle this emotional upheaval, but the fact that a serial killer has now set his sights on her because she interrupted his fun is a tad daunting. Adam will do anything to keep her safe … but who’s going to keep her safe from the memories that keep ripping through her soul?

four-half-stars

* Blog Tour / Review * HOT RESPONSE by Shannon Stacey

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* Blog Tour / Review * HOT RESPONSE by Shannon StaceyHot Response by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boston Fire #4
Published by Carina Press on April 24, 2018
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Gavin Boudreau lives for the job, but he also believes in “work hard, play harder.” As the youngest guy in Ladder 37, he figures he’s got plenty of time before settling down becomes a priority. Soft, pretty women who aren’t looking for promises are exactly his type, and he’s comfortable with that. Working with a gorgeous EMT isn’t going to change who he is.

The last thing Cait Tasker needs in her personal life is a firefighter whose challenges on-scene have been a thorn in her side from minute one. Her plate’s too full for a man anyway. Back in her childhood home to help her family cope with an unexpected tragedy, she’s got enough to handle without throwing a hot, testosterone-laden fireman into the mix.

As long days on the job lead to long nights together, Gavin and Cait will discover how far temptation can take them—and what happens when the one you thought was all wrong for you turns out to be the person you can’t live without.

 

Boudreau is heating up the house! With the latest in her steamy Boston Fire series, Shannon Stacey knocks it out of the park! The connection between Cait and Gavin is H-O-T, and the fact that they’re both down-to-earth good people make it really easy to admire and root for them. Their road to forever hits some speed bumps along the way, but it’s quite the thing to see them get there! Really enjoyed it!

Cait Tasker has her plate full working long hours as an EMT and then picking up the pieces of her family after a tragedy strikes. The last thing she needs is an arrogant firefighter constantly pushing her buttons.

Boston firefighter Gavin Boudreau might be the youngest in the firehouse, but he’s a hard worker and is well respected. He’s proud of the job he does and confident of his place. He can’t figure out why Cait has disliked him from day one, but despite her constant snark, he can’t help but be attracted to her! He’s got plenty of time to play the field before he even considers settling down, but it might be nice to have the same woman in his bed more than once now that he’s found one that intrigues him so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The men of Boston Fire are back and hotter than ever! Don’t miss this brand-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey.

Gavin Boudreau lives for the job, but he also believes in “work hard, play harder.” As the youngest guy in Ladder 37, he figures he’s got plenty of time before settling down becomes a priority. Soft, pretty women who aren’t looking for promises are exactly his type, and he’s comfortable with that. Working with a gorgeous EMT isn’t going to change who he is.

The last thing Cait Tasker needs in her personal life is a firefighter whose challenges on-scene have been a thorn in her side from minute one. Her plate’s too full for a man anyway. Back in her childhood home to help her family cope with an unexpected tragedy, she’s got enough to handle without throwing a hot, testosterone-laden fireman into the mix.

As long days on the job lead to long nights together, Gavin and Cait will discover how far temptation can take them—and what happens when the one you thought was all wrong for you turns out to be the person you can’t live without.

 

About the Book

Hot Response
by Shannon Stacey

Series
Boston Fire Series

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Carina Press

Publication Date
April 24, 2018

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Excerpt – HOT RESPONSE by Shannon Stacey
“Hey, try not to push any firefighters down the stairs this time, okay?”

“It was one time, Tony.” Cait Tasker reached between the seats to get a couple of blue gloves from the dispenser mounted on the back wall of the ambulance cab and snapped them on as her partner pulled up behind a fire truck. “And that was an accident.”

“So you’ve said, multiple times. Hell, I’m pretty sure you said it twice before he even hit the landing.”

“Funny.” She grabbed her bag and headed toward the door of the building, leaving Tony Colarusso—her partner of four years—to grab the OB kit since it sounded like they’d probably need it. Dispatch was also sending a paramedic, but it was going to be a few minutes.

A police officer was holding the door open for her and she nodded her thanks as she passed through. The first flight of stairs was no sweat, but she felt the weight of the bag by the time she reached the second. Another officer was standing there, and he pointed off to his right.

Not that she needed any help finding the commotion. The reported screaming had stopped, but there was a gaggle of firefighters in the hall. Or a herd or a flock or whatever you’d call a bunch of guys holding turnout gear, standing around and doing nothing.

They parted to let her through, and she saw the back of the firefighter kneeling between the patient’s legs. And his back was all Cait needed to see to know it was Gavin Boudreau.

That freaking cowlick.

They crossed paths occasionally, and there was something about the man that got under her skin. The first time they’d been on the same scene—a minor MVA involving a confused tourist going the wrong way up a one-way street—she’d gotten sucked in by his good looks and quick humor. She’d been working up the nerve to ask him if he wanted to grab a coffee or a drink sometime when he’d called her ma’am.

Not only had she not asked him out, but every time she saw him, she remembered the ma’am. It made her feel old and these days, she didn’t need any help feeling older than her years.

Gavin glanced over his shoulder and as soon as he caught sight of Cait, he moved to the woman’s other side and gave an update—including the patient’s name and what vital info he had—as he moved.

Then Kelly grabbed a fistful of Gavin’s shirt and pulled so hard, she almost yanked him down on top of herself. “Don’t leave me.”

“I’m not going anywhere. I just need to get out of Cait’s way so she can take over. She’s better at delivering babies than I am.”

He knew her name. Why that should stand out to her in their current situation, she didn’t know, but she noticed it and was surprised. “Kelly, he can stay by your head, but I need room for my partner.”

“By my head, like a husband,” Kelly said with a short, breathless laugh.

“You should at least buy me dinner first.” He moved toward Kelly’s shoulder without letting go of her hand.

Cait ignored him as she moved into the position he’d vacated. It was baby time.

“I want my husband,” Kelly said, and her face began to crumple as tears welled in her eyes. But before the crying could begin in earnest, her face paled and her eyes widened. Her sharp intake of breath held a note of panic, like a sour musical tone, and Cait blocked out everything but the baby crowning between her patient’s legs.

Tony was next to her, ready to take and assess the infant. It went as smoothly as unplanned labor on a hallway floor could go, and by the time the paramedic arrived, Kelly had a squirming, fussy bundle of baby boy on her chest. Though it was a busy day for EMS and there were a lot fewer paramedics than EMTs, they always tried to transport newborns with them in case they needed advanced medical care.

Phil had a rookie EMT with him, but Cait and Tony stood back and let them take over since they had to take care of the OB kit and somebody had to bag the mess. Gavin was still holding the patient’s hand as they put her on the stretcher, and Cait saw him smile at Kelly.

He really had a great smile.

“That’s a good-looking boy you have,” he was saying. “If you and your husband have trouble coming up with a name for him, Gavin’s not too bad.”

She laughed and said something Cait couldn’t hear. Then Phil had the firefighters in motion, ready to carry mother, child and gear to the ground floor.

It was just Cait’s luck that Gavin also lingered. She couldn’t blame him for letting the other guys do the heavy lifting down the stairs, since they’d basically done nothing during the incident, but seeing him was a reminder she hadn’t dated in a while and, considering how things were going at home, wouldn’t be for a while. And that made her feel even older than the ma’am had.

“I feel like I should be handing out cigars,” he said, and both he and Tony laughed.

Gavin’s laugh made her even more tense. It was rich and deep and made heat curl through her insides. It was his laugh that had first turned her head, so every time she heard it, it reminded her of that day.

“Not gonna lie,” he continued. “I’m glad you guys got here in time for Cait to play catch.”

Play catch? “At least I took the situation seriously.”

He’d been in the process of picking up her bag, and his head jerked up as if she’d slapped him. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“Emergency childbirth isn’t playing catch.” She took her bag and slung it over her shoulder.

“Jesus, lighten up. It was a joke.”

She was tired. She was hungry, and she wasn’t in the mood. “Like I said, I take my job seriously.”

“When I got here, she was laying on the floor screaming, and not just from the pain. She was in labor and in a full-blown panic. Her BP was through the roof and that’s no good for her or the baby, so I did what I had to do to relax her.”

She headed for the stairs before the conversation could escalate any further. If she really pissed him off, Tony might feel obligated to intervene and that wouldn’t be fair to her partner.

“At least you’re going down first,” Gavin called after her. “I don’t have to worry about you pushing me down the stairs.”

“That was an accident,” she shouted over her shoulder, and she might have been tempted to go back and explain it a little better, but she heard both men laughing.

Gavin was pushing her buttons and she’d let him get under her skin. Again.

After helping load mommy and baby into the back of Phil’s truck, Cait and Tony took a few minutes to pack their gear away in their own ambulance before climbing into the cab. The firefighters were still milling around on the sidewalk, laughing and talking about who knew what.

Her gaze landed on Gavin because it always seemed to, whether she wanted it to or not. She wasn’t sure how old he was. One of the younger guys in his house, but around her age—late twenties or so. There definitely weren’t enough years between them to merit him calling her ma’am.

He was average height for a guy, but with a better than average body. Or maybe that was just her take on it. She liked guys who were in shape, but not such good shape they spent hours at the gym and expected applause when they flexed an arm. Physically, he definitely checked all her boxes.

And every time she saw him—which thankfully wasn’t that often—she wanted to smooth that damn cowlick down. Maybe run her fingers through his hair a few times to help it stay. Then she’d invariably remember how close she’d come to asking him out, and why she hadn’t.

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four-half-stars

* Review * MADDIE FORTUNE’S PERFECT MAN by Nancy Robards Thompson

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* Review * MADDIE FORTUNE’S PERFECT MAN by Nancy Robards ThompsonMaddie Fortune's Perfect Man by Nancy Robards Thompson
Series: The Fortunes of Texas: The Rulebreakers
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on May 1, 2018
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four-stars

THERE’S TROUBLE AFOOT AMONG THE HOUSTON FORTUNES…

Maddie Fortunado, heir apparent to her father’s real estate business, is stunned to learn that she’ll have to fight for the job she’d assumed was hers! Even worse? Her rival is none other than Zach McCarter, her secret crush. Only a makeover can transform “Maddie” into “Madeleine,” who can compete against her charismatic coworker. But when Zach meets Maddie 2.0, business is suddenly the last thing on either of their minds!

 

This co-workers to lovers story makes for a delightful read with a fast paced plot! With the next book in the Fortune’s of Texas: The Rulebreakers series, we get Maddie’s story. She’s a real go-getter and thought she had her life’s dream at her fingertips when suddenly she realizes she’s in for a fight. You had to feel bad with how her Dad handled it all, but it was fun to watch her relationship with Zach develop along the way. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Zach’s life included, but overall, a fun read!

Maddie Fortunado has worked hard beside her father’s side for years building up his real estate empire, so when she hears he plans to retire, she’s sure she’s going to take over the business. Much to her surprise, he plans to have her compete for the job … with the guy she’s been crushing on for years!

Zach McCarter is thrilled to have a chance at the job of a lifetime, but he’s not sure how he feels about having to compete against Maddie. If he thought he couldn’t ask her out as the boss’s daughter, he sure isn’t going to be able to if she’s the boss! When a little healthy competition ensues, sparks ignite and passion flies!

four-stars

* Blog Tour / Review * EMBRACING HER HEART by Melissa Foster

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* Blog Tour / Review * EMBRACING HER HEART by Melissa FosterEmbracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster
Series: The Bradens and Montgomerys #1
Published by World Literary Press on April 17, 2018
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five-stars

Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. Buckle up for a wild ride. Like any Southern girls worth their salt, the sweet-talking, sharp-tongued Montgomery sisters can take men to their knees with one seductive glance or a single sugarcoated sentence.

In EMBRACING HER HEART…
Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…

 

Sexy, sweet and downright delicious! With the kick off to a new spin-off series, Melissa Foster uses her signature witty and humorous voice to introduce the Montgomery clan and all of their sass to us! In this first book in the series, we get to go along for the ride as Grace hooks back up with her first love … and starts a whirlwind romance that takes their breath away! The characters are endearing and explosively HOT … and the supporting cast is super fun to get to know. I loved it!

Grace Montgomery never expected a short trip home to Oak Falls, Virginia to put her face to face with her one true love again after all these years. She’s been making all of her dreams come true in New York City since she left town after high school, but when her little sister asks for her help with a project, she figures she could use the break from the rat race anyway and hightails it home. She can’t let the fact that the only man she’s ever loved is standing in front of her again derail her future … she’s heading back to NYC in a matter of weeks!

Reed Cross thought he would never leave Oak Falls, but losing Grace made everything different and he wound up setting up a successful business in Michigan over the years. Things unexpectedly fell apart in the span of a heartbeat when he caught his girlfriend in bed with his business partner and then learned that his Uncle Roy had just suffered a heart attack, so he cut ties and headed home to help his family and start anew. He didn’t expect seeing Grace after all of these years to pack such a wallop. She might deny it and try to keep him at arms length, but it’s obvious the second their eyes meet that those old feelings haven’t died … for either of them!

 

 

 

 

Grace and Reed finally get a second chance at a first love!
EMBRACING HER HEART
The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 1
Melissa Foster
Releasing April 17, 2018
World Literary Press

 

Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay
writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her
sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in
town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled
lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she
spots the one man she never wanted to see again-ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.
 
Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but
on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his
uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls
to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love,
brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.
Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again-and
Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a
midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened.
Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no
kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes
steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…
 
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Melissa Foster is a New
York Times
 & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes
sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last
page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family
oriented-perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading
about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
 

 

five-stars

* Review * REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF by Lynne Marshall

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* Review * REUNITED WITH THE SHERIFF by Lynne MarshallReunited with the Sheriff by Lynne Marshall
Series: The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach #3
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on May 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

They promised to meet in four years…

He was there. Where was she?

Conor Delaney believed he and Shelby Brookes shared something special. Until the girl he’d loved since fourth grade was a no-show for what should have been the most romantic reunion of their lives. Two years and one shattered heart later, Shelby’s back in their California town—as the new chef at Conor’s family restaurant. The single mom has a reason for what she did…and a plan for winning back the guarded California lawman.

 

Sweet, sassy and heartfelt! With the third book in The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach series, we get to enjoy Conor’s story. He’s a guy that was let down one too many times and now he’s closed himself off so he doesn’t get hurt again. Shelby is a very complex character. She’s a good person at heart, but man was she hard to like. I know she had reasons for the things she did, but she selfishly only thought of herself one too many times for my liking. The overall plot was a fun read, and I enjoyed the story very much.

Conor Delaney fell in love with Shelby Brookes when he was just a kid, and figured one day it would be their time to live happily ever after. He unselfishly supported her dreams and made sure she was free to go out into the world and make it all happen for herself. The only thing he asked was that they promise to meet up again in four years at “their place” for it to finally be time for them. He was there, with the promise of forever in his heart … but she never showed.

Shelby had good intentions of being there, but life got in the way and surprises came about that made her rethink going. She never stopped to think about what her actions cost Conor, she just did what worked out best for her and let it slide. Now she’s back in town two plus years later and wants to win him back, but he’s a different guy than she remembered and isn’t willing to trust his heart to someone else anymore.

four-half-stars