Tuesday, June 20, 2017

eARC Book review: The Legend (Sons of Texas #3) by Donna Grant

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Available June 27th 2017
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A LONE STAR LOVER

Callie Reed doesn’t need a man to protect her. An expert sharpshooter and renegade hacker, this Texas-born spitfire’s got the skills and the courage to stand up to any danger―no matter how deadly. But when she becomes the target of a shadowy organization known as the Saints, Callie is forced to team up with the one man she can’t outshoot: the gorgeous, and infuriating, Lone Star legend named Wyatt Loughman…

A Delta Force Colonel with a rock-hard body and stone-cold heart, Wyatt has been teasing and tormenting Callie since they were playmates on his family’s ranch. Of course, he’s wildly attracted to the fiery, strong-willed Callie. But he’s always hidden his feelings behind a wall of Texas tough and military cool, even as he’s burning up with desire. Can Wyatt save Callie’s life―without putting her love in the line of fire?


Wyatt the oldest of the Loughman brothers is teamed up with Callie Reed his old lover. Throughout the series they've been forced to work with each other while denying old feelings. In the beginning of this book they are along together. The longer they are together the harder it is to hold back. When the bad guys come calling though all bets are off. The first half of this book was kind of boring. Hate to say that but i was expecting more interaction between all the carious parties in this series. It seemed the brothers and their ladies never checked in with each other til halfway through the book and it seemed more like a waiting game for the action to start. Once it gets going though the action is fast paced. Wyatt and Callie can't deny their feelings any longer when they realize there might not be a tomorrow. The book wraps up the three book series but i was left wondering if there might be more with some of the secondary characters. Guess i'll have to wait and see. I loved the brothers and their women and some of the secondary characters were interesting and memorable as well. I would love to see more from this series!

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

eARC Book review: Lip Action (Kiss Talent Agency #1) by Virna DePaul

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Marissa

Appearance is everything to my upper-crust mother, but when she insists I take back my pedigreed-but-cheating ex? I’d rather stab myself with a salad fork. So I blurt out I’m dating someone new. Someone like…that smoking-hot, vaguely familiar guy across the restaurant, who could be the next James Bond.

Turns out he’s the star of my favorite, cheesy, sci-fi soap opera. (Don’t judge me.) One minute I’m fantasizing about Borg and his green-hued abs. The next, Simon Dale is making me an offer my sex-starved body can’t refuse.

Simon

I’m up for a breakout movie role that’ll launch me off the B-list, but I don’t need a script to read the scene between Marissa and her mum. Even though I’m a London gutter rat who never rubbed elbows with a Royal, I easily slip into the role of Marissa’s doting boyfriend. Why? I need a favor in return— a steady girlfriend, just long enough to convince the producers I’ve changed my wild ways.

Trouble is, I’m going all Method on this relationship—and close to losing the one thing that could break me. My heart.
 


Marissa is stuck in a bad cycle of her own making with her family. Her overbearing mother is trying to boss her and pressure her into going back to her cheating ex-boyfriend. Simon is a B list actor who needs some help of his own to get a part in a big movie so he can make it big. When he makes the offer to help her by being her fake boyfriend and she be his fake girlfriend things get exciting. She's rich and wonderfully sweet and he had a horrible childhood and sees himself as not good enough for her. Simon may be mixed up about his self worth but he is a perfect gentleman to Marissa. He sees her as she is and she's sees herself as flawed and not good enough for him. He's the strong one for a good portion of the book  until everything falls apart but by then Marissa finally realizes she's strong too. She's worthy of love. It takes losing Marissa for Simon to let go of his past. Some parts felt a but cheesy but over all i loved both Simon and Marissa. They were stronger together even though in a lot of ways they were so different.

 Find out more about this brand new series and Virna DePaul here www.virnadepaul.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

eARC Book review: Claimed by the Rancher: A Scandalous Story of Passion and Romance by Jules Bennett

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Just how far is this wealthy rancher willing to go for his pregnant lover? 

Their years apart haven't diminished Nolan Elliott's desire for Pepper Manning. Even knowing she's pregnant with another man's baby, the rancher can't stay away. He didn't claim her when she needed him so long ago and the sting of losing her, and their child, still resonates.

With custody of her unborn baby now in jeopardy, Nolan vows to use his wealth and power to give Pepper everything she wants. That means proposing a marriage...in name only. But is that a vow the rancher stands any chance of keeping?

Claimed by the Rancher is part of The Rancher's Heirs series.


I always enjoy second chance romances. Nolan and Pepper used to be a close couple. Young and in love when Pepper gets pregnant and lost the baby, Nolan pulled away and let Pepper go. He hardened his heart against love and has been living his life with no serious entanglements. Now Pepper has come back to town after drifting around for years trying to find where she belongs. Opening a arts and floral store one of her first customers turns out to be Nolan. Pepper pregnant with another man's baby she runs into some problems with her store and her baby's family and Nolan is there to help.  Oh Nolan! He's such a wonderful guy yet can't see what he has right in front of his face. Taking care of a pregnant Pepper and all that entails messes with that stone cold heart. The one that's been closed for business for years. Pepper still loves Nolan but can't open herself up to the possibility of have her heart broke again. I felt for both Nolan and Pepper even when several times i wanted to kick Nolan and tell him to get a clue. Thank goodness for brothers. Nolan's brother tries to get him to see that what he needs is right there for the taking. Loving these Elliot brother's and their big hearts. 

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

eARC Book review: Middleman by Jayne Rylon

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I don’t kneel for any man. Not anymore. 
I had the perfect dominant boyfriend. Then Cortez left me to save the world. 
After two and a half years lost drowning my misery in bad decisions, one man changed everything. 
Rogan is the perfect submissive, who puts me back in control of both him and my life. 
Until Cortez comes home. 
Who am I? Cortez’s bottom or Rogan’s top? 
Maybe I’m both. 
Maybe I was made to be their middleman. 


This book is new territory for me. I have never read a M/M/M before. I wasn't sure if it was for me but i went in with a open mind and plenty of curiosity. Cortez dominates Kaden and then destroys him when he leaves. He's got a good reason and has no choice. The way he cuts off Kaden though leaves them both reeling. Then Rogan walks into Kaden's life and after years of destruction new light starts to bring Kaden back. Now what if Cortez comes back? Oh he definitely does. There's some deep dark feelings for these men in this book. It's interesting to see how the author handles these three powerful men. The story is told from all three men's point of view. It's intense but there are some fun tender moments as well. The sex scenes are scorching hot and at times tender and intense. A few places felt a little cheesy to me but over all the story telling put me right there and wishing i could know these three guys. Each one incredibly strong and stand up guys who would be amazing  to know if they were real. If you're a reader wavering on trying a menage book with three guys this one would be a good place to start.

Find out more about this book and author Jayne Rylon here www.jaynerylon.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

eARC Book review: Toughest Cowboy in Texas (Happy, Texas #1) by Carolyn Brown

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The Spark of an Old Flame

Last time Lila Harris was in Happy, Texas, she was actively earning her reputation as the resident wild child. Now, a little older and wiser, she's back to run her mother's café for the summer. Except something about this town has her itching to get a little reckless and rowdy, especially when she sees her old partner-in-crime, Brody Dawson. Their chemistry is just as hot as ever. But he's still the town's golden boy-and she's still the wrong kind of girl.

Brody hasn't had much time lately for anything other than ranching. Running the biggest spread in the county and taking care of his family more than keeps him busy. All that responsibility has him longing for the carefree days of high school-and Lila. She may have grown up, but he still sees that spark of mischief in her eyes. Now he's dreaming about late-night skinny dipping and wondering how he can possibly resist the one woman he can never forget...


Brody and Lila get a second chance at love. Brody a chance to finally get it right after the way he blew Lila off all those years ago right before she left town with her mom. Now Lila is back to help run her mom's diner while it's being sold. Brody looks at it as his chance to make up for the way he acted years ago when he blew off a date with Lila right before she left. Before then they saw each other in secret because their mother's didn't approve. I loved the idea of this story. Then i started reading. Loved it at first until the moms came into play. The hate from the mothers drove me nuts. To much to over the top.  I could understand if they were teenagers still but they are 30 years old. Lila was all over the place sometimes which was bothersome as well. Why didn't they just talk to each other? Brody seemed to try but it felt like they talked about everything except what they wanted. When the mothers finally decided to let them be adults and be supportive it was almost to late. For me it was to late. It took me a while to read this book. Longer than it should have. I thought about quitting but i needed to know how it resolved so i pushed through. The ending was kind of a let down for me. Lots of potential that fell flat unfortunately.

Find out more about this series and Carolyn Brown here www.carolynbrownbooks.com


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

eARC Book review: New Leash on Life (The Dogfather #2) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Former attorney and current dog whisperer Shane Kilcannon doesn’t like to lose. At anything. So when he messes up his chance with a beautiful stranger whose confident smile and haunted eyes intrigue him more than any woman he’s ever met, he’s ready to snarl like one of his beloved pit bulls. But Shane’s work with the wildest and wariest of his family’s rescue dogs has taught him patience…and persistence. When his father asks him to work alongside Chloe, helping to convince the locals to support her groundbreaking tourism plans, he agrees…as long as she is willing to help him by giving a temporary home to one misunderstood dog.

Chloe Somerset has built a reputation in the tourism industry as someone with big ideas that put little places on the map, and she’s confident she can do the same for Bitter Bark, North Carolina. All she has to do is convince one small town to change its name, open her germophobic heart to a dog with a penchant for face-licking, and avoid the landmines of local politics when her plans divide the townspeople. But none of that is as scary as the feeling of falling hard for a handsome charmer who whispers all the right things and tempts Chloe to forget a lifetime of hard lessons. Shane might be the best trainer in the family, with an instinct for how to get through to the creatures who need care the most, but he’s met his match with Chloe and it’ll take every trick he knows to teach her to fall in love.



Book 2 in the Dogfather series starts out with Chloe Somerset coming to town to help out her Aunt Blanche who is the Mayor. The town needs a makeover to bring in the tourists.  Her name change idea is brilliant for some people. Others not so much. Shane Kilcannon is a lawyer and one of the family dog whisperers. He's attracted to Chloe from the first time he meets her but he's not a love em and keep em type of guy. Doesn't meet he doesn't want to be a love em for right now type of guy. He's got a couple of hang ups from his mother passing away.  Chloe on the other hand has some hang ups of her own from growing up with a mother who was a hoarder.  After Shane give Chloe a dog to take care of they decide to join forces and show the town that a name change to Better bark is a good idea and the town can be pet friendly for tourists. While some things they do go really well someone is not on their side and sets out to sabotage the whole thing. Love watching Chloe and Shane help each other. They don't even realize it most of the time that they are healing each other. I just LOVE the Kilcannon family. Only on book two of this series so far and i want to read whatever comes next and i want to read it now. I hope the series can live up to these first two books because i am hooked!

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



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

eARC Book review: The Hitwoman Takes a Road Trip (Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman #17) by J.B. Lynn

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Some people just can’t outrun trouble.

Overwhelmed hitwoman Maggie Lee thinks she’s leaving her family worries behind when she’s convinced to take a road trip with her buddy, Armani.

But pretty soon an old friend, a pesky relative, and even her pet, are asking for her help.

Loyal to a fault, Maggie soon finds herself tangled in a dangerous theft involving a crime family; confronting the abusive previous owner of her cat, Piss; and dealing with family revelations that rock her world.

With the assistance of psychic predictions, talking animals and unexpected allies, Maggie takes on her troubles head-on.

But if she’s not careful, this “vacation” could literally be the death of her.



Maggie is still spinning in her little world trying to find the right path for herself. Nothing is ever easy with a heart as big as hers. Always wanting to help her friends she agree to chauffeur Armani around in her new RV. Convinced by her psychic friend a road trip is just what she needs. There's no such thing as vacation for Maggie Lee though. She can't go anywhere without trouble finding her. These books aren't exceptionally long but they are still packed full. So much happens to Maggie in every story and this one is no exception. She finally meets someone she's been trying to find for a while. You think she's going to be put off again and then suddenly there he is. She gets a quick visit from a old favorite character of the series as well. Another character tries to go straight after a life of crime and we don't get any sightings of Angel. That might have been the bummer of this book for me.  I'm dying to see where things go with Angel. The writing in these books is so refreshing and the author somehow keeps the exciting factor going even after 17 books. It's almost impossible to guess where she is going at any time so there is always a few surprises along the way. Somehow I am always left with a smile on my face and anticipation for what might be happening in the next book! 

Find out more about author JB Lynn and this series here http://www.jblynn.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

eARC Book review: The Dangerous Billionaire (Tate Brothers #1) by Jackie Ashenden

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Nothing about Sullivan "Van" Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him...and the object of Van's most dangerous desires.

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father's ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can't deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father's company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he's the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he'll do anything to protect her?


This is the first in a brand new series by Jackie Ashenden. Three foster brothers, all Navy seals, and a their sister are thrown for a loop when their dad dies unexpectantly and they are thrust into a situation with his company and his enemy. Van is the oldest and the heir to the company and is expected to take charge of it and his baby sister. Their attraction for each other confuses things and they fight the attraction for a variety of reasons. Chloe has no idea she is the not the biological daughter of her who she thought was her dad. He leaves her nothing in his will either. Knocked down by these revelations she's even more upset than she was by the way she was treated by him before his death. Now she and Van are facing a threat from her real father. I don't know. I wanted to like this book. I liked the idea. The three brothers are Navy Seals. They are all different and intriguing but you don't see enough of them in this book. Lucas comes back a few times even though he keeps saying he can't and he's in the middle of something life or death. Wolfe you never hear from him again once he leaves at the beginning. I wanted to see them work together more but Van and Chloe don't even tell them they are together. Van and Chloe were interesting at times and other times whiny and not being very smart. I felt all over the place on how this book worked for me. Parts of the dialogue was great. Other times i just wanted to put it down and walk away. Not sure I'm going to stick with this series unfortunately. Going to have to see the blurb and maybe a excerpt for the next book to decide.

Find out more about this series and Jack Ashenden here www.jackieashenden.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

eARC Book review: The Last Good Cowboy (Morgan Ranch #3) by Kate Pearce

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The Morgan ranch has seen its share of bad times. But as the four Morgan brothers are drawn back to their childhood home, the nightmares of their past give way to the promise of a new beginning…
Ry Morgan has always had a thing for Avery Hayes—one more hope his twin wrecked for him, pretending to be Ry to kiss her at the high school prom. Eight years later, Ry has had enough: he’s quitting the pro rodeo circuit, moving home to California to mend fences, and letting his brother clean up his own messes for a change. Reclaiming Avery’s stolen kiss is at the top of his agenda…

But Avery has changed. Her rodeo career ended with a fall that left her lucky to be alive, let alone walking. She hasn’t been on a horse since, and between surgeries and fighting off everybody’s pity she hasn’t done much else either. Ry is strong, confident, and sexy as hell—exactly what she thought she wanted at seventeen. Now, she’ll have to protect the safe space she’s made for herself—or risk it all for a dream she thought would never come again…


Ry Morgan is done with the rodeo and done with his twin brothers attitude. He heads back home to the family ranch where he runs into Avery Hayes. He had a thing for her as a teenager and left at 18 never looking back. Now she's older and he still feels that pull from her. They both have some serious things from their pasts to get through. Ry has some family issues with his missing mother and baby sister not to mention conflict with his twin brother. His brothers are trying to find out what happened to their mom and sister but Ry has mixed feelings about it. Avery was in a terrible accident with her riding horse several years ago and is still dealing the physical and emotional damage. Ry reaches out to Avery to help her and she returns the favor. This is one of those books that's a dream to read. I read through it really quick. Enjoyed the characters and the plot. One mystery is finally solved by the end of this book but some interesting stuff happens to really  make you want to read the next book. All kind of emotional and serious stuff which the author handles perfectly. It was great to see a grown man get emotional and take comfort in his significant other. A great read and I am excited to see where this series goes next!

Find out more about Kate Pearce and this series here www.katepearce.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

eARC Book review: Reed (Malloys of Montana #3) by R.C. Ryan

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A new beginning...

A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring.

Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest... until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe... and make her his. 


Ally Shaw is trying to start a new life in Montana. She's got a plan but her plan doesn't seem to be going the way she intended. Then she runs into Reed Malloy. Reed falls in loves with Ally's little boy first and pretty quickly Ally. Reed is the Malloy that loved the land the most. Raising organic beef cattle was his dream and he's about to finally achieve his goal. He's never had his head turned by a women before. Until he meets Ally. It was fun to watch Ally and Reed fall in love. Ally had a rough life and this is her chance to make it better for herself and her son. She's stubborn and tough which are great traits and letting Reed in isn't easy. Trying to reconnect with her uncle doesn't go so well and then she finds herself the victim of a stalker from the life she just left behind. There's just enough suspense in this story to keep in interesting without taking over. During this three book series there was a common thread into the mystery of what happened to the Malloy boys parents all those years ago. That gets wrapped up as well but it's not that big of a surprise on who it is but the wrap up is pretty exciting. Another great story from R.C. Ryan! 

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


Monday, May 1, 2017

eARC Book review: Forever a Hero (The Carsons of Mustang Creek #3) by Linda Lael Miller

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For the youngest Carson brother, finding—and fixing—trouble seems to be all in a day's work 
Mace Carson is no hero. Back in college, he came upon a woman in trouble and intervened—but he was just one irate Wyoming cowboy with his boots planted firmly on the side of right. Now a successful vintner, Mace is shocked to be reunited with the woman he saved. But it turns out she's in Wyoming on business…a corporate executive representing the company that wants to buy his winery. Only, he's not selling. 
Kelly Wright has never forgotten that horrible night ten years ago when Mace came to her rescue, has never forgotten him. The surprising success of a winery in the middle of ranch country has brought her to Mustang Creek, and she's secretly thrilled to discover Mace at the helm. Reluctant to mix business with pleasure, Kelly vows to keep things professional, until her attacker is released from prison and comes for vengeance…against both of them.

Mace  Carson is surprised when he witnesses a car accident and the lady in the car is the same one he saved from a rapist in college ten years ago. Kelly Wright is the lady he saved all those years ago but she was actually on her way to his ranch and winery to see him when she slides off the road is a rainstorm. Sparks fly between them immediately. As soon as Mace sees her he's drawn to Kelly. I enjoyed parts of this books and parts were just ho hum for me. I loved the Carson family. Mace and Kelly were great. The personal stuff between then them was good and engaging but the business stuff with the winery kind of fell flat for me. I just didn't like that conflict between them. Once they figured that all out though it was much more enjoyable.I loved how they acted as a team on things and Kelly was good for trying new things.There is some conflict from her past that is kind of a side note but enough to make it work. This was not one of my favorite Linda Lael Miller books but it was a good one still. 

Find out more about Linda Lael Miller and this series here www.lindalaelmiller.com

Thursday, April 27, 2017

eARC Book review: Sit...Stay...Beg (The Dogfather #1) by Roxanne St. Claire

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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…one by one.

Garrett Kilcannon, a former dot com super-success who now devotes his life to rescuing dogs and finding them homes, prefers to keep his secrets buried as deep as a dog hides his bone. So when he learns his father has invited a journalist to Waterford Farm to write and produce an in-depth profile on him, he doesn’t care that she’s a childhood friend or drop dead gorgeous. He has zero tolerance for the media…until he sees a different side when she gets through the walls of a rescue dog who’s refused to eat during her short stay at Waterford. Unwillingly charmed and undeniably attracted, Garrett agrees to the interview that could break down a few of his emotional walls, too.

Garrett might not want to share the story of his colorful former life, but Jessie Curtis has the skills to peel back the layers of this sexy, complicated, caring man. In the process, she not only discovers his secrets, she finds herself falling for a man who touches her heart in a way she never thought possible. Her entire career is riding on this one explosive interview, but can she bear to repay Garrett’s trust by selling his secrets? Or can a woman who gave up on happiness a long time ago learn to believe that all it takes to rescue a lost heart is the love of a good man?
 


First is a brand new series by Roxanne St Claire. Sit...Stay...Beg is about a family healing in one way or another. The Kilcannon kids, that were all spread out are brought back together after the death of their mother and their dads brilliant idea to open a dog training and rescue facility. Now Daniel the family patriarch has to help his kids find happiness too.  Garrett made some serious money with a dot com company he sold for millions. Now he's back home running the family business with his family and hiding out. When Jessie Curtis, a old family friend shows up he's happy to see her at first. Then he finds out she's not there just to reminisce but to try and interview him, he's done. Jessie grew up spending alot of time at the Kilcannon house. They made her feel included and loved. Something she never got from her mother and sister and then at the age of 16 she was shipped off to live with a aunt. Now grown she's needs this interview with Garrett to make her career. A rescue dog named Lola brings them together when Lola will only respond to Jessie.  Garrett is stuck with Jessie if he wants to save the dog.This is such a sweet story. Jessie is kind of a lost soul and she connects with Lola as the dog seems lost as well. Garrett sees the vulnerability in Jessie with Lola and slowly he gets to know her again. Finally Garrett lets Jessie in and tells her his secrets to have it all blow up in his face. Or does it? Garrett might have to experience some regret to realize how much he blew it. Love this family so far. We get to know to know some better than others with promises of learning more in future books. An amazing start to a new series. I'm definitely interested in reading more about this family.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

eARC Book review: Wind River Cowboy (Wind River Valley #3) by Lindsay McKenna

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An unexpected reunion . . .
Kira Duval was part of a Special Forces team that got caught in an ambush--leaving only two wounded survivors: herself and Weapons Sergeant Garret Fleming. Losing her team was traumatic, and in the chaotic aftermath, as the Army moved them from hospital to hospital, she lost Garret too. But she never lost her secret yearning for him.
Finally, she gave up trying to track him down back in the States. But as she settles in at the Bar C cattle ranch in Wyoming, a place where veterans can find a home and a place to heal, she's introduced to her sandy-haired, hazel-eyed housemate: none other than Garret Fleming.
They're a long way from Afghanistan--and a long way from the people they used to be before tragedy changed their lives. But as Kira earns her keep by caregiving for the ranch owner's bedridden, alcoholic father--a task that sometimes feels more challenging than any black ops mission--she finds that even in peacetime Garret still has her back, and that in this warm, welcoming place, the passion she resisted in the heat of battle may finally have a chance to flouish . . .
 


Kira and Garrett were in the same Special Forces team until ambush kills everyone but them. They get separated between the hospitals and lose touch. Now Kira finally lands at the Bar C ranch which was started by another veteran.  Barely arriving she sees Garrett again when she's assigned to stay with him in his cabin. They were secretly in love with each other before but it was inappropriate to act on it so they both ignored and hid it. Now though they are free but also dealing with PTSD and trying to find their way in a different kind of life. Loved the idea for this story but i felt all over the place reading it. To much angst and not enough good moments. The love story part took forever to develop and while i realize they were dealing with PTSD there was no communication really. There was some stuff with the father of the lady who owned the ranch and expected more from that. It fell kind of flat for me.  Something overall just did not click for me. I have not read the other books in this series but I don't feel like reading them first would have helped. Not sure if i will read the next book in the series. 

Find out more about Lindsay McKenna and this series here www.lindsaymckenna.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017

eARC Book review: Hard Justice (Body Armor #2) by Lori Foster

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Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous… 
Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she's sweet and intriguingly innocent. It's a risk-free assignment, until he's required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in. 
Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it's not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that's real, raw and absolutely against the rules…
Ah Justice. He's been around in several of Lori Foster's previous books. Always in the background. Book one in this series he stepped up a bit and now in this book he gets his chance to shine. He comes across as a bit of a doofus in previous books but now we get to find out who Justice really is.  Finally getting to handle clients on his own Justice gets assigned Fallon Wade. Beautiful but innocent and with secrets. Job seems pretty easy until weird things start happening. Your left wondering if someone is messing with Fallon or are they messing with Justice. Just when i thought i knew what was happening something happened to make me doubt what i knew. I loved justice and Fallon together and seeing all the MMA guys from Justice's time as a fighter. Fallon's mother steals some good scenes and made me laugh a time or two. I liked book one but book 2 for me is much better.  The series is really shaping up. I can't wait to see who is up next in this series.
Find out more about this series and Lori Foster. www.lorifoster.com

Monday, April 3, 2017

ARC Book review: Wild Ride (Black Knights Inc. #9) by Julie Ann Walker

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Available April 4th 2017
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The hero we've all been waiting for...

Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he's stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he's tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who's been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha's beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie's losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie's tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with...


Readers of this series have been waiting for this book for a while. Julie Ann Walker has kept us guessing about who Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes really is.  Turns out there is much i didn't know about Ozzie. To start with how he got the knickname "Ozzie".   He's always been just Ozzie. Didn't think about how he got to be Ozzie. He seems like such  a easy going  fun loving guy. Since his leg was seriously injured in a previous mission he's not sure if he can do the job he's always done for the BKI team anymore. Questioning his worth it's hard to keep up that fun loving front. Samantha Tate is the feisty and curious reporter for the Chicago Tribune that has appeared in previous books. Ozzie has always been tasked with distracting her when needed from what the real mission of the BKI team does. There is a lot going on in this story. Samantha has badies gunning for her and this kicks  Ozzie into gear. Ozzie and Samantha sizzle together but there are so many conflicts for poor Ozzie. Doubts and misunderstandings between the two don't help. They trust each other with everything but their hearts. It was awesome to learn how badass Ozzie is. How serious he can be when his heart is involved and how vulnerable he is after everything he's been through. Both Ozzie and Samantha do whatever is needed for each other and still can't see that they love each other. Beautiful, exciting and heartbreaking at times Julie Ann Walker makes Ozzie live up to the hype. The only thing i was hoping to see and didn't was the other BKI guys. I had hoped some would show up in the end. It was great seeing some of the BKI ladies and of course Christian and the chemistry between him and Emily was fun. I think a little of my heart belongs to Ozzie. Hope Samantha will share.

Find out more about this series and Julie Ann Walker here www.julieannwalker.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

eARC Book review: Meant to Be (Whisper Creek #5) by Maggie McGinnis

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At twenty-eight, Shelby Quinn’s already a has-been. Scooped off a country stage at sixteen and remolded into glittery pop princess Tara Gibson, she toured the country for a decade, playing to sold-out stadiums while slowly losing her soul. Now her sales are waning, and when her beloved father dies in a fiery plane crash, she finally comes apart at the seams. Alone and brokenhearted, she hides away at Whisper Creek Ranch, never expecting to meet a man who understands her in a way no one else ever has.

Cooper Davis was one of Boston’s top detectives—until a bogus investigation cost him his badge, his family, and almost his life. Now he’s wrangling horses and guests at Whisper Creek Ranch, while keeping one eye firmly on a super-secret VIP holed up in a private cabin—a beautiful, soulful singer who knows what it’s like to lose everything. Cooper and Shelby both have ample reason to guard their hearts. But if they can learn to trust each other, something magical awaits them under the big skies and bright stars.

Shelby Quinn is lost. Her life has been crumbling for years. She doesn't know who she is anymore. All this then her dad is killed in a airplane crash on his way to come and help her. She's hit the bottom. For years other people have been telling her what to do and how to act. She's been a music business puppet for her record label. They tuck her into Whisper Creek Ranch which for her is the middle of nowhere. She's supposed to hide and collect herself before hitting what is to be the last leg of her final tour. Cooper Davis is doing his own hiding out at Whisper Creek. Things went to hell in a hand basket in his hometown of Boston where he was a cop. He uncovered some bad things and somehow he's been turned into the bad guy. His life and career are ruined and his dad has basically disowned him. All he's got is his Whisper Creek family and his 14 year old sister and maybe he's got Shelby too. These two character's couldn't be father apart in their public lives but in their private lives they match each other perfectly. Cooper is there to protect Shelby but she wants to return the favor when he's called back to Boston. An interesting book with awesome characters. It was fun to watch Cooper win over Shelby. Gaining her trust isn't easy but once he does her loyalty to him is endless. Great read!


Find out more about Maggie McGinnis and this series here www.maggiemcginnis.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ARC Book review: Lost in You (The Monroes #3) by Jules Bennett

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The only thing that could bring Liam Monroe back to Haven, Georgia, is his loyalty to his late sister--so he s agreed to serve as a chef at the resort his brothers have built in her honor. But he s not staying. At least that s the plan " 
Macy Hayward always admired the Monroes. Adopting four kids including the brooding, mysterious Liam they were an example of the loving family she wanted for herself someday. Now, ironically, Macy s got an unexpected new tenant in the apartment above her hardware store: none other than Liam. 
Most of Liam s furniture consists of weightlifting equipment, since he has no intention of settling in. He can t wait to run away again, from his brothers and his bitter memories and from Macy, with her relentlessly seductive curves. Still, while he s around, he should do the poor woman a favor and teach her to cook, before she poisons someone 
Soon, their sessions in the kitchen are getting spicy. But Macy has roots in Haven, and she wants to plant more, including taking in a little girl who needs a home. Meanwhile, Liam has an opportunity for his own restaurant in Atlanta. Will choosing love mean giving up their separate dreams? Or will the heart find a way?... 


The last book in The Monroe series features Liam Monroe. Liam had a good life until his mom passed away and he went into Foster Care. Eventually he found the Monroe's and was adopted and gained three more adopted siblings. After a terrible car accident scars him and puts the final nail in his relationship with his brother Zach who was driving he leaves town. Years later he's back in town to help out with the spa he and his brothers opened to honor their sister who passed away. Staying in the apartment over Macy Hayward hardware store he's having a hard time keeping his hands of Macy. Macy has had a thing for Liam for a long time.  He's got some hangs up that are keeping them apart and she wants to break those down but he isn't making it easy. Thing is she got some hang ups of her own and Liam is the type of guy who might be a little rough and brooding on the outside but on the inside he's a guy who cares. There are several things working against these two. Will it work out or won't it? The Monroe brothers may have had some rough starts and stops over the course of their lives but it's all finally coming together. Liam's got his chance now and you have to hang on to the very end to see if he finds his way. I liked all the characters in this series. There just something about each one that will endure them to you. Overall just a great series. Be sure to start with book one!

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

eARC book review: Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox

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Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.

Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?


A continuation of the New York series. Madly takes place after Truly which was published in 2013. I went back and refreshed my mind on book one which i read when it came out. Madly is about May's sister ( from book 1) Allie. She was kind of a mess in book one and in this book she still kind of is in some ways. Her mother takes off for New York on the eve of her parents 30th wedding anniversary. She's done this off and on over the years but this time is the last time for Allie. They always just pretended she didn't disappear but Allie decides she's going to confront her mom. She heads to New York and while surveilling her mother she meets Winston. Winston and his daughter moved to New York from London, England. His daughter Bea to go to college and Winston to keep a eye on Bea. Winston and Allie form a bond. They help each other deal with what's going on in their lives.  This is a complicated story in some ways.  The book flowed nicely and quickly in some places and in some it kind of dragged and i was bored and sometimes confused. There characters are not simple. The are more than a little complicated to me. Allie is the this smart successful business women but her family doesn't seem to realize it. At the age of 26 she's got more money than anyone in the family and owns several properties and investments yet her family doesn't realize she's successful. Winston is 39, divorced with a 18 year old daughter. There's a age gap in there between Allie and Winston but they seem to mesh well for being opposites. Allie is more of free spirit to Winston being a bit of stick in the mud. There are several secondary characters from previous books that make reappearances in this book. I liked all the characters even the slightly annoying ones. I can't say that i would re-read this book but i did enjoy the main thread of it. Curious to see who the next book will be about. There's a t least one more coming in June of this year.

Find out more about Ruthie Knox and this series here www.ruthieknox.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book release!! Finding Leigh: Dark Horse Inc. Book 3 by Amy J. Hawthorn



Available March 14th 2017


Blurb~~
A ghost emerges from Rick’s past, kidnapping the woman he loves and the leader of Dark Horse Inc. will stop at nothing to get her back.
Leigh Ann MacDonald values love and loyalty above all else. When Rick denies their attraction, he deals a callous blow to her tender heart, but their search for the little girl with no home brings them back together. Their passion grows, but when frustration mounts, can their love survive a race against time? Terror, multiplying obstacles, and a search for a missing girl—it’s time to call in Dark Horse Inc.


~~Excerpt~~
When gunshots barked right outside the door, she dropped like a stone to the ground. She had no idea what caused the commotion, but she wanted nothing to do with it or any stray bullets. When the door opened and closed just a moment later, she held her breath. Fear sent her heart racing, fighting to get out of her chest.
Then she heard two magical words.
“Fuck. Me.”
It wasn’t the words so much as the weak, rasping voice that she recognized. Before her brain could tell her mouth to stop and be cautious, quiet, the stupid orifice opened.
“Rick?” For all she knew, she might be imagining things. She struggled to move, but in her haste, she fell.
Footsteps rushed over and then big hands were on her, turning her until she sat on her backside. Then in the murky darkness, she heard the voice that she’d worried might be gone forever. Rick’s. “Thank Christ. Are you okay?” She wanted to sob with relief, wanted desperately to wrap her arms around him and crush him to her.
Yet, she couldn’t. She was as helpless as a turtle on its back.
“I’m fine. Please tell me you have a knife?” Her head buzzed with a hundred questions, but their situation went above and beyond dire.
Low, a little bit gravely and a lot tired, he spoke into her ear. “Yeah. I do. Don’t move.” She ached to lean closer and absorb his presence, his everything. He cupped her ankles and examined the ties around her ankles.
His hands shook as he pulled out his knife.
“Rick. I—I’m so sorry. This is all my fault. Your leg? I—”
“Not now. And it’s not your fault. Never. Let’s concentrate on getting out of here alive. Okay?” He sounded so tired, utterly drained of his usual strength. He should be in a hospital bed, not running a Dark Horse rescue operation.
Speaking of which… Something didn’t add up.
“Rick. Where are the rest of the crew?” It might be Rick’s newly formed team, but considering the shape he was in, she didn’t think Trent would let him participate in a rescue mission. She might have only known him for a few months, but she knew enough about Trent Dawson to understand he would lock Rick down if he wasn’t up to a job.
His hands trembled on her legs. Alarmed, she looked at him closer. Was it the yellow tinted light casting the sickly hue to his skin? When sweat beaded on his forehead she feared it wasn’t. His breaths were short and shallow. He didn’t look up to walking out of the room on his own steam.
Not to mention her overprotective brother Joe who, at the minimum, would be right in the thick of things, if not barging in and taking over. Something stank to high heaven.
“Sweetheart, don’t move.” Despite the noticeable tremble in his hands, he positioned the blade with precision beneath the tie.
“Yeah. You already said that. What’s going on?” When he wouldn’t meet her eyes, her stomach sank.
His only response was to cut her bonds loose. A million pins and needles stabbed her legs. An excruciating rush of feeling returned to her lower limbs. It was all she could do not to cry out. The trembling in her muscles made Rick’s hands look like immovable granite. He sat the knife down and, starting at her ankles, tried to massage some feeling back into her legs.
Outside the room, one voice rose above the others. The one who’d taken charge and seemed the most capable had returned. “What the hell is going on here? Give me that fucking gun.”
All the other voices started talking at once, spilling a tangled story.
“Something’s up. The door to the utility room is locked. It was unlocked when I got here. I found the key. Don’t let anyone out, nobody fucking move until I get the lights back on. Not a fucking millimeter.”
“We gotta go, babe. We’re sitting ducks.”
“Okay.” The only thing she knew was that she had to trust Rick’s abilities.
He considered the window then he looked back to her. “It’ll be a tight fit, but I think we can make it.”


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Monday, March 13, 2017

eARC Book review: Kept from You (Tear Asunder #4) by Nashoda Rose

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A first kiss that changed everything.

Killian Kane. 
He was the most feared guy in high-school.
Guarded. Angry. A fighter.
But when I caught him watching me with his captivating green eyes I saw something more. Something protective and kind. 

He warned me to stay away from him. 
I did. 
Until I didn’t and he kissed me. A knee weakening, body tingling kiss that left me breathless. And scared the hell out of me.

And then… 
He warned me never to come near him again or next time he wouldn’t let me go.

That was eleven years ago.
We aren't teenagers anymore. He has probably forgotten me. He’s a famous rock star now. I’m a dance instructor with a broken dream and desperate for a job.
So, when we cross paths again I don't expect him to remember me.
He does.
And his warning eleven years ago? I'm about to find out exactly what that meant.


I have read a couple of the books in this series and hope to catch the ones i missed in audiobook form. I started reading this author last year and liked what i read but it was also pretty intense stuff. I figured this book would be similar to that. Yes there is some violence but it's very minimal in comparison to book one in this series. Killian Kane (Kite)  was a bit scary as a 18 year old but 16 year old Savannah (Savvy) was still drawn to him. Just when she might have a chance to get to know him better what little she had in life crashed in on her. She had to leave and she thought she might never see Killian again. Fast forward 11 years and Killian is the drummer in the well known band Tear Asunder. She hopes to get some help from him when she sneaks in backstage to find him but she gets way more. This book was quick to read. It was exciting and interesting for me. It had a little of everything and the story moved along and a nice even pace. It's just one of those books i connected with by the end of chapter one and when that happens you get excited for the rest of the book. This one definitely delivered on that promise.

Find out more about Nashoda Rose and this series here www.nashodarose.com


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

eARC Book review:Ashwin (Gideon’s Riders #1) by Kit Rocha

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Available March 7, 2017
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The first book in the follow-up to Kit Rocha's bestselling BEYOND series...
Gideon's Riders, Book One

Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra is a Makhai soldier--genetically engineered to be cold, ruthless. Unfeeling. His commanding officers consider him the perfect operative, and they're right. Now, he has a simple mission: to infiltrate Gideon's Riders, the infamous sect of holy warriors that protects the people of Sector One.

He's never failed to execute an objective, but there's one thing he didn't anticipate--running into Dr. Kora Bellamy, the only woman to ever break through his icy exterior.

When Kora fled her life as a military doctor for the Makhai Project, all she wanted was peace--a quiet life where she could heal the sick and injured. The royal Rios family welcomed her like a sister, but she could never forget Ashwin. His sudden reappearance is a second chance--if she can manage to touch his heart.

When the simmering tension between them finally ignites, Kora doesn't realize she's playing with fire. Because she's not just falling in love with a man who may not be able to love her back. Ashwin has too many secrets--and one of them could destroy her.


Book one in a new spin off series by  Kit Rocha and begins with world building Sector one. Even though we did see parts of Sector one in the Beyond Series which featured Sector 4 now we get into more details about the sector and it's people. Ashwin is this super soldier who can do about anything but  experiencing feelings is difficult.  He's not supposed to have any. Except he does have them. They may not be that developed but they are there. Kora is a Doctor and a empath. She can fix almost anything that ails you. Figuring out Ashwin is the one thing that isn't so easy. She can fix all his physical hurts but navigating his emotions is more difficult. Once Ashwin finally sees that he does have feelings beyond his need for Kora a whole new world opens up for him. While this book starts building the picture of Sector one it's also telling the love story of Ashwin and Kora. It's not quite the same for them as it is for others. Both have been genetically enhanced and are indispensable  to Sector one and the Base they both came from. While one would never use them the other one would. I enjoyed this first foray into Sector One there were times i was slightly bored. Some parts were a little to technical in explanations for me. Not often but I realize that this is what sometimes happens when you start a series so we'll see what happens in the next book. The feel of this book is different than the Beyond series so if you read that  series you also have to remember the tone for this series will be different as well. If you have read the Beyond series you might be pleased to know there are some characters from Sector 4 that do pop up this book. Which for me was a nice tie in to bring the two together some. Great kick off to a new beginning of Gideon's Riders. Look forward to seeing where some of the Riders go from here.

Find out more about this series and Kit Rocha here www.kitrocha.com





Monday, March 6, 2017

eARC Book review:Sebastian's Castle by Lisa DeVore

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Available March 8, 2017
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Being married to a cop is hard, being the widow of one is harder. After Brynn Austin’s husband, Nate, was murdered in an undercover operation, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the gang leader who killed him. Brynn refuses to let him kill their dream to renovate an old Connecticut castle. But her plan is hampered by a ghost who’s not ready to give up his home.

Contractor Jaxson Maddox signs on to renovate the old castle that’s sat empty for years. He didn’t believe the rumors about the place being haunted. But that was before he met the resident ghost. What Jax didn’t sign on for was trouble in the form of falling for the beautiful widow, dealing with a pesky ghost, and risking his life when a threat from Brynn’s past surfaces. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means becoming a ghost himself
 


Brynn is moving into what amounts to a castle. It was was a dream of her and her late husband to renovate it and open it up again. Even though her husband died before they could even move in Brynn is going to bring their dream to life. Couple problems. The castle is haunted and the gang leader who killed her husband might be after her for something her husband took from him. Lucky for her the contractor she hired, Jaxson Maddox used to be a cop in the military and he's attracted to her so he wants her safe. There's a interesting mix of things going on in this book. Brynn is working through her grief over her husband's death while also grappling with her attraction for Jaxson. There's a ghost and a bad guy as well. An interesting and different read for me. Loved Jaxson. Definitely a alpha male but a protective one who takes his time with Brynn and gives her space to work through things. Brynn was slightly annoying. Jaxson wanted to her help her but she was a little hot and cold. Thankfully he had plenty of patience. The wrap up of this book is what most people i think would like to see happen but doesn't often happen in books. 

Find out more about Lisa Devore here www.goodreads.comLisa_DeVore