A Heart Divided
Quincy Rebel lives by a strict code of honor. Family first.
Which means Jenny Rose Walker, his younger brother's ex-girlfriend, will never know how deeply and devotedly he loves her.
The woman of his dreams is off-limits…until his brother gets engaged to someone else.
Jenny is ready to sever all ties with the ranching clan who has been like a second family to her.
Even if it means giving up working with her best friend, Quincy, who she helps train paint horses. Quincy…the tall, masculine Rebel who's always been there for her.
Is she developing feelings for him? Or are they headed for a rebound romance that will leave them both brokenhearted?
The story has a very charming old west feeling and tone in it. The good, 'old-fashioned' family values are respected and honoured, the Rebels take care of each other, and always are there for each other, no matter what.
Jenny Rose has been devoting her heart for years to Paxton, even though, by all signs, the relationship ended years ago. Now life is giving her a chance to build something real, something solid, something based on true love, with Quincy, if the old feelings and relationship patterns just will let go, and let her move on.
Quincy can't believe, that finally he has a chance with Jenny Rose, the girl he has loved for so long. But life happens, things doesn't go as hoped, and family comes always first.
While the three tries to solve the matters of their hearts, the life at the ranch goes on, animals need taken care of, fencing, and accidents, people get sick, pregnant, life goes on. A lot of that life is pictured in the pages, as the small community continues to work on their ranch. The story has a genial, pleasant, and jovial tone, even though life isn't always gentle, and life and death situations are faced.
But the tale left a mile on my face, and overall a feel-good vibes, lovely to see a family pull together to make things right
~ Four Spoons
Best friend to Christmas bride?
This Christmas, hotshot architect Alex Fitzgerald needs an interior designer to impress his biggest client—and fast! Who better than his best friend, Flora Buckingham?
Yet one unforgettable kiss unleashes the feelings Alex has kept hidden for years…
Alex cherishes Flora above everything.
He is estranged from his family, so she's been the bright spark in a dark life.
But after their kiss, Alex must make a decision—step back and protect their friendship, or risk everything, down on one knee, for the happiness he's always dreamed of!
This is mostly a fun, light, and entertaining story, that makes you smile and feel the Christmas spirit. I say mostly, because there are some deep feelings, emotions from abandonment and abuse, that Alex has to figure out, to be able to love truly.
I loved the connection between Alex and Flora, best friends to lovers is so natural, and one of my favorite storylines.
Flora has her own issues to work with as well, and things are moving rather well for that matter, without her being even aware of it.
Alex takes a journey to find the truth of his childhood, and to find out what Flora truly does mean to him.
Lots of Christmas activities, while the two best friends, who grew up together, and has always been there for each other, finally open up to their deepest desires and wishes for the future.
A sweet and touching story
~ Four Spoons
The third book in the BIKER BITCHES Series
By: Jamie Begley
Releasing December 11th, 2015
Young Ink Press
What can I say? I’m not a nice person. When I walk by, people call me a slut, and I’m okay with that. I believe in calling a spade a spade. I am a slut.
With the holidays approaching, I miss belonging to The Last Riders. Drake’s keeping me warm, but he wants more than I can give. He wants me to trust him, to believe he can protect me. Doesn’t he know Santa put me on the Naughty List long ago?
What can I say? I’m a nice guy and have always done the responsible thing.
Bliss is everything I shouldn’t want, but it’s hard to resist a woman who stopped believing in miracles. She wants to be back with The Last Riders, whom she considers her true family. Doesn’t she know it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen?
"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”
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Second Chance Ranch with First-Rate Cowboy
Kimberly Lee isn't sure what she'll find when she comes to Forever, Texas, to do a story on a groundbreaking program that could put this small town on the map. It certainly isn't the warm, friendly community that makes the roving reporter feel instantly at home. Or the accident that lays her up at Garrett White Eagle's ranch, where the blue-eyed rancher awakens feelings she long ago gave up.
Giving people hope again is the goal of the healing ranch Garrett started with his brother. And the lovely, hardworking writer is no exception. Doesn't Kim realize how much good they can do—together? Her future is here with him. If she's willing to trust in a love that could fulfill the promise of forever.
I admire the brothers and the work they do with the troubled teens, the patience and kindness they show to everyone around them.
I liked the plot, I think the idea of the journalist coming to do the article was great, and an intriguing way to introduce the people involved and get more insights into the series, as well updates on the people before.
What I found hard to believe was the fact that Kim has never met a nice, kind, friendly, or giving person before. And the attitude she had, questioning every single effort to be nice to her, from everyone, got old really fast. No matter how jaded you are at the age of 28, what kind of family you come from, or what kind of city you live in, not having any kind of concept of true kindness, just honestly was annoying.
But despite the attitude Kim had, Garrett feels the attraction to her, they are drawn to each other, and with an effort and lots of work, Garrett goes after Kim's heart, hoping the town name and reputation will work once again, and give him a chance to have forever with Kim.
The story would have been really cute, and heartwarming, without Kim's constant negativity towards everything
~ Three Spoons
In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Lee's newest Conard County romance, a killer stalks a wounded warrior and the woman he's vowed to protect
I found you. The game begins. The note wasn't a threat exactly. But Jess McGregor senses danger. The wounded ex-soldier offers Lacy Devane a place to feel safe after her stint in witness protection. But someone is after her… Or is Jess the intended target?
Jess and Lacy are practically strangers. And the powerful attraction stirring between them may feel like a betrayal to Jess's late wife—Lacy's closest friend. But as a big freeze envelops Conard County, the warmth and healing they find in their growing friendship will be put to the ultimate test by a deranged killer.
I liked the chemistry and connection, the long time friendship Jess and Lacey have. The years of phone calls after Sara's death have formed a new type of friendship, that took them facing each other again, to realize. And now, face to face again after five years, the friendship is slowly blooming into something more, something either of the didn't expect, but are willing to explore.
The story is mostly about the new kind of relationship forming between Jess and Lacey. They have long conversations, getting to know each other in a new level, going through the drama of their past, the relationship with Sara, and the possibilities of the future.
The danger is constant in the background, the fear of the unknown threat. Lots of theories of conspiracy, but no actual action until right at the end.
I liked the story, there are many amazing points to the relationship developing, while stuck in the house because of the weather. I usually like when the story has a lot of conversation, it makes its move on faster. But since this story is mostly memories of the past, conversations about them, and what could have been, what could happen and why, I felt at times the story could have used more action, or building up the danger and fear. The lack of the intensity and action, is the reason why the score is
~ Four Spoons
This Christmas, he'll meet his three babies for the first time...and desire their mother in a whole new way!
After a plane crash robs him of his memory, billionaire fighter Antonio Cavallari comes home for the holidays to find triplets--and their "mother"--waiting.
Antonio doesn't remember surrogate Caitlyn Hopewell, but he has triplets depending upon him.
Who else can he turn to except the woman raising his children...and making him burn with desire?
Caitlyn has longed for Antonio secretly for years.
Now she's living in his home, loving his babies, living the life with him she's always wanted.
But then Antonio's memory returns.
And the secrets he's forgotten will change everything...
This story has a lot interesting elements, the amnesia, being a surrogate mother to your sister's baby, MMA fights, and all of them brought something special into the tale.
The amnesia Antonio has, was well played out, the angst that it brought on, and the frustration and mood swings were believable. Antonio is a rather intense person, and come off cold, distant, and dominating. I wasn't convinced of his feelings towards Caitlyn, and it bothered me that she was the sister he had met first, but as soon as he met Vanessa, Caitlyn wasn't on his radar, until now, with amnesia, no Vanessa, and in need of a mother to his babies. There was just something off with him, that I couldn't connect with.
Caitlyn had adored Antonio since that first moment they met. She had been bitter and jealous that he chose her sister instead, and delighted to carry Antonio's baby, even as a surrogate mother - creepy! Now, he is back, and her feelings are flaming towards him. She is a virgin by choice, and rather anxious one, and now willing to have a relationship with Antonio, as soon as she gets over her timidity.
Caitlyn is a black and white person, either you are or you are not, there are no shades in between. That makes her decisions troubling and judgmental.
So, I had some issues with the story, even though, overall, the plot was interesting, and unique, it was mostly the characters I had a hard time understanding, 'getting' and connecting with. That might be the case 'it's me, not you' argument, and I will own that completely. But my opinion of the story is
~ Three Spoons
THE CHRISTMAS TARGET
When new evidence surfaces that Harper Shelby's niece is possibly alive, Harper doesn't expect it to endanger her life.
For her protection, she has to put her much-guarded trust in Logan Fitzgerald, the man who unknowingly led a killer to her doorstep.
Hired to track Harper down, security and rescue expert Logan doesn't like that he's been used to find a woman who someone apparently wants dead.
Now he won't leave Harper's side until he can guarantee her safety and untangle the truth from the lies regarding her sister's and niece's murders.
The closer they get to finding answers, the more intent the killer becomes on making sure that there won't be a family reunion—or happily-ever-after—for Harper this Christmas.
Mission: Rescue—No job is too dangerous for these fearless heroes
The storyline in this faith based romantic suspense story is interesting. The whole setup has multiple layers and lots of possibilities. The story starts with great action, but that calms quickly, and the story seems to get stuck for a while in the middle of it.
I liked the characters. They were different, individuals, not much information or insights were given unto them, so they felt light, despite the horrendous events they had survived in their lives. Too many hints, that were not followed up, I would have liked more insights and depth into the main characters.
Logan is straight forward with his attraction towards Harper, not shy about it at all. But the attraction or budding romance is not the focus of the story, most attention gets the twisted family situation Harper had with her sister and her husband, before the murder occurred.
This story, as all the Love Inspired, are faith based novels. In this story the faith is mostly in the background, just to be assumed, as Harper is a regular church goer.
The suspense could have had more intensity, more action. Even though there are reminders that the danger is possibly present and near, the family drama took the center stage.
I liked the story, and mostly because of the interesting setup of the situation and the characters, the potential. The crimes were heinous, but predictable. Both the action and romance could have had played more into the tension, that could have been built around the events.
The characters survived tough and troublesome events in their lives, they had built trust in God that helped them navigate through the crucial times, and they built a family of heart, to make a better future for all of them, for the sake of the child
~ Three Spoons
A Wife by Christmas
As Christmas approaches, Hank Chandler is determined to find a wife to mother his sister's orphaned children.
When schoolteacher Janell Whitman offers to help him with his niece and nephew, she seems to be the perfect match, but she won't accept his proposal.
Instead, she insists she'll find him another bride before the holidays.
Janell moved to Turnabout, Texas, to put her past behind her and focus on her future, one that doesn't include marriage.
But while she plays matchmaker and cares for Hank's children, she loses her heart to the two youngsters and their adoptive father.
If Janell reveals her secrets to Hank, will he still want her to be his Christmas bride?
I enjoyed this story. The road to love for Janell and Hank came about in a different way, the obstacles they had to face weren't easy. But from the first moment Hank and the children arrived in the town, Hank and Janell form a great team, as they work together to give a safe home and environment for the kids.
I liked the dedication Hank had for the children and his family. He is a good, solid man, kind and determined to find a workable solution, no matter what the cost.
Janell's heart is pure gold, her kindness, sweetness, and knowledge of the new challenges helping out in many situations.
The feelings in between them take more time to develop. But the admiration and passion come forward, and is palpable.
Sometime the Love Inspired novels have more focus on the faith, and finding God's guidance in the situations. In this story, it is more on the background, but still prominent part of the characters live.
This story shows clearly how family can be formed in many ways, and it is what's in your heart that matter. Understanding, kindness, and acceptance go hand in hand, as the small town Texas gets two new residents with unique challenges. Sometimes it takes courage to leave a foolish pride aside, and go after for your happiness, and Hank and Janell demonstrate
~ Four Spoons
My Lady Gloriana
By: Sylvia Halliday
Releasing November 24th, 2015
In this twist on the Pygmalion story, a duke makes a wager that he can bed the uncouth Lady Gloriana. But the bet takes on a life of its own...
The year is 1725. Lady Gloriana Baniard is a beautiful fish out of water. Brought up on the mean streets of London, she is a brash, blunt, obscene force of nature. But thanks to a brief marriage to a disgraced aristocrat, she is forced to live with his noble family and endure the humiliating process of learning to be a lady. Rebelling, she runs away to Yorkshire, where she intends to be a blacksmith, a skill at which she excels. She knows she’ll need a manservant to front for her. When John Thorne appears, she hires him, stirred as much by his irresistible attraction as by his strength.
John Haviland, Duke of Thorneleigh, is an arrogant, indolent gambler and womanizer. Having seen Gloriana just once, he yearns to make her his own. When he learns she has run away from her family, he makes a wild bet with his wastrel companions―he will find the lady and bed her. Disguised as a humble servant, he becomes her assistant, learning the blacksmith trade. The clash of wills between these two proud people creates more sparks than a blacksmith’s anvil, as Gloriana learns to be a lady, Thorne learns humility―and desire deepens to love.
(John Haviland, duke of Thorneleigh, has gone for a midnight walk in the country.)
The night was more glorious than he would have imagined. The sweet scents of new grass and spring flowers filled the air with their delicate perfume, soothing his troubled soul. Impulsively, he rolled up his sleeves, then laughed and pulled off his shirt completely. He half-expected to hear the voice of his long-ago nursemaid, chiding him for common behavior that didn't suit the heir to an ancient dukedom. Gentlemen didn't go around half-clothed.
“Rest in peace, Nurse,” he murmured, recalling her with tenderness. He'd stripped naked many a time since those days—and for far less innocent reasons. It was a mild night. Maybe he'd further scandalize Nurse’s memory by going for a swim.
He felt young, adventurous, free—yet strangely sad and melancholy. What had happened to the carefree lad he once had been? What had turned him into this idle dissolute? Surely there was a moment he had missed—a turning point that might have taken him in a different, more satisfying direction.
No. Tonight, with the earth wrapped in silvery moonlight, was for magic. He felt as though something extraordinary was about to happen. Something that would change his life, lead him to a path more splendid and glittering than the moon-dappled one he now followed.
He pulled off his shoes and stockings and stripped off his breeches. The sensual night air caressed his nakedness like a harlot’s hand; he felt a quivering and stirring in his groin. He suddenly ached for a woman. But not a clumsy slattern, like the innkeeper’s wife. Nor even a perfumed beauty who strolled St. James’s Park by day and slept on satin sheets by night. He wanted a goddess, as magical and lovely as this moon-kissed midnight.
He heard the soft whinny of a horse, the gentle thud of hoofs upon packed earth. The sounds seemed to be coming from the far end of the clearing. He shrank back against the tree trunk,
concealing his naked body, and waited. The woman galloped onto the sand, magnificent upon her horse—a vision of perfection that took his breath away.
His longed-for goddess.
Award-winning author Sylvia Halliday’s first historical novel, written as Ena Halliday, was chosen by Pocket Books to launch their Tapestry line. She subsequently wrote for Popular Library/Warner and Harlequin Historicals under the pen name of Louisa Rawlings, the name of her maternal great-grandmother. She has written for Kensington/Zebra under the pseudonym of Sylvia Halliday. She has published 14 historical romances. Her FOREVER WILD earned 5 stars from RT Book Reviews and Affaire de Coeur, and was a RITA finalist for the Romance Writers of America. Her latest offerings, published by Diversion Books, are MARIELLE (The French Maiden Series, #1), LYSETTE (The French Maiden Series, #2), DELPHINE (The French Maiden Series, #3), DREAMS SO FLEETING, GOLD AS THE MORNING SUN, THE RING, and SUMMER DARKNESS, WINTER LIGHT. FOREVER WILD, STOLEN SPRING, and PROMISE OF SUMMER, written by her as Louisa Rawlings, are available from Samhain Publishing.
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Book #6 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's popular Montgomery series
This Montgomery Has a Head for Business
Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn't answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She's used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn't hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic...and gorgeous.
And a Heart for Adventure
Zach's perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help...but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella's love.
I’ll Be There
Montgomery Brothers #6
By: Samantha Chase
Releasing December 1, 2015
Reaching across the table, Zach took one of Gabriella’s hands in his and just marveled at how soft it was. He always wondered what her skin felt like and now that he knew, he wanted to feel more. “Don’t leave me. Please.”
Her blue eyes filled with tears and she used her free hand to quickly wipe them away before they fell and then studied their hands on the table. “Zach,” she said softly, “we’ve been over this.”
“I know, I know,” he replied just as softly. “I need another chance, Gabriella. I need a chance to make things right.” He looked up, his gaze meeting hers. “I need you.”
Deciding to be bold, he turned her hand over and twined their fingers together and gently squeezed. He was surprised she didn’t pull away and thought maybe—just maybe—they were making progress.
“I know I can’t erase the things I’ve said and done, but if you’ll give me one more chance, Gabs, I promise not to screw up. If I do anything to upset you, you can walk away. Hell, you can slap me in the face, kick me in the shin or throw something heavy at me and I’ll take it. I just…I can’t do this without you.”
Her eyes never left their joined hands.
“I don’t want to do this without you,” he said quietly.
“I’m afraid to…believe you.” He barely heard her words, they were uttered so softly.
Everything inside of him clenched with pain. His always confident, ever-efficient assistant was now distrusting and uncertain—because of him. “I don’t know what to say to make you believe me. Tell me. Tell me what I need to do. Anything. Anything you need from me to gain your confidence, and I’ll do it.”
She looked up at him. “It’s not that easy. Every day I walked into the office, I gave you another chance. Every time you berated me or made me feel like I screwed up and I came back, I gave you another chance. From my standpoint, you’ve had two years’ worth of second chances. I think I’ve been more than generous.”
His other hand reached out to cup her hand in both of his. “I know you have and you have no idea how much I appreciated it.” She looked at him with disbelief. “It’s true! I know I never said it but every morning you were there, I was thankful. Every time you walked into my office, I was thankful. Please. I’m begging here, Gabs.”
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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