Monday, December 31, 2018

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


Available January 22nd 2019
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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

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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


Available January 22nd 2019
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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

Friday, December 7, 2018

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


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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

Monday, November 26, 2018

eARC Book review: Driven to Distraction (Road to Love #1) by Lori Foster


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When desire gets this hot, you’d better buckle up…

Mary Daniels doesn’t let anything get in the way of her job acquiring rare artifacts for her wealthy boss. But this particular obstacle—huge, hard-muscled, unashamedly masculine—is impossible to ignore. Stuck in a cramped car with Brodie Crews for hours en route to their new assignment, Mary feels her carefully crafted persona—and her trademark self-control—is slipping, and she won’t allow it.

Brodie can’t imagine what secret in Mary’s past has left her so buttoned-up, though he’d dearly love to find out. Maybe then she’d trust him enough to explore their explosive chemistry. But he needs this job, so he’ll play by her rules and bide his time…until an enemy determined to outwit them strikes and he needs to get close—in every way—to protect her. Otherwise they could lose much more than a precious collectible. They could lose it all.

First in a new series by Lori Foster the Road to Love series starts with Brodie Crews and his family and their business Mustang transportation.  Mary Daniels works for a wealthy collector. She hires Brodie on her bosses behalf to be her driver as she goes about picking up the items collected. I liked the Crews family a lot and look forward to getting to know each as the series continues. Brodie and his brother had a absent father but a fabulous mother who took great care of them and taught them how to treat people. Mary had the opposite upbringing. She had no father and her mother didn't take care of her at all. Mary doesn't get close to anyone or let anyone get close to her. Until Brodie. For whatever reason Mary opens up to Brodie and she lets him in and slowly lets others in as well. While Brodie is driving Mary and getting to know her someone is also trying to stop their boss from collecting certain items. Lots of action and suspense and fun in this book.

Find out more about this book and Lori Foster here

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

eARC Book review: A Rancher's Bride (Heart Falls #4) by Vivian Arend


Available Nov. 20th 2018
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With the ranch teetering on the brink of disaster, accepting an invitation to the gala of the year is a top business priority for Luke Stone. Having a significant other on his arm isn’t merely a good idea, it’s a necessity. Doesn't matter that he’s currently single—there’s a logical solution. Kelli is easy company, a vital part of ranch operations, and willing to sing Silver Stone’s praises all day long. She’ll be perfect.

Kelli James has kept a lot of secrets over the eight years since she boldly walked onto the ranch. Her biggest challenge, though, has been hiding her crush on the sexiest cowboy she’s ever laid eyes on. When Luke informs her they’re headed to the mountains for a week-long, work-related event, she’s not sure what to expect.

That he signed her up to play the part of the perfect rancher’s bride-to-be wasn’t it…

Luke Stone has known Kelli James since she showed up at the family ranch when Kelli was just 16. Kelli has always had a thing for Luke but he's never seemed to notice. With the family ranch on the edge of success or failure Luke needs a fiance to take to a big gala for people in the horse business. Kelli knows her horses and is fun and easy to get along with so she's the perfect choice.  For Kelli though it's the perfect chance to let Luke know how she feels. It's seems to go great until it's time to go home and live in the real world. Especially when someone from Kelli's secretive past shows up. The author has let Kelli be a bit of  a mystery in the past three books. Finally you get the story of Kelli. Who she is and where she came from but Kelli gets some surprises of her own. Loved to see these to finally get together.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

eARC Book review: A Texan for Christmas by Jules Bennett


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Black sheep Beau Elliott came home for his baby...and to prove to his family that he's a changed man. The last thing he needs is temptation at his door...but that's what he gets with the new nanny who's living on his ranch! Will their holiday kisses end with a Christmas engagement...or a New Year's dissolution?

Beau Elliott is the brother who left home for Hollywood. He was enjoying himself and finding success when the relationship with the women he as seeing fell apart and he was left with his new born baby to care for. He decided it was time to go home to family. Unfortunately that family is not quite ready to welcome him with open arms yet. Scarlett Patterson has been a nanny for years. After a life hanging event makes it impossible to have children of her own she's decided that her nanny days are over. It's just to hard. Her last job is a three week fill in for another nanny.  That fill in job just happens to be Beau Elliott.  I loved these to together. Beau is not all what he first appears and his daughter always comes first. Not only does he have to decide if he's going back to Hollywood or not he also needs to make amends with his family. Scarlett is dealing with the changes in her life along with her attraction to Beau. The story just flows from page one. This is not a overly long book so things happens fairly quickly but still feel like a well paced story. This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone story. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

eARC Book review: Bark! The Herald Angels Sing (The Dogfather Book 8) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available Nov 9th 2018
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Novella length

With Christmas and a family wedding fast approaching, there’s happy chaos in the air at Waterford Farm. However, not everyone in the Kilcannon clan is caught up in the magic of the moment. Matriarch, octogenarian, and beloved blogger Gramma Finnie hears the clock of her long life ticking far too fast, while her great-granddaughter, teenager Pru, feels squeezed out of planning her mother’s nuptials. 

But when this unlikely duo is tasked with the project of producing the “Somethings” for the wedding – and only have Christmas Eve to get the job done – Gramma Finnie and Pru have a purpose and a plan. They set off to find the perfect old, new, borrowed, and blue treasures, but it doesn’t take long for things to spin out of control faster than Gramma’s Toyota in a snowstorm. Detoured by a stray border collie, thwarted by nature and an elf parade, and trapped by a rifle-toting mountain man, it will take more than the power of the Kilcannon clan to save these two from a Christmas catastrophe. It will take the luck of the Irish, a love story from long ago, and a whole lot of help from the angels to make this holiday merry and bright. 

It's Christmas time at Waterford Farm. There's a wedding in the works for right after the holiday for Molly and Trace. Unfortunately Pru and Grammy are feeling a little left out and down. Molly gives them the tasks of the 5 Somethings for the wedding and Grammy turns it into a adventure. Adventure's don't always go so well and things get a bit crazy and possibly dangerous for the dynamic duo. I love how the author takes the opportunity to provide the back story on how Grammy met her husband and a glimpse into her past as a young girl. Love this series as a whole so this novella is a wonderful addition to the series it's always fun to see the Kilcannon family get together to help each other. Excited to see what comes next.

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and this series here

Monday, November 5, 2018

eARC Book review: Be with Me (Return to Haven #2) by Jules Bennett


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Since moving to Haven to help out her closest friends, Melanie Ramsey has begun to reclaim her strength after a difficult divorce. Through Mel’s Motivational Blog, she’s inspiring other women too. Then a wild, one-night fling with Haven’s gorgeous deputy leaves her shaken, stirred—and pregnant.  But Melanie’s not giving up her newfound independence for another powerful man. Not even one as upstanding and intriguing as Tanner Roark . . .
What matters most to Tanner: defending the weak, seeking justice, and protecting his heart after a tragic loss. Random hookups have been working out just fine until he and Melanie collide. Despite her domineering ex’s best efforts to rattle her, she’s still kind and resilient. Not to mention witty, straight-talking, and sexy as hell. Chemistry is easy. Trust, not so much. But when you find the one who sends your heart soaring, what can you do except buckle up and hold on tight? . . .

Tanner and Melanie kind of butt heads when they meet. Tanner gives Melanie a speeding ticket on her way into town. Both Tanner and Melanie have reasons not to trust in love. Melanie has a abusive ex-husband who still won't leave her alone. Tanner has a person tragedy in his past that's affecting his future. When these two let their attraction for each other go one night it ends up with being connected for life whether they like it or not. Watching these two figure out how they can make a relationship work as sometimes fun before it had to get serious. Melanie needs to be independent and in control of her life and Tanner needs to take care of her and so that's makes it tough. Loved the happy ending for this story. Can't wait to see what happens next in this series.

Find out more about this series and Jules Bennett here

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

eARC Book review: Archangel's Prophecy (Guild Hunter #11) by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Prophecy (Guild Hunter, #11)

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Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy....

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.

In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

Raphael and Elena are the main focus again in this book. While Elena is no longer completely mortal it's always been a question as to what exactly she is going to end up being. They haven't been able to find any records of any other made angels in history. While slowly she seemed to be progressing in becoming and growing into her angel body she suddenly finds herself regressing. This story is fast paced but it seems like it takes a long time to get answers. While Elena is trying to figure out why her body is failing her She's trying to figure out a mystery that involves her brother in law and a killer. Raphael is dealing with his own set of issues with the new Archangel of China.  This is some edge of your seat reading. Nalini Singh is a master with words. It feels like you're on a fast speeding train toward the last page. I've got to admit there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of this book. It really didn't bother me because Raphael and Elena's story arc has never had a end feeling to it. There's always been a question as to what will happen with these two. I look forward to listening to this one in audio book form. Exciting from start to finish!

Find out more about Nalini Singh and this series here

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

eARc Book review: Consumed (Firefighters ) J.R. Ward


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series comes a brand-new novel about arson investigator, Anne Ashburn, who is consumed by her troubled past, her family’s scorched legacy, and her current case: chasing a deadly killer.

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

Ann Ashburn has had a complicated life with a father she could never please and a mother she lost respect for and a brother who just doesn't understand. She took a job with the fire department following in her father and her brother's footsteps. Not that her brother ever wanted her to. One bad decision at fire scene changes her life drastically and she has to reinvent herself. Danny McGuire is one of the best fire fighter's around and the same fire that changes on Ann changes him as well but in a different way.  This story starts out fast. It becomes a nail biter right from the beginning and i found myself chanting  NO WAY, NO WAY!  I think the author keeps you on your toes through out the story. Whose the bad guy? At the end of the book you find if you were paying attention at the beginning it was right there. The one problem i had was that at times the author used sentences that were a bit complicated to follow and took me out of the story. Overall though it was a great start to the series. Ann and Danny have to fight their own demons and figure out their relationship all while trying to figure out whose trying to kill Ann. I'm excited to see where J.R. Ward goes next with this series. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman and the Gold Digger (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #19) by J.B. Lynn


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Available October 18th 2018

Just when she thinks she may be catching a break, Maggie Lee is saddled with babysitting her psychic friend, Armani, whose spirit guides have suddenly deserted her. They never warned Armani that she’d be robbed while waiting for an online date who stood her up or that someone would break into her home. 

But investigating the trouble in her friend's world isn’t Maggie's only problem. Someone shoots her avian pal, Mike, and Maggie is determined to find out whom.

Neither task is easy, but Maggie's difficulties are intensified by trying to keep her unruly household running in the absence of Aunt Susan, who seems to have dropped off the planet.

And oh yeah, Maggie's ne'er-do-well dad has returned to town.

Can Maggie successfully juggle her investigations, cops, bad guys, a reporter, her menagerie and her crazy family? Or will it all be too much for her?

Maggie is having the luck she always has is waylaid by friends and family from all directions.  Her friend Armani is stood up at a restaurant which is then robbed. Scared she moves into the B&B with Maggie and her family. Then her house burns to the ground. Now that's tough luck. JB Lynn works her usual magic and you get a entertaining and sometimes nail biting story with twists and turns galore.  You get sucked and then suddenly it's over and your hungering for more.  You could read this as a stand alone but for the most enjoyment you might want to start with book one. You'll be glad you did.

Find out more about JB Lynn and this series here

Sunday, October 14, 2018

eARC Book review: Most Eligible Texan (Texas Cattleman's Club: Bachelor Auction #2) by Jules Bennett


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“Bid on me…

I want to give you what you need.”

Matt Galloway, Texas’s most eligible tycoon, is the star Rachel Kincaid needs for the charity bachelor auction. But her scheme to recruit him sets their own passions blazing—even though he’s her friend and totally off-limits! And why is he back now when he was gone for so long? The truth may have her winning Matt for herself…or ending their romance for good.

Matt and Rachel have a history. It's not the history Matt would have liked but years ago his best friend asked Rachel out first and he's been stuck on the sidelines and just a friend. Now that his best friend has passed away and Rachel and her daughter are on their own he's back in her life. Rachel is putting together and charity bachelor auction and Matt has agreed to be THE main attraction. Things are going well until a secret comes to light and it might mean the end of something that was just getting started. Matt and Rachel have some serious chemistry and Rachel's little girl Ellie steals Matt heart without even trying. A fun, relaxing read from start to finish.

Find out more about Jules Bennett and this series here

Friday, October 12, 2018

eARC Book review: Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc. #4) by Susan Mallery


Available October 23, 2018
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Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity—he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust.

Despite her reputation, Silver’s not as tough as she seems. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer to invest in her business. If she can’t quite get over him, maybe she should get under him and knock him out of her system once and for all.

But her best laid plans begin to unravel as Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts. Which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years—and risk losing him forever.

Silver and Drew were once a item. Silver let Drew go when she thought she needed to. She's moved on or so she thought. Now Drew is back in town working at his families bank and he wants to get to know Silver again. I just didn't feel the chemistry on this one. They didn't seem to click as a couple. I'm not sure why. There wasn't really much conflict either. If they spent more time talking to each other instead of in their heads the story would have ended sooner. It was a OK read but not a favorite for me of the series. 

Find out more about Susan Mallery and this series here

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

eARC Book review: Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis


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Who needs mistletoe? 

Most people wouldn't think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn't most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she's been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that — but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once...

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don't mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he's shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly's brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can't believe he's drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who's the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he's ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he's been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

Molly Malone had something bad happen in her life that changed everything for both her and her brother. Now they both work for Hunt Investigations. Molly as the office manager and her brother Joe does missions and investigations. Molly wants more than just to be office staff. She wants to work cases too. One night spent with her Lucas one of the other guys on the team and she's got a new distraction. Lucas was shot on a mission and is still benched until his doctor tell him he's good to go. When the boss tell Lucas to keep a eye on Molly when she takes on a case of the bad Santa finds Molly is more than good at organization. First i have to say each chapter has the cutest elf related titles. Molly might have some physical problems but it doesn't stop her from doing whatever she needs to do. She proves herself to Lucas over and over. Both Lucas and Molly have given up on love but the more time they spend together the more they open up. I love the little bits with both Molly and Lucas' families. Jill Shalvis plays with your heart strings while also making you laugh. It doesn't get better than that.

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this series here

Monday, September 24, 2018

eARC Book review:America's Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon


Available October 2, 2018
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Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .

Allison and Jackson were high school sweethearts  then they were college sweethearts. When Allie moved to California  it was only supposed to be for the summer. Then she got a role as a extra on a TV show. Being a actress was something she dearly wanted and Jackson wanted her to have anything she wanted and needed. He just couldn't live in California though so he left her there and shortly later they broke up. Now some ten years later Allie is back in town hiding from a scandal and Jackson is there for her. When there is some sizzle between them again the question is how much sizzle and is it enough to burn the house down. The answer is yes. Yes it is! Jackson or Jax as he's called is one of those guys whose calm in any situation. I liked Allie and Jackson together but i think they had some communication issues which is understandable considering how they ended it years ago. While it was fun watching these two finding each other again I was taken out of the story several times by the going back from past two present. Overall i enjoyed the story though and loved the ending. 

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here

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

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

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

eARC Book review: Going Down Easy (Boys of the Big Easy #1) by Erin Nicholas


Available August 28th 2018
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As far as flings go, single dad Gabe Trahan is pretty sure that Addison Sloan is his best bet. Once a month, Addison comes to New Orleans and then…It. Is. On. Until Addison returns to New York, it’s just hot, happily-no-strings-attached sex. And beignets. And jazz. But lately for Gabe, it isn’t nearly enough.
Sure, maybe Addison’s gotten a bit hooked on Gabe. After all, who can resist a guy who’s so sexy, so charming, and so…available? But maybe he’s too available for her right now. Addison’s just moved to New Orleans, and relationships are definitely off the table. Besides, guys always bail when they learn her secret: she’s a single mom.
Only Gabe’s not running. Worse, he’s thrilled. But Addison never signed up for ever-after romance, and Gabe won’t settle for anything less. Now it’s a battle of wills—and when it comes to the woman he’s falling for, Gabe isn’t above playing a little dirty.
I'm going to start this off by saying this is my very first Erin Nicholas book.  I wasn't sure what to expect but i had heard good things about this author. This is book one in a new series about some great guys living in New Orleans. There is a prequel novella to this series that i have not read and i do not feel that really hampered this book at all. Gabe Trahan and Addison Sloan have been having a once a month weekend affair for a while. Addison coming to New Orleans for business once a month on a weekend trip has been hooking up with Gabe. It's supposed to be just a fling but it's been feeling like maybe it's not. Addison moves to New Orleans without telling Gabe and that's when things get real. Gabe wants more but Addison doesn't want to rock the boat with her  5 year old daughter to protect. Little does she know Gabe has a 5 year old son.  You would think this would make things easier but it doesn't. It's fun watching these two negotiate a relationship with kids. Addison as first doesn't want to have a relationship but once Gabe gets her on board it's him that bail's. A fun, sexy read full of romance even if now and then the kids steal the show. I'm looking forward to book two. 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

eARC Book review: Making Chase (Chase Brothers #4) by Lauren Dane


Reissue available Aug 28th 2018
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Matt is an expert and the Chase is on. Tate doesn't stand a chance.

Tate Murphy is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up a million miles away from the easy life Matt Chase has had. She's spent her life pulling herself and her siblings up and out of that trailer by the railroad tracks and she hasn't looked back. 

Matt Chase is a dream of a guy and she's certainly not going to turn down a short fling with one of the most handsome men she's ever seen! Matt Chase has watched each one of his brothers find love and he knows he's ready for that too. It's all a matter of finding the woman who captures his heart. He's certainly sampled his fair share of them but none has moved him the way Tate Murphy does when he goes to her shop to thank her for some cookies and a thank you note. 

But as Matt gets to know Tate and appreciate her strength and unique beauty, he also realizes she's got some big self esteem issues about her past. To build a future, he's got to find a way past some big road blocks. 

Going to start with a reminder that this is a previously released book that is being reissued with a bit of tweaking by the author. Matt is the last of Chase brothers without a wife. He's got a bit of a reputation as a player too. Tate Murphy has had a hard life. An abusive dad and a mom who didn't care and looked the other way. Tate was forced  to be the parent to all her younger siblings as they grew up. The older they got the more of a unit the siblings became. Matt and Tate meet when she's knocked to the ground by a car and Matt helps her out in his firefighter capacity. I'm going to say i enjoyed parts of this story and parts had me scratching my head. I liked the two families but some of the story and actions by the characters was a bit over dramatic. Tate is supposed to be this smart woman and takes care of everything but still let her parents abuse her. She's supposed to be tough as they come and acts like it sometimes but then any little thing it seems she's shattered. While i get she was abused she's 31 years old and still let's it continue. Matt tries to help her and even when they decide they are in love she continues to hide it and he seems to always be the bad guy for wanting to help. I like how supportive both families were of each other and how the Chase family took in the Murphy's as their own. I don't know overall it was OK but something didn't exactly click. I got into it and was engrossed and then something would draw me out. A so so read. Not my favorite of the series.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

eARC Book review: Double Dog Dare (The Dogfather #6) by Roxanne St. Claire


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The Dogfather has one more child to marry off…but Darcy Kilcannon has no interest in her father’s matchmaking shenanigans. The youngest Kilcannon is seeking one thing only, and it’s not a husband. Darcy is ready to launch her own business in town, move into her own apartment, and become her own woman. But when she walks into the gorgeous brownstone that her father just “happened” to help her find, Darcy takes one look at the hot landlord and she knows the Dogfather has been up to his old tricks. Sure he’s a hunk and a half, but his “no pets” policy is a huge turnoff to a dog groomer who won’t dream of living without her beloved Kookie.

Joshua Ranier moved to Bitter Bark to get out of the shadow of his overbearing stepfamily and keep his shattered heart securely on ice. His only focus is his construction business, and the brownstone he’s renting and renovating…until he meets the sexy, sassy blonde tenant sneaking a fuzzy white dog even though he’s banned them because of construction dangers. Then Josh starts thinking about things he shouldn’t. And it isn’t when the rent’s due.

But when a blind dog lands on Josh’s doorstep, he needs Darcy’s help. As they race to restore little Stella’s vision and solve a mystery that’s tearing his family apart, Josh and Darcy begin to see the light, too. It will take one double dog dare, two precious puppers, and the full power of the Kilcannon clan for this couple to find their happy ever after.

Darcy Kilcannon is the last single child of the family. So far she's avoided any matchmaking by her dad affectionately called the Dogfather be her family. He's known for his supposed matchmaking skills, but Darcy has sworn that she is not ready to settle down. As the youngest she's never really been taken seriously and she's determined to strike out on her own and and set up her new dog grooming business with no help from her family. Josh on the other hand has not had the same kind of family life as Darcy. His family might be rich but it doesn't mean they are loving. When he catches his step brother in bed with his almost fiance he's put off relationships for good. Darcy moves into the apartment building he's renovating and when they clash over his no dogs allowed policy they end up uniting in helping another dog whose blind and needs help. I have enjoyed this series right along and each time a new book has come out i thought it might be my favorite but i think that honor belongs to Darcy and Josh. They just clicked even when they clashed at the beginning. Both had set ideas on relationships and independence and didn't think they needed someone to share their lives with on a permanent basis. I'm loving the Kilcannon family. They aren't perfect but the are definitely there for each other. Looking forward to the Christmas novella and the Dogfather's book coming soon.

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and this series here

Sunday, August 5, 2018

eARC Book review: The Billionaire Bull Rider (Morgan Ranch #5) by Kate Pearce


Available July 31st 2018
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His long and winding road has brought him to a legendary western ranch—to the brothers he calls friends . . . and a woman who could change his roving ways . . . 

Turning his back on his American father’s business empire was the smartest decision Rio Martinez ever made. Now, after a high-flying career on the rodeo circuit, the world champion bull rider is ready for a change of pace. A summer hiatus working the Morgan brothers’ California ranch turns into the hope of forever when Rio meets a beautiful French baker who makes him realize what’s missing from his restless life. 

After her husband abandoned her, Yvonne Payet threw herself into running the café that was her dream. In the welcoming community of Morgantown, she found a place to call home. She cherishes her hard-won independence, and doesn’t need another handsome heartbreaker calling the shots. But Rio isn’t just the sexiest, most arrogant cowboy she ever met—he’s got great ideas for expanding her business. With a reality TV show on the horizon and her ex demanding a second chance, Yvonne has to decide which sunset she wants to ride off into . . . 

Rio Martinez  seems like just some cowboy to most people who don't get into the rodeo scene. He's actually the current world champion bull rider. He's spending his off season helping out the Morgan family on their ranch teaching bull riding to tourists. He's also got a complicated family history. A father he can't stand and a mother and sister he adores.  Yvonne Payet is running her cafe and baking up crazy amounts of goodies. Even though she's plenty busy she still makes time for her friends and some of those being the Morgan family. They accept her as one of her own. Then there's Rio and her attraction to him is undeniable.  There's a lot going on in this story. Rio and Yvonne swear they don't have time for a relationship but somehow they still have one. Yvonne has her cafe and plans for expansion and Rio has his hands full with family problems and he has to return to bull riding for at least one more year. I just love the Morgan's  and how they make everyone feel like family. I enjoyed watching Rio and Yvonne find their way to each other and find out about themselves as well. Love the fact you get to revisit with all the Morgan's from previous stories as well. 

Find out more about Kate Pearce and this series here

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

eARC Book review: A Snowbound Scandal (Dallas Billionaires Club #2) by Jessica Lemmon


Available August 1st 2018
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As the snow falls, her touch sets him aflame... "I don't want you to leave." Texas billionaire Chase Ferguson has one regret: leaving Miriam Andrix to protect her from his public life. When a snowstorm strands her in his mountain mansion, their passion reignites, and it's too hot to resist! But reality--and scandal--arrives with the thaw. Chase turned his back on happiness once. Will he fight for what he truly wants this time?

Back with the Ferguson family again. Ten years ago Chase Ferguson met Miriam Andrix. They both fell in love but when push came to shove Chase balked and sent Miriam away. He thought he was protecting her from a life she couldn't handle. Now Chase is the mayor of Dallas and he's in the political eye and someone has dragged their past out as a threat to them both. When Chase goes to Montana where Miriam lives to spend Thanksgiving in the mansion he owns there a chance encounter brings them together. Then a winter blizzard traps her at his place and sparks fly. Then what? This is a second chance romance when forced proximity brings the past to the present. This one is a sizzler when Chase let's go for once. Loved this quick little story and the Ferguson family is a joy to read about. 

Find out more about this series and Jessica Lemmon here

Monday, July 23, 2018

eARC Book review: Cooper's Charm (Love at the Resort #1) by Lori Foster


Available July 24th 2018
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One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…

Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

Two sisters, Phoenix and Ridley end up in Cooper's Charm a lakeside resort after traumatic events change their lives. Cooper Cochren is the owner of the resort and it has provided him with a outlet for his grief of losing his wife. While Cooper's Charm might be a fun place for people to hang out and enjoy family time, for the character's in this story it's a place for them to heal. I enjoyed this book. It's one of those stories that make you feel mellow. You know your going to get a good story so you can sit back and relax and read with enjoyment you'll get a great HEA at the end. Loved all the character's. There's a bit of drama and suspense mixed with romance and soul bearing revelations. Enjoyed from beginning to end. 

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Friday, July 20, 2018

eARC Book review: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery


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Life is meant to be savored, but that's not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you'd rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn't know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister--Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. 

Callie doesn't love being alone, but at least it's safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can't figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. 

But love isn't Malcolm's strong suit... until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

Malcom, Callie and Keira are a new family. Siblings with different mothers, but the same father and brought together by a grandfather that loves them. What's interesting about this story is how different in so many way these three characters are. They have several important things in common but each come from a totally different background.   They all have to learn how to be a family and how to be there for each other yet also figure out who they are on their own. Callie and Malcolm each find love and that isn't a easy path either. Many of the secondary characters are interesting too add a lot to the story. I wasn't sure how much i would like this book considering there is a lot going on and a lot of characters but i ended up really loving it. It's not the kind of story i usually read but I have enjoyed this author before and the blurb was intriguing so i took a chance that paid off for me. Well worth the read!

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