* Blog Tour / Book Review * FOR JOY’S SAKE by Tara Taylor Quinn

* Blog Tour / Book Review * FOR JOY’S SAKE by Tara Taylor QuinnFor Joy's Sake by Tara Taylor Quinn
Series: Where Secrets are Safe
Published by Harlequin Superromance on August 1, 2017
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There's something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can't stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.


A heartwrenching story that brings an innocent little girl’s plight to life. Strong characters unite to help ease her trauma and learn truths about life and each other that will bring a closeness that both truly needed. It was great to see Julie again and see her working towards the healing she has so desperately deserved. Really enjoyed visiting The Lemonade Stand again!

If you are familiar with the series, you might recognize Julie Fairbanks and remember the trauma that she suffered years ago that led her to restrict her life and how she lived it. With the support of her brother Colin and sister-in-law Chantel, she’s working hard to move forward and live again. In volunteering at The Lemonade Stand, she comes across 7 year old Joy who seems to identify with her and sets out on a path of getting her to a point of starting to heal.

Event planner Hunter Rafferty has been asking Julie out for months now, but she turns him down every time. A happenstance connection between he and Joy has them sharing time together to ease the child’s turmoil, and shows her a side to him she didn’t know he had. Will letting her guard down and sharing her secrets lead to a friendship … or more?

 

 

 

 

 


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For Joy’s Sake
(Where Secrets Are Safe #12)

by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

There’s something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can’t stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.

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About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

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August 5th: Launch
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Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
Nicole’s Book Musings
August 7th:
Beck Valley Books
Thoughts of a Blonde
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Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
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Book Lover in Florida
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Harlequin Junkie
August 12th: Grand Finale

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* Review * ANY DREAM WILL DO by Debbie Macomber

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * ANY DREAM WILL DO by Debbie MacomberAny Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
Published by Ballantine Books on August 8, 2017
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five-stars

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.


A moving read about second chances and keeping your faith handy even when times are tough! Great characters, fun connections, lots of lessons learned, and just a general good feeling book!

Shay Benson didn’t have a great life, but she was on solid footing towards bettering herself when she was faced with a personal dilemma. With the path she chose, she broke trust and confidences and lost her way. Now trying to pick up the pieces, she stumbles into a church to get warm for a few minutes and meets the man that will change her life.

Pastor Drew Douglas is trying to feel his way out of the despair his life became after losing his wife. His two children pull him out of his mind and make him function day after day, and he knows he needs to move forward in whatever way he can. He stumbles upon Shay in the church and offers her comfort. His kindness and the program he refers her to helps her greatly. When they touch base again and she meets and connects with his kid, they strike up a friendship and see each other on occasion … eventually turning romantic!

five-stars

* Review * FROM TEMPTATION TO TWINS by Barbara Dunlop

* Review * FROM TEMPTATION TO TWINS by Barbara DunlopFrom Temptation to Twins by Barbara Dunlop
Series: Whiskey Bay Brides
Published by Harlequin Desire on August 1, 2017
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four-stars

Juliet Parker must save her grandfather's restaurant from ruin. Unfortunately, her main obstacle, wealthy restaurateur Caleb Watford, not only has a competing business, but he also sets her pulse racing! What better way to negotiate than with red-hot seduction?

Soon, Juliet's bedroom truce ends in pregnancy—with twins! The stakes have never been higher, and Caleb is used to winning—in business and in pleasure…


Temptation indeed! The characters are fun … kind, yet sassy. The story line was interesting, but I would have liked the pregnancy to have played an earlier part so that there was more than just the back and forth of the business drama.

Juliet Parker and her sister Melissa have recently come back to Whiskey Bay, Washington to reopen their grandfather’s dream business in his honor. They are hard at work and on a strict budget to get things done when the neighbor comes knocking with complaints of them reopening back up after all these years!

Caleb Watford has his own plans for a business nearby, and the fact that Jules is here is going to throw a major wrench in it! It would be easier to deal with if he wasn’t so attracted and drawn to her. When a one night fling amidst their fighting leads to twins being on the way, they are going to have to think fast and straighten things out!

four-stars

* Review * THE FLIRTATION by Tara Sue Me

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * THE FLIRTATION by Tara Sue MeThe Flirtation by Tara Sue Me
Series: Submissive #10
Published by Berkley on August 8, 2017
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four-stars

Lynne has not wanted for anything since she began working as Nathaniel and Abby's nanny—until the night they invite her to a group BDSM meeting. The abrupt breakup she had with her last Dom made her turn her back on the lifestyle, but now she’s ready to dive back in. When she starts chatting on online BDSM message boards, she’s shocked to discover Simon, her former Dom, is a frequent poster—and even more shocked at herself when she creates a secret identity and strikes up a conversation.

After messaging with a mysterious submissive online, Simon forms an immediate connection. Lynne and Simon's D/s relationship grows in intensity, but can their relationship survive after the truth is exposed, and Lynne's identity is laid bare?


A sexy delve into secrets, desires and second chances! I wasn’t drawn as deep into these characters as some in the past of The Submissive Series because a good bit of their interactions throughout the book occurred on-line. It was still a steamy read, and in the end I enjoyed their connection and how their story played out, it just wasn’t quite as erotically stimulating as some. Solid characters, a believable plot, and great to see some of our favorites from the previous books again!

Lynne Ryder set her interest in the BDSM lifestyle aside after an unexpected break-up from her previous Dom. Because of things that happened, she questions her devotion to the life and if she even wants to try her hand at it again. She decides to take the plunge softly and starts checking in and chatting a little on on-line message boards. She’s shocked when she comes across her ex on the site!

Simon Neal is unfulfilled with his life right now. His fellow Doms are settling down and enjoying their submissives, and he’s still single and not finding what he’s looking for. When he strikes up a conversation with a mysterious poster on the Forum, he has no idea it’s his ex under a fake name. They really seem to have a connection and continue to meet up and chat over time. When it all comes to light that it’s been Lynne this whole time, will he be able to overcome his anger and just be happy to be reconnected?

four-stars

* Review * CROSSING THE LINE by Kimberly Kincaid

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * CROSSING THE LINE by Kimberly KincaidCrossing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Cross Creek #2
Published by Montlake Romance on August 8, 2017
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four-stars

Cocky farmer Eli Cross plays twice as hard as he works. When his latest stunt drums up a heap of negative PR for the family farm, he grudgingly agrees to play host to an ambitious New York City photographer. Her feature on Cross Creek could be just the ticket to show the country what the Cross brothers do best…which is more problem than solution for Eli.

Scarlett Edwards-Stewart has photographed everything from end zones to war zones. She’s confident she can ace this one little story to help her best friend’s failing magazine. At least, she would be if her super-sexy host wasn’t so tight lipped. But the more Scarlett works with Eli, the more she discovers that he’s not who he seems. Can his secret bring them closer together? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?


A sexy-sweet connection grabs our attention quickly in the 2nd book in The Cross Creek Series. We met this family in the previous book when Hunter and Emerson reunited and got their happy ending, and now it’s Eli’s turn!  He has the reputation of being all play and little work … but we come to find out that isn’t exactly what he’s about at all. He and Scarlett were a fun read. I didn’t connect with them quite as much as I did with Hunter and Emerson in Book 1, but they were solid characters and an enjoyable story! Looking forward to more of this family!

Eli Cross has really stuck his foot in his mouth this time! He’s known for his good times and crazy behavior, so no one should really be surprised that he’s now in the middle of a bet that has caught the whole town’s attention.

Photographer Scarlett Edwards-Stewart is on Cross Creek for one reason … to help save her friend’s online magazine by featuring the farm in as eye-catching and human interest way as she possibly can. Only problem is, she’s handed over to Eli to be her contact while shooting and filming, and he’s about as forth-coming as an old shoe when she tries to get him to showcase the farm. When she gets him to spill secrets, will it end up being the best thing she ever did for him, or just lead to overall heartache?

 

 

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* Blog Tour / Book Review * ETHAN’S DAUGHTER by Rachel Brimble

* Blog Tour / Book Review * ETHAN’S DAUGHTER by Rachel BrimbleEthan's Daughter by Rachel Brimble
Series: Templeton Cove
Published by Harlequin Superromance on August 1, 2017
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four-stars

There's safety in solitude…isn't there?

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!


I always enjoy a visit back to Templeton Cove! I enjoyed the characters a lot, and the plot was interesting. I somehow wanted a little more from Ethan & Leah, but overall a good read!

Best selling author Ethan James is enjoying his life as a bit of a recluse as he pumps out his next thriller in Templeton Cove, but his daughter has other ideas when she brings home a visitor! ER nurse Leah Dixon is ready to give this child’s father a piece of her mind .. then she realizes who he is and winds up smack dab in the middle of chaos!

When danger surrounds this father and daughter, Leah can’t walk away without doing all that she can to make sure they stay safe … especially that little girl! Will Ethan be able to push Leah away so she won’t be caught up in this mess … or will the attraction they feel draw her in even closer?

 

 

 

 

Ethan’s Daughter
Templeton Cove #7

By: Rachel Brimble

Releasing August 8, 2017
Harlequin SuperRomance

 

 

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There’s safety in solitude isn’t there?

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger.

Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah but pushing her away may be even harder!

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EXCERPT

On the other side of the front door, the kitchen/dining room stretched from the front to the back of the house. Even though it was in semi-darkness, Leah could see straight through to some French doors at the back, the only illumination coming from the overhead light of the stove as it glinted on steel toward the center of the room.

Snapping her gaze to Daisy, Leah’s opinions on personal tastes flew to the wayside. The little girl’s eyes were wide as she chewed her bottom lip. Leah frowned. “Are you all right, sweetheart? Do you want me to knock?”

Daisy nodded and raised her arms toward Leah as though asking to be picked up. “Yes, please. Daddy might be mad.”

“Oh, Daddy won’t be mad.” Leah bent down and picked her up, hitching her onto her hip as Daisy’s arms wound around her shoulders. “If Daddy’s mad, I’ll show him how to calm himself down real quick. Don’t you worry about that.” Leah lifted the brass knocker and let it fall a little harder than necessary.

No answer.

Narrowing her eyes, she knocked again.

She was readying to knock a third time when the door swung open.

“I told you to get the hell out of here and not come back.” The man’s dark hair sprouted from every angle, his raging eyes bulging and his right hand swathed in a blue and white¬¬––and bloodied––dishtowel. His gaze held Leah’s for a split-second before he snapped his attention to Daisy. “My God, Daisy. What are you…” He cupped Daisy under her armpits, wincing slightly as he pulled her from Leah’s arms to hold her close. He pressed a lingering kiss to her temple, his raging eyes hidden behind his closed lids.

Leah stared, completely stunned by this flannel-shirted, blue jeaned, incredibly good-looking man…despite the bulging eyes. She coughed in a bid to find her voice. “Mr. James?” She planted her hands on her hips. “You’re Daisy’s father, I presume?”

He opened his eyes and Leah stepped back.

Apparently when his eyes had softened and were filled with regret rather than rage, they looked good. Really good.

She stilled. Oh, good Lord. Be damned if those weren’t the eyes of Templeton’s reclusive novelist, Ethan James.

 

 

AUTHOR INFO

Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eight coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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* Review * HEARTBREAKER by Stacey Kennedy

* Review * HEARTBREAKER by Stacey KennedyHeartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy
Series: Filthy Dirty Love #1
Published by EverAfter Romance on June 5, 2017
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five-stars

Veteran cop Maddox Hunt is all about the job. Sure, there are women―lots of women, truth be told―but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her.

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.


Loved, loved, loved the chemistry between these two! Great characters that draw us immediately into the story and keep us turning page after page as their passion explodes. Super steamy!  Looking forward to Grey’s story!

Rookie Joss O’Neil has just been assigned her first job with the Seattle PD and is excited to begin her destined career … until she gets a look at her Lieutenant and recognizes him as her sexy, hot one night stand from a year ago!

Maddox Hunt is all about the job and having his own style of fun. He loves women … lots of women … but he never returns more than once … until Joss steps foot into his squad room. He never forgot her and the steaming passion they shared. Now it’s up to him to play it cool and keep things professional. The pull is awfully hard to resist though!

five-stars

* Review * PROTECTING HIS BEST FRIEND’S SISTER by Samantha Chase & Noelle Adams

* Review * PROTECTING HIS BEST FRIEND’S SISTER by Samantha Chase & Noelle AdamsProtecting His Best Friend's Sister by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams
Series: The Protectors #1
on August 9, 2017
four-stars

Protecting His Best Friend's Sister was originally published as Duty Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

The only woman I want is the one I can never have.

Harper. My best friend’s sister. I've wanted her since I was eighteen, but she's always been off-limits. Now I'm home after years in the Marines, and nothing has changed--except everything has. Her brother is dead, and she’s on a hopeless quest for answers about his death.

And I want her just as much as ever.

Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to protect her anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own.

And Harper has always been precious to me.


She’s feisty and determined to get answers. He needs to make sure the danger surrounding her doesn’t escalate. A connection between the two that they never acted on as teenagers … yet it is still flaring between them. An okay plot and likable characters.

Harper Murphy is determined to get the details about the accident that killed her Marine brother. She doesn’t care who’s cage she riles, she’s going to get an understanding of exactly what happened or she won’t give stop.

Levi was Gavin’s best friend and fellow Marine and he is going to watch over her just like he knows Gavin would have wanted him to, so when suspicious things start happening around her, he’s on top of keeping her out of harms way … only problem is, he’s been secretly lusting after her for all of his adult life … the only woman he wants is the one woman he can’t have.

four-stars

* Review * MISSION UNDERCOVER by Virginia Vaughan

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * MISSION UNDERCOVER by Virginia VaughanMission Undercover by Virginia Vaughan
Series: Rangers Under Fire
Published by Love Inspired Suspense on August 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

COVERT ASSIGNMENT

When Blake Michaels's cover as a local cop is blown and a corrupt officer attempts to kill him, he's forced to go on the run. Under his protection is Holly Mathis, also a target for what she may know about her late husband's investigation into corruption on the police force. Blake can't complete his assignment without help from the beautiful widow, but getting close to a woman again is out of the question. Trapped inside the town limits by police barricades, Blake won't surrender the mission until he finds the source of the deadly drug ring that brought him here. But as he circles closer to his target, can he get his man—and save his woman—without sacrificing his own life?


Excitement and danger from the very first page! Great suspense as we go on the run of their lives with the main characters.

Holly Mathis lost her husband in the line of duty a year ago, and she’s just trying to exist these days as she picks up the pieces and moves on day by day. She never expects to find hidden information that will all of a sudden put her in danger, but when she does, she’s lucky that someone comes along to help her!

Blake Michael is undercover as a local cop trying to bring down a rumored drug ring. Just as his cover is blown, he sees that Holly is in danger as well and dashes in to rescue her and take her on the run with him. They are trapped in the town by barricades and must rely on each other’s quick thinking to duck and cover every time danger strikes. Will help make it to town soon enough to save them?

four-half-stars

* Review * CAVANAUGH ENCOUNTER by Marie Ferrarella

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * CAVANAUGH ENCOUNTER by Marie FerrarellaCavanaugh Encounter by Marie Ferrarella
Series: Cavanaugh Justice
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on August 1, 2017
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four-stars

Playboy detective Luke Cavanaugh O'Bannon isn't excited to be paired with his polar opposite, introverted Francesca "Frankie" DeMarco, on a case. But when Frankie's cousin is found dead of a suspicious drug overdose, she and Luke must work together to pursue a serial killer who's struck again. And though they try to fight it, the two opposites attract…passionately!

After several false leads, their investigation points them to an online dating site where Frankie, despite Luke's objections, offers herself up as virtual bait. Will the killer reply with dinner and a deadly proposition? Will Luke realize he's met his match—offline?


Always a pleasure to visit the Cavanaugh family again! The murder case was interesting and caught my attention quickly, and even though the sass and snark between the main characters was fun, there just wasn’t a great connection pulling me in there. Still a pleasant read!

When her cousin is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, Detective Frankie DeMarco isn’t buying it. She sets her sights on finding out what really happened and winds up working what looks to be a serial killer case with Detective Luke Cavanaugh O’Bannon.

Luke isn’t happy when Frankie comes up with the idea to use herself as bate on a dating website they think the killer is finding his victims on, but she won’t take no for an answer. Can he manage to keep her safe when the killer comes knocking?

four-stars