** Book Review ** THE CLOSER HE GETS by Janice Kay Johnson

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5 STARS!

I really enjoyed this book!  You’re drawn into the history of their family turmoil from the very first page, and the added excitement of the crime that is witnessed makes it even better.  I’m really looking forward to the 2nd part of this series to see the rest of Bran’s story!

Zach Carter is returning home to Clear Creek after almost 25 years away.  The upcoming anniversary of his little sisters death has made him finally willing to face his past in hopes of getting some long wanted answers as to who killed her.  He re-connects with his estranged brother Brandon, and even though they chose opposite sides between their parents, they are happy to see each other and hesitantly agree to work together to get some answers.

While on patrol for his job with the police force, Zach witnesses a fatal beating by a fellow cop, and meets fellow witness Tess Granath.  They quickly realize they are going to come under fire for not agreeing when the officer gives excuses for what happened and Zach steps in to make sure she is kept safe through it all.  He has never been a committing type of guy, but he can’t help the attraction he is feeling for this woman.

** Book Review ** EMERGENCY MARRIAGE by Olivia Gates

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3 STARS!

Definitely not my favorite book by this author, or by this Harlequin line, but I enjoyed reading it.  It taught you a lot about the medical hardship in other cultures.  I felt the connection between Laura & Armando was stretched and I just didn’t feel the attraction there to any great degree.

Dr. Laura Burnside went to Argentina chasing her dream job to be head of Global Aid Organization there.  Unfortunately, she was pushed aside and Dr. Armando Salazar is in charge instead.  Now she’s having to work under him, put up with his attitude, and to top it all off, she finds out she’s pregnant when the father is already gone from her life!

Armando has worked hard to put together a great hospital to help the area and has many employees who are loyal to his vision.  Laura is faced with a medical crisis, and as she recovers, he uses the time to re-connect with her about her feelings on the job and how they can incorporate their teams together more.  When he blows her away with a marriage proposal and the wish that she stay in Argentina with him, will she accept?

** Book Review ** COWBOY STRONG by Kelli Ireland

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5 STARS!

I adored this book!  I can’t tell you how many times I chuckled out loud at the sassy writing style and humor mixed in throughout.  The characters are great … sizzling hot chemistry mixed in with a true caring about each other even though they fight it a lot along the way. Highly recommend!  It’s a sexy, fun read and I promise you won’t walk away disappointed.

Tyson Covington is a sexy cowboy working hard to make a name for himself with his Quarter horse genetics program that he started as a teenager.  He’s having fun riding the rodeo on his way to a championship along side his sweet-addicted horse Gizmo.

His sexy rival, Mackenzie Malone, is right there along side him with her horse, Indie, and working just as hard toward her goals.  They’ve been friendly rivals for a long time, and on the days they are in the same area for competitions, they add some benefits to the mix.

When tragedy strikes and Ty and Gizmo are in a horrible accident, Kenzie steps in to help. Will Ty appreciate all that she’s done to get he and his horse on the road to recovery or will he push her away?

** Book Review ** TRAPPED WITH THE TYCOON by Jules Bennett

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4 STARS!

Really enjoyed the start of this new mafia series!  Power and secrets hold the cards behind the scenes of this family, but they will do anything for each other.  Can’t wait for the next installment!

Braden O’Shea is taking over the family business and has alot on his plate, but he makes time to ease himself into Zara’s life.  He needs access to her, so he plans accordingly and sweeps her off her feet.

Zara Perkins is an event planner and has several jobs going with the O’Shea’s right now, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction when Braden is near … but a girl can only take so much!

When she finds out he’s set this all up, will she be able to forgive him?

** Blog Tour / Book Reviews / Giveaways ** LOVE BY ASSOCIATION by Tara Taylor Quinn and WILD HORSES by Claire McEwen

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Love by Association
(Where Secrets are Safe #7)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

Love isn’t part of the job…

A tough-as-nails cop, Chantel Harris faces whatever life throws at her, and then some. As part of Santa Raquel’s High Risk team—created by the town’s women’s shelter, The Lemonade Stand—she goes undercover to expose one of the community’s elite as an abuser.

Looking the part is easy, but gaining acceptance into upper society circles is a different matter. That’s where gorgeous and successful lawyer Colin Fairbanks comes in. But Colin is so much more than Chantel could have dreamed. Wanting him is dangerous. Falling for him could ruin everything…

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MY REVIEW:  

4 STARS!

An intriguing story that keeps you guessing and trying to figure out who is guilty of what throughout.  Lots of protective shields are in place that have to be torn down to let life in again.

Chantel Harris is a tough girl cop in Santa Raquel who is going undercover among the city’s elite to try to bring an abuser to justice.

Colin Fairbanks is a lawyer who is part of that inner circle, and the attraction they feel towards each other at first sight is Chantel’s lucky break and her way into the group she needs to infiltrate.

Chantel’s intent is to find out the specifics of one particular crime, but stumbles upon a years old cover-up that is entwined among the people she is interested in.  Will Colin forgive her once he finds out she’s a fake?

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Wild Horses
by Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin

This wild stallion can’t be tamed

Todd Williams is still the naive idealist he was in college. Only now he’s endangering lives—Nora Hoffman’s to be exact. Nora hasn’t seen Todd since he decided that saving the rain forest was more important than their relationship. Until the night she’s nearly crushed by the stampede he causes. Now Todd is determined to make amends, for everything.

She may not agree with his methods, but even Nora can’t deny the importance of his fight to save the wild horses. With the attraction between them still sizzling and the fate of the horses in the balance, Nora must decide just how much she’s willing to risk.

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MY REVIEW:

4 STARS!

A sweet read about finding your way home again, even if you have to overcome a lot of heartache and stubbornness to be able to do it.

Nora Hoffman is almost trampled in a stampede of wild horses one night, and who does she find guilty of releasing them?  Her old college sweetheart who she hasn’t seen since he dumped her to run off and save the rain forest all those years ago!

Todd Williams has no clue that anyone is there that night when he’s trying to help the wild mustangs, but he sure is relieved when Nora is not injured.  He can’t believe she’s there, and he’s so happy to reconnect with her … and surprised to feel that old stirring of attraction.

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

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

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

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Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.

Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines, who grow and find themselves through their search for love.

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Tour Schedule
February 29th: Launch
March 1st: Brooke Blogs & Lady Amber’s Reviews
March 2nd: Beck Valley Books & Cu’s eBook Giveaways
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March 6th: EskieMama Reads & Becky on Books
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March 8th: Grand Finale

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** Book Review ** FULLY COMMITTED by Janie Crouch

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4 1/2 STARS!

Another exciting addition to the Omega Sector series!  You’re in suspense the majority of the book to see who the guilty party is.  Great characters!

Jon Hatton is an Omega Sector: Critical Response agent sent to Texas to aid the local police with a serial rapist case.  He’s running on empty for clues on who this guy is and the victims just keep coming.

Sherry Mitchell is a forensic artist with the FBI and she’s currently on vacation in the area to deal with some PTSD issues she’s trying to deal with from the things she’s seen in her couple of years on the job.

Jon finds out that Sherry is in the area and wants her to help them on the case.  She’s hesitant, but eventually she agrees to try.  Will they be able to track down this monster before he rapes again?  And as Jon and Sherry spend hours on end with each other every day, will they decide to act on the attraction they both feel when the other is near?

** Book Review ** GOING THE DISTANCE by Jennifer Fusco

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4 STARS!

Another sexy boxer exploding out of Stamina Gym in Las Vegas!  Mike and Ava are a joy to get to know and you won’t want to miss the scandal that hits the fan just as he’s gearing up for his big fight!

Mike Perez is a middleweight boxer training for a big fight coming up at Madison Square Garden in New York.  He’s a control freak and trains like crazy, so he’s really irritated when his schedule is being messed up to handle interviews with a sports reporter.

Ava Phillips is out for her next big story for the Las Vegas Times, and convinces Mike & his trainer that her making the cross country drive with him from Vegas to NY will be a perfect time for her to get an in depth interview with him.  He’s against it, but doesn’t want to let Dani down with the publicity she needs for the gym.

When they start to give in to their attraction to each other, will there be a future possible for them?  And when Ava’s paper publishes Mike’s secrets, will it be the end of his career?

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

** Book Review ** THAT NIGHT WITH THE CEO by Karen Booth

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4 STARS!

What happens when the one night stand you haven’t been able to forget shows back up in your life a year later?

A tabloid scandal brings PR guru Melanie Costello back into Adam Langford’s life when his father hires her to revamp his image.  What Melanie doesn’t count on before signing on the dotted line of a contract forbidding fraternization is the pull that would still be between them the second they laid eyes on each other.  Will she risk the future of her company to give in to temptation with Adam or will she walk away without a backward glance?

I really enjoyed these characters and the emotions they put into their relationship!

** Book Review ** SNOWBOUND WITH THE BOSS by Maureen Child

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4 STARS!

A sweet and feisty story revolving around two stubborn people who don’t want love anywhere near them  …  but when a second chance at happiness in life presents itself, they might just have to rethink that!

Sean Ryan is one of the partners of Celtic Knot, the gaming company that has been redesigning hotels to match scenes in their games, and he’s on site in Wyoming to work with the contractor on one … but she’s driving him crazy!

Kate Wells is independent as all get out, and does not back down for anyone.  When they are snowed in at the hotel together, the sparks they’ve been creating with all of their bickering starts a fire in them that won’t be denied.  When consequences arise, will they decide to fight some more or will they actually admit they like each other?

** Book Review ** BEAUTY AND THE BULL RIDER by Victoria Vane

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3 1/2 STARS!

A story about finding love where you least expect it, and about taking a second chance even after heartache.

Zac McDaniel is thinking about retiring from bull riding when he runs into his friend Ty and finds out a little info about the gal he’s had a crush on for years … Ty’s ex-wife!

Delaney McCall has been working hard on the ranch that she got half stake in from Ty to make a reputable bull breeding business.  She’s surprised when Zac shows up in her neck of the woods at a stock auction.

Zac knows Delaney wants to have a baby, and he offers his services, but expects to do it the old fashioned way.  Will Delaney see that he’s different from her ex and really give him a chance to show her how much she means to him?

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