Thursday, April 28, 2016

ARC Book review: Lake of Dreams by Linda Howard


Available May 2nd 2016
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

Originally published in the anthology Everlasting Love by Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Lael Miller, Kasey Michaels and Carla Neggers.

Dreams and reality collide—with potentially deadly consequences—in this stunning novella from New York Timesbestselling author Linda Howard, available for the first time as a standalone ebook at an unbeatable price!

House painter Thea Marlow hasn’t been sleeping very well. Her nights are plagued by dreams, the setting by the water and the mysterious man who appears in them always the same. But the outcome of the dream changes nightly: sometimes the man loves her...and sometimes he kills her. Desperate for some much needed relaxation, Thea travels to her family’s remote country lake house. Imagine her surprise when a knock at the door reveals the man from her dreams...who happens to have just rented the house next door.

So will he love her—or will he kill her?

There's not much that can be said without giving everything away, This is a very short novella length story. It's actually not that easy to figure out where the author is going with the story. It's like a really good book but condensed into a short story. I found it interesting and intriguing but without enough details. I wish it would have been expanded some so it would not have been so rushed and the story line rolled out slower. What i can say is i did enjoy what there was to read. I decided to read this because i have been a fan of Linda Howard and even as a re-released story i wanted to read it. The writing as always was good and for what little there was quite engaging. I just wish we could have gotten to know the characters better. 

Find out more about Linda Howard here /Linda-Howard

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ARC Book review: Matt (Malloys of Montana #1) by R.C. Ryan


Available April 26th 2016
eARC Provided by publisher through Netegalley

Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Him Away From Her

Raised beneath the big Montana sky, Matt Malloy was never meant to be a jet-setting businessman. But he'll do anything to protect the family ranch he shares with his brothers. Coming home after a two-week trip to Italy, Matt wants nothing more than to shed his suit and tie for a well-worn pair of jeans and ride his horse up to the cabin for some alone time. The last thing he needs is a big-city lawyer invading his privacy-even if she is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen . . . 

Vanessa Kettering has devoted her life to her work. As a passionate animal rights defender, she doesn't have room for anything else. But from the moment she meets Matt, she's taken with this rugged cowboy's lazy smile and tender touch. When a raging storm traps them inside his cabin for the night, one steamy kiss leads to another, sweeping them away with a force that's as wild and untamed as the land he loves. But when the morning light comes, will she lose her heart?

In this brand new series by RC Ryan we get to meet the Malloy family. The cast of characters is pretty big in size and mostly male. Matt Malloy is the oldest of three brothers. When his parents died in a car accident he changed from a carefree 12 year old boy to a responsible young man who looks out for his younger brothers and eventually the entire ranch. When his grandmother asks him to meet a lawyer to discuss the wild horse's on their ranch he of course accepts. Anything for his family. Vanessa Kettering might be a city lawyer but she doesn't have a city attitude. Her love of animals leads her into a career defending them and the Malloys. I loved the characters in this series. Of course you just get bits and pieces of the secondary characters in this book so there is much to look forward to in future books. Matt is this bigger than life cowboys who took his family tragedy and instead of letting it be a negative influence on his life he made sure he was there for his family. He looked out for his brothers and did the best he could for his families ranch. There doesn't seem to be anything he can't do. Then Vanessa "Nessa" comes into his life and turns his life upside down. When her life is placed in danger he and his family step of to protect her. Loved this book. It's fast paced and full of sexy cowboys and the banter between the family is fun to watch. There is fun and drama and definitely some suspense. Exciting to the very last page.

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ARC Book review: Best of My Love (Fool's Gold #20) by Susan Mallery


Available April 26th 2016
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her? 

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect. 

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool's Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they're just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

 After twenty books Susan Mallery can still wow me with a this series. While it's hard to maintain a series after this many books Mallery maintains a freshness in Best of My Love. Aidan Mitchell is kind of the Dog of Fools' Gold. It's not what he meant to be but somehow it still happened. After a particularly embarrassing public scene Aidan realizes something has to change. That's when Shelby Gilmore comes to talk to him. Shelby has a reason for asking him for help. Both of them want to make some personal changes and that starts with them being platonic friends. Seems pretty simple until it's suddenly not. I loved watching both Aidan and Shelby grow in this story. Aidan seems to make the transition easier than Shelby. It was neat to see a bit of a tables turned when Shelby's friends now also Aidan rally around Aidan when things get a bit rough. Those who have kept up with this series will enjoy the roll reversal that happens in this story. Even though both Aidan and Shelby had some rough pasts to overcome they both want to do something about making living with it better. Shelby came to Fools Gold at rock bottom and in two years has completely turned everything around she just has one last hurdle to make and Aidan is the man to help. Great writing, excellent story! It's the kind of book you don't want to lay down til you hit the end. As always can't wait to see what comes next!!

Find out more about the Fools Gold series and Susan Mallery here

Friday, April 22, 2016

ARC Book review: Return of the Bad Boy (Second Chance #4) by Jessica Lemmon


Available April 26th 2016
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

He's a mess...

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher's nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he's the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.

Only she can clean up

Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she'd never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she's guarded her heart against for years. And it isn't long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that's ever happened to her.

I really liked the promise of Asher and Gloria in previous books. I loved both Asher and Gloria. Asher is this badass rocker and he looks and acts and dresses the part quite well. Gloria is island though. She's tough and takes care of herself. She let's people visit her island but won't let anyone stay for long. That pretty much describes her. She learned growing up to trust no one and everyone eventually leaves. Opening up her heart is the last thing she wants to do. Gloria and Asher dated 3 years ago and it ended bad with Gloria feeling betrayed. Now Asher has decided to fight for her.  For me this book had my feelings all over the place. Sometimes i was bored and sometimes i was interested and excited. I never could completely find my happy. Seeing all the characters from previous books and being reminded about their stories was fun. Seeing them come together to support both Asher and Gloria was nice. Gloria has the most to deal with emotionally between the two of them and Asher i think grows up a little in this book when he decides he wants Gloria and his son in his life permanently. Great wrap up at the end!

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here

Thursday, April 21, 2016

ARC Book review: A Wild Ride (Thompson & Sons #4) by Vivian Arend


Available April 19th 2016
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

He’s the golden boy with a secret past 

When Nicole Adams abruptly cancels their secret fling, Troy Thompson is stunned. The sex between them is sizzling, but she’s ready to move on—find a reliable guy, settle down, pop out a few babies. The thought of Nic in another man’s arms is maddening. And while her agenda freaks him out, Troy knows there’s no one in town nearly good enough for her. No one, that is, except him

She’s his redemption and his future 

Nicole doesn’t regret her sexual romp with Troy, but when he insists on taking the next step with her—marriage and parenthood—she figures he’s out of his mind. Troy? Husband and daddy material? Oh, he’s sexy beyond belief, with the ability to melt her panties with a single command, but the man’s not known for being responsible. Trying for forever with Mr. Frivolous? Everyone thinks it’s a fool’s game.

Everyone except Troy, who’s determined to make Nicole see the real him under the shiny exterior.

Time to see the baby of the Thompson clan fall in love. Everyone over looks Troy Thompson and thinks he can't be serious when in reality he has been towing the line for his entire family for years. He was just so good at it they didn't notice. Then Nicole Adams the women he had been seeing decides she needs to find a serious man and settle down and have babies.  When she dumps him it's a wake up call for Troy. After  he sees Nicole trying to date guys she thinks are husband material he realizes he can be that guy. Parts of this story felt a little slow to me. I didn't feel enough excitement for the characters at time. I did enjoy Troy trying to get Nicole to realize he was a serious person. He could be a forever guy. Broke my heart when his own family didn't see it right away. Slowly but surely Nicole got to really know him though. Toward the end of the book it really picked up for me and i enjoyed the wrap up of the book. Definitely loved seeing all the characters from previous books showing up too. 

Find out more about Vivian Arend and this series here