Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review: My Gift is You (Risking It All #3.5) by Rachel Lacey

"I know it's happening fast. Just promise we'll see each other again once we're back home in Haven, that we'll give this thing a chance to see what happens." - Calvin Rocha

My Gift is You
Author: Rachel Lacey
Series: Risking It All #3.5
Publisher: NYLA
Published: November 6, 2018
Source: Author for Review

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SOMETIMES THE BEST GIFTS CAN’T BE WRAPPED

All Mandy Carson wants for Christmas is a distraction…and maybe a date to her friend’s New Year’s Eve wedding. Ghosts from the past always loom larger this time of year, and Mandy’s having a hard time faking her usual fun-loving demeanor. But when her much-needed distraction arrives in the form of the man who rocked her world the long-ago night of their junior prom, she’s forced to confront the painful scars that caused her to bolt back in high school.

Wildlife rescuer Calvin Rocha always regretted letting Mandy slip out of his life, so when fate brings them together on a snowy mountain road with an injured hawk on Christmas Eve, he’s determined to make the most of this second chance. He agrees to be her wedding date, hoping the romantic weekend will bring them back together. And as the clock counts down to midnight, Cal and Mandy might just discover that the best gift they’ll receive this season is each other.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Spotlight: Our Sweet Destiny (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens #2) by Addison Cole

Our Sweet Destiny
Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens #2
Addison Cole
World Literary Press
November 14, 2018

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After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life. 

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head. 

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all. 

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: Chasing Shadows (The First Wives #3) by Catherine Bybee

"Now I'm genuinely fascinated. Who is this beautiful, guarded woman, and what drove her to master a class in kicking someone's butt?" - Liam

Chasing Shadows
Author: Catherine Bybee
Series: The First Wives #3
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Source: Publisher

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Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.

Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.

But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: Honor Among SEALs (Hearts of Valor #2) by Dixie Lee Brown

"Has anyone ever told you how incredibly sexy you are when you go all ninja on someone's ass?" - Matt “MacGyver” Iverson

Honor Among SEALs
Author: Dixie Lee Brown
Series: Hearts of Valor #2
Publisher: Lyrical Liaison
Published: October 9, 2018
Source: Publisher

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Navy SEALS are trained to take on all enemies in extreme situations—but there’s nothing more dangerous than matters of the heart . . .

This is Matt Iverson’s story.

Working for a security company with his brothers-in-arms has given former SEAL Matt “MacGyver” Iverson a reason to get up every morning. But keeping a runaway bride from harm isn’t in his job description . . .

Former Marine Kellie Greyson is in over her head. A cold-hearted ultimatum leaves her no choice but to wed mob boss Tony Palazzi. But when she overhears his deadly plans for her after she says ‘I do,’ Kellie flees his casino, only to wind up in a seedy Vegas bar. The next thing she knows, she’s waking up beside a protective powerhouse of a man . . .

Though Kellie’s body kickstarts his into high gear, MacGyver is all business trying to convince her that they need each other. Both are looking for missing people—and all roads lead to Palazzi. MacGyver will have to lay all his cards on the table to get Kellie to trust him in a game they might not survive . . .

Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: Wicked Whiskey Love (The Whiskey's #4) by Melissa Foster

"Oh, my sweet Sarah. What have you been through that's made you so scared?" - Bones Whiskey

Wicked Whiskey Love
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: The Whiskey's #4
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: November 7, 2018
Source: Publisher

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After escaping abusive parents and, later, an abusive relationship, Sarah Beckley has spent a lifetime watching snakes shed their skin. With two small children to care for and another on the way, she’s finally found a home in Peaceful Harbor with the brother she hasn’t seen in more than a decade. She’s still searching for her sister, but life is good. If only she could stop thinking about the sinfully sexy doctor/biker who has taken to her children like a loving uncle—and to her like a hungry man.

Trust doesn’t come easily for Sarah, but Bones Whiskey is patient and protective, amazing with her children, and he looks at her like she is the only woman he could ever want–and more. With two little ones underfoot, Sarah expects him to move on quickly, yet with every tender kiss and each trying moment with the children, Bones surprises her. But will the fiercely loyal biker stick around when Sarah’s worst secret is revealed, or will he shed his skin, too?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: Big Bad Cowboy (Once Upon a Time in Texas #1) by Carly Bloom

"Travis, you're prettier than me. There is no way I'm taking my clothes off now." - Maggie Mackey

Big Bad Cowboy
Author: Carly Bloom
Series: Once Upon a Time in Texas #1
Publisher: Forever
Published: October 30, 2018
Source: Publisher

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After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there’s a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can’t resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He’s irritating, he’s destroying her business, and . . . and he’s just so frickin’ attractive. But when they’re forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He’s sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn’t want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Spotlight: The Memory of You (Sanctuary Sound #1) by Jamie Beck

The Memory of You
Jamie Beck
Sanctuary Sound #1
Montlake Romance
October 30, 2018

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After a brutal assault leaves Steffi with puzzling memory lapses, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.

Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.

Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Ryan’s concern for Steffi’s mental health prompts him to dig into her past for answers, will what he learns bring them together or tear them apart for good?