* Review * ONE CHRISTMAS NIGHT by Jules Bennett

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* Review * ONE CHRISTMAS NIGHT by Jules BennettOne Christmas Night by Jules Bennett
Series: Texas Cattleman's Club: Ranchers and Rivals #8
Published by Harlequin Desire on November 29, 2022
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five-stars

They’re in for a little holiday surprise…

Morgan Grandin has bickered with Ryan Carter for years…until one night of passion changes everything. Now she’s having his baby! The wealthy rancher insists on preserving his family legacy by proposing marriage, but can Morgan trust that their sizzle will last? Ryan is a rival she can’t resist, especially when he challenges her to live on his ranch for one month—where he will do everything he can to convince her to say yes. As sparks fly and Christmas approaches, will he give Morgan the gift she wants most of all?

 

Pure perfection! The next installment of the Texas Cattleman’s Club: Ranchers and Rivals series has Jules Bennett taking her reader along for the ride on an enemies to lovers turned surprise baby trope that will delight all. The characters are easy to like, their banter is amusing and their passion is spell binding. I enjoyed their story so much!

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that enjoys a whole lot of drama mixed into loving families as crisis after crisis comes into play and has to be handled as one sibling after another finds their true love.

five-stars

* Review * THE GIRL IN THE RIVER by Rita Herron

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* Review * THE GIRL IN THE RIVER by Rita HerronThe Girl in the River by Rita Herron
Series: Detective Ellie Reeves #7
Published by Bookouture on December 6, 2022
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The body lay in the river, arms outstretched. Long brown hair swirled in all directions, flowing with the current of the water. Her eyes were wide open in death, pale pink lips parted in a scream.

Detective Ellie Reeves should be enjoying the wedding of her dear friend Mia Norman. But instead of celebrating, she is frantically searching for the missing bride. Something is terribly wrong—just hours ago, Mia was blissfully happy. Why would she suddenly vanish?

Bursting through the dressing room, Ellie finds it in disarray—chairs overturned, a perfume bottle shattered. Hiding in the bathroom is Mia’s six-year-old daughter Pixie, curled in a ball and sobbing her heart out. The little girl says she was locked inside when she heard a man’s voice, and her mother crying. “I just want my mommy back,” she pleads. Ellie vows to make that happen.

Turning the venue upside down, Ellie’s blood turns to ice when she reaches the riverbank. Someone is dead in the rippling water, floating beside a white veil. Ellie holds her breath as she turns the body over. It belongs to Tori, Mia’s bridesmaid, a gunshot wound in her back. Near the murder scene, Ellie discovers a button from a man’s shirt, and her friend’s engagement ring. The race is on to find Mia—before it’s too late.

When forensics come back, the investigation takes a dark turn. DNA proves that Mia was actually Jesse Habersham, a woman who went missing five years ago. Ellie is certain that Mia was running from someone. Did her past finally catch up with her?

Facing the most complex case of her career, Ellie is in a race against time. Can she uncover the truth before her friend is brutally killed? And when the murderer comes after innocent little Pixie, will Ellie save her from the clutches of death?

 

Rita Herron always delivers on a Detective Ellie Reeves mystery! Exhilarating secrets are uncovered as Ellie dives into the middle of a missing persons/murder case when attending a friend’s wedding. Danger is lurking around every corner and lies are uncovered time and again in this action packed mystery. Fast paced, addictive and high octane!

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that enjoys a small town thriller with a cast of returning characters trying to solve crime after crime as life’s drama wraps around them time and again and makes for a relatable story.

five-stars

* Review * STARLIGHT AND THE CHRISTMAS DARE by Michelle Major

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* Review * STARLIGHT AND THE CHRISTMAS DARE by Michelle MajorStarlight and the Christmas Dare by Michelle Major
Series: Welcome to Starlight #7
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on November 29, 2022
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four-half-stars

She isn’t the only one looking for a fresh start…

Guardian of his teenaged half sister, glassblower Chase Kent is determined to steer his sibling onto the right path. But volunteer counselor Madison Maurer knew that he was missing that path by a long shot. So when Chase is injured in an accident right before Christmas, Madi opens her home to both brother and sister. She finds herself falling for Chase—and hoping he might open his heart, if only to discover the family he didn't know he was missing…

 

An emotionally heart wrenching return to Starlight! Michelle Major wraps a small town around her readers’ heart easily time and again but this story brings even more angst and family turmoil than normal to her plot and it was handled well. Strong characters with compelling back stories and a whole lot of drama to overcome in their path to forever.

Madison and her surly grumpiness has been a mainstay in this series as she slowly lets people of the town into her heart and learns to ease up on herself. It’s really sincere to see her move forward from her past and find happiness.

Chase is a complex character. He’s a sincerely nice guy, but he doubts himself and believes so poorly of the influence he can have that he does more harm than good in come circumstances.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that enjoys a small town filled with good hearted folks and loads of drama along the way to happily ever after.

four-half-stars

* Review * CHRISTMAS RANSOM by B.J. Daniels

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* Review * CHRISTMAS RANSOM by B.J. DanielsChristmas Ransom by B.J. Daniels
Series: A Colt Brothers Investigation #3
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on November 29, 2022
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four-half-stars

Could a second chance at forever become a ransom demand?

Former rodeo star Davy Colt traded his competition spurs for a PI license. But even after years away, he never stopped loving hometown sweetheart Carla Richmond. A robbery and hostage situation at the Lonesome bank leaves the loan officer injured and shattered. With the escaped culprit still at large, Davy will ransom his heart to the hilt to avert a deadly Christmas for Carla and their long-overdue reunion.

 

Non-stop action will delight intrigue fans! The third book in the Colt Brothers Investigation series brings rodeo star brother Davy back home to reunite with his former love when a bank robbery leaves her injured and in danger. The plot is thick with mystery and the characters past is bringing tension to the surface quickly when they reconnect to catch the culprit.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a fast paced dive into danger and intrigue with lots of drama and family bonding mixed in.

four-half-stars

* Review * A VALENTINE FOR CHRISTMAS by Reese Ryan

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* Review * A VALENTINE FOR CHRISTMAS by Reese RyanA Valentine for Christmas by Reese Ryan
Series: Valentine Vineyards #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on November 29, 2022
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A red-hot romance between a career-focused woman and a determined younger man?

Doctor’s orders!

Dr. Julian Brandon is too charming, too sexy and too young for Chandra Valentine. But after the successful bachelor rescues her—twice—she owes him. Still reeling from life-changing family revelations, Chandra somehow agrees to pose as Julian’s girlfriend. And now the irresistible Julian has plans that start with seduction under the mistletoe and end with their fake relationship erupting into a scorching affair. Now Chandra’s questioning everything she believed about love…

 

I’m so excited for this series! Reese Ryan is spinning off her ever popular Bourbon Brothers series when a newly found family member and his fam begin to bring Valentine Vineyards to life. There are several characters to keep track of in the unraveling of this new family, but the familiar faces of a few from King’s Finest made it feel like a visit with old friends. Attention grabbing characters, family drama galore and the ever promised hope of romance have me diving in head first for more in the series!

Chandra Valentine has an adorable and dramatic meet cute with the man of her dreams just as she’s embarking on a roller coaster ride of family expectations and life drama. I loved her spunky attitude and all around accomplished outlook.

Julian Brandon is kindhearted and sincere but he’s dreading the obligation he has hanging over his head more than he can stay. I enjoyed seeing him make peace with past hurt and disappointment to walk proudly into his future.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a close knit family with lots of drama and clashing personalities joining forces to conquer the world and love, one sibling at a time.

five-stars

* Review * THE TWIN SECRET SHE MUST REVEAL by Joss Wood

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* Review * THE TWIN SECRET SHE MUST REVEAL by Joss WoodThe Twin Secret She Must Reveal by Joss Wood
Series: Scandals of the Le Roux Wedding #3
Published by Harlequin Presents on November 29, 2022
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She has a confession:

Her sons are also his!

Thadie Le Roux has not one but two reminders of those incredible hours in Angus Docherty’s arms. But unable to contact her twins’ elusive father, the society heiress decides she has to move on. Until she’s caught in a paparazzi frenzy and the security expert who rescues her is Angus himself!

Learning he’s a father changes everything for lone-wolf Angus—except the dizzying desire he feels for Thadie. So when she escapes to a private Seychelles island, Angus will accompany her. And he will discover what this means for their future…

 

So much more than I expected! There’s a bit of a disconnect between the story we thought we were in for with Thadie in the final book of the Scandals of the Le Roux Wedding series by Joss Wood and what it actually turns into, but I loved Thadie and Angus so much that I couldn’t find myself caring that Clyde was all but shoved under the rug! Great characters, fast paced angst and a sizzling connection to keep us on our toes.

Thadie is an attention grabbing character. She’s beloved by her brothers and is raising a set of equally precocious twins, but finds herself alone in the times when she wants someone meaningful by her side.

Angus lives in a world all his own, but once he finds Thadie again and realizes he has a family he didn’t know about, he’s all in to figure out how they fit together.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that loves a huge amount of family drama mixed into a close knit group of siblings who are each pairing off with their forever love.

five-stars

* Review * WYOMING CHRISTMAS REUNION by Melinda Curtis

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* Review * WYOMING CHRISTMAS REUNION by Melinda CurtisWyoming Christmas Reunion by Melinda Curtis
Series: The Blackwells of Eagle Springs #5
Published by Harlequin Heartwarming on November 29, 2022
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A love that never died…

Could be rekindled this Christmas

Helen Blackwell never stopped loving horse trainer Nash…even when she divorced him. When the stoic cowboy bets the ranch on her winning a cutting horse competition—and she’s terrified to ride—she wonders if there’s any hope for them. Renewing the love between them may take more than a moment under the mistletoe. But working together could heal past hurts and give their five-year-old son his Christmas wish!

 

The epitome of saving the best for last! I’m a big fan of the Blackwell family, so every story in The Blackwells of Eagle Springs has been sweet, sentimental and endearing but there’s just something special about seeing Nash and Helen reunite that ties it all together beautifully. The characters are fast to hook you, the romantic tension is fast paced and sincere and the family drama happening behind the scenes keeps you turning page after page. I loved this series and hope we haven’t seen the last of the Blackwells!

Nash is kindhearted and sincere and the tarnish of his past heartache and sins is just light enough to make him easily redeemable and to have the reader pulling for him from start to finish.

Helen is really easy to sympathize with and she proves time and again why she’s the ideal person to lasso a man like Nash.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that enjoys a small town romance filled with a close knit group of family and friends who stick beside each other come what may as happily ever afters come knocking whether they are ready for them or not.

five-stars

* Review * MOST ELIGIBLE COWBOY by Stacey Kennedy

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* Review * MOST ELIGIBLE COWBOY by Stacey KennedyMost Eligible Cowboy by Stacey Kennedy
Series: Devil's Bluffs #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on November 29, 2022
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“Yeah, cowboy, we’ve got a deal.”

And a very real fake engagement!

Being named Texas’s Sexiest Bachelor is the opposite of fun for divorced rancher Colter Ward. So when old friend Adeline Harlow shows up determined to land an exclusive interview, they strike a deal to form a fake relationship. The one flaw? Everyone believes they’re headed for happily-ever-after! But with Adeline returning to New York and Colter’s family needing him in Devil’s Bluffs, where will they end up?

 

Stacey Kennedy’s Harlequin debut is sizzling and on point! With the first book in her brand new Devil’s Bluff series Kennedy delights her readers with a friends-to-lovers/fake romance remix and I enjoyed every scintillating moment! Great characters, well developed back stories and just enough sweet small-town romance feel to pair with the steamy character development to make a well rounded romance. I’m looking forward to visiting Devil’s Bluff often!

Colter Ward is down-to-earth and kindhearted and just a downright sweet kind of guy. He’s being pestered by women all over town after a pesky article named him a catch and he’s willing to try anything to get some peace and quiet again.

Adeline is sweet and sincere and isn’t shy about stepping in to help Colter out while guaranteeing herself a juicy byline. I enjoyed the layers her character unraveled as she processed her past and opened herself up to her future.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a fast paced, witty connection between friends and lovers as they slowly let their guard down to accept true love into their heart.

five-stars

* Release Day Blitz/Review * HARD LUCK by Brenda Rothert and Kat Mizera

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* Release Day Blitz/Review * HARD LUCK by Brenda Rothert and Kat MizeraHard Luck by Brenda Rothert, Kat Mizera
Series: St. Louis Mavericks #4
Published by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc. on November 15, 2022
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Konstantin

I grew up bleeding to survive, so getting paid to play the game of hockey is a life richer than I ever dreamed possible. I’ve got it all, or so I thought until meeting Lucy Cain. My teammate’s sexy sister is a ray of sunshine in my otherwise gray world. Though fighting on the ice is second nature to me, in Lucy I’ve discovered something I’ve never had before—someone worth fighting for. But will she still want me when she sees the beast inside?

Lucy

I’m leaving my life behind. As soon as I get my brother back on his feet, I’ll start over in a little seaside town to escape the dark secret I discovered about my ex. My plan hits a roadblock, though—a six-foot, inked up Russian one. My brother’s teammate Konstantin is more likely to throw a punch than crack a smile, but once I slip beneath his stoic, steely façade, I never want to let him go. As my past closes in, though, Kon and I aren’t just fighting for our future, but for our lives.

 

Easy to fall for and highly addictive! With the fourth book in Brenda Rothert and Kat Mizera’s St. Louis Mavericks hockey series we are getting to know Konstantin and Lucy, but even more important, we are getting to dive back into life with Lucy’s brother Sawyer after his loss of Annie. I enjoyed every minute of this story and always look forward to more to come in the series. Great characters, emotional turmoil and lots of sexy goodness.

Lucy is a sweetheart who was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong guy and now she’s hiding out and trying to help her brother Sawyer pick up the pieces of his life after the loss of his wife.

Kon is gruff and sexy as all get out and is just a downright sweetheart when it comes to Lucy. I enjoyed their development very much.

I highly recommend this book as well as the rest of the series to anyone that enjoys a close knit hockey family who is always there to love and support each other through life’s ups and downs.

 

 

 

 

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Konstantin

I grew up bleeding to survive, so getting paid to play the game of hockey is a life richer than I ever dreamed possible. I’ve got it all, or so I thought until meeting Lucy Cain. My teammate’s sexy sister is a ray of sunshine in my otherwise gray world. Though fighting on the ice is second nature to me, in Lucy I’ve discovered something I’ve never had before—someone worth fighting for. But will she still want me when she sees the beast inside?

Lucy

I’m leaving my life behind. As soon as I get my brother back on his feet, I’ll start over in a little seaside town to escape the dark secret I discovered about my ex. My plan hits a roadblock, though—a six-foot, inked-up Russian one. My brother’s teammate Konstantin is more likely to throw a punch than crack a smile, but once I slip beneath his stoic, steely façade, I never want to let him go. As my past closes in, though, Kon and I aren’t just fighting for our future, but for our lives.

five-stars

* Review * LIGHTS, CAMERA … WEDDING? by Laurel Greer

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* Review * LIGHTS, CAMERA … WEDDING? by Laurel GreerLights, Camera...Wedding? by Laurel Greer
Series: Sutter Creek, Montana #9
Published by Harlequin Special Edition on November 29, 2022
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A pretend wedding should be easy

So why do her groom’s kisses mean faking it is impossible?

Fledgling florist Bea Halloran has banked her reputation and love life on her upcoming reality TV Christmas wedding. When her fiancé walks out, she is terrified her business will go belly-up. But Bea's best friend, Brody Emerson, steps in as the fake groom, relieving her…and making her feel passion she barely recognizes. And Brody's smoldering glances and knee-weakening kisses might just put their platonic vows to the test…

 

Delightfully sweet and equally tantalizing! With the final book in her beloved Sutter Creek, Montana series Laurel Greer brings an emotional friends-to-lovers/fake romance trope to life with humor and affection and I enjoyed every minute of it!

Bea is super sweet and finds herself in quite the predicament just days before her wedding was supposed to play front and center on a reality show she contracted with to showcase her floral business. I enjoyed getting to know her, her family and most of all watching her prosper with Brody by her side.

Brody is a sweetheart who has been Bea’s BFF for more years than they can count and is not able to sit idly by and watch her lose face over this scandal.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone that enjoys a small town romance filled with quirky characters, endearing love stories and happily ever afters time and again.

five-stars