* Blog Tour / Book Review * DEFENDING HEARTS by Rebecca Crowley

* Blog Tour / Book Review * DEFENDING HEARTS by Rebecca CrowleyDefending Hearts by Rebecca Crowley
Series: An Atlanta Skyline Novel
Published by Lyrical Shine on September 19, 2017
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four-half-stars

WHEN THE PITCH GETS PERSONAL

Atlanta Skyline’s star Swedish wingback Oz Terim—or as the fans call him, the Wizard—has an airtight plan for his life, his career, even his meticulously renovated house, but he barely gives a thought to the Islamic faith he inherited from his Turkish parents. So no one’s more surprised than he is when he’s the victim of anti-Muslim hate crime. Refusing to take the threat seriously, he resists the security detail Skyline insists on . . . until he meets Kate Mitchell. There’s no room for her in his plan and she’s the exact opposite of what he wants. Then why can’t he keep his hands off her?

After ten years in the military—and getting fired from her first post-Army job in Saudi Arabia—Kate Mitchell has slunk home to her Georgia roots. Private security isn’t the career she dreamed of, nor is she thrilled to work with an uptight professional athlete who plays a sport she has no interest in. She never expected to be attracted to him—or for him to fall for her, too. As their opposite lives tangle up—and the threat against Oz grows more serious—Kate has to decide who she wants to be in life and in love.

 

In a powerful voice, Rebecca Crowley takes on a hot topic with her latest book in the Atlanta Skyline series … and does it well! She delivers just the right amount of oomph to bring his plight to light in our minds and have us rising up behind him in support. The subject is of a relevant topic, the friendship rallying behind him is touching, the sports factor brings in fitting action to keep us wanting more, and the sweet love story developing from strife has us mesmerized. Overall, a great read!

Swedish soccer player Oz Terim was enjoying the good life as a star wingback for the Atlanta Skyline when sudden media attention brought him to center stage for another reason. He might have inherited his Islamic faith from his Turkish parents, but he’s never even been a devout follower, so when he’s suddenly targeted on a published list just for being a Muslim athlete, he’s blown away. Finding himself entrenched in hate is demoralizing and disconcerting.

Kate Mitchell is former military and newly back in her home area of Atlanta, Georgia and working for a private security company. When she’s contacted by Oz’s manager about the incident, she is hesitant to work with what she assumes is a cocky athlete, but when she meets Oz and hears his dilemma, she steps up and takes him on as a client. Attraction flares fairly quickly between them, but Oz isn’t quick to trust or jump into an intimate relationship with just anyone. Will she prove to be irresistible?

 

 

 

 

When The Pitch Gets Personal

Atlanta Skyline’s star Swedish wingback Oz Terim-or as the fans call him, the Wizard-has an airtight plan for his life, his career, even his meticulously renovated house, but he barely gives a thought to the Islamic faith he inherited from his Turkish parents. So no one’s more surprised than he is when he’s the victim of anti-Muslim hate crime. Refusing to take the threat seriously, he resists the security detail Skyline insists on . . . until he meets Kate Mitchell. There’s no room for her in his plan and she’s the exact opposite of what he wants. Then why can’t he keep his hands off her?

After ten years in the military-and getting fired from her first post-Army job in Saudi Arabia-Kate Mitchell has slunk home to her Georgia roots. Private security isn’t the career she dreamed of, nor is she thrilled to work with an uptight professional athlete who plays a sport she has no interest in. She never expected to be attracted to him-or for him to fall for her, too. As their opposite lives tangle up-and the threat against Oz grows more serious-Kate has to decide who she wants to be in life and in love.

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Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City and London, Rebecca currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

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four-half-stars

* Review * HOLIDAY SPICE by Samantha Chase

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

* Review * HOLIDAY SPICE by Samantha ChaseHoliday Spice by Samantha Chase
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #6
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 3, 2017
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As soon as the mistletoe goes up, that's when life gets really interesting

Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There's only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben's need for privacy and Darcy's love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

 

A bittersweet ending to The Shaughnessy Brothers series! If you are like me, you have adored this series and this family from the very first book. They are the close-knit family we only dream of having … always there to help when needed, full of unconditional love no matter what you may say or do in anger, and loyal to a fault. We have gone through the journey of healing and the finding of love with all of the brothers, and this book brings us the final sibling’s story … little sister Darcy. She’s been spoiled and has gotten her way all of her life with all of these warm and compassionate brothers and father that she grew up with, and now it’s time for her to meet the man that teaches her that life isn’t always going to go your way! She and Ben are a bit like oil and water on one hand, and yet destined to be together on the other. I enjoyed catching up with everyone again!

Darcy Shaughnessy is still working on figuring out what she wants to do with her life when she’s asked to do a favor and go meet with an artist that could use some help on a project having to do with his work. She’s happy to help, but when she arrives and the guy doesn’t seem all too happy to have the help that was requested, she’s a bit irritated!

Benjamin Tanner prefers his solitude in his cabin in the woods in Washington. He loves his work, but he doesn’t love the jobs of promoting and interacting with the real world outside of his uninterrupted bubble. When Darcy shows up with her enthusiasm and peppy attitude, he seriously doesn’t know what to make of her. At first they clash and get off on bad terms with each other … but when things calm down and they end up getting snowed in together, they find out they like each other a little too much!

four-stars

* Review * TANGLED UP IN TINSEL by Candis Terry

* Review * TANGLED UP IN TINSEL by Candis TerryTangled Up in Tinsel by Candis Terry
Series: Sunshine Creek Vinyard
Published by Avon on September 26, 2017
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five-stars

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll go to any lengths to protect their legacy—

but what happens when love gets in the way...?

As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, Parker Kincade has a restaurant to open. The fact that his Groomzilla brother wants the place for his perfect Christmas wedding doesn’t help. Then there’s the stunning woman who appoints herself his new chef before he’s ready to hire one. But one look at Gabriella Montani has Parker reassessing needs vs. wants. And that’s before he tastes what she has to offer…

Gabriella doesn’t need to get tangled up with a sexy man. What she needs is a job and a chance to prove herself. A place in Parker’s kitchen could give her the opportunity she’s been waiting for. The heat between them is sizzling, but a place in his bed could be downright dangerous. Neither Christmas nor men have ever lived up to her expectations, but Parker has soulmate written all over him. Should Gabi let herself be swept up in his holiday magic, or will it disappear before Christmas Day?

 

Another delightful trip back to Sunshine Valley! If you’ve read any of the previous books in the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, you will recognize the Kincade family and know about some of the ups and downs they’ve experienced in recent times. This book brings us Parker’s story, and also brings us some long awaited answers of what really happened in their parents life together. This family is a great blend of love, strife and an unbending connection to each other and make for a really deep foundation for each story. I loved the chemistry between Gabi and Parker from the very start and loved watching their relationship develop and soar!

Parker Kincade thought he was overloaded just trying to convert a treasured barn into his dream restaurant on the family vineyard, but when his brother announces he wants to have a big Christmas wedding there, the pressure is really on! He’s the good time guy, the reformed black sheep … can he really make all of this happen in time??

When sexy chef Gabriella Montani shows up declaring she’s the chef he’s been looking for when he’s not even near ready to hire one yet, it doesn’t take him long to realize the potential she brings to the table. With a body made for sin, and a sassy flare she just might be exactly what he wasn’t looking for all his life!

five-stars

* Review * LITTLE SECRETS: SECRETLY PREGNANT by Andrea Laurence

* Review * LITTLE SECRETS: SECRETLY PREGNANT by Andrea LaurenceSecretly Pregnant by Andrea Laurence
Series: Little Secrets
Published by Harlequin Desire on October 1, 2017
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five-stars

Secret Identity. Secret Baby.

They'd worn masks! So after one wild night with a fellow Mardi Gras party guest, accountant Emma Dempsey never expects to see her mysterious seducer again. Her only reminders are a tattoo…and a positive pregnancy test.

CEO Jonah Flynn feels a strange connection to his beautiful new auditor. Her tattoo—identical to his own—explains why. They vow to keep things professional, even as desire tempts them away from their good intentions. But when everyone's secrets are revealed, will Jonah have to choose between his business, his lover and his baby?

 

One plus one equals … three?? She’s keeping secrets … and when he exposes them, the fireworks will be electrifying! A fun connection between the characters has us pulling for a happy ending with these mismatched lovers! The plot is fast paced and delivers that happily ever after before we know it.

Accountant Emma Dempsey never expected the one night she decided to let her hair down and go wild at a masked Mardi Gra celebration to come back to haunt her … but here she is, pregnant … with not even a name to help her track down the mystery daddy! Then one day she shows up for her next temp assignment of auditing the books for a perspective deal, and there it is … the tattoo … it’s him!

Millionaire Jonah Flynn has spent his life working hard to achieve all of his dreams, and getting everything that he wants … so the fact that he can’t find his mystery woman from a few months ago is driving him crazy! He knew when he first touched her that the connection was strong … and the matching tattoos were meant to lead her back to him … and it does! Only it’s the auditor that can currently make or break an important deal for his company!

five-stars

* Review * UNTIL THE RIDE STOPS by Amie Denman

* Review * UNTIL THE RIDE STOPS by Amie DenmanUntil the Ride Stops by Amie Denman
Series: Starlight Point Stories
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on October 1, 2017
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four-half-stars

She won't stop until she finds the truth

Caroline Bennett is not looking for a summer romance. As a police officer at Starlight Point amusement park, she's got more important things to worry about, like solving a cold case involving a girl's mysterious death thirty years ago. Construction engineer Matt Dunbar is one of the few people who'll talk about the incident, but even he's not eager to dig up the past. Matt's working on a new state-of-the-art roller coaster—a project that could make or break his career—yet he still finds time for Caroline. As the end of summer approaches, her investigation implicates Matt's company, and she has to choose: justice or the funny, charming man she's falling for.

 

Curiosity leads to more than she ever expected! When Caroline Bennett learns of a connection to a young girl’s mysterious death thirty years ago at the very amusement park she works at, she feels compelled to find answers. Her investigation leads to discoveries she never expected,  and her quest for answers will have her questioning right from wrong many times over. The mystery was an interesting aspect of the plot and kept us intrigued. Her connection with Matt was fun to watch develop!

Police officer Caroline Bennett wasn’t looking for love this summer, but the chemistry she is striking up with the sexy construction boss for the new ride they are building at Starlight Point just might change that! She is enjoying getting to know Matt, but she won’t let it get in her way of finding answers on what happened that night on this very site!

Matt Dunbar is feeling the pressure of taking over his family’s construction business and needs this new roller coaster job to turn out perfectly. He’s not sure why Caroline is so obsessed over the accident from all of those years ago, but it’s always been a sore subject in his family so he’s not eager to talk about it. When her investigation starts to point fingers at his family business, he has no other option than to figure out what happened … and support Caroline’s desire for justice!

four-half-stars

* Release Blitz * GAME ON by Victoria Denault

 

GAME ON by Victoria Denault
(October 10, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Hometown Players Series Book 6)

“I don’t break hearts. I break headboards…”

When it comes to scoring in the pro hockey league, Alex Larue is crushing it—with the hot puck bunnies.  He’s the life of the party, the guy with all the jokes… and the one whose Party Guy mast keeps the real him well hidden.  The last thing he needs is anyone finding out about his troubled past, or the nightmares that haunt him still.

Brie Bennett is less than impressed by Alex from the moment she meets him.  And even though he insists on volunteering at the charity she runs, she doesn’t trust him.  He’s hiding something…but so is she.  She’s not just the rich privileged New York princess he thinks she is.  The animosity between them is undeniably addictive and as their worlds keep colliding it becomes supercharges with something else—attraction.  But if they stop playing games and let each other in, they both might lose.

 

 

 

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Excerpt

I look around at Alex’s sparse apartment. There’s a sectional, an ottoman, but no chairs, bookcases or pictures. The nook for his bedroom only contains one three-drawer dresser. His bedside lamp is on the floor beside the bed because it doesn’t have night tables. “You don’t seem to like things.”

He shrugs, and those deep blue eyes find mine. “I don’t have a lot of things from my past worth holding on to.”

Oh, this man… I reach up and gently cup the side of his face. He grasps my hand and I think he’s going to pull it away, but he doesn’t. He holds it to his face and pushes into it. He’s like a puppy looking for love, and I want desperately to give it to him. But he won’t let me.

“And you seem to want to throw away things now that are worth holding on to.” I force myself to step back and start walking toward the front door because if I don’t leave now I’ll let things happen that are going to mean more to me than they should. Than he wants them to. But his words stop me in my tracks.

“I don’t know how to be a boyfriend, Brie.” The look of pure confusion on his face would be comical if we were still talking about his inability to run a dishwasher. But we’re talking about feelings here. “The only thing I’ve ever committed to was hockey and even it tried to reject me. Hell, in a way every time I get traded, I feel like it still is. But it’s a thing, not a person. Hockey doesn’t have a choice, but you do.”

I start to walk back into the kitchen as he turns away from me to look out the window. “People who have had the choice to keep me in their lives never have.”

Thank God he’s turned away because I actually press my palm to my heart to keep it from cracking. Holy shit. I have no idea how anyone would walk away from him – the man and his big, broken heart –because what I want to do is run to him. “Give me that choice and I’ll change your track record.”

He grunts and turns back to face me. “You’re this amazing, stubborn, gorgeous woman who wants more than the one thing I know I can give. And as much as I suddenly, for the first time in my life, want to try and give more, I’m so fucking clueless as to how.”

I walk right up to him so we’re toe to toe. “You want to know how? You just do it. You let me in. You take the chance, like you do every time you step onto the ice. You don’t know if you’ll win or lose, but you play the game anyway and you take the shots on net even if you don’t know if you’re going to score. So tell me you want this. Take the shot.”

He nuzzles my hand and but then turns his face and kisses my palm. When he turns back to me he looks so serious it’s startling. “I want this.”

I smile. It’s not big, but I feel it inside me from my toes to the roots of my hair. “Game on?”

He smiles back, raw but darkly playful. “Game on.”

 

 

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Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filed romance.  She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French, and hockey.

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* Review * SUGAR PINE TRAIL by RaeAnne Thayne

* Review * SUGAR PINE TRAIL by RaeAnne ThayneSugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Haven Point
Published by HQN Books on September 26, 2017
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five-stars

An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's.

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…

 

Unlikely hearts connect and make for an endearingly emotional read! They say opposites attract and anyone looking at them from the outside would definitely say this was Julia & Jamie, but beneath the surface they are more alike than anyone knows. They both have injured hearts that they have hidden away because they now doubt their own worth in the game of love. As two little boys tear into their lives, they find themselves connecting with the innocence of these children and the fact that they need them. The plot is well contrived, and an enjoyable read. We see many familiar faces and build on the magic that Haven Point is all about. Loved it!

Librarian Julia Winston might have played along with a recent self-help book she read and made up a list of how she was going to change her life this year, but she never expects the changes to start happening so fast! She finds herself suddenly entrusted to care for two little boys who could use her nurturing heart to protect them in their time of need. They just so happen to bond with her new upstairs tenant as well … sexy pilot Jamie Caine!

Jamie might have the reputation as a player, but he’s got a deeper soul than that. He has a past that makes him keep himself casual with everything around him. He focuses on the job that he loves and his boisterous family, and he’s content with that. When he finds himself entrenched into a little make-believe family with his landlord and her adorable little charges, he finds he quite likes it and might want to keep her in his life for real!

five-stars

* Blog Tour / Book Review * BIDDING ON THE BACHELOR by Kerri Carpenter

* Blog Tour / Book Review * BIDDING ON THE BACHELOR by Kerri CarpenterBidding on the Bachelor by Kerri Carpenter
Series: Saved by the Blog
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on October 1, 2017
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four-stars

Another roll of the dice

Big news, fair readers! Bayside High’s favorite It Girl is back. Would you have bet Carissa Blackwell would ever return? Ten years ago, she crushed Jasper Dumont’s heart under her Jimmy Choos and left town for a bigger, better life. Her return raises one question: What is she running from (or is it to) now?

Perhaps Jasper knows? One look at Carissa and he fell in the bay! (Rich, single and devastatingly handsome, Jasper’s our catch of the day.) That icy plunge should have brought him to his senses, yet “Casper” has been spotted together all over town. Does this mean Bayside’s legendary couple may reunite? The stakes are high, but the Bayside Blogger’s money is riding on love!

 

The Bayside Blogger strikes again! As soon as former “it girl” Carissa Blackwell hits town, she’s in the spotlight of the infamous blogger as the town tries to guess why she’s back … and more importantly, if she’s returned for her long lost love Jasper Dumont! If you read the first book in the series, you will recognize a good bit of the primary cast, but if you didn’t you will be able to pick the gist of the story up just fine. As always, the characters were fun to get to know and their connection after all these years apart was something special!

Ten years ago, Carissa Blackwell left Bayside, Virginia in her rear view mirror vowing never to return .. yet here she is, sulking back into town with her tail between her legs! She went off to conquer the big bad world yet she’s coming back feeling like it kind of did her in. Will she be able to get back on her feet and get a business up and running here in her hometown … or will the scandal surrounding the one she left behind continue to flare out of control?

Jasper Dumont was crushed all those years ago when Car walked away. Not only was he expecting a future with her, but they had been friends for all of their lives and then suddenly she was just gone and never heard from again. He doesn’t plan on forgiving her … he really doesn’t … but it doesn’t take long after seeing her and hearing the guilt in her voice for him to take her under his wing and get her settled into town again. He’s a good guy … but will he be able to hold out against the attraction that struck the second she was back in his sight again??

 

 

 

 

 

Recently divorced Carissa Blackwell returns to her hometown and reconnects with her first love Jasper Dumont, while the ubiquitous Bayside Blogger reports their every move for the town newspaper in this delightful & playful novel by award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter.

 

About Bidding on the Bachelor:

Title: Bidding on the Bachelor
Author: Kerri Carpenter

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Series: Saved by the Blog #2

Format: Print/Digital
Print ISBN: 9780373623792
Digital ISBN: 9781488079146

 

 

Another roll of the dice

Big news, fair readers! Bayside High’s favorite It Girl is back. Would you have bet Clarissa Blackwell would ever return? Ten years ago, she crushed Jasper Dumont’s heart under her Jimmy Choos and left town for a bigger, better life. Her return raises one question: What is she running from (or is it to) now?

Perhaps Jasper knows? One look at Carissa and he fell in the bay! (Rich, single and devastatingly handsome, Jasper’s our catch of the day.) That icy plunge should have brought him to his senses, yet “Casper” has been spotted together all over town. Does this mean Bayside’s legendary couple may reunite? The stakes are high, but the Bayside Blogger’s money is riding on love!

 

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Excerpt:

“I’m back in town.”

“For how long?” he asked quickly, too quickly. In fact, if she wasn’t mistaken, anger laced his question. She must have reacted to it because his features softened. “Sorry, it’s none of my business. And I do remember that today is your birthday. So, happy birthday, Carissa.”

“Thanks,” she said, and meant it. She decided to offer an olive branch because the truth was that she’d dumped him and she hadn’t been kind about it. This icy reception she was receiving was well deserved. While she knew the reasons behind her decision, she’d never let Jasper in on it. She’d been a bratty, selfish teenager, not capable of understanding her emotions. Unwilling to admit that Jasper had always reminded her of her father and that summer her dad had dropped a bombshell on her.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be in town. I’m sort of in a transition period right now.” He waited patiently. After another long drink of beer, she finished. “I just got divorced.” Saying the words out loud left an awful taste in her mouth. An acidic aftertaste of yuckiness.

First, shock flashed on his face. Then, true concern shone in his eyes. “I’m sorry,” he said.

And that might have been her undoing. Because he had every reason to be stiff and awkward with her. Instead, any kind of compassion from him loosened her lips.

“Today is my twenty-ninth birthday. I’m having a beer next to my ex-boyfriend, who hates my guts, in a dive bar in the town I swore I would never step foot in again. An ex-boyfriend I should really apologize to because I was an evil witch to him.” The words were flying now. She gripped her hand tightly around her glass. “I’m not even thirty and already I’ve been married and divorced. And I got divorced because he freaking cheated on me.”

She couldn’t miss the way Jasper’s eyes narrowed, his hands curled into fists, and there was a definite tic in his clenched jaw. “He cheated on you?”

“Yep. Apparently, the fact that I was homecoming queen, prom queen and head cheerleader did nothing to impress him. Or keep his pants zipped up when anyone wearing a skirt in the Central Time Zone walked by. That probably makes your whole day, doesn’t it?”

He slammed his hand on the bar and she jumped. But she just as quickly composed herself. “What? You have every right to revel in my misery after the way I broke up with you. I got divorced. You win.”

His eyes narrowed. “I don’t want to win at that game. And I certainly don’t want to hear that some idiot cheated on you. I’m sorry you’re getting divorced.”

“That makes one of us.”

Copyright © 2017 Bidding on the Bachelor by Kerri Carpenter

 

Other Books in the Saved by the Blog series:

Falling for the Right Brother

Saved by the blog!

This just in, fair readers! Chic and stunning, that gorgeous new woman about town is none other than our very own little Ellie–now Elle–Owens. She’s a far cry from the frumpy, bookish student we used to know, but then, living in Italy will do that to a girl! Still, this blogger can’t forget the infamous video that caused her to leave!

Apparently Miss Elle has been spotted with yummy contractor Cam Dumont…but we thought her heart belonged to his little brother. Are Cam and Elle a new couple? They were seen cooling their passions in the bay…in April! If this is love, let’s hope she’s swimming with the right brother. The Bayside Blogger will keep you posted.

Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

 

 

About Kerri Carpenter:

Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to her newsletter.

 

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four-stars

* Review * MISSION: COLTON JUSTICE by Jennifer Morey

* Review * MISSION: COLTON JUSTICE by Jennifer MoreyMission: Colton Justice by Jennifer Morey
Series: The Coltons of Shadow Creek
Published by Harlequin Romantic Suspense on October 1, 2017
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three-half-stars

When his wife, Tess, died, tech mogul Jeremy Kincaid's perfect world broke apart. Their young son is the light of his life, but Jeremy can't shake suspicions that her death was no accident. Did presumed-dead Livia Colton orchestrate Tess's car accident? Jeremy risks everything by enlisting beautiful PI Adeline Winters to uncover the truth.

Adeline once served as Tess and Jeremy's egg donor and surrogate. Giving up her baby was the hardest thing she'd ever had to do, yet she can't turn down Jeremy's plea for help now. But Adeline and Jeremy must push aside their slow-burning attraction when kidnappers place the ultimate bargaining chip on the table: their son.

 

Suspenseful action with lots of heart string tugging! I really enjoyed the premise to this story … he loses his wife, is left to raise their son on his own, and reaches out to a PI to see if his wife’s death really was an accident — but the PI just so happens to be their previous surrogate and bio Mom to his son! It had a great underlying connection between them, but unfortunately it struggled to play out in a way to keep me connected with the story line. It really felt like there were too many possible bad guys and the constant going from one direction to another pulled the attention away from the core plot. It had great possibility with the core characters, but too much of a mish-mashed story line to be satisfying.

Tech mogul Jeremy Kincaid adores his son and will do anything to give him the life he deserves. He lost his wife when their son was very young, and he can’t let go of the suspicion that her car accident wasn’t truly an accident. He decides he needs to pursue it once and for all and see if he can get the answers he needs to let it rest.

Private investigator Adeline Winters is thrown when Jeremy contacts her to investigate his wife’s accident. She was previously their egg donor and surrogate for their son, so she’s surprised he would reach out to her now. She never quite got over the heartbreak of handing over her baby, so when handed the opportunity to see him again, she jumps at the chance. Time spent together leads to bonding between them all, and Jeremy isn’t sure he even wants to deny the attraction he feels for her anymore.

three-half-stars

* Review * Navy SEAL Promise by Amber Leigh Williams

* Review * Navy SEAL Promise by Amber Leigh WilliamsNavy SEAL Promise by Amber Leigh Williams
Series: Fairhope, Alabama
Published by Harlequin Superromance on October 1, 2017
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four-stars

He made a promise he intends to keep

Harmony Savitt is off-limits for navy SEAL Kyle Bracken. Not only is she his best friend's little sister, she's also a single mother and the widow of a fellow SEAL killed in action. This soldier needs to keep his distance. But something between them has changed…

Despite the new complicated feelings he has for Harmony, when his family comes under attack, there's no one Kyle trusts more than her to help him get answers. When that threat extends to her and her daughter, though, he vows to protect them…even if it means putting his own heart on the line.

 

An adorably sweet connection between a little girl and a Navy SEAL steals our heart from the very beginning of this story! The characters are well developed and enjoyable to connect with, and the plot has a bit of intrigue to it.

Harmony Savitt is thrilled to see her good friend and Navy SEAL Kyle Bracken home on leave. He’s been there for her and her daughter over the years since Bea’s daddy was killed in action. She used to have a major crush on him when she was a kid but to him, she’s always just been his best friend’s little sister.

Kyle adores Harmony and Bea, and getting to see them is the highlight of his visits home. He’s always filed her away as off limits, but for some reason things feel different this time. The sizzle when they touch, the way their eyes meet, the physical pull to have her in his arms. Just when he’s considering seeing where they might lead, trouble rises up around them and his family and Harmony and Bea are in danger. He’ll do anything to keep them safe … and he just might give his heart away at the same time!

four-stars