REVIEW – Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter – Annie West

Seducing His Enemy's Daughter

5 STARS!

Loved this book!  I didn’t put it down from start to finish because I was so invested in seeing what all the secrets were that were going to be uncovered, and to see if Donato and Ella could truly have a future.

It all starts with Ella Sanderson being summoned by her father Reg, to meet a man that he had an important deal in the works with.  He had arranged to make her sister, Felicity, marry this mogul because he wanted money and power from him.  Her sister ran off with the man that she loved to avoid her father’s scheming.  Ella is the only sibling that has no tolerance for her father and his nonsense, and finds no problem telling him no.  Until she finds out he’s stolen her brother’s inheritance that he was counting on to fund his current hotel project.

Donato Salazar is a rich, powerful, self-made ex-con.  He’s hard and ruthless, but Ella sees through that to the real man underneath.  Their attraction to each other is instant, and even though she refuses to marry him, he convinces her to keep up the front with her father and to spend time with him.

Donato has a secret.  He never planned to go through with a wedding, he only used it as a distraction to keep Reg occupied while he schemed his plan to ruin the man.  As the time grows near, he feels guilty and tells Ella the truth.  He can’t lie to her, because he’s grown to love her.  She too has fallen head over heals for him, but how can she forgive him using her to ruin her father?

In the end, the truth will all come out … but will it be too much for Donato and Ella to overcome?

** Received free from Annie to review **

REVIEW – Fighting the Fall – Jennifer Snow

Fighting the Fall

4 STARS!

After enjoying Walker Adams in the first book of this Beyond the Cage series, it was like meeting up with an old friend to see him show up in several scenes in this book.  This time, it’s Tyson, his hard-nosed trainer’s turn to be front and center.  He’s training for a big fight to defend his championship belt, but keeps getting distracted.

First, actress Parker Hamilton shows up asking him to train her for a movie roll she’s auditioning for.  On her way to being washed up in Hollywood, she is determined to get the lead as an MMA fighter in an Indie film, but needs to get some training FAST!  Tyson has no interest in helping her and sends her on her way.  He soon has to rethink that when his second distraction shows up.  His drug addict brother swears he wants to get clean, but he owes some dealers money and they are threatening his life.  Tyson has to backtrack and agree to let Parker train at his gym because he needs the money she’s offering to pay him to help his brother.

Seeing her in the gym every day is just as distracting as he thought it would be.  When the trainer he has working with her is called away for a family emergency, he has to step in and work with her himself.  He can no longer keep his hands off her, and they grow closer.

Will she win the part that has come to mean so much to her?  Will Tyson win his big fight?  Can they make a relationship work or will he continue to be a loner and push her away?

** Received free from Jennifer to review **

REVIEW – Her Soldier’s Touch – J.M. Stewart

Her Soldier's Touch

4 STARS!

Sergeant First Class Colten Taylor retires after 20 years in the army and returns to his childhood home in Phoenix.  He’s heartbroken as he does so, because he’s home to bury his little brother Paul, who finally succumbed to his years of addiction and died of an overdose.  The last of his family is gone.  Or so he thinks.

Rachel Madison is there to pick him up from the airport.  He hasn’t seen her since he left her bed 6 years earlier.  She was best friends with Paul when they were younger, even dating him for a short time before drugs overtook his life and changed him.  He dreads telling her about Paul’s death, but little does he know she has a bombshell of her own to drop on him.  A 5 year old son … that looks exactly like him!

Colten isn’t sure he can stick around and be a father.  He is haunted by his childhood.  An abusive father, a mother that committed suicide and left he and his brother to continue to take the beatings instead of being brave enough to leave her abuser.  He’s terrified he’s going to be just like his father.

Rachel has demons of her own.  She is mad at Colten for walking out on her six years ago, and can’t bring herself to forgive him.  She thinks he’ll always abandon her just like her father did.  Leaving her to be raised by her addict mother.  She figures it’s better to be alone than to be hurt over and over again.

Can Colten overcome his fear and be the father his son deserves?  Can he convince Rachel to take a chance on him even though he doesn’t think he’s worthy?

** Received free from Jo to review **

REVIEW – Protecting the Colton Bride – Elle James

Protecting the Colton Bride

5 STARS!

Elle James does it again!  Always such a pleasure to read one of her books.  I fell in love with these characters from the beginning and couldn’t stop devouring page after page to see what was going to happen.  Very down to earth characters, easy to relate to.

Megan Talbot needs money to buy her prized horses before her angry father makes good on his threat to sell them to a glue factory if she doesn’t move back home to California.

Daniel Colton needs a blue blood connection to impress the owner of the prized stud he wants to work with to take his horse breeding operation to the next level.

Instant solution!  Daniel proposes they elope to Vegas, and Megan agrees it’s an ideal fix to both their problems!  Megan will get her inheritance from her grandmother upon marrying, giving her the funds to save her horses.  Daniel will gain the connection to an influential family that he feels he needs to improve his chances of a stud deal with Kennedy Farms.

The perfect plan.  Only strange things start happening around them.  An incident with a horse, an illness, malfunctioning equipment, etc.  Someone is after Megan … but why?

** Received free from Elle to review **

REVIEW — Evergreen Springs – RaeAnne Thayne

Evergreen Springs

5 STARS!

I highly recommend this heartwarming Christmas romance!

Cole Barrett is an overwhelmed single father who has only had custody of his 2 kids for a few months, after their mother was killed in a car accident.  Six year old Ty is a super lovable little guy who just wants everyone to be happy.  Eight year old Jazmyn has a big chip on her shoulder and doesn’t want to live there.  She’s just waiting for the day that grandma will come to take her home with her.

Dr. Devin Shaw is the town sweetheart, having grown up there and spent her whole life there other than when she was away at medical school.  When Cole brings his sister into the hospital  with a sprained ankle and in premature labor with twins, Devin steps in to help keep Tricia’s mind at ease while she’s on bed rest and can’t help him at the ranch.  She gathers the community to help feed the kids, she babysits them while he’s working with his horses, she even enlists her sister, the mayor’s help in finding the perfect housekeeper to start as soon as possible.

Along the way, Cole and Devin each fight hard to control their attraction to each other.  He thinks that even though he’s a hard working man trying to make a life with his kids, that he’s still defined by the wild guy he was back in his rodeo days.  The hard partying, womanizer who can’t even remember the bar fight that sent him to prison, just can’t forgive himself for the past deeds that he’s done and instead keeps to himself so the community won’t feel the need to shun him.

Spending time with Devin brings out a side of Cole that he doesn’t show with anyone else.  He laughs, he goes to town functions, he lives!  When Cole panics about what he’s feeling for Devin and tries to push her out of his life, will she listen?  And will he be able to let her go so she can be with someone better than him?  Devin loves him, but she doesn’t know if she can trust in what she thinks he feels for her too.

** Received free from RaeAnne to review **

REVIEW — The Rebel – Adrienne Giordano

The Rebel

5 STARS!

Great book!  If you’re looking for lots of intrigue, some sweet, sassy flirting, and a sexy bad boy wannabe, this book is for you!  I flew through it because I just kept having to know what was going to happen next.

Homicide Detective Larry McCall is out for an early morning walk with his dog.  He never expects to stumble upon a crime scene, but when his dog starts digging in an empty field, that’s exactly what happens.  A skull is uncovered.

Five years later, Detective McCall approaches Sculptor Amanda LeBlanc at a function for a fallen fireman, where she is presenting his family with a sculpture she donated to honor their husband and father.  He thinks she does great work and is interested in trying to get her help on the skull cold case.  Amanda is hesitant to help because her deceased Mother was a forensic artist and there’s some upsetting history stemming from it.

David Hennings mother overhears their discussion, and the next day encourages David to go see Amanda under the pretense of needing artwork for his new house, but really to try to talk her into helping on the case.  Mrs. Hennings has been picking pet projects the last few years to become interested in and get help to solve.

David meets with Amanda and convinces her to meet with the Detective again to go over the case and she eventually agrees to help.  In the midst of their visits and discussions, they are attracted to each other and agree to see where it goes.  Once Amanda starts working on the project, crazy things start happening around her.  Her home and studio are suddenly inaccessible, her credit cards are being declined, break ins are occuring, etc.

Will David be able to keep Amanda safe long enough for her help solve this case?  Will their budding romance lead to anything more than casual comfort?  I highly recommend you read the book to find out!

** Received free from Adrienne to review **

REVIEW — To Win Her Love — Mackenzie Crowne

To Win Her Love

5 STARS!

I really enjoyed reading this book!  The characters grab your attention from the start, and draw you in as you try to figure out which side you should be rooting for.  There is feisty flirting, hot romance, adorable kids and some intrigue thrown in to boot.  Highly recommend!

Jake Malone, professional football tight end extraordinaire, is summoned to his estranged father’s house for the reading of his will.  He has never been in his father’s life and is irritated to even be there.  His irritation turns to shock when he learns he has twin 6 year old half-sisters that he is being tasked with getting to know and take care of while living in the house for a specified 3 month term.  He won’t be alone though.  Sports blogger, Gracie Gable, will be right there beside him for the entire 3 months.  Gracie adores her nieces, and wants to be the one that gets custody of her late sister’s girls when all is said and done.

Sparks fly when Jake and Gracie meet, until he realizes she’s Gridiron Girl, the sports blogger that he had it out with online over a controversial play a few days earlier that instigated a hefty fine from the league and a media storm that he is still trying to dig himself out of.  They each apologize and agree to try to get along as they introduce Jake into the girls lives.  As they play house over the next several weeks, they grow closer and eventually can’t resist the temptation of each other for another second, and start a hot affair.

Will there be a happily ever after in the end or will they part ways with one taking custody of Angel and Charlie?  Will the huge secret that Gracie is keeping unravel their relationship when it hits the media?  Will either of them wind up with the family that they’ve always wanted?

** Received as a gift **

REVIEW: Expert Witness – Rachel Dylan

Expert Witness

3 STARS

This book had an excellent plot, but I was a bit turned off by how much talk of God there was in it.  I’m perfectly happy reading a book about someone who is strong in their faith, and have enjoyed books from the LoveInspired line in the past many times, but this one, to me anyway, went way above and beyond that.  It just felt preachy to me, going so far as to have actual prayers in the dialogue.

Anyway, even though the premise of the plot was overshadowed, it still was an interesting story.  Sydney Berry is a sketch artist testifying in a murder trial, when she has an attempt made on her life outside the courthouse.  US Marshall Max Preston steps up and takes her into his custody to keep her safe.  They figure out that a gang that is under the murder suspects thumb is trying to take her out, and in the midst of the investigation, find out that an abusive ex-boyfriend is working with that gang.  The plot thickens when they find out there is inside dirty work going on in both the Marshal’s office and the FBI.

** Purchased **

REVIEW – Pin-up Fireman – Vonnie Davis

Pin-up Fireman

4 STARS!

I cried, I laughed out loud .. what more could you want out of a book?  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters!

Boyd Calloway is going through a custody battle with his ex-wife after a nasty divorce.  The last thing he needs or wants is to have a magnetic attraction to some woman, just after his lawyer has drilled into his head how straight and narrow he needs to be living his life so the ex will have nothing to hang over him in court.  The second he walks in for his shift at the firehouse and sets eyes on Graci-Ella, he’s a goner.  Instant attraction on both their parts.

Graci-Ella Santana is a lawyer, hobbying as a photographer who is there to set up a photo shoot to make a Fireman Calendar for charity.  After several interactions with each other, they decide to date.  He’s protective of his son, who he has to keep number one in his life, and she’s consumed with working long hours at work to get ahead and make her parents proud.

Watch their relationship grow as they support each other through life altering events.  Issues with his son, hard rescues on the job for him, and a dangerous obsession spiraling out of control for her.

** Received free from NetGalley to review **

REVIEW: Playing With Fire – Kate Meader

Playing With Fire

5 STARS!!

Okay, I’m hooked!  My first reading of a Kate Meader book will most definitely not be my last.  In fact, I’m going to have to go looking for the previous ones from this Hot in Chicago series soon!

Chicago is practically up in flames from the heat Alexandra Dempsey and Eli Cooper put off anytime they are in the same room together.  She loves to hate him … the all important, cocky Mayor.  He thinks she’s a feisty nuisance who needs to be put in her place … and he relishes the idea of being the one to put her there.

As the only female firefighter on Engine Co 6, Alex is out to prove herself.  She isn’t shy about speaking her mind, but her temper gets her into trouble on the job and brings her to Eli’s attention.  She’s happy to still have her job, but knows it’s because the public rallied around her, not because he did her any favor.  When the public starts to see the sparks between them anytime they are in front of cameras together, Eli comes up with a plan to “fake” date to help his re-election campaign.  He coerces Alex into agreeing.

Will their dislike of each other foil the plan, or will the attraction pulling them towards each other win out?  Will she be able to let her guard down and show her softer side?  Will he be able to show her that he’s more than just an arrogant ass?  When their time together starts to develop into real feelings, get ready for a hot, sexy ride along the way.

** Received free from NetGalley for a review **