Thursday, September 14, 2017

eARC Book review: Second Chance Girl (Happily Inc. #2) by Susan Mallery


Available September 26th 2017
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California—the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his "no promises, no pain" lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes. 

Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising—and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart?

This is the second book in the Fools Gold spin off series. Luckily for Fool's Gold fans  we get to see some of those characters from that series. Three of the Mitchell brothers moved to Happily Inc from Fool's Gold. Nick got his story in book one and now it's Mathias' turn for a HEA. Mathias spent over 20 years thinking he was a twin. His dad blew that all apart when he announced that he had a affair and his mistress at the time was the mother of Ronan his twin. That broke the bond between the two brothers. Mathias is a glass artist like his two brothers and father but he gave up the fine glass work when his dad destroyed a piece of his finest work and told him it was crap. Now he makes dishes and vases. Carol is his neighbor and takes care of the animals at her families animal preserve. She thinks she's a plain jane and no where near in Mathias' league. These two start out as friends but are there for each other when they need it. There's also a side story with Carol's sister Violet that's sweet but quick. Much of the story is about helping Carol raise money for Millie her lone Giraffe at the preserve but also the relationship between the Mitchell brothers and their parents as they prepare for the oldest brother Del's wedding. There were some slow spots in this book but overall i really enjoyed it. If your looking for a good relaxing read with some funny bits this book will work for you.

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Monday, September 11, 2017

eARC Book review: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis


Available Sept. 26th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

Jill Shalvis continues the Heartbreaker Bay series with Chasing Christmas Eve. Our favorite nerd finally get his story. Colbie Albright ran away from home. No she's not a kid and yes she really needed to. A series of not good events put Colbie in the position of being the boss of everyone in her family. Spencer Baldwin is the resident geek of the bunch that hangs out together in the Cow Hollow district where he lives and works in San Francisco. When Spence is responsible for knocking the newly arrived Colbie into the fountain in the courtyard of his building sparks fly.  There's a zip between the two as soon as Spence hauls Colbie out of the water. Spence is a great friend to every one of his posse but he's clearly been hurting and keeping it to himself.  He doesn't think there's a happy ending for him. He's tried before and it blew up in his face when he couldn't seem to pull back from his work to notice his girlfriend. Colbie has had to be the adult of her family even when she was a young kid. Her dad  left when she was six and her twin brothers were babies. She stepped up to help her mom and ended up having everything put on her shoulders. Now a successful YA author she finally has the money to help her family but they seems to depend on her for every little thing still. Her career is dangerously close to going off the rails even as she's at the pinnacle of her success.  With all this weighing on her shoulders she arrives in San Francisco and meets Spencer within a hour of arriving. Boom bangety bang and there are fireworks! It was fun watching these two together.  Of course Spencer's friends are there to add to the excitement. I love how Shalvis makes it feel like they are all a family. They may fuss and fight a bit but they still look out for each other and have no trouble adding Colbie into that mix. Want a book you can sit back and enjoy cover to cover? This is it. I don't think you need to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one either. 

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this series here

Saturday, September 2, 2017

eARC Book review: Deacon (Gideon’s Riders #2) by Kit Rocha


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Ana has trained most of her life to achieve one goal: to prove that anything men can do, she can do better. Now she’s Sector One’s first female Rider, and being the best is the only way to ensure she won’t be its last. Distractions aren’t allowed--especially not her painful attraction to the reserved but demanding leader whose stern, grumpy demeanor has already gotten into her head.

Deacon has spent the last twenty years trying to atone for his past, but the blood he spilled as a mercenary and assassin will never wash away entirely. If his riders knew the extent of his sins, he’d lose their trust and respect. It’s easier to keep them all at arm’s length, especially Ana. But his newest recruit’s stubbornness is starting to crack his defenses.

And their sparring matches are driving him wild.

The passion sparking between them can’t be denied, but neither can the vengeance barreling toward Deacon. When his old squad comes back to punish him for his betrayal, Ana and the Riders are squarely in the line of fire. The only way to save his people may be to make the ultimate sacrifice. 

But first, he has to convince Ana not to follow him straight into hell.

Deacon is in charge of all the Riders and Ana is the first female Rider. That's a lot of stress right there. That's just the tip of the ice burg for these two. Deacon wasn't always a Rider and his past seems to be catching up with him quick fast and possible deadly. Ana has been training to be a Rider since she was little when her dad was a Rider and taught her everything he knew. With him gone she's on her own now and feels she always got to prove she belongs. The pressure from that as well as all the little girls who look up to her is a lot. Then there is Deacon. There's a lot of pressure in being the boss and dealing with everything that goes with it but keep your feeling remote is something that seems necessary until Ana.  Ana forces him open and once he's open his whole life changes. His secret past life comes out twenty years since it ended. The Riders all struggle with it but there is a greater risk. His past is coming back to kill him or is it? It sure seems like it. This story has some twists and turns. I loved Deacon and Ana together. They didn't seem to fight the attraction long in this story but their relationship as it was has been brewing for a while. So not as quick as it seems. The Riders have to think fast when their is a final showdown and decisions have to be made.  Kit Rocha delivers another great read. The pace was quick and steady and the story compelling. I'm ready to see what happens next!

Find out more about this series and Kit Rocha here

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

eARC Book review: Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon


Available Sept. 5th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Davis: I’ve had my eye on Grace Buchanan for a while now. Unlike the bubbly blondes I usually date, the feisty, flame-haired bartender both intrigues and bewilders me. Something about Grace—the tattoos? the nose ring?—makes every part of me sit up and beg. There’s only one problem: She hates me. Trading insults and one-liners has become our M.O. But when Grace bets me that I can’t get a date with a non-blonde if my life depends on it, I’m determined to prove her wrong by landing the ultimate non-blonde: her.

Grace: I’m used to regulars hitting on me, and I’ve turned them all down, except for one: Davis Price. I like giving him a hard time, and he’s kind of cute in his suit and tie—if you’re into that kind of thing. Anyway, I don’t care how many blondes he takes home . . . until one of them sidles up to him in my bar. Nuh-uh. But after my little bet with Davis backfires, our first date lands us in the sack. So does the second. And the third. Neither of us wants more than the best sex of our lives. The trouble is, it’s not a question of what I want. It’s what I need. And what I need is Davis.

Davis Price experienced the ultimate relationship disappointment. Left at the alter literally at the last second at a destination wedding. That could screw a guy up for life! Since then he's been serial dating and it's been 6 years. Grace Buchanan has been doing her own thing after her college degree job ate her up and spit  her out. Now she's a bartender and Davis just happens to be one of her regular customers. They seem to have a hate/hate relationship until Davis makes a dating bet. Once given a chance to know each other sparks fly between the two. It's a toss up with their messed up backgrounds who will walk out first. Grace's parents got a bitter divorce then her dad bailed on her. Davis not only had his runaway bride but his mom took off on him when his dad died. In the relationship stakes both have a lot working against them.  If only they can be brave. I loved this couple. Individually and together.  In the beginning i thought maybe Davis was going to be an ass and the flake in the relationship but he was a pleasant surprise.  All i can say is this is a must read book. The emotional stuff is gripping and the sexy scenes are hot. The slow but steady pace will suck you right in and deliver you to a fast and emotional ending.

Find out more about this series and author Jessica Lemmon here

Thursday, August 24, 2017

eARC Book review: The Cowboy's Second-Chance Family (Return to Stonerock) by Jules Bennett


Available Sept 1st 2017
eARC Provided by author for review

Finding love twice in a lifetime 
When Lucy Brooks lost her husband, her dreams of a family went with him. Now her life is a busy balance of friends, work and the demands of her small ranch. When she meets handsome, brooding Noah Spencer, she recognizes the grief in his penetrating eyes. And yet she can't deny the feelings—and hope—that he has reawakened within her. 
All widower Noah has in life is his little daughter and a fresh start as Stonerock's newest police officer. Right now this cowboy needs to keep his life simple and his heart guarded. Yet he can't resist the instant pull of sweet, selfless Lucy. This could be a second chance at happily-ever-after…if they can both let go of the past. 

Jules Bennett tells a story of two people dealing with the hard path that is grief. Lucy Brooks lost her husband two years ago and with two of her friends started a support group for those who are dealing with similar things. It's to help her cope and help others deal too. In walks this sexy brooding cowboy at the latest meeting and Lucy is automatically drawn to him and the pain she sees in his eyes. Que a sigh. It's definitely worthy of one. Noah Spencer is new to Stonerock and looking to start over with his adorable little girl. Seems no matter where he turns there's Lucy. His wife passed away tragically 6 months earlier and he questions if he's ready for someone else. Seems no matter what the pair do they keep being drawn back together.  I loved this story. It's one of those books you can kick back and relax and read in a evening. You get into it and before you know it you've hit the last page. The characters are all fun and awesome and you want things to work out for everyone. Both Lucy and Noah struggle to find their way back to a path in life where things can be good again. It's enjoyable to watch them figure out they need each other to do that.

Find out more about this series and Jules Bennett here

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

eARC Book review: You Say It First (Happily Inc. #1) by Susan Mallery


Available August 22, 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale 

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in. 

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

This brand new spinoff from the Fools Gold series starts with Nick Mitchell. One of several brothers we met in Fools Gold California. Nick and two of his brothers now reside in Happily Inc. California. All artists, the brothers work through family issues together but each has their own as well. Nick finds himself working for Pallas Saunders wedding business. He's there for the job of rehabbing some wooden artistic panels but ends up helping her with the creative side of her business as well. When Pallas' good friend left her Weddings in a Box in his will she has to decide if she can make a go of it or give into the pressure her mom has been putting on her to work with her at the local family bank. Both Nick and Pallas have relationship hang ups but they click immediately. The chemistry was amazing and i loved Nick right from the start. It was a toss up on which would blow the relationship first but watching them be together and support each other was fun. I think this is amazing start to this new spin off series. It's not always easy to make these spin off series work but i feel like this one is going to be a winner. One of those enjoyable reads where you practically smile as you read every page.

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Monday, August 21, 2017

eARC Book review: Dirty Deeds (Dirty #1) by HelenKay Dimon


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No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.

First in a new series by Helenkay Dimon, Dirty Deeds is the first book. Alec Drummond is the oldest of three brothers and the head of his families company. A company with extremely tight security. The best, until Gaige Owens breaks in. Forced to work for together for Seth, a CIA agent, they slowly but steadily form a bond. Someone it seems is trying to kill Alec or Gaige or maybe both, while they try to find out if someone has tampered with the Global Seed Vault. From what i understand this series is a spin off from another series. I have not read that series so I'm not sure if that was a hindrance to reading this book or not. I loved the plot and most of the characters. Gaige and Alec were awesome together. Somehow with everything i did like I had a hard time getting through the book. It took way longer than it should to read. I honestly can't nail down why i had so much trouble. The relationship between the characters worked for me but the techy stuff i guess fell flat.  It was like OK OK now get back to the good stuff. In the end overall i felt indifferent about the book. I could take it or leave it. Leaves me wondering if i want to continue reading this series or not. 

Find out more about HelenKay Dimon and this series here

Monday, August 7, 2017

eARC Book review: Stud by Jamie K. Schmidt


eARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley
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Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence—except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out.

After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around.

This a new to me author. Honestly the cover kind of jumped out at me and i thought i need to read the blurb on this. So here I am! Terri Cooke had a good life a boyfriend the job she always wanted. Then her brother got sick and she lost it all to take care of him. Mick Wentworth has money and is part of a family that owns a ad agency. He seems like he's got it all. Except his family sucks.  He's trying to get his families company out of the hands of his parents and back on track when he finds out that Terri who he's been seeing at the coffee shop she's been working in. Sparks fly! You know Mick comes off as a jerk off and on in this book. You can understand why trust is hard for him once you see what his family is like. Terri had the opposite type of family. Her parents and brother loved each other and then her parents died and it was just her and her brother. He fell ill and she would do anything to care for him. Something Mick knows his family would not do for him. There's a lot of crazy stuff going on in this story but Mich and Terri sizzle on the page when they get together. If you are in the mood to try something new this is only around 200 pages and its a hot sexy read! Well worth the read.

Find out more about Jamie K Schmidt here

Friday, August 4, 2017

eARC Book review: Worth the Wait (Guthrie Brothers #2) by Lori Foster


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Ready or not…love will find a way 

Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be. 

Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.

Lori Foster's two book series ends with two new couples. Hogan Guthrie is Jason's brother from book one. He was just settling in to a new life with his son staying with his brother in book one. Now he's juggling a accounting job and BBQ master rib griller at a local diner. The diner is owned by Violet Shaw who is a women who can take care of herself and doesn't like to need help or accept it. The attraction is pretty instant for both of them. Hogan has some pretty big emotional barriers to get through to have anything with Violet that isn't superficial and she needs to learn how to let people help now and then. The other couple Nathan Hawley is the town sheriff and used to be on a SWAT team when a something went terribly wrong and he was left injured and a coworker killed. He still senses trouble when he meets Brooklin Sweet. Brooklin is hiding. From what is the million dollar question. You're kept guessing for a good part of the book until Nathan can win her over.  I like how the author  combined two couples into one cohesive book. They each had their own stories but were intermingled in a way that didn't take away from either couple. Colt steals the show for me. Colt is Hogan's 17 year old son and who would not want a son like him? He's thoughtful and smart and pays attention and is planning for his own future. Great story telling you are made to feel like you are a part of the story and i loved the wrap up at the end. Solid read!

Find out more about Lori Foster and this two book series here

Thursday, July 27, 2017

eARC Book review: Eye Candy (Real Love #1) by Jessica Lemmon


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Jacqueline: As an adult woman--and the vice president of a marketing firm--I shouldn't be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he's a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can't bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he's borderline obsessive about "getting me laid." (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it's clear: The one I'm falling for is Vince.

Vince: Jackie Butler's got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn't bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can't ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything's going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.

You know the beginning of this book a man runs by Jackie Butler's window and she drools over him. I really thought this book was going to have him as the hero. I was not correct in that thinking. After a couple minutes of disappointment i loved on and enjoyed the rest of the book! Ha! Jackie Butler and Vince Carson are both divorced and co-workers. Jackie thinks they are solidly in the friend zone and she needs a good friend. Vince was in the friend zone but he really wants to move on from that. Getting Jackie there with him in that endeavor is kinda what this book is about. He takes the hard way to get there and there are a ton of bumps along the way. They have their divorce history to deal with and the uncertainty of getting into a serious relationship again and of course trust.  This book turned out to be a lot of fun. I really like Vince's friend who is kind of mysterious even though there are mentions of his history i am sensing a story there. Jackie's sister is hilarious and even Vince's crazy neighbor was fun. Great emotional big finish which who doesn't love one of those! Love the characters and the story telling. A solid read!

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and her work here

Friday, July 21, 2017

eARC Book review: Leader of the Pack (The Dogfather #3) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available July 21,2017
eARC Provided by author for review

Very few things ruffle K-9 trainer Liam Kilcannon. Stoic and steady, he has the patience and skill to transform a harmless puppy into a highly protective “schutzhund,” and the quiet strength to lead his five younger siblings through the storms of life. A former Marine who doesn’t waste words or squander emotions, Liam is also a man who very much wanted to spend his life with one special woman by his side. He found her… and lost her. And Liam won’t ever let himself slide down the Andi Rivers Slippery Slope to Misery again. But when his father tells him Andi’s house has been broken into, he doesn’t hesitate to offer her his beloved protection dog, a decision that will put them in close and constant contact.

Architect and single mom Andi Rivers knows nothing in life is certain, having first-hand experience with unexpected changes and tragedies that upended her world. Determined to protect her deeply shy little boy from another heartache, she’s vowed to stay single and unattached no matter how long and lonely her nights might be. Hesitant to take Liam’s dog at first, she soon changes her mind when an estranged relative launches a campaign to take custody of little Christian. A dog won’t be enough…Andi needs a family to protect her son. When the Kilcannon clan moves into action, the solution they offer is drastic but perfect. Liam and Jag are there to protect Andi’s home and child…but what will protect their hearts from the risk of falling in love – and failing – one last time?

Liam Kilcannon is a glutton for punishment. He's loved Andi Rivers since he laid eyes on her.  The K-9 trainer at the family business he's tough and  stable on the outside. On the inside he's soft and squishy. He's looking for a love like his parents had and thinks Andi is the one. Unfortunately after only a month of dating the father of her 6 year old son stepped back into the picture and she ended them. Three years later Andi needs his help but her heart is still holding up a stop sign any time he gets close.  I really am enjoying this series and the big family of Kilcannon's too.  I loved both Liam and Andi and Andi's little boy Christian. Liam and his protection dog Jag open shy and sweet Christian up and he's like a new kid. When you think there is only one bad guy in this story you might be surprised when the bigger picture opens up. I really wanted to Andi to get  a clue about Liam sooner than she did. The back and forth was started to get to me by the end.  I loved seeing all the secondary characters woven in and out of the story. The author wraps this up wonderfully and i was so happy with the Epilogue. This has been one of those series you get comfortable reading because you know you're going to enjoy every book. 

Find out more about this series and author Roxanne St. Claire here

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

eARC Book review: Rocky Mountain Home (Six Pack Ranch #11) by Vivian Arend


Available July 18th
eARC Provided by author for review

The FINAL NOVEL in the bestselling SIX PACK RANCH series by New York Times Bestselling Author Vivian Arend. 
There’s no distance you can run to escape the past. 

Too stubborn to face his sins, Jesse Coleman bolted from the Six Pack Ranch, only to fall straight into the arms of a beautiful stranger. Twelve hours later, the seductive firebrand is nothing but a whiskey-laced memory—but one powerful enough to convince Jesse tracking down his elusive lover is worth the effort. 

Darilyn Hayes figured it was her lucky night when the sexiest cowboy in Alberta interrupted her annual drink-until-I-fall-over wake. At least until four weeks later when she discovers she’s pregnant and her one-night-stand is nowhere to be found. Still, as she’s shared with her devoted blog readers, Dare has dealt with life’s not-so-gentle surprises before. She’ll make it on her own. 

When an internet picture gone viral leads to their reunion, Jesse’s floored by Dare’s news. She’s very clear she’s not looking for a commitment, but screw that. He’s going to do the right thing by her and his unborn kid. The fact they lit the sheets on fire is a bonus, but with a baby on the way, both their lives are gonna change. 

Jesse’s got a ton of family to reconnect with, including his estranged twin. Dare holds family loosely—even though she loves them—because she knows too well how fragile life can be. Between her and Jesse, they’ve got enough baggage to open a store. 

But they still have a shot at forever—if they’re willing to fight for it. 

Jesse Coleman left town without saying goodbye to his family especially his beloved twin brother. Running away from his problems wasn't the smartest thing but it led him straight into his destiny. Darilyn Hayes is having her own get away party of one when Jesse walks in to the bar she is drowning old sad memories in. They hit it off right away and after a unforgettable night Jesse wakes up alone. Neither one forgets the other and when Dari realizes she's pregnant she needs to try and find Jesse. Thankfully he finds her when she posts about him on her blog and includes a sexy picture. I loved Jesse and Dari together. They clicked for me right from the beginning. Jesse struggles with the stuff he messed up before he left home and some of the other stuff he feels he did wrong over the years. Dari struggles with what she's going to do with a baby on the way and missing her parents. Changes all around for them both. Dari helps Jesse work through everything and Jesse is there for Dari while both learn about each other.  I felt their love for each other right away but of course they didn't know it realize it themselves. It was fun watching them get to know either other and their respective families while finding their way to love. Hate to see this series come to a end but i know there is a spin off series coming up involving Dari's family. I don't think we've seen the last of the Coleman's just yet. 

Find out more about this series and Vivian Arend here

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

eARC Book review: Fuel for Fire (Black Knights Inc. #10) by Julie Ann Walker


Available July 4th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher though Netgalley

A brooding covert operative and a spunky CIA agent discover a burning passion in the next installment of Julie Ann Walker's red-hot BKI series

Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes
The first two left blood on his hands. 
The third left him wondering...what if? What if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart?

Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan. It's just as well that he's never given her a second look, since she carries a combustible secret about his past that threatens to torch their lives...

Dagan Zoelner and Chelsea Duvall have been banging against each other for years. Hostile toward each other for reasons we have never really been privy to until now. Small bits and pieces of their histories have been given to us in small doses in previous books. The sexual tension off the charts. Finally Chelsea has her big moment in the field on her own. It all seems to going really well until it just isn't. Dagan to the rescue though with the help from a few other BKI's and they are on the run. Lives in the balance Dagan finally tells Chelsea how he feels.  Chelsea is forced to tell a secret that will devastate Dagan.  Besides a banging great story with the main characters Julie Ann Walker writes beautiful secondary characters as well. You're not just entertained by the main love interests but dazzled by her secondaries as well. She sets up future books in bits and pieces. Just enough to make you get excited by what's to come. Dagan and Chelsea are these wonderful people who blame themselves for things they weren't guilty of. The sizzle between these two was off the charts. There was something about Dagan when he first appeared in this series that got to me. I was so happy to finally see him get his happy ending. He more than deserved it. 

Find out more about this series and Julie Ann Walker here

Monday, June 26, 2017

eARC Book review: Mr. Rich by Virna DePaul


Available June 27th 2017
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She finds a wallet (not a shoe), and he’s a billionaire (not a prince), but this time, Cinderella’s turning the tables. . . .

Julia: Shilling samples at a grocery store isn’t exactly my dream job. Yet here I am, tray in hand and fake smile plastered on my face. The one highlight is seeing him. I don’t know his name, but if I did, I’d scream it during the naughty dreams he inspires. He’s crazy handsome, all confidence and an air of power. He’s never said a word to me. Never even looked in my direction. Then one day he literally falls at my feet. Now I have his wallet. I know where he lives. And I’ve found the nude photos of him online. 

It’s not the bruschetta on her tray he really wants to taste. . . .

Bastian: I’ve dated models, doctors, and CEOs, but something about Julia Rominger has me intrigued . . . and more than a little aroused. Maybe it’s her lush curves driving me wild. Or the fact that she has no problem telling me to go to hell. Either way, she’s seen me at my worst; I want to hit her with my best. I know where to touch, where to kiss, and just how far to push to drive her crazy. Soon, however, pleasuring Julia isn’t enough. I want to possess her. I need to make her mine. And I’ll fight to the bitter end to win her heart.

Julia and Bastian meet in the most unlikeliest of places. A grocery store where Julia hands out samples and Bastian gets his vitamins. Well they don't know it but Julia has had her on on Bastian since he came in the store the first time and Bastian comes in just to catch a glimpse of her.  Just when they both are going to make a move Julia had to call a ambulance for Bastian when she finds him passed out on the floor in her store. Not exactly suave but Bastian makes up for it later i assure you. Both Julia and Bastian have some confidence issues based on things in their lives and their pasts. These things play hard into their budding relationship and later when things fall apart. I adored both Bastian and Julia. There is a sweetness and vulnerability to both characters. Don't be fooled by that because they both bring the hotness factor as well. The author did a great job adding a illness that is quite serious with Bastian without letting it dominate the story. It's refreshing to see real life situations to a story including some terrible things that happened to Julia that caused her to drop out of college. It was part of the story but was not THE story. I loved the epilogue wrap up at the end of the book and the glimpse into what happens after the story. Perfect way to end it for me.

Find out more about Virna Depaul and her work here

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

eARC Book review: The Legend (Sons of Texas #3) by Donna Grant


Available June 27th 2017
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Callie Reed doesn’t need a man to protect her. An expert sharpshooter and renegade hacker, this Texas-born spitfire’s got the skills and the courage to stand up to any danger―no matter how deadly. But when she becomes the target of a shadowy organization known as the Saints, Callie is forced to team up with the one man she can’t outshoot: the gorgeous, and infuriating, Lone Star legend named Wyatt Loughman…

A Delta Force Colonel with a rock-hard body and stone-cold heart, Wyatt has been teasing and tormenting Callie since they were playmates on his family’s ranch. Of course, he’s wildly attracted to the fiery, strong-willed Callie. But he’s always hidden his feelings behind a wall of Texas tough and military cool, even as he’s burning up with desire. Can Wyatt save Callie’s life―without putting her love in the line of fire?

Wyatt the oldest of the Loughman brothers is teamed up with Callie Reed his old lover. Throughout the series they've been forced to work with each other while denying old feelings. In the beginning of this book they are along together. The longer they are together the harder it is to hold back. When the bad guys come calling though all bets are off. The first half of this book was kind of boring. Hate to say that but i was expecting more interaction between all the carious parties in this series. It seemed the brothers and their ladies never checked in with each other til halfway through the book and it seemed more like a waiting game for the action to start. Once it gets going though the action is fast paced. Wyatt and Callie can't deny their feelings any longer when they realize there might not be a tomorrow. The book wraps up the three book series but i was left wondering if there might be more with some of the secondary characters. Guess i'll have to wait and see. I loved the brothers and their women and some of the secondary characters were interesting and memorable as well. I would love to see more from this series!

Find out more about Donna Grant and this series here

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

eARC Book review: Lip Action (Kiss Talent Agency #1) by Virna DePaul


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Appearance is everything to my upper-crust mother, but when she insists I take back my pedigreed-but-cheating ex? I’d rather stab myself with a salad fork. So I blurt out I’m dating someone new. Someone like…that smoking-hot, vaguely familiar guy across the restaurant, who could be the next James Bond.

Turns out he’s the star of my favorite, cheesy, sci-fi soap opera. (Don’t judge me.) One minute I’m fantasizing about Borg and his green-hued abs. The next, Simon Dale is making me an offer my sex-starved body can’t refuse.


I’m up for a breakout movie role that’ll launch me off the B-list, but I don’t need a script to read the scene between Marissa and her mum. Even though I’m a London gutter rat who never rubbed elbows with a Royal, I easily slip into the role of Marissa’s doting boyfriend. Why? I need a favor in return— a steady girlfriend, just long enough to convince the producers I’ve changed my wild ways.

Trouble is, I’m going all Method on this relationship—and close to losing the one thing that could break me. My heart.

Marissa is stuck in a bad cycle of her own making with her family. Her overbearing mother is trying to boss her and pressure her into going back to her cheating ex-boyfriend. Simon is a B list actor who needs some help of his own to get a part in a big movie so he can make it big. When he makes the offer to help her by being her fake boyfriend and she be his fake girlfriend things get exciting. She's rich and wonderfully sweet and he had a horrible childhood and sees himself as not good enough for her. Simon may be mixed up about his self worth but he is a perfect gentleman to Marissa. He sees her as she is and she's sees herself as flawed and not good enough for him. He's the strong one for a good portion of the book  until everything falls apart but by then Marissa finally realizes she's strong too. She's worthy of love. It takes losing Marissa for Simon to let go of his past. Some parts felt a but cheesy but over all i loved both Simon and Marissa. They were stronger together even though in a lot of ways they were so different.

 Find out more about this brand new series and Virna DePaul here

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

eARC Book review: Claimed by the Rancher: A Scandalous Story of Passion and Romance by Jules Bennett


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Just how far is this wealthy rancher willing to go for his pregnant lover? 

Their years apart haven't diminished Nolan Elliott's desire for Pepper Manning. Even knowing she's pregnant with another man's baby, the rancher can't stay away. He didn't claim her when she needed him so long ago and the sting of losing her, and their child, still resonates.

With custody of her unborn baby now in jeopardy, Nolan vows to use his wealth and power to give Pepper everything she wants. That means proposing a name only. But is that a vow the rancher stands any chance of keeping?

Claimed by the Rancher is part of The Rancher's Heirs series.

I always enjoy second chance romances. Nolan and Pepper used to be a close couple. Young and in love when Pepper gets pregnant and lost the baby, Nolan pulled away and let Pepper go. He hardened his heart against love and has been living his life with no serious entanglements. Now Pepper has come back to town after drifting around for years trying to find where she belongs. Opening a arts and floral store one of her first customers turns out to be Nolan. Pepper pregnant with another man's baby she runs into some problems with her store and her baby's family and Nolan is there to help.  Oh Nolan! He's such a wonderful guy yet can't see what he has right in front of his face. Taking care of a pregnant Pepper and all that entails messes with that stone cold heart. The one that's been closed for business for years. Pepper still loves Nolan but can't open herself up to the possibility of have her heart broke again. I felt for both Nolan and Pepper even when several times i wanted to kick Nolan and tell him to get a clue. Thank goodness for brothers. Nolan's brother tries to get him to see that what he needs is right there for the taking. Loving these Elliot brother's and their big hearts. 

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Monday, June 5, 2017

eARC Book review: Middleman by Jayne Rylon


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I don’t kneel for any man. Not anymore. 
I had the perfect dominant boyfriend. Then Cortez left me to save the world. 
After two and a half years lost drowning my misery in bad decisions, one man changed everything. 
Rogan is the perfect submissive, who puts me back in control of both him and my life. 
Until Cortez comes home. 
Who am I? Cortez’s bottom or Rogan’s top? 
Maybe I’m both. 
Maybe I was made to be their middleman. 

This book is new territory for me. I have never read a M/M/M before. I wasn't sure if it was for me but i went in with a open mind and plenty of curiosity. Cortez dominates Kaden and then destroys him when he leaves. He's got a good reason and has no choice. The way he cuts off Kaden though leaves them both reeling. Then Rogan walks into Kaden's life and after years of destruction new light starts to bring Kaden back. Now what if Cortez comes back? Oh he definitely does. There's some deep dark feelings for these men in this book. It's interesting to see how the author handles these three powerful men. The story is told from all three men's point of view. It's intense but there are some fun tender moments as well. The sex scenes are scorching hot and at times tender and intense. A few places felt a little cheesy to me but over all the story telling put me right there and wishing i could know these three guys. Each one incredibly strong and stand up guys who would be amazing  to know if they were real. If you're a reader wavering on trying a menage book with three guys this one would be a good place to start.

Find out more about this book and author Jayne Rylon here

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

eARC Book review: Toughest Cowboy in Texas (Happy, Texas #1) by Carolyn Brown


Available May 30th 2017
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Available May 30th 2017
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The Spark of an Old Flame

Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.

Brody hasn't had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school-and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he's dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget...

Brody and Lila get a second chance at love. Brody a chance to finally get it right after the way he blew Lila off all those years ago right before she left town with her mom. Now Lila is back to help run her mom's diner while it's being sold. Brody looks at it as his chance to make up for the way he acted years ago when he blew off a date with Lila right before she left. Before then they saw each other in secret because their mother's didn't approve. I loved the idea of this story. Then i started reading. Loved it at first until the moms came into play. The hate from the mothers drove me nuts. To much to over the top.  I could understand if they were teenagers still but they are 30 years old. Lila was all over the place sometimes which was bothersome as well. Why didn't they just talk to each other? Brody seemed to try but it felt like they talked about everything except what they wanted. When the mothers finally decided to let them be adults and be supportive it was almost to late. For me it was to late. It took me a while to read this book. Longer than it should have. I thought about quitting but i needed to know how it resolved so i pushed through. The ending was kind of a let down for me. Lots of potential that fell flat unfortunately.

Find out more about this series and Carolyn Brown here

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

eARC Book review: New Leash on Life (The Dogfather #2) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available May 19th 2017
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Former attorney and current dog whisperer Shane Kilcannon doesn’t like to lose. At anything. So when he messes up his chance with a beautiful stranger whose confident smile and haunted eyes intrigue him more than any woman he’s ever met, he’s ready to snarl like one of his beloved pit bulls. But Shane’s work with the wildest and wariest of his family’s rescue dogs has taught him patience…and persistence. When his father asks him to work alongside Chloe, helping to convince the locals to support her groundbreaking tourism plans, he agrees…as long as she is willing to help him by giving a temporary home to one misunderstood dog.

Chloe Somerset has built a reputation in the tourism industry as someone with big ideas that put little places on the map, and she’s confident she can do the same for Bitter Bark, North Carolina. All she has to do is convince one small town to change its name, open her germophobic heart to a dog with a penchant for face-licking, and avoid the landmines of local politics when her plans divide the townspeople. But none of that is as scary as the feeling of falling hard for a handsome charmer who whispers all the right things and tempts Chloe to forget a lifetime of hard lessons. Shane might be the best trainer in the family, with an instinct for how to get through to the creatures who need care the most, but he’s met his match with Chloe and it’ll take every trick he knows to teach her to fall in love.

Book 2 in the Dogfather series starts out with Chloe Somerset coming to town to help out her Aunt Blanche who is the Mayor. The town needs a makeover to bring in the tourists.  Her name change idea is brilliant for some people. Others not so much. Shane Kilcannon is a lawyer and one of the family dog whisperers. He's attracted to Chloe from the first time he meets her but he's not a love em and keep em type of guy. Doesn't meet he doesn't want to be a love em for right now type of guy. He's got a couple of hang ups from his mother passing away.  Chloe on the other hand has some hang ups of her own from growing up with a mother who was a hoarder.  After Shane give Chloe a dog to take care of they decide to join forces and show the town that a name change to Better bark is a good idea and the town can be pet friendly for tourists. While some things they do go really well someone is not on their side and sets out to sabotage the whole thing. Love watching Chloe and Shane help each other. They don't even realize it most of the time that they are healing each other. I just LOVE the Kilcannon family. Only on book two of this series so far and i want to read whatever comes next and i want to read it now. I hope the series can live up to these first two books because i am hooked!

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and this series here

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman Takes a Road Trip (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #17) by J.B. Lynn


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Available May 15th 2017

Some people just can’t outrun trouble.

Overwhelmed hitwoman Maggie Lee thinks she’s leaving her family worries behind when she’s convinced to take a road trip with her buddy, Armani.

But pretty soon an old friend, a pesky relative, and even her pet, are asking for her help.

Loyal to a fault, Maggie soon finds herself tangled in a dangerous theft involving a crime family; confronting the abusive previous owner of her cat, Piss; and dealing with family revelations that rock her world.

With the assistance of psychic predictions, talking animals and unexpected allies, Maggie takes on her troubles head-on.

But if she’s not careful, this “vacation” could literally be the death of her.

Maggie is still spinning in her little world trying to find the right path for herself. Nothing is ever easy with a heart as big as hers. Always wanting to help her friends she agree to chauffeur Armani around in her new RV. Convinced by her psychic friend a road trip is just what she needs. There's no such thing as vacation for Maggie Lee though. She can't go anywhere without trouble finding her. These books aren't exceptionally long but they are still packed full. So much happens to Maggie in every story and this one is no exception. She finally meets someone she's been trying to find for a while. You think she's going to be put off again and then suddenly there he is. She gets a quick visit from a old favorite character of the series as well. Another character tries to go straight after a life of crime and we don't get any sightings of Angel. That might have been the bummer of this book for me.  I'm dying to see where things go with Angel. The writing in these books is so refreshing and the author somehow keeps the exciting factor going even after 17 books. It's almost impossible to guess where she is going at any time so there is always a few surprises along the way. Somehow I am always left with a smile on my face and anticipation for what might be happening in the next book! 

Find out more about author JB Lynn and this series here

Monday, May 8, 2017

eARC Book review: The Dangerous Billionaire (Tate Brothers #1) by Jackie Ashenden


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Nothing about Sullivan "Van" Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him...and the object of Van's most dangerous desires.

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father's ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can't deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father's company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he's the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he'll do anything to protect her?

This is the first in a brand new series by Jackie Ashenden. Three foster brothers, all Navy seals, and a their sister are thrown for a loop when their dad dies unexpectantly and they are thrust into a situation with his company and his enemy. Van is the oldest and the heir to the company and is expected to take charge of it and his baby sister. Their attraction for each other confuses things and they fight the attraction for a variety of reasons. Chloe has no idea she is the not the biological daughter of her who she thought was her dad. He leaves her nothing in his will either. Knocked down by these revelations she's even more upset than she was by the way she was treated by him before his death. Now she and Van are facing a threat from her real father. I don't know. I wanted to like this book. I liked the idea. The three brothers are Navy Seals. They are all different and intriguing but you don't see enough of them in this book. Lucas comes back a few times even though he keeps saying he can't and he's in the middle of something life or death. Wolfe you never hear from him again once he leaves at the beginning. I wanted to see them work together more but Van and Chloe don't even tell them they are together. Van and Chloe were interesting at times and other times whiny and not being very smart. I felt all over the place on how this book worked for me. Parts of the dialogue was great. Other times i just wanted to put it down and walk away. Not sure I'm going to stick with this series unfortunately. Going to have to see the blurb and maybe a excerpt for the next book to decide.

Find out more about this series and Jack Ashenden here

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

eARC Book review: The Last Good Cowboy (Morgan Ranch #3) by Kate Pearce


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The Morgan ranch has seen its share of bad times. But as the four Morgan brothers are drawn back to their childhood home, the nightmares of their past give way to the promise of a new beginning…
Ry Morgan has always had a thing for Avery Hayes—one more hope his twin wrecked for him, pretending to be Ry to kiss her at the high school prom. Eight years later, Ry has had enough: he’s quitting the pro rodeo circuit, moving home to California to mend fences, and letting his brother clean up his own messes for a change. Reclaiming Avery’s stolen kiss is at the top of his agenda…

But Avery has changed. Her rodeo career ended with a fall that left her lucky to be alive, let alone walking. She hasn’t been on a horse since, and between surgeries and fighting off everybody’s pity she hasn’t done much else either. Ry is strong, confident, and sexy as hell—exactly what she thought she wanted at seventeen. Now, she’ll have to protect the safe space she’s made for herself—or risk it all for a dream she thought would never come again…

Ry Morgan is done with the rodeo and done with his twin brothers attitude. He heads back home to the family ranch where he runs into Avery Hayes. He had a thing for her as a teenager and left at 18 never looking back. Now she's older and he still feels that pull from her. They both have some serious things from their pasts to get through. Ry has some family issues with his missing mother and baby sister not to mention conflict with his twin brother. His brothers are trying to find out what happened to their mom and sister but Ry has mixed feelings about it. Avery was in a terrible accident with her riding horse several years ago and is still dealing the physical and emotional damage. Ry reaches out to Avery to help her and she returns the favor. This is one of those books that's a dream to read. I read through it really quick. Enjoyed the characters and the plot. One mystery is finally solved by the end of this book but some interesting stuff happens to really  make you want to read the next book. All kind of emotional and serious stuff which the author handles perfectly. It was great to see a grown man get emotional and take comfort in his significant other. A great read and I am excited to see where this series goes next!

Find out more about Kate Pearce and this series here

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

eARC Book review: Reed (Malloys of Montana #3) by R.C. Ryan


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A new beginning...

A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.

Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest... until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe... and make her his. 

Ally Shaw is trying to start a new life in Montana. She's got a plan but her plan doesn't seem to be going the way she intended. Then she runs into Reed Malloy. Reed falls in loves with Ally's little boy first and pretty quickly Ally. Reed is the Malloy that loved the land the most. Raising organic beef cattle was his dream and he's about to finally achieve his goal. He's never had his head turned by a women before. Until he meets Ally. It was fun to watch Ally and Reed fall in love. Ally had a rough life and this is her chance to make it better for herself and her son. She's stubborn and tough which are great traits and letting Reed in isn't easy. Trying to reconnect with her uncle doesn't go so well and then she finds herself the victim of a stalker from the life she just left behind. There's just enough suspense in this story to keep in interesting without taking over. During this three book series there was a common thread into the mystery of what happened to the Malloy boys parents all those years ago. That gets wrapped up as well but it's not that big of a surprise on who it is but the wrap up is pretty exciting. Another great story from R.C. Ryan! 

Find out more about R.C. Ryan and this series here