Sunday, July 30, 2017

Book Review - Until You Loved Me: A Novel (Silver Springs) by Brenda Novak

ABOUT THE BOOK


New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs 
Sometimes starting over means finding everything you've been missing… 
After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man—usually straitlaced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy's full name, something that shouldn't have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive. 
Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she's carrying his baby, he's stunned. And more than a little betrayed. 
But after growing up as an orphan, he'll do anything to stay involved in his child's life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs, where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give, certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie, too…

REVIEW


This is a story that really pulled me in from the begining.  Each of the characters have interesting back stories that make them very compelling and complicated.  There are a lot of messages to learn throughout the story about acceptance and forgiveness and destinty, but those are woven into the story in a way that is not heavy handed and add to the experience rather than pull the reader out. 

There really is a lot to love about this book.  I love how Hudson King got his name.  I enjoyed the bit of mystery through the book.  I enjoyed the absurdness of Ellie's ex-fiance.  

This is a quick read and could easily be read as a stand alone.  It is a great introduction to anyone who has never read one of Brenda Novak's Contemporary Romances before.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Brenda Novak, a USA Today bestselling author, has penned over forty novels. She is a three-time nominee for the RITA Award and has won the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Bookbuyer's Best, and many other awards.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review - Fatal Threat by Marie Force


FATAL THREAT, a romantic thriller title that is part of the Fatal series by Marie Force, went live yesterday. Check out an excerpt and the buy links below.

 

FATAL THREAT by Marie Force

The 11th romantic thriller title in the Fatal Series.

Book Blurb:

 

“Fans of Scandal and House of Cards will love the Fatal Series.” —New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard

Don't miss the next chapter in the New York Times bestselling series from Marie Force! Read the electrifying romantic suspense novel that everyone is talking about!

It's just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene.

A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything—including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano. This isn't the first time the couple's lives have been at risk, but when a bombshell from Sam's past returns to haunt her, she can't help but wonder if there's a connection.

With a ruthless killer out for vengeance, and Nick struggling to maintain his reputation after secrets from his own past are revealed, Sam works to tie the threat to a murder that can't possibly be a coincidence. And she has to get it done before her husband's career is irrevocably damaged…

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EXCERPT:
“Thank you, Brant,” Sam said to the agent in charge of Nick’s Secret Service detail.
“You’re welcome.” Brant paused before he added, “I know we’ve had this conversation before, Mrs. Cappuano, but I really recommend that you have a detail until we’re certain we’ve contained this threat.”
“I appreciate the recommendation, but I’ll be providing my own security through my team here. I’ll be accompanied by other armed officers everywhere I go. There’s no need to be redundant.”
“Redundant,” Nick muttered with a grunt that would’ve been laughter if the subject matter hadn’t been so grave. “Brant is suggesting added precaution, not redundancy.”
“It’s not necessary,” Sam said, digging in. The last fucking thing she needed was to be escorted around by federal agents. She may as well hang up her badge if that was going to be her reality.
“On that we disagree, my love,” Nick said. “But I’m not going to waste everyone’s time fighting a losing battle. Brant, we appreciate your thoroughness and ask you to keep us posted on the situation.”
“Will do, sir. I’ll wait for you outside.”
When they were alone, Sam looked up at Nick. “I know what you’re going to say, and—”
Nick kissed her hard. “I’ll see you at home later. Let me know if anything pops in the investigation.”
“That’s it? That’s all you’re going to say?”
“That’s it.”
“Hmm.”
“What does that mean?”
“You surprise me.”
He threw his head back and laughed. “Then my day is officially made. I’ve managed to surprise my shrewd, sexy wife.”
“I thought you were going to do the whole alpha-dog lift-your-leg thing and demand I have a detail.”
“Sorry to disappoint you on the leg lifting, babe, but we have a deal. Would I like you to have a detail? Abso-fucking-lutely. Do I understand why you won’t allow it? Yeah, I get it. Doesn’t mean I like it, but I get it.” He kissed her forehead and then her lips. “Now, we’ve both got stuff to do, so let’s get to it so we can get to the best part of the day.”
“Which is?”
His lips were a heartbeat away from hers when he said, “The part where you crawl into bed with me and rub your naked self all over me.”

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REVIEW:
This series is truly one of my favorites and Eleven books in Marie Force isn't slowing down at all!  Sam and Nick are still the same hot couple leading their own independent lives while still very much a part of each other.  It is clear that Sam is struggling more with figuring out how her independance fits in with this new world they have created together and that changes will be coming from her most likely sooner rather than later, but at least in this book peace is maintained in the family and everyone is able to continue the delicate balance they've created.  

Nick continues to be the Best Husband Ever.  He does everything he can to protect his family.  He listens to him while still being the alpha male.  He is sexy as hell when he's mad.  He's sexy as hell when he's silly.  He's a great Dad.  He cares about his friends.  He's even willing to indulge in a little match making.   

If you've been reading this series and were afraid that after ten books it may have lost steam, do not fear, there is plenty of energy left and this book is just as good as any of the earlier books in the series.  One of the great things about Marie and how she writes this series is that is is not formulaic at all, each book feels different from the others, and she finds a way to reinvent the stories and characters each time.  

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of 60 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold 6 million copies worldwide!
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
Join Marie's mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie's many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.
 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review - Worth the Wait by Lori Foster

ABOUT THE BOOK


Ready or not…love will find a way 
Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the "barbecue master" at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads…until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses…and see just how sweet small-town living—and loving—can be. 
Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye—but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from—and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for.

REVIEW

This book read more like a movie script than a novel at times.  There is the A plot with Hogan and Violet and the B plot with Nathan and Brooklin.  And the stories a woven together for a single thread.  For me though, what really made this a great story was the relationship between Hogan and his teenage son Colt.  Colt was definitely the scene stealer for me in this book and I hope he gets his own story in the future.  This book is part of a series, but I didn't read the previous book and had no problem keeping up with the story at all. 


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author. 
She has received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and for Contemporary Romance; 
Amazon’s top-selling romance title for Too Much Temptation; 
Amazon’s Top Ten editors’ picks in romance for Causing Havoc; 
Waldenbooks’ second “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for Say No To Joe; 
BGI group’s “Bestselling Original Contemporary” romance for the The Secret Life of Bryan, “Bestselling Romantic Comedy” for Jude’s Law, and “Bestselling Romantic Suspense” for Back in Black;
Plus Amazon’s #1 Editors’ Pick in Romance for Servant: The Acceptance.

Lori has been featured as a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, and the USA Today “Quick Cross” puzzle. 

To give back to the community, Lori does an annual “benefit” book where all advance and royalties go to a charity: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/ 

She also hosts the annual “Reader & Author Get Together,” facilitating major interaction between readers, authors, and industry professionals while also donating all proceeds from raffles to local charities. http://readerauthorgettogether.com/

You can find out more about Lori's books at her website LoriFoster.com
Listen to her books on Audible: http://tinyurl.com/LoriFosterAudible 

Lori enjoys visiting with readers. Find her at her various social media sites.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review - Every Little Kiss by Maria Adair (Free on Amazon Unlimited)

ABOUT THE BOOK


There’s nothing that single mom Liv Preston won’t do if it means making her six-year-old son smile again. After a heartbreaking two years, her little family is due for some fun in the sun. She just didn’t expect to find it in the big, rugged, Search and Rescue hero next door—who shows her just how exciting, and sexy, life’s adventures can be.
As head of Reno’s K-9 search division, Ford Jamison knows what it takes to make life-and-death decisions on the fly. He doesn’t hesitate, doesn’t do regrets, and has never doubted his instincts—until he makes a promise that turns his world upside down. Desperate for redemption, he returns to Sequoia Lake, only to find himself face-to-face with his past…and the one woman he can’t have. Not when his secret would destroy her—and everything she holds dear.
For Liv, finding love once was a gift. Finding it twice seems impossible, until the moment Ford’s lips meet hers. Love doesn’t always come easy, but when it’s right, it’s worth fighting for…

REVIEW


This is the second book in the Sequoia Lake series, and can easily be read as a stand alone book, however, Liv and Paxton were introduced in the previous book and I had been very intrigued by their story and was glad they were front and center for this book.  I really enjoyed how Paxton's story played out and how Ford's relationship with him played into it as well as the character growth for Liz along with her son getting past the death of her husband and his father.  Notice how I am a paragraph into this review and I haven't even mentioned the romance between Liv and Ford?  That isn't because it wasn't important or well done, it is just because Adair write such interesting characters that there is so much more going on than just an unlikely romance, which is why I love this author.  

Anyone looking for a great story with a lot of romance and heart should read this book.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marina Adair is the bestselling author of beloved romances such as The Eastons series; the Heroes of St. Helena series; and the Sequoia Lake books, It Started with a Kiss and Every Little Kiss. Her St. Helena Vineyard series was the inspiration behind the Hallmark Channel original movie Autumn in the Vineyard. Marina enjoys writing contemporary romance novels in which the towns are small, the personalities are large, and the romance is explosive. She holds a master of fine arts in creative writing and lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California. She loves interacting with her readers. You can follow her on Twitter @MarinaEAdair and sign up for her newsletter on her website at www.MarinaAdair.com/newsletter.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review - HOT VALOR by Lynn Raye Harris

ABOUT THE BOOK


A new standalone romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Lynn Raye Harris. Sexy, action-packed, and thrilling!

They told him she was dead. They lied...

Colonel John "Viper" Mendez is having the second-worst day of his life. Accused of using the Hostile Operations Team to assassinate a foreign official, he's gone from being a respected military black-ops commander to a fugitive in the space of an hour. On the run, hunted, and stripped of his honor, Mendez has nowhere to go--and few people he can trust.

Russian spy Ekaterina "Kat" Kasharin is a carbon copy of the woman Mendez once loved. Twenty-one years ago, Valentina vanished from his life. Kat claims to be her twin--but Kat's lying. Ordered by her superiors in Russian Intelligence to abandon the man she loved--or watch him die--Kat had no choice but to obey.

But twenty-one years is a long time to love a man from afar, and Kat won't stand by as a traitor plans his death--even if it means risking her heart and her life to save him. She can never reveal her true identity--or the secrets she keeps locked away. Secrets he would hate her for. Working with him is strictly business, and she won't let emotions get in the way. But the attraction between them is smoking hot--and it's not long before they're burning up the sheets.

When the truth comes out, the mission implodes. Everything Mendez thought he knew was a lie. He'll have to pull it together though before a deadly foe succeeds in taking away all he loves. By the time he realizes Kat might be most important of all? It could be too late to save her...

The Hostile Operations Team is a covert military Black Ops unit. Their motto is Where None Dare. H.O.T. operators come from all branches of the military. The only criteria for membership: they must be the best of the best! 

REVIEW

I have enjoyed this whole series so far, but my favorite has always been the first book, Hot Pursuit.   Something about that story always comes back to me and almost haunts me, making me want to come back to it.  I know that will happen with this one.  It already has.  There is a lot going on in Hot Valor.  To start off with, technically this can be read as a stand along.  I'm sure you would be able to follow along and enjoy it just fine if you had never read any of the previous books in this series.  However you'll only get about twenty percent of the potential enjoyment of the book if you do.  The main character, Colonel John Mendez, has been a large part of ever book in the series so far.  He is a character we've come to know well and have looked forward to getting to know better for quite some time.  I wasn't disappointed in the least.  He may be a bit older than the typical hero in these books, but he isn't old by any stretch of the imagination, and he still brings the sexy in a big way.  Kat is the perfect match for him and their relationship throughout the book is truly electrifying.

But wait, there is more.  This book felt like it was truly a gift to the readers of this series because we are able to learn so much more information about several characters who have been reoccurring throughout.  I have secretly had a bit of a book crush on sometimes villain, sometimes friend of the team Ian Black, and he plays a huge role in this book.  I only hope this is the beginning of what we learn about him.

Bottom line, if you are a fan of the HOT series, this is a must read.  If you love strong alpha male military types, but have never read the HOT books before, start at the beginning of the series and you'll thank me when you catch-up.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

You can learn more at her website, www.LynnRayeHarris.com, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris. Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn's newsletter--where you'll be kept up to date about all of Lynn's books--text the word HOTTIES to 66866 or go to http://lynnrayeharris.com/newsletter.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book Review - Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

ABOUT THE BOOK


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Daughters of the Bride comes the charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love and the unbreakable bond between sisters 
Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing's prodigal son, who's set his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone. 
But Olivia's return isn't as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She's determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years, she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now. 
While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters? 
Told with Mallery's trademark heart and humor, the Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their lives…

REVIEW

This is a class Susan Mallory story.  The main story follows Kelly Murphy, but the reader is also able to see bits of her sister Olivia and her best friend Helen's lives as well.  Ultimately there are three love stories and lots of character development and drama that ensues throughout.  If you have read one of Mallery's books previously, you know what to expect and if you liked those books, you will like this one.  If you are not familiar with the author, you are in for a real treat.  She does a great job of weaving three different story lines together and making each one compelling on their own while still keeping one coherent thread throughout.   Ultimately this story is about family relationships as much as it is about romantic ones and learning how to navigate life with some family members that you probably wouldn't have ever chosen as friends by your side.



OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!"

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Book Review - Falling For Her Brothers Best Friend by Noelle Adams

ABOUT THE BOOK


After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she's fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She's going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men.

And that includes her brother's best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown.

She doesn't want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he's not a nice guy anymore. He's made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he's looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn't even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it's been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend's little sister.

Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn't want Noah.

At all.

REVIEW

 Easily relatable, this story takes the typical falling for your friend's brother story and builds on it with well-written characters.  The story flows easily and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick read with some depth.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Book Review - Level Me Up by Lauren Helms

ABOUT THE BOOK


Can the gamer win the girl? 
The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.

Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.

Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most... each other.

REVIEW

If you are a nerd, read this book.  If you are dating or married to a nerd, read this book.  If you have a friend who is a nerd, read this book.  If you have even been in love very young and it scared the crap out of you, read this book.  The debut book by Lauren Helms is full of humor and romance and being a nerd who has been to a Con or two in my time, I found every joke, scene, and character not only spot-on but also entertaining to read.  I really enjoyed Helms' writing style and look forward to reading more books by her hopefully in the near future.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWrimo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!