BOOK REVIEW – Second Chance Christmas – Ellen Butler


3 1/2 STARS!

This book had a good premise, but I felt like it moved along too fast.  It was a short novella length type, and I think would have been much more enjoyable had it been a full length which would have given room to explore their past, and redevelop their relationship deeper.

Emma Taylor is a prominent DC attorney, and is surprised to be called in the middle of the night to pick up her ex-fiance from the Emergency Room after a bar fight.

Major Colton Evans has just gotten out of Walter Reed hospital after being flown home after he was injured overseas.  He’s trying to decide what to do with the rest of his life, and is surprised to see his biggest mistake waiting for him when he gets out of the ER.

Colton regrets letting Emma walk out of his life and end their engagement a few years ago.  Will he be able to convince her to give him another shot?

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BOOK REVIEW – Fire on Ice: The Complete Series – Dakota Madison



Okay, I went into reading this book fairly blind … I liked the guys chest on the cover (hey, I’m honest!), and I liked that it was about a hockey player, but have never read this author, or heard any reviews  —  I so loved it!  I adored Kian from the first page, and Taylor just seemed like such a fit for him that you just had to hope that from the first time he laid eyes on her, that she would give him a chance.  I wish there were a couple more books for me to run out and buy to enjoy more of them.

Kian Kavanagh walks into a bar … no really, he does! … and a short time later, meets the woman of his dreams.  Just their first eye contact across the room knocks him for a loop.

Taylor Thompson is there with a friend just conducting an experiment for her psychology class, she never expects to meet a guy.  And what a guy he is.  Kian plays minor league hockey, and that’s actually a negative immediately in Taylor’s eyes because she’s been hurt by a jock in the past, and swore to never date one again.

Kian convinces her to take his number, and is shocked when she actually calls him.  They casually see each other a few times, and it doesn’t take long for them to realize that they are a great fit.  They are enjoying life when Kian gets called up to the majors and has to move to Seattle.  When Taylor suffers a horrific trauma, will she be able to come back from it? And will Kian be able to be there for her when he’s not even in the state?

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BOOK REVIEW -Melt For Me – Elisabeth Naughton




A sweet Christmas read!

Ella McKinley owns Yuletide Spirits, a pub in Holly, NC where the entire town is decked out for Christmas and people are flocking through to visit.

Tate Kendrick shows up out of the blue one day.  He and Ella dated back in their college days, but they broke up and he went on to become a big rock and roll success.  Now he’s back, saying he still wants “the one that got away”.

Does Ella still feel the same or will she send him on his way?

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BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – The Idea of You – Darcy Burke


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Loved this book!  It’s well written, and the main characters get into your heart immediately and have you pulling for them to get together.  I hadn’t read any of the previous ones about the family, but this will not be my only!  Can’t wait to go back and read the previous siblings stories and will look forward to hopefully seeing more of Alaina and Evan in future family members stories.

Movie star Alaina Pierce is looking for a way out of Hollywood as a media circus is starting up around her.  Her production partner Sean suggests his in-laws place in Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, so she packs up and heads out.

Evan Archer has just moved back home to live with his parents and is the first to run into Alaina at the apartment over his parents garage when he goes to help he hears the piercing alarm of the smoke detector going off and goes to help her get it to turn off.
Evan is a breath of fresh air to Alaina after living in fake Hollywood for so many years.  He doesn’t seem to have a filter, and everything that comes out of his mouth is honest.  A what you see is what you get kind of guy.  After a few interactions with him and his family, she’s told that he has Aspergers.
They spend as much time enjoying each others company as they can while she’s there, and neither is looking forward to her going home to California.  When they lead such different lives and want different things for their futures, can there be anything beyond the here and now for them?
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Ribbon Ridge #4
Darcy Burke
Releasing November 17th, 2015
Avon Books


Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.

Following a major tabloid scandal, movie star Alaina Pierce escapes to Ribbon Ridge. She’s immediately drawn to the quiet, picturesque town and the incredibly sexy—if a little quirky—Evan. He may be built like a Greek god, but he’s honest and straightforward… so different from the Hollywood types she normally dates.

Their attraction is undeniable, but Alaina can’t elude the paparazzi forever, and Evan has no interest in being in the limelight. When the secret she’s been keeping is exposed, the idea of Evan—of real love and a family like the Archers—could vanish in an instant.

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Evan Archer rounded the larger of his parents’ two garages and was immediately hit by the smell of smoke and the peal of an alarm. He instinctively pressed his hands to his ears and looked up at the apartment on the second floor of the garage. Smoke billowed from an open window. Despite the excruciating sound, he ran toward the door, threw it open, and vaulted up the stairs. The door at the top, which led to the apartment, was open. The acrid scent of smoke assaulted his lungs as the scream of the alarm violated his ears.

A woman stood beneath the alarm madly waving a towel.

Evan strode to the dining table situated in front of the windows and pulled a chair beneath the smoke detector. He said nothing to the strange woman, but nevertheless she moved out of his way. He stepped onto the chair and promptly pulled the battery from the alarm. Blessed silence reigned. He closed his eyes with relief.

“Thank you,” she said, draping the towel over her shoulder. “I am so sorry about this. Who are you?”

He didn’t look directly at her but recognized her immediately. “You’re Alaina Pierce.”

“I know who I am. Who are you?” There was a guarded, tentative look in her eyes. He universally sucked at decoding emotional expression, but that was one he knew. Probably because he’d seen it in the mirror so much when he’d been younger.

He jumped down off the wooden chair and returned it to the table. “I’m Evan Archer. Are you staying here?”

“Yes. Sean didn’t tell you?”

“Nope.” Evan hadn’t seen his brother-in-law today, but that wasn’t unusual. He and Evan’s sister Tori lived in a condo in Ribbon Ridge proper, while Evan lived fifteen minutes outside the center of town with their parents in the house they’d all grown up in. “Should he have?”

“Maybe not. My being here is a secret.”

Then it made perfect sense that he hadn’t told Evan. He was terrible at keeping secrets. “I suck at secrets.” And knowing when to keep his mouth shut.

“I see. Well, do you think you could keep me a secret?”

Maybe. If he didn’t make the mistake of blurting it out without thinking. “I guess.”

“Hey,” she said with more volume than she’d used before. “Would you mind looking at me so I can see if you’re telling the truth?”

He forced himself to look straight at her. She was beautiful. But not in the glamorous movie star way he’d expected. She wore very little makeup, not that she needed any at all. The color of her skin reminded him of rich buttermilk, and her hazel eyes carried a beguiling sparkle. They were very expressive and probably her defining feature. Along with that marquee smile he had yet to see.

“Do you have a superpower that allows you to detect lies?”

Her mouth inched up into an almost-smile. “Yes, I do. It’s a side effect of being ridiculously famous.”

“Good to know. I was only moderately famous, so that’s a skill I don’t possess.” He was also fairly lousy at lying. How could he recognize it in someone else? He looked away from her, settling his gaze on the still-smoky kitchen. “I’ll do my best not to expose your secret.”

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 Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.


BOOK REVIEW – Controlled Burn – Shannon Stacey



This was a fun book to read.  You have a sweet guy, protective of his elderly landlords who is suspicious of the granddaughter he never knew existed suddenly showing up.   There’s sexy flirting and hot sex, and then there’s the heartwarming side of watching Jess and her grandparents embrace knowing each other.


Boston firefighter Rick Gullotti lives upstairs in the Broussard house.  Joe & Marie are like family to him, so when he gets a message that Joe has fallen and they are at the hospital, he rushes over to check in on them.

Jessica Broussard receives a message for her father, David, from a Doctor in Boston about her grandfather.  Her Dad isn’t in the office right now, so she decides to fly to Boston to check on the grandparents she has never met and get them situated in an assisted living facility.

Jessica and her grandparents enjoy getting to know each other, and when it’s time to go back to San Diego, she’s sad to leave them.  She also doesn’t want to walk away from whatever it is she and Rick have been sharing as they spent time together over the last few weeks.  Will they find a way to make a long distance thing work?

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BOOK REVIEW  – Nanny Makes Three  –  Cat Schield


A decade old crush walks back into her life out of the blue!

Hadley Stratton gets called out on an urgent nanny job and is shocked to see Liam Wade open the door.  She’s sure he doesn’t remember her from her old competition days, but she recognizes him.

Liam has just been blind-sided by an infant being thrust into his arms mistakenly thinking he’s the father.  He figures out that it must be his twin brother, Kyle, but he’s a Navy SEAL stationed overseas and he needs someone experienced to take care of his niece while he tries too locate him.  Imagine his surprise when “the one that got away” knocks on the door.

As they take care of Maggie and grow closer, their past attraction grows stronger and they start a relationship.  Will their past hinder their future happiness or will they be able to overcome their issues and be happy?

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BOOK REVIEW – Taking It Off – Claire Kent




It’s HOT, and it’s filled with sexy strippers, steamy sex and some romance thrown in to boot!

Elizabeth Marks is at her old college roommates bachelorette party, and she’s hating it.  Strippers gyrating all over the place are just NOT her cup of tea.  She’s barely hanging in there, when she spots the sexy guy standing over at the bar.  When she goes to take a breather later in the evening, she runs into him and they chat.  He dares her to show back up at the club twice a week for the next month so he can show her that it’s more than she sees at face value.

Matt Stokes is the owner of Bare Assets, and when he’s trying to make Elizabeth admit that there can be a sexy side to the club even if she’s not into it, he decides to show her by taking the stage himself even though he doesn’t dance very much anymore.

Elizabeth doesn’t want to like the place, but she wants to see Matt again, so she shows back up.  Will they act on their attraction for each other or will they decide their lives are too different and walk away?

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BOOK REVIEW  –  A Memory Away  –  Melinda Curtis


I really enjoyed this sweet romance!

Jessica Aguirre has partial amnesia after a car accident.  When she shows up at Michael Dufraine’s door, she thinks from a memory flash that she had, and a photo she saw of him in the newspaper, that he is the father of her unborn baby.

Duffy knows that he’s never seen her before, but as she explains her story, he knows it is his twin brother Greg that she’s remembering.  Greg was a swindler, and died six months ago, and Duffy is afraid that Jess is trying to pull one over on him too.

As they spend time together and start to have feelings, will he be able to get over his trust issues in time to be there for her and Baby?

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BOOK REVIEW – Shadow Wolf – Jenna Kernan



Jenna Kernan’s debut novel in the Harlequin Intrigue line does NOT disappoint!  It’s full of intrigue and mystery and has you second guessing who you think the bad guy is several times throughout the story.

Kino Cosen is tracking the drug lord he refers to as the Viper when Lea Atlaha stumbles right into the path of trouble.  Kino helps to get her away from the drug lord, but then has to keep her by his side because she’s the only person that has seen him in person and lived to tell about it.

Kino is seeking revenge because the Viper killed his father in front of him 10 years ago.  Will he be able to keep Lea safe?  And when they begin to have feelings for each other, can they remain objective as they try to solve the crimes swirling around them?

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BLOG TOUR – Playing For Keeps Novella Series – Cathryn Fox

Series: Playing For Keeps
Author: Cathryn Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour Host: DRC Promotions

The Series

Sweet Ride, #3

He’ll unlock her wildest fantasies…

Private investigator Curtis Jagger has always had a thing for Alix Harris. She was the darling of their high school—gorgeous, popular, class president…and, he suspects, just as naughty as she is nice. Now Jag has the opportunity to show her what she’s missing. To show her that sometimes being bad can be sexy as hell…

Alix has always done what she’s supposed to, and it’s gotten her exactly nowhere. Determined to please herself—in every way possible—she accepts Jag’s mysterious invitation to his ranch. In front of Jag’s camera lens, Alix finds freedom far beyond her expectations. A freedom where she takes the reins and rides out every wicked desire.

But in one week, Alix will have to return to her real world where politics reign. A world that can’t include Jagger, or she’ll lose everything.

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Another fun read!

Curtis Jagger, AKA Jag invited Alix Harris as his “one that go away” to the dude ranch.  At first she denies remembering him, but she does.  She’s tired of always being the good girl that her parents expect, and Jag’s offer is coming at just the right time.  She decides to throw caution to the wind and live a little!

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Wild Ride, #2

Good girl, meet bad cowboy…

Marketing Tycoon Tyler Mackenzie, a.k.a. Wildman Mac, has a knack for knowing what people want and, more importantly, what they need…so when he decides to show sweet and sexy yoga instructor Jess Gray that she’s the one for him, he puts a seductive campaign into motion.

When Mac defines the terms for the week and insists she do everything he says, Jess can’t help but be intrigued. Since this good girl wants to break free and do something naughty, she agrees to his terms and soon finds herself embarking on a sexual journey that knows no limits. For Jess this is one week of living out her fantasies, but Mac is determined to make this wild ride last forever.

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It’s sexy hot!

Tyler Mackenzie has accomplished a lot in his life.  He’s the President and CEO of the most successful advertising company on the East Coast.  The one thing he feels is lacking though, is that he has never forgotten one woman.

Jess Gray has known Mac since they were kids.  They were friends until the pressure of being cool reared it’s ugly head in school and they went with their separate groups.  But she’s never forgotten him either.  When he asks her to stay for a week at the dude ranch, she’s intrigued … and when he says she has to do everything he says, she’s in!

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Slow Ride, #1

He’s looking for love. She’s looking for trouble…

As a successful doctor and weekend cowboy, Chase Cooper enjoys a full life with plenty of female company. But lately, something hasn’t felt right. He’s been distracted. Antsy. Damn it, he’s been lonely. With an eye on settling down with a nice girl, Coop invites his high school best friend down to his ranch to see if maybe she’s the one for him…

Instead, her twin sister shows up. The one who loathes him.

Julia Blair is already halfway to Coop’s ranch when she learns the invitation wasn’t for her, but her vivacious twin sister. She has two choices: slink back home, or see just how far this farce will go. One glance at hotter-than-sin Coop, and she knows she’s playing a dangerously hot game. Because what this cowboy wants, this cowboy gets…

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It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s HOT!

Chase Cooper is a successful Sports Medicine doctor, and a weekend cowboy.  He’s been missing something in his life lately, and wants to see if he can find happiness.  He and his buddies decide to invite “the one that got away” to spend a week with them at a dude ranch.  —  When his guest’s twin sister shows up instead of her, will Coop admit that Julia’s the one he always liked in high school anyway?  Will they give in to their attraction, or will she turn around and go back home immediately when she realizes the invitation was actually meant for Mari?

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About The Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.


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