BOOK REVIEW – Shadow Play – Iris Johansen

Shadow Play

4 STARS!

The bones of a nine year old girl are found buried in a grave in the woods of Sonderville, CA.  Sheriff John Nalchek is determined to find answers and figure out an identity, so he contacts world famous forensic sculptor Eve Duncan for help.

Eve has alot of work to do, but because Sheriff Nalchek is really passionate about the case, she drops everything and gets started on the reconstruction of the skull right away.  She can’t help but think about her own daughter Bonnie, who was kidnapped and killed when she was only a couple of years younger than this girl had been.  After she fell apart and mourned the loss of her daughter, she picked herself up and went back to school to be a forensic sculptor so she could help solve crimes.

Reconstruction starts to move faster than it ever has before when Eve starts to hear the girl talk to her.  She tells her she thinks her name was Jenny, and Eve feels like she’s helping her race through discovering what her face looked like.  She’s almost done when the Sheriff calls to let her know they’ve had some issues and he thinks the killer may know she’s working on the case.  She finishes as quickly as she can, and ships the face of Jenny back to the Sheriff … only it gets stolen along the way.

Will they be able to recover the the skull and find out who she was, or will the killer get away with it forever?

** Won in a Goodreads giveaway **

BOOK REVIEW – Triple Dare – Regina Kyle

Triple Dare

5 STARS!

A sizzling hot fireman … yes please!  And not only is he hot, but he’s adorably sweet too!

Ivy Nelson returns home after years of roaming the glob as a fashion photographer to help her parents out after a medical crisis.  While there, she’s filing in for the town photographer, Hank, who is out with an injury.  Her first agenda is to finish up a calendar that’s proceeds will go to the local animal shelter.  And the fireman left to photograph is Mr. December.

Cade Hardesty is easy on the eyes to photograph and Ivy loves busting his chops while doing it.  Cade has been her twin brother Gabe’s best friend since kindergarten and they all three grew up together.  What no one knows though, is that Ivy has been secretly in love with Cade that whole time.

When circumstances put them in close quarters, they can no longer resist the attraction between them.  Will they be able to walk away after their fun is over, or will they decide to try to make a relationship work?

** Received free from Regina to review **

BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – When the Right One Comes Along – Kate James

When the Right One Comes Along

5 STARS!

Great characters!  I really enjoyed meeting Cal & Scout and can’t wait for the future stories about their K-9 teammates!

Calen Palmer is new to the San Diego K-9 Search and Rescue team when the city is surprisingly hit by a strong earthquake.  It’s Cal & his partner K-9 Scout’s job to get out there and search for trapped victims.  They are searching a partially collapsed office building when Scout alerts on a pile of rubble.  After some dangerous maneuvering, they rescue 5 year old Kayla from a hallway, where unfortunately her Mom died instantly.

Jessica Hansen is the trauma surgeon doing triage at the command center set up for the rescues.  She sends Kayla to be admitted for observation, and Cal has a fairly severe leg injury that requires him to be in the hospital for several days as well.  Cal and Jessica bond over his dog Scout because she ends up helping him out with him while he’s being transported in the ambulance, then again later when he can’t handle taking care of him the first couple of weeks out of the hospital.  Even thought they are both a bit gun-shy because of personal things that have happened to them in recent years, they decide to date casually.

Past drama leaves them both leary of this relationship they are stepping into, and they hit several roadblocks along the way.  Will they be able to overcome their issues and find happiness or will they go their separate ways?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review **

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When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

Kate James 2.jpgKate James spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.

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BOOK REVIEW – Her Accidental Husband – Ashlee Mallory

Her Accidental Husband

4 STARS!

Payton Vaughn is headed to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for her best friend Kate’s wedding.  Her fiance Brad was supposed to be there with her, but flaked at the last minute for some work problem.  She was pretty rough on him when he cancelled, so decides to FaceTime him before she boards the plane.  She’s shocked to see him in a compromising position with another woman.

Cruz Sorenson is sitting across the airport also waiting to board the plane to Puerto Vallarta.  He’s the Best Man, and it’s his brother marrying Kate.  Upon learning that Payton would be traveling alone, Kate twisted his arm to delay his flight a day so he could be there along with her.

One thing after another happens to throw a wrench in them making it to the wedding on time.  Their plane has problems and they have to end up driving, then they are almost in an accident and the car ends up being damaged and leaving them delayed longer.  Along the way, Payton and Cruz realize the other one isn’t as bad as they originally thought.  She thought he was a workaholic jerk, and he thought she was an entitled trust-fund Princess.

Will Payton stick with calling of the wedding to Brad once she’s back home where her parents control her life?  Can she convince herself to take a chance on Cruz even though he’s consumed with work?

**  Received free from NetGalley to review  **

BOOK REVIEW – Crosswinds – Elisabeth Naughton – Rising Storm, Episode 3

Crosswinds

5 STARS!

Best one yet!  I wanted this one to be longer because it was just getting good!

This episode centered mostly around the younger crowd.  Luis, Mallory, Lacey & Jeffry hanging out at Luis’s house and around town.  Lacey is spiraling out of control because she misses her brother Jacob, and her Mom is too busy fawning over Ginny during the times that she’s not floundering herself, and her Dad is not even around anymore.  She decides she wants Luis, and even though he’s dating her supposed best friend Mallory, she starts flirting hot and heavy and putting the moves on him.

Jeffry is working part time at the newspaper and finds out from Mallory that his Dad supposedly hit on her sister Dakota last year.  He doesn’t believe it, and warns Dakota to stay away from his family.

Ginny is upset after Lacey goes off on her about Jacob and walks to the park to calm down and sees that Logan Murphy is home from Afghanistan a week earlier than his family said he was going to be, and that he’s acting strange.

Can’t wait to find out more!

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

BOOK REVIEW – Calling the Play – Samantha Kane

Calling the Play

4 STARS!

HOT SEX ALERT!  Not for the faint at heart!  Must be okay with Male/Male and Menage!

Tyler Oakes heads into a bar in Birmingham, AL called Kitty Licks sure he’ll be getting laid that night.  As soon as he steps foot in the door, he realizes he’s in over his head in what looks like gang territory.  As the quarterback to the NFL Birmingham Rebels, he is in town early for some brainstorming sessions prior to the other guys showing up next week for preseason training.  Instead of the fun he was looking for, he has stumbled into the middle of under-cover cop Randi McInish’s drug bust about to go down.

Randi commandeers his Porsche to chase after the bad guys, getting it shot up, impounded and with a bullet grazing her arm, but that doesn’t stop her from taking Ty home with her for a hot night of sex!  Awkwardness almost derails their fun as they leave the police station and run into Brian Mason.  Brian is there checking on him for the Rebels and informs Ty that he’s his new coach.  Randi doesn’t know who he is, but there’s obviously some underlying tension between them.

Years earlier, they had fun together with various women, but Brian ducked and ran when Ty tried to get too serious.  Now he’s back because he can’t forget the one he let get away.  Will Ty decide to forgive him and trust him again?  And when they decide they want to enjoy Randi together, will she be game?

** Received free from Net Galley to review **

BOOK REVIEW – His Texas Christmas Bride – Nancy Robards Thompson

His Texas Christmas Bride

5 STARS!

It wasn’t in her lifelong plan to be virtual strangers with the man she just found out she’s pregnant with twins with, but Becca Flannigan can’t make herself regret it either.  Who knew the one and only time in life she had a one night stand with a hot doctor, THIS would happen.

At the hospital with family one night, Becca meets Nick Ciotti, then runs into him again at a restaurant later that night and spends the night with him.  Three months later, she stumbles across him again and he finds out they are pregnant.  They start to spend time together to get to know each other, then sort of start dating.  Becca wants the fairy tale family, but Nick doesn’t think he has it in him to give it to her.  He had tragedy in his life as a kid and his family splintered.  He has no role model of what a father and family is supposed to be.  Can he find the strength to overcome his past and have a future with Becca, or will he set her free because he doesn’t think he’s worthy of her and their babies?

I loved this book!  I started reading and couldn’t put it down.  Both of these characters are scarred from the families they grew up with, but you can’t help but like them.  He’s standoffish when he feels cornered, but so sweet when he lets his guard down.  And she’s sort of meek when she lets her family walk all over her, but you find yourself rooting for her anyway.

** Received free from Nancy to review **

BOOK REVIEW – Willow Brook Road – Sherryl Woods

Willow Brook Road

5 STARS!

Always a pleasure to read a novel by Sherryl Woods!  The way she interweaves a huge family and makes them all a part of the book is magical and makes you wish YOU were one of the O’Brien’s living in Chesapeake Shores. 🙂

Carrie Winters has been back in Chesapeake Shores among her extended family for 6 months.  She’s basically licking her wounds after a breakup with her former boss, fashion icon Marc Reynolds.  At a loss of what to do with her life, she is feeling pressure to make a decision just as she meets an interesting man.

Sam Winslow had barely been a resident of the town, when tragedy struck his family and he’s now the guardian to his orphaned 6 year old nephew.  He’s trying to get settled with Bobby, as well as get to work at his new job as the web designer/tech expert at the local paper.

Carrie manages to always be close by when Sam needs help with something and a friendship develops.  Carrie finally has an idea of a business that she thinks will make her really happy, and Sam supports her idea and keeps her secret as she explores it.  As time passes and their lives interweave, Carrie and Sam admit they are having feelings for each other.  Will Carrie decide she’s going to make a go of a business in town, or will her old life in the luxurious fashion industry world woo her back?

** Won in a Facebook giveaway **

RELEASE BLAST – REVIEW/PROMO/GIVEAWAY – Dances Under the Harvest Moon – Joanne Rock

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5 STARS!

Heather Finley has spent her life taking care of others.  Her sick mother, her siblings, residents of Heartache, TN, etc.  Now at age 28, she has a big audition opportunity and just wants to go after her dream of being a country music singer for once, but circumstances keep getting in her way.

First she is struck with a sudden illness, then she hangs around town longer so her sister Erin’s wedding is perfect, then something from her Dad’s past pops up, and last but not least, she’s falling in love with current Mayor Zach Chance.

Zach was a year ahead of Heather in school and had a crush on her even back then, but his own family circumstances led him to keep his distance and eventually leave town.  His dad now in prison for securities fraud, and his sister recovered and living a new life after surviving being attacked by a stalker and attempting suicide years ago, he’s finally able to come back to town.

Zach and Heather start to see each other and grow close, but she’s still keeping her health crisis a secret.  He knows from past experience with his sister how much secrets can endanger a person, so he won’t stand for being kept in the dark about things.  When it comes to light that another teenage girl, Megan,  is being stalked in town and certain things are similar to his sister’s case, Zach calls in help to try to figure out who is doing it.  Will he be able to save Megan and Heather when they fall into a trap set by the stalker?

** Received free in exchange for an honest review **

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DANCES UNDER THE HARVEST MOON
Heartache, TN #3
Joanne Rock
Releasing Oct 1st, 2015
Harlequin Superromance
Heartache—the
best place to heal
Chance
of a lifetime
It’s finally Heather Finley’s
moment. After spending years looking after her mother in the tiny town of
Heartache, Tennessee, Heather’s about to follow her dream of singing country
music. She can nearly hear the audiences hollering…until the town’s handsome
mayor, Zach Chance, comes to her with troubling questions about her late father’s
past. Once again, Heather has to choose: protect her family or chase her
heart’s desire? Zach is determined to help, and to convince Heather that she
belongs in Heartache—with him. But is he just another distraction? Or could he
be the one to show Heather how a small-town love can make her big-time dreams
come true?
 
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BOOK REVIEW – Seducing Seven – MK Meredith

Seducing Seven

4 STARS!

Sexy, sweet and adorable … lots of fun to read!

Just after arriving for the Romance Lovers Convention in Las Vegas, author Sevannah Michaels is being sort of stalked by an over-zealous fan.  She tries her best to politely distance herself from him, but when he’s following her to the elevator when she’s heading to her room just after checking in, she has to find some way to get out of this situation!

Enter Blake Turner.  Blake is in Vegas for an interview.  He’s a luxury salesman and is angling to get the VP of Sales position.  Though startled when Seven wraps herself into his arms and calls him her boyfriend, he plays along and gets rid of her fan.  Seven is appreciative of Blake’s help, but his cocky attitude and put downs to her industry, really irritate her.  She winds up placing a bet with him … if she can seduce him by the end of the weekend, he will buy 10 copies of her book and pass them out, selling them to his clients and coworkers … if he wins, she will announce to all of her fans and coworkers at the end-of-convention banquet that she’s a fraud and there’s no such thing as love.

It doesn’t take long for them both to be feeling more than they want to for each other.  In the end, will they take a chance on love or let their pride send them in separate directions?

** Received free from Entangled/Net Galley to review **