Tuesday, March 31, 2020

eARC Book review: My Kind of Cowboy (Wranglers of Wyoming #1) by R.C. Ryan

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eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley
Available April 28th 2020

Brand Merrick is a take-charge cowboy who loves a challenge and being in the thick of the action on his family ranch. When Brand takes a fall from his horse and the town doctor orders physical therapy, he doesn't intend to rest for long. They make a compromise that the physical therapist will come stay on the ranch for six weeks so Brand can do his exercises between his duties running the ranch. But Brand wasn't expecting to be working with beautiful, tough city-girl Avery.

Avery Grant has no patience for the sexy cowboy who makes it clear therapy is a waste of his time. She won't back down, especially since she came to Wyoming for another reason... to get away from the mysterious threats she keeps receiving. But the threats have followed her to the Merrick ranch. And soon, Brand isn't feeling quite so hostile toward his new therapist... in fact, keeping her safe becomes his only priority.

The Merrick family took a serious hit when a fire took one of their lives. Years later three young boys now adults have navigated their lives without their mother to become capable adults. Brand is the oldest and takes after his father in being a serious rancher always on the go. When a nasty fall injures his leg and it's not healing fast enough his grandmother find a physical therapist to come in a help. He's not happy about it and figures he can be surly enough to run them off. Avery Grant has been trying to measure up for her dad her whole life. Being a physical therapist is what she's decided is her dream. Not what her dad wants but she's going to do it anyway. She arrives at the Merrick ranch to find a less than enthusiastic Brand but she's not going to give up.  Avery is also getting away from a mysterious threat in Michigan where she's from but follows her to Wyoming. Love these types of books where there is all this extended family. The Merricks are a wonder multi generation family that add so much to this story. Brand is this hard ass with a soft side. It takes a bit of coaxing for Avery to get it out of him but it's there. The more time they spend together the more they don't want to be apart. Avery's time has a expiration date in Wyoming. Once the threat takes center stage at the end of the book it was easy to know who the bad guy was but i was on the edge of my seat wondering how it was going to play out. My Kind of Cowboy was a pleasure to read from page one. I can't see where the author takes us in the next book in this series.

Find out more about R.C. Ryan and this series here www.ryanlangan.com

Monday, March 23, 2020

eARC Book review: Cowboy Come Home (Once Upon a Time in Texas #2) by Carly Bloom


Available March 31, 2019
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

Some cowboys aren't cut out to be Prince Charming---and Claire Kowalski knows that better than anyone. She gave her heart to Ford Jarvis two years ago, yet that didn't keep him from disappearing into the sunset. Now that he's back in Big Verde, Texas, she's determined not to make the same mistake twice. But the ruggedly sexy cowboy still knows how to push all her buttons, and avoiding him is nearly impossible when she needs his help.

Ford didn't plan on returning home---ever---but when he hears that the Kowalski ranch is in trouble, he hightails it back to town. He's not eager to be reminded of the life he can never have, but his time in Big Verde is only temporary. He'll stay long enough to get the ranch up and running, then hit the road again. But when Ford finds out the new foreman he's training is Claire, still as stubborn and beautiful as ever, this cowboy is going to have to decide what matters most---repeating the mistakes of the past or fighting for a future with the only woman he's ever loved..

Claire Kowalski and Ford Jarvis had a thing and then they didn't. Ford believes he is cursed and doesn't deserve love. Claire is a take charge woman who can do it all and has the patience of a saint to put up with Ford. Ford was the foreman at Claire's Family ranch. When things got a little to real for Ford he panicked and took off. Two years later he's back. Even though he swears to himself he's going to keep his distance from Claire he can't. It's kind of a wash and repeat but can Ford change the outcome this time. Can Claire? I really enjoyed the story and the characters but Ford thing started getting old after a while. Overall a enjoyable book but not a stand out for me. 

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

Monday, March 9, 2020

eARC Book review: Chasing Tail (The Dogmothers #3) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Available March 10th 2020
eARC Provided by author

When firefighter Connor Mahoney decides to run for mayor, he's confident of victory because of his brilliant idea to put Frank, a local canine hero who saved a drowning child, on the ticket with him. Then Connor gets some unwanted help from the Dogmothers, who think a pretty new arrival from Washington DC would make the perfect campaign manager for their highly-eligible bachelor grandson. But no matter how much Connor likes the idea of working with the gorgeous Sadie Hartman, she's doing her best to keep him at arm's length.

Disillusioned by politics after working in DC, Sadie doesn’t want the job, no matter how smoking hot the sexy firefighter is or how much his sweet grannies push. But then she learns that the race has another candidate – a man who was instrumental in wrecking Sadie’s family. Uncertain the “dog and firefighter” can win, she launches her own campaign to be mayor of Bitter Bark.

But Connor and Sadie are both in for a big surprise when a two-hundred year old law is unearthed to upend the entire election. Then, the only way for Sadie or Connor to save the town from a terrible mayor is to join forces in a way no one is expecting. As Sadie and Connor discover that the best part of running against each other is literally being against each other, it doesn't take long to figure out that sometimes winning the race means losing your heart.

Connor and Sadie have a past although one of them doesn't remember that history. Connor beat Sadie in a high school election and now they're both on the ballot for mayor in Bitter Bark in a effort to stop another candidate they both don't like and would be horrible for the town. Connor and his new dog Frank join up with Sadie to help each other. Things get a little intense when they have to get engaged to stay in the running.  Loved this book. It starts slow but building up to a quick a startling ending.  I'm not talking about the mayor race either. I loved watching Connor and Sadie get to know each other and of course the animals steal the show. All of Connor's huge family add a lot of fun to the mix as always. a solid fun and exciting story.

Find out more about Roxanne St Claire and her work here www.roxannestclaire.com

Sunday, March 1, 2020

eARC Book review: Love Hard (Hard Play #3) by Nalini Singh

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Available March 10th 2020
eARC Provide by publisher through Netgalley

Jacob Esera, star rugby player and young single father, has worked hard to create a joyous life for his six-year-old daughter. After the death of his childhood sweetheart soon after their daughter’s birth, all Jake wants is safety and stability. No risks. No wild chances. And especially no Juliet Nelisi, former classmate, scandal magnet, and a woman who is a thorn in his side.

As a lonely teenager, Juliet embraced her bad-girl reputation as a shield against loneliness and rejection. Years later, having kicked a cheating sports-star ex to the curb, she has a prestigious job and loyal friends—and wants nothing to do with sportsmen. The last thing she expects is the fire that ignites between her and the stuffed-shirt golden boy who once loved her best friend.

Straitlaced Jacob Esera versus wild-at-heart Juliet Nelisi? Place your bets.

Jacob and Juliet have a history. Juliet's best friend was Jacob's girlfriend back in high school and the mother of his child. Tragically she died shortly after giving birth leaving Jacob to raise their daughter. Juliet's family had moved away. Now she's back in Jacob's life. They always rubbed each other the wrong way back then. Juliet was a bit of a wild child. Jacob has a daughter he's raising and will protect at all costs. Juliet isn't that crazy wild girl anymore though. She's all grown up and responsible and a successful business women.  They are thrown together at Jake's brothers wedding in which Juliet is a friend of the bride. The first time seeing each other in years. The chemistry is immediate.  I enjoyed this book. I've read Rock Hard so i have a bit of the Bishop/Esera family background. I fell in love with the family reading that book so was happy to have them all back in this one. Jacob had a great family to back him but Juliet did not. These two complemented each other with Jacob showing her what family support and unconditional love is and Juliet helps Jacob learn to have fun again and let go a bit. Esme, Jacob's daughter steals the show often. Some of the pacing was a bit off for me and some of the dialog was a bit unnecessary and took me out of the story a some. Still a solid enjoyable and emotional read at times. 

Find out more about this series and Nalini Singh here www.nalinisingh.com