* 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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five-stars

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!

five-stars

* 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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four-stars

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.

four-stars

* 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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four-half-stars

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!

four-half-stars

* Review * THEIR FESTIVE ISLAND ESCAPE by Nina Singh

* 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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four-half-stars

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.

four-half-stars

* 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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five-stars

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!

five-stars

* Review * ALL FIRE UP by Lori Foster

* Review * ALL FIRE UP by Lori FosterAll Fired Up by Lori Foster
Series: Road to Love #3
Published by HQN Books on November 19, 2019
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five-stars

He’s tantalizing trouble she can’t resist…

Charlotte Parrish has always wanted a certain kind of man: someone responsible, settled, boring. Bad boys need not apply. But when her car leaves her stranded and a mysterious stranger with brooding eyes and a protective streak comes to her rescue, she can’t deny how drawn she is to him. In town searching for family he’s never met, Mitch is everything she never thought she wanted—and suddenly everything she craves.

Finding his half brothers after all these years is more than Mitch Crews has allowed himself to wish for. Finding love never even crossed his mind…until he meets Charlotte. She’s sweet, warmhearted, sexier than she knows—and too damn good for an ex-con like him. But when his past comes back to haunt him, putting Charlotte—and the family he’s come to care for—in danger, Mitch isn’t playing by the rules. He’s already surrendered his heart, but now he’ll risk his life.

 

Be still my heart! The third time is indeed the charm when it comes to the hunky heroes Lori Foster has delighted us with in her Road to Love series. I’ve adored them all, but in her latest ALL FIRED UP, we meet Mitch, the half-brother that they didn’t know they had, and he is delightful!

Raised by the queen of dysfunctional mother’s, Mitch has lived a harder life than most and finds himself looking for a place to belong. He’s an ex-con with a heart of gold and looking up the brothers he always knew he had out there somewhere seems like the right thing to do. He never expected to find a woman he can’t resist, or for danger to follow him to town!

As we know from loving Charlotte in the previous two books in the series, she’s sweet, she’s tough and she gives as good as she takes with those feisty guys she thinks of as brothers. She’s never thought a bad boy was her type … but man she’s can’t resist Mitch from the very moment she meets him. How will that play out when he’s stepping into the family she’s already a part of?

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story of redemption. The characters draw you in from the very start and if you’ve read the rest of the series, you will love seeing so much of Brodie, Jack and the fam again. Really enjoyed Mitch and Charlotte!

five-stars

* Review * SECOND CHANCE WITH THE SURGEON by Robin Gianna

* Review * SECOND CHANCE WITH THE SURGEON by Robin GiannaSecond Chance with the Surgeon by Robin Gianna
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on November 1, 2019
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five-stars

Can healing his ex-wife…

…also mend their marriage?

When occupational therapist Jillian Keyser breaks her wrist, the last thing she wants is treatment from her ex-husband, Conor McCarthy. But as he is a leading orthopedic surgeon, she knows she needs his help! As she is forced to live again with the man who broke her heart, they discover a new understanding. With their connection as strong as ever, will the Christmas lights over New York shine on their relationship for a second time?

 

Happily ever after at it’s best! SECOND CHANCE WITH THE SURGEON by Robin Gianna is a heartwarming story filled with turmoil, misunderstandings and bittersweet reunions.

Jillian Keyser is trying to figure out where to go with her life when a broken wrist throws her for a loop and puts her smack dab where she didn’t want to be … face to face with her ex-husband!

Dr. Conor McCarthy is set in his ways and seemingly unfeeling, but nothing could be further from the truth when he realizes Jill needs help. It hurts him to have loved and lost the only woman he ever cared about, but he’ll sacrifice his space to come to her aid any day of the week.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys watching a couple overcome the turmoil, misunderstandings and hard feelings to come back around to the joy of how much they love each other. This book moved quickly with great attention given to details of their jobs, their connection and the past that led them both to jump to their own conclusions too fast.

five-stars

* Review * RULES IN DEFIANCE by Nichole Severn

* Review * RULES IN DEFIANCE by Nichole SevernRules in Defiance by Nichole Severn
Series: Blackhawk Security #4
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on December 1, 2019
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five-stars

A disturbed criminal wants to destroy her life.

After her colleague’s brutal murder, Dr. Waylynn Hargraves’s past makes her a suspect, but Blackhawk Security investigator Elliot Dunham is certain she’s innocent. When Waylynn’s research reveals she faces a danger worse than being framed, Elliot will defy all of the rules he’s set for himself in order to protect Waylynn from the killer who is stalking her.

 

Intense action from the start! With the fourth book in her Blackhawk Security series, Nichole Severn brings us RULES IN DEFIANCE which turns a friends to lovers trope into a daring race against time as danger lurks all around them. The characters are attention grabbing and the intrigue is top notch. Really enjoyed!

Elliot Dunham portrays his protective streak right from the first page when he jumps to attention when he hears Waylynn in distress. He’s lived a life of danger and deceit, but it doesn’t take a reader long to feel an affinity to the soul beneath the mask.

Waylynn has a secret past behind her that only makes her look guiltier when it comes to light … and that same past makes her believe she doesn’t deserve the goodness that Elliot could offer her. She’s determined to make a difference … and she’ll stop at nothing to make sure she can.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast paced, highly intense book filled with great characters, bewitching intrigue and that sought after happily ever after!

five-stars

* Review * ECHO by Janie Crouch

* Review * ECHO by Janie CrouchEcho by Janie Crouch
Series: Linear Tactical #7
Published by Calamittie Jane Publishing on November 12, 2019
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Sometimes the deepest scars are the ones that can't be seen.

Single mom Peyton Ward works three jobs to make ends meet. At Linear Tactical she’s surrounded by heroes on a regular basis…but none of them are hers. She thought she'd found one in Linear’s silent partner, and country music superstar, Cade Conner.

She was wrong.

Unintended wounds still cut as deep.

Cade may not work day to day operations at Linear, but he takes the mission of the company he helped create—teaching survival intelligence and self-defense skills to the people who need them most—seriously. And finding out he’s wounded Peyton in the worst way possible weighs on him.

So when danger on two separate fronts closes in on her, he will damn well be by her side. Making sure they survive so he can right his personal wrongs.

He might not have been a Special Forces soldier, but Cade Conner knows how to fight. And Peyton is a woman worth fighting for.

 

Fast paced, action packed and explosive! With book seven in her Linear Tactical series, Janie Crouch brings us ECHO, which is Peyton’s story. Hardworking single mom reconnects with the a flash from the past when danger comes knocking on her door. Loved it and always looking forward to the next book in the series!

Peyton is familiar to us if you’ve been enjoying this series alongside me, and we get to learn what brought her to the life she’s living now, and what she went through years ago. She’s loyal, strong and protective and to see her drop her guard a bit and let Cade back in is very satisfying.

Cade never knew what he left behind when he rocked to stardom on the country music charts, and when he finds out the unfairness she was faced with, he wants to make everything right in Peyton’s world … too bad danger is lurking for them both just around the corner

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story filled with intrigue, love, great characters and supporting cast. It’s fast paced and addictive. You can’t go wrong with any book in the series!

five-stars

* Review * TRYING TO SCORE by Kendall Ryan

* Review * TRYING TO SCORE by Kendall RyanTrying to Score by Kendall Ryan
Series: Hot Jocks #3
on November 12, 2019
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four-half-stars

Teddy King excels at many things. Playing hockey. Check. Scoring on and off the ice. Check. Being stupidly attractive ... Double check.

I knew him way back when. Before he was the guy everyone wanted a piece of, he was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners.

But secrets have a way of getting out, and a steamy encounter from our college days (that we probably shouldn't have filmed) is about to cause a major scandal. Unless we can work together to stop it.

Teddy’s no stranger to hard work … but the thing he wants most?

Is me.

 

With book three in her ever-steamy Hot Jocks series, Kendall Ryan brings us TRYING TO SCORE centering around Teddy and Sara. A playboy pro hockey player takes on his college love turned legal shark when secrets from the past come back to haunt them in this fun reunion story!

Sara has got it going on with a strong handle on her career and no need for a man to complete her, but watching her crumble when she’s near Teddy and remembering their time together years ago is pretty sweet.

Teddy of course has the over inflated ego that comes with the territory of being a pro athlete, but when his concern and despair for Sara comes out over a screw up he made that has put her in jeopardy, he endears himself in a reader’s heart … even if he did a jerky thing!

Really enjoyed this story and the series as a whole. I recommend it to anyone loving a fast paced, highly entertaining story filled with sexy romance, laughs and goodhearted people.

four-half-stars