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 www.happilyinc.susanmallery.com

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.

Find out more about this series and Vivian Arend here www.vivianarend.com

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. 

Find out more about Lora Leigh and this series here www.loraleigh.com

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. 

Find out more about this series and Donna Grant here www.donnagrant.com

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 www.shannonstacey.com