To Tempt a SEAL
Sin City SEAL’s #1
By: Sara Jane Stone
Releasing June 30, 2015
For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.
Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend's little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia's mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.
But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn't willing to risk...his heart.
Very sexy story about fulfilling your fantasies, if only for one weekend, and forgetting about the realities of life for just a moment.
Lucia and Cade set out for a wild weekend in Vegas, with a list of sexual fantasies to fulfill. Lucia is hiding her scars behind the mask, Cade is hiding the fact that his best friend, and Lucia's sister, send him there to look after her.
The connection, chemistry, and attraction is palpable and believable between them, the lust, hunger, and craving for each other nearly out of control. The heat level is high, as they play out one fantasy after another.
It wasn't part of the plan, to share about their life, past, and pain. But as the mask comes off, it is inevitable. The more they share, the more feelings get into the picture. And Cade's secret is revealed.
I liked how the conflict was played off in the story, not overly exposing it.
The whirlwind romance between Cade and Lucia is rabid, wild and luscious. It is well written, and flows off the pages. The epilogue giving deeper look to the true feelings, making the love and devotion between them seem more believable.
A sensual, passion filled story
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.
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The Perfect Bargain
How to Marry a Highlander # 1
By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
American lass seeks brawny Scot...
As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…
In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?
Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julialondon
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Summer at the Shore
Seashell Bay # 2
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing June 30, 2015
Grand Central: Forever
JUST A SUMMER FLING?
Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.
Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .
Both Morgan and Ryan are characters that are easy to like. They have hearts of gold, always wanting to help others, honest, solid, charismatic people.
But that's the way most everyone on the island of theirs seems to be. A unique little town, all pulling together, and going for the extra mile for each other.
Morgan and Ryan have a sizzling attraction to each other, have had for a long time. They have been friends all their lives, and the ease and affection of their relationship are a joy.
Ryan is at the crossroads in his life, and came to the island for an extended vacation to relax and think of his demanding job at the security firm. Morgan is dealing with a lot, taking care of the failing, deteriorating Inn and her sister, while mourning for her father, while on a leave of absence from her teaching job. She talks Ryan into helping her to fix the Inn, and he takes on the job with incredible responsibility and fervor.
As the summer goes along, Ryan and Morgan are working at the Inn, and dancing around each other and the ardent attraction. Nothing happens fast, as Morgan is against summer fling, and all Ryan can give to her, is the summer.
Even more devastation comes to Morgan's life, and Ryan proves to be the hero, that he is.
The story has lots of inner reflection of the characters and a little dialog. At times this makes the story move on rather slowly, though it does give a great insight to the characters.
It is a warm tale of summer at the Seashell Bay, its quirky residents, of life with its challenges and of a sweltering romance
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at www.vanessakellyauthor.com
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Book 4 of The Fairy Tales of New York series
Once upon a time, Faith Sullivan dreamed of being a famous painter who lived in an apartment overlooking Central Park. Unfortunately, life had other ideas and at 26, she’s still running, working and living at Sully’s, her family’s traditional Irish pub in Brooklyn with her stubborn, ailing father. And she was perfectly fine with her lot until suddenly her three best friends each found their prince, and her own happily ever after seemed like another dream lost. Until one day a long, tall Australian walks into her bar and her loved-up besties decided to play Fairy Godmothers.
Ex pro-surfer turned beer baron, Rafael Quartermaine is in New York for a month on business. He’s looking for a pub to launch Baron lager on the American market and Sully’s is perfect. All he has to do is convince Faith, the traditionalist, to say yes. And once he’s done that, maybe he can convince her that all work and no play makes Faith a dull girl.
Faith’s connection to her family and Sully’s is absolute, and Raf’s business drive and itchy feet aren’t conducive to long term, so it should be an easy break when duty calls Faith back into the fold on the evening of the ball. But running out on the baron is harder than she ever imagined… Will their fling sizzle out, or become something more?
I adore this series, and am a bit sad to see it end (dear authors, maybe the twins could get HEA as well?!). It has been such a pleasure and a joy to get to know the ladies, the Sullivan family, and see them all fall in love.
Faith, the loving, caring, loyal, sacrificing friend, sister, and daughter. She has always put everything else in front of herself, and is so deserving an amazing man in her life.
And that Raf is. Seamlessly carefree, fun, considerate and kind, not to mention hot as can be, Raf is just for Faith deserves. You can practically feel the two falling for each other, and falling hard.
And they are sizzling together, the heat is high, the connection between them is harmonious. They get each other, and understand each other in such adorable way.
There's so much humor, charm, and delight in the story, companionship of the lifelong friends, family togetherness, as well as tragedy. Faith has to grow and let go of the control, to be able to move on with her own life, and the victory of that is jubilation.
I am going to miss the gang from the Sullivan's, but I am so glad I got to meet them in the first place!
~ Four Spoons and a teaspoon on the side
Meet the Kellys of Whiskey River, Texas, men who have always gone through life, and women, with their father’s legendary charm.
Wyatt Kelly, CEO of Kelly Boots, is rumored to do everything with his cowboy boots on, including seducing women into memorable one-night stands. Growing up the second eldest son of a philandering charmer, Wyatt’s seen first hand how messy relationships can get when the heart’s involved, and he’s determined to leave no scars. No woman’s tempted Wyatt to break his vow until he meets Juliette Rossi.
Juliette is all about business. She’s focused on turning the lavender farm she and her cousin inherited into a successful, world-wide company. Her meticulous plans are on the right track until she accepts a dare to spend the night with Wyatt after the annual Boots & Bangles Gala. Juliette’s fantasized about Wyatt for years... One night will get him out of her system for good, right?
Can she convince Wyatt that he’s more than his Kelly heritage? Will Wyatt agree that one night just isn't enough?
There was more to this story than the blurb allude, and much more to the characters than player and a cold business woman, as they see themselves at first. In fact, the characters are rather complex, and have some concern they have to face within, until they are ready for a relationship.
They are both stubborn, business minded, and determined to keep living as they have. Wyatt is struggling with his father's death, the new brothers that came their life unannounced, and his fear of being the same kind of man, unable to commit, as his father was. Wyatt doesn't do relationships, he never has, and he is not about to change that, no matter how much Juliette entices him.
Juliette came back from France a bit broken, her plans with her career, that she had invested everything in, didn't work out, her reputation as a cold business woman bothered her, and her attraction to Wyatt was taking her concentration.
The affair Wyatt and Juliette set out to have, is scorching hot. They have the chemistry, they connect, and walking away from it, is making both miserable.
But before they can build a true, lasting relationship, they have some work to do within, and it's not an easy road.
I have enjoyed this series, the contention and bonding of the new brothers, the passion and ardor the brothers set out to do everything in their lives, and the pure adoration they have for the women they fall for. Wyatt and Juliette had all that as well, as soon as they got through the angst and misgivings they had about what their future holds. It was a quick read, with a zeal, fervor, and joy
~ Four Spoons
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery creates the small-town destination for romance in charming Fool's Gold, California—where a loner cowboy finds the one woman who can capture his heart...
After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival.
Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.
In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?
Goodness, sorry if I'm gushing a bit, but this story, it rocked my mind!
There was just so much that I loved, I try to get it down in coherent thoughts.
The characters, they are deep, complex, charming, charismatic, flawed humans, who have so much to give, learn, and endow.
Phoebe has the biggest heart, goofy mind, she is smart, capable, and caring. All she ever wanted was to belong, be a part of something, and to matter. But growing up in the foster system didn't give her many chances of that.
Zane, grouchy he might come across, as well as a loner. But he carries the responsibility of so much, he cares, wants to give his brother the best possible beginning in life, and to be loved.
Phoebe and Zane have an instant connection, and form a friendship of a short, while the attraction is running hot in their veins.
The group of people who take on the cattle drive, will get so much more out of the trip, than just a fun vacation. They all take a trip into themselves as well, there's lessons about letting go, acceptance, love, healing and perception, as they take on the trip and face the beauty and the danger of the nature.
There were moments of laughter, smiles, and sighs, tears of joy and sorrow, and occasion of pure terror and danger, as the countryside shows its less attractive and safe side. A journey with life lessons, sizzling yet tender romance, and moments of pure victory, a truly memorable, entertaining tale with amazing scenery the author painted in the reader's mind
~ Five Spoons!
Welcome back to charming Blue Arrow Lake as temptation sizzles in a glittering new romance from USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway...
Blue-collar landscaper Brett Walker has no interest in the Hollywood vacationers flocking to his hometown in the California mountains. But the scarred ex-soldier does have a duty to protect Blue Arrow Lake—and the family ski resort—from a serial burglar. So when he suspects a break-in, he takes action…and ends up catching sinfully tempting down-on-her-luck heiress Angelica Rodriguez. She reminds him of trouble, but he can't deny her a safe place to stay—in one of his cabins.
Angelica has plenty of reasons to distrust—losing her money to her father's legal woes being one of them. Getting up close and naughty with rough, tough and sexy Brett tempts her out of her comfort zone and into the arms of a man who's not from her wealthy world. She's after safety and he's chasing justice, but the fire between them might reveal that all they want is each other.
This story is lovely and warm visit to the Blue Arrow Lake during the autumn, when most of the people from 'down the hill' have left, and the mountain community is settling down for the upcoming winter.
The Walker family, or siblings, are a close-knit, fun bunch. I love the way they took care of each other, looked out for each other, and completely get into each other's business.
Brett, grouchy like a mountain bear, is known for his serial-dating habits, he has lost his ability to trust, care or love, according to himself. But everything he does speaks the opposite.
Angelica, even though grew up privileged financially, has not had it easy. All she ever wanted was a place where she belongs, people she could love and accept her, and would do the same for her. Now, thanks to her father stealing her savings, she is broke, homeless, in a desperate situation. But thanks to Brett, she soon has jobs to support herself, and a place to live.
Brett and Angelica are drawn to each other, the attraction is strong, the lust filled thoughts leaving them on a shaky ground. Every time they take a step closer together, find intimacy with each other, or share a moment with each other, Brett backs off, barking. And every time he does that, he comes back with an apology, and even more intimate moment with 'angel face'. Both Angelica and Brett have issues they have to work through from their past, and together they would be perfect for each other, if Brett would just allow it.
At the same time, Angelica's best friend, Glory, is going through her own struggle, deciding about her future, and about her feelings towards Kyle.
Addition to all the emotional turmoil in the small town, the press starts to hunt Angelica about her father's criminal action, and a mysterious burglary spree in town puts everyone on their toes.
The story has lots of interesting elements, characters with charisma and depth, little mystery in town, and lots of living. It's lovely and lively, even though it moves on a bit slowly, it's like visiting old friends in a small town.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
A four book multi-author series, based around four women who went to boarding school together, and an old Irish pub in Brooklyn called Sully's. Each story riffs loosely off a fairy tale. The stories are tightly connected and it's best to read the series consecutively.
Once upon a time, Mercedes ‘Mercy’ Hernandez had the most enormous crush on her best friend’s older brother, Seb Madison. Now, though, she can’t stand the beast. Forget that he’s as spine-tinglingly gorgeous as ever. He’s a lousy brother and a manipulative bastard, not that she ever thinks about that disastrous one night stand they once had…
Still riddled with guilt over the death of his parents, billionaire loner Seb Madison has spent so long emotionally shut off that when beautiful, fiery Mercy bursts into his life again, he doesn’t know what’s hit him. All he knows is that she confuses him and he doesn’t like it.
Yet their chemistry hasn’t faded and, when hostility turns to attraction, a no-strings affair seems the logical solution. Mercy’s taking a much needed break from her family’s Argentinian vineyard to study for an MBA and Seb doesn’t do relationships. Neither have either the time or inclination for anything other than weekends-only red-hot sex. Or do they…?
The Fairy Tales of New York continue with a book three, where Mercy and Seb has the chance to tell their story.
Mercy, the always happy, bubbly, caring and loyal friend, who would do anything for her friends, who likes to fix things, and always see the good in other people. And who has had a crush on Seb since the first time she saw his picture over a decade ago.
Seb was introduced previously in the series, and not in the best of lights, as Zel's older brother, who all but deserted her after the tragic accident where their parents died and Seb was seriously injured.
But Seb has much more to him, than it seems. There are deep wounds, guilt, and demons from the accident, that has driven him to be a secluded loner. He has pushed everyone out of his life, to avoid the possibility to hurt them and their life in any way. He has dedicated his life to his work, and nothing else has room in it.
Until Mercy, once again fighting for her friend, Zel, pushes into his life, and things start to change.
The planned 'just weekends hot affair' doesn't work so well, as the interest goes deeper, feelings start to develop, and the walls around Seb and his heart starts to come down. Seeing the development in Seb, the heartfelt pain, loneliness, and guilt starting to crumble, was a moment of victory. Seeing his true colors makes him likable, caring, appealing, even charming. Mercy is so perfect for him with her sass and non-stoppable ways pushing him forward. Together they are not only steaming hot, but the fragile feelings developing between them are adorable. There's trouble, agony, and anguish, but also passion, joy, and devotion.
This series has been a true joy to read so far, with the allegiance of the friends and family, the fervor and intensity of the loving romances, and the true, lifelike troubles and feelings the characters go through, makes the stories true winners, one after the other, and Taming the Beast is no different in that regard
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
A Good Rogue is Hard to Find
The Lords of Worth # 2
By: Kelly Bowen
Released April 28th, 2015
HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . .
The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close - and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still. . . .
UNTIL HE MEETS HER
He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent - unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .
“Just what the hell do you think you’re doing?”
Jenna jumped, nearly tripping backwards.
The Duke of Worth strode into the room from the doorway. “I asked you what you’re doing in my mother’s rooms. Rifling through her things.” His voice was hard, and his expression even harder. He looked furious and dangerous, and Jenna could feel her pulse pound.
“You startled me.” She was relieved her voice came out evenly. She curled her fingers around the diamond and pushed her hand into the folds of her skirts.
His eyes narrowed. “I would imagine most thieves say the same thing when they are caught.”
Jenna would have laughed if it weren’t for the fact she was struggling to formulate a good excuse for what the duke had thought he’d seen. “I am not a thief.” At least at the moment, she added silently.
“Yes, I believe all thieves say that as well.”
Jenna rolled her eyes. “There is no need for fuss, Your Grace,” she said. “Your mother asked me to fetch her spencer for her. She is going out.”
The duke didn’t look convinced. “And she keeps her spencer in the bottom of her wardrobe?”
“No. It would seem she does not. Now, if you would be so kind as to move out of the way, I can continue my search.”
Worth took a menacing step towards Jenna. “And why did she send you to find it? Surely she has a maid who looks after these things?”
“Of course she does,” Jenna agreed. “But I was closer. All of your mother’s staff have multiple duties. Speaking of which, how are the accounts coming?” She edged away from the duke.
“Don’t think you can divert me,” Worth growled. “I take a break from ledgers that seem to have been creatively tallied by a drunken jester, only to find you skulking about in my mother’s rooms. I want to know what you were doing.” His gaze flickered to her hands still clenched at her sides. “Show me your hands.”
Jenna forced herself not to react. The diamond suddenly felt like it was the size of an apple against her palm. “Are you accusing me of something, Your Grace?”
Worth let out a bark of what sounded like bitter, disappointed laughter. “I’m fairly certain I already did.”
“Of course. You believe me to be a thief, based on the fact you discovered your mother’s hired companion looking for an article of clothing in her rooms.” She was stalling, and they both knew it.
The duke closed the distance between them again. “I don’t believe, I know. Show. Me. Your. Hands.”
Jenna swore inwardly. If she handed the diamond over to the duke, that would open a whole barrel of questions she had no interest in answering. Like why a supposedly dead marchioness had left a supposedly lost fortune in diamonds with a supposedly eccentric duchess to sell. And what that money was used for. And why Jenna was sneaking one out of the house. Goddammit, but the Duke of Worth was beginning to make life difficult.
“Very well.” In a swift motion, Jenna brought her hands up in front of her chest, dropping the diamond down the front of her bodice even as she opened her fingers to him.
For a moment, Worth looked stunned. “What the hell did you drop down the front of your dress?” he snarled.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Jenna replied placidly. She had gotten herself out of stickier situations than this. Distract and deflect. She dropped her hands again.
“I demand to know what you took.”
“Nothing, Your Grace.”
“You have something in the front of your dress,” he snapped.
“I have since I was twelve years old.”
Worth started in shock before he swiped his hands through his hair angrily. “You think this is funny?”
“A little.” She was forcing a sangfroid she didn’t feel.
The duke let out a string of expletives better suited to the London docks. “You have five seconds to produce whatever you have in the front of your dress, or I swear by all that is holy, I will rip your bodice in half and retrieve it for you.”
“Ah. Is this your area of expertise?”
That stopped him short. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”
Jenna smirked at him and cocked a brow. “I thought bodice ripping might be part of your overwhelming charm.”
Worth’s eyes darkened even further. “Very well, Miss Hughes, have it your way.”
God’s teeth, he was calling her bluff, and in truth, he had every right to do so. Though she’d be damned if she conceded. “Do your worst then,” she dared.
Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.
But it was Kelly's infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.
Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.
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Healing Harts #2
By: T.J. Kline
Released June 2, 2015
T. J. Kline's Healing Harts series continues as a soldier suffering from PTSD and a therapy dog trainer find that some scars can only be healed by love...
Julia Hart knows how much good she does training therapy dogs—it's what helped her overcome her own trials after a relationship turned unexpectedly violent. But moving beyond her mistakes meant trusting only her family with her heart.
Dylan, a former soldier, has run out of hope for recovery. Plagued by nightmares and flashbacks, he doubts anything will help him overcome his PTSD. When his brother convinces him to try one last time, he agrees to get a therapy dog.
Dylan didn't expect to find Julia or a chance for a "normal" future again. But when Julia's attacker is released from prison, Dylan and Julia will have to face the past together.
A heartfelt, emotional and suspenseful story, that captured my mind.
What Dylan has experienced, and lost, is devastating and overwhelming. The love and devotion between Dylan and his brother is admirable, and what Gage has given up to take care of Dylan, just mind blowing. The PTSD Dylan has, and the description of the hell he lives with, is very vivid.
I am a big believer of the therapy dogs, and love reading stories about them. The bond between Dylan and Roscoe forms fast and deep. The connection between them is nearly supernatural, and Dylan's improvement with Roscoe by his side, is absolutely adorable.
Julia and Dylan have chemistry and charisma. They are drawn to each other from the first moment, like the two broken pieces that together forms a whole. They both have their issues, wounds, and past, they have to recover from, and accept. The road to recovery is not easy, and will never be full, but together they are able to take bigger steps towards more 'normal' existence, that Dylan has known, since he came back from the war.
But the inner demons, nightmares, and flashbacks are not the only thing Julia and Dylan has to fight, soon Julia's ex, Evan, who was recently released from prison, comes for a visit, despite the restriction order, stalking and harassing Julia. The tension builds on the farm, the suspense, bringing a strain and stress on Dylan and Julia, whom already both have PTSD.
The story is well built from all the sides of the tale. The suspense is intense, the mystery of Evan's whereabouts is straining the small town's police force, and the cat and mouse type teasing from Evan is nerve racking.
This poignant and touching tale has many elements, that bring even more depth, feelings, and perception to the story. It makes an impact, makes you think, appreciate even more all that the military personnel have to experience when in battle, the love and romance between Dylan and Julie is tender, fragile, and sweet, that gives hope and optimism for a better tomorrow, and the many lovely, sweet service dogs in the story, and the work they do, just melts the heart, thrilling tale indeed!
~ Five Spoons!
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and rodeo queen competitions since the age of 14, She has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has had several articles about rodeo published in the past in small periodicals as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah.
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Books & Spoons presents - Tasty Book Tours Book Blast: REMIND ME by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers
First in a tantalizing new trilogy about reigniting a forbidden desire from long ago...
As heiress to a media empire Alessandra Sinclair was raised to put family obligations first. But everything changes the night her first love walks back into her life and turns her whole world upside down. Haunted by the memories of a secret romance with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, she can't seem to get Hudson Chase out of her mind. Once again torn between two worlds, Allie must decide how much she's willing to risk to have the love she's always longed for.
Ten years is a long time to wait, but billionaire Hudson Chase didn't become CEO of one of the country's fastest growing companies by giving up on what he wants. Now that he's got Allie in his sights again, he's determined to make her regret breaking his heart. And this time, he's going to make damn sure he's not so easy to forget.
Includes a preview of Release Me book two of the Chasing Fire trilogy.
Allie wrapped the sheet around her and climbed out of bed. A pair of French doors led to a small balcony, and when she opened them she discovered Hudson sitting on the driveway below her. On a Harley. Wearing leather.
Her mouth went dry. Up until then she’d only seen him dressed like a CEO in custom suits or cashmere sweaters. But now he looked like a bad boy from the wrong side of town. Her skin warmed at the sight of him; from his motorcycle boots to his faded jeans to his black leather jacket. She knew she was gawking, but she couldn’t help it. Below her, straddling that sleek black and chrome machine, was the boy she once knew. Only now he was powerful, in control, and if possible, ten times hotter. It was like Hudson Chase 2.0.
He cut the engine and smiled up at her. “Good morning, sleepy head.”
“Good morning.” Allie dropped her chin and tucked a stray piece of hair behind her ear. For some reason, she found herself feeling incredibly shy. Perhaps it was being outside in her current state of undress, or perhaps it was their night of raw, uninhibited sex. She felt her face flush just thinking about the things he’d done to her the night before; things she’d like him to do again. She cleared her throat and tried her best to keep her voice level. “So that’s the bike I keep hearing about?”
“The very one.” He shifted the motorcycle back to engage the kickstand and climbed off. “Get dressed. We’re going for a ride.”
A thrill shot through her. “Be right down.”
Allie hurried back into the house, quickly changing into jeans and a lightweight sweater. She brushed her teeth and pulled her hair into a haphazard ponytail before grabbing her leather jacket and flying down the stairs. She was going for a ride on Hudson Chase’s Harley! When she reached the gravel drive she found Hudson leaning against the bike seat with a helmet in his hands. “I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to wake up.”
“Must be all the fresh air.”
He raised a brow as he straightened and stepped away from the bike.
“Well, I would have been up earlier if you hadn’t kept me up all night.”
“I clearly remember being given specific instructions.” He drew her against him and let his hand glide over the curve of her ass, holding her tight as his hips rolled against hers. “Don’t stop, Hudson. Oh God, don’t stop.”
Heat pooled between her legs as her traitorous body responded to his despite her embarrassment over her wanton behavior. Placing both hands on his chest, she gave him a playful shove. “Well, you can stop now.”
Hudson chuckled. “Here,” he said, handing Allie the helmet. “Put this on.”
Allie took the helmet from him and eyed it skeptically. “I don’t think it will fit over my ponytail.”
“It’s not up for debate. But you might be more comfortable with your hair down.” He reached up and gently tugged the hair tie loose, letting her long blond curls cascade around her shoulders. His knuckles brushed her cheek. “You look beautiful.”
His touch ignited her skin. She looked up at him from beneath her lashes and began to wonder if they’d make it back in the house, let alone on a bike ride. If he wanted to take her right there on the gravel, she’d probably let him.
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Accidentally In Love
Friends First # 3
By: Laura Drewry
Releasing June 16, 2015
Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Laura Drewry’s warm and humorous new Friends First romance, a sexy romp about a good cop and a bad girl playing hard to get.
Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale—again—doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude leaves Ellie ice-cold, and his rock-hard body won’t change that. Still, the more time she spends with the guy, the more she finds herself warming up to his unexpected charms.
Even though Brett comes off like a boy scout, Ellie has sparked something he wants badly enough to get him to rethink his past mistakes. But when her ex shows up, Brett makes it his mission to keep Ellie safe in the here and now. His gut tells him the guy’s trouble, and Ellie must agree, because she doesn’t complain when Brett pulls her close. To keep her safe, though, he’ll have to choose between breaking her heart . . . and breaking the rules.
This story has it all, great friends, bittersweet romance, suspense, and lots of emotions.
Brett and Ellie are hard not to like. They cracked me up from the get go, with the rather open animosity between them. Ellie just can't drive by the speed limits, and Brett follows the rules to the dot. Thus, Ellie loses her license after too many speeding tickets.
Add to that the fact that Ellie's mother shows up at her doorsteps, saying she is leaving her father, Ellie's just about had enough. Until her ex shows up, unexpectedly since Ellie though he was still in prison.
When Ellie and Brett start acting as a fake couple, to draw the creepy ex, Kurt, out, things get even more interesting. Since both Brett and Ellie have been harboring a secret attraction towards each other.
The things Kurt, the ex, is rather eerie, the way the danger is built up, the stalking is getting more and more personal by stages, is like a nightmare happening to Ellie. I had chills at some of the scenes, the fear and malice presence is so palpable. The support of the friends is solid, they all are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Ellie safe.
Brett and Ellie get to know each other well, while acting as a couple to the whole town. They are adorable together, the chemistry, heat, and connection is present from the start, and just building on as the story continues. The humor in the story is fantastic. I laughed out loud, and I don't mean just a burst of laugh, I'm talking about laughing until you can't breath with tears in your eyes. Never has this happen with a book before, and with this story it happened twice. But there are touching, moving scenes as well, that took my breath away.
So when you mix a group of great friends, who look out for each other, delightful romance, likable characters, and a touch of thriller you get Accidentally in Love
~ Five Spoons!
Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.
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He'd been hired to transport precious cargo--and it put a beautiful twist in his solitary life
Former operative turned pilot Dylan Branson has one mission: deliver vital codes to Omega Sector before millions of lives are lost. Surprisingly, the codes reside in the photographic memory of Shelby Keelan, a beautiful computer expert who's so far survived two murder attempts.
Used to doing things solo, Dylan will get Shelby to Washington, DC, then walk away. So he's stunned to discover she's as much a loner as he is--and how much that appeals to him. Now, with both their lives in danger after his plane is sabotaged midair, Dylan no longer thinks of Shelby as just a job. Or that he'll be able to let her go once it's over.
I love this series! And I have to admit, Dylan and Shelby just got to me, they are characters that are easy, for me, to relate to. Shelby has some quirks that made me smile with understanding, the need to be alone, needing your space, being too direct and not a fan of chit-chat, and loving numbers, having sass... She is amazing!
Dylan is a bit of a grouch, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, protecting himself from getting close to people, since his wife and unborn baby died. But he does redeem himself in the story, and there are several swoon worthy moments, that just made me sigh. Dylan's better qualities comes through loud and clear as well, his loyalty, protectiveness, caring, and wanting to fix things for other.
The other Branson siblings from the previous stories also play a part in this book, and Sawyer & Megan have a moment that just melted my heart. This book is easy to be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend also the previous books in the series.
The story has a flow that caught me from the start, and certainly kept it till the end. The build up in the tale is smooth, from the moment Dylan and Shelby meet, the connection is there, the chemistry is in place, and they just click, feel comfortable, at home, within each other's company.
Then the suspenseful tension takes a hold of the story and keeps building up, as Dylan and Shelby found themselves again and again in life and death situations on their way to DC, and end up at the mercy of the wilderness. All the events, and murder attempts, prove, that Omega Sector does have a mole, and he is most likely high up in the hierarchy. It takes all the Branson siblings, with the help of Megan and Shelby, to risk their lives while fighting against the horrid terror attack about to happen.
I was swept away by this story, both times I read it. It has fast action, slowly building terror, fascinating and charming characters, and some of the best romantic scenes, that even with the second reading left me in tears!
~ Five Spoons!
Janie Crouch is an author for Harlequin Intrigue. Her debut novel PRIMAL INSTINCT was nominated for a 2014 Reviewer's Choice Award by RT (Romantic Times) Magazine. Her Omega Sector series is available now!
Janie loves to read – almost exclusively romance – and has been doing so since middle school. She learned to love Harlequin (Mills & Boon) Romances when she lived in Wales, UK as a preteen, then moved on to a passion for romantic suspense as an adult. Her favorite authors include: Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, and Elizabeth Lowell.
Janie recently relocated with her hubby and four kids to Germany (due to her husband's job for support of the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head (and even when she is), she enjoys traveling, long-distance running, movie-watching, knitting and adventure (obstacle) racing. Janie completed an Ironman Triathlon in 2014.
Most of all she loves to laugh and joke and count her blessings. And they are many.
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Tempting the Knight is the second of a four book multi-author series, based around four women who went to boarding school together, and an old Irish pub in Brooklyn called Sully's. Each story riffs loosely off a fairy tale. The stories are tightly connected and it's best to read the series consecutively.
Once upon a time, poor little rich girl Zelda Madison wanted someone to love her, until she discovered being a badass was much more fun.
Ten years after getting kicked out of convent school and torn away from her three best friends, Zelda has worked hard to clean up her act, but her wild streak has never been completely tamed and — one midnight swim on Manhattan Beach later — she’s suddenly in urgent need of a knight in shining armor…
Hard-working legal aid attorney Tyrone Sullivan is the last guy she should call. Not only does he hold a grudge when it comes to Zelda leading his little sister astray all those years ago, he’s also supremely pissed about having to rescue a runaway supermodel from a Brooklyn police station at two am. But when Ty reluctantly agrees to bust Zel out of her ivory tower and let her hide out on his house barge for a few days, she shows him the wild side he didn’t know he had.
Zel discovers there’s nothing hotter than tarnishing a good guy’s armor… Until he starts to steal her bad girl’s battered heart…
I'm really enjoying this series. The stories are hot, sensual, yet loving and tender. The characters have real life issues, they are strong, energetic, loyal, and family matters to them. The stories touch the emotions of the reader, are inspiring, heartening, and uplifting, like the old time fairy tales they remotely resembles.
Zelda lives behind a facade, that the circumstances of her life have built around her. She has been sober for five years, yet the tabloids are writing stories of the opposite, of her wild escapes around the world. Not everything as it seems, though. Zelda is committed to her sobriety, wants more out her life than the modeling career she has had. Life is not easy, the constant rejection from her brother, the only family she has left, has shattered her spirits, making it hard for her to believe in herself as a valuable person.
Ty has played the role of the big brother all his life. He is responsible, nurturing, and a planner. He has his own demons he is battling with, his mother's hard life, and her early death, that has left resentment in his mind towards the family pub, and his father.
The Labor Day weekend they spent together, is steaming, scorching hot. The chemistry between them is sizzling, and soon deeper feelings come into the picture.
The support, loyalty, faith, and devotion the family and the close circle of friends have for each other is admirable. There's a conversation between the two of the brothers, I wept when I read it, it is so honest, moving, and sincere. You can feel the agony and confusion life and love sometimes is. Cause life can be a mess, you can't plan everything, without having the awareness, that life doesn't always follow our plans, a fact this story brings home clearly. Yes, life is a struggle at times, and we fail, but with the love and support, and help from our loved ones, we can survive and prevail just about anything.
This story left me with a smile, joy in my mind and a deep sigh.
Don't miss this amazing series this summer!
~ Four Spoons and a teaspoon on the side
Lisa Sommerville’s wild one-night-stand was completely out of character for the workaholic businesswoman. So when she arrives in Buckhorn, Kentucky to spend a summer rethinking her career, she’s stunned to find that Gray Neely has stepped out of her steamy memories and taken up residence in her hometown. What’s more, the laid-back ex-cop wants to pick up where they left off.
Lisa has been on Gray’s mind every day since that mind-blowing encounter. He was reeling from a tragedy in the line of duty, and their connection was instant and intense. Still is. But sleepy Buckhorn is a million miles from her corporate world. And he has one sweet, hot summer to prove they have a future there, together…
This story has everything you want from a hot summer read, while laying on the beach chair, enjoying the summer and the sun!
The hot one night stand, that stayed on their minds and dreams and changes the destination of their lives, has a chance to be so much more, when Lisa finds Gray is the new resident of her hometown. Working for Gray at the marina, gives them the possibility to get to know each other better, and learn if there are deeper emotions involved.
What's for sure is involved, is the meddling, prying, nosy family of Lisa's. They are not shy to find out who, what and where, when it comes to Gray and his past.
Soon someone is also threatening Gray, and the whole family steps in to help.
So if you enjoy delightful, light, and luscious romance story, with lots of summer fun, steaming hot couple, and family who will stick their nose in everything, and protect their own in a small town USA, you will love this story!
~ Four Spoons