* Review * THE EX UPSTAIRS by Maureen Child

* Review * THE EX UPSTAIRS by Maureen ChildThe Ex Upstairs by Maureen Child
Series: Dynasties: The Carey Center #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on September 28, 2021
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four-half-stars

She never knew she’d go this far

to keep her enemy this close!

When CEO Henry Porter snaps up a coveted property, Amanda Carey declares war on her ex-lover and business rival. Posing as a maid in his Beverly Hills mansion is the perfect way to tease out his corporate secrets. But before long, her brilliant plan lands her in Henry’s bed again. With her cover blown, Amanda realizes her entire future is riding on the man who seems determined to ruin her… Or is he about to turn the tables yet again?

 

Fast paced and delightful! Maureen Child is kicking off a brand new Dynasties: The Carey Center series with a reunion story that will snag your attention quickly. In THE EX UPSTAIRS Amanda Carey clashes with the man who stole her heart all those years ago and their reunion is refreshing. There isn’t a great deal of development to their relationship as a whole, but the characters are down to earth and fun as they reconnect and just seem to work together. I’m looking forward to more to come in the series.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of drama surrounding their romance as a high-powered family rallies around each other as each finds their true love.

four-half-stars

* Review * A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Snow

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* Review * A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS by Jennifer SnowA Lot Like Christmas by Jennifer Snow
Series: Blue Moon Bay #2
Published by Entangled: Amara on September 28, 2021
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four-stars

This Christmas season, love comes where you least expect it.

For Jessica Connolly, there is no better place than her coastal hometown of Blue Moon Bay. She has a wonderful family, supportive best friends, and a successful bakery on Main Street. Unfortunately, every time she designs one of her ex-boyfriends' wedding cakes, she's reminded just how unlucky she is with love...and that she's a good luck charm for men to find their happily ever after. With someone else. The minute they break up. So she's decided to be done with love.

Dr. Mitch Jameson is more comfortable traveling the world with Doctors Without Borders than staying in one place. He just needs to survive the holidays in his small hometown before he can leave again. The beautiful, intriguing bakery owner with an aversion to dating might be just who he needs to occupy his restless heart.

From sipping hot chocolates at the local festival of lights to early morning dessert deliveries, Jessica and Mitch rediscover the spirit of the holidays. But when the 25 days of Christmas are over, will their romance be over, too?

 

A sweet small town holiday romance! A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS is the second book in Jennifer Snow’s Blue Moon Bay series and brings together the town’s favorite baker and a returning favorite son during the build up to the holiday season. The characters make a really cute couple and are fun to get to know.

Jessica is a delight, but she’s tired of being seen as a relationship failure and having to grin and bear it as she makes everyone else’s wedding cake. I enjoyed seeing her learn to see herself through someone else’s eyes for a change.

Mitch is a well-rounded guy who has made it his life’s mission to help the less fortunate, but he’s never stopped to look at his life in a way that showed every day life that could also use his touch on it.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a small town romance centering on holiday fun.

four-stars

* Review * SHY INNOCENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Melanie Milburne

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* Review * SHY INNOCENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Melanie MilburneShy Innocent in the Spotlight by Melanie Milburne
Series: The Scandalous Campbell Sisters #1
Published by Harlequin Presents on September 28, 2021
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four-half-stars

Out of the shadows…

…into the billionaire’s arms!

Elspeth Campbell’s sheltered existence means she’s hesitant to swap places with her exuberant twin for a glamorous wedding. But the social spotlight is nothing compared to the laser focus of Mack MacDiarmid’s undivided attention…

Having witnessed his father’s double life, cynical Mack’s certain the supposed socialite isn’t who she seems. And when she’s embroiled in a scandal not of her making, he tells Elspeth the pretense is up! He longs to show her she’s already the strong, sexy woman she wants to be…but is that all Mack can offer?

 

A twin-swap sets the stage for romance! Melanie Milburne weaves a delectable tale with the first book in her Scandalous Campbell Sisters duet and I was hooked throughout. While there wasn’t a huge amount of relationship development in SHY INNOCENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT, the storyline dove into various aspects of both of their lives and related a well-rounded story that I enjoyed very much. I look forward to Elodie’s story next!

Elspeth is a genuinely sweet character who trusts in her mischievous twin sister a little too much for my liking. I enjoyed learning more about her and seeing her make a connection with Mack.

Mack is duty bound and set in his ways, but beneath the surface we meet a heart of gold and a spirit just aching to get out.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced love story filled with secrets, misunderstandings and good natured escapes into romance and love.

four-half-stars

* Review * INMATE OF THE MONTH by Lani Lynn Vale

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* Review * INMATE OF THE MONTH by Lani Lynn ValeInmate of the Month by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Souls Chapel Revenants MC #7
on September 21, 2021
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five-stars

A porn video changed his life.

One second, he has an ex with an ax to grind, and the next, he’s internet famous—and definitely not in a good way. In an, it’ll ruin your career, kind of way.

Only, Laric didn’t know that he was internet famous.

Not until a black-haired beauty walks into his life, and stumbles over every word that she says because all she can picture is him doing the unthinkable for the world to see.

Sadly, that’s not the only thing wrong in his life. His world is messed up, and he likes it that way.

There’s no room for a woman that wants to fix him.

Because fixing requires intimacy, and intimacy isn’t something that Laric does. Not after the life that he’s lived, and the things he’s done to survive. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that he’s a felon, and he has no regrets about how he got that title.

The last thing he needs in his life is a woman that has her head in the clouds and thinks this world is made of butterflies and confetti.

However, Catori isn’t who she seems.

The day she meets tall, dark, and handsome, he saves her life. And then never leaves—though not for his lack of trying.

Not that she’s complaining about the way they’re thrown together, time after time. She’s more than willing to have a man like Laric around. Mostly because she’s already seen the good in him that he refuses to admit that’s there.

He may be a biker that does questionable things, but in her heart, she knows that he does those bad things for good reasons. And she’s not about to throw away the chance at happiness just because he thinks he knows what’s best for her.

Plot twist: she knows what’s best for her. And that’s him.

 

Lane Lynn Vale is outdoing herself book after book! The books in the Souls Chapel Revenants MC series just keep getting better and better. Laric and Catori are an absolute delight and I couldn’t have loved their book more. The emotions are real, the plot is thick with suspense and the interaction between Catori and Laric’s work family is so much fun. I can’t wait for more!

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a group of misfit ex-cons who got together for all of the right reasons to right wrongs and support each other as one after another answers when love comes calling.

five-stars

* Review * BAILEY by Jessica Ames

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* Review * BAILEY by Jessica AmesBailey by Jessica Ames
Series: Untamed Sons MC #7
on September 24, 2021
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four-half-stars

BAILEY

I've always felt like an outsider in the Untamed Sons. I'm Nox's sister, widow of a brother, but I'm not one of them. When I'm abducted by our enemies, I don't expect to be rescued by a tall, dark, handsome and extremely dangerous stranger. Zeke Fraser is the devil in a suit and he's refusing to give me back to my family. Worse still, I'm falling for my captor. There's something captivating about the man and while I know he's going to be my downfall, I can't stop from gravitating towards him.

ZEKE

I was sent to rescue Bailey, but instead, I found myself unable to part with her. Keeping her captive in my penthouse isn't the best plan, but I'm unwilling to hand her over to the Sons until I know they're going to uphold their end of the bargain. I'm not supposed to fall for the woman I've stolen, but there's something about Bailey's fire that keeps me wanting more.

But to have her, I have to survive her family, and the club is out for blood. Mine.

 

Captivating danger! Jessica Ames is heating things up with book seven in her always action packed Untamed Sons MC series and I loved every minute of Bailey and Zeke! The plot is thick with danger, the characters are intriguing and the overall supporting cast makes for a solid connection between the MC and this crime family.

Bailey is Nox’s sister and easy to like. She’s a solid part of the MC, but feels like she lives on the outskirts looking in. She stays strong throughout the danger she is put through, but resisting Zeke is harder than she imagined.

Zeke is not a good guy, but he’s a solid man to have at your back when danger comes knocking. He doesn’t intend to fall for Bailey, but she’s pretty irresistible under the circumstances.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys an MC who isn’t afraid to take down whoever they need to when it comes to keeping their family safe.

four-half-stars

* Review * KEEP ME WARM AT CHRISTMAS by Brenda Novak

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* Review * KEEP ME WARM AT CHRISTMAS by Brenda NovakKeep Me Warm at Christmas by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs #10
Published by MIRA on September 28, 2021
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five-stars

Maybe this Christmas can thaw his frozen heart—and heal hers.

Hollywood starlet Tia Beckett knows one moment can change your life. Her career had been on the fast track before a near-fatal accident left her with a debilitating facial scar. Certain her A-lister dreams are over, she agrees to house-sit at her producer’s secluded estate in Silver Springs. It’s the escape from the limelight Tia’s been craving, until she discovers she’s not the only houseguest for the holidays. And her handsome new roomie is impossible to ignore.

Artist Seth Turner has good reason to keep his distance. Losing his wife after only a few years of marriage has left a deep scar, even if he is still happy to spend a semester teaching art classes at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens. Despite nursing her own wounds, Tia finds her curiosity piqued by enigmatic Seth, whom she recognizes as something of a kindred soul. Maybe spending Christmas together could be another game changer for both of them—this time, for good.

 

Novak is bringing on the feels with this return to Silver Springs! With intriguing characters and a dramatic set-up the reader is quickly hooked on the plot in this tenth book in the series. It’s heartwarming to reconnect with the heart of the town Aiyana more in this book than many in the series and the evolving plight of Tia held my attention. I wanted a little more in one area, but overall this story was a solid addition to the series with a comforting connection.

Tia was quick to draw my sympathy and I found myself rooting for her from start to finish. She was complex, yet fresh and real.

Seth was a joy to get to know. He was a nice addition who fit in seamlessly with the family we have already grown familiar with throughout the series, but he also had a side branch that I would have liked to have seen developed more.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a small town romance with compelling characters and heartwarming storylines that will always hook you quickly.

five-stars

* Review * CINDERELLA AND THE BROODING BILLIONAIRE by Michelle Douglas

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* Review * CINDERELLA AND THE BROODING BILLIONAIRE by Michelle DouglasCinderella and the Brooding Billionaire by Michelle Douglas
Published by Harlequin Romance on September 28, 2021
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five-stars

A baby in need of a mother…

A billionaire in need of…a wife?

Monique Thomas wants to protect her grieving godson, but she can’t do it alone—she’s penniless. When Italian billionaire Luca Viera arrives to meet his child for the first time, it’s clear he’s wildly out of his depth! Until he makes a temporary proposition—come with him to Italy as the boy’s nanny. Monique never anticipated her impulsive yes could be the start of something more permanent…!

 

A delightful story of love when they least expect it! An adorable baby steals the show as Monique agrees to help ease Luca into instant fatherhood. The backstory is emotional, the characters are down to earth and while I wanted a bit more from the ending, I fell whole-heartedly for this little family.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a ready made family who loves with their whole heart as the ups and downs of life keep them on their toes throughout.

five-stars

* Review * OVER THE FLAMES by Nichole Severn

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* Review * OVER THE FLAMES by Nichole SevernOver the Flames by Nichole Severn
Series: Hunting Grounds #1
Published by Nichole Severn Books, LLC on September 21, 2021
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four-stars

She's a journalist who always gets her story.
He's an FBI agent who'll die to keep her safe.
Their divorce is final, but a killer will ensure their future ends in flames.

When investigative journalist Arden Olsen discovers her mentor's smoldering remains, she's determined to expose the killer. But the FBI's lead case agent will do whatever it takes to keep her from getting involved.

FBI Special Agent Lawson Mitchell has been burned before—by the media and by Arden. He knows she's not going to let the story go, so as the killer escalates, keeping his ex-wife close is the only way to keep her safe.

As one of the most vengeful serial killers he's ever hunted closes in, Lawson realizes he can't change the past, but he can damned well show Arden they still have a future.

 

Pulse pounding tension will have you mesmerized! With the first book in her new Hunting Grounds series Nichole Severn takes her reader on a reunion of former spouses who come together in the middle of a case that is haunting them both in OVER THE FLAMES. The characters are attention grabbing, the back story is powerful and the stage is set for non-stop surprises.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful tale of danger while an underlying emotional story is playing out in the background.

four-stars

* Review * REAWAKENED AT THE SOUTH POLE by Juliette Hyland

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* Review * REAWAKENED AT THE SOUTH POLE by Juliette HylandReawakened at the South Pole by Juliette Hyland
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on September 28, 2021
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four-stars

An antarctic adventure
and a reunion of a lifetime…

ER nurse Helena Mathews wants just one thing: to show her parents that she’s no longer the fragile, premature baby they cradled in the NICU. So her new South Pole–based job is the perfect way to break free! But Dr. Carter Simpson’s arrival proves that you can’t just erase the past. Her one-time best friend may have left without a trace after a life-altering discovery, but he never left Helena’s heart…

 

This attention grabbing back story is sure to catch your attention in Juliette Hyland’s newest Harlequin Medical. Interesting characters, a unique setting and lots of drama to sink your teeth into is sure to please in REAWAKENED AT THE SOUTH POLE. I enjoyed their story a lot and though I wanted a bit more follow through with reuniting with outlying characters from the past, I thoroughly enjoyed Helena and Carter.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a medical setting with lots of drama, feel good romance and emotional turmoil setting the stage for pivotal moments.

four-stars

* Release Blast/Review * RUNNING ON DIESEL by Melissa Foster

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* Release Blast/Review * RUNNING ON DIESEL by Melissa FosterRunning on Diesel by Melissa Foster
Series: The Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor #9
Published by World Literary Press on September 15, 2021
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five-stars

Desmond “Diesel” Black is a Nomad with the Dark Knights motorcycle club. He protects others with his life and always rides alone. Tracey Kline left the only family she had for a man who broke more than her spirit, leaving her untrusting and on her own. When a twist of fate reveals pieces of the other no one else sees, will they be able to help each other mend their past hurts and learn to trust the chemistry and connection that’s too strong to deny?

 

Melissa Foster delivers every single time! If you are looking for a strong hero with a heart of gold, Foster will hand you one with each and every book in her beloved Whiskeys: Dark Knights at Peaceful Harbor series. With attention grabbing moments, endearing characters and aww inspiring connections, Tracey and Diesel stole my heart and wouldn’t let go.

Diesel is the strong and silent type who will do anything to help anybody. Tracey was quick to catch his eye and he hasn’t looked away since.

Tracey has been through a lot and connecting with the Whiskeys who have hearts of gold was the turning point for her. She adores them and can’t wait to move forward with a better life.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who loves a feisty connection between love interests with a strong support system of friends who have become family standing by their side as love comes knocking.

 

 

 

 

 

Running On Diesel  by Melissa Foster is now live!

He’s secretive and broody. She’s untrusting and sassy. Sparks don’t just fly, they ignite in this sinfully sexy story.

A funny, sexy, and emotionally riveting standalone contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. RUNNING ON DIESEL is the perfect love story for those who enjoy fiercely loyal and insanely sexy alpha heroes, smart, sassy heroines, strong family bonds, bikers, babies, and more!

Desmond “Diesel” Black is a Nomad with the Dark Knights motorcycle club. He protects others with his life and always rides alone. Tracey Kline left the only family she had for a man who broke more than her spirit, leaving her untrusting and on her own. When a twist of fate reveals pieces of the other no one else sees, will they be able to help each other mend their past hurts and learn to trust the chemistry and connection that’s too strong to deny?

The Whiskeys are perfect beach reads with depth of story, strong family ties, and a wealth of emotions. Small town love stories with happily ever afters guaranteed. The Dark Knights motorcycle club is not a typical MC book. These bad-boy bikers are tough, but they have hearts of gold…and they’re not afraid to use them.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 100 novels. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, always family oriented, and feature fiercely loyal heroes, smart, sassy heroines, and complex relatable issues. Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event!

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five-stars