Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book review: Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas #1) by Carly Bloom


eBook provided by author
Available October 2018

Who's afraid of the big, bad cowboy? 

After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there's a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can't resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He's irritating, he's destroying her business, and . . . and he's just so frickin' attractive. But when they're forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He's sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn't want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay?

First book in a new series and my first time reading this author. Travis Blake has never had the best family and when he could get out of town he did into the Army. Now he's back to take care of his little nephew when the little boys mom passes away and his brother is prison. He starts out with a plan on how he's going to sell the family ranch and find a better place for his nephew. This plan starts taking a nose dive pretty quick when the residents of his hometown take him into their fold and he doesn't realize it. Then there a chance encounter with Little Red Riding hood aka Maggie Mackey.  Maggie starts out hating Travis and believing in some misconceptions on who he is and what he's like. Things aren't always what they seem though. I loved this book. The nephew is a 5 year old scene stealer. I swear half the best lines in this book come from him. You can't help but root for Travis in this book. He's a great guy who just doesn't realize he's a great guy. It's one tough break after another all his life but when the people around him lift him up he starts to see he's got friends and a home if he wants it. Definitely going to be reading more of this series and from this author. There were so many laugh out loud parts in this book. Looking forward to what comes next with some of the secondary characters from this book.

Find out more about Carly Bloom  and this series here www.carlybloombooks.com

Friday, January 4, 2019

eARC Book review: One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1) by Lora Leigh, Veronica Chadwick


Available Jan 29, 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…


And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

This is the first book in a new series and i liked the blurb and cover so i wanted to give it a try. It started out interesting  with backstory and Samantha coming back to town for her aunts funeral. It's just slowly started falling apart from there. There's all this stuff going on in the area, drugs, trafficking and terrorists and yet these two are having sex every other page. Hunter is supposed to be the law and he's screwing around in the police station with Sam. To many people in the story and we don't know who they are. Lots of loose ends and after what happens to Samantha at the end of the story she's suddenly hunky dory the next day? No way.

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

Monday, December 31, 2018

eARC book review: Flare Up (Boston Fire #6) by Shannon Stacey


Available January 22nd 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Nursing a broken heart while everybody around him seems to be drowning in happiness has Grant Cutter wondering whether staying with Engine 59—or even Boston Fire—is in his future. It’s tempting as hell to pack up what fits in his Jeep and hit the road. But then a 911 call brings the woman who shattered his heart back into his life, and he knows he won’t ever be able to fully leave her in his rearview mirror.

For a few months, Wren Everett had thought the nightmare of her past was behind her and she might live happily ever after with Grant. Until she got the phone call letting her know the time her ex had spent in jail for assault hadn’t cooled his temper or determination that she belonged with him. Cutting ties with Grant was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, but it was also the only way to keep him safe.

Now that Grant is back, he’s not letting Wren push him away again. And even with the trust issues between them, Wren dares to hope she and Grant might have a future together after all…if they’re willing to fight for it.

Grant Cutter got his heart broke by the women he loved and was about to proposed to. Debating on weather to stay with Boston Fire or pack it in and move on a fire call he runs smack dab into the women who left him. All is not as it seems though when he finds that woman living in a run down apartment and living quiet. Wren Everett was hoping the man who shattered her life would leave her alone but hints are coming that he hasn't. She left Grant to protect him. Now though she's faced with telling him everything. I really enjoyed this book. I loved Grant and Wren and i loved them together. The only thing i had a bit of a problem with was the wrap up. I expected a confrontation and didn't get one. I felt there was a build up for something big to happen and then it really didn't. Still a OK read and i enjoyed it.

Find out more about Shannon Stacey and this series here www.shannonstacey.com

Thursday, December 27, 2018

eARC Book review: My Kind of Forever (Trillium Bay #2) by Tracy Brogan


Available January 22nd 2019
eARC Provided by Netgalley through the publisher

As the youngest mayor Trillium Bay has ever elected, Brooke Callaghan wants to prove she’s up to the challenge. She’s stepping out of her practical teacher flats and into her sister’s treacherously high heels…with disastrous results. But if she’s going to (literally) stumble her first day on the job, why not fall into the arms of a handsome stranger?
Leo Walker is a rarity on Wenniway Island. Not only handsome, he’s also single, funny, and—most importantly—interested in Brooke. Unfortunately, his reasons for being on the island are temporary, so in spite of the undeniable chemistry between them, he’s not a forever kind of guy.
When a private investigator arrives with news of a jewel thief hiding on the island, Brooke finds herself dealing with one kerfuffle after another, and Leo proves to be a delicious distraction. What does she really know about him, though? And the biggest question of all? Does this short-term romance hold the possibility of long-term love?
This is a stand alone book in the Trillium Bay series. Brooke Callahgan is the youngest mayor elected in Wenniway Island. Brooke is trying to navigate her new job as Mayor and it's more than she thought it would be. While learning the ropes and making adjustments a private investigator shows up claiming there's a jewel thief on the island. Not what she needs right now. Then she meets Leo Walker bartender extraordinaire and out of work security expert in between jobs. He's there temporarily til he finds out about another job. Question is should Brooke enjoy him until he leaves or just stay away. This is my first book by this author and while i liked the story idea i was bored at times. Something just did not click with me. I didn't feel a connection between Leo and Brooke and i really wanted to. The wrap up felt a bit sloppy. I like Brooke and i liked Leo but it wasn't hard to figure out why Leo was there. I don't know. I think i need to read more from this author and see if it was the book or the mood i was in when i read it. 

Find out more about Tracy Bogan and this series here www.tracybrogan.com

Friday, December 7, 2018

eARC Book review: The Rancher (Morgan Ranch #6) by Kate Pearce


Available now
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

On the legendary ranch she can now call home, one woman searches for her place in her birth family—and finds so much more . . .
Now that she’s completed her engineering degree, Rachel Ford Morgan is trying to find her footing around her birth father and her four brothers. She gets a chance to prove herself when she discovers worrisome fault lines around an abandoned silver mine. But they’re nothing compared to the cowboy who seems determined to shake up her world . . .
Cauy Lymond doesn’t take kindly to the woman nosing around his property—especially since she’s a Morgan. He came home just to keep his father’s failing ranch out of their super-wealthy hands. But he soon realizes that Rachel’s skill—and admirable courage—may be the only things that can shore up the old mine that threatens both their futures. Still, it will take pouring all of their blood, sweat, and secrets into saving the land—and ultimately, themselves—to bring their true feelings for each other to the surface . . .

Rachel is the girl everyone thought disappeared with her mother as a baby. Some suspected her dad murdered them both. That mystery was solved in previous books and Rachel's home with her family on break for the holidays then she's off to find a job. She's still trying to reconcile her family she didn't know she had for years and finding her place in it. Cauy Lymond is the guy who left home at 16 because of his dad. Now that dad has left the old rub down ranch to him and the hate his dad harbored for the Morgans.  Things aren't always what they seem though. Both Rachel and Cauy have things to fix in their lives but they just seem to click. I really loved this one for some reason. I've read a few of the others in this series but this one stands out. Rachel and Cauy both had parental problems and secrets from their pasts.  Cauy is a tough nut to crack to get into his heart but Rachel is just the girl to do it. Hated to see it end.

Find out more about this series and Kate Pearce here www.katepearce.com