Friday, May 31, 2019

eARC Book review: Hot Under the Collar (The Dogmothers #1) by Roxanne St. Claire


Available May 31st 2019
eARC Provided by author

Firefighter Braden Mahoney is devastated when his beloved Weimaraner, Jelly Bean, fails the canine arson investigator test. Faced with the challenge of raising the money for advanced training, it’s Braden’s sweet grandmother and her best friend who suggest he use the services of the new event planner in town. Not that he needs a push in Cassie Santorini’s direction. Ever since she arrived, Braden has had his eye on the sassy Greek goddess…and can’t stop thinking about getting the rest of him on her, too.

Cassie has spent years putting family first, even moving to Bitter Bark when her mother falls in love with the local veterinarian. Having a huge new extended “family” is fun, especially when one smokeshow of a firefighter attends the gatherings, but Cassie has no plans to remain in this small town. She’s ready to pursue her big city dreams. But when Braden asks for an assist for his precious pup, Cassie agrees to help him set up a town-wide scavenger hunt. It isn’t exactly a hardship to be around those blue eyes and brawny shoulders, especially since they both agree everything – even the undeniable sparks that crackle between them – is temporary.

But when temporary gets complicated by feelings that might lead to forever, Braden and Cassie start to question the direction they’re headed. Should they follow their dreams…or their hearts? It’ll take a dog with a bad nose and a sweet soul, two particularly meddlesome grandmas, and some help from the clan that loves them to make sure Cassie and Braden follow the clues and find their way to each other’s arms.

This is a new spin off series from the  Dogfather series. Braden Mahoney needs to raise some serious money to get his dog advanced training to become a arson investigator. Cassie Santorini has always put family first and she's ready for something bigger and brighter in the big city. Any big city with a awesome job will do  Fortunately Grammy Finnie and Yiayia, Braden and Cassie's grandmother's have plans for them both. When Cassie suggests Braden pretend to be her boyfriend to find out what's going on with her grandma he's all in as long as it's temporary. Temporary works with Cassie's plans to leave town. I really loved Cassie and Braden. Even though they come from essentially different worlds they clicked. Braden will help anyone in need and although Cassie comes off at times as a little cold in reality she's just like Braden. When her family has needed her she put off her plans and did what needed to be done. Now she feels it's time to move on with those plans but along came Braden to tempt her into changing them. Sweet couple and a awesome start to this spin off.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

eARC Book review: The Cowgirl's Forever Love (Colemans of Heart Falls #1) by Vivian Arend


Available May 21st 2019
eARC Provided by author

Lisa Coleman committed to stay in Heart Falls until her sister’s baby arrives, but after that, she’s moving on. She’s not sure exactly what is on the agenda, so it’s good to still have a few months to figure out her dreams. While she’s waiting, there’s no reason she can’t enjoy herself with the very sexy local veterinarian. A naughty interlude with a man who knows all the right moves would be the perfect distraction from Coleman chaos: newborn baby! New dog! New found family?!

Josiah Ryder is beginning to feel women only want him for one thing. Playing fast and loose was fun in the past, but it’s time for a change. He’s ready to prove he’s in it for the long haul, but the one woman he truly wants insists she’s in town for six months and not a moment longer. He’ll have to pull out all the stops to make Lisa realize nothing out there can compete with finding forever right under her nose.

First book in a new spin off series by Vivian Arend  Lisa Coleman is just in Heart Falls to help her pregnant sister out until her baby comes. After that she's going to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Make decisions for her future. Josiah Ryder is the hot veterinarian with a secret. Both have some messed up family dynamics that have shaped them.  They are both really attracted to each other but both have different ideas on a future. Once Josiah decides he wants to see if he can change Lisa decision to leave Heart Falls he goes all out to get her to be with him. This was a great start to this spin off.  Lisa has to decide what to do with life, be it travel or hang around Heart Falls and Josiah has to show her he's serious about her and settling down. Both have some family issues they are dealing with and there is a surprise or two that comes out in this book. I loved the connection Lisa and Josiah had together. You could feel the chemistry and i love the Coleman sisters interaction. Can't wait to see what happens next. There are hints in this book that get you excited for book two. Vivian Arend always seems to deliver a engaging and wonderful story.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

eARC Book review: Homecoming for the Cowboy (Bad Boys of Last Stand Book 1) by Nicole Helm


Available May 16th 2019
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Will he break a promise or break her heart? 

Colt Vance owes everything he is to the Martin family, which is why he’s stayed far, far away for years. But now that Fritz Martin has asked him a favor, he’s back in Last Stand facing the one temptation he can’t ever give into: his mentor’s middle daughter. 

Sadie Martin doesn’t like Colt Vance, or so she’s told herself for years. He’s far too charming and has her father wrapped around his finger. But Sadie doesn’t have a choice except to work with Colt to save her beloved goat farm. 

Working together tests Colt’s resolve when it comes to his attraction to Sadie, and Sadie comes to realize she doesn’t just enjoy Colt’s company, she craves it. But Colt can’t break the promise he made to Fritz years ago. Can one tenacious farm girl convince this stubborn cowboy love is always the answer to any problem?

Colt Vance is back home after years away. He's always butt heads with Sadie Martin and being back around her is more of the same but in reality he's been attracted to her forever but he made a promise to  her father to never touch her. Sadie always thought Colt had the approval from her dad that she wanted for herself.  He could do no wrong. Things aren't always what they seem.  The longer Colt and Sadie are around each other butting heads the more they realize they are attracted to each other. This is the first time I have read this  author and i found i really enjoyed the story.  The hero is not shown as a tough man's man at times but it's nice to see a guy be vulnerable. He had some horrible stuff happen to him growing up and he let that fester in him for years. He never had a real female influence in his life growing up and that shows. There were a few eye rolling moments for me but i liked the family and and enjoyed the relationships between the characters.  I'm interested in seeing what happens next in this series.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

eARC Book review: Better Than Me (Remington Medical #2) by Kimberly Kincaid


Available May 7th 2019
eARC Provided by author

Remington's most notoriously single,
notoriously sexy surgeon
is about to fall for the one woman
he can't have...

Did I mention that she's
A) his best friend
B) immune to his panty-melting charm, and
C) sleeping on his couch for the next six weeks?

But Jonah's not made for commitment,
and a good man is the one thing Natalie deserves.
Not someone who can only offer up
a couple of sizzling hot, no-strings-attached nights
of pure pleasure.

Unless that's what she wants.

Because Jonah wants her. And with each
moment they spend working together--
living together--
the harder it is to resist temptation.

And even harder to resist the fall
that might break them both...

A steamy medical contemporary romance from USA Today best-selling author Kimberly Kincaid. Watch this cocky hero fall head over scalpel for his sweet and sexy BFF. Full-length standalone story with action in the emergency room and the bedroom, and a sweet-and-sexy happily ever after.

Jonah and Natalie have been best friends for a long time. Jonah is a commitment phobe. Nothing permanent in his future. He's going to be playing the field til he dies. Then Natalie had a disaster in her apartment and needs a place to stay. Natalie had cancer as a child and her parents are still a bit over protective so she gets Jonah to let her stay with him while her place gets fixed up. Slowly the more time they spend together the more they get to know about each other they discover a attraction that was always there but never realized til now. Of course things aren't going to be easy, it never is. I enjoyed this book more than book one. For whatever reason i just clicked with these two. I think Natalie and Jonah were just more likable. I loved how even when they wanted to deny the attraction and there were difficulties they knew each other well enough and were both still there for each other. Jonah does a lot of growing in this book and it's all due to Natalie. He returns the favor when Natalie has some really bad news and pulls away. He doesn't let her. Awesome story!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

eARC Book review: For Their Child's Sake by Jules Bennett

Jules Bennett Return to Stonerock From Best Friend to Daddy

Available May 21, 2019
eARC Provided by author/Publisher

He’s fighting to reclaim his family.

And he’s playing to win.

Two years ago, Sam Bailey lost the two people who mattered most. Now his daughter needs him. Despite their still-powerful attraction, Tara isn’t ready to trust her estranged husband again. But Sam sees a chance to fight for their future, to redeem himself in Tara’s eyes. He needs them to be a family again—even better and stronger than before…

Sam Bailey lost everything to a drug addiction from pain pills he didn't see coming. Now clean and sober and working at being his best again his daughter needs him. He's vowed to be there for his estranged wife and daughter. He's going to do just that. Even if he can't get his wife back he's going to do whatever it takes to make them feel safe. This was a at times heartbreaking book about getting your life back and being a family again. Sam and Tara have some serious trust issues to deal with while helping their daughter recover her memory. If family drama is your thing this is your book with a little cuteness thrown in too.

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