Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Available March 11th 2014
Is their love a home run, or merely a pop fly?
Minor league umpire Alice Darling loves everything about baseball. That means hunky ball players are strictly off limits—dating one would be professional suicide. With a young daughter and a brother to care for, she can’t afford to slip up.
Truth is, as a young, stupid, nineteen-year-old townie, she did once date a player. That’s how she wound up with her precious, nine-year-old daughter…and a determination to never make that mistake again. Alex Ross’s arrival in Florida for spring training, though, shakes her resolve in a big way.
Alex, a catcher for the Major League’s San Francisco Felons, has never let much get in the way of his game. One look at Alice changes everything, and he finds himself pursuing her with a single-minded purpose that plays hell with his concentration.
Booted back to the minors, he returns to Florida with his tail between his legs to work on his swing…and heat things up with Alice. But when rumors of their affair hit the sports blogosphere, Alice’s career is put in jeopardy, and their love starts to look more like a strikeout than a home run.
Warning: When a catcher struggling with his swing meets a stubborn single-mom umpire, his bat won’t be the only thing that heats up. Contains car sex, bed sex, sex sex, and a little angst for good measure.
This is book two in a cool baseball series by Sierra Dean. It's been a long time since i have read a baseball series so this is kind of fun before you even start reading if you're a fan of baseball or sports romance more so. We met Alex in book one if you're like me you fell in love with the guy. He's the catcher for the Felons baseball team. Back for spring training he is stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire which embarrassing for him he has no idea how to change. Along comes Alice Darling who we also met in book one who is one of a few female umpires and does know how to change a tire. After helping Alex out she invites him over for pizza. She has no idea why since she has a policy not to date players and it's unprofessional to really even associate with them. Yet she let's Alex into her home and into her life that night. Now getting him out just became a whole heck of a lot more difficult. Alice has some major hang ups about baseball players some of them legitimate considering her job and some from old hurts from years ago. Alex has get creative if he wants to find a place in her life forever. Loved Alex and Alice even if she was all over the place with her feelings. His 5 pushy sisters add some fun to the mix and the bit of rivalry between Alex and Alice's ex provides a little bit of entertainment also. A awesome blend of baseball and romance and mixed feelings makes this one a winner for me.
Find out more about this series and the author Sierra Dean here www.sierradean.com
Monday, March 10, 2014
Available March 11th 2014
The lie that saves her life could destroy their love.
Josephine Chastain never thought a case of typhoid would force her Oregon-bound family to leave her behind in Fort Laramie—in the care of the last man she trusts. Others in the wagon train may have accepted Declan Calhoun’s motives for kidnapping her sister Frankie, but not Jo.
When she wakes up from the three-week fever, though, she finds some things have changed. Declan is her husband. And their cabin is too small to contain the growing desire between them.
While Jo fights for her life, Declan finds himself falling for the bookish Chastain sister. A woman with spine of steel and a seemingly bottomless well of smarts. In other words, everything he can never be.
Yet now is not the time to confess the little white lie that has thus far kept her safe. Not when he must figure out how to escape a quarantine that’s turned into extortion. And resist Jo’s determination to seduce him before she learns the truth. Before the unforgiving wilderness between them and safety claims their lives
Find out more here including Buy links for this book from your favorite retailer www.bethwilliamson.com
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Available now! Published Feb. 25th 2014
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams.
Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school—and her first love—so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina's life has suddenly become…complicated.
Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men—her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with. Averil doesn't seem to want the great guy she's married to, and doesn't seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina's starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.
But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted?
This is the third book in Susan Mallery's Blackberry Island series and was probably the one i liked the least. This story is about two sisters and their lives. There is some backstory told throughout the book that explains why the two are having trouble as adults. Basically their mom was a teen mom and didn't want to take on the responsibility of being a parent. Even now as the girls are well into their adult years she still can't be a parent to them. Nina the oldest took on that role at age 12 when her grandmother who was taking care of most things passed away and Averil looked to her for all answers and security. Nina is 30 and still on the Island and still taking care of her mother and everything else. Her ex boyfriend comes back and also another male acquaintance from years ago and both vie for her attention. In the meantime Averil is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants and leaves her husband at home to come back to the Island to find out. Throw in their mother and her partner and there is a lot going on. For me i could not take the constant bickering and snide comments between the two. I mean they are way old enough to beyond that at least to act better than what they were. It was a repeat and recycle of the same thing over and over throughout the book. I loved Nina's ex boyfriend although he was mysterious for quite a while about his intentions. He came through for Nina when she needed him no matter what. The last chapters were the best when Nina and Averil finally figure out all their issues and made up with each other and the men in their lives. This book had it's moments for me but there was to much about it that annoyed me and a few times i thought about putting it down in frustration.
Find out more about Blackberry Island and the series here www.blackberryisland.susanmallery.com
Monday, March 3, 2014
One part rancher. One part stubborn woman. Mix together and wait for the fireworks.
Nicholas Graham is caught in the middle: of his family, of his desires, of his own unhappiness. After he meets Winnie Watson, his self-imposed curmudgeonly existence pales in comparison to spending time with her. He wants to be with her, to get to know her. She is a beacon to all the secret cravings he has controlled. Until now.
Winnie Watson endured, and survived, a horrendous childhood that would give others nightmares. She started over, a new name, a new goal in life. Then she met the Grahams and everything went sideways. She’s done the unthinkable and struggles to accept it. She wants to forget it all again, but the specter of Nicholas Graham, physical and in her dreams, won’t let her move on.
Caught between their needs, their wants, and what the world will allow them, Nick and Winnie are doomed from the moment they met. However, love will teach them that even the biggest obstacles can be overcome if you believe.
Find out more, read a excerpt and find all the buy links for your device on the Beth Williamson/Emma Lang website here www.bethwilliamson.com
Friday, February 28, 2014
Available February 24th 2014
Zury Castellano escaped a dreary city life and will do anything to protect her chosen home’s scenic vista. Black Cherry Falls is more than her job, it’s her passion. The State may have sold her beloved mountaintops to a lumber company, but they’re in for a surprise if they think she will just sit by and watch them destroy it. That cocky PR guy will never know what hit him.
Jonah Alcott walked away from his rigid religious family and found his place as Public Relations Director for Hawkins Hardwood. He plays as hard as he works, but the Black Cherry Falls project stretches him to his limit. A beautiful but tenacious resort manager calls in a radical environmental group, and Jonah steps out of his office to show her personally who the real bad guys are. However, only Jonah can decide where his true loyalties lie, with his job or his heart.
Inez Kelley takes us back to the mountains of West Virginia with the 2nd book on her Country Roads series. This time it's playboy Jonah Alcott's turn to take one for the team. Jonah is Hawkins Hardwood's public relations guy. He's tasked with making nice with Zury Castellano who is the park ranger of Cherry Creek Falls state park and a enviromentalist. After her upbringing as a poor kid from the city she got a chance at some happy when she was sent as a child to spend time with a family in the mountains and now grown up she lives where she found her happiness and she's not going to let loggers destroy it. Jonah and Zury agree to spend the weekend together. Both will try to show the other side of things. In the mean time though Zury and unknowingly set an eco-terrorist in motion to stop the logging and it might get someone hurt or worse. Love this second book in this series. Jonah and Zury do not have happy childhoods but Jonah has some really deep scars from his that you just wouldn't think are possible considering who is projects himself to be now. This was a very emotional book in some ways ans Jonah is forced to deal with his past and his family but also brings him and Zury closer together. There is a wisp of danger in this story from a crazy dying eco-terrorist that winds up the story towards the end and was more than i expected. Inez Kelley really holds nothing back with her characters and you feel the brunt of everything that happens. This series so far has been more than i expected and I get a contemporary romance with a bit of suspense and a lesson or two in a nice mix. Excited to see where book 3 takes us this coming July.
Find out more about the Country Roads series and the author Inez Kelley here www.inezkelley.com