* Review * SHOW ‘EM HOW by Jami Davenport

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* Review * SHOW ‘EM HOW by Jami DavenportShow 'em How by Jami Davenport
Series: Bang Brothers Hockey #1, Portland Icehawks
Published by Cedrona Enterprises on June 25, 2024
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Show ’em How by Jami Davenport is book 2 in the Bang Brothers Hockey series

Meet the Bang Brothers—five hot hockey-playing brothers who are allergic to commitment.

The brothers are about to face off against their newly-retired mother…who suddenly has plenty of time to play matchmaker. Add in their baby sister and some secret dating, a single dad, an accidental pregnancy, a marriage of convenience, and a wrong bed—or two—and these siblings are not going to know what hit them!

JAKOB:
I'm a professional hockey player and a single dad with two rambunctious five-year-olds. My boys have driven away every nanny that's stepped foot in our house--except one--the one I don't want to keep, but they do. Tatted and pierced Gardenia Bliss is everything I dislike in a nanny and woman. She's a mouthy whirlwind, an obsessive recycler, a buyer of organic only food, and a lover of loud music. She's disrupted my household and destroyed my comfortable routine with her spontaneity. I want her gone, but I also want her naked, which is all kinds of messed up.

My plans to send her packing are thwarted by a road trip and no other options available. By the time I return, she's completely entrenched herself in my house, my life, and my dirty thoughts. She has to go, but I haven't found a way to extract the boys from her clutches. They adore her.

Then my meddling, matchmaking mom shows up for the holidays and enlists Gardenia to help her find the perfect woman for me. The two of them are forces of nature I'm powerless to combat. They'll never know the truth--I don't want those other women. I want Gardenia, but I can't have her. She's all wrong for my boys and me, but tell that to my stupid heart.

 

Highly addictive and super satisfying! Jami Davenport took the reigns in book two in the Bang Brothers series she is doing with a group of hockey romance authors and delivered a story I could not have loved more that took place in her Portland Icehawks world. Gardenia and Jakob were both sincere characters who were super easy to like and connect with, and the humor and heart taking place on every page of the story was lots of fun. I loved his precocious kids and the buttinsky family. I was however surprised that we only learned the name of two of his brothers and his parents when the entire family is supposed to be center stage in this series. A bit lacking there in carry-thru, but overall a really great read and perfect addition to both hockey worlds. Can’t wait for the next brother’s book!

five-stars

* Review * HER BILLION-DOLLAR BUMP by Dani Collins

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* Review * HER BILLION-DOLLAR BUMP by Dani CollinsHer Billion-Dollar Bump by Dani Collins
Series: Diamonds of the Rich and Famous #3
Published by Harlequin Presents on June 25, 2024
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Cinderella’s confession:
“I’m pregnant.”

Housemaid Fliss gave up her fashion dreams to care for her late grandmother. So finding a discarded invitation to the year’s most exclusive event feels like her last chance to get her designs noticed. She just never imagined that attention would come from notorious Saint Montgomery…

Knowing she doesn’t belong in the billionaire’s world, innocent Fliss can’t resist one night of Saint’s expert seduction. Except when his “thank you” diamonds land her in the headlines, she’s drawn back into his powerful presence. Because she has news of her own—and the bump to prove it!

 

Subterfuge is front and center, but leads the way to a very enjoyable read! Felicity might use somebody else’s invite to get into the high society event that puts her into Saint’s realm, but it’s all her own charisma and spark that winds up with her sharing his bed for the night. Several fumbles of mistaken identity, paparazzi fueled issues and unknown names lead to a mad dash to find each other again. The characters both have interesting backstories and seeing them realize the other is more than they expected is heartwarming. When an unexpected baby comes from their night together, we get to follow them on a journey of falling for each other and creating that happily ever after neither was exactly expecting. I highly enjoyed their story and found it stands alone without issue as I had not read the previous books in the Diamonds of the Rich and Famous series that this is the third book in.

five-stars

* Review * LOVE BETRAYAL by Chantal Fernando

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* Review * LOVE BETRAYAL by Chantal FernandoLove Betrayal by Chantal Fernando
Series: Angels & Devils MC #2
Published by Carina Press on June 25, 2024
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four-half-stars

In a world of monsters, falling in love requires sacrifice.

River

I'm VP of Devils MC, and every decision I make is to protect the Club. I’m the one they call when things go south. That means getting my hands dirty—a lot. Outsiders think I’m a monster. I agreed. Until Bella. She was able to look past the violence and see…me. I never thought love was in the cards, but now she’s mine. I’ll protect her. No matter the cost.

Bella

It was supposed to be a fling—a way for us both to scratch an itch. But River wasn’t what I expected. I’ve seen monsters, and River isn’t one. Our relationship isn’t all rainbows and butterflies—but it’s real. I’d never betray him, even when my ex-boyfriend threatens to destroy me if I don’t. I’m not a damsel in distress. I can solve this problem without sacrificing the man I love.

Even if it costs me everything.

Angels & Devils MC

 

Raw, gritty and sensuous! The second book in Chantal Fernando’s Angels and Demons MC series picks up soon after book one and the main characters this time around are cousins to Romeo and Julianna who we fell in love with in the first book. River and Bella are equally intriguing and easy to like. He’s rough around the edges but willing to learn what she needs when they agree their fling has come to mean too much to them to be anything less than forever. I like the realness in them letting each other see the truth over time and I enjoyed their connection. I felt like there were too many flames left dangling in the fire to make it feel totally wrapped up and I’m sure some of that is intentional to lead into another book for the series, but I felt a little was lacking in the deliverance of a complete story. I do love this world and will happily come back time and time again!

four-half-stars

* Review * TEXAS RANCH COLD CASE by Virginia Vaughan

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* Review * TEXAS RANCH COLD CASE by Virginia VaughanTexas Ranch Cold Case by Virginia Vaughan
Series: Cowboy Protectors #4
Published by Love Inspired Suspense on June 25, 2024
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four-half-stars

Solving a decades-old crime

will leave no place safe…

Twenty years after her mother vanished, Ally Fulton returns to Harmon Ranch—the last place she was seen—and barely makes it out alive. Someone doesn’t want Ally digging up the truth. With a target on her back, she reluctantly accepts protection from Officer Tucker Harmon. Can he keep Ally alive—and right his family’s wrongs—before she’s silenced for good?

 

The exciting conclusion to Virginia Vaughan’s Cowboy Protectors series did not disappoint! Filled with twists and turns that keep us guessing and really easy to like and connect with characters. I liked Ally from the start and really liked how Tucker was quick to jump in and help her find out what happened to her mother all those years ago. They fell in love super fast without a lot of relationship development, but the storyline carried the momentum well. I felt the ending was abrupt and would have liked to have seen that fleshed out a bit more, but overall a very solid read and a great conclusion to the series. I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a faith based romance filled with top notch suspense.

four-half-stars

* Review * THE FEUD by Sawyer Bennett

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* Review * THE FEUD by Sawyer BennettThe Feud by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Bluegrass Empires #1
Published by Big Dog Books, LLC on June 25, 2024
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New York Times bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, welcomes you to Bluegrass Empires, a sweeping series of sexy romance standalones. Set among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse farms and bourbon distilleries, these seductive tales are steeped in bloodline feuds that run deep and without forgiveness.

As the oldest of his siblings, Ethan Blackburn bears the weight of responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Blackburn Farms, the largest Saddlebred breeding and training facility in Kentucky. Serious, gruff and solely focused on the success of the family business, Ethan isn’t one to mince words or waste time on anything that doesn’t further his interests. But when his meticulous world is upended by a shadowed secret brought into the light, Ethan is sent into a tailspin.

Marcie DeLeon just navigated her way through a bitter divorce, now intent on reimagining her life as a single career woman. She’s not looking to revisit the burden of a relationship anytime soon but when Ethan turns to her for help, she can’t help but lend a sympathetic ear to the handsome and broody man.

Ethan and Marcie are strangers who find a common thread to weave them together, creating a bond neither were seeking but both are loathe to walk away from. When Ethan faces a high-stakes battle against his family’s bitter enemy, he knows without a doubt there is nothing he won’t do to win the fight. Ready to give of himself completely, Ethan prepares to face-off with his foe hoping that no matter what the outcome, Marcie will be by his side in the end.

The Feud: A Blackburn Novel is a friends to lovers novel within the Bluegrass Empires series. All books in the series can be enjoyed as standalones.

 

The rolling hills of Kentucky horse country and this close-knit family have just stolen my heart! I loved every minute of Ethan and Marcie’s story and can’t wait for more to come in the series. The characters are well developed with intriguing backstories and a supportive familial cast behind them. I enjoyed the way they forged together to overcome turmoil when it was needed most. There’s light angst, warm romance and lots of drama as huge upset occurs in Ethan’s life and he steps up to embrace it and shows what type of man he wants to be. Loved the heart, humor and general warmth of the series.

five-stars

* Review * THE WILDFIRE GIRL by Carolyn Arnold

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* Review * THE WILDFIRE GIRL by Carolyn ArnoldThe Wildfire Girl by Carolyn Arnold
Series: Detective Amanda Steele #11
Published by Bookouture on June 20, 2024
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four-half-stars

The woman panics as the thick smoke starts to curl under the locked door. She can’t breathe and desperately tries to open the window, but it’s been sealed shut. Falling to the floor, she finally accepts there’s no way out of this room alive. And as her vision starts to fade, she prays she dies before the flames find her.

When human remains are discovered behind a dumpster in Woodbridge, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele rushes to the scene. Her heart drops when she arrives and is hit by the unmistakable stench of gasoline. Soon, her worst fear is confirmed: the victim was burned alive.

With only an engraved gold wedding band surviving the blaze, Amanda knows it could be days before they have a confirmed ID. But when her partner Detective Trent Stenson arrives, he pales at the sight of the ring, recognizing it as belonging to his Aunt Gertrude’s husband, Don.

Trent is convinced his aunt isn’t involved, but as more is unearthed about her troubled relationship with her husband, and she fails to provide an alibi, Amanda isn’t so sure. Desperate to prove his aunt’s innocence, Trent soon discovers someone from Don’s past is back in Woodbridge—someone who wants revenge. But Amanda and Trent are shaken to their core when that person is discovered brutally murdered.

Convinced the cases are linked, Amanda knows she has to find the cold-blooded killer before they strike again. And as Trent becomes even more emotionally entangled in the case, she’s terrified he could become the next victim…

 

Exhilarating excitement! With the next book in the Detective Amanda Steele series we get quickly thrust into a new case that hits too close to home for Amanda’s partner Trent and delivers twists and turns that have us reeling throughout. I enjoyed the case as a whole, but I’m still getting a little put-off by how long the will they or won’t they cat and mouse attraction is dragging on with Amanda and Trent. Great characters and police procedural with ongoing drama and always an enjoyable read.

four-half-stars

* Review * ALL OUR TOMORROWS by Catherine Bybee

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* Review * ALL OUR TOMORROWS by Catherine BybeeAll Our Tomorrows by Catherine Bybee
Series: The Heirs #1
Published by Montlake on June 18, 2024
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When Chase Stone’s estranged father dies, leaving his multibillion-dollar business to his children, no one is more surprised than Chase. Growing up outside of the high-stakes world filled with human vultures, Chase and his sister, Alex, are less than enthusiastic about stepping into their father’s shoes. That is until they learn of a half brother they didn’t know existed and must find to share their inheritance with.

Piper Maddox was the elder Mr. Stone’s übercapable assistant—abruptly fired two weeks before his death. She knows everything about Stone Enterprises and the man who built it. But Piper has no desire to work for another member of the Stone family. Even one as down-to-earth as Chase.

Desperately needing financial security, Piper agrees to return so long as kissing up to Chase and accepting unwanted advances are not part of her job description. A promise that becomes a serious hurdle for both of them. Piper and Chase scramble to find the third Stone sibling before the media does, sharing secrets along the way. Secrets that can bring them together or tear them irrevocably apart.

 

Catherine Bybee can pour on the drama like nobody’s business! I was hooked from beginning to end on the first book in her new series The Heirs and couldn’t put it down until I devoured every page. It ends on a smidge of a cliffhanger because they have finally located the unknown sibling and are going to see him, but it just leaves room for our excitement to build leading up to Max’s book later in the year. I really hope Alex gets her own story as well.

Great characters with an addictive storyline kept me entertained throughout. Their story was fast paced and very satisfying.

five-stars

* Review * FOUL PLAY by Kat Mizera

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* Review * FOUL PLAY by Kat MizeraFoul Play by Kat Mizera
Series: L.A. Phantoms #2
on June 18, 2024
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four-half-stars

The Phantoms are back with a vengeance… and the City of Angels will never be the same.

When the world's top supermodel’s friend zones you, what's a determined hockey player supposed to do?

Change her mind.

But it’ll take more than a trick play to convince her.

Cheyenne is more than a stunning beauty; she's a part of my life, my bed, and now my heart.

But she has a plan—one that doesn't include marriage or serious relationships.

She likes me, but its not enough. I need to know if I’m enough.

It’s time to man up and lay it all on the line.

It’s now or never.

 

Sweet, sexy and sentimental! The second book in the L.A. Phantoms hockey series by Kat Mizera was a fast paced delight. I loved Ivan with all of my being and adored watching him commit and enjoy his happiness. Cheyenne was too aloof for my liking and while I did enjoy her, I felt a disconnect from her a bit. I loved their story and everything about this series. I think Harper and her fight to make the team what it is was downplayed more than it should be and would love to see that angle kept front and center a bit more going forward, but I’m wholeheartedly enjoying this series. If you haven’t started it yet, this is a great book to kick off with!

four-half-stars

* Release Blitz/Review * I CAN’T EVEN by Lani Lynn Vale

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* Release Blitz/Review * I CAN’T EVEN by Lani Lynn ValeI Can't Even by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Carter Brothers #2
on June 4, 2024
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Ellodie Cassandra Solaire made a single, solitary New Year’s resolution.

That resolution was set in stone, and she wouldn’t be breaking it, no matter what.

It was simple: Say yes to every person who asks her out on a date until she finds a boyfriend.

Easy, right?

Wrong.

She breaks that New Year’s resolution three months into the year after a guy gives her serial killer vibes.

Fast forward three months, and she’s unhappily saying yes to any man who asks.

Until one day, there she is, eating a chicken burrito waiting for traffic to clear, and he appears like a knight in shining armor.

One second, she’s counting down the seconds until the parade dissipates so she can go home, and the next, a car is flying through the air directly beside her, courtesy of a hot cop performing a PIT maneuver.

It’s during the middle of the arrest when Quaid Carter’s eyes find hers.

From that moment on, she’s lost to anyone else but him.

The only problem is that serial killer vibe she got off of her potential date a few months ago isn’t just a vibe. It’s a full-blown obsession. And the serial killer decides that she won’t be the one to get away.

Quaid Carter has different ideas, though.

 

LLV is synonymous with sexy as all get out heroes who melt my heart! The second book in Vale’s Carter Brothers series is pulling on all the ol’ heart strings as a goodhearted nurse meets a smokin’ hot cop and sparks fly the very first time their eyes meet. The characters and their surrounding family are super easy to like, the angst of trying to find the bad guy is spot on and the love and humor that plays out between them is heartwarming. I loved every minute of Quaid and Ellodie and I can’t wait for the next brother’s story!

I highly recommend this book as well as the first in the series to anyone who enjoys a fun loving romance with twists of suspense, lots of humor and so many great characters in the family to love as each brother finds “the one” that stops him in his tracks.

 

 

 

 

Title: I Can’t Even
Series: Carter Brothers #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Trope: Bad Girl/Good Guy
Release Date: June 4, 2024
BLURB

 

Ellodie Cassandra Solaire made a single, solitary New Year’s resolution.

 

That resolution was set in stone, and she wouldn’t be breaking it, no matter what.
It was simple: Say yes to every person who asks her out on a date until she finds a boyfriend.
Easy, right?
Wrong.
She breaks that New Year’s resolution three months into the year after a guy gives her serial killer vibes.
Fast forward three months, and she’s unhappily saying yes to any man who asks.
Until one day, there she is, eating a chicken burrito waiting for traffic to clear, and he appears like a knight in shining armor.
One second, she’s counting down the seconds until the parade dissipates so she can go home, and the next, a car is flying through the air directly beside her, courtesy of a hot cop performing a PIT maneuver.
It’s during the middle of the arrest when Quaid Carter’s eyes find hers.
From that moment on, she’s lost to anyone else but him.
The only problem is that serial killer vibe she got off of her potential date a few months ago isn’t just a vibe. It’s a full-blown obsession. And the serial killer decides that she won’t be the one to get away.
Quaid Carter has different ideas, though.

 

 

 

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COMING SOON

 

Releasing July 9
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AUTHOR BIO

 

Lani Lynn Vale is an American author of humorous romantic suspense novels. Born in the Great State of Texas, she has lived the majority of her adult life in East Texas where most of her novels are based. She’s married to her high school sweetheart whom her readers refer to as “LLV’s Bearded Half.” She published her first novel, Boomtown. in the summer of 2013 after the birth of her third child. She’s gone on to publish over 100 novels, with most of them going on to become USA Today Bestsellers.
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five-stars

* Review * THE LOVE SHACK by Lori Foster

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* Review * THE LOVE SHACK by Lori FosterThe Love Shack by Lori Foster
Series: Indiana Summers #3
Published by Canary Street Press on June 11, 2024
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They’ve been trying to avoid each other.
But this town has other ideas…

When Berkley Carr opened The Love Shack Animal Haven, she thought she’d finally put her past behind her. But sometimes she feels the sting of the scandal from her youth, especially when she keeps crossing paths with her handsome neighbor. So, she keeps her head down and pours all her love into caring for animals.

Lawson Salder moved to Cemetery, Indiana, to escape from the grinding poverty of his childhood. He barely knew Berkley from their old neighborhood, but every time he sees her, the shame and pain come crashing back. He knows she’s got major baggage of her own. They're better off just avoiding each other.

But that’s downright impossible in a town full of matchmaking busybodies. Then there’s the hard-to-ignore attraction they feel every time they see each other. When the universe is conspiring to bring them together, will Berkley and Lawson let past hurts go and embrace the love they deserve?

 

Lori Foster can always be counted on to deliver emotion, humor and heartfelt entertainment! Hunky heroes, tenacious heroines and adorable rescue animals are always at the forefront of a visit to quirky, smalltown Cemetery, Indiana and I always leave with a warmed heart and a satisfied smile. I was quickly engrossed in getting to know newcomers Berkley, Lawson, Lark and Oliver and watching them pair off into friendships and romances quickly. Seeing more of Betty and getting to know a softer side yet again of her was really enjoyable. I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone who enjoys a small town romance with lots of spice that is filled to the brim with humor, heart and happily ever afters!

five-stars