Sunday, October 14, 2018

eARC Book review: Most Eligible Texan (Texas Cattleman's Club: Bachelor Auction #2) by Jules Bennett


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“Bid on me…

I want to give you what you need.”

Matt Galloway, Texas’s most eligible tycoon, is the star Rachel Kincaid needs for the charity bachelor auction. But her scheme to recruit him sets their own passions blazing—even though he’s her friend and totally off-limits! And why is he back now when he was gone for so long? The truth may have her winning Matt for herself…or ending their romance for good.

Matt and Rachel have a history. It's not the history Matt would have liked but years ago his best friend asked Rachel out first and he's been stuck on the sidelines and just a friend. Now that his best friend has passed away and Rachel and her daughter are on their own he's back in her life. Rachel is putting together and charity bachelor auction and Matt has agreed to be THE main attraction. Things are going well until a secret comes to light and it might mean the end of something that was just getting started. Matt and Rachel have some serious chemistry and Rachel's little girl Ellie steals Matt heart without even trying. A fun, relaxing read from start to finish.

Find out more about Jules Bennett and this series here

Friday, October 12, 2018

eARC Book review: Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc. #4) by Susan Mallery


Available October 23, 2018
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Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity—he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust.

Despite her reputation, Silver’s not as tough as she seems. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer to invest in her business. If she can’t quite get over him, maybe she should get under him and knock him out of her system once and for all.

But her best laid plans begin to unravel as Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts. Which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years—and risk losing him forever.

Silver and Drew were once a item. Silver let Drew go when she thought she needed to. She's moved on or so she thought. Now Drew is back in town working at his families bank and he wants to get to know Silver again. I just didn't feel the chemistry on this one. They didn't seem to click as a couple. I'm not sure why. There wasn't really much conflict either. If they spent more time talking to each other instead of in their heads the story would have ended sooner. It was a OK read but not a favorite for me of the series. 

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

eARC Book review: Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis


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Who needs mistletoe? 

Most people wouldn't think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn't most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she's been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that — but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once...

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don't mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he's shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly's brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can't believe he's drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who's the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he's ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he's been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

Molly Malone had something bad happen in her life that changed everything for both her and her brother. Now they both work for Hunt Investigations. Molly as the office manager and her brother Joe does missions and investigations. Molly wants more than just to be office staff. She wants to work cases too. One night spent with her Lucas one of the other guys on the team and she's got a new distraction. Lucas was shot on a mission and is still benched until his doctor tell him he's good to go. When the boss tell Lucas to keep a eye on Molly when she takes on a case of the bad Santa finds Molly is more than good at organization. First i have to say each chapter has the cutest elf related titles. Molly might have some physical problems but it doesn't stop her from doing whatever she needs to do. She proves herself to Lucas over and over. Both Lucas and Molly have given up on love but the more time they spend together the more they open up. I love the little bits with both Molly and Lucas' families. Jill Shalvis plays with your heart strings while also making you laugh. It doesn't get better than that.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

eARC Book review:America's Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon


Available October 2, 2018
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Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .

Allison and Jackson were high school sweethearts  then they were college sweethearts. When Allie moved to California  it was only supposed to be for the summer. Then she got a role as a extra on a TV show. Being a actress was something she dearly wanted and Jackson wanted her to have anything she wanted and needed. He just couldn't live in California though so he left her there and shortly later they broke up. Now some ten years later Allie is back in town hiding from a scandal and Jackson is there for her. When there is some sizzle between them again the question is how much sizzle and is it enough to burn the house down. The answer is yes. Yes it is! Jackson or Jax as he's called is one of those guys whose calm in any situation. I liked Allie and Jackson together but i think they had some communication issues which is understandable considering how they ended it years ago. While it was fun watching these two finding each other again I was taken out of the story several times by the going back from past two present. Overall i enjoyed the story though and loved the ending. 

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

eARC Book review: Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc. #3) by Susan Mallery


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Susan Mallery welcomes you to Happily Inc, where true love isn’t just for fairy tales… 

Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top.

After a secret tore apart his family and made him question his sense of self, Ronan fled his hometown for Happily Inc, but the sunny small town can’t fix his damaged heart. He won’t give in to his attraction for beautiful, perpetually cheerful Natalie. She’s untouched by darkness—or so he thinks.

Natalie knows that when a heart goes through the flame, it comes out stronger. Life may not be a fairy tale, but sometimes dreams do come true. Why not this one? Why not tonight?

Natalie is part time artist part time office manager for her gallery. Ronan Mitchell is a complicated artist whose world was thrown into craziness when he found out the woman he thought was his mother really wasn't and his twin brother was not his twin. A crazy thunderstorm with torrential rain sends Natalie up the mountain to Ronan's home to check on him. Except the gruff and quiet Ronan is not the one she meets when she arrives. Ronan's been kind of a wild card in this series. He's the last of the Mitchell brothers to find love. He's dead set against love though so it's surprise to him when Natalie sneaks right in to his heart.  The author does a wonderful job fleshing out Ronan and Natalie. Up until now we've only gotten bits and pieces of both but this book shows us what their made from. Watching how Natalie effects Ronan was fun. Bonus was getting all the Mitchell brothers back together for a part of the story and seeing where everyone is without it taking over the story. Can't wait to see what comes next in this series!

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

eARC Book review:A Firefighter's Christmas Gift (Holidays in Heart Falls #1) by Vivian Arend


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All Bradley Ford wants this holiday season is a date or three with sweet Hanna Lane. He’s the new fire chief, recently returned to Heart Falls to help his father after an accident. And while he wasn’t expecting to find someone like Hanna so soon, Brad’s certain that Hanna—and her adorable daughter, Crissy—are perfect for him and his plans to settle down. 

Hanna’s been taking care of herself since she became a single mom at sixteen. The only pure, honest love she trusts is her little girl’s, but for the first time in eight years, her libido flares to life. Something about Brad draws her like a moth to a flame—which is always a bad idea for the moth. 

When a fire leaves Hanna and Crissy homeless, Brad offers them shelter at his family’s homestead. Crissy insists they’ve moved in with Santa. Hanna’s not sure how she keeps ending up under the mistletoe with Brad. And Brad? He’s hoping for the best Christmas gift of all…

Bradley Ford has had his eye on Hanna Lane for a long while. She's a single mom whose very protective of her daughter. She's struggling to make ends meet but doing ok until tragedy strikes. When the her apartment burns to the ground it gives Bradley a chance to help Hanna and get close to her. If your ready for a Christmas themed romance this is a great place to start. Bradley is this huge hulking firefighter and Hanna this delicate cautious women whose had to do it all on her own since she was 16. I loved this story. It made me laugh it made me cry. I loved Hanna's daughter and Bradley's father that brought the awe to this book. It's one of those story that make's you believe in hope and in general just makes you feel good.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

eARC Book review:Dagger's Edge (Brute Force #2) by Lora Leigh


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Ivan Resnova wants nothing more than to escape his hard, brutal past. Starting over is not so easy once you've been a powerful crime boss but now, instead of being punished for his alleged crimes, Ivan fears that the one woman he can't forget is in danger of paying the price.

Crimsyn "Syn" Delaney thought the danger she'd faced was over, and that she could resume her life. She never imagined it would return with a vengeance and throw her back into Ivan's world. But when an attempt is made on her life, she needs Ivan more than ever to keep her safe--even if she is in danger of falling deeply and dangerously in love. . .

Ivan Resnova is a force to be reckoned with. Crimsyn Delaney is not who she says she is. These two have a past that's connected and whose families are enemies yet they are drawn to each other. I'm going to first say i did not read book one in this series. I did read the other series this book is spun off of. If i hadn't a lot of what happens in this book would have been harder to follow that it already was. The idea for this story was a good one but it was bogged down by way to many sex scenes that went on forever and poor editing. I have not seen the final of this book but based on prior books i'm not sure that the numerous errors will have been fixed. I wanted to like this book but i had to do a lot of skimming to get to the parts that were about the actual story. The end was pretty abrupt and over. I have liked several of this author's previous books but I'm on the fence about whether or not i want to read another in this series. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

eARC Book review: Cowboy, Cross My Heart (Heart of Texas #2) by Donna Grant


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Naomi Pierce isn't the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It's not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can't help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol'-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it's one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye...

Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can't help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him from the stands. It doesn't take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close--and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn't be any kind of cowboy if he didn't offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger--without risking his heart?

Naomi is back in town to visit her friend and mother and to photograph the rodeo that was a part of her life for years. She moved to D.C. years ago for college and just stayed. While at the rodeo to see her friend they are attacked out of the blue and Brice Harper comes to the rescue.  This story heats up quickly and maintains a fast paced throughout. This story really sucked me in. If i could have read it through in one sitting i would have. Naomi's best friend Whitney is a rodeo queen and what should be a fun reunion for the friends turns scary when they are attacked. As the story moves forward more and more is revealed and what's going on with Whitney is much bigger than anyone thought. The only problem i had with the story is how fast it wound up at the end. I expected more of a ending to the bad guys than i got.  In spite of that I'm looking forward to more in this series. 

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Monday, September 3, 2018

eARC Book review: Under Control (Boston Fire #5) by Shannon Stacey


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When faced with the opportunity to change shifts while staying in the same house, veteran firefighter Derek Gilman jumps at the chance. His new schedule means not working Saturdays, which means more time to spend with his two kids. His divorce may have been amicable, but being a firefighter and a single dad is a lot to juggle. And when fate brings a gorgeous, wealthy woman into his life, he’s pretty sure he can’t handle more than he already is.

Olivia McGovern loves plans. She planned to start her own business and planned its growth. It’s earning her seven figures now, but her personal life simply doesn’t exist. Getting trapped in a broken elevator figures in exactly nowhere, and freaking out in front of a sexy firefighter definitely isn’t on the agenda. Especially not one with two kids and an ex.

What would have been a random incident with an attractive stranger becomes something more when a charity event brings them back together. They’re from different sides of the tracks, literally—with friends, family and careers to consider. But as Derek and Olivia are discovering, chemistry doesn’t allow for plans, and love doesn’t bother with logistics.

Derek Gilman meets Olivia McGovern in a office building when the elevator breaks down with the two of them in it. There's instant attraction between them but after their rescued Olivia has to run off for an appointment before Derek can talk to her. Fortunately for him they end up together on a charity fundraiser board. Derek and Olivia are from opposite sides of Boston and maybe opposite sides of the tracks as well or so Derek thinks. Olivia doesn't care about money but it's something Derek has trouble getting past. He's dealing with work and parenting two kids with his ex-wife. Olivia is juggling her own career and has her own business. Life has taught her to plan everything so fitting a man into her life is not a easy thing when it's not in her current plan. I enjoyed this book but nothing stands out for me. It was basically just a good read. If you've enjoyed the series so far i think you will enjoy this one as well.

Find out more about this series and Shannon Stacey here

Monday, August 27, 2018

eARC Book review: Going Down Easy (Boys of the Big Easy #1) by Erin Nicholas


Available August 28th 2018
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As far as flings go, single dad Gabe Trahan is pretty sure that Addison Sloan is his best bet. Once a month, Addison comes to New Orleans and then…It. Is. On. Until Addison returns to New York, it’s just hot, happily-no-strings-attached sex. And beignets. And jazz. But lately for Gabe, it isn’t nearly enough.
Sure, maybe Addison’s gotten a bit hooked on Gabe. After all, who can resist a guy who’s so sexy, so charming, and so…available? But maybe he’s too available for her right now. Addison’s just moved to New Orleans, and relationships are definitely off the table. Besides, guys always bail when they learn her secret: she’s a single mom.
Only Gabe’s not running. Worse, he’s thrilled. But Addison never signed up for ever-after romance, and Gabe won’t settle for anything less. Now it’s a battle of wills—and when it comes to the woman he’s falling for, Gabe isn’t above playing a little dirty.
I'm going to start this off by saying this is my very first Erin Nicholas book.  I wasn't sure what to expect but i had heard good things about this author. This is book one in a new series about some great guys living in New Orleans. There is a prequel novella to this series that i have not read and i do not feel that really hampered this book at all. Gabe Trahan and Addison Sloan have been having a once a month weekend affair for a while. Addison coming to New Orleans for business once a month on a weekend trip has been hooking up with Gabe. It's supposed to be just a fling but it's been feeling like maybe it's not. Addison moves to New Orleans without telling Gabe and that's when things get real. Gabe wants more but Addison doesn't want to rock the boat with her  5 year old daughter to protect. Little does she know Gabe has a 5 year old son.  You would think this would make things easier but it doesn't. It's fun watching these two negotiate a relationship with kids. Addison as first doesn't want to have a relationship but once Gabe gets her on board it's him that bail's. A fun, sexy read full of romance even if now and then the kids steal the show. I'm looking forward to book two. 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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


Reissue available Aug 28th 2018
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Matt is an expert and the Chase is on. Tate doesn't stand a chance.

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and this series here

Sunday, August 5, 2018

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


Available July 31st 2018
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His long and winding road has brought him to a legendary western ranch—to the brothers he calls friends . . . and a woman who could change his roving ways . . . 

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

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

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

Find out more about Kate Pearce and this series here

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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


Available August 1st 2018
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As the snow falls, her touch sets him aflame... "I don't want you to leave." Texas billionaire Chase Ferguson has one regret: leaving Miriam Andrix to protect her from his public life. When a snowstorm strands her in his mountain mansion, their passion reignites, and it's too hot to resist! But reality--and scandal--arrives with the thaw. Chase turned his back on happiness once. Will he fight for what he truly wants this time?

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

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Monday, July 23, 2018

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


Available July 24th 2018
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One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

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

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

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

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

Find out more about this new series and Lori Foster here

Friday, July 20, 2018

eARC Book review: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery


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Life is meant to be savored, but that's not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you'd rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn't know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister--Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. 

Callie doesn't love being alone, but at least it's safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can't figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. 

But love isn't Malcolm's strong suit... until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

Malcom, Callie and Keira are a new family. Siblings with different mothers, but the same father and brought together by a grandfather that loves them. What's interesting about this story is how different in so many way these three characters are. They have several important things in common but each come from a totally different background.   They all have to learn how to be a family and how to be there for each other yet also figure out who they are on their own. Callie and Malcolm each find love and that isn't a easy path either. Many of the secondary characters are interesting too add a lot to the story. I wasn't sure how much i would like this book considering there is a lot going on and a lot of characters but i ended up really loving it. It's not the kind of story i usually read but I have enjoyed this author before and the blurb was intriguing so i took a chance that paid off for me. Well worth the read!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

eARC Book review: Chased (Chase Brothers #3) by Lauren Dane


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Not this book is a re-issue.

Marc must face the biggest challenge of his life-convincing Liv Davis that he means to love her forever.

Liv Davis had just about given up on her happily ever after. Burned by love more than once, she's beginning to think Mr. Right wasn't in the cards for her. Marc Chase is a confirmed bachelor and lover of women-lots of them. He's determined not to fall head over heels the way his brothers have. Until he kisses Olivia Davis and realizes head over heels may not be such a bad thing after all!

Can Liv open her scarred heart for this younger ladies man? She loves Marc more than she can begin to admit but she's terrified of being rejected again. Marc faces a challenge greater than he's ever faced before. Making a woman believe he's more than just a great bedmate-making her believe he's in it for good. In the end it will all come down to two days in a hotel and a bet. Can they both win?

Liv has pretty much given up on finding Mr Right. When she catches her boyfriend in bed with another women that's it. Marc has been a good friend to Liv but she's never seen him as anything but a friend really. He's almost 6 years younger than her and seemingly bags every babe in around. Should that be enough of a deterrent for her? Marc means to show her he's not that guy anymore. He's not sure if marriage and babies is his end game but he knows he's serious about her.  I think you can probably manage this book ok without reading the first two books in the series but you'll be much better off if you do read them. It feels like it picks up in the middle of something and that I missed something. Stumbling around in the dark a bit it didn't take long to figure out  who all the characters in this book went with. Marc is 6 years younger than Liv. She uses that and her past experience with men and her family issues to hold him at bay. Marc slowly gets in there though. I enjoyed the story and the entire Chase family. 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

eARC Book review: Cowboy on My Mind (Montana Strong #1) by R.C. Ryan


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A heartwarming western romance about a cowboy who gets a second chance with the first love he couldn't forget in the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains. . . 

Don't miss this special 2-in-1 edition that includes a bonus western romance novella by Sara Richardson!
Once a bad boy...

Ben Monroe was the ultimate bad boy-and everyone in Haller Creek knew it. But now as a sheriff's deputy, Ben spends his time breaking up bar fights rather than starting them, and staying away from trouble...until Becca Henderson comes back into town. She's just as beautiful as Ben remembers-and just as far out of his reach.
Coming home is exactly what Becca Henderson needed. A place of her own, a successful new business, and a chance to reconnect with the sexy cowboy she had a crush on in school. Ben has always blazed his own path and never let anyone stand in his way. It excites-and scares-her. But when an unexpected threat surfaces, Becca will see just how far Ben will go to protect the woman he loves-and fight for their chance at forever.

First in a new series from R.C. Ryan. Ben Monroe and his two younger brothers tumbled into Mackenzie Monroe's life just when he needed them most. He was at his lowest point and these three boys needed someone and that someone was Mac. It's starts off with a introduction of the characters and how they all came together as a family then moves to years later as adults.  Ben is the towns new part time deputy sheriff and Becca Henderson is is old school time crush. Little does he know he was also her crush. A couple of shootings with Becca in the cross hairs pulls them together. Unfortunately Becca's dad has never liked Ben and even still all these years later  doesn't and makes it known often. This book worked ok for me but not one of my favorites. I liked the characters but some of the scenes were over the top. Becca's dad was awful and her mom was his enabler. Neither one ever stands up to him. Becca tries a few times but only half heartedly. There is a suspense factor since someone is shooting either at Becca or Will, her friend.  All in all it was a enjoyable read but a tad disjointed at times and i became frustrated with the characters. Will i read the next book in the series? Yes. I've enjoyed several of R.C. Ryan's other books and I'm not ready to give up on this series yet. 

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Friday, June 29, 2018

eARC Book review: Torn (Whiskey Sharp #3) by Lauren Dane


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Sometimes what you find isn’t what you were searching for...

Beau Petty has been searching his whole life. Searching for a place that fills all the empty spaces in him. Searching for a way to tame the restlessness. Searching for answers to the secret he’s never stopped trying to solve. What he wasn’t searching for was a woman to claim all of him, but when Cora Silvera walks back into his life, he’s ready to search out all the ways he can make her his.

Cora has spent her life as the family nurturer, taking care of others. But now she’s ready to pass that job on to someone else. It’s time to make some changes and live for herself. It’s in that moment that her former teenage crush reappears and the draw and the heat of their instant connection is like nothing either of them has experienced. He craves being around her. She accepts him, dark corners and all.

Beau thinks Cora’s had enough drama in her life. He wants to protect her from the secrets of his past, even if it means holding back the last pieces of himself. But Cora is no pushover and she means to claim all those pieces.

Cora is a people pleaser. She's spent a lot of her life taking care of her mother and trying to keep everyone happy. She's had enough and is determined to live for herself now and pursue her own happiness. Beau was a guy she used to know when she was to young for him. He walks back into her life with baggage of his own. Beau grew up in a cult and was forced to marry and had twin boys. He got out and has not seen his twin boys since. Wildly successful as a chef, model and TV show host he's got all the money he needs to look for his boys and try to reunite with them. I've gotta say i loved the first two books in this series. I have not read a lot of Lauren Dane but really liked the blurb for the first book in this series so i decided to try this series out. Fast forward to this book. While i liked the characters a lot there wasn't much to this book. It was like of just enjoyable and that's it. I expected more conflict from Cora's mom and something with Beau's kids or something. There was a lot of how much Cora and Beau loved each other and their daily lives but it got boring in the middle because i kept waiting for the conflict. As the book drew closer and closer to the end I started to think there was not going to be a conflict anywhere. They really never argue or fight. Kind of a disappointment in some ways. It was OK but not something i would read over again. 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

eARC Book review: Built to Last (Black Knights Inc. #12) by Julie Ann Walker


Available June 26th 2018
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Masterful, mysterious, and completely ruthless, Jamin “Angel” Agassi joined the Black Knights Inc. after a mission-gone-wrong forced him to undergo extensive plastic surgery and change his name. He's going to bring down the world's worst crime syndicate, and hopefully keep Sonya Butler, a love from his past, from discovering who he really is...

When a dark-eyed stranger gets caught up in Sonya’s latest mission, she starts to question all her hard-won instincts. Something about Angel tells her he's more than he seems, and sometimes, when she least expects it, he reminds her of a man she used to know. As the bullets fly, she realizes that in love and war nothing is ever what it seems...

Last book in this series. Julie Ann Walker wraps up for Black Knights Inc series with Angel's book. Angel has been a bit of Enigma since he showed up in this series. He's just kind been here and there and we didn't know anything about him. Sonya meets Angel on her latest mission. Both think each other is a bad guy until a confrontation shows the truth.  Angel knows Sonya or at least he did in his past life before surgeries and a name change. A lot about Angel triggers Sonya's memories of a man she loved deeply before he was killed. What she doesn't know and what Angel doesn't want to tell her is he is that man.  I have to say this is kind of a twofer because beside Angel's story we get the rest of Ace and Rusty's story. I enjoyed Sonya and Angel getting to know each other again but it kind of got old somewhere in the middle for a bit. I like that Sonya was more than she seemed at first. The more the story went on the more we knew about her and of course her life she has with Angel before his faked death and disappearance. Angel seems like the guy that nothing gets to him. Sonya get's to him and it just about destroys him when he realizes all he gave up all those years ago.  Rusty and Ace are on this mission to finally catch Spider with Ozzie in tow. Both denying feelings for each other until one of them almost dies. Seeing that play out and the barriers Rusty thought he had with his family disappear was exciting. Great wrap up to the series and a huge hint at the end that it might not quite be over for some of the BKI guys. Julie Ann Walker is going to keep up guessing for a bit if we see these characters again and if so which ones. 

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

eARC Book review: Hooked On You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader


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The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.

Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.

Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander...but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.

For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love.

Violet has always been out on the outside. She had her mom and aunts growing up but she never had the family she wanted. Then her dad died and she became 1/3 owner of a major hockey team with her two half sisters she's never met. Bren thought he had it all, thhe wife, the kids the house and the hockey career he wanted. Then it all went down the drain and alcohol about did him in. When the Chase girls took over the management of his hockey team they gave him a chance to get his life back and he grabbed at it. 

I came late to this series. This being the first book in the series that I've read. The blurb pulled me in and got me interested in reading it. Violet does not give herself the value she deserves. Her sisters try to get her to see it but it's Bren who makes her realize her own worth. Bren on the other hand had self value but lost some of that when alcohol took over his life and now even though he's fighting his way out of all that he's harboring a lot of guilt. I enjoyed watching these two come at each other and help lift each other up. Bren has two daughters in this story and they were so adorable with their dad and Violet. The secondary characters were interesting and fun and it made me wish i had read the previous two books in this series to find out their stories too. I don't think reading this one with out the first two took away from this story at all which is always awesome! I do think it probably would have been enhanced by doing so though. I'm thinking now i need to read more from this author.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

eARC Book review: Threat of Danger (Mission Recovery #2) by Dana Marton


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Falling in love can be a deadly proposition in this pulse-quickening Mission Recovery novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

Jess Taylor and Derek Daley were in the throes of first love in a small Vermont town when they were kidnapped by a serial killer. They escaped his clutches—but not the trauma of the unsolved crime. With their lives changed forever and their romance cut short, they went their separate ways to exorcise their fears.

Jess is living on the edge as Hollywood’s hottest stuntwoman. It’s no longer terror thrumming through her veins. It’s adrenaline. Derek is a former Navy SEAL spinning his ordeals into heart-pounding bestselling thrillers. But when Jess is called home on a family emergency, she must face the past—and face the man she left behind, who is just as haunted and, like her, still so much in love.

Now, as an old flame reignites, Jess and Derek are taking advantage of second chances and putting their bad memories behind them. But here, in the quiet town of Taylorville, a killer is getting a second chance as well.

Jess and Derek had a young love full of promise until they were kidnapped and terrorized by a madman. They weren't supposed to get away but they did.  After that they were over. Each went their own way and dealt with what happened in their own way. Now ten years later they're back in Vermont back in the same town. Derek never forgot Jess and never stopped loving her. Jess tried to forget and she tried to blame Derek. She's back to take care of her ailing mother for a bit then she's out of there. Except that madman is still out there. They were told he drowned but he didn't. I enjoyed this book. Both Derek and Jess survived their ordeal and spent years getting stronger and smarter. Derek wants Jess back in his life and Jess struggles NOT to be in his life but it's a losing battle. Packed with drama, action and sitting on the edge of your seat suspense Dana Marton does not disappoint. This is the 2nd book in this series but is absolutely a stand alone. Word of warning this book is high on the suspense and  the thriller vibe. If that's your thing this is the book for you. With everything Jess and Derek survived and  with what they became i was rooting for them from page one.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman in a Pickle (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #18) by J.B. Lynn


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What kind of trouble is Maggie in this time? 

The klutzy contract killer must enlist the help of both her psychic friend, Armani, and her ever-growing collection of talking pets, as she desperately searches for not one, but two, missing relatives. 

At the same time she’s trying to keep the peace in her crazy family and complete an unwanted assignment from mob boss, Delveccio, which could end with her on ice. 

And oh yeah, she’s got a date with a certain hot manny. 

Maggie and friends follow a crazy and convoluted path to try to save the day, but will an unexpected enemy get the upper hand? 

Maggie as always is juggling a lot of balls in the air. The woman has the craziest life and although most of us don't have the same issues she has I bet many can relate to juggling. Her menagerie of  talking animals is growing too. Each is frustrating but vital to Maggie. Maggie's mom disappears yet again which leads to more questions and more trouble. Finally Maggie goes on a date with Angel. Which of course does not go as planned. Mayhem follows her everywhere. Like every installments of this series there's a bit of everything going on in this book. You'll definitely laugh but there is always suspense and danger mixed in and lot of craziness and secret's revealed. If you really enjoy a fun read this is a excellent series. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys shorter but packed full of entertainment books. I have never read one of these and not laughed. Excellent story telling that leaves you primed for the next book.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

eARC Book review:A Rancher's Song (Heart Falls #2) by Vivian Arend


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Ivy Field's heart nearly broke when she left Heart Falls, but her high school sweetheart insisted she follow-through on her dream of becoming a teacher. She thought that meant putting their relationship on hold briefly, but it's taken eleven years to return. Now she's back, no longer a painfully shy young girl but a confident woman who knows exactly what and who she wants--a home and a family--with too-sexy-for-his-boots Walker Stone. He was her first; she wants him to be her last.

Walker "Dynamite" Stone was still reeling from his parents' unexpected deaths when Ivy left. He let her go, throwing himself into work on the Silver Stone ranch and dangerous living on the rodeo circuit. But lately Walker's adrenaline junkie ways have crashed--he's having panic attacks. Potentially devastating to his budding music career, they're a deadly handicap when shooting for eight seconds aboard an angry bull. He needs to learn to face his fears to save the family fortunes. If he succeeds, this time Walker will be the one to leave Heart Falls, and Ivy, behind.

Will Ivy and Walker have to give up on forever, or can they turn this rancher's song into a winning duet?

This is the second in Vivian Arend's spin off series from the Coleman's six pack ranch series. Ivy left town 11 years ago to chase her dream. Walker had to let her go. This is one of those second chance love stories. Ivy and Walker have some secrets in the years since they were last together and while Ivy knows what she wants for her future Walker is unsure. The one thing he does know is he wants Ivy. I really loved this story. Ivy has some issues with her health and Walker totally gets her even after being apart for 11 years he remembers what she needs. Walker is having some problems with anxiety and panic attacks and Ivy helps him figure out what's going on. It's so sweet how they are there for each other. Ivy is there to stay but Walker is still trying to figure out where he belongs still. His heart says with Ivy but he feels he needs to help provide cash for the family ranch. The question is how he can do that and be with Ivy. By the end of this story you get all the squishy good feelings. If you have not read a Vivian Arend book this is a good series to start with. I can't wait for the next story.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

eARC Book review: Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon


Available May 15th 2018
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Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .
Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

Barrett is a former pro football player who really puts his foot in it when he says something inappropriate while working as a commentator at a game. Like really inappropriate. The kind of thing that gets you fired. Now he's writing a dating column as the bad boy of football with Catarina who is the essential good girl of journalism. Their fake dating leads to real dating and that's when things get complicated and truths have to come out between them. I have to confess i had a hard time warming up to Barrett. I got there but it took a while. I think it takes a while to figure out Barrett and who he really is. He's revealed to the reader a little at a time. He brings out a bit of the crazy in Catarina she didn't know she had. She opens him up to being himself and letting her in. I think there was some rough spots for me in this books but it was all pulled together for me by the end. I literally saw both Barrett and Catarina grow through this book. Sometimes it takes meeting the right person for that to happen. Good ending.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

eARC Book review: The Only Thing (The Donnigans #3) by Marie Harte


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What do you do when a "fake" relationship is so much better than the real thing?

Hope Donnigan is finlly getting her life together. She's working a job she likes, has some amazing friends, and is steering clear of Mr. Wrong. Now if only she could get her mother to understand that. Maybe a hot tattoo artist from the other side town is just the ticket to teach her mom a lesson.

J.T. Webster fell for Hope months ago at his sister's wedding. So when she propositions him to be her fake boyfriend to get her mother off her back, he's all in. The only problem is J.T. had no idea their pretend relationship would be better than anything real he's ever had...

Hope Donnigan has no time for dating. She's off men at least for now since all her previous relationships didn't end well and she can't seem to pick the right guy. Problem is her mother is pressuring her and in general harassing her and trying to set her up with what she thinks is the right men for Hope. To teach her mom a lesson she's going to use J.T. Webster to get her to see she can handle herself. J.T. is more than willing to help out if it means spending time with Hope. They begin a pretend relationship that's never really pretend. I'll start with this is my first Marie Harte book so i'm coming into this without having read the other books in this series. It didn't seem to be a problem in following along with the story. I enjoyed watching Hope and J.T. get to know each other and fumble around trying to find their way through their relationship. They had a lot of chemistry which was obvious from the beginning of the book. In the end this book made me want to go back and read the previous two. I'm glad I took a chance on this new to me author. Excellent read!

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