Thursday, July 2, 2015

ARC Book review: Heat Exchange (Boston Fire #1) by Shannon Stacey

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Lydia Kincaid's shipping back to Boston, but she's not happy about it. She left to get away from the firefighting community—her father was a firefighter, her brother's a firefighter and, more important, her ex is a firefighter. But family is number one, and her father needs her help running the pub he bought when he retired. Soon, Lydia finds it hard to resist the familiar comfort and routine, and even harder to resist her brother's handsome friend Aidan. 

Aidan Hunt is a firefighter because of the Kincaid family. He's had the hots for Lydia for years, but if ever a woman was off-limits to him, it's her. Aside from being his mentor's daughter, she's his best friend's sister. The ex-wife of a fellow firefighter. But his plan to play it cool until she leaves town again fails, and soon he and Lydia have crossed a line they can't uncross. 

As Aidan and Lydia's flirtation turns something more serious, Lydia knows she should be planning her escape. Being a firefighter's wife was the hardest thing she's ever done, and she doesn't know if she has the strength to do it again. Aidan can't imagine walking away from Boston Fire—even for Lydia. The job and the brotherhood are his life; but if he wants Lydia in it, he'll have to decide who's first in his heart.

Lydia Kincaid was tired of the Boston firefighter community and her nosy but lovable family and friends so she left town. Her job at a restaurant in New Hampshire isn't really her thing either but no one knowing her is a relief for a while until her sister needs her help at the family bar. Not wanting to go but knowing her sister needs her she heads back to Boston. Going back has it's perks when sexy Aidan Hunt catches her eye. Unfortunately he is her brother's best friend and a firefighter like her brother. Aidan knows that Lydia is supposed to be off limits but he just can't seem to stop thinking about her. Before long they are sneaking around but are they falling in love or just playing around. This is the first in a new Firefighter series by Shannon Stacey. While i enjoyed Lydia and Aidan they didn't pop off the page for me. It got kind of boring between them somewhere in the middle. I was more interested in the secondary couple. Lydia's older sister Ashley and her husband Danny who are working through a separation of their marriage. Danny is this brooding firefighter and Ashley is dying waiting for her husband to share his feelings with her. They got to me a lot more than the main couple.  I'm curious to see where the next book in the series goes. I enjoy firefighter books so i am hoping the next book will be more in the vain of the Ashley and Danny. Lots of potential for a good exciting series here.

Find out more about Shannon Stacey and this series here

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ARC Book review: A Royal Amnesia Scandal by Jules Bennett

Available July 1st 2015
eARC Provided by author

She's about to have an unforgettable affair...with her royal boss. 

He was desperate to forget a broken engagement...until an accident has Prince Lucas Silva forgetting his fiancee's identity. Now he believes his loyal assistant, Kate Barton, is his bride-to-be. And she's under strict orders to keep up the pretense. 

Playing the role of beloved is no stretch for Kate; she's had a crush on her boss for years. But palace rules prohibit royalty from mixing with the help, so Kate knows her happiness can't last. Once Luc regains his memory, she could very well be tossed aside...unless the prince is willing to forget the rules, too

 Oh my! Kate Barton pretty much grew up around the palace and royalty. Her parents work for the family so when Prince Luc needed a assistant she was a natural for the job.  There was automatic attraction between the two but unfortunately it's unwritten law that royal family members do not get involved with the staff.  Shelving their attraction the two have tried to go one without letting it out again. After Luc's fiancee is found out to be a liar and a fraud of sorts though he is left reeling by the betrayal. On a island getaway Luc is trying to just get away from it all and relax for a bit but rethinks his idea of bringing Kate along with him when his attraction to her comes to the forefront again. After a freak accident leaves him with short term amnesia and thinking Kate is his fiancee things get a little crazy. Even though Prince Luc goes from pretty OK guy to really great guy, to a real ass and fortunately groveling guy i enjoyed this book. Prince Luc is a little messed up with his emotions for a while as he sorts himself out and Kate is caught in the middle of it all.  I read this in one evening and was sucked in from page one and spit out at the end. I felt the gamut of emotions from happy contentment to sad and hurt for Kate.  When you can read a book and place yourself in it somewhere, in this instance Kate i think you're reading a well written and thought out story. Jules Bennet put me right there.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

ARC Book review: Kiss Me (Fool's Gold #17) by Susan Mallery

Available June 30th
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival. 

Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid. 

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

Susan Mallery always seems to find new ways to keep her Fools Gold series fresh and this new book is definitely fresh. Phoebe Kitzke has a big heart and that unfortunately gets her in trouble from time to time. After helping her boss she finds herself in court but luckily not in jail. While she waits to see if the fall out from her problems lead to more permanent issues she heads to Fools Gold to help her friend and get away. Rancher Zane is trying to teach his younger brother how to be a adult but he constantly seems to get into trouble anyway. His latest scheme is a doozy but instead of bailing him out he's making him follow through. When Phoebe arrives though he finds himself distracted. To teach his brother a lesson he's going to take 50 head of cattle and a bunch of greenhorns including Phoebe and his ex-step sister Maya on a cattle drive. Things are not as clear cut on the whole giving baby brother a lesson though. Zane might have bit off more than he should but with Phoebe there to lighten things up, some luck and some friends it just might be OK. I loved how different this book was from the rest of the series. There are still several cameos from previous books in the series to make sure you understand this is still a Fools Gold book. Zane is such a uptight guy trying to be a father figure to his brother but also not wanting him to go through what he did when he was younger with his dad. Phoebe makes him see in her own way what he's been missing. She's quirky and cute and he's tough and serious. Add in the secondary story with the couple and the two orphans and everything else and it's a entertaining and fun read. I think if you haven't ever read a Fools Gold book before you could safely start right here with Kiss Me and feel right at home. 

Find out more about the Fools Gold series right here

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ARC Book review: Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis

Available June 30th 2015

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

Sad as it was to see Jill Shalvis end her wildly successful Lucky Harbor series its' exciting to see a brand new series start. Second Chance Summer is the first in the brand new Cedar Ridge series. Set in Colorado in the mountains it features a family held together mostly by three brothers that own and run a ski lodge. Aidan the second from the oldest helps out at the lodge as much as he can while also working as a fire fighter and S&R person. His plate is pretty full but when Lily Danville comes back to town he has no trouble adding one more thing. Lily left 10 years ago after the loss of her beloved baby sister and her dad all in the same week. Blaming herself and needing to escape she left but in doing so she left Aidan behind. Now she's back and she can't figure out how to let someone love her and he can't not love her even though his bruised heart says not to. Love this first book in the series. We meet many of the secondary characters and family of Aidan's. It'll be interesting to see what shakes out as the series continues. Aidan is pretty much every woman's dream man. He's sexy, he's ambitious and you can count on him to come through when you need him. Doesn't make him perfect but it sure makes him attractive. Lily has just been a lost soul for the past 10 years. She thought she was happy or at least happy enough until losing her job brings her back to Cedar Ridge where her best friends helps her with a job and a place to stay.  Typical of Jill Shalvis there is plenty of romance, plenty of humor and plenty of sexy! A must read!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ARC Book review: A Buckhorn Summer (Buckhorn Brothers #8) by Lori Foster

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n a sexy new Buckhorn Brothers novella, New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster welcomes readers back to the small town that’s big on romance…

Lisa Sommerville’s wild one-night-stand was completely out of character for the workaholic businesswoman. So when she arrives in Buckhorn, Kentucky to spend a summer rethinking her career, she’s stunned to find that Gray Neely has stepped out of her steamy memories and taken up residence in her hometown. What’s more, the laid-back ex-cop wants to pick up where they left off.

Lisa has been on Gray’s mind every day since that mind-blowing encounter. He was reeling from a tragedy in the line of duty, and their connection was instant and intense. Still is. But sleepy Buckhorn is a million miles from her corporate world. And he has one sweet, hot summer to prove they have a future there, together…

Lori Foster takes us back to Buckhorn with this new novella and a reissue of last summer's novella. Lisa Sommerville is back home. Burned out from her job she has a one night stand a month ago in Chicago with a man she can't forget. Imagine her surprise when her one night stand turns up in Buckhorn as the new owner of the local convenience/bait store. Gray Neely finds it a pleasant coincidence when he runs into Lisa at the lake in his new store. After his partner's death he needed a change and this is perfect for him. Lisa's huge family is not a turn off at all. He likes her big crazy family. This is a quick read but so fulfilling a story at the same time. I loved this series and i get excited to see the four original brothers are still the same. Gray and Lisa are awesome and i loved how he treated her and looked out for her without being pushy. There is some suspense in this story and Lisa's whole family gets involved. Would you expect any less? The bonus story in Buckhorn Summer is a novella reissued from last summer which was Garrett's story. If you haven't read it yet here's your chance to get two novella's in one book.

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