BOOK REVIEW – Smoke Signals – Catherine Gayle

Smoke Signals


Be prepared to not want to put it down!  Razor is such a sweet, lovable guy even though he’s supposed to be a big and tough hockey jock … and you can’t help but want to take Tori under your wing and protect her.

Ray Chambers, AKA Razor, defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds was in Vegas for his best friend from his Portland Storm days bachelor party and wedding.  He’s partying with his buddies when he sees her.  He can’t ignore the haunted look in her eyes even as she’s trying to entice him into noticing her.

Viktoriya Dubrovskaya is desperate.  Her father is dead, she’s resorted to every horrible way she can come up with to get money to live on, but when she loses her place in dance school and her student visa, she has hit rock bottom.  When Razor offers to marry her to solve all her problems, she takes him up on it.  It can’t be any worse than where she’s already been.

Razor wants to protect Tori from the past that haunts her and guard her from any further pain.  He insists she see a doctor to try to work through the damage her lifestyle caused her both physically and mentally.  Will there be any future for them? They didn’t marry for love, and she’s definitely a tortured soul .. is there even a glimmer of hope that they can enjoy a life together?

WARNING — Graphic descriptions of sexual abuse!

**  Received free from Catherine to review  **

BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – If Not for a Bee – Carol Ross

If Not for a Bee


If you enjoy heartwarming stories about family, overcoming loss and learning to live again, this one is not to be missed!

Janie Everett lives in Rankin, Alaska with her 4 sons … 13 year old Gareth, 11 year old Reagan and 2 year old twins Gabe and Finn.  She and the boys are still healing from losing her husband Cal 3 years ago when she was still pregnant with the twins.  They’ve come a long way, but the loss is deep … especially for Gareth who as the oldest, had the most memories of his father and the responsibility of being the man of the house now.

Aidan Hollings comes to town and wreaks havoc immediately for Janie and her little family.  They get off on the wrong foot on more than one occasion, and he has to back pedal and do a lot of finagling to get her to give him a chance to make things up to her.

Aidan sees alot of himself in her older two sons and takes them under his wing as helpers as he works on studying the bees in the area for his research.  Being with him helps the boys … and Janie over time.  There are several twists and turns as time passes, but together they support each other and make it through each one.

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

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

If Not for a BeeIf Not for a Bee
(Seasons of Alaska #3)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 206 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

You can’t always play it safe

With four sons dependent on her, Janie Everett needs to keep her life uncomplicated. Now famous scientist Aidan Hollings is disrupting her orderly world, starting with the rescue of a…bumblebee.

Aidan is only passing through her Alaska wilderness town, and wasn’t planning to bond with her two older boys. Or become so attracted to the widowed journalist. His globe-trotting days may be be over if he’s able to show Janie that they can share the adventure of a lifetime–together.

Also in the Series

Mountains Apart
(Seasons of Alaska #1)
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A Case for Forgiveness
(Seasons of Alaska #2)

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Carol Ross 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. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after. For a complete list of her books, social media links, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website:

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Tour Schedule

10/11: Launch
10/12: Katie’s Clean Book CollectionZerina Blossom’s Books
10/13: Thoughts of a BlondeThe Power of Words
10/14: Christy’s Cozy Corners, underneath the covers, & Teatime and Books
10/15: Letters from Annie (Douglass) Limadeal sharing aunt
10/16: Singing Librarian BooksChill Reviews
10/18: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card & copy of If Not for a Bee (open internationally, print book to US winner, ebook to international winner)
– US Prize Pack: bee coffee mug, bee charm necklace, 17.6 ounce jar of honey, honey dipper, box of organic tea, and signed copy of If Not for a Bee (US only)
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BOOK REVIEW – Killer Season – Lara Lacombe

Killer Season


Loved these characters!  He’s a nice guy looking to take care of her when she’s scared and upset.  She’s a goodhearted person, alone in the world and comforted by his arms.  Fast paced, full of action and suspense.  A really good read!

Fiona Sanders has been working nights as a convenience store clerk for a few years now.  She likes interacting with people that she can interview for her Sociology project in college.  And the recent added bonus of “Hot Guy” dropping in regularly is definitely a plus!

Nate Gallagher, Houston PD Detective, stops by the store regularly to get food and drinks as he’s out and about working all hours of the day.  Luckily for Fiona, even though she doesn’t know he’s a cop, he’s in the store when he hears someone demanding money.  He sneaks up behind the robber as Fiona is gathering the money from the register into a bag.  Nate takes her under his wing throughout the night and helps her through giving her statement and getting her settled after her trauma.

When she’s in trouble again, she runs straight to Nate.  Something fishy is going on and with the help of Nate’s partner Owen, they are determined to find out who is targeting her and why!  Will they give in to their attraction for each other while spending so much time together?

**  Won in a giveaway **

BOOK REVIEW – A Moment of Weakness – Brooklyn Skye

A Moment of Weakness


This isn’t a super complex book/plot to read.  It’s straightforward, sexy hot and fun!  Micah is a big tough badass, but I adored him from the start.  There was just something about the tough demeanor one second, then soft as a marshmallow as soon his daughter walked through the door that really stole my heart.

Laurel Harris was an up and coming brand new elementary school teacher, but needed a job over the summer to pay her rent.  She was applying everywhere, but no one was looking for such a short term hire.  Her best friend April piped in saying her older brother Micah needed a nanny for his little girl, Shaelynn.

Micah Crane thinks April is sending a friend to interview for a job at The Alibi, the bar he co-owns with his best friend Ryan. When Laurel shows up saying she’s there for a nanny position, he’s really pissed off.  He doesn’t leave his daughter with strangers and doesn’t need any help raising her!  Once Laurel points out how dangerous it is to have her sitting in the back room of the bar for hours on end while he works, he relents and agrees to give it a try.

Shaelynn is adorable and Laurel loves her on the spot, but Micah is mean and downright rude, but when he lets his guard down and shows his tender heart, Laurel can’t help but fall for him.  He’s hot!  Will they act on the mutual attraction that is swirling around them every time they are in the same room together?  When Laurel finds out that he works part time as a glorified repo-man for a notorious crime boss, will she stick around even though she could be in danger?

**  Received free from NetGalley/Entangled to review  **

BOOK REVIEW – Tempting the New Boss – Angela Claire

Tempting the New Boss


The time span of this book is small, as most of it revolves around a couple of days time, but it’s exciting!  Lots of steamy sex, and moments to pull at your heartstrings.  Socially awkward as he is, I really enjoyed Mason!

Camilla Anderson has just lost her job when she hears about one opening up to be the in-house lawyer for Talbot Inc. Even though she’s warned off by the previous lawyer that is quitting, she takes the position anyway because the pay will allow her to pay off her student debt quickly.

Mason Talbot is the quirky, reclusive CEO of Talbot Inc.  He’s achieved a lot to be as young as he is, but he doesn’t enjoy interacting with people much.  He has a strong attraction to Camilla when they are traveling to London for meetings, and decides to act on it and put his cards out on the table to her … very awkwardly!  She doesn’t know whether to spend her time yelling at him or kissing him, because she’s attracted to him too, but his lack of a filter in what he says infuriates her.

When their plane runs into the path of a strong storm, they are suddenly in for a rough ride.  Mason is a calm rock of strength and comforts Camilla as things are thrown from one side to the other throughout the cabin.  Will they make it through this storm or will they be crash landing?

**  Received free from NetGalley/Entangled to review  **

BOOK REVIEW – Triplets Under the Tree – Kat Cantrell

Triplets Under the Tree


So many surprise twists in this book!  I really enjoyed it!

Caitlyn Hopewell opens the door and is blown away!  Antonio Cavallari, father of her triplets and believed to be dead for the last year, is on her doorstep!

Caitlyn had agreed to be a surrogate for her sister Vanessa and her husband Antonio.  She was 4 months pregnant when they left on a trip to Thailand that they never returned from.  Their plane crashed and all were believed to be dead.  Caitlyn has been raising the babies as her own since their birth.

Antonio has no idea who he is.  He was found in the water in Indonesia by a fisherman and taken to a village to recuperate. A knock in the head has given him back a snippet of memory.  He remembered his house in Malibu, so he struggled to find his way there to see if someone could tell him who he was.

Once Caitlyn is convinced that it’s really Antionio, she starts to try to fill him in as much as she can on his previous life and integrate him back into his busy lifestyle as a billionaire MMA fighter, turned venue owner.

Will Antonio take the kids away from Caitlyn once he’s settled back into his life, or will they decide to raise them together.  And when he realizes that Caitlyn has feelings for him, will he decide to take a chance and act on his attraction?

**  Received free from Kat to review  **

BOOK REVIEW – Shadow Play – Iris Johansen

Shadow Play


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


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


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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Tour Schedule

9/29: undercover book reviewsThe Written Adventure
9/30: Anndawson’s BlogLetters from Annie (Douglass) Lima
10/1: Writing PearlsAmanda Writes
10/2: Slice of LifeMythical Books
10/4: Christy’s Cozy CornersBeck Valley Books, & underneath the covers
10/5: teatime and BooksThoughts of a Blonde
10/6: Dixie n DottieWishful Endings
10/7: I Am A ReaderZerina Blossom’s Books, & Getting Your Read On
10/8: Mel’s ShelvesSinging Librarian Books
10/9: Kindle and Me
10/11: Grand Finale

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Grand Prize: Spa Gift Basket and a print copy of When the Right One Comes Along (US/CAN only)

2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of When the Right One Comes Along (print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

3 – 3rd Prizes: copy of When the Right One Comes Along(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

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BOOK REVIEW – Her Accidental Husband – Ashlee Mallory

Her Accidental Husband


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  **