Thursday, April 27, 2017

eARC Book review: Sit...Stay...Beg (The Dogfather #1) by Roxanne St. Claire


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Daniel Kilcannon is known as “The Dogfather” for a reason. It’s not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they’ll tell you that their father’s nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wants is for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie. This old dog has a few new tricks…and he’ll use them all to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters…one by one.

Garrett Kilcannon, a former dot com super-success who now devotes his life to rescuing dogs and finding them homes, prefers to keep his secrets buried as deep as a dog hides his bone. So when he learns his father has invited a journalist to Waterford Farm to write and produce an in-depth profile on him, he doesn’t care that she’s a childhood friend or drop dead gorgeous. He has zero tolerance for the media…until he sees a different side when she gets through the walls of a rescue dog who’s refused to eat during her short stay at Waterford. Unwillingly charmed and undeniably attracted, Garrett agrees to the interview that could break down a few of his emotional walls, too.

Garrett might not want to share the story of his colorful former life, but Jessie Curtis has the skills to peel back the layers of this sexy, complicated, caring man. In the process, she not only discovers his secrets, she finds herself falling for a man who touches her heart in a way she never thought possible. Her entire career is riding on this one explosive interview, but can she bear to repay Garrett’s trust by selling his secrets? Or can a woman who gave up on happiness a long time ago learn to believe that all it takes to rescue a lost heart is the love of a good man?

First is a brand new series by Roxanne St Claire. Sit...Stay...Beg is about a family healing in one way or another. The Kilcannon kids, that were all spread out are brought back together after the death of their mother and their dads brilliant idea to open a dog training and rescue facility. Now Daniel the family patriarch has to help his kids find happiness too.  Garrett made some serious money with a dot com company he sold for millions. Now he's back home running the family business with his family and hiding out. When Jessie Curtis, a old family friend shows up he's happy to see her at first. Then he finds out she's not there just to reminisce but to try and interview him, he's done. Jessie grew up spending alot of time at the Kilcannon house. They made her feel included and loved. Something she never got from her mother and sister and then at the age of 16 she was shipped off to live with a aunt. Now grown she's needs this interview with Garrett to make her career. A rescue dog named Lola brings them together when Lola will only respond to Jessie.  Garrett is stuck with Jessie if he wants to save the dog.This is such a sweet story. Jessie is kind of a lost soul and she connects with Lola as the dog seems lost as well. Garrett sees the vulnerability in Jessie with Lola and slowly he gets to know her again. Finally Garrett lets Jessie in and tells her his secrets to have it all blow up in his face. Or does it? Garrett might have to experience some regret to realize how much he blew it. Love this family so far. We get to know to know some better than others with promises of learning more in future books. An amazing start to a new series. I'm definitely interested in reading more about this family.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

eARC Book review: Wind River Cowboy (Wind River Valley #3) by Lindsay McKenna


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An unexpected reunion . . .
Kira Duval was part of a Special Forces team that got caught in an ambush--leaving only two wounded survivors: herself and Weapons Sergeant Garret Fleming. Losing her team was traumatic, and in the chaotic aftermath, as the Army moved them from hospital to hospital, she lost Garret too. But she never lost her secret yearning for him.
Finally, she gave up trying to track him down back in the States. But as she settles in at the Bar C cattle ranch in Wyoming, a place where veterans can find a home and a place to heal, she's introduced to her sandy-haired, hazel-eyed housemate: none other than Garret Fleming.
They're a long way from Afghanistan--and a long way from the people they used to be before tragedy changed their lives. But as Kira earns her keep by caregiving for the ranch owner's bedridden, alcoholic father--a task that sometimes feels more challenging than any black ops mission--she finds that even in peacetime Garret still has her back, and that in this warm, welcoming place, the passion she resisted in the heat of battle may finally have a chance to flouish . . .

Kira and Garrett were in the same Special Forces team until ambush kills everyone but them. They get separated between the hospitals and lose touch. Now Kira finally lands at the Bar C ranch which was started by another veteran.  Barely arriving she sees Garrett again when she's assigned to stay with him in his cabin. They were secretly in love with each other before but it was inappropriate to act on it so they both ignored and hid it. Now though they are free but also dealing with PTSD and trying to find their way in a different kind of life. Loved the idea for this story but i felt all over the place reading it. To much angst and not enough good moments. The love story part took forever to develop and while i realize they were dealing with PTSD there was no communication really. There was some stuff with the father of the lady who owned the ranch and expected more from that. It fell kind of flat for me.  Something overall just did not click for me. I have not read the other books in this series but I don't feel like reading them first would have helped. Not sure if i will read the next book in the series. 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

eARC Book review: Hard Justice (Body Armor #2) by Lori Foster


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Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous… 
Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she's sweet and intriguingly innocent. It's a risk-free assignment, until he's required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in. 
Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it's not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that's real, raw and absolutely against the rules…
Ah Justice. He's been around in several of Lori Foster's previous books. Always in the background. Book one in this series he stepped up a bit and now in this book he gets his chance to shine. He comes across as a bit of a doofus in previous books but now we get to find out who Justice really is.  Finally getting to handle clients on his own Justice gets assigned Fallon Wade. Beautiful but innocent and with secrets. Job seems pretty easy until weird things start happening. Your left wondering if someone is messing with Fallon or are they messing with Justice. Just when i thought i knew what was happening something happened to make me doubt what i knew. I loved justice and Fallon together and seeing all the MMA guys from Justice's time as a fighter. Fallon's mother steals some good scenes and made me laugh a time or two. I liked book one but book 2 for me is much better.  The series is really shaping up. I can't wait to see who is up next in this series.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

ARC Book review: Wild Ride (Black Knights Inc. #9) by Julie Ann Walker


Available April 4th 2017
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The hero we've all been waiting for...

Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he's stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he's tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who's been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha's beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie's losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie's tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with...

Readers of this series have been waiting for this book for a while. Julie Ann Walker has kept us guessing about who Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes really is.  Turns out there is much i didn't know about Ozzie. To start with how he got the knickname "Ozzie".   He's always been just Ozzie. Didn't think about how he got to be Ozzie. He seems like such  a easy going  fun loving guy. Since his leg was seriously injured in a previous mission he's not sure if he can do the job he's always done for the BKI team anymore. Questioning his worth it's hard to keep up that fun loving front. Samantha Tate is the feisty and curious reporter for the Chicago Tribune that has appeared in previous books. Ozzie has always been tasked with distracting her when needed from what the real mission of the BKI team does. There is a lot going on in this story. Samantha has badies gunning for her and this kicks  Ozzie into gear. Ozzie and Samantha sizzle together but there are so many conflicts for poor Ozzie. Doubts and misunderstandings between the two don't help. They trust each other with everything but their hearts. It was awesome to learn how badass Ozzie is. How serious he can be when his heart is involved and how vulnerable he is after everything he's been through. Both Ozzie and Samantha do whatever is needed for each other and still can't see that they love each other. Beautiful, exciting and heartbreaking at times Julie Ann Walker makes Ozzie live up to the hype. The only thing i was hoping to see and didn't was the other BKI guys. I had hoped some would show up in the end. It was great seeing some of the BKI ladies and of course Christian and the chemistry between him and Emily was fun. I think a little of my heart belongs to Ozzie. Hope Samantha will share.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

eARC Book review: Meant to Be (Whisper Creek #5) by Maggie McGinnis


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At twenty-eight, Shelby Quinn’s already a has-been. Scooped off a country stage at sixteen and remolded into glittery pop princess Tara Gibson, she toured the country for a decade, playing to sold-out stadiums while slowly losing her soul. Now her sales are waning, and when her beloved father dies in a fiery plane crash, she finally comes apart at the seams. Alone and brokenhearted, she hides away at Whisper Creek Ranch, never expecting to meet a man who understands her in a way no one else ever has.

Cooper Davis was one of Boston’s top detectives—until a bogus investigation cost him his badge, his family, and almost his life. Now he’s wrangling horses and guests at Whisper Creek Ranch, while keeping one eye firmly on a super-secret VIP holed up in a private cabin—a beautiful, soulful singer who knows what it’s like to lose everything. Cooper and Shelby both have ample reason to guard their hearts. But if they can learn to trust each other, something magical awaits them under the big skies and bright stars.

Shelby Quinn is lost. Her life has been crumbling for years. She doesn't know who she is anymore. All this then her dad is killed in a airplane crash on his way to come and help her. She's hit the bottom. For years other people have been telling her what to do and how to act. She's been a music business puppet for her record label. They tuck her into Whisper Creek Ranch which for her is the middle of nowhere. She's supposed to hide and collect herself before hitting what is to be the last leg of her final tour. Cooper Davis is doing his own hiding out at Whisper Creek. Things went to hell in a hand basket in his hometown of Boston where he was a cop. He uncovered some bad things and somehow he's been turned into the bad guy. His life and career are ruined and his dad has basically disowned him. All he's got is his Whisper Creek family and his 14 year old sister and maybe he's got Shelby too. These two character's couldn't be father apart in their public lives but in their private lives they match each other perfectly. Cooper is there to protect Shelby but she wants to return the favor when he's called back to Boston. An interesting book with awesome characters. It was fun to watch Cooper win over Shelby. Gaining her trust isn't easy but once he does her loyalty to him is endless. Great read!

Find out more about Maggie McGinnis and this series here

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ARC Book review: Lost in You (The Monroes #3) by Jules Bennett


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The only thing that could bring Liam Monroe back to Haven, Georgia, is his loyalty to his late sister--so he s agreed to serve as a chef at the resort his brothers have built in her honor. But he s not staying. At least that s the plan " 
Macy Hayward always admired the Monroes. Adopting four kids including the brooding, mysterious Liam they were an example of the loving family she wanted for herself someday. Now, ironically, Macy s got an unexpected new tenant in the apartment above her hardware store: none other than Liam. 
Most of Liam s furniture consists of weightlifting equipment, since he has no intention of settling in. He can t wait to run away again, from his brothers and his bitter memories and from Macy, with her relentlessly seductive curves. Still, while he s around, he should do the poor woman a favor and teach her to cook, before she poisons someone 
Soon, their sessions in the kitchen are getting spicy. But Macy has roots in Haven, and she wants to plant more, including taking in a little girl who needs a home. Meanwhile, Liam has an opportunity for his own restaurant in Atlanta. Will choosing love mean giving up their separate dreams? Or will the heart find a way?... 

The last book in The Monroe series features Liam Monroe. Liam had a good life until his mom passed away and he went into Foster Care. Eventually he found the Monroe's and was adopted and gained three more adopted siblings. After a terrible car accident scars him and puts the final nail in his relationship with his brother Zach who was driving he leaves town. Years later he's back in town to help out with the spa he and his brothers opened to honor their sister who passed away. Staying in the apartment over Macy Hayward hardware store he's having a hard time keeping his hands of Macy. Macy has had a thing for Liam for a long time.  He's got some hangs up that are keeping them apart and she wants to break those down but he isn't making it easy. Thing is she got some hang ups of her own and Liam is the type of guy who might be a little rough and brooding on the outside but on the inside he's a guy who cares. There are several things working against these two. Will it work out or won't it? The Monroe brothers may have had some rough starts and stops over the course of their lives but it's all finally coming together. Liam's got his chance now and you have to hang on to the very end to see if he finds his way. I liked all the characters in this series. There just something about each one that will endure them to you. Overall just a great series. Be sure to start with book one!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

eARC book review: Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox


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Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?

A continuation of the New York series. Madly takes place after Truly which was published in 2013. I went back and refreshed my mind on book one which i read when it came out. Madly is about May's sister ( from book 1) Allie. She was kind of a mess in book one and in this book she still kind of is in some ways. Her mother takes off for New York on the eve of her parents 30th wedding anniversary. She's done this off and on over the years but this time is the last time for Allie. They always just pretended she didn't disappear but Allie decides she's going to confront her mom. She heads to New York and while surveilling her mother she meets Winston. Winston and his daughter moved to New York from London, England. His daughter Bea to go to college and Winston to keep a eye on Bea. Winston and Allie form a bond. They help each other deal with what's going on in their lives.  This is a complicated story in some ways.  The book flowed nicely and quickly in some places and in some it kind of dragged and i was bored and sometimes confused. There characters are not simple. The are more than a little complicated to me. Allie is the this smart successful business women but her family doesn't seem to realize it. At the age of 26 she's got more money than anyone in the family and owns several properties and investments yet her family doesn't realize she's successful. Winston is 39, divorced with a 18 year old daughter. There's a age gap in there between Allie and Winston but they seem to mesh well for being opposites. Allie is more of free spirit to Winston being a bit of stick in the mud. There are several secondary characters from previous books that make reappearances in this book. I liked all the characters even the slightly annoying ones. I can't say that i would re-read this book but i did enjoy the main thread of it. Curious to see who the next book will be about. There's a t least one more coming in June of this year.

Find out more about Ruthie Knox and this series here

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book release!! Finding Leigh: Dark Horse Inc. Book 3 by Amy J. Hawthorn

Available March 14th 2017

A ghost emerges from Rick’s past, kidnapping the woman he loves and the leader of Dark Horse Inc. will stop at nothing to get her back.
Leigh Ann MacDonald values love and loyalty above all else. When Rick denies their attraction, he deals a callous blow to her tender heart, but their search for the little girl with no home brings them back together. Their passion grows, but when frustration mounts, can their love survive a race against time? Terror, multiplying obstacles, and a search for a missing girl—it’s time to call in Dark Horse Inc.

When gunshots barked right outside the door, she dropped like a stone to the ground. She had no idea what caused the commotion, but she wanted nothing to do with it or any stray bullets. When the door opened and closed just a moment later, she held her breath. Fear sent her heart racing, fighting to get out of her chest.
Then she heard two magical words.
“Fuck. Me.”
It wasn’t the words so much as the weak, rasping voice that she recognized. Before her brain could tell her mouth to stop and be cautious, quiet, the stupid orifice opened.
“Rick?” For all she knew, she might be imagining things. She struggled to move, but in her haste, she fell.
Footsteps rushed over and then big hands were on her, turning her until she sat on her backside. Then in the murky darkness, she heard the voice that she’d worried might be gone forever. Rick’s. “Thank Christ. Are you okay?” She wanted to sob with relief, wanted desperately to wrap her arms around him and crush him to her.
Yet, she couldn’t. She was as helpless as a turtle on its back.
“I’m fine. Please tell me you have a knife?” Her head buzzed with a hundred questions, but their situation went above and beyond dire.
Low, a little bit gravely and a lot tired, he spoke into her ear. “Yeah. I do. Don’t move.” She ached to lean closer and absorb his presence, his everything. He cupped her ankles and examined the ties around her ankles.
His hands shook as he pulled out his knife.
“Rick. I—I’m so sorry. This is all my fault. Your leg? I—”
“Not now. And it’s not your fault. Never. Let’s concentrate on getting out of here alive. Okay?” He sounded so tired, utterly drained of his usual strength. He should be in a hospital bed, not running a Dark Horse rescue operation.
Speaking of which… Something didn’t add up.
“Rick. Where are the rest of the crew?” It might be Rick’s newly formed team, but considering the shape he was in, she didn’t think Trent would let him participate in a rescue mission. She might have only known him for a few months, but she knew enough about Trent Dawson to understand he would lock Rick down if he wasn’t up to a job.
His hands trembled on her legs. Alarmed, she looked at him closer. Was it the yellow tinted light casting the sickly hue to his skin? When sweat beaded on his forehead she feared it wasn’t. His breaths were short and shallow. He didn’t look up to walking out of the room on his own steam.
Not to mention her overprotective brother Joe who, at the minimum, would be right in the thick of things, if not barging in and taking over. Something stank to high heaven.
“Sweetheart, don’t move.” Despite the noticeable tremble in his hands, he positioned the blade with precision beneath the tie.
“Yeah. You already said that. What’s going on?” When he wouldn’t meet her eyes, her stomach sank.
His only response was to cut her bonds loose. A million pins and needles stabbed her legs. An excruciating rush of feeling returned to her lower limbs. It was all she could do not to cry out. The trembling in her muscles made Rick’s hands look like immovable granite. He sat the knife down and, starting at her ankles, tried to massage some feeling back into her legs.
Outside the room, one voice rose above the others. The one who’d taken charge and seemed the most capable had returned. “What the hell is going on here? Give me that fucking gun.”
All the other voices started talking at once, spilling a tangled story.
“Something’s up. The door to the utility room is locked. It was unlocked when I got here. I found the key. Don’t let anyone out, nobody fucking move until I get the lights back on. Not a fucking millimeter.”
“We gotta go, babe. We’re sitting ducks.”
“Okay.” The only thing she knew was that she had to trust Rick’s abilities.
He considered the window then he looked back to her. “It’ll be a tight fit, but I think we can make it.”

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Monday, March 13, 2017

eARC Book review: Kept from You (Tear Asunder #4) by Nashoda Rose


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A first kiss that changed everything.

Killian Kane. 
He was the most feared guy in high-school.
Guarded. Angry. A fighter.
But when I caught him watching me with his captivating green eyes I saw something more. Something protective and kind. 

He warned me to stay away from him. 
I did. 
Until I didn’t and he kissed me. A knee weakening, body tingling kiss that left me breathless. And scared the hell out of me.

And then… 
He warned me never to come near him again or next time he wouldn’t let me go.

That was eleven years ago.
We aren't teenagers anymore. He has probably forgotten me. He’s a famous rock star now. I’m a dance instructor with a broken dream and desperate for a job.
So, when we cross paths again I don't expect him to remember me.
He does.
And his warning eleven years ago? I'm about to find out exactly what that meant.

I have read a couple of the books in this series and hope to catch the ones i missed in audiobook form. I started reading this author last year and liked what i read but it was also pretty intense stuff. I figured this book would be similar to that. Yes there is some violence but it's very minimal in comparison to book one in this series. Killian Kane (Kite)  was a bit scary as a 18 year old but 16 year old Savannah (Savvy) was still drawn to him. Just when she might have a chance to get to know him better what little she had in life crashed in on her. She had to leave and she thought she might never see Killian again. Fast forward 11 years and Killian is the drummer in the well known band Tear Asunder. She hopes to get some help from him when she sneaks in backstage to find him but she gets way more. This book was quick to read. It was exciting and interesting for me. It had a little of everything and the story moved along and a nice even pace. It's just one of those books i connected with by the end of chapter one and when that happens you get excited for the rest of the book. This one definitely delivered on that promise.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

eARC Book review:Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders #1) by Kit Rocha


Available March 7, 2017
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The first book in the follow-up to Kit Rocha's bestselling BEYOND series...
Gideon's Riders, Book One

Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra is a Makhai soldier--genetically engineered to be cold, ruthless. Unfeeling. His commanding officers consider him the perfect operative, and they're right. Now, he has a simple mission: to infiltrate Gideon's Riders, the infamous sect of holy warriors that protects the people of Sector One.

He's never failed to execute an objective, but there's one thing he didn't anticipate--running into Dr. Kora Bellamy, the only woman to ever break through his icy exterior.

When Kora fled her life as a military doctor for the Makhai Project, all she wanted was peace--a quiet life where she could heal the sick and injured. The royal Rios family welcomed her like a sister, but she could never forget Ashwin. His sudden reappearance is a second chance--if she can manage to touch his heart.

When the simmering tension between them finally ignites, Kora doesn't realize she's playing with fire. Because she's not just falling in love with a man who may not be able to love her back. Ashwin has too many secrets--and one of them could destroy her.

Book one in a new spin off series by  Kit Rocha and begins with world building Sector one. Even though we did see parts of Sector one in the Beyond Series which featured Sector 4 now we get into more details about the sector and it's people. Ashwin is this super soldier who can do about anything but  experiencing feelings is difficult.  He's not supposed to have any. Except he does have them. They may not be that developed but they are there. Kora is a Doctor and a empath. She can fix almost anything that ails you. Figuring out Ashwin is the one thing that isn't so easy. She can fix all his physical hurts but navigating his emotions is more difficult. Once Ashwin finally sees that he does have feelings beyond his need for Kora a whole new world opens up for him. While this book starts building the picture of Sector one it's also telling the love story of Ashwin and Kora. It's not quite the same for them as it is for others. Both have been genetically enhanced and are indispensable  to Sector one and the Base they both came from. While one would never use them the other one would. I enjoyed this first foray into Sector One there were times i was slightly bored. Some parts were a little to technical in explanations for me. Not often but I realize that this is what sometimes happens when you start a series so we'll see what happens in the next book. The feel of this book is different than the Beyond series so if you read that  series you also have to remember the tone for this series will be different as well. If you have read the Beyond series you might be pleased to know there are some characters from Sector 4 that do pop up this book. Which for me was a nice tie in to bring the two together some. Great kick off to a new beginning of Gideon's Riders. Look forward to seeing where some of the Riders go from here.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

eARC Book review:Sebastian's Castle by Lisa DeVore


Available March 8, 2017
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Being married to a cop is hard, being the widow of one is harder. After Brynn Austin’s husband, Nate, was murdered in an undercover operation, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the gang leader who killed him. Brynn refuses to let him kill their dream to renovate an old Connecticut castle. But her plan is hampered by a ghost who’s not ready to give up his home.

Contractor Jaxson Maddox signs on to renovate the old castle that’s sat empty for years. He didn’t believe the rumors about the place being haunted. But that was before he met the resident ghost. What Jax didn’t sign on for was trouble in the form of falling for the beautiful widow, dealing with a pesky ghost, and risking his life when a threat from Brynn’s past surfaces. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means becoming a ghost himself

Brynn is moving into what amounts to a castle. It was was a dream of her and her late husband to renovate it and open it up again. Even though her husband died before they could even move in Brynn is going to bring their dream to life. Couple problems. The castle is haunted and the gang leader who killed her husband might be after her for something her husband took from him. Lucky for her the contractor she hired, Jaxson Maddox used to be a cop in the military and he's attracted to her so he wants her safe. There's a interesting mix of things going on in this book. Brynn is working through her grief over her husband's death while also grappling with her attraction for Jaxson. There's a ghost and a bad guy as well. An interesting and different read for me. Loved Jaxson. Definitely a alpha male but a protective one who takes his time with Brynn and gives her space to work through things. Brynn was slightly annoying. Jaxson wanted to her help her but she was a little hot and cold. Thankfully he had plenty of patience. The wrap up of this book is what most people i think would like to see happen but doesn't often happen in books. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

eARC Book review: The Billionaire Beast (Billionaire Fairytales #2) by Jackie Ashenden


Available March 7th 2017
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Nero de Santis: Damaged. Bastard. Beast.
Nero hasn’t left his house in ten years—he demands the world come to him, and the world is only too happy to bend to the strong-willed billionaire. Ruthless, cold, and selfish, Nero wants for nothing and takes care of no one but himself. His last handful of assistants have left his house in tears, but the prim redhead applying for the job looks up to the task. Nero has spent his life shut within the walls he built, with no care to have more than a window to the outside world. But the fiery passion he senses beneath his reserved assistant’s exterior makes him want to break down the barriers he lives behind, and unleash the beast within.
Phoebe Taylor: Uptight. Misunderstood. Engaged.
Phoebe needs the obscene amount of money that comes with being Nero’s personal assistant for one thing, and one thing only—to pay for the mounting hospital costs that her fiancee’s two-year coma continues to incur. She’s heard rumors that the de Santis beast is a force that cannot be tamed—but even she isn’t prepared to handle the smoldering intensity simmering beneath his hard shell of feral dominance. Nero is hiding something, something he is fighting with every step he takes. Yet he can’t help but stake his claim on this woman who has shaken up his life, and Phoebe can’t believe this animal of a man is the one person to ever look into her eyes and see her soul. Nero wants to keep her. He wants to devour her. And Phoebe just might let him.
This book can definitely be read as a stand alone as it's mostly about the two main characters. Nero has a strange ripped from the headlines kind of background. His childhood was pretty much non existent and the tragic event from then has shaped him to who he is now. He's a prisoner in his own house. Even worse pretty much stuck in just a few rooms in that house. Then he gets a new assistant when Phoebe applies. Phoebe is not easily scared of him and presents a challenge for Nero. Phoebe has her own family issues. Her parents have never really been there for her. She just been someone they used and didn't appreciate. Then she met a man who really was a distraction from that and even though her life was better it wasn't what she deserved. For two years that man, her fiance has been in a coma after a terrible car accident. Money problems associated with that is what brings her to Nero's doorstep. This book in a little intense. Nero is NOT a likable character in the beginning of this book. It's takes a long time  and slow change to like him. Phoebe is tough as nails but she's losing the battle of keeping it together. Nero is the finally the man who breaks her. They end of being there for each other like no one has ever been for them before.  I didn't think i was going to enjoy this book but i did. At times it was little out there but something made me keep with it and keep drawn in. I think it was because there was no way to see how the story was going to go.  An interesting read! Loved the ending.
Find out more about this series and Jackie Ashenden here

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

eARC Book review: A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay #3) by Susan Mallery


Available Feb. 28th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.

Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.

Going to start by saying i have not read the first two books in this series.  You don't need to read the first two to read this one. The books in this series are always about 3 different women that connect with each other on some level and what goes on in their lives. If you read the blurb you can get the gist of what each of the women have going on. While the book was interesting in places it's a little to real life for me. A little depressing and cringe worthy in places and i am looking to escape real life. Jen who was the most annoying of the three ladies in the beginning became my favorite at the end. Pam seems to be the one who has it the most together becomes the most annoying and Zoe who was the most likable at the beginning was just kind of meh by the end. For me the men were the most entertaining and was what made me continue reading the book.  I am thinking Chick lit might not be my cup of tea. I like what i read in the blurb but once is started reading the interest i had in the story started to wane and finally i just wanted to get to the end. 

Read more about this series and Susan Mallery here

Monday, February 20, 2017

eARC Book review: What it Takes (Kowalski Family #10) by Shannon Stacey


Available Feb 28th 2017
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

Revisit all of your Kowalski favorites while falling in love with a brand-new romance in this reunion novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey 

Laney Caswell is looking for a change. A decade's worth of less-than-happy matrimony behind her, she wants peace—movies, books and, best of all, a new job at the Northern Star Lodge in Whitford, Maine. Spending the summer living in a camper is her chance to rediscover what makes her happy, and a perfect transition to her new life. 

Being a paramedic in Whitford is nothing like Ben Rivers's city life, but when Josh Kowalski offers him the job, the lure of his hometown is too much to resist. Also too much to resist: Laney Caswell. Ben always thought he'd have a wife and kids, a happy family like the Kowalskis have all built, but he never made time in his life. Now he's found a woman who draws him like no other and helps him dream again—and the last thing she wants is a husband. 

When the annual Kowalski family camping trip is moved to the Northern Star, both Ben and Laney are surrounded by the kind of happiness they've always wanted but never had. It just might be theirs—if they can put aside the past and reach for it together. Laney can't decide what she wants out of life. After coming out of a divorce Laney finds herself working for the Kowalski's. Her family isn't very supportive of her divorce or her choices now. Ben Rivers was a paramedic in the city where everything moves fast. Now he's back home working as a EMT still but with a twist as he's needed on the trails of Josh Kowalski's lodge. This gives him plenty of opportunity to come in contact with Laney. Sparks fly but Ben wants more than Laney. He has to convince her without pushing to hard that he's the one for her. Love these two new characters. Watching them connect was exciting but more, seeing my old favorite characters come back and see what's going on with them as well  was awesome. So much good stuff in one book. If you're a fan of the series don't miss this one!

Find out more about this series and Shannon Stacey here

Monday, February 6, 2017

ARC Book review: The Heir's Unexpected Baby (Mafia Moguls #4) by Jules Bennett


Available Feb. 7th 2017
ARC provided by author for review

Will this billionaire boss fall for his assistant…and her baby? 

Putting his ravishing assistant in danger makes billionaire investigator Jack Carson uneasy. Till now, Jack's cared only about running his security company and bringing down the notorious O'Shea family. But using Vivianna Smith to infiltrate their organization has complicated his priorities. And burying himself in work is no longer protecting him from his feelings. 

The seismic attraction he's been suppressing has been tough enough. But watching Viv care for the baby she's fostering stirs up emotions from his tragic past. Despite Jack's certainty that Viv is hiding something, his raging desire is driving him to the limits of his self-control…

 The final book in the Mafia Moguls book puts Jack Carson in a difficult spot. He has put his assistant and friend Viv in the enemies camp. She's working for him and part time for the O'Shea's. The family he's trying to bring down for the FBI. Now she might be in danger and his attraction for her he's been fighting since he met her is waging hell on his heart. Vivianna Smith is taking care of a 11 month old baby girl whose parents were killed in a home robbery. She's done fostering before but never for a baby. Things get complicated really fast when Jack and Viv get close. Viv has been trying not to get attached to the baby or Jack because she can't keep either one. As the grow closer she finds a piece of information that will be devastating to Jack IF she tells him about it. I have loved reading this series. The characters have been interesting and fun.  Things have to get crazy and a little dire before they settle down.Jack and Vivianna have some secrets to sort through and some past demons to come to grips with before they can have the happy every after. Jules Bennett brings them to it  then wraps up the series with brilliant writing. 

Find out more about Jules Bennett and the series here

Friday, February 3, 2017

eARC Book review: Barefoot Dreams (Barefoot Bay Undercover #4) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available Feb. 17th 2017
eARC Provided by author

A wedding day in Barefoot Bay is always joyous and exciting, but when the groom is none other than superspy bad boy Gabriel Rossi, the frenzy factor is high. Maybe that's the reason his beloved bride-to-be, Lila Wickham, wakes on her wedding day in a cold sweat from a bad, bloody dream. 

As much as she wants to wipe away the memory and focus on the happiest day of her life, it soon becomes apparent that the dream heralds unhappiness—and tragedy. Terrified but determined, Lila knows she only has hours to take action against the daunting odds facing her son. But she's not alone anymore—she has Gabe at her back. And when it comes to defending the people he loves, there's no one fiercer than Gabe Rossi. 

One single day, one embattled couple—one last shadow to dispel before they become the family they were always meant to be. 

BONUS: Barefoot Bay short story Whirlwind included for free!

Anyone who is a Roxanne St Claire fan knows who Gabe Rossi is so anytime we can get a little of Gabe it's a good thing. In Barefoot Bay it's time for Gabe and Lila's wedding. The book opens with Lila's bloody dream and once she shares with Poppy she tells her about a curse when you dream of blood. Not good. When Poppy explains what needs to be done to counteract the curse and what could happen if they don't things get interesting. Gabe of course doesn't believe but when things start happening that prove the curse might be real things kick into high gear for Gabe and Lila. LOVE this book. It's short and intense and fun and we get another dose of Gabe . Some old favorite characters from previous books and series show up for cameos which is always exciting. There is a bonus Barefoot bay short story at the end of this book which was fabulous and of course leaves you wanting more which is the hallmark of a good book! Roxanne St Claire wraps up this part of Barefoot Bay with amazing writing and good ride!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

eARC Book review: Twin Secrets (The Rancher's Heirs) book 1 by Jules Bennett


Available March 1st 2017
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

This wealthy rancher is about to meet his match…and her two little secrets! 
Colt Elliott is as handsome as he is cunning. And he wants his neighbor's ranch. So when the owner's beautiful daughter begs him to save her family's home, he gives her a job so she can pay off her debt…and he becomes consumed with a new goal: seduce the fiery virgin. 
But Annabelle is the guardian of her infant twin nieces and all three ladies begin to pull at his heartstrings. Colt will go to any lengths to get what he wants—but will his hidden agenda cost him Annabelle?
Colt is after his neighbors ranch and has set a plan in place to get it.  What he didn't count on what was Annabelle. She has two infant girls to take care of and a handful of secrets. She's just moved back to the family ranch to grieve and save the ranch so she can open a bed and breakfast. Something that was her mother's dream. Only she finds her father has taken a loan from Colt. To pay him back she ends up working on his ranch. She thinks she's going to be paying the loan off but what she doesn't know is even after she does Colt will still own the ranch. Colt is one of those alpha males who is full of confidence and think he's got all the answers. He's attracted to Annabelle when he first meets her and thinks he can be with her and let her go once his secret is out. It's never that easy. As they get closer Colt realizes he's in a losing situation. Loved watching these two come together and seeing Colt slowly lose some of that cockiness. He's got to flounder some before finding his way to happiness. You have to feel for Annabelle. She's been through so much and still she's remains optimistic and tough. She doesn't let all the stuff she's been through keep her down. Can't wait to see what happens with Colt's three other brothers. We get to see his oldest brother as a secondary character and hear about one of the others in this book. Way to tease!
Find out more about Jules Bennett and this series here

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

eARC Book review: The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon


Available January 31st 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . . 
Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They've hired him ten personal assistants-and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

Isabella Sawyer's employment agency can't afford to lose Eli Crane's business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won't rest until she tames this wicked beast . . . 

Finally we get to find out about Eli Crane. Kind of a mystery through the past two books he's the bad boy of the Crane's The family wants him in the business but he's resisting with everything he has. This includes running off every assistant his brother sends to him. That is until he gets THE assistant. Isabella Sawyer is that assistant. The owner of Sable Concierge she runs out of people to send in so she takes on Eli herself. Turns out she's just what he needs. Eli is battling his inner most demons all the while learning how to love from Isa. He just doesn't realize it. He's also finding the new Eli the man after his military days after his injuries. Isa is a strong women with a parents who don't support her and a ex-boyfriend who basically was using her to make his place in her parents company. Loved how Isa and Eli were there for each other in this story and how Isa understood Eli. The two of them seemed to click pretty quickly but that didn't make the path to I love you a easy one. Wonderful ending to this series.

Find out more about this series and Jessica Lemmon here

Monday, January 23, 2017

eARC Book review: The Maverick Cowboy (Morgan Ranch #2) by Kate Pearce


Available January 31st 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

The heartbreak of their childhood drove the Morgan brothers far from their family’s California ranch—and one another. But as they face the wounds of the past, each feels the land calling him home . . .

Blue Morgan never thought he’d crave long days on horseback, working the cattle ranch where he grew up. But after a decade of getting shouted and shot at in the Marines, fresh air and hard work are just what he needs to settle his restless energy. Except no matter how hard he tries to focus, his mind wanders to the pretty, prickly new veterinarian instead.

There’s no denying the spark between Jenna McDonald and Blue. But with her job at risk and her own family’s expectations to wrangle, Jenna isn’t looking for another sparring partner. Blue needs her expertise on horses. And if she can help solve his mother’s disappearance, she’s willing to pitch in. But she’ll leave his ideas about how love should be scheduled to him. Jenna is tired of being told what she can’t have—and ready to reach for what she wants . . .

Blue gets out of the military at the same time he meets the lovely Jenna Mc Donald the new Veterinarian in the area. Blue and Jenna don't exactly get along at first but sparks fly. Blue and his siblings are trying to solve the mystery of what happened to their mother and their baby sister years ago. While they make minute progress on that front Blue is also struggling with his feelings for Jenna a long with a very big surprise that pops up in his life. It might be more that this Marine can handle. This is kind of a complicated story. Blue has the mystery with him and baby sister a child that shows up that may or may not be his and Jenna doesn't know where she belongs and doubts her abilities after a grumpy old rancher blames her for problems on his ranch. There are some really funny moments in this book along with some sad stuff. It's one of those books that just a joy to read. I love how Blue Morgan was named after a famous character from a old time western tv show. To find out more about that you'll have to read the book. I did not read the first book in this series but i am wishing now that i did. I think i found a new author to enjoy!

Find out more about this series and Kate Pearce here

Thursday, January 19, 2017

eARC Book review: Under Pressure (Body Armor #1) by Lori Foster


Available January 24th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

He can protect anything except his heart
Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.
What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough...
Book one is a new spin off series from Lori Foster. Leese Phelps has gone from MMA fighter to bodyguard. Where he lacked as a fighter he thrives as a body guard.  Catalina Nicholson is a girl in trouble. She saw and heard something she shouldn't have and now she's on the run until she can figure out who she can trust. Leese has to grab her and keep her safe.  She doesn't make it easy. She won't give Leese and his boss all the details they need but until she trusts Leese that's all they have to work with.  Leese and Cat butt heads throughout this book but Leese hangs onto his calm. I have no idea how but he does. Cat is a tad bit juvenile but some would also she's strong and proud. She doesn't want Leese to get hurt but she doesn't understand or trust in him enough to let him help her. This book is action packed with characters from previous series and secrets all over the place. Catalina's step dad keeps us wondering is trying to help her or hurt her. The longer you read the more you see where he's going with her. I would have hoped to see her brothers included in the storytoo because who has brothers who don't get involved when their sister is in danger? Over all the book was entertaining. I loved seeing the guys from the previous series and seeing how Leese comes into his own. Can't wait to see what comes next!
Find out more about Lori Foster and this series here

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

eARC Book review: Accidentally on Purpose (Heartbreaker Bay #3) by Jill Shalvis


Available January 24th 2017
eARC Provided by publisher through Edelwiess

There’s no such thing as a little in love…

Elle Wheaten’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust…

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. But now that she’s earned happiness and success, Archer just wants Elle 24/7. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco Earthquake, and Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as…

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along…

Book 3 in the Heartbreaker Bay series brings us Elle and Archer's story. Elle and Archer have a history that wasn't good for either one of them. Elle was a 16 year girl on a not so good path of life and Archer a young cop when their worlds collided. Archer lost his career by helping Elle out of a bad situation.  He's been keeping track of her ever since. Helping her out without her knowing. Successful in his own security business now and Elle back in his life he's still watching out for her and denying his feelings for her. Elle has fought a hard battle to get where she is today and to be who she is. Never knowing that Archer has been keeping a eye on her. When she finally gives up on ever having anything with Archer he realizes he wants her and he's been a idiot to push her away. It was fun to watch these two figure their way to each other. It's not a easy path and seeing the always in control Archer stumble and stammer his way around Elle was entertaining. It was nice to see him NOT be so perfect like Elle thinks he is. Elle has to struggle with her insecurities and her past. The chemistry between the two is so crazy cool! Jill Shalvis does the best job out there with words to make me laugh and maybe even cry a time or two. This series gets better with every book!

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this series here