Tuesday, August 14, 2018

eARC Book review: Making Chase (Chase Brothers #4) by Lauren Dane

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Reissue available Aug 28th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Matt is an expert and the Chase is on. Tate doesn't stand a chance.

Tate Murphy is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up a million miles away from the easy life Matt Chase has had. She's spent her life pulling herself and her siblings up and out of that trailer by the railroad tracks and she hasn't looked back. 

Matt Chase is a dream of a guy and she's certainly not going to turn down a short fling with one of the most handsome men she's ever seen! Matt Chase has watched each one of his brothers find love and he knows he's ready for that too. It's all a matter of finding the woman who captures his heart. He's certainly sampled his fair share of them but none has moved him the way Tate Murphy does when he goes to her shop to thank her for some cookies and a thank you note. 

But as Matt gets to know Tate and appreciate her strength and unique beauty, he also realizes she's got some big self esteem issues about her past. To build a future, he's got to find a way past some big road blocks. 


Going to start with a reminder that this is a previously released book that is being reissued with a bit of tweaking by the author. Matt is the last of Chase brothers without a wife. He's got a bit of a reputation as a player too. Tate Murphy has had a hard life. An abusive dad and a mom who didn't care and looked the other way. Tate was forced  to be the parent to all her younger siblings as they grew up. The older they got the more of a unit the siblings became. Matt and Tate meet when she's knocked to the ground by a car and Matt helps her out in his firefighter capacity. I'm going to say i enjoyed parts of this story and parts had me scratching my head. I liked the two families but some of the story and actions by the characters was a bit over dramatic. Tate is supposed to be this smart woman and takes care of everything but still let her parents abuse her. She's supposed to be tough as they come and acts like it sometimes but then any little thing it seems she's shattered. While i get she was abused she's 31 years old and still let's it continue. Matt tries to help her and even when they decide they are in love she continues to hide it and he seems to always be the bad guy for wanting to help. I like how supportive both families were of each other and how the Chase family took in the Murphy's as their own. I don't know overall it was OK but something didn't exactly click. I got into it and was engrossed and then something would draw me out. A so so read. Not my favorite of the series.

Find out more about Lauren Dane and this series here www.laurendane.com

Sunday, August 12, 2018

eARC Book review: Double Dog Dare (The Dogfather #6) by Roxanne St. Claire

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eARC provided by author
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The Dogfather has one more child to marry off…but Darcy Kilcannon has no interest in her father’s matchmaking shenanigans. The youngest Kilcannon is seeking one thing only, and it’s not a husband. Darcy is ready to launch her own business in town, move into her own apartment, and become her own woman. But when she walks into the gorgeous brownstone that her father just “happened” to help her find, Darcy takes one look at the hot landlord and she knows the Dogfather has been up to his old tricks. Sure he’s a hunk and a half, but his “no pets” policy is a huge turnoff to a dog groomer who won’t dream of living without her beloved Kookie.

Joshua Ranier moved to Bitter Bark to get out of the shadow of his overbearing stepfamily and keep his shattered heart securely on ice. His only focus is his construction business, and the brownstone he’s renting and renovating…until he meets the sexy, sassy blonde tenant sneaking a fuzzy white dog even though he’s banned them because of construction dangers. Then Josh starts thinking about things he shouldn’t. And it isn’t when the rent’s due.

But when a blind dog lands on Josh’s doorstep, he needs Darcy’s help. As they race to restore little Stella’s vision and solve a mystery that’s tearing his family apart, Josh and Darcy begin to see the light, too. It will take one double dog dare, two precious puppers, and the full power of the Kilcannon clan for this couple to find their happy ever after.


Darcy Kilcannon is the last single child of the family. So far she's avoided any matchmaking by her dad affectionately called the Dogfather be her family. He's known for his supposed matchmaking skills, but Darcy has sworn that she is not ready to settle down. As the youngest she's never really been taken seriously and she's determined to strike out on her own and and set up her new dog grooming business with no help from her family. Josh on the other hand has not had the same kind of family life as Darcy. His family might be rich but it doesn't mean they are loving. When he catches his step brother in bed with his almost fiance he's put off relationships for good. Darcy moves into the apartment building he's renovating and when they clash over his no dogs allowed policy they end up uniting in helping another dog whose blind and needs help. I have enjoyed this series right along and each time a new book has come out i thought it might be my favorite but i think that honor belongs to Darcy and Josh. They just clicked even when they clashed at the beginning. Both had set ideas on relationships and independence and didn't think they needed someone to share their lives with on a permanent basis. I'm loving the Kilcannon family. They aren't perfect but the are definitely there for each other. Looking forward to the Christmas novella and the Dogfather's book coming soon.

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and this series here www.roxannestclaire.com


Sunday, August 5, 2018

eARC Book review: The Billionaire Bull Rider (Morgan Ranch #5) by Kate Pearce

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Available July 31st 2018
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

His long and winding road has brought him to a legendary western ranch—to the brothers he calls friends . . . and a woman who could change his roving ways . . . 

Turning his back on his American father’s business empire was the smartest decision Rio Martinez ever made. Now, after a high-flying career on the rodeo circuit, the world champion bull rider is ready for a change of pace. A summer hiatus working the Morgan brothers’ California ranch turns into the hope of forever when Rio meets a beautiful French baker who makes him realize what’s missing from his restless life. 

After her husband abandoned her, Yvonne Payet threw herself into running the cafĂ© that was her dream. In the welcoming community of Morgantown, she found a place to call home. She cherishes her hard-won independence, and doesn’t need another handsome heartbreaker calling the shots. But Rio isn’t just the sexiest, most arrogant cowboy she ever met—he’s got great ideas for expanding her business. With a reality TV show on the horizon and her ex demanding a second chance, Yvonne has to decide which sunset she wants to ride off into . . . 

Rio Martinez  seems like just some cowboy to most people who don't get into the rodeo scene. He's actually the current world champion bull rider. He's spending his off season helping out the Morgan family on their ranch teaching bull riding to tourists. He's also got a complicated family history. A father he can't stand and a mother and sister he adores.  Yvonne Payet is running her cafe and baking up crazy amounts of goodies. Even though she's plenty busy she still makes time for her friends and some of those being the Morgan family. They accept her as one of her own. Then there's Rio and her attraction to him is undeniable.  There's a lot going on in this story. Rio and Yvonne swear they don't have time for a relationship but somehow they still have one. Yvonne has her cafe and plans for expansion and Rio has his hands full with family problems and he has to return to bull riding for at least one more year. I just love the Morgan's  and how they make everyone feel like family. I enjoyed watching Rio and Yvonne find their way to each other and find out about themselves as well. Love the fact you get to revisit with all the Morgan's from previous stories as well. 



Find out more about Kate Pearce and this series here www.katepearce.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

eARC Book review: A Snowbound Scandal (Dallas Billionaires Club #2) by Jessica Lemmon

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Available August 1st 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

As the snow falls, her touch sets him aflame... "I don't want you to leave." Texas billionaire Chase Ferguson has one regret: leaving Miriam Andrix to protect her from his public life. When a snowstorm strands her in his mountain mansion, their passion reignites, and it's too hot to resist! But reality--and scandal--arrives with the thaw. Chase turned his back on happiness once. Will he fight for what he truly wants this time?

Back with the Ferguson family again. Ten years ago Chase Ferguson met Miriam Andrix. They both fell in love but when push came to shove Chase balked and sent Miriam away. He thought he was protecting her from a life she couldn't handle. Now Chase is the mayor of Dallas and he's in the political eye and someone has dragged their past out as a threat to them both. When Chase goes to Montana where Miriam lives to spend Thanksgiving in the mansion he owns there a chance encounter brings them together. Then a winter blizzard traps her at his place and sparks fly. Then what? This is a second chance romance when forced proximity brings the past to the present. This one is a sizzler when Chase let's go for once. Loved this quick little story and the Ferguson family is a joy to read about. 

Find out more about this series and Jessica Lemmon here www.jessicalemmon.com

Monday, July 23, 2018

eARC Book review: Cooper's Charm (Love at the Resort #1) by Lori Foster

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Available July 24th 2018
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancĂ©, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…



Two sisters, Phoenix and Ridley end up in Cooper's Charm a lakeside resort after traumatic events change their lives. Cooper Cochren is the owner of the resort and it has provided him with a outlet for his grief of losing his wife. While Cooper's Charm might be a fun place for people to hang out and enjoy family time, for the character's in this story it's a place for them to heal. I enjoyed this book. It's one of those stories that make you feel mellow. You know your going to get a good story so you can sit back and relax and read with enjoyment you'll get a great HEA at the end. Loved all the character's. There's a bit of drama and suspense mixed with romance and soul bearing revelations. Enjoyed from beginning to end. 

Find out more about this new series and Lori Foster here www.lorifoster.com