Monday, April 27, 2015

ARC Book review: Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys #1) by Cat Johnson



Available April 28th 2015
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley



One bucking bronco…
Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours…

One hard-working widow…
Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her…

One midnight ride they’ll never forget…
As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken…


First in a new series, Midnight Ride features a young widow and a even younger cowboy. Janie Smithwick lost her husband over a year ago and has been struggling to keep her ranch going even after downsizing her operation. Tyler Jenkins is a young cowboy who still lives with his parents and works as a ranch hand on the ranch that neighbors Janie's spread. A chance meeting in a lumber yard parking lot and then helping repair a downed fence Tyler finds himself attracted to Janie. Tyler comes up with a way to spend time with Janie by offering to help with harvesting her hay crop. Soon their relationship becomes something more. Tyler starts the story as a young guy having a good time enjoying life until he meets Janie. Then he slows takes a look at his life and realizes he doesn't want that anymore he wants Janie. Janie is 11 years older than Tyler. Even though she's only 36 to her this seems old compared to Tyler's age. Between that and letting go over the pain of losing her husband and what that did to her she resists anything serious with Tyler. Tyler won't give up on her though.  Midnight Ride is a fun sexy read. Age is just a number when it comes to matters of the heart. If you read any of the Oklahoma Nights series you might recognize Tyler from that series and a few other characters pop up as well. A must read for cowboy romance fans!

Find out more about this series and Cat Johnson here www.catjohnson.net

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ARC Book review:Perfect Chaos (Unyielding #1) by Nashoda Rose



Available now
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

Georgie

I lie to survive. 

Have since I was sixteen and my world fell into chaos. But I found a way to endure, or rather it found me. Now I’m a prisoner of my own doing, hiding behind a false mask so no one sees the truth. Not even the man I want but can’t have—Deck. But I messed up and the lies are spilling over, out of control. 

Deck is unrelenting and will settle for nothing less than the truth. He demands everything from me—EVERYTHING—even if it rips me apart.

DECK

I kill for a living.

Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. I bend people to my will…except Georgie.
But that ends now.
I've played her game for far too long. Now I think it's time we play mine.


I have never read this author before but this book cover stood out to me and then i read the excerpt and thought time to try something new. This is very dark romantic suspense erotica.  Georgie was a young teenager of 16 when her world fell apart the brother whom she adored was killed in action in the serving in the Army. His best friend Deck comes to inform her family and breaks her heart. Years later Deck is watching out for her still keeping a promise from his best friend and Georgie's brother Connor. Georgie has been playing a game of sorts though. One where she juggles things to make Deck think one thing while she's really doing another. She's loved him since she met him all those years ago but he can't know her secrets. You really can't say a lot about this book without giving things away. I can say the writing is really good. The relationships are intense, especially between Deck and Georgie. You just really get into the meat and potatoes of Deck and Georgie when the suspense part of the book heats up. If you like your romance a little on the dark side then you'll enjoy this series so go into it knowing that.  As for me although i was left a little stunned by the darkness in the book since I am not used to reading this type of book. I am however definitely interested in seeing where the next book in this series takes me. 

Find out about this series and Nashoda Rose here www.nashodarose.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ARC Book review: Don't Walk Away (DreamMakers #3) by Vivian Arend, Elle Kennedy


Available April 21st 2015
eARC provided by author for review


He wants to rock her world—in bed and out of it

For former Army Ranger Dean Colter, sexual escapades and wild flirtations are the norm—but it wasn’t always that way. Years ago, the DreamMakers co-owner was a one-woman kind of guy until he tore Emma Lee’s heart apart. Yet he’s never forgotten her, and when Emma waltzes back into his life, a second chance is suddenly within his reach…and he’ll be damned if he’ll screw up again.

She wants her world to stop spinning apart

Emma’s no longer the na├»ve girl she used to be. Now a successful designer in the fashion world, she refuses to let Dean’s killer smile and sweet-talking ways distract her from her goals. But being the target of Dean’s full-out seduction isn’t easy to resist, even as the dynasty she’s built teeters toward disaster. This time she might the one who breaks both their hearts when she has to walk away. 

This has been a interesting series. Three friends with military backgrounds running a service that helps inept men put together perfect dates. In Don't Walk Away Dean Colter the self professed ladies man comes face to face with his past. His past is Emma Lee and she wants nothing to do with him.  Dean broke her heart years ago and messed up the life she could've had. Now if he can't get her back even as a friend he wants to get her to at least listen to his explanation  of what happened all those years ago. I wondered what would happen with Dean Colter. In previous books he was quite the ladies man so i knew he would have to fall hard and he does. He has a huge uphill climb to get Emma to listen to him and let him in. She has to decide if he can trust him again and deal with other problems in her life. It was fun to watch Dean fight for Emma and it not be as easy as he thinks it will be. He had to open up about his feelings and his past.  A sweet sexy read with a little bit of serious and romance.


Find out more about this series and Vivian Arend www.vivianarend.com  Elle Kennedy www.ellekennedy.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ARC Book review: From Best Friend to Bride (Book 3 in the St. Johns of Stonerock Harlequin Special Edition) by Jules Bennett



eARC provided by author for review
Available April 21st

MARRYING HIS/HER BEST FRIEND

Therapist Megan Richards provides her patients with expert counsel but she can't remedy her lifelong love for her best friend. Police chief Cameron St. John is the perfect man kind, thoughtful and oh-so-sexy. Megan doesn't want to confess her feelings and risk their closeness even if it means finding the happiness she's always longed for.

Cameron keeps citizens safe for a living, but even he can't protect his own heart from Megan. He's always steadfastly been by her side, but as a buddy. Until he realizes that his feelings for her are anything but friendly and that by declaring himself, he might lose her friendship, but gain so much more.

What do you do when you are attracted to your best friend and he appears to be clueless. This is Megan Richard problem. Her best friend Cameron St John is also the police chief and says he is does not want a long term  relationships because of the danger in his job. If They cross the friendship barrier and things go south then what? Once they finally cross that line though all bets are off.



Megan and Cameron have been best friends for years. As they got older at some point each realized that they had feelings that were more than just friends. Megan is on the fence about telling Cameron how she feels, because Cameron keeps bringing up the fact that he will never get into a serious relationship with a woman. He won't subject someone he loves to the worrying and the possibility of something happening to him on the job.He's the chief of police.  Megan gets a job offer that will elevate her career and mean more money. If she can't have Cameron as more than a friend then maybe she should take the job and get away from  him so that maybe she can get over wanting him. Should she at least risk it before leaving? It's fun to watch Megan and Cameron negotiate their way through the changes in their relationship. Not only to they have to decide if they should pursue their feeling they also have to worry about Megan's brother Evan who can't seem to stay out of trouble. A great friends to lovers story. 


Find out more about this series and author Jules Bennet here www.julesbennett.com

Monday, April 6, 2015

ARC Book review: Hold Me (Fool's Gold #16) by Susan Mallery


Available April 28th 2015
eARC provided by Publisher through Netgalley

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's classic blend of lighthearted humor and intense emotional conflict works its magic on two newcomers to the California town of Fool's Gold, which Library Journal calls "a setting so real and appealing readers will want to start scoping out real estate." 

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.



Back to Fools Gold California with Susan Mallery. Kipling Gilmore was mentioned in the last book of this series but just a blip really. Mayor Marsha turned up in his life long enough to make a promise to him and that's about it. Now it's a year later and he is living in Fools Gold and running the town's new HERO program for rescuing people who get lost in the mountains. This brings him in contact with Destiny Mills who travels for the company that is providing the software program for HERO. Destiny is the one who sets everything up and helps train the people who will use it. Destiny has always kept to herself and led a very singular life. Always on the fringe. This is because of her family and her upbringing. She learned that love is something that hurts and she wants no part of it. Kipling on the other hand has a need to fix everyone's problem. Guilt over not helping his sister sooner from a abusive situation drives him to do this. He's never experienced real love and doesn't want to get tangled up either. Add in people and situation popping up for both in this book and there  is a lot of stuff going on. For me this one had something missing. I kept waiting for something to bring it together for me. It felt like the relationship dragged and then jumped ahead and then it was over. I didn't like the whole situation with Kipling's bar "The man Cave".  He went into the bar business with several friends and they all bailed out on him without doing anything to help out. For Fools Gold being so friendly i was disappointed in this. The whole idea there can only be one bar in town in crazy for the size of the town. I think i liked the secondary characters better than the main characters. It's not my favorite by any means but it overall it was still enjoyable.

Find out more about the series and Susan Mallery here www.susanmallery.com