* Review * A DADDY SENT BY SANTA by Susan Carlisle

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* Review * A DADDY SENT BY SANTA by Susan CarlisleA Daddy Sent by Santa by Susan Carlisle
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on November 1, 2018
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five-stars

When a small-town mom…

Falls for a big-city doc…

Nurse Lauren Wilson is used to doctors coming and going in her Oklahoma town — and doesn’t expect prestigious Boston doc Paxton Samuels to be any different. Until they’re snowed in together and their sensual tension reaches boiling point! But knowing Paxton is due to leave after the festive season, can Lauren risk giving him her heart and her little boy a daddy for Christmas?

 

Adorable, heartwarming and seductive all rolled into one! When a big city doc takes a temp assignment in a small town, no one expects him to want to stay when it’s all said and done! The characters and story line drew me in from the first page, and kept my attention throughout. The medical episodes are exciting, the little boy brings a smile around every corner, and the romance brewing between the main characters warmed my heart. Really enjoyed this Christmas miracle!

Nurse Lauren Wilson has seen a lot of doctors come and go in her small town since their long-term doc retired, so she’s not expecting a lot when she hears a new one is on his way. He’ll be here for his prescribed time and then will be on his way while she picks up the slack as the only full-time medical professional in the immediate area.

Boston doctor Paxton Samuels needs a break from the grind of living under his powerful parents umbrella. A betrayal he wasn’t expecting leads him to question what he’s doing, and when he finds a short term opening here in Last Stop, Oklahoma, he takes it. He never expects to connect with the town the way he does, and when it comes to his nurse and her toddler son, he’s growing quite fond. Will he be as quick to return to Boston as he was to leave it, or will the attraction of this small town persuade him to consider making it his home?

five-stars

* Review * A CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION by Karen Booth

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* Review * A CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION by Karen BoothA Christmas Temptation by Karen Booth
Series: The Eden Empire #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on November 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

Somewhere behind the expensive gifts and grand gestures…

was the man who had once been her whole world.

Sophie Eden refuses to sell her family’s legacy, especially not to Jake Wheeler. He and Sophie have history—a night of passion that first left her elated, then heartbroken. Now the New York heiress wants him to stay away. But when they’re snowed in for Christmas, they surrender to temptation. Meanwhile, a secret waits to tear them apart…

 

With the kick-off her brand new Eden Empire series, Karen Booth brings us the story of the first Eden sister as she tries to figure out a way to keep her family heritage while conflicting circumstances try to take it away. This book laid a great groundwork for the coming books with a big secret revealed toward the end that added another dimension for us to look forward to. Really enjoyed it!

Sophie Eden will do anything to be able to keep her grandmother’s department store running as the huge success she made it over the years. She not only has to contend with her sister over how to proceed, but now she has a familiar face from her past knocking at her door wanting to arrange an immediate buy out.

Jake Wheeler remembers Sophie fondly from their years spent at each other’s side in business school. He believes their connection give him a foot in the door that will have him snagging this deal before anyone else knows it’s even in play. Sophie however, isn’t portraying a warm fuzzy feeling when he reaches out to her. Turns out she cared more than he even realized back in the day and isn’t quick to forgive him for stomping all over her heart!

four-half-stars

* Review * KIDNAPPED AT CHRISTMAS by Barb Han

* Review * KIDNAPPED AT CHRISTMAS by Barb HanKidnapped at Christmas by Barb Han
Series: Crisis: Cattle Barge #4
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on October 1, 2018
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four-half-stars

This Christmas brings the revelation that he’s a father.

Now he needs to keep his little family safe when they become a target…

When the blonde beauty who shared his bed a year ago tells him he’s a father, Wyatt Jackson is stunned. But the attempted abduction of their newborn daughter drives the Texas cowboy to uncover the dangerous secrets of Meg Anderson’s past. Can Wyatt crack a twenty-year-old cold case before Meg’s Christmas becomes her last?

 

A heartfelt story with tons of exciting intrigue! With the next book in her Crisis: Cattle Barge series, Barb Han brings us the story of another illegitimate child of Maverick Mike. The book is filled with drama regarding his estranged family, sweetness surrounding finding out he’s a dad and reuniting with Meg, and lots of suspense around what’s going on with her past and the danger knocking on her door! Really enjoyed!

Wyatt Jackson isn’t happy about being summoned to Cattle Barge to deal with a load of bull, but he is really tired of the attorney hassling him and just wants to get this all over with. The surprise he receives when he meets up with a beauty from his past is life changing though!

Meg Anderson kept the secret that she got pregnant with Wyatt’s baby after their night together a little longer than she intended to, but now she’s doing the right thing and telling him he has a daughter. He’s shocked, but anxious to get to know his baby … but before too much bonding has a chance to occur, someone attempts to abduct her! Wyatt will stop at nothing to protect Meg and their daughter … even it’s something from her past coming back to get revenge.

four-half-stars

* Review * MIDWIFE UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Karin Baine

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* Review * MIDWIFE UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Karin BaineMidwife Under the Mistletoe by Karin Baine
Published by Harlequin Medical Romances on November 1, 2018
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four-stars

A kiss under the mistletoe…

A family for Christmas?

GP Fraser McColl longs to be part of a loving family, but past experience has taught him he’s better off alone. Only, thrown together with gorgeous yet guarded midwife Iona Munro, to care for two children at Christmas, he’s tempted to believe in miracles… After one passionate night together, can he persuade Iona that they deserve a lifetime of happiness—together?

 

A cute story! The kids are adorable, the brooding doc is attention grabbing, and the story line is appealing. I enjoyed it!

When Iona Munro agrees to take care of her friend and colleague’s two children during an emergency, she never expects to enjoy playing happy little family with Fraser so much! By the time it’s time to hand the children back over to their mother, she and Fraser are imagining a fairy tale in their minds.

Dr. Fraser McColl hasn’t had a great experience with family in his life. He was sent away to boarding school young and never had that family connection that most children yearn for. Now in adulthood, he doesn’t know how to live any other way. When Iona and the kids move in for their stay at his house, he begins to see what life can be like when you have warmth and love around you. Can he convince Iona that there might be a future in this for them?

four-stars

* Review * THE MAVERICK’S CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER by Christy Jeffries

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* Review * THE MAVERICK’S CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER by Christy JeffriesThe Maverick's Christmas to Remember by Christy Jeffries
Series: Montana Mavericks: The Lonelyhearts Ranch
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on November 1, 2018
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four-stars

All She Wants for Christmas is a Cowboy!

Rust Creek Ramblings

A few weeks ago, local wedding planner Caroline Ruth took a tumble off a ladder, and when she came to, she believed Thunder Canyon cowboy Craig Clifton was her boyfriend. Trouble was, they’d never met before. What was an upstanding rancher to do? Now, until Caroline’s memory returns, Craig is acting as reluctant faux fiancé. But with Christmas around the corner, dear readers, we’re hoping for a real-life happy ending for this unexpected couple!

 

She’s all mixed up! With a fun little jaunt into an unusual situation, Christy Jeffries takes us to Rust Creek Falls, Montana for the next in the Montana Mavericks series. The book has a touch of humor to it since they’re in a bit of a forced situation, and the characters are interesting and keep our attention throughout the story line. Enjoyed it!

Wedding planner Caroline Ruth is convinced she’s engaged to the hunky cowboy standing next to her! Of course the fall off of a ladder and knock on the head could explain her confusion.

Thunder Canyon cowboy Craig Clifton has never seen this woman before, but she’s friendly with some of his friends and she seems so convinced, so how can he be a mean ogre and blow her mind at this sensitive time? He reluctantly finds himself staying by her side and letting her believe they are engaged until her bruised mind safely realizes the truth … only problem is, he actually starts to enjoy his time with her along the way!

four-stars

* Review * AMERICA’S SWEETHEART by Jessica Lemmon

* Review * AMERICA’S SWEETHEART by Jessica LemmonAmerica's Sweetheart by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #5
Published by Loveswept on October 2, 2018
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four-stars

Old flames burn bright. When a disgraced starlet returns home to lick her wounds, she discovers that her high school sweetheart is just as tempting as ever.

Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .

 

The sexy, sweet memories of first love! They were high school sweethearts, destined to spend their lives together … until she changed the game plan and decided to become a star. Now she’s back, he’s better than ever and she finds herself doubting whether it was all worth it or not. The characters were well developed and quick to grab my attention. She was hard to like, but Jax was enough of a sweetheart to carry the load and make up for her unlike-ability. A fast moving plot and just generally a fun story!

When young Allison Murphy left her home on the East Coast all those years ago to make it big in Hollywood, she never expected to one day be returning home in disgrace as her face is splashed all over the tabloids. Now thanks to the lies told by an ex, that’s exactly what’s happening! She thinks a little comfort in the arms of her parents will do wonders for her wounded soul, but arrives home to the love of her life who she left behind all those years ago instead!

Jackson Burke agreed to do a big remodel for Allison’s parents while they were away, but had no clue their daughter would be returning home during the time he and his crew are there. He can’t deny that just seeing her is like another knife to his heart, but when photographers catch them sharing a moment and it’s now spreading around that she’s found a new love, he reluctantly agrees to help her pull off a ruse … but he’s going to be guarding his heart around every corner!

four-stars

* Review * BIG STICK by Kelly Jamieson

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* Review * BIG STICK by Kelly JamiesonBig Stick by Kelly Jamieson
Series: An Aces Hockey Novel
Published by Loveswept on October 23, 2018
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four-half-stars

A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .

 

Opposites attract when they least expect it! He’s not looking to be responsible for anybody but himself ever again, yet he finds himself being drawn to this gabby woman and her equally peppy toddler. They might have been the last thing in the world he was looking for, but it turns out the love they show him just might be exactly what he needs to be able to move forward with his life! Great characters that keep the story line moving.

Pro hockey player Nick Balachov doesn’t need any distraction right now. He’s still picking up the pieces of the turmoil life has been thrown at him in the last few years, and it’s just about all he can handle right now to concentrate on playing hockey, having time to himself and maybe an occasional casual hook-up. He never in his wildest dreams thought he’d be offering the guest house on his property to a single mom and her two year old daughter, but man, that just happened!

Jodie believes in living life to the fullest, so she didn’t let self-doubt railroad her out of picking up and moving with her kid from New York to Chicago! Her bestie and business partner Kendra has been the best at trying to get her settled, but she’s encroached on her love nest long enough and has to find her own place. Good thing Kendra’s hockey player boyfriend Max knows Nick will do him the solid of offering up his house.

four-half-stars

* Review * GOOD GIRL’S BAD LESSONS by Carmen Falcone

* Review * GOOD GIRL’S BAD LESSONS by Carmen FalconeGood Girl's Bad Lessons Series: Dirty Debts #3
Published by Entangled: Scorched on October 15, 2018
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four-stars

Translator Emma Cavanaugh will do anything to win her ex-boyfriend back—including summoning her brother's best friend, Italian billionaire and playboy Nico Giordano, to give her much-needed lessons in the art of seducing and pleasing a man. Sex was never her thing, so if anyone is going to know how to teach her how to be bad it'll be Mr. Sex-on-A-Stick himself.

Nico doesn't want any part of the crazy plan to teach Emma to be the mayor of pleasureville because not only will her brother kill him, but little does she know he wants nothing more than to taste her, touch her, and hear her moan his name. So that's a hard no...until she begs him to show her, to let her be his student for a month of blistering hot instruction that will make not only Emma's ex panting for more, but Nico as well as it turns out.

 

Delectably forbidden! He’s always known she was off-limits, but now she’s basically begging him to defile her … what’s a man to do?? Carmen Falcone’s latest is sexy, fun and oh so flirty and it’s going to steam up day the minute you open the first page.

Emma Cavanaugh can’t believe her boyfriend just dumped her … and called her boring in bed! He’s perfect for her, and she will stop at nothing to win him back, so she’s going to take matters into her own hands and learn how to knock his socks off in bed! Who better to get to teach her than the Italian walking sex God himself!

Billionaire Nico Giordano adores Emma and, but little does she know when she makes this little request of hers that he has always secretly desired her. She’s his best friend’s little sister and has always been strictly off-limits, but if she wants to play games and push his buttons, she’s going to learn the hard way about getting results!

four-stars

* Review * A TALL, DARK COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Maisey Yates

* Review * A TALL, DARK COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Maisey YatesA Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates
Series: A Gold Valley Novel
Published by HQN Books on September 25, 2018
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four-half-stars

It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

 

Christmas comes to Gold Valley! With the next book in her beloved series, Maisey Yates brings us the brother’s story we’ve all been waiting for. We knew he lost his wife, and we knew he seemed to still be spending his life pining away, but we were missing lots of the back story! Grant Dodge is a real joy to get to know, and McKenna is just the spitfire he needs to bring him back to life. Really enjoyed their story!

Widower Grant Dodge never expected to find a woman sleeping in an old cabin on his family’s ranch, but when he does he’s intrigued by her. He doesn’t get the opportunity to interact with someone that doesn’t know his past and who only sees him as a former husband anymore, and he has to admit, he really likes the lack of pity in her eyes!

Down on her luck McKenna Tate has come to Gold Valley to contact the man she discovered is her birth father, but she’s not so sure what kind of reception she’s going to receive. Along the way, she stumbles into the middle of a family filled with kindness, and a man that attracts her attention, as well as awakens her libido. She’s not sure what Grant’s story is, but she’d like to mix things up with him a bit while she’s around!

four-half-stars

* Review * A RING TO CLAIM HIS LEGACY by Rachael Thomas

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* Review * A RING TO CLAIM HIS LEGACY by Rachael ThomasA Ring to Claim His Legacy by Rachael Thomas
Published by Harlequin Presents on November 1, 2018
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four-stars

Demanding his baby…

And his fiancée!

Tycoon Marco Silviano can’t forget the mysterious woman he spent an incredible week with on a luxurious island. Coming face-to-face with Imogen in England is shocking—especially when he learns she’s expecting his baby! Convinced their child will secure his family’s dynasty, Marco is intent on persuading Imogen to wear his ring. But once they’re engaged, their burning desire and Imogen’s warmhearted allure test Marco’s control to the limit…

 

A holiday fling turns into forever! A delightful delve into an unexpected union. They thought the time they had on their magical island was all that they would have with each other, but an unexpected pregnancy and happenstance in business has reunited them for the ride of their life. Sexy, sweet and satisfying!

Imogen Fraser never expected to see the man she had a week long fling with again after they departed their magical island getaway, but circumstances have him showing up unexpectedly to meet with her … but the surprise is really on him, because he’s shocked to see her in her pregnant state!

Marco Silviano certainly wasn’t looking for forever when he had a holiday fling, but he can’t deny that the timing of finding out Imogen is pregnant with his child couldn’t have been more opportune. He needs an heir to satisfy the father that he’s never been able to please, and this just might be the time to play his cards!

four-stars