Saturday, August 21, 2021

eARC Book review: Stronger Than You Know (McKenzies of Ridge Trail #2) by Lori Foster

 

Available August 24th 2021

eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


Their secrets run deep, but desire runs deeper…

Kennedy Brooks has spent years learning how to protect herself, and empowering other women to do the same. Still, there are some hazards that can’t be predicted. That includes Reyes McKenzie, who owns her local gym. Strong, capable, and watchful, he seems like the one man who might understand her past. For once, Kennedy is tempted to let her guard down—something she’s vowed never to do.

The moment petite, fiercely determined Kennedy walked into his gym, Reyes knew that she carried secrets. What he didn’t expect was that she could tell the same about him. When trouble tracks her down, she turns to Reyes, unleashing a maelstrom of protective instinct and mutual desire. But will her need for him end when the danger does, or will they take the ultimate risk—on each other?


We meet Kennedy Brooks in book one. She was a victim once and is determined to never be again. Reyes McKenzie owns the local gym where Kennedy works out. He's tried connecting with her before only to be shut down. He knows somethings up with Kennedy.  Reyes family is trained to help so when Kennedy calls Reyes when things go bad he's all in. I love this series. This book is action packed and the Mc Kenzie family just a super cool and I love that even though they are all bad asses they still razz each other like a regular family if a protective one. This is a excellent read from cover to cover. Can't wait for book three.


Find out more about Lori Foster and this series here www.lorifoster.com/

Monday, August 16, 2021

eARC Book review: Savage: An Enemies to Lovers Mafia Romance by Anna Ray

 


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He scares the living daylights out of me. But not for the reasons he might think. And that scares me even more.

Hazel

He’s magnetic. Tall and commanding.
Heartbreakingly gorgeous.
Borne of ice. Ruthless.
Dangerous.
And his dark, mesmerizing gaze is locked onto me.
This man is fantasy in the flesh.
Callum O’Daire.
Darling of Boston’s moneyed society and king of the underworld.
And I’m here to ask a favor from this soulless creature. Beg, if I have to.
I despise him. Body and soul.

Callum

Hazel Brentwood.
Even from a distance, she’s striking.
Stands out.
Eyes like dark gold that glittered with fire and untapped passion.
She needs my help. But I hate the Brentwoods.
All of them.
Old money that covers sins and crimes that will never be answered to
The very thing keeping Hazel so pampered and pretty.
Blood money.
If anyone’s going to tear her to shreds, to destroy her, it’s going to be me.
My way.

Sultry stares, passionate embraces, and suspense await you inside Savage. This enemies-to-lovers mafia romance will have you flipping the pages, begging Callum or Hazel to make the first move!
 

This is the first book by this author for me. The blurb really pulled me in to try this one. Hazel is looking for help in finding out about her birth mother. Her brother Sam left a note making it seem like Callum knew something. Callum needs her to. This story is a bit intense. Might be a hard read for some and have triggers for some readers as well. Callum is pretty blunt and often rude. He seems in a inner struggle with himself often. Hazel starts out pretty weak but as the story progresses becomes stronger and more confident. It felt like I was going to get whiplash from all the back and forth Callum did with how he treated and felt about Hazel. He couldn't live without her but thought for her sake he should. It really kept my interest throughout even it frustrated me at times. A good solid read for me.

Find out ore about this book and Anna Ray here goodreads.Anna_Ray

Saturday, July 17, 2021

eARC Book review: Meant to Be My Cowboy (Wranglers of Wyoming #3) by R.C. Ryan

 


Available July 27th 2021
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A woman on the run must trust her family's sworn enemy in this thrilling tale by one of the best in cowboy romance.

The cowboy she can’t have . . . is the one she can’t resist.
 
Annie Dempsey has two rules for her new life in Devil’s Door, Wyoming: no romance and no drama. Fresh off a bad breakup, she’s already avoiding love. And as long as she steers clear of the Merrick clan—her family’s sworn enemies—avoiding drama won’t be a problem. But when a charming stranger steps in to protect Annie from a sudden threat, both her rules fly out the door. Because Annie’s mystery hero . . . is a Merrick.

Jonah Merrick won’t allow anyone—even a Dempsey—to be harmed on his watch. It doesn’t hurt that sweet, gorgeous Annie makes his heart beat like never before. Against his family’s objections, Jonah insists Annie hide out with him at his ranch while they try to outwit a dangerous pursuer. But as the days turn into weeks, Jonah realizes he’ll stop anyone who tries to harm Annie . . . or the loving future they’re building together.

Jonah meet Annie Dempsey when she first gets into town. Annie works for her uncle's bank and just so happens she doesn't know her uncle is a enemy to to Jonah's family. By the time the two of them find out they aren't supposed to like each other it's to late. Then Annie finds herself is danger and Jonah and his family are ready to step in a help and protect her. If you like a good family romance where the family element is strong you'll enjoy this book. The Merrick's are larger than life. A nice enjoyable read.

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

eARC Book review:Good Twin Gone Country (Dynasties: Beaumont Bay #4) by Jessica Lemmon

 


Available July 27th 2021

eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


What happens when a good girl asks a bad boy to help her break all the rules?

“Please show me how to break a few rules…”

Hallie Banks is done being “the good twin,” living in her superstar sister’s shadow. But what does she know about letting loose and having fun? She needs a teacher, and fortunately, gorgeous bachelor bad boy Gavin Sutherland is up for the job. Soon Hallie bursts out of her comfort zone and loses herself to Gavin's sizzling touch. But living on the edge always comes with a cost…and now the moment of reckoning is nine months away!


Hallie is the good girl twin. Always the one taking care of  everything. Now she wants to be bad and Gavin Sutherland is just the one to teach her how to let loose.  Watching these two get to know each other and become close was so exciting! This was a fun and flirty read. You get a little of all the previous couples in this series as well. It's hard to decide on a favorite of the series but I have a special admiration for Hallie.  I awesome wrap up to the four book series.


Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here www.jessicalemmon.com

Monday, June 21, 2021

eARC Book review: Fake Engagement, Nashville Style (Dynasties: Beaumont Bay #3) by Jules Bennett

 


Available June 29th 2021

eARC Provided by author


A fake engagement with her former fiancé?

Saying yes should be strictly business…
Since it’s only pretend, not a second chance.

Cassandra Taylor’s ex-fiancé owes her—big-time. Luke Sutherland shattered her dreams of happily-ever-after, and now she wants his help landing the wedding planning event of the year: his brother’s celebrity nuptials. But Luke demands her help in return—pretend to be in love with him so he’s no longer Country Beat’s most eligible bachelor. As their fake engagement rekindles real passion, will Cassie get her own fairy-tale wedding…or only more heartbreak?
 

Cassandra and Luke get a second chance and love in this third installment of the Beaumont Bay series. It's been 8 years since they were together. Cassandra left when it appeared Luke wasn't ever going to ready for marriage and seem to put her in second place of his businesses. Luke wasn't ready 8 years ago but was hurt Cassandra seemed to have given up. Now she's back to try and nab the wedding planner gig for Luke's brother. It was fun to watch these two become reacquainted and figure out if the love is still there. A perfect summer beach read or a weekend on the couch if you're not a beach person. Part of a series but definitely can be read as a stand alone.

Find out more about Jules Bennett and this story here www.julesbennett.com

Sunday, June 20, 2021

eARC Book review: The Summer of No Attachments (The Summer Friends #2) by Lori Foster

 


Available June 22, 2021

eARC Provided by publisher by Netgalley


Summer flings with no strings mean nobody gets hurt.
At least, that was the plan…


After putting the brakes on her dead-end relationship, local veterinarian Ivey Anders is ready to soak up this summer on her own terms. The way she sees it, no dating means no disappointment. Why complicate life with anything long-term? But when she meets Corbin Meyer—and his troubled young son, Justin—Ivey’s no-strings strategy threatens to unravel before she can put it into practice.

Trust doesn’t come easy for Ivey’s best friend, Hope Mage, a veterinary-clinic assistant who’s affected by an incident that’s colored every relationship she’s had. Though Hope’s happy for Ivey, she can’t quite open her own heart to the possibility of love. Not just yet… Maybe not ever. Soon, however, she’s faced with a dilemma—Corbin’s older brother, Lang. He’s charming, he’s kind…and he may just be the reason Hope needs to finally tear down her walls.

And as the sweet summer months unspool, the two friends discover love won’t give up on them so easily.


Ivey Anders is kind of a no nonsense person. She pretty much says what she thinks. After a reality check she ends a relationship that wasn't working and decides she's done dating.  Ivy's best friend had something in her past that made trusting any man almost impossible. When the they meet brothers Corbin and Lang Meyer it changes them both in different ways. Add in Corbin's new found son and it's a interesting and emotion tugging story. I really liked this story. All the characters were do different and yet seems to mesh well. I loved Corbin and Lang. What a great pair of brothers who were brought up by a strong single parent mom. It's just a feel good story from beginning to end. A perfect summer read.

Find out more about Lori Foster and this book here www.lorifoster.com



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

eARC Book review: Smoke & Mirrors (Forged in Fire #2) by Skye Jordan

 






eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley
Available May 31st 2021

I’m taking a break from women. I’ve been lied to once too often, and I’m over it.
Then Isabel, my best friend’s little sister, blows into town without notice, bringing the past with her. Her secret past.

From the moment she crashes poker night and hustles the whole firehouse out of a couple hundred bucks, I know she’s not telling the truth about why she’s here.

Lies have influenced my entire life. They’ve also torn my world apart too many times already.

But by the time the truth comes out, she’s tangled around my heart like barbed wire, and there’s no way out unscathed.


Isabel rolls into town on her very last dime. Scammed by her ex-boyfriend and living a lie for years she's back in her hometown. Her life a mess. Logan's sister Maya was Isabel's best friend. That friendship ended years ago when Isabel left town and cut ties. Logan's been burned before and trust is a serious issue for him. He's always been attracted to Isabel and her being back brings out those feeling but he senses she's hiding something and he'd be right. I like Isabel and Logan but they drove me nuts at time. Isabel didn't out and out lie but she omitted a lot and distracted to avoid. Logan had reason to not trust her completely. Logan had been taken advantage of before but come one you can't paint every women you meet with the same brush. Took a while to get their act together but watching it happen was enjoyable. Both were good people but needed to communicate and open up with each other. There was the right amount of humor to balance out the drama. I did not read book one in this series but you don't have to to enjoy this book. It definitely stands on it own. Isabel's brother Tucker is a bit of a little shit so we'll see if he soon get some growing up time in a future book. I look forward to that. I haven't read a Skye Jordan book in a while and this was definitely a great book to dive back in with.


Find out more about Skye Jordan and this series here skyejordanauthor.com



Saturday, May 22, 2021

eARC Book review: Deathtoll (Broslin Creek #8) by Dana Marton

 



Available May 25th 2021
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Kate and Murph are back in Broslin Creek, thinking they're safe, their worst enemy dead. But soon people around Kate begin to die under suspicious circumstances, and she and Murph must face the terrible realization that Asael followed them home, and not only are their lives in danger, but also the lives of the townspeople who took Kate in years ago.

This is the stunning conclusion to the Broslin Creek series. It doesn't disappoint with the edge of your seat writing. This series started with Kate and Murph and how they ended up in witness protection. Now the danger is over and they are back in Broslin Creek and Kate is questioning their relationship. While she's keeping Murph at arms length they find their old enemy isn't dead like they thought. They are in danger as well as all their family and friends. This is not for the feint of the heart. I had to take a break or two reading this because of the some of the suspense elements. This book starts off quick and keeps that pace. Kate's indecision drove me nuts sometimes and is finally explained at the end but poor Murph has the patience of a saint. I think you can read this as a stand alone but would be much better if you read the series as a whole or at least book one. I have not read all the books in this series yet but definitely look forward to reading the ones I have missed. Definitely a thrilling read. 

Fin out more about Dana Marton and this series here www.danamarton.com

Monday, May 10, 2021

eARC Book review: Love for Beginners (Wildstone #7) by Jill Shalvis

 


Available June 8th 2021
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma, she learns that her fiancé and her BFF have fallen in love, she’s lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive, she decides to start over from scratch. Not as easy as it sounds, of course. But she’s never been a quitter, even if she wishes she could quit rehab, where her hot but evil physical therapist, Simon, puts her through the wringer.

Desperate for a new start, Emma opens a doggy day care. Unfortunately, the only space she can afford is owned by her childhood nemesis Ali Pratt. But hey, she’s been through worse, right? She tries to roll with the punches, but a friend drops his grandpa off at the doggy day care because he can’t find senior care. On top of that, she and Ali bring the term “frenemies” to a whole new level. And then another grandparent shows up. And another.

In the midst of all that, Emma realizes she’s accidentally fallen for her Evil PT. But the most horrifying thing of all is that Ali just might have turned into the best friend she’s ever had. And as Emma grows from the pain of her past and takes on her new path, she comes to learn that life isn’t what you’re given, it’s what you make of it.

Emma wakes up from a coma to find her whole world has changed. Her fiance' and her best friend have fallen in love leaving her a third wheel living in her apartment with them. In rehab to fix her damaged body and brain she moves into a new place her fabulous physical therapist finds her. That's step one. Step two is to make it up the steps to her apartment without passing out. To make a living to buy the local doggy daycare. Unfortunately she has to take on a partner in the form of her high school enemy. Add in her hottie physical therapist you got a great story. I loved this book. Probably the best book I have read so far this year. I was delightfully entertained page after page. Emma is the toughest chick out there. No matter what she doesn't give up and is she starts to waver she's got people to back her up even if some of those people are a little reluctant. You laugh you cry and you feel good by the end.

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this series here www.jillshalvis.com



Saturday, May 8, 2021

eARC Book review: Second Chance Love Song (Dynasties: Beaumont Bay #2) by Jessica Lemmon



Available May 25th
eARC Provided by author 

There’s no place like Nashville for discovering all the secrets your ex has been keeping.

He chose country music over the one who got away.
Well, now she’s back…


Country music star Cash Sutherland is too successful for his own good. Seen as a bad boy in need of redeeming, he and his label are doing all they can to revamp his reputation. They’ve even hired eager journalist Presley Cole, who’s ready and willing to print the cover story that will make both their careers. The only problem? She’s the woman he left behind, and she’s not ready to forgive him for breaking her heart…

Cash and Presley used to have a thing in college until Cash left to start his music career and left Presley behind with a broken heart. Now Presley is in a position to find her dream and Cash can make that happen if she can find out the secret of who his number one song is about. While spending time at Cash's home to interview him and put a news piece together for her boss feelings rekindle. I love the Sutherland brothers. They are close knit family of four who razz each other but also have each others backs. This book is part of a 4 book series by two authors. Do yourself a favor and start with book one. These can be read alone but I think reading them in order will really enhance your enjoyment.  Presley and Cash were young when they started but still seems to be repeating the past. Loved how the two authors writing this series has so far seamlessly made this series flow together. This was one of those books you don't want to put down until you hit the last page.

Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here www.jessicalemmon.com





Thursday, May 6, 2021

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman and the Teddy Bear (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #26) by J.B. Lynn

 



eARC provided by author

Available April 30th 2021


Maggie Lee has done some really questionable things, but she’s never stooped so low as to steal a child’s toy. There’s a first time for everything.

Maggie’s life is always complicated, but her tenuous balancing act becomes even more dangerous when she’s given the job of stealing a teddy bear from the grandson of the mobster Delveccio.

As she struggles to keep the different facets of her life separate, her family faces multiple threats to their safety, and there’s a very real chance she won’t be able to protect everyone she loves.

Her best chance at success depends on the help of her pets…and you can bet they all have something to say about that.


Maggie is always juggling a several balls at once and this book is more of the same. With so much going on she needs a little help from all her pets and there more than willing to help. There's something about these stories that makes you want to read it all in one go. You can easily sit back and relax and enjoy and be entertained. Then there's that Gino.


Find out more about JB Lynn and this series here www.jblynn.com



Sunday, April 25, 2021

eARC book review: Faux Paws (The Dogmothers #6) by Roxanne St. Claire

 



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At a personal and career crossroads he never expected, Navy nuclear engineer Theo Santorini faces the fact that his once charmed existence isn’t so charmed anymore. Then, on a cross country trip, he saves a desperate and abused dog, hoping he can turn around both their lives. When he arrives at Waterford Farm in North Carolina with his rescue, Clementine, Theo’s matchmaking grandmother and her best friend immediately launch a plan to help both man and dog. Theo doesn’t hate their idea of getting an assist from a beautiful, enigmatic “pet psychic” while he figures out his next move. But the woman’s preposterous claims that she can read an animal’s mind seriously test an engineer who lives for logic and flees from feelings.

After bolting from the church when she learned the groom waiting at the altar had cheated on her, Ayla Hollis can now add “runaway bride” to her short resume. But this perennial people-pleaser has broken free from her stifling upbringing and is finally ready to begin a new life. She’ll start by openly admitting to the world that she has a gift that might seem bizarre to some, but she can help animals, and in a town that loves dogs, that makes her a local hero. Her first “patient” is an emotionally damaged stray dog held in the strong arms of a handsome, but skeptical, owner. Ayla soon finds it can be much easier to understand an animal’s feelings than those of a man who refuses to believe her abilities are real.

As Theo and Ayla work together to help Clementine heal, they can’t deny one thing is real: their sizzling chemistry that quickly grows to feelings of forever. But before the Dogmothers can claim another successful match, Ayla’s psychic skills thrust her into a perilous spotlight that threatens everything. With their love on the line and a dog’s life in the balance, Ayla’s gift could save them all…but only if Theo will finally risk his heart and believe.

Love this series. Theo Santorini is fresh out of the service. He was expecting to get a job overseas in London but when it falls through he comes to Bitter Bark to get his bearings for a bit. Alya Hollis finds out at the alter that her soon to be husband cheated on her with her best friend. Exit out the side door and she's out of there. Her friend Marie takes her into her care and you guessed it heads to Bitter Bark where she's trying to set up a home for animals in need.
Alya has a talent with animals. She can understand what they are feeling in a way. Theo is a science guy so to him he just can't believe. This becomes a barrier to any relationship they're building. I really enjoyed this story. Theo is a great guy Alya comes from a seemingly rich family but is one of the most down to earth people out there. She fits right in with Theo and his extended family. This is one of those feel good stories that leaves you feeling content and relaxed in the end. It's not a easy road to the end but well worth the journey to get there. 

Find out more about Roxanne St. Claire and this series here www.roxannestclaire.com

Friday, April 23, 2021

eARC Book review: The Engagement Arrangement (Boots and Bouquets #2) by Jaci Burton

 



eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley
Available June 29th 2021


Brenna Bellini will never get married again. She plans to live out her days as a happy, successful, single woman. When she's chosen to be a bridesmaid in her friend's wedding at the Bellini family vineyard, she's thrilled. That is, until she realizes who else is in the wedding party. Brenna's going to have to spend four days in the company of not only her ex-husband, but also her high school nemesis. She just knows the fact that she's single and alone is going to be rubbed in her face all weekend long. Well, not if Brenna can help it. She's going to find herself a fake fiancé.

Finn Nolan is thrilled to be offered the job. He's had it bad for Brenna ever since he came over from Ireland to work at the Bellini family vineyard. After falling for Brenna from afar for years, this Irish cowboy is determined to show the woman of his dreams that he is her Mr. Right.

So what does a confirmed never-getting-married-again woman do when the man of her dreams unexpectedly lands right in front of her? Because for the first time, she might not be able to walk away. This time it might be forever.
 

Brenna has been burned by love before so when that love comes back to haunt her she enlists her friend Finn to be her fake fiancé. It starts out pretty innocent but Finn has long had feeling for Brenna. He's not really wanting it to be fake. I really enjoyed this book. Unfortunately I didn't get to read book one in this series but fortunately for me it didn't hamper this book as all. Loved Finn and Brenna and her sisters. It makes you wish you were part of their family. Lot's of laughing and frustration and emotional moments in this story. Perfect weekend read.

Find out more about Jaci Burton and this series here www.jaciburton.com




Sunday, April 11, 2021

eARC Book review: Dream Spinner (Dream Team #3) by Kristen Ashley

 




Available May 25th 2021

eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Hattie Yates has finally met the man of her dreams. Yet years of abuse from her demanding father have left her petrified of disappointment. She’s already failed to reach her goal of becoming a professional ballerina—she can’t handle the terrible consequences of another dream becoming a nightmare. But when a stalker sets their sights on Hattie, there’s only one man she dares to hope can help . . .

Axl Pantera knows Hattie is the only woman for him. Yet despite the attraction burning between them, Hattie refuses to let him in. The former soldier is determined to woo her into letting down her walls. And when danger comes calling, he’s up against more than her wary and bruised heart. Axl will do anything to prove to Hattie that they’re meant to be, but first, he’ll need to keep her safe.


Hattie Yates grew up with a overbearing father. Nothing was ever good enough. Axel Pantera had his own issues with his dad so he can relate. When Axel sees Hattie hurting herself he decides it's time to wade in and get Hattie to let him help. I loved these two they lift each up in so many ways. When she gets a stalker Hawk and all the boys are in to help out. This series a spin off of the Rock chick series so you can count  characters from that series to show up along with the chaos boys. You need a good block of time to start reading this book because you are not going to want to put it down.

Find out more about Kristen Ashley and this series here www.kristenashley.net

Sunday, March 28, 2021

eARC Book review: A Cowboy Kind of Love (Heart of Texas #6) by Donna Grant

 

Available April 27th 2021

eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


Who wants to rodeo again?


Jace Wilder has been rebuilding his life since the love of his life, Taryn, up and left town unexpectedly. But when she mysteriously returns, Jace’s dependable world comes crashing down. Taryn is hiding a dangerous secret, and no matter how hard he tries, Jace can’t stay away―especially when Taryn is at risk. And especially when the attraction he thought he’d buried long ago is back and hotter than ever. Will he be able to trust Taryn again?

Taryn Hillman’s world fell apart one horrifying night, and it’s never been the same since. When she sees a small chance at untangling herself, she takes it, though it means returning to Clearview – and seeing Jace again. But when he vows to protect her, will Taryn take a chance, and this time, never let him go?


Jace Wilder had the woman he loved and was ready to ask her to marry him when she disappeared. Taryn Hillman loved Jace but one night she and her family were all kidnapped and forced to work for a drug lord. Her dad and brother wer both killed at one point and now she's only got her sister left and she will do anything to protect her only family member left. Forced back to her hometown and eventually to Jace the two have to find their way back to each other if they can. Everything comes out when Jace gets over the shock of seeing her again. Of course he's all in to save her. This is a pretty action packed book from the very beginning. Jace and his family of friends have his back and in turn Taryn's. Lots of twists and turns throughout this book.  Guessing how it all will end to the very last pages.

Find out more about Donna Grant and this series www.donnagrant.com



Wednesday, March 24, 2021

eARC Book review:Twin Games in Music City (Dynasties: Beaumont Bay #1) by Jules Bennett

 



Available April 13th 2021

eARC Provided by author 


Country singer Hannah Banks wants what she shouldn’t have.

The owner of Hannah's new label—the man in charge of her career—is way too hot. So hot he’s all she can think about… So to put distance between them, she poses as her quieter twin sister. That should keep temptation away…

Except Will Sutherland doesn’t play games. He wants the real Hannah—in his studio and in his bed—as long as what’s between them stays their secret. But when an old rival uncovers the truth, Will must choose between playing the press or playing for keeps…


Hannah has a new recording label and wants to revamp her image a bit by recording some of her own songs. Will Sutherland is her new boss and he's got his own ideas about what to do with Hannah. This is one of those fun reads. A shorter book at 150 pages you can sit back and just enjoy a fun story. Will Sutherland has four brothers you get to meet to set you up for future books and Hannah has a cute twin sister that she's close too. I knew as soon as I started this book it would be good one.

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

Monday, March 8, 2021

eARC Book review: Strong, Silent Cowboy (Moving Violations #2) by Lora Leigh, Veronica Chadwick

 


Available March 9th 2021

eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


He Will Do Anything…


Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.

To Keep Her Safe…

Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night...all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.


Sallie and Jacob met several years before and then he disappeared. Sallie was devastated but then she spent a few  years running for her life. Not knowing why someone was after her or why. The last place she ran to she finds Jacob again only he doesn't remember her.  This would have been a good book but several things bothered me. Jacob is 29 and Sallie is 26. He met her when he was 25 and quite the CIA not long after. At 25? Doesn't seem plausible. There is a over abundance of sex scenes in this book. They could cut it by half and take out all repetitive descriptive words and it would have been so much better.  I like the idea for this story a CIA operation gone wrong and I liked the characters but I found myself skimming a lot and that's just sad when it's sex scenes and you have to do that. 


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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

eARC book review: Charmed by the Billionaire (Blue Collar Billionaires #2) by Jessica Lemmon

 


Available March 2nd 2021

eARC Provide by author

The day you overhear your best friend say she’d like to have sex with you is a damn good day. But, hey, Cris always takes care of me at work. What’s wrong with me taking care of one of her needs? Besides, it’s only temporary.

One breathless encounter later, I learn two things: 1) We are compatible in ways that exceed our working relationship and 2) She’s chosen me to be her first. Most guys might balk at the responsibility. Not me. Put me in, coach.

But when it comes time to wrap up our sextra-curricular activities, my heart is doing its first ever free-fall. Now I’m scrambling to convince her she’s found her Prince Charming—spoiler alert: it’s me—and that forever isn’t a fairy tale.

Benji and his assistant Cris have had the hots for each other for a long time. Neither one knew the other was interested until Benji overhears Cris on the phone telling someone. Oops. When the cat is out of the bag Cris and Benji decide to explore things. Cris spent most of her adult years so far raising her younger brothers. With the last one off to college she's a empty nester and not even 30. Benji treats here the way she deserves and is taking care of her. She's not sure how to take all the attention. Cris has always taken care of Benji even though they are friends it's always been part of her job too. Benji parents were killed when he was a young boy then he was adopted by a great family. He's a great guy but won't marry and doesn't do love which is really inconvenient for Cris because she loves him and wants to get married one day. Loved these two together and really enjoyed their chemistry and well as the rest of the family. Can't wait to see what happens with last brother!


Find out more about Jessica Lemmon and this series here www.jessicalemmon.com

eARC Book review: All Consuming (Brotherhood by Fire #3) by Jaci Burton

 



Available March 2nd 2021
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

When firefighter Kal Donovan transfers to the Tactical Rescue Team, he's determined to succeed by giving work one hundred percent of his attention. This proves more difficult at his ten-year high school reunion when he runs into Hannah Clark, his first love. She's still the smart, funny, beautiful girl he loved in high school, but everything has changed. She's divorced, has a son, and has zero interest in exploring an old romance.

Hannah has moved back home after a disastrous end to a marriage that never should have been. Now her only focus is getting her hair salon up and running, and making sure her son is happy. She doesn't have time for love--especially not with Kal. She intends to look forward, not backward, and Kal is most definitely part of her past.

However as Hannah and Kal start spending time together, Hannah realizes that what she's feeling for him isn't nostalgia, but red-hot attraction. Kal's intent on showing her what it's like to be cared for, romanced, and consumed with passion--and Hannah loves it. But she wonders if she has the courage to risk her heart again, even as Kal vows not to lose her a second time.

This is the third book in this series but can stand alone. I have not read the first two books in this series. Kal comes from a family of firefighters. Now Kal is working in a different Dept from his dad and brothers. While dealing with problems with coworkers and adjusting to his new job he reunites with his high school girlfriend. Hannah hasn't seen Kal since he broke up with her before he left for college. Since then she married had a baby and divorced and now she's back home with a new business and making her way on her own. I really liked this book in the beginning. Kal and Hannah instantly reconnect and the chemistry is there. I loved how Kal just fits in wherever he goes. Always thinking about Hannah and her son Oliver but also anyone else in circle. Hannah struggles with trusting him and letting him help her. This comes from her ex-husband who was immature and untrustworthy. After while this got tiring and overdone. Overall I enjoyed the book about three quarters of the way through Hannah's mistrust just got to be to much. Kal did nothing to warrant it. Still wouldn't mind reading the first two books in this series.

find out more about Jaci Burton and this series here  www.jaciburton.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

eARC Book review: Rocky Mountain Forever (Six Pack Ranch #12) by Vivian Arend

 


Available Feb 16th 2021

eARC Provided by author


It’s never too late for love.

Years ago, Mark Coleman made the only possible choice and left Rocky Mountain House before he tore his family apart. When he hears the four clans—Six Pack, Whiskey Creek, Moonshine and Angel—are working together to create a memory book, Mark also discovers the one detail that finally triggers his return.

Because he’s not just coming back to the family. Now that Dana is free and ready to move on, Mark plans to give the only woman he’s ever loved all the devotion and happiness she deserves, no matter how much sweet-talking, or dirty talk, it takes.

Meanwhile, when a shocking truth is shared with the oldest of the Six Pack sons, Blake Coleman begins a journey of assessment. Can he really fill his father’s boots and be the leader his generation turns to for guidance?

With lots of visits with all your favourite Colemans, this is a celebration of love and the lessons learned along the way.

Warning: this book is full of happily-ever-afters. Lots of I love yous, lots of babies, lots of laughter and happy tears. Pretty much, readers familiar with the series have a ton of feel-good hours of reading ahead. If you want angst—this isn’t it.
 


Mark Coleman is the brother who left home and no one really knew why. Now he feels it's finally time to return home and see if he can make things work with the one women he wanted and couldn't have. This book is about Mark but also has the Coleman family as a whole has decide to start a memory book. While Mark is on his journey to a future the rest of the family is reminiscing about the past. Alot of the family is in this story. You can read this alone but I don't think you would get as much enjoyment out of it without reading the other books first. Overall if you have read this series this book is a treat!


Find out more about Vivian Arend and this series here www.vivianarend.com

Monday, February 15, 2021

eARC Book review: Deathmarch (Broslin Creek #7) by Dana Marton

 








Available now.

eARC Provided by author 

Welcome back to Broslin Creek! Can't wait to catch up with you. How about a cup of coffee at Finnegan's? You won't believe what's happening. Allie Bianchi, the town bum's daughter, just blew back into town. UP. TO. NO. GOOD. No doubt. Well, Harper Finnegan is a police detective now. She's not going to get her hooks into him so easily this time. Not when there's murder afoot! You just watch and see.

On the verge of losing her business, Allie Bianchi, a historical reenactor, must return to her hometown that never accepted her family. The sooner she leaves again, the better. But when the town recluse is murdered on the night of her arrival, his prepper hoard stolen, she becomes Detective Harper Finnegan's number one suspect. In what universe is her town black sheep ex-boyfriend now a cop, arresting her for murder?

I have not read a book in this series in a while. Allie left town years ago thinking Harper Finnegan didn't love her. Misunderstandings and assumptions messed everything up. Allie is back in town for a job when disaster strikes. A snow storm puts her car in the ditch and walking in blowing snow to town when she's picked up by none other than Harper.  Then she gets arrested for murder. What else could go wrong. This is a fast paced story with multiple things going on. It's the kind of book that draws you in and makes you want to read just one more chapter even though you have to get up early and go to work in the morning. 

Find out more about this series and Dana Marton here www.danamarton.com


eARC Book review: The Hitwoman Owes a Favor by JB Lynn

 


Available Feb 26th 2021

eARC Provided by author 


Maggie Lee may be an inept hitwoman, but she pays her debts.

When Maggie told her friend Mia that she’d help her out of any mess she found herself in, she meant it. Of course they’d both been fifteen at the time.

Maggie hasn’t seen Mia in forever, until she suddenly shows up, intent on holding Maggie to her promise. Mia’s husband has disappeared, taking their money with him and she desperately needs it. 

While Maggie has other things to worry about, namely protecting her father from whoever is trying to kill him, Mia makes it impossible for her to not reciprocate the favor. 

Bound by a pinky swear, Maggie tracks down Mia’s soon-to-be-ex but doing so puts her at odds with the guys who have her back: Patrick, Zeke and Gino.

If Maggie’s not careful, her long-ago promise could have deadly consequences…especially since her psychic friend has predicted she’s going to die.

This long standing series is back with another look into Maggie Lee's life. Never a dull moment for Maggie. When a old friend shows up out of the blue asking for help and holding a secret over her heard Maggie has no choice to help. Patrick and Gino still messing with her heart. Which one will she choose, if at all? I know who I am rooting for. Then there's her father and the rest of her family. Someone always wants her time and attention. I really enjoyed this book. Action packed from start to finish. Starting to get very fond of Gino. Can't wait to see what's next for Maggie.

Find out more about this series and JB Lynn here. www.jblynn.com

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

eARC Book review: No Holding Back (McKenzies of Ridge Trail #1) by Lori Foster

 



Available now

eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley


Introducing The McKenzies of Ridge Trail, an all-new sexy contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.

Not needing him won’t stop her from wanting him…

Trucker Sterling (Star) Parson is no stranger to the challenges a woman faces, both in her industry and in life. But she can take care of herself. She’s never needed—or wanted—a man around...until she meets Cade McKenzie. The take-charge bar owner sets off all kinds of alarm bells for Sterling, but he also sets her heart racing.

Cade’s lived in Ridge Trail long enough to know trouble when he sees it, and the moment Sterling—Star—walks into his bar, he knows trouble’s come to call. Secrets run deep in the small town and Cade can tell Star’s got as many as he does, leaving him itching to uncover every last one. But finding common ground will mean trusting one another, further feeding an intense attraction that’s growing impossible to resist.


Lori Foster gives us something exciting with her new book. Sterling is kind of a small time vigilante helping women in need in the sex trafficking's she encounters as a trucker. She's been hanging out in Cade's bar and Cade's been noticing her and wanting to know more. When Sterling gets into some trouble and Cade comes to the rescue it's his chance to delve deeper and find out what Sterling is all about. This book starts off quick and stays at a quick pace. Cade and his family do the same as Sterling but much more organized and trained and Sterling fits right in. Someone from Sterling's past is after her and Cade and his family will stop at nothing to protect her and others like her. I really enjoyed this book. Lori Foster really hit it out of the ballpark for me and I can't wait for book number two.


Find out more about Lori Foster and this series here www.lorifoster.com

Thursday, January 21, 2021

eARC Book review: The Forever Girl (Wildstone #6) by Jill Shalvis

 



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eARC Provided by the publisher through Netgalley

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis does it once again with a heartfelt story of family, forgiveness, and secrets that have the power to change the course of more than one life.

When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery. 

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.


Maze and the family she has had a falling out. To be honest something happened years before that tore them all apart. Each feels guilty for the tragedy that did it and can't seem to get past it. Three years ago was the last time they were all together as siblings of the heart. Now one of them is getting married. This story takes you on a journey to their pasts and their present and hopefully their future. This is one of the THE best books I have read in a while. I was late getting to read it but when i finally was able to sit down and start If possible I would have stayed up and it to the very end in one sitting. I love books that make you want to do that but hate them because I still have to get up for work and function so I can't. sigh... Two days it is then! Seriously makes you wish there were more pages in the book. The characters drive you nuts one minute and make you want to hug them the next. What more could you ask for?

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this series here www.jillshalvis.com