Monday, December 4, 2017

eARC Book review: Best Man Under the Mistletoe (Texas Cattleman’s Club: Blackmail #12) by Jules Bennett


Available Dec 5th in paperback in ebook Dec 1st
eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley

Christmas wedding bells are ringing!

Everyone in Royal, Texas, now knows former special agent Gabe Walsh’s connection to the blackmailer terrorizing the town. And Gabe’s suddenly guilty by association. Worst thing is, Chelsea Hunt blames him for the compromising photos of her that everyone’s talking about. But since he and Chelsea are planning the Christmas wedding of their best friends, Gabe has many opportunities to show the sexy cowgirl just what a good guy he really is. And apparently he’s pretty convincing, because she soon winds up in his bed! But is this just a holiday fling or the real thing?

Gabe Walsh is fighting for his reputation and that of his security company after his only relative a uncle is found to have been the one terrorizing the town of Royal where he lives. The Uncle's dead now but he's left a mess in his wake that Gabe is trying to clean up. Chelsea Hunt is someone Gabe admires and likes and she was one of the biggest victim of his uncles. Gabe's attracted to her but he doesn't trust in love anymore after the last person he loved turned out to be a spy working against him in his former job with the FBI. Chelsea has her own demons when it comes to love and trust. Her mother walked out on the family and her dad died of a broken heart. When they decide to have a fling for a few weeks while helping to get their friends wedding together what could go wrong? They aren't relationship people right? I liked this story. It's a continuation of a series by other Harlequin desire authors. It's a little hard to get into without reading the other previous books but the basics are covered well enough on history to get the gist. Gabe and Chelsea are perfect for each other. I loved watching them get together and learn to trust again. It's a quick read with a little over 200 pages. Perfect for the hectic holidays when you need to get away from reality a bit and sink into a juicy romance. 

Find out more about Jules Bennett here

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

eARC Book review: Close Contact (Body Armor #3) by Lori Foster


eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley
Available 11/28/2017

There’s no resisting a desire like this…

MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.

Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.

Miles Dartman was a MMA fighter with a chance at a title and then he gave it up to go work at Body Armor with his friends.  He likes his new job and he's good at it. Then he meets Maxi Nevar and she rocks his world three times then disappears until she needs him. Maxi inherited her grandmothers farm and she decided to move it and take care of the place her grandmothers million and one cats.  Weird things keep happening and Maxi questions herself until she wakes up in the backyard a long way from her house in her nightgown and not sure how she got there. She know Miles is the person she needs.  

This was a huge hot for me. Lori Foster starts off the book with a bit of intrigue and suspense. I was hooked by the end of chapter one. I already loved the characters from the previous books and it's always fun to see them again. Miles is a alpha male but Maxi is tough as nails and wants to take care of herself. I really was not sure who the bad guy was until close to the end. The author did a great job of giving us a few suspects to choose from. It's one of those books you enjoy from cover to cover and flows so easily you find yourself at the end before you know it.

Find out more about Lori Foster and this series here

Monday, November 20, 2017

eARC Book review: A Rancher's Heart (Heart Falls #1) by Vivian Arend


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Caleb Stone is wearing too many hats and it’s making him crankier than usual. He’s a cowboy, a father, and the head of his large family—and has been since tragedy claimed his parents over ten years ago. The ranch is struggling, but it's the title of single dad that’s got him tangled up in knots. He needs a full-time, live-in nanny at the Silver Stone homestead in Heart Falls, Alberta, to help with his two little girls, but the woman about to arrive on his doorstep? Tantalizing, tempting, and trouble with capital T’s. 

Tamara Coleman doesn’t regret the choices that led to losing her job, but she definitely needs a fresh start. When a friend recommends her for a nanny position in a new town, she swears this time it’ll be different. No more acting on impulse—except sexy, gruff Caleb is exactly the kind of man who pushes all her buttons. And what’s more, it’s so much fun to push his in return. Sparks fly between Tamara and her gorgeous boss, but she can’t risk her position, and he doesn’t dare risk his heart. 

With two people fighting their true natures, something’s going to give. Luckily, there’s more than one way to capture a rancher’s heart. 

This is the first book in a Spinoff of the Six Pack Ranch series. Vivian Arend introduced us to some of the characters in this book in her last Six Pack book so if you read that series you got a heads up. If you didn't it's fine because you get a introduction to them all again. Caleb Stone is the head of his family. Not by choice. His parents were killed in a car accident years ago so he had to  raise his siblings. They are all grown and he has two little girls of his own now. Their mother and his ex-wife took off and has never looked back. This has left the two girls and Caleb with some pretty significant scars. Tamara Coleman was a nurse but after she was fired from her job for doing the right thing so she needs a new start.  Just so happens Caleb Stone needs a nanny for his two girls and so Tamara's new start begins on the Silver Stone ranch. The first paragraph made me laugh out loud which i thought was a good indicator this would be a good book. There's a lot of characters in this book but it's really not hard to keep track of who is who. Tamara has her hands full getting the girls to trust and believe in her and Caleb has his own set of issues. There are visits from Tamara's two sisters who did not get much book time in the Six Pack series so that was fun. Things don't really heat up til the last quarter of the book but when they do things move quickly. Once Caleb makes up his mind on what he wants he doesn't hesitate. There are some mini stories going on in this book which I hope are going to be full stories in future books. A excellent start to the series. 

Find out more about Vivian Arend here

Sunday, November 19, 2017

eARC Book review: Santa Paws is Coming to Town (A Dogfather Short Tail) (The Dogfather #3.5) by Roxanne St. Claire


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This is a 50 page novella.

What could be more joyous than a Kilcannon Christmas? But for Daniel Kilcannon, the man they call “The Dogfather,” this holiday season is anything but happy. It’s been three years since he’s lost his wife and though his family is growing – thanks to his matchmaking efforts – he still dreads the day his dearly departed wife used to love so much. Determined to make Christmas Eve festive and fun, he puts his sadness aside for the family and pretends everything is normal…until it’s not. 

When a recently rescued puppy goes missing on Waterford Farm, all celebrations come to a halt. The entire family, from Gramma Finnie down to the youngest Kilcannon and their cousins, is enlisted on the search. Before they can continue the old Irish tradition of putting a candle in the window to welcome strangers, they must find little Jack Frost…and nothing short of a Christmas miracle can make that happen. 

The Dogfather Series 
Daniel Kilcannon is known as "The Dogfather" for a reason. It's not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they'll tell you that their father's nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wants is for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie. This old dog has a few new tricks...and he'll use them all to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters! 

If you've been reading the Dogfather series you'll enjoy this short little novella. It's a tiny glimpse at the Kilcannon family at Christmas. It has a little of everything in it. Some family history and visits with the couples already covered in previous books as they search for a new missing rescued puppy. Huge surprise for the family in the end. Great addition to the series and a enjoyable quick read. I enjoyed the follow up with some of the characters and bits of history. 

Find out more about it and Roxanne St Claire here

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

eARC Book review: Want It (Wolfshead Whiskey #2) by Elisabeth Barrett


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Brody Phelan has his hands full keeping the peace between his six brothers and cousins and managing the finances for Wolfshead, his family’s brewery and distillery. He’s gladly sacrificed his own happiness in order to help his family, but from the moment he sees feisty, curvy Juliette Costa he wants to claim her for his own. Too bad their clans are at war and Juliette sees him as the enemy.

Juliette wants one thing–to open up her own wine bar. Problem is she can’t get the project started while she’s constantly helping with her family’s business, dodging her relatives’ misguided efforts to fix her up, and cleaning up her brothers’ messes…which frequently involves some wheeling and dealing with the sexy, bearded CFO next door.

When their tentative alliance morphs into something deeper, things get complicated. Together, Brody and Juliette will have to decide whether they only want a business-with-benefits relationship…or whether they trust each other enough for something more.

Book 2 in the Wolfshead Whiskey series brings us Brody Phelen. The guy who fixes things and keeps the peace. Juliette Costa is the Italian girl who works next door and her family and Brody's are enemies. Problem is Brody is attracted to Juliette and even though she won't really admit it to Brody she is attracted to him too. I loved loved loved Brody! I liked Juliette as well but there was something about Brody. These two were amazing together. Both have some hurts in their hearts but they help each other through it. It's all going well til her family finds out. That's when everything crashes down for Juliette and Brody. Love the Phelan family. So far Brody is my favorite but each other them are so different and interesting. Elisabeth Barrett draws you in with the connections and secrets and loyalty the Phelan's have with each other. I believe you can read this as a stand alone but it if course is much better if you read book one first. Excited to see which one of the Phelan's are next. Don't miss out!

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