** Book Review ** LOSING AN EDGE by Catherine Gayle

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5 STARS!

Another great visit with the Portland Storm NHL team!  These guys are like a big family with their wives, kids, girlfriends, siblings, etc. all along for the ride.  It’s always a pleasure to dive into another of the hunky player’s stories!

Levi “501” Babcock has lived his whole life under his big brother Jamie’s shadow.  Jamie is the Captain of the Portland Storm hockey team that Levi now plays for as well.  He can never manage to one up his big bro, and ever since he hit the big league, he’s doing worse than ever at it.

Cadence Johnson is coming off the high of winning gold in her figure skating career, but also off the low of the drama she faced with her former partner.  She’s come to Portland to meet with a possible new partner while she’s staying with her big brother Cam “Jonny” Johnson, also on the Portland Storm team.

Levi has had a crush on Cadence for awhile, so when he runs into her at a team party, he asks her out.  She’s very gun shy and wary, but decides to go out with him as friends.  They are soon spending more and more time together, when her life is thrown into a tailspin again when her ex shows up in town.

Will Cadence decide to be honest with the people around her before it’s too late?

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** Book Review ** LONDON’S MOST ELIGIBLE DOCTOR by Annie O’Neil

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4 STARS!

Can two wounded souls be just what the Doctor ordered?

Lina Keminsky had only a few short years of the life she always dreamed of as a prima ballerina before an injury ruined her career forever.

Dr. Cole Manning left his home in Maple Cove, North Carolina to travel around the world and wound up taking over a clinic in London, where he meets Lina.

Can he help bring her out of the hovel of a life she’s been living since her injury to get her out and about the land of the living again?  And as they spend time together and grow closer, will he find the strength to tell her about the big secret that drove him away from home?

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** Book Review ** A GIRL’S GUIDE TO MOVING ON by Debbie Macomber

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5 STARS!

Sometimes in life you’re dealt a bad hand.  You can choose to grin and bear it and sweep the cards under the rug, or you can choose to stand up and walk away from the game in hopes of finding a better hand elsewhere.  This book shows a case of both situations.  I really loved reading it, found it hard to put down and just kept hoping for happy endings all the way around.  I highly recommend you take the journey!

Leanne put up with her husbands cheating for decades.  She was heartbroken the first time it happened, but she didn’t want to rock the boat and lose Sean, so she simply pretended to have the perfect life in public and turned the other cheek in private as he lived his life however he pleased.

When she discovers that their son Jake has followed in his father’s footsteps and is cheating on his dear wife Nichole, she can’t stand it and tells Nichole the truth.  Nichole refuses to accept that behavior from her husband and leaves him immediately.  Her strength guides Leanne to finally stand up for herself too and they go through the journey of moving on together after failed marriages together.

Nichole and her toddler Owen move into an apartment with Leanne living just across the hall.  They both go on to stumble across a new man to welcome into their life, as they continue to deal with the lingering connections to their ex-husbands.  Lots of drama filled moments of love, laughter and tears to follow.

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** Book Review ** FULLY IGNITED by Shannon Stacey

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4 STARS!

Another great edition to the Boston Fire series!  It is always a pleasure seeing the familiar characters again from the previous books, and to get to the heart of the new romance.

Jamie Rutherford is filling in for Lt. Danny Walsh at Engine 59 for a couple of months.  She’s used to fitting in with new companies, and is happy to see the comfortable family type atmosphere at this house.  What she doesn’t expect is the instant attraction to one of her subordinates.

Scott Kincaid has sworn off casual dating because he’s decided he’s tired of the game and is ready to settle down and have a family.  He finds he can’t resist the chemistry he feels with Jamie, even though they know she’s only there short term.

When they give in to temptation, will it cause problems on the job?  And will Scott be able to bank back his overprotectiveness and let Jamie do her job?

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** Book Review ** NAVY SEAL SURVIVAL by Elle James

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4 1/2 STARS!

Sexy SEAL’s on vacation, rescuing damsels in distress!

Duff Calloway and three of his SEAL team members have a couple of weeks down time and have decided to spend it vacationing in Cancun, Mexico.  Shortly after they arrive, they run into Natalie.

Natalie Layne just arrived in Cancun to try to find her sister.  She disappeared while scuba diving a couple of days earlier and hasn’t been seen since.  Duff and his buddies happen to be on a scuba excursion with Natalie when she’s setting herself up as bait hoping to be taken where her sister is being held and set in to help her.

Will they be able to find her sister before anyone else is taken?

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** Book Review ** BACK IN THE SADDLE by Karen Templeton

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4 1/2 STARS!

A great story that pulls at your heartstrings many times over.  It was a pleasure to be thrust into the Talbot family once again as we learned Zach’s story and saw Levi & Val continue their journey to wedded bliss.  Zach & Mallory were simply magical together.

Mallory Keyes decides she just has to get away from the Hollywood lifestyle for awhile, so she buys a place in Whispering Pines, New Mexico.  Her life changed years ago after an accident, and though she loves her son dearly, she needs some time away from the spotlight.

Zach Talbot is doing his best to hide away from anything more than doing his job as the town Veterinarian and raising his adorable sons.  When he stumbles into a meeting with Mallory, not even realizing who she is at first, he feels drawn to her.  She’s a breath of fresh air with her down to earth take on life.

Will they decide to take the chance on the attraction building when they are around each other, or is each too scarred from the cards life has dealt them to move forward?

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** TAKING THE SCORE by Kate Meader

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4 1/2 STARS!

A steamy read!

Property tycoon Brody Kane, hired Emma as his personal assistant because she was prim and proper and dressed like a hideous librarian.  He doesn’t need distraction in the office.

Emma Strickland is trying to be a good girl and stop the cycle of she and her sister getting into trouble, but she’s stuck in a bad position when her sister ends up owing a louse of a guy a ton of money, and volunteers HER to work it off.

Brody can’t believe his eyes when he takes a client to a strip club and out walks Emma.  His supposedly dowdy assistant is showing off all of her wares!

When he takes her in and tries to help her out of her hard spot, will Emma tell him the truth and let him settle the debt for her or will she continue to play games because she doesn’t want him to know about her sister?

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Taking the Score
Tall, Dark, and Texan #2
By: Kate Meader

Releasing February 15, 2016
Entangled Brazen

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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

 His office temptation is now his full-blown fantasy…

Paying down her sister’s debts has left Emma Strickland with little more than the thrift store suit on her back. And as if the suckfest couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to moonlight as a waitress to support herself and her cat. At a strip club. Her uptight, sexy-as-hell boss Brody Kane can never find out.

Texas property tycoon Brody Kane hired Emma for her spreadsheet skills, but her prim and proper demeanor sealed the deal. There’s no room in his life for a sexy distraction … and yet, he can’t stop lusting after the delicious Ms. Strickland. And then he takes an important client to a Chicago strip club and gets the worst lap dance in adult entertainment history. From Emma.

Now that he knows his office good girl has a naughty streak, Brody makes it his mission to uncover her secrets, one steamy, illicit, over-the-desk encounter at a time. But Emma is hiding more than her side job, and her final secret could end up destroying them both.

 

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EXCERPT:

A growl erupted from his throat, an unabashed display of possessiveness that even he found to be clichéd. But it drew the perfect reaction. Her teeth snagged on the pillow of her lower lip and emerged moist. Her nipples budded against the thin fabric of his tee.

Ms. Strickland likes it when you growl.

He closed the gap between them, gratified when she stepped back against the counter.

“Admit you’re jealous, Emma.”

“Never,” she said defiantly.

“Just your nipples then. They’re pouting.” He inclined his head. “And these earlobes have a greenish tinge to them.” He brushed his lips across the delicate shell of her ear. “And this spot where your neck meets your shoulder”—he inhaled her scent and placed the lightest kiss at that sensitive patch of skin—“the most jealous of all. And you in that tee is not helpin’ anyone, baby.”

“Are you telling me your engine gets all revved up when you see an old tee?” Fake bravado trilled through her voice. She pulled at the hem of the shirt. It fell to midthigh, but her drawing attention to it stirred his blood into a cauldron of need.

“When I see you in it. Because now it’s going to smell of you.” Reaching behind her, he bunched the material so it shaped to her perky breasts. “I know it brushed your skin, rubbed your nipples, that you were wearing it when I fucked you to paradise on my bedroom floor. Maybe you hitched it up to your hips while you thought about me and stroked yourself last night.”

He gave her a moment to pull out of his grasp, and when she didn’t, he hiked the tee higher, up past her ass. A wisp of lace crashed into his vision field as she parted her legs on a moan.

“You have other clothes. Ones I bought you. You don’t have to wear this, so why are you tormenting me?”

Her breathing came in short tugs, her breasts straining against the fabric he held taut against her body. Every part of him howled to be completed by her surrender. He could dip his head and suck her stiff nipple, but she had to ask for it. Beg for it. Last time, he took.

“Why are you wearing it?” he repeated.

“Be-because it’s soft.”

“And?”

“Comfortable.”

Not satisfied with that answer, he nudged his knee between her legs. Her lips parted to reveal all that wet, succulent pink, mimicking the pliant heat he longed to plant his cock into over and over. “And?”

“It smells of you.” In a surprise move, she put him on the back foot by leaning in and inhaling from his neck. “But it’s a ghost of your scent and can’t possibly compete with the real thing. God, you smell so good. It was the first thing I noticed about you when I interviewed. You shook my hand and I walked out of there on a contact high. No one should smell that good or look that hot. And in glasses, too, you fucking dick.”

 

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads 

Website:  http://katemeader.com/
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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** THE BRIDE WORE STARLIGHT by Lizbeth Selvig

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5 STARS!

An inspirational story of living through loss … loss of love, loss of dreams, loss of life … yet finding the strength to come back from lower than you ever thought possible to find all of those things again … and even better!

Joely Crockett once had the world on a string.  She won beauty pageants with ease, she was a favorite in the barrel racing circuit, she could simply shine at anything she did.  Until one day her world fell apart.  A horrific accident took everything she had ever loved and thought defined her away from her.

Alec Morrissey has known his share of loss and heartache.  He meets Joely at her sisters’ combined wedding and sees the pain in her and knows her will to not try make anything better is what’s holding her back.  He sets out to nag her into getting mad and trying to shut him up and prove him wrong.

Their time spent together leads to friendship as well as strong attraction between the two.  Will they each be able to overcome their fears to find their way to being each other’s future?

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The Bride Wore Starlight
Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys #3
By: Lizbeth Selvig

Releasing February 9. 2016
Avon Impulse

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 Once comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.

Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn from his mistakes.

As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together.

 

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EXCERPT:

The contact with Alec’s strong, long-fingered hand didn’t do anything to quell the annoyance dancing in her stomach. Or was it attraction? Or just a very long time since a man had taken her hand?

He tugged gently and braced his feet so she could stand and get her solid leg beneath her.

Her eyes came level with his tie. That put him at roughly six feet, she thought inanely, although, in truth, no thoughts but inane ones filled her head. Up close his eyes shone a dark, rich amber, and his full, upturned lips made him appear prone to smiling. His hat looked so natural on him he might well have been born with it on.

He held out his right elbow. “Just think of me as a human hiking stick.”

He hadn’t said “cane.” He hadn’t said “crutch.” She offered a tentative, grateful smile, took a deep breath, and nodded.

What could have been horribly awkward turned out to be an easy partnership. Alec seemed to know instinctively how to step where she needed him for support, and his arm offered a perfect grip that she could lean into as firmly as she wanted. It took a dozen or so strides to get the coordination right, but slowly she figured out how to step firmly with her right leg and use Alec’s weight to help swing and step quickly with her left. She’d walked like this with crutches, but this felt so quasi normal—she almost enjoyed it.

Almost.

They came to the stairs, and she froze. A flat path was easy. Going up stairs was awkward but doable. But going down threw her weight forward, and she didn’t have the strength or balance to keep from pitching headfirst down the flight.

“We’re doing great,” he said. “There are only six.”

We’re doing fine,” he’d said. She didn’t know this man from any random person, and yet he knew how to speak as if they’d been doing this forever.

“I really should have a body on the other side, too,” she admitted reluctantly. “I suck at stairs.”

“Here’s the deal.” He removed her hand from his elbow and held it, then wrapped his right arm loosely around her waist. “It’s your balance that’s got you spooked. You haven’t practiced with it, but your left leg is strong enough. Trust yourself. You know the drill: bad leg—”

“First,” she finished. “Yes. But it doesn’t hold my weight.”

“Eventually it will, but for now we’ll step together, and you lean into me when you’re using that leg.”

How did he know so effortlessly what to do? He’d probably had plenty of bangs and bruises when he’d been on the rodeo circuit—maybe this was second nature for him.

They navigated the stairs like they’d been doing it for years. She’d never have made it on her own, and such an exercise had been clunky at best with a physical therapist. When she stood at the bottom without aid of a crutch or two side walkers, her satisfaction had to rival that of any successful mountain climber’s.

“Wow,” she said, unable to keep the pleasure from her voice.

“Why are you surprised? You’re a ranch girl; you’re tough.”

 

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

Lizbeth Selvig lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), and a gray Arabian gelding. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Contest in 2010 with her contemporary romance The Rancher and the Rock Star. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and spend time with her new granddaughter. She also has four-legged grandchildren—more than twenty—including a wallaby, two alpacas, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats, and horses (pics of all appear on her website www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!

 

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** A FAMILY LIKE HANNAH’S by Carol Ross

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5 STARS!

This story takes you deep into a small town filled with kind people and history.  People who embrace newcomers and shower a timid little boy with love and understanding.  A place where people come to heal after loss and a place where people are able to dream of a bright future.

Hannah James had her professional skiing career torn out from under her after being in a horrible accident.  She suffers with the loss of those dreams, but she has forged through and created a new dream.  Snowy Sky Resort is set to open soon, and she hopes will create a magical place for families to make memories.

Tate Addison, a newly retired pro-snowboarder is brought in by the Board to consult on the resort to give recommendations before opening.  He’s recently received custody of his 6 year old nephew and is desperate to give him the life that he deserves after an early childhood filled with turmoil that a little one shouldn’t have to live through.

Tate and Hannah’s ideas for the resort don’t line up very well, so there is tension between them, but there’s also attraction … a lot of it!

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A Family Like Hannah'sA Family Like Hannah’s

(Seasons of Alaska #4)

by Carol Ross

Adult Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

February 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Starting over is serious business

With her professional skiing career cut short by an accident, Hannah James is putting all her energy into transforming Snowy Sky Resort into something special. There’s only one obstacle. Famous pro-snowboarder-turned-consultant Tate Addison has his own ideas about taking the Rankins, Alaska, lodge to the next level. But Hannah won’t compromise her dreams. She gets that Tate is trying to create a stable home for his orphaned six-year-old nephew—a boy Hannah already adores. And if she isn’t careful, she could also fall for the boy’s too-attractive uncle. Is she risking heartbreak? Or do she and Tate really want the same things out of life?

The Other Books in the Series

Mountains ApartA Case for ForgivenessIf Not for a Bee

Carol Ross is the author of three books for the Seasons of Alaska series for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. She lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. For a complete list of her books, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

 

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** Book Review ** CRAVING HER EX-ARMY DOC by Amy Ruttan

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4 1/2 STARS!

I thought my heart had been won by Dr. Carson Ralston in the last book of this series … until we dug into the life of his brother Dr. Luke Ralston in this book, and I love him even more! 🙂

Luke Ralston left the life that he loved as an Army doctor to come back home to the wife he had waiting at home.  Only she found someone she wanted more in his best friend while he was away and divorced him.  Now he spends lots of time in the mountains that he loves and hides away from the world as much as possible.

Dr. Sarah Ledet has moved to Crater Lake to be the doctor for the new ski lodge that’s about to open up.  She’s trying to do something that’s all her own for once and find out who she really wants to be.

She and Luke love to bicker with each other, but have great respect for the other as well.  He sets out to acclimate her to this wicked winter type of life she’s walking into so she will be ready when rescues are needed.  The more time they spend together, the more they can’t resist their attraction that flares when the other is near.  Will they both be able to overcome their baggage and see what’s in front of them before it passes them by?

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