Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Haven Point with New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne, where hope, home, and happily-ever-after are as close as your holiday stocking...
Christmas is the last thing Cole Barrett is thinking about this year. He's barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life.
In the years since her cancer treatments, physician Devin Shaw has researched the curative powers of Lake Haven's mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch's attractively gruff owner: she'll give Cole's children the magical Christmas they deserve, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family's battered hearts—and her own?
A warm and touching Christmas novel, about forgiveness, family, and finding a forever kind of love. This story made me smile, it had me in tears, just a very well written, clean (no love scenes, no bad language) story, that has abundance of Christmas spirit.
Devin and Cole are adorable. They fight the attraction between them, and it mostly stays on the back burner through the story, as the holidays approach, and the life turns into a storm like chaos for Cole. His pregnant sister arrives and has left her husband, his estranged father arrives and lives on the property, his children's mother has died, and suddenly he is a single father for two grieving kids, his horse business is just picking up... Just too much at once.
But Devin is there, she steps in, she takes care of things, she organizes things, finds help, and just is there when needed. I loved it. They form a friendship of a sort, and help each other out, support each other, and listen to each other.
Cole is such a good, caring, solid man. But he wasn't that in the past. He has a hard time forgiving himself for his past actions, and seeing himself now, how he has grown and matured to be the man he is today. He also struggles with his relationship with his dad, who abandoned him and his sister, after their mother died.
His sister and her husband have their own issues, that they have to work through, with the twins on their way into the world.
I loved the personalities of Cole's kids. They are true individuals, and spirited little people. Their sorrow over their mother's death was palpable, and the joy of the holidays then even more meaningful.
The people in town are inspiring and loving. The help and support from them is heartfelt.
The whole scene, with the extended cast, was so full of warm, fuzzy, Christmas spirits, and with several Christmas miracles, on the special night, this story just touched my heart, and I wasn't ready for it to end
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods sweeps readers away with the story of a beloved member of the O'Brien family as she claims the life she's always dreamed of...
Spirited, spontaneous Carrie Winters has grown up under the watchful eyes of not only her grandfather Mick O'Brien, but the entire town of Chesapeake Shores.
Now that she's home from Europe, a glamorous fashion career behind her and her heart broken, there seem to be far too many people watching to see if she'll live up to the expectations her family has for her.
As if that weren't enough pressure, Carrie finds herself drawn to sexy, grief-stricken Sam Winslow, who is yearning for someone to help him raise the nephew who's unexpectedly come into his life after a tragedy.
With her own life in turmoil, is Carrie really ready to take on a new career and a new man? Or is Sam exactly what she needs to create the strong, loving family she's always wanted?
A heartfelt story about life in a large family, with joys and sorrows, finding your place in life, and daring to take the steps to happiness, whatever it may take.
The large, extended family of O'Brien loves to get involved in each other's lives, gossip and meddle as much as possible, but mostly with a loving, caring heart, with the best intentions towards each other.
Carrie and Sam obviously have a spark, the connection is real, the attraction strong. They take the relationship forward very slowly and cautiously, with the turmoil in their lives enough of a challenge right now. The tone of the story is sweet, there's no love scenes in the tale, nor language either, that would be bothersome.
For some reason I did have difficulty connecting with Carrie, I loved her life goals, admired her spunk to go forward, but there was something that made it hard for me to get her, to understand where she was coming from, all the reasons not getting involved with Sam.
Sam, him I adored, he is likable, charming, caring, and sincere. I loved how his relationship with Bobby was developing, how they formed a team, the protective feelings he had towards him. His honesty with the overwhelming, huge responsibility with Bobby was touching. Also, how easily Carrie, Sam, and Bobby made a unit, a family, was admirable.
I enjoyed most of the secondary characters as well. There are a lot of them, and keeping them all in their place is a task. Even though this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel, it might make the task with the relatives easier, if you have read some of the previous stories.
I understand and sympathies with Susie's pain and loss. I felt for her, and wished her only good. I think she was painted to be a bit 'mean girl' in her sorrow, and that got old really fast for me. I'm happy how it all ended with her, I just wish it wouldn't have gotten so ugly at one point.
A lovely, well written, look at the O'Brien family on the Chesapeake Shores, their life with ups and downs, the daily struggles, and finding their life goals
~ Four Spoons
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Released Sept 15th, 2015
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff Comes a New Stand-Alone Story.
UGLY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER...
My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.
Until I met Maxwell Cole.
He's handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It's been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.
In exchange, he's offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I'm not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.
âSo I just ran without a shirt for a quarter mile and wouldâve gotten to go anyway?â
âNot really. But I wanted to make you feel bad. By the way, has anyone ever told you youâre completely mad?â
I laughed and turned around to unravel my tank top and slip it over my head, a huge smile on my face. âSo, what time do we leave for the airââ
I suddenly felt his hot sweaty body pressed up against my back, his one hand on my bare waist, the other sweeping my long hair to one side. âNo need to put that back on.â
My breath caught in my throat. âWha-wha-what are you doing?â I whispered, feeling his hands slide up the front of my body and begin touching my breasts over my bra. He was hard. Really, really hard, and straining against my lower back.
âI think thatâs fairly obvious; keeping our deal,â he said, his hot breath tickling my neck.
I was about to say something to explain how I didnât really want him to do what he was doing, but it wouldâve been a lie. The heat of his skin on my back, his hard cock pressing into me while his hands massaged my breasts felt better than anything Iâd ever experienced.
His lips trailed down the side of my neck and stopped right on the little spot where my shoulder started.
How was this happening? Because wasnât heâ¦didnât he have that problem withâ¦?
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KEEPING WHAT'S HIS
Porter Brothers Trilogy #1
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The Porter Brother's were raised to live and die by Three Rules
One, a Porter stands his ground
Two, a Porter leaves no enemy standing
Sutton Creech was a cheat and a liar. Tate Porter had found that out when he was eighteen, and he had no intention of letting her make a fool out of him again. He didnât care how much pain he saw in her eyes or how old memories tugged at his unforgiving heart until, the night a hidden secret is revealed and everything Tate had believed about their past is shattered, proving he had let the woman he loved get away.
Between trying to protect his family and running their pot growing business, Tate doesn't have time to play the "Nice Guy". He'd just have to remember the most important rule his father had given them: A Porter always keeps what's his.
"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.â
âSheâs not had an easy time since sheâs been gone.â Rachelâs soft voice didnât rouse his sympathy.
The soothing warmth he was receiving from his sisterâs hand on his arm didnât dispel the churning anger in his stomach, and Tate refused to talk about Sutton any longer.
Rachel sighed. âYour temper is going to be your downfall, Tate. Greer may be a hothead, but he gets over it fast. You hold a grudge forever.â
âYes, I do.â He and Cash had a contentious past over women, but the only one Cash had succeeded in angering him over was Sutton.
âYouâre an asshole. I never touched Sutton, but youâre not going to change your mind despite me telling you the truth. Ask me about any woman in town, and Iâll tell you the truth; why would I lie about her?â
âMaybe because your wife is sitting right here,â Tate replied sarcastically.
âIâve never denied my past to Rachel,â Cash snapped back.
âThen itâs because you knew I cared about her.â
Cash snorted. âYou didnât care about Sutton. You let her go easily enough. If you were as into her as youâre acting, you would have whipped my ass over her. Greer tried to give me a beating over that slut Diane. You just asked Lisa to the prom, instead. You were just tired of having blue balls, and it gave you the excuse to do what you wanted to do all along.â
âWhich was what?â Tate snarled.
âBreakup with Sutton and fuck Lisa.â
Tate stood, his chair scrapping back. âIâve gotta go before I knock the shit out of you. I canât afford to do any jail time right now. Bye, Rach.â
He ignored his sister trying to call him back. He didnât bother paying his bill, either, knowing Cash would take care of it. The son of a bitch deserved to pay his tab.
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THE LEGEND OF LYON REDMOND
Pennyroyal Green #11
Julie Anne Long
Releasing Sept 29th, 2015
Bound by centuries of bad blood, Englandâs two most powerful families maintain a veneer of civility...until the heir to the staggering Redmond fortune disappears, reviving rumors of an ancient curse: a Redmond and an Eversea are destined to fall disastrously in love once per generation.
An enduring legend
Rumor has it she broke Lyon Redmondâs heart. But while many a man has since wooed the dazzling Olivia Eversea, none has ever won herâwhich is why jaws drop when she suddenly accepts a viscountâs proposal. Now London waits with bated breath for the wedding of a decadeâ¦and wagers on the return of an heir.
An eternal love
It was instant and irresistible, forbidden...and unforgettable. And Lyonânow a driven, dangerous, infinitely devastating manâdecides itâs time for a reckoning. As the day of her wedding races toward them, Lyon and Olivia will decide whether their love is a curse destined to tear their families part...or the stuff of which legends are made.
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Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up, and she has the guitars and the questionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of her closet t prove it. When playing to indifferent crowds at midnight in dank clubs lost its, ahem, charm, she realized she could incorporate all of the best things about being in a bandânamely, drama, passion and men with unruly hairâinto novels, while at the same time indulging her love of history and research. So she made the move from guitar to keyboard (the computer variety) and embarked on a considerably more civilized, if not much more peaceful, career as a novelist.
Julie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with a fat orange cat. (Little known fact: they issue you a cat the minute you become a romance novelist.)
She was the last of the Eversea children to be married, and she was going to be the wife of a viscount. Her brothers had all married unusual women, not one of whom possessed a title. Genevieve had married a dukeâto the quietly gleeful satisfaction of her father, for they had trumped the Redmonds, who acquired a mere earl by marriageâbut she and Falconbridge had wed by special license. Olivia was the familyâs last chance for pomp.
And she knew everyone who loved her would exhale only when she was waving merrily good-bye from Landsdowneâs carriage as they went off on their wedding journey.
No one had said as much, of course.
And this was the unspoken source of all the tension.
They had nothing to worry about. Olivia was definitely going to marry him.
The betting books at Whiteâs, of course, had it otherwise.
God, but she was infinitely weary of being a sport for the wager-happy wastrels at Whiteâs. She did not want to be an event.
But if sheâd learned anything over the years, wanting something and getting it were not always sequential events. Even for Everseas.
She pressed her head back against the plump seat, which smelled vaguely and soothingly of her fatherâs tobacco, then gave a start and fished about in her reticule.
âBlast!â Only two shillings were in there, along with her hussif, her tortoiseshell card case, and, of course, a square of linen folded in sixteenths that she always pretended not to see but that traveled with her everywhere.
It had become a personal ritual, her way of tithing, to say a few kind words and drop a few coins into the cups of the beggars who had appeared weeks ago and lingered near Madame Marceauâs shop, and who reappeared no matter how often Madame Marceau tried to shoo them away. They were as intrepid as ants. They knew where to find sustenance, and that was from the affluent women who frequented the modiste.
But Olivia, as usual, always wished she had more to give.
At last âMadame Marceau, Modiste,â a gaudy sign gilded swinging on chains, came into view, Olivia sat up alertly. The Strand was even livelier than usual today, apparently: she could hear a choir, of all things.
She didnât know the tune, but it was certainly infectious, lilting and lively. Her foot was already tapping before the footman pulled open the door of the carriage, and she was smiling when he handed her down.
A half-dozen men were arrayed before Madame Marceauâs, arms slung about each other, swaying rhythmically, their heads tipped back in full-throated song. Another man seemed to be presiding as a conductor, strutting to and fro before them and holding a sheaf of papers in one hand.
He waved one in the air. âGet yer flash ballad here! Two pence! Be the first to teach your friends the song all of London will be singing for centuries to come!â
This was quite a claim, given that one of Londonâs other favorite songs was all about Oliviaâs brother Colin, and it, like Colin, who had survived the gallows, refused to die.
Years of distributing and accepting pamphlets for the causes nearest her heartâthe eradication of slavery and the protection of the poorâhad Olivia reflexively stretching out her hand for it.
The man hesitated, then saw the outstretched hand was encased in an expensive blue kid glove and decided to let her hold it.
âTwo pence, madame, if yeâd like to take it with you.â He beamed persuasively at her.
She didnât hear him.
She was transfixed in horror by the first words on the page.
Heath “Con” Connelly is back in San Clemente after three stints in the Middle East with the Navy SEALS. Despite the fact that he’s known to his “brothers” at Preach’s Place for being better with his hands and dangerous when angered, he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. And that’s going…well, not great when he bumps into Mia Santos and notices someone has been beating up the beauty who was always the woman he could never have.
Mia Santos, daughter of one of the most dangerous drug lords, finds herself in the cross-hairs of a turf war. Knowing she put herself there by making bad decisions when deep in a tequila bottle has sharpened her resolve to keep anyone—especially Con—from getting involved in the bloody and dangerous world that is her own. But Con’s not walking away and danger is like a second skin to him. He intends to protect his “family” and claim Mia, unless he gets crushed beneath the dual instincts of lust and rage…
The dark, dangerous, and edgy tone of the story is rather addictive.
The life at the beach is rough and rocky. The turf wars between drug lords and families has come a personal matter, and brings out the primitive side of life - it's a matter of life and death, and the law seems to have very little influence in the matter.
There are several bloody, cruel, detailed confrontations between the brothers and the gang, while Con is trying to protect those he considered his family.
Mia and Con live every moment as it could be the last, not knowing how the fight will end. The desperation and anxiety is evident. The intensity of the story, the gory fights, the fear, the frantic sex, it all underlines the violent inflection of the story.
But in the midst of all the darkness, there's a hope for a better future, wish to control and balance in life, a promise of love and companionship, and a three legged rescue dog named Buttercup. Cause sometimes family is not formed by blood, but by those people you can trust.
~ Four Spoons
All I Need Is You
Loving You #2
By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing October 6, 2015
Perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Robyn Carr, this sexy yet sweet military romance reunites a headstrong dancer and a rugged army soldier after one steamy encounter tears them apart.
As a dancer who creates mesmerizing visions onstage, Neve James is looking for the same kind of stability in her love life. Her pen pal, Rory McRoy, is on leave from deployment in Afghanistan, so she heads to Boston to surprise him. After corresponding for months as part of a “Support Our Troops” initiative—and exchanging dozens of “Read When You’re Alone” letters—Neve knows what Rory likes, and she intends to fulfill his every fantasy. But all they get are a few blissful moments together before they’re interrupted by a woman claiming to be Rory’s fiancée.
Rory has fallen hard for Neve’s letters. When he finally meets her in person, he has to have her, right then and there—until Neve takes off in a fit of anger. Forced to return to Afghanistan before he can fix things between them, Rory waits four agonizing months to prove that he’s not the man Neve thinks he is. But by the time he arrives in New York, she’s already made up her mind. Luckily, Rory never backs down from a challenge, and he’s prepared to put everything on the line for love.
Often a romance novels follow a formula: the couple meets, they get to know each other, there might be a conflict that tests their relationship, and after that is resolved, they get their happily ever after. Well, Rory and Neve's story starts from the conflict, the relationship is explosive and stormy from the beginning, big emotions, healing of both body and mind, and a lot of growing up, figuring out life, before they are ready to consider a more stable and solid relationship.
I have always said you get to know the other person better, if at some point in your relationship, you are forced to have a long distance connection, and letters are exchanged. Because it is so much easier to put in writing some things, than to say it to a person's face. Rory and Neve truly get to share their lives with each other, while writing letters and emails, while Rory is in Afghanistan. They become friends, confidants, a person to trust with their deepest thoughts, fears, and desires. And all of it is put to test, when they finally meet face to face.
Neve has believed, since she was thirteen years old, that she is a burden, unwanted, and costly adoptive child. The hurt and pain, insecurity that crew in her mind from the words not meant for her ears, have shaped her young life. For years she was acting up, looking for acceptance and love from the last places and people it to be found.
All that starts to slowly change when she meets Rory through letters. With him she wants to be the best version of herself, leaving all the past behind.
But it isn't easy, it is raw, rough, and hurtful. Neve has to learn that trust is to be earned, not demanded blindly. She has to learn to compromise, take her responsibility of her own actions, and own her past, accept it, to be able to leave it behind.
With Neve's issues with her past, her getting sick, Rory's PSTD, and Neve's overprotective brother, the road to relationship is an uphill battle, filled with therapeutic sex, long talks, laughter and tears.
This story got me, deep. Both Rory and Neve are so real, easy to like and relate to, the relationship is lifelike, it is hard work, and even the best moments can turn totally upside down. But they are doing the work, because the fact that they care for each other is obvious, that they are perfect for each other is evident, that together on their worst day, is better than the best day apart. I laughed with them, and I was in tears. The secondary characters peeked my interest, and I have the desire to know more about them. I absolutely loved being in this world during the story, and wasn't quite ready to depart it yet.
Heartache and tears, utter joy and laughter, this story touched my heart, mind, emotions, cause this is what life is all about
~ Five Spoons
Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/ emailing/ tweeting/ facebooking with her online friends.
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Talk about a hot lead…
Christmas is coming to Pine Mountain—and it has a way of stirring up memories, good and bad. Nick Brennan may manage the Double Shot bar smooth as good whiskey, but his past is a hot mess. When he runs into a burning building to save a little boy, some people start thinking there’s more to his heroism than holiday spirit. And then the local reporter assigned to the story turns out to be gorgeous Ava Mancuso, the girl who got away.
Ava knows what it’s like to have a past. But the changes she’s seen in Nick since she knew him do more than set off her natural curiosity—his warm eyes and gruff charm have her instincts fired up. Still, all the chemistry in the world doesn’t erase history, even when Nick invites her to his little sister’s mistletoe wedding. Does he have a heart under all those secrets? Or is this going to be just another Christmas past?
The past Nick and Ava have together is filled with bittersweet memories. There are the best of times that they had together seven years ago, the love and adoration they had for each other for a glorious three months, but there's also the pain, and betrayal, Nick felt when Ava left without a word, the time Nick spent looking for her, and love that was lost without a good reason.
Now they are back in each other's life. And after a rocky start, everything goes so well, they have the connection that they had before, it is as fresh and vital as before. The chemistry is burning hot, the feelings inside are bubbling to get out, and the world is a little bit better place because they are in each others arms again.
But trust doesn't come easy, they both have a hard time opening up, communicating about their past, talking about events that changed their lives for good, sharing about the pain and sorrow hidden deep inside.
And as a reporter, Ava wants to show what she really feels about Nick, by telling the world his story, as it should be told. Ava's supervisor at the newspaper doesn't look at the world quite the same way as Ava does, and soon the well intended article turns into something else, something that could break the best thing ever happen to Ava and Nick.
I didn't understand why Ava couldn't be honest about her actions, about the newspaper article she was writing. She knew it wasn't right, since she had to hide it from Nick, so why not talk to him about it, and the reasons behind it.
Nick's secrets coming into light, no matter how or why, changed his life again, and I liked how the firehouse drama was handled.
The story is heartwarming, it is sizzling between Nick and Ava, they obviously belong together, and the relationship is believable. Communication seemed to be their downfall, and once again it was highlighted how important open and honest conversations between people are. A great way to end the Pine Mountain series, and move on to the firefighters at Fairview
~ Four Spoons
Can the same killer strike again—a hundred and fifty years later?
Estes Park, Colorado, is a place of serenity. But it wasn't always so serene. Shortly after the Civil War, Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered there, leaving behind a young son. The crime was never solved.
Now…historian Scarlet Barlow is working at a small museum attached to a B and B, the same building where that murder occurred. She recently came to Colorado, reeling after her divorce from FBI agent Diego McCullough. Diego—who's just been asked to join the Krewe of Hunters, a unit dealing with "unusual" situations…
When Scarlet unwittingly takes pictures of people who've been murdered—just like the Kendalls a hundred and fifty years before—the police look at her with suspicion. Then the museum's statues of historic people, including Nathan Kendall, begin to talk to her, and she knows it's time to call her ex-husband. Diego heads to Estes Park, determined to solve the bizarre case that threatens Scarlet's life—and to reunite with the woman he never stopped loving.
A Spine tingling adventure between two worlds, that makes you look at the history in a new way.
I am not a paranormal book fan, but I have been completely taken by this series. The books are well written, the stories are alluring with the suspense that mixes up the world before us, the history that affects even today, and the ghosts who linger around to help them to solve the crimes.
I admit, I was clueless about who could have been behind the murders in this small Colorado town. The clues were nearly nonexistent, the team works relentlessly to solve the crimes, no stone was left overturned. The danger is constantly present, the threat believable and scary.
I found it fascinating how they worked the murders of the past at the same time as in the present, and the same clues helped on both of the cases. The ghosts lingering around were so human like, and often entertaining, and not least helping to solve the crimes, it was enchanting.
I loved how Diego came to Scarlet's help, no questions asked. The connection they had was still strong, the failed marriage didn't kill it. The feelings they had for each other never dies. Immediately, they were in each others arms again. I do wish they would have had a chance to work out their problems more, the problems they had in Miami, that causes Scarlet to leave. It seemed that they overlooked it now, like it was part of a past that didn't matter any more.
Even those who don't normally like paranormal stories, but enjoy a romantic suspense book, should check out this series. The crimes to be solved are mind puzzling, the suspense intense with the help of the other world. The romance is believable, passionate, yet sweet, the stories well built and highly entertaining.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Marriage Under Fire
Grayce Walters #4
By: Jacki Delecki
Releasing September 12, 2015
Maddy Jeffers has never failed as a Marine, but she is about to face the ultimate challenge of her career. Ordered to infiltrate a Seattle terrorist cell, she must go undercover married to Hunter Hines. The terrorist cell might not intimidate the seasoned soldier, but pretending to be a wife to the rugged, macho Marine just might be the most demanding and daunting mission she’s faced.
Hunter, a career Marine, has devoted his life to duty and discipline. Yet being in constant proximity with the beguiling blond Maddy, is making it impossible to fight his need for his pretend wife. When Maddy’s life is threatened, protecting her becomes the only mission that matters. And Hunter will break all the rules to save her.
As the danger heats up around these two veteran heroes, they discover their shared bonds of love and duty.
What a fun and exciting story!
Maddy and Hunter have some serious chemistry and heat between them. The attraction has been smoldering between them, and everyone else seems to be able to see the feelings they have for each other, except themselves.
Now on a mission together, as a married couple, Hunter is taking every opportunity he has, to touch and pamper Maddy. The need they have to take care and protect each other is deep, and soon they are in each others arms, completely falling for each other. They are adorable, sexy, and delightful, just a joy.
The mission they are on also brings some results fast, it doesn't take long for them to make the contact, and the action starts. It gets intense and dangerous, but these two marines can handle themselves in any situation, and get some results.
I enjoyed the story, it was a quick read, but fulfilling and satisfying, a great balance between romance and suspense.
~ Four Spoons
Maddy Jeffers always chose daring over caution.
With her pelvis thrust forward by her three-inch, knockoff designer heels, she countered her absurd posture by throwing back her shoulders. Since she was on the carpet, she might as well make it a Hollywood red carpet. Placing each foot very firmly and carefully, she managed to avoid teetering and made her way down the silent, sterile hallway of Seattle’s Henry Jackson Federal Building. The gunmetal gray walls and the Pine-Sol smell of a moldering, uncaring bureaucracy took her right back to her years as a foster child—in another government building, her future in question again.
Instructed to report out of uniform, she had been in a major quandary. Should she arrive dressed as the ecoterrorist she’d been posing as during her last undercover assignment to make it easier for them to reprimand her? Or should she look like any other office worker?
Major Hunter Hines, her partner on the assignment, had texted her to report at 20:00 to JFB.
The man could have given her a heads-up about what she faced; Marines took care of their own. Of course, Major Hunter Hines wouldn’t allow anything like human emotions or the dangers of that particular assignment to affect his report.
Speak of the devil, there was Hunter, waiting in front of the glass door to the FBI office. She surreptitiously dried her sweaty palms on her tight black dress and added a swagger to her slow, agonizing walk. No way would she admit, even under the threat of torture, that her killer shoes were killing her.
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Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance. Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with the Seattle Opera Company and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write A Code of Love, a romantic mystery set in the Regency era. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge.
Although writing now fills most of her days, she continues to volunteer with Seattle’s Ballet and Opera companies, as well as leading children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire. Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in A Code of Love. A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies—a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. Fortunately, her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog. Jacki’s extraordinary heroines love and heal. Visit www.JackiDelecki.com for more information.
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Marrying the Duke #0.5
Releasing Sept 22nd, 2015
Grandmother, grandmother, who shall it be
Who shall it be who will marry me?
Duke, Earl, a powerful marquess?
When my heart is given to Fyclan Morrisâ¦
In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwellâs new novella, beautiful Jennifer Tarleton has no lack of noble suitors, but the only man who captures her attention is the one her father will never let her marry: Fyclan Morris. Heâs a brash adventurer, witty, courageousâ¦and Irish! Even worse, her father blames her for their reversal of fortuneâ¦
And itâs a fortuneâor rather his grandmother the fortune tellerâwho foretold that Fyclan would meet âthe oneâ, a love prophesied in the stars. He vows nothing will stand in the way of making Jennifer his bride, but is the price too high? Or is a thing called love worth every challenge?
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New York Times Bestselling Author, Cathy Maxwell, spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, âWhy do people fall in love?â It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.
Most gently bred young ladies of her age would be just finishing the morning toilettes after a night of balls and routs. Not this one. Crossing the street ahead of Fyclan, she walked with purpose. She glanced at her scrap of paper repeatedly as if searching for an address. Her maid had to scamper to keep up with her. Her aggrieved footman held out his arm to protect her from the heavy traffic and unwarranted advances.
Fyclan crossed the street as well, wanting to keep her in his sights.
He didnât quite know how he would approach her or gain an introduction, but reach her he wouldâ
His friend Bishard laid both hands on his arm and swung him around. He kept hold of Fyclanâs jacket as he waved his hand in front of his face. âAre you not listening to me? Damn it all, Morris, Iâve never seen you chase a woman before, and now you charge off like a hound on the trace of a scent.â
Fyclan laughed. âOnly yesterday you chastised me for not being more aware of the fair sex. Well, now I am aware. Very aware. And Iâm about to lose her, so excuse meââ
Bishard held fast. âSheâs not for you.â
Those were fighting words. âAnd why not?â
His friend glanced around as if those on the pavement around them would be keenly interested in what he was about to say. His voice lowered. âStowe has spoken for her.â
He referred to the marquess of Stowe, one of the wealthiest men in London. The directors of the Company were keenly interested in him. Not only did they want his money for investment, they also needed his political patronage.
Bishardâs warning did give Fyclan pause. He looked in the direction of his goddess. She was moving steadily away, a bright blue gem weaving in and out amongst a sea of drab, hard working men and women, people whose lives held no room for such a lively color.
And he knew he must not lose her. âWho is Stowe to me?â he said and would have charged off again in pursuit but his friend held on.
âShe is also Miss Jennifer Tarleton, Colonel Russell Tarletonâs daughter.â
âThe fool who cost us Konkan?â Fyclan referred to the battle the Company had fought against the Maratha rulers over the northern provinces. Fyclan had been the Company officer in charge and had removed the man from his command. Fyclan had lead the counter offensive himself, barely saving the Company from a humiliating defeat.
âThe same. And still just as foolish. From what I understand, he is in dun territory. His only hope is to marry his daughter to a trunk full of gold. Trust me, Morris, you donât want this one.â
âI have money.â
âBut not as much as Stowe,â Bishard answered.
Rescued by the Ranger
By: Dixie Lee Brown
Releasing September 8, 2015
Protecting those in trouble is what Army Ranger Garrett Harding does best. But after helping a feisty redhead toss a couple of losers from her Idaho bar, the woman is anything but grateful for his assistance—in fact, she seems to know him. Worse, she almost certainly hates him.
The only thing Rachel Maguire wants is to send this smart-mouthed, muscled military man packing. She knows Garrett has his own reasons for staying, so when he offers Rachel a deal—two days to prove his worth or he leaves—she reluctantly agrees. Despite wanting to loathe him, Rachel finds herself drawn to his quiet confidence…and the way he fills out a t-shirt.
But when Rachel receives a phone call from the past, everything changes. The stalker who destroyed her life ten years ago is closing in once more. Refusing to put anyone else in harm's way, Rachel hits the road hoping to lure danger away from those she loves. But Garrett won't leave this sexy spitfire to face her stalker alone. He'll do anything to protect her. Even if it means risking his life—and his heart.
There's a lot going on in this novel, from family dramas, to romance, to intense danger and action. I enjoyed the story, with the many different layers in it, it kept the interest high, and the pages turning in rapid pace.
When Garrett finds out his father has been hiding the truth about his mother most of his life, he takes off on a road trip to get some answers. At the arrival to the resort, that his deceased mother owned with her sister, he meets a feisty Rachel, who is not afraid to step into a fight. It is obvious Rachel has some secrets, and is not ready to part with them to a total stranger.
The family drama in the story, from Garrett's mom and dad, the addiction, the past events, the half truths, and lies, the truth is revealed to a certain extent. It is painful, the hurt and resentment is deep, the lies have made an impact during the lifetime, Garrett and his brother Luke have some work to do, to find out the truth, what to believe in, and where to go from here.
While trying to find out what really happen to his mother, Garrett is enticed by the beautiful Rachel. The troubles seem to hunt her, and Garrett is more than ready to help her, protect her, and keep her safe.
Garrett is an honest, loyal, honorable, man with integrity. He is easy to like and admire, his dog, Cowboy, is just adorable. Rachel is a bit prickly, hiding from a crazy stalker for ten years has taken its toll, and trust doesn't come easy to her. She has her moments of light and fun, but mostly she carries the weight of the world with her, and is intense, understandably. But Garrett sees her as she is, her true self, and is falling hard for her, willing to do anything to keep her safe, and giving them a chance at a future together. And he has to fight for every step of the way for her and for her affections.
The danger, Rachel lives with is a continues strain on her, for ten years now. The danger is constant, looking over her shoulder tiresome, but to survive, that is what she has to do. And now her stalker, Jeremy, is right on her heels, and the hunt is on. It is scary, the fight against him is not just a mental battle, but this time he gets close enough for physical terror, as well. No one is safe, the race against time is on, and there's no much time on the clock.
I really hope there's a series coming out of this, since there are several things I am still wondering about, like how about Luke, Garrett's brother?!
The story is well written, interesting twists in the plot, lots of intriguing characters, and a dog you will fall in love with
~ Four Spoons
DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.
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Marietta home town girl Kendall Dixon knows who she is and what she wants, even if the stubborn and slow-smiling cowboy who owns her heart is long gone from Montana.
Rancher Brent Ashton returns to Marietta to care for his sick mother. Haunted by the death of his father, he must save his derelict home and resist rekindling the romance with the only girl he's ever loved. He can’t let her sacrifice her dreams for him.
But the shy and sweet Kendall he left behind has become a strong and determined woman. A woman who won’t let her cowboy walk away for a second time.
Lots of big emotions under the Montana sky, as Brent and Kendall try to figure out their future.
The feelings for each other has always been there, they have known each other since their childhood, but life has gotten in the way, to get them together for good. The fears of their parents, feeling stuck and resenting it, in Montana, was cast upon them by Kendall's mother, and Brent's dad. They wished for them for something more, something they felt was stolen from them, and nearly steal the happiness from their children with those wishes.
Brent is very self sacrificing, giving up Kendall, not once, but twice, because of the dreams Kendall's mom had for her. He doesn't believe Kendall would and could be happy in Marietta, without seeing the world first.
I liked the story, the emotions and feelings are clear, palpable, and strong. The chemistry between Brent and Kendall is amazing, and they obviously belong together. But I am unsure about the attractiveness of such self sacrifice Brent is showing. Yes, it is humbling, and very much put others need ahead of his, but - yes, there's a but - why not believe Kendall, that she knows what she wants?
Yes, I enjoyed the story, it is heartfelt, affectionate, and sweet. The pain and heartache Kendall and Brent had to go through, to have the future they always dreamt of, was touching. The growth they had to go, to get to their HEA, was clear, and the happiness, passion and joy in each other apparent.
~ Four Spoons
The Tracers #9
By: Laura Griffin
Releasing September 22, 2015
In the ninth romantic suspense novel in the New York Times bestselling Tracers series, author Laura Griffin brings back her elite cadre of forensic experts as they hunt down the most brutal serial killer yet.
Special Agent Tara Rushing arrives at a grisly murder scene and quickly discovers she’s got a serial killer on her hands. The killer is meticulous, making sure to wipe up even the smallest traces of evidence…but the Delphi Center experts are on the case.
The local sheriff has a suspect all picked out—ex-Marine and current security expert Liam Wolfe. Despite all her digging, Tara knows very little about Liam when she shows up at his sprawling Texas compound, which serves as headquarters for Wolfe Security, and she’s surprised by her intense physical reaction to him.
As she and Liam grow closer, Tara finds herself depending on his skills and expertise to help her track a killer. But when another body turns up, Tara must decide if she can trust the man who’s quickly stealing her heart.
Riveting suspense, a story so well braided together, it is nearly impossible to put it down until the end. I inhaled this story, and loved every moment of it.
The characters are compelling, with layers and depth that allure the reader's mind. There's nothing straight forward or easy with them, they are real, tough, loyal, and focused on the task. But they have their weaknesses and low points as well, even though they try their best to hide them.
The story starts with some sickly intense moments of action. And the momentum just keeps building from that point on. The crimes committed are cruel and callous. The clues keep coming in, there's never a lull moment in the investigation, never a dull minute with Tess and Liam.
The chemistry between them is fierce, torrid. The attraction, as improper as it seems at first, is burning and disruptive. Tess keeps falling, scared of her feelings, not knowing if she is alone with them or not. Liam seems so confident, at all times, he anticipates that Tess is responding to his feelings, trying to be patient, waiting on her.
The connection between them is unique, the similarities in their personalities uncanny. I wish there would have been a little more developed with the relationship, a little more time they had together. There was also a one development with Liam, a possible relation with an ex-client, that was left hanging, and he was kissing Tess shortly thereafter.
The energy, pressure, and stress the task force is under, to find the killer in time, before they have more victims in their hands, before more innocent women lose their lives, is absorbing. You can feel the strain they are under, and the urgency to solve the mystery. For any and all romantic suspense fans, this is a story not to be missed, very highly recommended
~ Five Spoons!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.
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After a decade away, Jacie Rose has returned with her daughter to Cherry Lake to renovate a historic hotel…and to lay some ghosts to rest. She knows she’ll have to confront mistakes she made in the past, but she didn’t expect to be living right next door to the guy she once asked to be her husband.
When Brett Jackson was approached ten years ago by Jacie Rose with the wild scheme of marrying her to help her out of a jam, his white knight instincts kicked in and he agreed to be her emergency groom. The only problem was that the bride didn’t show up for the wedding. How’s he supposed to get used to seeing the woman he’s never forgotten every day now that she’s his neighbor?
Determined to provide the secure home life for her daughter that she never had, Jacie is not about to bring a man into her life—even one that she sometimes thinks should have been there all along. But Brett and Jacie soon discover the spark between them is even stronger than before… Now that their paths have crossed again, will they lead them back to the wedding that almost was?
Secrets of Cherry Lake Series
Prequel/Book 1: Small Town Secrets by Roxanne Snopek
Book 2: The Secret Son by Joan Kilby
Book 3: Her Secret Love by Paula Altenberg
Book 4: Her Secret Protector by Roxanne Snopek
Book 5: The Secret Bride by Jeannie Watt
Jacie is a strong character. She makes it in a profession usually held by men, she has raised a good daughter, all by herself, to avoid the mistakes she thought her mother made, while she was young. Her mother married a man, who was a bully and abusive, not surprisingly the mayor of Cherry Lake, Clinton.
When Jacie's rebellion against the heavy handed step dad gets her pregnant, she asks her good friend Brett to marry her. But instead of going through with the wedding, she runs away. And now she is back, for the first time in ten years, in Cherry Lake.
Brett is as kind, supportive, understanding, and solid person, as he has always proven to be. And he admires Jacie as much as he did when they were in high school.
While Clinton, the mayor, is doing everything in his power to ruin Jacie job in town, Brett is doing all he can to convince Jacie to give them a chance, try to make it work, to have a relationship with him.
I liked Brett, he is nearly impossible not to like. I adored the relationship he was able to build with Jacie's daughter, no matter how much Jacie was trying to avoid that from happening.
Even though I admire Jacie's commitment to rear her daughter differently than her mother, I think she went too far. To compare, to put Brett on the same line as Clinton, the abusive former stepfather, just... I don't think he did anything to deserve that.
I would have liked to see much more growth, deeper conversations, and more focus on the end, to understand why did he take her back, after the insult, and the way it seemed she had used him.
I also missed the old cast from the previous books. I understand that this is a different family in town, still Nate's grandchildren, and he did appear shortly couple times, but the Cherry Lake feeling was less in this story, and because of that, didn't bring so much more into the series as the previous books. It was still a good read, but more stand alone novel than the rest. So maybe this wasn't the end for the Cherry Lake Series?
A homecoming that turns out to be more than just a summer job, small town politics, lots of broken vehicles, horses, and construction problems... Another good story from Cherry Lake
~ Three Spoons