** Book Review ** GOING THE DISTANCE by Jennifer Fusco

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4 STARS!

Another sexy boxer exploding out of Stamina Gym in Las Vegas!  Mike and Ava are a joy to get to know and you won’t want to miss the scandal that hits the fan just as he’s gearing up for his big fight!

Mike Perez is a middleweight boxer training for a big fight coming up at Madison Square Garden in New York.  He’s a control freak and trains like crazy, so he’s really irritated when his schedule is being messed up to handle interviews with a sports reporter.

Ava Phillips is out for her next big story for the Las Vegas Times, and convinces Mike & his trainer that her making the cross country drive with him from Vegas to NY will be a perfect time for her to get an in depth interview with him.  He’s against it, but doesn’t want to let Dani down with the publicity she needs for the gym.

When they start to give in to their attraction to each other, will there be a future possible for them?  And when Ava’s paper publishes Mike’s secrets, will it be the end of his career?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

** Book Review ** THAT NIGHT WITH THE CEO by Karen Booth

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4 STARS!

What happens when the one night stand you haven’t been able to forget shows back up in your life a year later?

A tabloid scandal brings PR guru Melanie Costello back into Adam Langford’s life when his father hires her to revamp his image.  What Melanie doesn’t count on before signing on the dotted line of a contract forbidding fraternization is the pull that would still be between them the second they laid eyes on each other.  Will she risk the future of her company to give in to temptation with Adam or will she walk away without a backward glance?

I really enjoyed these characters and the emotions they put into their relationship!

** Book Review ** SNOWBOUND WITH THE BOSS by Maureen Child

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4 STARS!

A sweet and feisty story revolving around two stubborn people who don’t want love anywhere near them  …  but when a second chance at happiness in life presents itself, they might just have to rethink that!

Sean Ryan is one of the partners of Celtic Knot, the gaming company that has been redesigning hotels to match scenes in their games, and he’s on site in Wyoming to work with the contractor on one … but she’s driving him crazy!

Kate Wells is independent as all get out, and does not back down for anyone.  When they are snowed in at the hotel together, the sparks they’ve been creating with all of their bickering starts a fire in them that won’t be denied.  When consequences arise, will they decide to fight some more or will they actually admit they like each other?

** Book Review ** BEAUTY AND THE BULL RIDER by Victoria Vane

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3 1/2 STARS!

A story about finding love where you least expect it, and about taking a second chance even after heartache.

Zac McDaniel is thinking about retiring from bull riding when he runs into his friend Ty and finds out a little info about the gal he’s had a crush on for years … Ty’s ex-wife!

Delaney McCall has been working hard on the ranch that she got half stake in from Ty to make a reputable bull breeding business.  She’s surprised when Zac shows up in her neck of the woods at a stock auction.

Zac knows Delaney wants to have a baby, and he offers his services, but expects to do it the old fashioned way.  Will Delaney see that he’s different from her ex and really give him a chance to show her how much she means to him?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** HIS KIND OF COWGIRL by Karen Rock

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4 1/2 STARS!

Such an emotional book!  I cried for her loss, I felt sorry for her having so much thrust on her at once, I felt angry at her attitude towards Tanner, and most of all, I felt joy that they were all getting a second chance.

Claire Shelton has moved back to her Dad’s place to get things settled after he suffers a stroke.  She’s discovered that he’s been hiding mountains of debt from her and the only option is to sell to get out from under it.

Tanner Hayes broke Claire’s heart 10 years ago to follow the rodeo.  She’s very unhappy to see him because she’s afraid he’ll find out her secret … and once she hears the plans he and her father have to save the place, she’s even more angry.

Will Tanner be able to heal her broken heart and earn a second chance with her?  And when he finds out what she’s been keeping secret all these years, will he be able to forgive her?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

 

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His Kind of Cowgirl
By: Karen Rock

Releasing March 1, 2016
Harlequin: Heartwarming

BLURB:

 Would he still love her…if he knew?

Tanner Hayes smashed Claire’s life to pieces when he chose the rodeo over her ten years ago. And now he’d wrecked her truck! Fantastic. She’d lost her husband, the family ranch was mired in debt, her father was recuperating from a stroke and her son was being bullied. Why not throw a reckless bull rider into the mix?

All she’d wanted was a safe, stable life. But with Tanner back in town—and staying on her ranch—nothing was safe, or under control. Not the feelings she’d fought so hard to forget. Not the son she was determined to protect. And certainly not her long-held secret…

 

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/01/his-kind-of-cowgirl-by-karen-rock.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28397519-his-kind-of-cowgirl

 

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EXCERPT:

Everything happened at once and in slow motion.

A crushing jolt shuddered through the truck. Her wheels skidded sideways. She smacked against the window when her pickup rolled down an embankment, as if punched by something large and lethal. Glass rained deadly sharp. The earth tumbled around her, her truck in spin cycle. When a massive tree loomed, the Chevy slammed into it then stilled.

Winded and stunned, she hung upside-down in her lap belt, blood, metallic and warm, on her tongue, a rushing sound whistling in her ears. Her heartbeat changed and grew slow and rolling in darkness. Something hurt, a long way away. Then nothing.

“Ma’am. Ma’am. Are you all right?” A man’s voice shouted, rousing her. She tried turning her head but pain held it in place. When she opened her mouth, silent panic flew out.

“Hold on. I’m getting you out of there.”

Acrid smoke pierced her consciousness. She closed her eyes against the billowing grit.

This wasn’t happening. It was a dream. No. A nightmare.

A tugging motion jerked her right and left, followed by a ripping sound. Large hands halted her sudden fall.

“Got you.”

Her rescuer cradled her against his chest, his breaths heaving beneath her ear. After carrying her some distance, he lowered her slowly to the ground. Grass scraped against her stinging cheeks and she opened her eyes.

“What?” she croaked, then swiped at the trickle leaking from her mouth. A man wearing a cowboy hat hunched over her, his features blurred.

“You’ve been in an accident. We have. Our trucks collided in the intersection.”

“My truck!” She bolted upright and clutched the swirling ground.

An arm snaked around her back and eased her down. “I called the dispatcher. The fire department’s on the way.”

A wail sounded in the distance and Claire wanted to shriek with it.

Her special day. Her anniversary. Ruined. No. Demolished by this…this…

She squinted upward and focused. A dark swirl of hair brushed across the tall man’s forehead; a light scar zigzagged down his square jaw. Recognition zapped through her.

It couldn’t be…

“Tanner?”

“Hello, Claire.” His mouth went up, just a fraction—the same ready-for-anything smile that had once undone her.

She closed her eyes, heart thudding. Ten years since she’d vowed never to see him again…and now here he stood, two for two in wrecking her life.

 

Karen Rock

 

AUTHOR INFO:

Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and was an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Heartwarming. Her novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction award in contemporary romance series and the 2015 Bookseller’s Best award for contemporary romance, long.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

Website:  http://www.karenrock.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/karenrockwrites

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5

GoodReads:  http://www.goodreads.com/karenrockauthor

 

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** HIS SECRETARY’S SURPRISE FIANCE by Joanne Rock

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5 STARS!

A great friends-to-lovers story!  I enjoyed getting to dig into the life of the 2nd Reynaud brother and follow him on his journey to discovering what was right under his nose for years. 🙂

Adelaide Thibodeaux grew up with Dempsey Reynaud and they have remained friends for what seems like forever.  She has been his assistant for years, and now that he’s settled in as Head Coach of the New Orleans Hurricanes, she’s ready to spread her wings and do her own thing … only Dempsey doesn’t want to let her go.

To stop Addy from resigning, Dempsey announces their engagement to the press … only they aren’t engaged and have never been anything but friends and boss/employee.  She doesn’t call his bluff because she doesn’t want to cause a scandal, so Dempsey takes advantage of that and moves her into his home for a few weeks.  Will the crush she’s had on him rear it’s head again?  And when Dempsey feels a hit of attraction when he touches her, will he decide to act on it?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

 

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His Secretary’s Surprise Fiancé
Bayou Billionaires #2
By: Joanne Rock

Releasing March 1st (Digital), March 8th (Print)
Harlequin Desire

BLURB:

 Her boss wants her in his office—and as his bride!

Adelaide Thibodeaux grew up with Dempsey Reynaud, and she’s worked for him for years. But when the billionaire football coach springs a surprise engagement to keep her from resigning, it’s a low blow. Just as she’s ready to strike out on her own, she’s stuck in a fake relationship with her boss, biding her time…

But soon Adelaide faces a second blow: she’s actually falling for the man! Can a relationship founded on a lie become the real deal? Or will they fumble before the end zone—and stay in the friend zone?

 

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/01/his-secretarys-surprise-fiance-bayou.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26891443-his-secretary-s-surprise-fianc

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/168229-bayou-billionaires

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EXCERPT:

“You can’t leave now.” He didn’t have time to hash this out. And he would damn well have his way.

“I’m going after the press conference. I told you I would come back for the pre-season, and now it’s done.” Frowning, she twisted the bracelet round and round on her wrist. “I shouldn’t have returned this year at all, especially if this ends up causing hard feelings between us. But I can send your next assistant all my files.”

How kind. He clamped his mouth shut against the scathing responses that simmered, close to boiling over. He deserved better from her and she knew it.

But if she was going to see him through the press conference, he still had forty minutes to change her mind. Forty minutes to figure out a way to force her hand. A way to make her stay by his side through the season.

All he needed was the right play call.

“In that case, I appreciate the heads-up,” he said, planting his hands on her waist and shuffling her away from the door. “But I’d better get this press conference started now.”

Her eyes widened as he touched her, but she stepped aside, hectic color rising in her cheeks even though they’d always been just friends. He’d protected that friendship because it was special. She was special. He’d never wanted to sacrifice that relationship to something as fickle as attraction even though there’d definitely been moments over the years when he’d been tempted. But logic and reason—and respect for Adelaide—had always won out in the past. Then again, he’d never touched her the way he had today and it was messing with his head. Seeing that awareness on her face now, feeling the answering kick of it in his blood, made him wonder if—

“Of course we need to get to the conference.” She grabbed her earpiece and shoved it into place as she bit her lip. “Let’s go.”

He held the door for her, watching as she hurried up the hallway ahead of him, the subtle sway of her hips making his hands itch for a better feel of her. No doubt about it, she was going to be angry with him. In time, she would see he had her best interests at heart.

But he had the perfect plan to keep her close and the ideal venue—a captive audience full of media members—to execute it. As much as he regretted hurting a friend, he also knew she would understand at a gut level if she knew him half as well as he thought she did.

His game was on the line. And this was for the win.

 

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Joanne

AUTHOR INFO:

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms– fits her life outlook perfectly. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

 Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website:  http://www.joannerock.com/
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JoanneRockAuthor
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JoanneRock6
GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/93455.Joanne_Rock

 

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** Book Review ** FIGHTING FOR IT by Jennifer Fusco

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3 1/2 STARS!

A sexy match up of old flames, showing that believing in something will get you far!

Jack Brady’s career has fallen apart.  He lost his last fight, his trainer died, and he’s drowning himself in booze.

Daniella Chambers shows up back in town and tells him it’s time to straighten up and get back to work because she needs him to save her Dad’s gym from the shape it’s in.  Dani & Jack were a thing back in high school, but split up when he pushed her to go to college.  Now, ten years have passed, but it all seems like yesterday when they look into each other’s eyes.

Will she be able to get him back on track with his training enough to win another fight?  Is there hope that she can forgive him for hurting her in the past and act on the attraction they still feel for each other?

** Book Review ** HUNTED by Elizabeth Heiter

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5 STARS!

I’ve had the first couple of the books in this series on my “To Be Read” pile for a few months, and I finally got an opportunity to pick the first one up today, and I’m so happy I did!  It was hard to put down and I kept hurrying to get back to it anytime I did have to take a break.  The main character is a tough chick and I really enjoyed seeing her work.  Can’t wait to read the next two that I have waiting and will eagerly await the 4th one being released!

Evelyn Baine is an FBI profiler and is sent to a small town in Virginia called Bakersville when they find a couple of women murdered and partially buried in a remote wooded area.  She sets out to do a profile on the murderer and find out as much info as she can to help track him down.

The killer is behind the scenes watching them try to find him.  He sets his sights on Evelyn and plans a special punishment for her.

** Book Review ** PUSHING THE LIMITS by Jennifer Snow

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3 1/2 STARS!

I have read this entire series, and loved it dearly.  I wasn’t as taken with Dean’s story as I was with Walker’s and Tyson’s.  I didn’t feel the connection between him and Colby nearly as strongly as the previous two match ups, possible because she was keeping secrets so much.  I also missed the passionate training and fighting details that were in the previous two books.  I enjoyed hearing Dean’s story, but I would recommend you go back and start from the beginning with Breaking Her Rules and Fighting the Fall if you haven’t already read them, so you get the full passion of the series at a whole when reading this one.

Dean Hardy was a rising MMA fighter a year ago when tragedy struck and an opponent died after a kick he delivered in a fight.  Dean stopped fighting and totally withdrew from that part of his life.  He started working security at a casino, and tried to ignore everything about his past life.

Colby Edwards is a reporter trying to land an anchor position, when she meets Dean by accident one night.  She decides to work undercover as a ring girl to get an inside story of the inner workings of MMA.  She makes sure she runs into Dean to attempt to get info from him, and soon they are getting involved.  She encourages him to get back into the game again when a fight opportunity comes up.  Will she make the mistake of not telling him the truth before he learns it from someone else?  Will Dean be able to move forward and fight again?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

** Book Review ** UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS by Coleen Kwan

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4 STARS!

I really enjoyed Derek & Hannah!

Derek Carmichael has returned to Pine Falls to check on his cranky Grandpa.  On his first day back, he runs into Hannah Willmett.  She’s the older sister of his best friend Caleb, and Derek has had a crush on her since he was 15 years old.

Hannah is newly divorced and has moved back home to set up a new life.  She’s blown away at how grown-up Derek is when she runs into him and can’t deny she’s attracted.  When they decide to have a temporary fling while he’s in town, it’s supposed to stay just between them.  That all changes when they end up expecting a baby.

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **