Friday, May 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart's Blue Tides

Author: Jeffery Martin Botzenhart
Series Connection: Sea Glass
ISBN: 978-1-910397-67-1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing

Purchase Link: Luminosity

Heading out New Year's Eve weekend to a friend's wedding and the chance to spend some time at her beach house, Lauren takes the chance for some me time and to work on getting ready for the next phase of her life. At the beach she meets a younger man flying a kite on the beach in the middle of winter without even a shirt. Despite his odd behavior, Lauren can't help but strike up a conversation with Brody. 

Brody is going through his own life ordeals. When he meets Lauren he can't help but fall hard for her. 

Can these two souls find love for the second time or is the timing of their meeting going to send them their separate ways.

The fast, short read is a good old fashioned romance taking place along the peaceful backdrop of the North Carolina Outerbanks. The story is well-written with little surprises.

Welcome home lost fragile souls. Find solace in casting worldly troubles away to my blue tides…so sayeth the Ocean.

Attending the wedding of two close friends, as well as seeking to cleanse her troubled thoughts, Lauren is drawn back to her beloved beach house just north of Cape Hatteras by the lure of the ocean’s blue tides. Spellbound by the echoes of crashing waves and the unexpected sight of a soaring kite, she makes her way down to the beach. There she encounters a message in a bottle in the form of a carefree younger man.

Drawn in by Brody’s free-spirited presence Lauren forgoes her intended solitude by inviting him in. As their weekend time together passes, to each other they reveal how carelessly they were cast away by those they loved. Their mutual attraction fuels cravings to be desired once more. Yet the depths of a secret she initially withholds from him clouds their future together.
Will she accept salvation from his message in a bottle…or cast him back to the blue tides?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Steps Books...

Spent the weekend and past few days checking out romance sub-genre of "Steps". I had no doubt that the sub-genre would be mostly erotic, although I read a few short novellas that were just sweet romance.

"Steps" are romance book that explore relationships between step brothers and sisters. Those that have just met as adults when their parents have recently married and those that have been a part of a mixed family for years and are now as adults realized they have loved each other for years.

Over the years I've read plenty of romance books that included step brothers and sisters falling in love that have included great story lines, even under the sub-genre of erotic romance. However, those that are within the recent "Steps" sub-genre wave leave something to be desired.

I kept hoping to find a story that included some kind of substance with a background story that made the immense amount of sex worth reading the story. I've decided though to keep looking. There are enough different "Steps" stories out there to find something worth reading.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's The Alpha Won't Be Denied

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Timber Valley Pack Book 6

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Werewolf Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: by author

Purchase Link: Amazon

Virginia has had it with her family filled with alphas. She can't get a moments peace to even go on a date. But it isn't only her alpha family she has to worry about it is also another alpha that has taken a liking to her. 

Virginia met Carver when she was worried to death about her cousin who was taken hostage by a neighboring back. Since then Carver has moved to Timber Valley and has made it quite clear that he doesn't want her, but no one else can. At least that is what Virginia believes until she wakes up one morning after getting a little too drunk and finds out that is she is now married to the arrogant, but very sexy wolf shifter alpha. 

Now she can't decide if she wants to love him or leave him. In the meantime, strange things start to happen while they are on their honeymoon and the mysteries keep racking up.

I've read the whole Timber Valley Pack series and so far this one was one of my favorites. I liked the complexity of the characters. I have to admit that Carver is nothing like I pictured him from when we first met him, but I liked the character he turned out to be. He was perfect for Virginia tough exterior. And Virginia in her own right is a complex character who on the one hand wants to help everyone and on the other wants to be as strong as the other alpha members of her family. 

Good job, now I'm looking for to the next installment.

Alphas? Wolf shifter Virginia Battle has had her fill of them. She’s grown up with an Alpha dad and four bossy, overprotective older brothers - so there’s no way in hell she’s going to give arrogant, sexy Carver Lawrence the time of day. Yet he keeps showing up everywhere she goes, scaring off all the guys who want to date her – and not making a single move on her. Then after one drunken night in a casino, she wakes up next to him in bed…with a wedding ring on her finger. 

Now her pack is howling for his blood (literally), he’s insisting that she’s really his wife, and before she knows it she’s whisked off to a sexy honeymoon at a mountain resort. Carver’s known from the minute he laid eyes on Virginia that she was meant to be his – but can a strong-willed woman (with some pretty big secrets) and a demanding dominant Alpha ever find love? 

Just when Virginia’s starting to think that being married to a man who comes equipped with his own handcuffs might not be the worst thing in the world, she and Carver learn that there’s something very wrong at Honeymoon Mountain. Does it have anything to do with the secret she’s been keeping from her family? And with the townspeople hiding a deadly secret of their own, and someone – or something – very scary sniffing around at her cabin, will she survive long enough to find out?

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Quick and Furry Collection: A BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Boxed Set

Quick and Furry Collection: A BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Boxed Set 
Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Quick and Furry
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Lion Shifter Romance, Shifter Romance

Purchase Link: Amazon

I just finished the Quick and Furry books by Celia Kyle and in today's email I received a notice that she has bundled the set of four books and you can read the series as it stands so far. This won't be the entire series, because she's offering some new books under the same series name this fall. 

In the meantime meet werelion Alpha Marcus, the North American Alpha as he and his Beta and enforcers find their mates. In "Chasing Tail" Penelope and her not so chance meeting of her mate Marcus as she sits at her library job and a large lion comes roaming her book shelves. Is this a true mating or has a powerful witch set a spell.

In the second book "Tailing Her" werelioness lawyer Jennifer is up against a big case and someone wants her dead. This isn't the most ideal time to meet one's mate, unless this mate is there to watch your tail.

In book three, "On Her Tail" Add will do anything to protect her best friend's baby even if she has to run from her first encounter of meeting her true mate.

In book four, "Heads of Tails", Omega werelioness Hilary has always been a prisoner in her pack, but when her mate comes to rescue her all bets are off. 

This is a fun series of just quick read stories. I'm so glad it is in a bundle set because the stories are just way too short on their own. This is nothing more than the author advertises then, fun short stories for those who love paranormal shifter romance or for someone who just has a thing for handsome guys who just happen to turn into the king of the jungle and a set of strong quirky females who just happy to turn into protective lionesses. 


Chasing Tail – Werelioness Penelope Little has a growling lion pacing the library’s shelves. Not just any lion, either. He’s the most powerful feline in the country. And for some reason, he’s got his sights set on curvy, slightly nerdy, and totally frumpy Penny Not-So-Little.

Tailing Her – Jennifer Palmer doesn’t have time for a mate. Yes, she’s a werelion whose beast is all about sexing up the hot beta, but she’s in the middle of prosecuting a high profile criminal case. Scratching her mating itch and screaming Brett’s name as she com—ahem. That isn’t anywhere on her list of to-dos. What she doesn’t realize is her werelion mate’s primary responsibility is ensuring her safety from the bad guy and… making her scream his name.

On Her Tail – Werelioness Addy Wilson did the unthinkable—she kidnapped an alpha’s cub. As she flees for her life and tries to disappear into the confusion of the city, she runs into her mate. Or rather, he hits her with his car. Zane is gorgeous, delicious, totally lickable and… an Enforcer for the North American pride. Now she’s torn between running to ensure the child’s safety and staying to make a life with Zane.

Heads or Tails – Werelioness Hilary Stewart is making her escape and nothing is gonna stop her. Except maybe a locked door. No matter, she’s resourceful, she’ll figure out something. When nothing comes to mind, she’s thrilled to find herself rescued. After being a Colletti captive for nearly her whole life, it’s amazing to find herself breathing air that isn’t tainted with violence and anger. Instead, it’s filled with the scrumptious scent of her heavily muscled, gorgeous, and possessive as hell werelion mate. Oscar freed her and now he’s gonna belong to her… As long as the Collettis don’t kill her first. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Romance Book Review: Noelle Adams' One Night Series Book 1-3

Author: Noelle Adams
Series Connection: One Night
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Novella Romance
Publisher: Author

One Night With Her Boss

Anne has been in love with her boss for years, but he's all business and doesn't seem to be the least attracted to her. When she finally decides it is time to move on and get a job using her college degree Anne gives her two week notice, which send her boss Jake reeling. 

Good start to this series if not a little short. Jake is a sexy ex-surfer who seems to have left all his carefree surfing days behind. Anne and he seem like the perfect match. The readers can feel he wants so much to take the next step, but Anne has a way with him that I really liked. 

Anne has worked for her sexy, ex-surfer, businessman boss for seven years, and she’s been in love with him for two. Jake doesn’t think about her as anything but his ever-efficient assistant, though. She’s been trying to get over her feelings by dating other men and interviewing for other jobs—which doesn’t make Jake very happy. But Anne is determined not to put her life on hold for him. 

When she gets a new job offer, Jake will do anything he can to keep her, but he still only seems to want her as an employee. Anne might find him irresistible, but she’s learned to resist. There are lines that he’ll just never cross. 

But then everything changes in only one night...

One Night With Her Roommate

To say that Meg's roommate East is a little flaky is an understatement as far as Meg is concerned. East doesn't have a job and he doesn't seem to take anything seriously. Even so serious Meg can't help caring for the guy. 

When a kiss leads to more, will serious Meg take the next step with someone who seems completely so different from her?

While East comes off as the mysterious type it seems we don't really get to understand why by the end of the book. That was a little disappointing, still I liked Meg and East together. They seem to be what each needs. 

Ever since her former roommates deserted her, Meg has had to share an apartment with a lazy, obnoxious ass. He won’t pick up after himself, and he refuses to get a good job. Plus, he doesn’t always wear enough clothes—which is really a problem, because he’s hot. 

Maybe he’s occasionally funny. And every now and then he can be sweet. But mostly he’s just annoying. It doesn’t matter how much he’s starting to flirt with her—Meg is going to resist. She’s way too smart to fall for a guy who never takes anything seriously. 

But then everything changes in only one night...

One Night With the Best Man

Talk about two people who couldn't be more different. Justin, Jake's (from book 1) baby brother, and Raney have nothing really in common. Justin is a little geeky, but Raney thought that she and he were getting along well until something happened between them that Raney just doesn't understand. 

On the weekend of Jake and Anne's wedding Justin and Raney are forced together and she realizes how much Justin is beginning to mean to them, but misunderstandings and uncertainty keep the two apart. 

I always like the story where the geeky guy gets the pretty girl. Justin is a good guy and Raney is the sweetest girl. So different the two work well together.  

Raney wants to enjoy being a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding, but the best man, Justin Woodward, keeps putting a damper on her mood. He’s brilliant and kind of geeky—not at all the kind of guy she’s used to—but she’s always been nice to him, so she can’t figure out why he acts so cool and obnoxious with her. 

It shouldn’t matter what he feels about her, but she can’t stop thinking about him. So her mission for the weekend is to get Justin to like her. Her attempts don’t seem to work at all. 

But then everything changes in only one night...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Romance Book Review: Cassie Wright's Den & Breakfast

Author: Cassie Wright
Series Connection: Honeycomb Falls
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Witch Themed Romance, Were Themed Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Shelf

Purchase Link: Amazon

Rachel is having a real bad day. She just finds out that the grandmother she intended to reconnect with, but never found the time to, has passed away. If that isn't bad enough she is fired from her job, only to come home early to find her freeloading boyfriend having sex with another woman in her bed. Now she has some choices to make. 

She decides getting away and visiting the home her grandmother left her is just what she needs to cheer herself up. When she gets there she finds a whole different world waiting for her and one real upset shifter whom her grandmother had locked away on the grounds of her estate. 

This book is one very quick standalone in a in the Honeycomb Falls, maybe just a little too quick. I loved Rachel and her journey to finding her inner strength I just wish it would have taken a little longer to get there and we got a chance to spend a little more time with Blake. Otherwise this is just a very erotic romance with a little bit of storyline. The author could have cut one of the sex scenes and added a little more time to get to know the characters a little more. 

Otherwise the storyline is pretty good and the characters have a lot of potential.

 A BBW in search of love + A sexy shifter only she can free = Smokin' Roaring Romance 

When Rachel inherits her grandmother's home in the idyllic village of Honeycomb Falls, she decides to turn it into a gorgeous bed & breakfast. Yet will her plans survive her encounter with the sinfully hot werewolf masquerading as the gardener, or the darker heritage that her grandmother has left her, whom rumor has was a powerful witch? 

Reader Note: This book contains searing sex (ice cream time-outs are recommended), adult language (he knows what he likes and he's not shy about demanding), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with a sinfully hot wolf on one funny curvy girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Romance Book Review: Michele Bardsley The Shadow Pack Rules

Author: Michele Bardsley 
ISBN-13: 978-1505383485
Series Connection: An Alpha Werewolf Shifter Paranormal Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolf Romance, Shifter Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Freeman Publication

Purchase Link: Amazon

Arabelle was supposed to have a very different life. She was born just six minutes after her sister but that meant that she was the second sister not the first. In her world that meant she was free to live her life. All first daughters in Arabelle's generation were already promised to the local werewolf pack.

It didn't turn out that way for Arabelle, when her sister died that meant that all Arabelle's dreams were taken away from her. To honor her family and her community Arabelle must now participate in the "Choosing".

When the alpha chooses Arabelle as his mate Arabelle must face a lot of changes in her life including falling in chance of falling in love with her new mate.

Despite a few typos here and there this book offers a well rounded paranormal romance featuring everything from hot love scenes to a good fight.

This version of the book is published in a serial version and includes:
1. Chosen by the Alpha
2. Taken by the Alpha
3. Ruled by the Alpha
4. Rescued by the Alpha
5. Loved by the Alpha 

An Alpha Werewolf Shifter Paranormal Romance Novel 

By New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Michele Bardsley 

Every 20 years, the Shadow Pack arrives in the small desert community of Bleed City, Nevada. To honor the pact made 150 years ago with the werewolves, the town offers up their eldest daughters for the Choosing--a ceremony where the shifters pick their virgin brides. 

Like most werewolf packs, the Shadows need human females for mating and breeding so they can replenish their werewolf bloodlines. Arabelle Winton considers the entire process somewhat barbaric, but as the oldest female in her family, she must take her place among the other women. What she doesn't expect is to catch the interest of Alpha Greyson Burke. 

Yes, Grey can have her body any way he wants... but Belle will never give her heart to a werewolf.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Romance Book Review: Jo Ellen's Texas Pack Series

Author: Jo Ellen
Series: Texas Pack

New author Jo Ellen features her first series with romance sub-genre fantasy/paranormal Texas Pack. So far the three stories, which leaves the door open to more in the series features three brothers who live in small town, Wolf Creek, Texas. The brothers run and ancient old pack of werewolves that watch over a magical pond that hold the entrance gates to the fae world.

Together with their new mates and members of the fae guard the Wolf Creek Pack watch over the magical pond from those who would abuse the magic powers from the pond.

In the first story Wolf Creek Alpha, oldest brother and pack alpha Rafe meets his match in witch Lisa. Visiting friends in Wolf Creek Lisa meets a new man and soon realizes there is more to this world than she ever knew. Now she's meeting werewolves and finding out she has magical abilities of her own that she never knew she had.

Rafe says Lisa is her mate and that they will forever be together, but Lisa has no idea how to take this strangers word for something that could be nothing more than just lust.

Then there is a who other problem. An dark fae has his sights on Lisa and what happens if he gets his hands on Lisa and her new found powers. Not to mention that he could then get access to the magical pond.

Wolf Creek Alpha

ISBN-13: 978-1494255039

Purchase Link: Amazon

Rafe: Handsome * Strong * Protective 
Lisa: Beautiful * Funny * Sarcastic 

Lisa is a snarky witch using humor to navigate her new 'normal'. 

Rafe is an alpha male, growling one moment, then grinning the next as he tries to corral his stubborn, defiant witch. 

Lisa has no idea that magic actually exists until she is threatened by a powerful dark fae--and until she meets the alpha of the East Texas wolf pack. Rafe is in charge of guarding the pack's magical pond. And, now, he's in charge of guarding Lisa too. 

When a seer from the cougar pride has a vision concerning all shifters, Rafe must ask the light fae to help him protect Lisa and the pond from the menace that threatens them all. 

Rafe knows Lisa is his mate. Convincing her is another matter. 

Her Wolf Creek series are contemporary romance, paranormal, supernatural/fantasy books about werewolves and alphas, witches, Fae, shifters and shapeshifters, mates, druids and wizards. Evil Fae and Good Fae alike. Oh, and a couple of cougar shifters also! Book 2 adds Druids into the mix...

In the second book, Wolf Creek Enforcer, middle brother Ian is the pack enforcer. His whole life has been about protecting his family, his pack and the magical pond. 

Suddenly one day Ian feels like he needs to go out wondering in search of something but he doesn't know exactly what. When he leaves he finds his mate, Melanie, walking along on the highway. She's not anything he ever thought his mate would look like and completely opposite of Ian. Hopefully opposites really do attract and stay together forever.

Melanie knows she has met her destiny in Ian, but she has a big secret that not many people know. She's magical, but in a whole different way. Can she trust Ian with her secret and will the big bad protector let her keep her job if they decide to mate.  

Wolf Creek Enforcer
ISBN-13: 978-1494747954

Purchase Link: Amazon

Ian: Handsome * Stoic * Protective 

Melanie: Beautiful * Funny * Free Spirit 

Ian is the head enforcer for his pack. Something is pulling at him until he hits the road, looking for his mate. He finds Melanie, a free spirit hitchhiking in New Mexico. Once he gets her to his home in East Texas, he has to protect her from an evil wizard who wants her for her magical abilities. Melanie couldn't wait to explore this feeling that led her to take to the highway. Finding Ian was more than she could have hoped for. The difficult part would be telling him of her family's secret and the job she was entrusted with.

In book three, Wolf Creek Ghost, baby brother Devlin is happy to not be mated, however riding his new motorcycle into town one day he meets a woman who might just be his mate, but there's something off and he can't figure out what it is. 

Ever since she was a little girl, Olivia has always seen ghosts. Her family doesn't know what to do with her. No one else in the family has this ability. So she takes off and travels around, helping her ghostly friends whenever she can. 

Ghost Jack has been traveling around with her when they make their way to Wolf Creek. Olivia isn't sure what she can do for him, but she knows that Wolf Creek is where she needs to be and where she meets Devlin. 

Devlin knows he has to help Olivia, if she will let him. Olivia just wants to help Jack and then figure out what to do with her love life later. 

Now there is a crunch against time to find a way to get rid of an evil ghost before he can gain too much power from the magic pond. 

Wolf Creek Ghosts

Purchase Link: Amazon

Devlin meets his mate near his home when her car breaks down. He knows instantly she is his mate, but he has some concerns. She talks to imaginary people. 

Olivia enjoys nice clothes, manicures, and helping ghosts that are lost or lonely. Talking to dead people is commonplace for her. Meeting a man claiming to be her mate and a werewolf blows her mind. 

They will work together to send an evil ghost on to the fate that awaits his darkened soul.

Series Review: This is a great series for those who love short fantasy romance. It has all the fun paranormal species including handsome alpha males and strong females of all shapes and sizes. Each female lead has her strengths. The themes are way out their but the characters are likable and there is a fair amount a humor placed within the short suspense spurts. The author is definitely getting better as she goes along. I hope she continues on with the series. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Romance Book Review: CA Harms' Loving Colt

Author: CA Harms
Series Connection: Southern Boys
ISBN: 978-1507738788
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

Alexis is running from an ex-boyfriend who had been abusing her. On the last of her money, she hopes to make it home to Florida with her little girl Maddie before she runs out. Seeing mother and daughter together in his hometown diner, Colt decides to play good Samaritan and tells the waitress that he will pay for their dinner as he leaves the diner without saying a word.

Spending the night in a local motel, Alexis takes Maddie to breakfast at the same diner and runs into Colt and his mother Ann. The speak only for a minute before Colt and mom leave the restaurant. Before leaving town Alexis bumps into Maria, Colts sister and without knowing the connection. When Maria sees Alexis needs help she sends the mother and daughter to her own mother's house, who is delighted to help the young woman she met earlier in the day.

So starts the relationship between Colt and Alexis. There is an instant attraction between the two, but is this the right time for Alexis to start a new relationship? Can she trust that Colt won't hurt her or her little girl?

Colt never thought he would want to be in a relationship, but everything goes out the window where he meets these two.

These books get increasingly better as the story goes along. I'm not sure, but am wondering if there will be more to the series. Colt is a warm-hearted guy who loses his heart to Alexis and Maddie. Alexis shows a lot of strength to pick up and drive across country to get away from the abusive boyfriend and to even think about taking a chance on someone new.

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. 

Alexis and Colt never planned on crossing paths. 

Alexis and her three year old daughter were running from their past and Colt was looking for his future. 

Neither planning to find salvation in one another. 

One night changed it all… 

And they had no hope of ever being the same again. 

Finding a way to make things work, when it feels like everything is against them, is something they will have to work hard to overcome. 

Will Colt be strong enough to handle Alexis' past? 

Or will it be too much?

Romance Book Review: CA Harms' Finding Gavin

Author: CA Harms
Series Connection: Southern Boys
ISBN: 978-1503009752
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

This is the second in the CA Harms Southern Boys series. Finding Gavin tells the story of Maria and Gavin. A lot of the before story of Maria and Gavin was told in the first book in the series Forgiving Reed. Gavin comes to work for Kori's parents. On the night that Kori's son Rhett become very ill, Gavin comes to drive Kori, Rhett and Maria to the hospital. He stays with the girls until word comes back on the baby's health.

Maria falls hard for Gavin, but Gavin is just getting over his wife betrayal and isn't interested in becoming involved in another relationship. Over the course of the next year, the two see each other, however Gavin is also dating someone else. This leaves Maria heartbroken, but what can she do, she's in love.

Maria has a hard past. As a child her father leaves her and her mother. Her older brothers follow their father leaving Maria feeling like she is unlovable to males in general. Her mother is wonderful, as well as the love of her best friend Kori. She grows into a strong woman, but she feels she has lost everything when she can't get Gavin to commit to her.

Gavin is fighting with his ex-wife for a divorce. He hasn't told Maria the whole story of what has been going on in his life. Now that he has found the truth and his divorce in finally going through, he is ready to commit to Maria.

Now he has to work to get her back. Can the two finally find their HEA?

I am starting to understand why this series was recommended to me from one of my Facebook friends. This second book was put together better than the first. I think Gavin had every right to be going through a hard time with his wife's betrayal and needed time to heal. Maria was a little out of character in some spots, but she did go through some of her own hard times, so it was acceptable. Looking forward to reading Colt's story next.

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Gavin was a broken hearted cowboy from Savannah...

The one she fell for even though he tried to warn her away.

Maria's entire life had been one rejection after another, always going after things that were just out of reach.

Gavin was no exception.

She wanted him, so desperately...

But life had a way of making things unattainable, at least for her anyway.

Just when things began to change, once again the darkness glooms, and Maria finds that her happy ending is again...


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Romance Book Review: CA Harms' Forgiving Reed

Author: CA Harms
Series Connection: Southern Boys
ISBN: 978-1502392992
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Purchase Link: Amazon

Kori had two great loves in young life. Reed, who was her high school sweetheart who she caught having an sex with someone else, and Blake, the father of her son who died in a car accident. After losing Blake, Kori moves back home to Georgia to her parents' farm. She meets old friends including Reed, who wants to make amends and be her friend. 

After some time has passes and Reed works his way back into Kori's heart the two find their HEA. 

This series was suggested to me by a Facebook friend who really liked it. This first installment isn't a bad start. It seemed to run a bit slow moving, but you have to understand that Kori is running through emotional turmoil in her life. She has to get over he last love to go back to her first. While I get that, there were some good chances to make this book a little more interesting.

Without telling any plots I saw at least two occurrences in the book where a developing storyline could have changed the course of this book to make it stand out, but for some reason the author decided not to move the story in that direction and then never wound up explaining where she was headed. They seemed to serve no real purpose in the story. Maybe they will be picked up in future stories, I hope so. I just wanted to explain why I gave this book such a low rating. 

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. 

Kori suffered a great loss, one that left her feeling so desolate and alone, that she believed nothing would ever fill the void…

The only thing that kept her going was the one little piece of joy she still had in her life, her baby boy, Rhett.

She had no choice but to move forward and give her son the best life she could. Which meant moving back home.

Except there was one problem.

Home was where Reed would be…

The man who once held her heart, then shattered it into a million pieces.

Grieving the loss of Rhetts dad, and learning to forgive those who have betrayed her, Kori was battling it all.

But will she ever have the strength to forgive Reed?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Romance Book Review: Juliana Stone's Tucker

Author: Juliana Stone
Series Connection: The Family Simon
ISBN:  978-1495477904
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Juliana Stone

Purchase Link: Amazon

Three years ago a tragedy turned Simon's perfect world upside down. Over the past year he's been finding peace with too many different women in his bed and the friendship of bartender Abby Mathews. When his mother insists he bring a date to his cousin's wedding he invites his current bed partner, but at the last minute she ditches him for a weekend spa trip.

Know he can't go alone he asks Abby to come along. There is one big rule though...he can't sleep with her.

Abby has been in love with Tucker since the day he walked into her bar, but she know that for him she's strictly in the friend category. She isn't ready to lose that, but when she tells him what she thinks of his behavior with other women, he surprises her by inviting her to a family weekend wedding.

Is this Abby's chance to help Tucker move on with his life and find the love she can give him, or will they ruin their friendship forever?

Tucker is the first in a series about a well-to-do family complete with movie stars, politicians and a mother who is out to see her family happy and loved.

Tucker's life is a mess and the chance for a HEA in this story seems hard in coming in this book. That's just the way I like it, if it were too easy it would be boring. The plot was predictable, but I like the way the author resolved everything at the end. Abby was a surprise, a little sassy, but not as strong as you would suspect. She knew what she wanted, she needed a little push to get her there.

This series is a cast off to another of the author's series, The Barker Triplets, where Tucker's brother Beau (the movie star) is introduced. Beau and his girlfriend Betty Jo Barker are regulars throughout the book.

When all hope is gone, can love still will find a way? 

Tucker Simon has given up on love. After a tragedy, it’s just not in the cards for him, and he wishes his family would get off his back. He’s fine—or at least he thought he was--until a family wedding forces him to address a few things, namely his date, Abby Mathews. She's been put in the ‘friend’ category, mostly because she deserves so much more than what he can give. But the more time that he spends with her, Tucker begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love after all... 

Abby Mathews has been in love with Tucker Simon since he walked into her family’s bar nearly a year ago. But he’s got baggage and heartache a plenty. His one-night-stands isn’t going to lessen that no matter what he thinks. Tucker needs a friend, but Abby wants to give him more, and as they navigate their way through a weekend in Florida, their attraction can’t be ignored. Abby has to make a choice. Does she cherish their friendship and take what she can get? Or does she go after what she really wants, which is Tucker’s heart…

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Clair's Hard to Bear

Author: Georgette St. Clair
Series Connection: Blue Moon Junction
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Werebear Romance, Werewolf Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Clair

Purchase Link: Amazon

Taking a job at a small newspaper, in her sister's new home town, half werewolf-half witch Coral Colby learns of the disappearance of a human and two shifters. There seems to be nothing in common between those missing and the police don't seem at all worried about the disappearances. Coral knows there is a story here she just has to dig a little deeper and see what she can find. 

At the same time she is trying to land a interview with local businessman, Flint McCoy and his plans to grow his family's business, but Flint doesn't seem to be interested in an interview. Now isn't that strange one would think that a businessman who was trying to grow his business would want as much free publicity as he could get. Something is going on in this small town and Coral is going to find out what it is?

After reading a couple of others in this series, a little out of order, I thought I'd catch up and check out other books by Georgette St. Clair and Blue Moon Junction. All the books seem to have different plots going on. This one had a fairly good plot, but wished it would have been more drawn out. This plot could have gone on through all the books in the series and connected the stories together better. Otherwise a quick read with a sweet story.

Humans and shifters alike are vanishing from Blue Moon Junction without a trace, and Coral Colby, curvy wolf shifter and small town reporter, is on the case. Unfortunately, there are numerous distractions along the way – like the sexy, arrogant bear shifter who’s been rudely refusing Coral’s interview requests, and the complicated love lives of, oh, everyone in town. 

But soon she’ll have bigger things to worry about, like who’s really buying up all the swampland around Blue Moon Junction, and why the bear shifter suddenly can’t get enough of her. The deeper she digs, the closer she comes to a terrifying truth – and to losing the love of a bear who may just be her fated mate.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Romance Book Review: Georgette St. Claire's My Heart Laid Bear

Author: Georgette St. Claire
Series Connection: Blue Moon Junction
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werebear Romance, Shifter Romance
Publisher: Georgette St. Claire

Purchase Link: Amazon

Clover is a bear shifter, whose family has a less than socially acceptable background. Rushing to the aide of her family, she takes in her young siblings and again rushes to the aide of another sibling member and moves back to her hometown. Only wanting to help her younger sister, Clover approaches bear shifter Sam McCoy about his brother who has gotten her sister pregnant. She remembers Sam from her youth and knows him to be arrogant and sexy as hell, but that isn't going to stop her from pounding him to the ground for what he's done to her sister.

Sam is immediately smitten with Clover. He wants her for himself but he knows if he tells her why he stopped the wedding between his siblings, she just get more mad at him. Instead he offers her a job and hopes for the chance to get to know her.

Within the first chapter I was hooked especially after this paragraph:

"Well, that was in the past. He’d grown up to be the arrogant furball who’d arrested numerous members of her family over the years and run them out of town until there were no Jones left here. Even worse, he thought that her sister wasn’t good enough to marry one of the wealthy McCoys. Well, too damn bad. Her sister was eight weeks pregnant, and that bastard Jeffrey was going to do right by her, or her name wasn’t Clover Lulabelle Movie Star Windwalker Jones. Which, unfortunately, it was."

Georgette St. Claire's books are generally short, but a good afternoon read. This latest in the Blue Moon Junction series fits in with the others in this series offering a smart mouth heroine and a ruggedly handsome male lead along with a quick sexy, humor filled story. 

Bear shifter Clover is steaming mad and ready to be fitted with a new pair of bear skin boots. How dare the sexy head of security for the McCoy clan forbid her younger sister from marrying his brother? His brother knocked the girl up and he’s going to do right by her, or her name isn’t Clover Lulabelle Movie Star Windwalker Jones – which, unfortunately, it is. (Her parents were hippies.) 

His. Clover is hotheaded, impulsive, demanding – and she’s his. Sam McCoy knows it the second he lays eyes on her. Sure, he’s arrested most of the members of her family at one time or another, and now she’s blaming him for ruining her younger sister’s life – details, right? 

Sam has a secret weapon – he gets her a marketing job at his family’s jelly and jam factory, which will help her retain custody of her brother and sisters. Late nights at the office and some sexy honey samplings lead to even sexier times, and the possibility of a future – until Clover’s past comes back to haunt her and threatens to tear apart the family she’s fought to save.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Romance Byte: Sara Hantz's Capturing the Bodyguard's Heart

Author: Sara Hantz
Series Connection: The Emerald Quest
ISBN: n/a
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sara Hantz

Purchase Link: Amazon


When Lexi Turner attempts to board a luxurious yacht on her quest to recover a family heirloom, she didn't envisage being thwarted in her attempt by Spencer Marsh, the hot bodyguard, who’d been staking out the billionaire owner. Sucked into a dirty underground world, their love is put to the ultimate test.

Romance Byte: Meg Chambers' Running Wilde

Author: Meg Chambers
Series Connection: Winnie Wilde Series
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Meg Chambers

Purchase Link: Amazon

When her thirty-year marriage ended, fifty-year-old Winnie Wilde took back her maiden name and set out to rediscover the woman she'd left behind. She never expected her journey to begin in the arms of Ben Church, a young contractor nearly half her age with the right tools to unleash Winnie’s potential.

Romance Byte: Ella Jade's Sliding into Second

Author: Ella Jade
Series Connection: The Kingston Heat
Digital ISBN: 9781940744643
Genre(s): Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Beachwalk Press

Purchase Link: Beachwalk

Jilted once before, now it's her turn to level the playing field.

Hotshot sports reporter Sage Millan has been busy making a name for herself in the male dominated world of baseball. She's just landed her dream job, and her first assignment is covering the newly crowned World Series champions, The Kingston Crushers. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. The only problem…her ex-boyfriend, and the only man she's ever loved, is the team's second baseman. Things ended badly between them, and she's not sure she can put those demons to rest.

Professional baseball player Nicolas Cordova is having the time of his life. His team has just won the World Series, and with the victory comes more fame, women, and exposure than he ever could have imagined. But things are about to change for the sexy, charismatic athlete. He never expected his ex-girlfriend to walk back into his life, much less the locker room.

These days Sage is smarter, more mature, and doesn't plan on being played a second time. Her appearance stirs old memories for Nic. She's the one he let get away in the name of his career. He vows he can be the man she needs this time around. Will that be enough to mend her broken heart?

Content Warning: contains explicit sex and adult content

Romance Book Review: Celia Kyle's Chasing Tail

Author: Celia Kyle
Series Connection: Quick and Furry
ISBN: 9781680399905
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance, Werelion Romance
Publisher: Celia Kyle

Purchase Link: Amazon

Sitting alone at her desk in the library, werelioness Penelope knows a predator when she sees one. When the powerful lion shows up hunting the bookshelves she has a right to be leery, but she realizes that werelion is her mate everything changes. That is until she finds out that it all may be part of a witches spell.

This is the first book in a new series by paranormal author Celia Kyle. All the stories are generally very short. If nothing else, this book will give you a quick bite of entertainment and a chance to see if you'd be interested in delving into other books by this author. It is a fairly good book that in my opinion could be longer so we an get to know the characters a bit better.

Werelioness Penelope Little has a growling lion pacing the library’s shelves. Not just any lion, either. He’s the most powerful feline in the country. And for some reason, he’s got his sights set on curvy, slightly nerdy, and totally frumpy Penny Not-So-Little.

When he finally calms enough to shift… Well, gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe him. He’s sexy, sinful, and has a smile that nearly brings her to her knees. Even better, he’s all hers. Or is he? When a witch is involved in his sudden appearance, there’s no telling. 

**Stand alone, no cliffhangers.** 

Quick & Furry: Love, Laughs, and a Bit of Rawr on the Go. 

Part of the Quick & Furry series: 
Chasing Tail 
Tailing Her 
On Her Tail 

Heads or Tails

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Romance Book Review: Milly Taiden's The Mate Challenge

Author: Milly Taiden
Series Connection: Sassy Mates Book 4 ~ Emma and Mason
Genre: Erotic Romance, Shifter Romance, Werewolf Romance, Vampire
Publisher: Latin Goddess Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

As with all the other Sassy Mates, Mate Challenge begins with the same evening where we find out the Emma has set her friends up to be mated with the help of her friend Ellie and Ellie mom Barbara. She's tired of them being stubborn. But readers soon learn the Emma is being stubborn herself.

Mason marked Emma months before when he met her and learned she was his mate. They've been sort of dating during all that time, but Emma can't commit until Mason realizes that he can't control her every move. Mason can't seem to help but want to protect Emma, especially since she spends too much time putting herself in danger.

When a teenager goes missing Emma goes on the hunt for her, meeting a vampire and working against time in hopes of finding the girl alive.

With the fight still continuing within the neighboring pack in the background story, Mate Challenge adds a whole new set of characters to the story that I'm hoping will continue as the story moves into the fifth book. I particularly like the sexy vamp and am wondering if she has a new "pet" in her future.

If I had to share one thing that I wasn't crazy about with this book it would be that there was a wee bit too much sex in the story, although I have to say that Mason's on going monologue during those scenes certainly made for some hot reading.

Emma Ferro wants nothing more than to accept Mason Wolfe’s offer to be his mate. He’s wild, sexy and can do things with his tongue that should be illegal. But Mason is also overwhelming her with his need to protect and keep her out of trouble. He needs to live and let live. It’s not like she’s killed anyone...yet. Until he learns she’s an independent woman, he’s going to stay waiting. 

Mason Wolfe has a problem of the short, sassy and curvy kind. Every time he leaves Emma alone, he knows she’s going to get into trouble. It’s getting to the point he’s ready to slap a tracker on her butt just to keep his sanity. He’s busy holding down the pack, helping with fighting new rogues and a secondary threat that’s come to town. 

When Emma goes searching for a missing girl, she finds a lot more going on in Blue Creek than even the biggest shifters are aware of. With the help of the least likely person, she’ll put herself on the line in order to save the ones she loves. Mason will have to find a way to help Emma or face losing her forever. 

Reader Note: This book contains wild and growly sex (the hot and sweaty kind), adult language (dirty talk is our middle name), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like a domineering wolf on a mouthy curvy girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Romance Byte: HelenKay Dimon's Chain of Command

Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series Connection: Greenway Range
ISBN: 9781426899584
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Carina Press

Purchase Link: Amazon

Retired marine Sawyer Cain can’t forget all he’s seen and lost, but he can try to start over. Opening a gun range with his closest friends is the first step toward a new life—one where he finally buries the guilt he can’t seem to shake. So much depends on the property he needs to buy…and the gorgeous but completely frustrating woman who refuses to sell it.

Hailey Thorne is done—with loss and with anything military, after the closest thing she had to an uncle died in Afghanistan. When Sawyer shows up on her porch he has military written all over him. He’s one more in a long line of people who wants the land she inherited, and suddenly he’s everywhere she goes. Hailey can’t get the broad-shouldered, dirty-talking, dead-serious man out of her head. Or her life.

Sawyer’s not above using his skills in the bedroom to try to convince her to sell, and Hailey is more than willing to let him. Their pleasure-only arrangement works…until emotions get in the way. But Sawyer has a secret he’s convinced will have Hailey hating him forever, and Hailey’s not willing to risk loving anyone she could lose.

Romance Byte: Nicole Simone's To Cherish and To Hold

Author: Nicole Simone
ISBN: 9781310632822
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Nicole Simone

Purchase Link: Amazon


Luke and Marlene return in the follow up to the Amazon best selling novel, Love of a Rockstar

Marlene Parker got her fairy tale ending. Luke Anderson, her one and only love and their darling little girl are finally a family again. However, nobody said marrying a rockstar is easy. 

The media is out for blood, groupies are singing on Marlene’s front lawn and people are deeming her the new Yoko Ono. If that wasn’t enough, there is a wedding to plan and pies to bake. An expert in chaos, Marlene doesn’t get easily stressed. 

That is, until an unexpected pregnancy digs up old insecurities, potentially threatening the life she has worked so hard to gain.

Will Marlene and Luke vow to cherish and to hold forever?

Or was their story never meant to be?

To Cherish and To Hold is a novella. Not a full length novel.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Romance Book Review: Linda Howard's Shades of Twilight

Author: Linda Howard
ISBN-13: 978-0671019716
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition

Purchase Link: Amazon

Originally published in 1997, this timeless romantic suspense by Linda Howard is a classic by the author who has long since mastered the art of romance and suspense. 

Roanna and her cousin Jessie's parents are killed in an accident and the two orphans move in with their wealthy grandmother Lucinda. Lucinda has a lot of plans for her grandchildren, as well as he nephew Webb. To Lucinda the children are the future of her family empire. She decides the Webb will inherit and expects that someday he will marry her granddaughter Jessie. 

The the children grow they become closer and soon Lucinda's goals are met, Webb and Jessie marry. Roanna who is much younger is desperately in love with Webb, but she realizes there's no chance for her with him. She very accident pron, always saying the wrong things and not at all what every in the family expects a young socialite to be. She loves spending time with the families horses. Webb takes care of Roanna when he can, always spending time with her and giving her attention even when she follows him around like a little puppy dog. 

Jessie, on the other hand is a complete witch to Roanna and her marriage to Webb isn't what she thought it would be at all. She begins a elicit affair and soon is violently murdered. With the case left unsolved and Webb as the prime suspect with no proof, he takes off and leaves Lucinda and Roanna when they need him most. 

After 10 years Lucinda sends Roanna to go find Webb and bring him back. Still as ruthless as he once was, maybe more so he gives Roanna an ultimatum. He'll come back if she sleeps with him. 

Check out the rest of the book and find out who really killed Jessie and who has set his sights on Roanna and Webb next. This book leaves you guess right until the end. 

Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found bludgeoned to death. 

After the shocking murder of his wife, Webb left for Arizona, abandoning the legacy that he had once believed was all he wanted. But then an all-grown-up Roanna walked into a dingy bar in Nogales to bring him home; the mischievous sprite he had known ten years earlier was no more. Gone, too, was her fire. In its place was ice that melted at his touch. Webb is drawn back to Davencourt, to Roanna, and to the killer that once destroyed his life and waits only for the chance to finish the job....

Friday, February 20, 2015

Romance Book Review: The Coulter Brothers

A friend passed the word on about this book series by Rachel Hanna which sparked a who discussion on e-book editing. The simple fact is everyone needs an editor, especially me, but do we decide that a book is no good because the editing is bad. Judging from the results of these books on Amazon the answer to the question is no. I tend to agree. In the case of this series, the author many times confused the names of the characters. It was a little distracting during the read, especially by Book 3 when I had seen it too many times to count. 

However, this series is generally well written, I like the country voice in the first book, Lost and Found. By the third book the voice changed to a more modern set and the characters flowed together really well. 

I will say with all the stories I would like to see more character development and more relationship building throughout the story, but they are what the are...short, reads at an inexpensive price with typo-os and a need for a better editor not withstanding I can still give them a pretty fair rating, not the highest, however if you are look for a fun read check this series out. 

Lost And Found 
The Coulter Brothers Book 1

Purchase Link: Amazon

If you love romance cowboy books, this is a great series for you! 

When big-city girl Audrey wakes up on the cold, front porch of a working ranch, she’s got lots of questions. But before she can answer them, she’s greeted by three handsome brothers — cowboys — and their Ma, complete with a warm feast and a welcoming smile. 

Following the doctor’s orders to stay put for a few days, Audrey makes herself useful around the ranch; baling hay and hunting for coyotes. But the cowboys, one handsome one in particular, want to get to the bottom of her story. 

Can she trust these people she just met? And what she’s about to reveal is a dark past she’s trying to escape. Will the ranch be the future she’s looking for, or can she turn back to her flashy, city-sicker lifestyle?

Breaking Away
The Coulter Brothers Book 2

Purchase Link: Amazon

If you love romance cowboy books, this is the series for you! 

Jace Coulter looks like a cowboy but he certainly doesn't feel like one. As the middle brother at the Coulter ranch in Wolf, Wyoming he's been groomed to become the business manager. He's resigned to his fate until feisty Kelsey Harper drops into his life. 

A tough-as-nails lawyer, Kelsey might be just what he needs to turn his life around. It may not be the right time for romance, though. The Coulter ranch is in big trouble and Kelsey is the only one with the know-how to save them. 

But Gage and Riley aren't onboard with her plan and time is running out. Can Jace win her heart and convince his brothers to accept her before it's too late?

Night and Day
The Coulter Brothers Book 3

Purchase Link: Amazon

This is book 3 of The Coulter Brothers Cowboy Romance Series. Check out books 1 and 2 also. 

With the Coulter ranch in serious trouble, free-spirited Riley is being forced to grow up and fast. 

When he and Sam have a drunken fling one night, he’s had just about enough of his womanizing ways. He’s tired of always kicking women out of bed and enduring awkward mornings. 

But when Sam gets pregnant, Riley isn’t sure he can handle the responsibility. His reaction almost drives Sam away forever. It’s up to Riley to come through and be the man he’s always meant to be and love the woman he’s always meant to be with.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Romance Book Review: Finding Happy

Author: Zanne Sweeney
Series Connection: Happy Montana
ISBN: 0692341889
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Motorcycle Club Romance
Publisher: author published

Purchase Link: Amazon

Breezy thought she had a great marriage until one shattering moment changed her world entirely. The man she had been married to for 20 years, turned out to be a cheater and suddenly everyone was telling her she should forgive him, even her two daughters. 

Escaping to clear her head, Breezy takes a long driving trip and ends up in Happy, Montana where she rents a cabin in the hills. There she meets the head of a motorcycle club, Tank, and his Game Warden brother, Toby. While Breezy finds friendship and someone to talk to she begins to heal. Soon she is ready to take the next step with Toby, only to quickly an emergency sends her back to New Jersey and her relationship with Toby a mess.

Breezy returns to Happy, Montana with another big change in her life and someone out to harm her. 

This is generally a good read with a really good story line. The author has a good voice, but unfortunately it takes a step back with poor editing, including dozens of type-os and a slip of a name change in the middle of the story. If you aren't one to worry over a few type-os than you might really enjoy this book. It is the beginning of a series, with Toby's brother Tank being the subject of the next book that has just been released this month. 

Twenty three year old Breezy Lockhardt Vinchellie skipped right over the ‘falling in love’ stage of dating, and right into a marriage that she was not prepared for. Like many women, it’s easier to avoid disagreements and just ‘do.’ So that’s what Breezy did, and she did it well. She raised two wonderful children, always putting the needs of her family ahead of her own. It was what was easiest and it was also what was expected. 

Twenty years later has Breezy finally found happiness? Her life is simpler, her job is rewarding, her daughters are enjoying college life, and her husband is more attentive to her than ever before. Life is good; until Breezy discovers a well-kept secret that turns her world upside down. 

Her life is in shambles until two gorgeous, sexy brothers reawaken the passionate and resilient women Breezy once was.

This is the first novel in the Happy, Montana series. I hope you fall in love with all the characters of this small rural town, starting with Toby and Tank O’Brian, brothers who could not be more different, except they may want the same woman. This book has it all: adventure, heartache, hope, angst, love, and sizzling passion.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Romance Book Review: Jeanne Harrell's Rancher's Girl

Author: Jeanne Harrell
Series Connection: Rancher Series
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: author published

Purchase Link: Amazon

Looking for a new start Lily moves from California's San Francisco region to small town Nevada and takes on a teaching job for special needs children. There she meets Sandy, the father of one of her students. A widower and rancher, Sandy isn't sure he has time to take on a relationship right now. Lily isn't sure a relationship is what she wants either, no matter how handsome Sandy is, but on thing leads to another and the two fall instantly in love. 

Lily's family has a history in the new town she moved to and a long time family secret could come between the two young lovers. 

This was a sweet love story and the characters were definitely likable. The western story line held true, even being a bit old fashioned. This book hold true romance and may not be something those used to reading erotic romance would enjoy. 


When pretty Lily Cable moves to a small town in Nevada to rebuild her life, the last thing on her mind was falling for local rancher Sandy Johnson. Neither was remotely interested in any romance. But they had more in common than they thought: He's a cowboy poet and she loved Jane Austen novels. They might have had a chance when old family secrets are exposed that throw their love in jeopardy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Romance Book Review: Kathleen Ball's Texas Haven

Author: Kathleen Ball
Series Connection: The Dawson Ranch Series
ISBN: 978-1-61885-297-7
Genre: Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Romance

Purchase Link: Secret Cravings

On an errand to check out a property in a small Texas town for her stepbrother Annie's rental car breaks down on the side of the road and Burke comes to her rescue. Before long the two are hitting off. When Annie learns that Burke is searching for a wife she throws her name into the ring. Burke is incredibly attracted to Annie, but he has had the worst experience with a city girl and knew that Annie wasn't made for ranch life and rejects her. 

Sending her away was for the best, but when he can't stop thinking at Annie, he sends for her asking to marry her. The only problem is not everyone is happy about the two being together and everything falls apart.

While I can't say this is the most original theme, I did like the way the author put it all together and I was able to easily immerse myself into this couple's world and read right through. I loved Annie's transition to make herself into a stronger person, but still keep her ability to help people along the way. Nicely done.  

Everything in Annie Douglas' life has taught her that men can’t be trusted. Although Burke is big, strong, and not seemingly gentle, Annie feels drawn to the handsome Texas cowboy. Upon discovering Burke’s advertisement for a wife, Annie shyly asks if he might consider her.  
Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now Burke’s determined to find an honest country girl with no expectations of love.

Misunderstandings, accidents, and treachery leads to Annie leaving shattered and alone. Can their shaking start lead to the possible loving relationship they both desire but neither is sure of?

Kimberly Krey's Cassie's Cowboy Crave: Witness Protection - Rancher Style

Author: Kimberly Krey
Series Connection: Sweet Montana Bride Series
ISBN: 1482710455
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publisher: Candle House Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

After serving on a jury that finds a gangster guilty, Cassie is set into witness protection on a ranch that has offered her protection. While there she meets and falls in love with Shane. Unfortunately, Cassie knows her time is limited and she can't possibly be more than a burden.

Shane's family has been taking in people from witness protection programs for years. In fact his two brothers have met their soul mate through the witness protection program. His family is convinced that Cassie is the woman for Shane, but Shane isn't too sure. Just because his brothers got lucky doesn't mean he will. 

I love the original premise to this story, not necessary the witness falls in love, but the idea that the program has no money to send witnesses to, so they take advantage of this underground network. Great idea. Shane and Cassie are perfect for each other. Shane is a great cowboy hero. It isn't necessary to read books one and two to enjoy this book, but you might want to check out books one and two first, or read them after you check out this one. 

Twenty-four-year-old Cassie Lovell has a great job, good friends, and an apartment with a killer view. That is, until life is turned upside down. Without the chance to say goodbye, Cassie is forced into a witness protection program on Emerson Ranch. Just when she fears life is doomed, Cassie meets Shane Emerson, the stunningly handsome cowboy who'll be posing as her newlywed groom.

Shane Emerson is determined not to fall for the woman he's agreed to harbor. Especially since the whole thing was his family's way of trying to get him hitched. So why is it when he takes Cassie into his home, Shane wants nothing more than to turn their make-believe marriage into more than just a sham?

In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.

In return, Cassie steals his heart.

Yet before they confess their undying love,

a hidden danger threatens to tear them apart.

*Though this novel is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing & a few mild curse words.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Romance Book Review: Amelia Rose's Learning To Love

Author: Amelia Rose
Series Connection: Carson Hill Ranch
ISBN: 978-1630227500
Genre: Cowboy Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Speedy Publishing

Purchase Link: Amazon

Running from her past Miranda takes Bernard Carson up on his offer to come out and marry one of his sons after meeting on an Internet dating service. At first when she finds out that her younger sister signed her up on the Cowboy Dating service she thought the idea was crazy, but when an abusive boyfriend goes to far she and her sister get on the next bus to see about the offer. 

Once she gets there she meets Casey, Bernard's oldest son. At first she thinks she made a big mistake, but soon get to know the young man and the two hit it off.

For the most part this isn't a bad cowboy romance. There are a few flaws, but nothing to fatal. I would have liked to have seen more development of characters together as a couple. There are two set conflict scenes that are handled rather quickly. Either would have made a good source of a longer conflict in the story and added to the plot. 

I did like that this story was a sweet romance and there were no overt sex scenes, although that didn't meant there wasn't something left to the readers imagination. An okay start for a long series. I'll give the series a second look and check out the next one in the series. 

This is book 1 in the Carson Hill Ranch Series 

For Miranda, Newark has nothing to offer except a dead-end job, a crummy apartment, and an abusive boyfriend. But when her younger sister signs her up for an online dating website to prove to her the kinds of guys who would be interested in her, she starts an online connection with the perfect guy. He's handsome, he's a real-life cowboy, and...he's in his seventies! 

Miranda steps off the bus to find the man of her dreams waiting for her, only he doesn't know it. His elderly father, concerned that his six sons are isolated on their highly prosperous 800,000-acre ranch signed up one of his oldest boys and did a little matchmaking behind their backs. 

Now Miranda and Casey have a choice to make, but will they be willing to put aside their mistrust and give this a shot, or go their separate ways?