Friday 31 March 2017


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Million Dollar Cowboy
Cupid, Texas #5
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing March 28, 2017

In Million Dollar Cowboy (Cupid, Texas #5) by Lori Wilde, Ridge Lockhart wouldn't return to Cupid, Texas without a good reason, especially after what his ex and father did to him. But with his best friend getting married, there's no way he'd miss out on the celebration. However, Ridge didn't expect his best friend's younger sister to be all grown up and gorgeous. Can he forgive those that wronged him in the past to have a chance at a future with Kaia Alzate, or will his need to prove he's more successful than the man that's always made him feel like an outsider in his family keep them apart?
Ms. Wilde always writes fantastic stories and this book was no different. From start to finish, this story was enthralling, fast-paced and I found it hard to put this book down because this story encompasses the brother's best friend; a trope that I absolutely love, because I know the hero is going to struggle to resist temptation, as he sees a relationship with his best friend's sister as forbidden. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the hero. He doesn't get along with his father after what his old man did, and I could understand why it's hard for him to be back in Cupid, even if it's only for a short time. 
The dialogue was well-written and compelling due to the main characters back stories and the animosity between Ridge and his father. Will Ridge ever be able to forgive his old man? However, there were also some really good light-hearted moments between the hero and heroine that I absolutely loved. After everything Kaia's been through, I could understand why she's very live-in-the-moment, don't regret anything mindset. Certainly, she's a fighter and I'm glad that she speaks her mind when she engages with Ridge. She doesn't want him to regret not being able to forgive his father, especially with what happens to his old man. Except it's hard to forgive when his father is a stubborn man that knows how to push Ridge's buttons until the hero can't help but give up on dealing with the man. Who would want to subject themselves to the painful words the man dishes out? Who could blame Ridge for continuing to stay away from Cupid?
Kaia is strong, brave and I liked how she was determined to fight her attraction to Ridge since he's not going to be in town long, and yet, it's so hard to resist him. Her crush long ago when she was younger is still there, and with the story about soul mates that her grandmother tells, how could she not be honest with him. However, in saying that, I found the story about soul mates a little far-fetched, even though it was definitely so romantic. Also, I liked how kind, caring and welcoming she was of her brother's fiancée. It shows how close the Alzates are as a family and I could understand why she wants the same for Ridge. He shouldn't hold onto his anger and hurt forever, otherwise he'll never be completely happy. 
While Ridge, it's understandable that he ran from his troubles, instead of facing them head on when things went sour in his relationships with his father and his ex. His father wasn't the best dad growing up, but to do what the old man did was wrong. Also, I could fathom why he decided to be so competitive with his father, as Ridge feels he was never good enough to be a part of the family with being the oldest and a child out of wedlock. Can he finally find the acceptance he wants? Moreover, I liked the decisions he made towards the end when it came to his work, Kaia and his family. He couldn't live without Kaia, which meant needing to let go of the past by finding forgiveness for those that wronged him. The question is: can Ridge do it?
Overall, this book was a wonderful addition to the Cupid, Texas series by Ms. Wilde where the romance was strong, nicely-detailed and made me think that Kaia is a lucky woman to have Ridge in his life, especially once he realizes what he wants most for his future. The way this story ended took me by surprise, because I didn't think Ridge's dad had it in him to do what he did. He's such a stubborn man. Certainly, the saying, like father like son applies to these two when it comes to how stubborn they both are. However, I liked how things worked out between Kaia and Ridge. He certainly knows how to make the heroine feel needed with his words and actions. I would recommend Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Carolyn Brown, Kate Pearce or Linda Lael Miller. 
New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Wilde returns to Cupid, Texas with a heartwarming story of a cowboy who comes home to the family ranch for a wedding filled with surprises…

The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.

Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?
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At this distance, with the width of the landing strip between them, he hadn’t gotten a clear view of her face, but his initial impression was that she was more pretty than beautiful, while her body language exuded a come-sit-by-me friendliness that drew him. She was curvy enough to let him know that she enjoyed a good splurge meal now and again, but she was also healthy and fit. Her skin was tan and supple, her eyes soft and bright, her teeth straight and white. She took good care of herself.
But it was the way she carried herself that totally wrecked him. Confidence mixed with humility. She had an authentic stride full of wholehearted openness. The last person he’d known who’d possessed that special combo was Archer Alzate’s kid sister, Kaia.
He hadn’t seen Kaia face-to-face since she was sixteen and she had attended his and Archer’s graduation from the University of Texas. But two years ago, Archer called him to tell him that while working on her doctorate in veterinarian medicine at Texas A&M, Kaia had been in a terrible car accident and fractured her pelvis. Ridge had flown straight to College Station to see her only to discover she was in a medically induced coma.
The waiting room had been packed with her family and friends, and no one noticed him standing in the doorway. After so much time away he’d felt awkward and misplaced, an outsider. Not wanting to turn Kaia’s accident into a stage for his return, he’d slipped quietly away without speaking to the family. But later he texted Archer to meet him in the parking lot to get an update on Kaia’s condition. Archer gave him the rundown, including the fact Kaia had such a high medical deductible he didn’t know how she was ever going to afford to finish her degree.
Once Ridge knew she was stable and going to pull through, he went to the business office, anonymously paid the fifteen-thousand-dollar deductible toward her medical bills, and swore Archer to secrecy.
Later, when she was out of the coma, he sent flowers and a card and he’d gotten back a kind thankyou note, and their correspondence had ended there. Archer kept his word and Kaia never knew Ridge had come to see her or that he was the one who paid her deductible.
Ridge slipped off his sunglasses for a clearer look at the provocative woman. From the back seat of the Tundra, she extracted an oversized present wrapped in gold foil. The package was so big and the backseat so small. How she’d managed to cram it in?
She tossed her head, a triumphant smile on her face, and turned in his direction. Their gazes met across an empty desert.
For a split second, his heart stopped.
Her obsidian eyes arrested him, a mysterious color that suggested hot summer nights and low, deep-throated whispers. Ripples of recognition jolted his nervous system, both shocking and exhilarating. He knew her.
Kaia Alzate.
Freakadilly circus, he’d been lusting after little Kaia Alzate. Hot for the girl he’d once dubbed the Braterminator.
Ridge coolly slipped his sunglasses back down over his eyes. She’d pestered the hell out of him and Archer when they were kids. Tagging along everywhere they went, tattling if they stepped out of line, and generally being a run-of-the-mill pain-in-the-ass. He might have hidden his eyes from her, but he couldn’t hide the goose bumps spreading over his skin, pushing an insistent heat into his bloodstream as he watched her from behind the safety of the polarized lenses of his aviator Ray-Bans.
Her snapping black eyes sparkled with glee, as an enthusiastic grin split her mouth wide. She had recognized him too, and she looked more than happy to see him.
His gut dove the way it did whenever he’d practiced a stall in pilot training, spinning, whirling, and hurtling headlong toward the earth.
Thank God her hands were full because he had the distinct impression that if she’d been empty-handed, she would have come flying across the tarmac to hug the stuffing out of him.
He didn’t mean to do it, told himself he wasn’t going to do it, but damn if he couldn’t help sliding his gaze over her body. After all, she had no idea what his eyes were doing behind the sunglasses.
Thank you, Ray-Bans.
She moved toward him, arms strapped around the oversized present. Stopped. Cast a glance over her shoulder at the main house. Swung her gaze back to him. She wanted to come over, but didn’t seem to know what to do with the package.
He kept his face unreadable, but gave her a respectful nod. I see you, but no need to rush or gush or make a fuss.
Deliberately, he turned away, telling himself it was to chalk the plane’s tires, and it had nothing to do with the fact his chest was tight and his head fuzzy. And a smile he could not stop was pushing across his face.
He was happy to see her too. So happy it freaked him out.
Once the chalks were in place, and he reined in his galloping pulse, Ridge raised his head, ready to dish up a slick greeting.
But she was gone.
Yay. Great. Perfect. He’d avoided her exuberant hug. Good work.
Why then, did he feel so bummed?

Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 works of romantic fiction. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in nursing forensics. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.





Dancing in the Rain
By: Kelly Jamieson
Releasing April 11th, 2017
In Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson, Peyton Watt hates knowing her sister is going to die from cancer, but what else can she do but be strong for the woman that's always been there for her. However, Peyton never thought she'd fall for the gorgeous, broken man that her sister once had a one-night stand with and who happens to be the father of her niece; the father she didn't know until now. Will Peyton do what's right for her niece when the time comes, or will her love for her career take her away from the man she's falling in love with?

When I started reading this story, I thought to myself, this is a story that readers are either going to really enjoy or they won't. Do you want to know why? Because this story is quite an emotional read due to what's happening with the heroine's sister, and not every reader can handle a good cry session when it comes to reading. They prefer to read for pleasure, the happy ever after they know the main characters are going to get eventually, not fight through the tears that are bound to spill. Yet, I found once my tears dried up and I got to the moment where the heroine and his daughter will need the hero more than ever and to the moment where the hero realizes that nothing that's happened in his life is as significant as what Peyton and his daughter are going through, that this was a fantastic read I could not get enough of.

The dialogue was emotional, intense and it was hard not to cry for the heroine and her niece. Knowing her sister is going to die is hard to cope with, especially when her sister was such a rock growing up. The one that was always there for her and Peyton is determined to be the same for her sister. Certainly, it's not fair and the heroine has some big decisions to make. Will she take her niece away from Chicago to live in New York where she has no friends and has to start at a new school? Will she take her niece away from the father she's only just getting to know? However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. Lucky for Drew, Peyton sees beyond the hero's need to have a pity party for one. There were certainly moments that had me smiling such as the heroine challenging the hero when it comes to getting to know his daughter and what the hero does for his daughter at her school. How could he not want to get to know such an amazing young and bright girl? 

As for the hero, the only life Drew has ever known centered around his hockey career, and I could understand why he acts the way he does having lost such a great career. It makes him seem selfish, but he certainly redeems himself with everything he does for Peyton. What is he going to do now that he no longer has hockey? Will he be able to find a job that will benefit whatever skills he has? Moreover, I liked the growing relationship he had with his daughter. It was hard for him not to love such an incredible young girl who is wicked smart and does a lot of good. Does the hero make some bad decisions? Absolutely, but they're certainly ones that can be fixed, if he can find a way for the heroine to forgive him.  

Overall, Ms. Jamieson has penned a gratifying, heartfelt read in this book that had me in tears at times, but left me with a smile at the end. Because after everything this couple go through, no one is more deserving of happy ever after than these two. The chemistry between Drew and Peyton continued to build throughout this story, and spilled over onto the pages in scorching sex scenes that illustrated love is possible, even when you're grieving and needing to make the hardest decisions a person ever has to make. The way this story ended was wonderful, as Drew made things right with Peyton and finally discovered what his future held in terms of a career. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly with the surprise Drew had for Peyton. Luckily, he had some help by those that love Peyton too. I would recommend Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Sawyer Bennett, Toni Aleo or Lisa B. Kamps.

Happily ever afters aren’t just for fairy tales. In this heartfelt novel, a retired athlete must become a father to the daughter he never knew—just as he discovers the power of love with a woman who reignites his passions.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.
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Wednesday 29 March 2017


Feels Like the First Time
Destiny Bay #2
By: Marina Adair
Releasing April 25th, 2017

In Feels Like the First Time (Destiny Bay #2) by Marina Adair, Bradley Hawk is the only man Ali could ever imagine herself with, and yet, he's the one man she can never have because he's her sister's ex-husband. But when Bridget arrives in town with news that she's engaged, Ali decides to tell her sister that she and Hawk are involved, totally taking Hawk by surprise. But what begins as a fake relationship becomes so much more. Can Hawk convince Ali that she's the one he wants, or will she let her fears ruin her chance at happiness?

The last story I read, which had a heroine falling for her sister's ex-husband was a fantastic read, and it's a storyline Ms. Adair has penned superbly also. Right from the start, this book was entertaining, fast-paced and one I could not put down, because Ms. Adair has a way with words that immediately had me -- as a reader -- invested in the characters. The way this story started had me smiling at the hero's dilemma. What is Ali doing that he has a problem with? Will he be able to talk her around? Why does she give him a hard time about his stick?

Both the main characters are compelling and I loved every moment they interacted. There were some really good light-hearted moments where Ali certainly knows how to push Hawk's buttons, but the story was also intense due to the main characters back stories and this story encompassing the forbidden relationship trope. Ali's mom isn't the best parent, and indeed, I found her a little self-absorbed, so I could understand why Ali was afraid to be in a relationship. How could she trust that Hawk would stick around if they decided to give a relationship between them a try?
Ali was resilient, hard-working, and I liked the close relationship she had with her father. He's the only family member she's ever been able to rely on, and I liked the way she nagged him, because she didn't want anything to happen to him. It was a tad amusing, because her dad knew just what to say to her when needing to defend himself and also knew that her concern for his well-being was out of love. But what I liked most of all about the heroine was how she stood up for herself against her sister and mother when she needed to. No way was she going to allow them to spoil her moment to shine.
While the hero, he has a lot of tough decisions to make when it comes to Ali and her family, and I liked the decisions he did make. Ali's dad is like a father to him, and he would do anything for the man, even if it meant having to spend time in Bridget's presence, which wasn't easy for him. Yet, in my opinion, his divorce was the best thing to happen to him, as it finally made him realize that Ali is the right woman for him and always would be. Also, I liked how he was there for Ali when she needed him, especially when it came to her sister and mother. They were times where Ali found it hard to deal with them, because both only thought of themselves.
Overall, Ms. Adair penned a delightful read in this second book of her Destiny Bay series where the romance between Hawk and Ali did justice to their intense chemistry. The way this story ended had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, as these two were so right for each other that there was no way they weren't meant to be together. Ali needed to find the perfect way to win Hawk back and she definitely does that. Moreover, I liked how things were made right between Ali and her family to bring them closer together, because there's nothing more important than love and family. I would recommend Feels Like the First Time by Marina Adair, if you enjoy the forbidden relationship trope, the friends to lovers trope or the fake relationship trope.
What's wrong with a little white lie?

There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn't do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister's ex-husband. Sure, he's a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she's had a crush on him, how great he's always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can't give in to temptation. Can she?

It's been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancé, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali's date and two of the hottest kisses he's ever had, Hawk can't deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?
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Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny
Taking Shots #4
By: Cindi Madsen
Releasing May 8th, 2017
Entangled Publishing
Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I'm just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.
Confession #2: Ryder "Ox" Maddox's deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I'm powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.
Confession #3: I can't stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it'd be to cross lines with him.
Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.
Confession #5: If I'm not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I'll be totally pucked.

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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Tuesday 28 March 2017


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Kiss, Marry, Kill
Iron Clad Security #1
By: Sidney Halston
Releasing March 28, 2017

In Kiss, Marry, Kill (Iron Clad Security #1) by Sidney Halston, Megan Cruz is a very popular woman being the lead singer of band TNT. Unfortunately, fame comes with a price and the price she's paying at the moment is a stalker threatening her. Luckily, she has a white knight in Jackson 'Jax' Irons; a man she had the most amazing connection with five years ago and hasn't seen in just as long. Yet, he's determined to protect her at all costs and find the person responsible for the threats. Will Jax be able to keep her safe? 
What a fantastic start to this series Ms. Halston has penned in this book, which encompassed several tropes including the second chance romance trope, the sexy protector trope and the opposites attract trope. When this couple met five years ago, Megan's life changed for the better having taken the advice Jax offered. Yet, in the present, their lives are reversed and the hero is the one that needs to find his way back to being the fun-loving guy he was before his time in the military hardened him. The way this story started was a tad nerve-wracking with what the heroine is going through. What lengths is her stalker willing to go to get to her? How far will her stalker go to scare her?
The dialogue was well-written and kept me turning the pages, as the story flips between when they met five years ago and now. Will Jax be able to keep the heroine at a distance in order to protect her? Will Megan be able to respect Jax's wishes? Moreover, the dialogue was a wonderful mix of intense and playful, and I liked how the heroine bought fun back into the hero's life by challenging him to do things he wouldn't normally do. What the heroine is going through due to her stalker is scary, but I liked that she didn't allow it to hold her back from doing the thing she loved most, even when the things her stalker was doing became more and more dangerous.
Indeed, the heroine is strong, brave and I liked how feisty she got when Jax did something she didn't agree with. No way was she going to allow him to make all the decisions, no matter whether he was trying to protect her. I also liked that she followed her dreams and didn't allow her parents to have their way. Certainly, she wouldn't have been happy, if she'd continued to follow the path they wanted her to follow for her future. While Jax, he has so much guilt over what happened during his last mission, which left him honorably discharged from the military. So, he's really determined to make sure nothing happens to Megan. He goes overboard at times and gets a bit intense, but his heart is in the right place. 
Overall, Ms. Halston has penned a really good read in this book, where the chemistry between this couple is off-the-charts and still burns as bright as it did in the past. The way this story ended had me on the edge-of-my-seat wondering what Megan's stalker would do, just like the suspense had me that way throughout this story. Some of the things Megan's stalker does shows just how deranged the person is. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because of how things turned out for the hero and heroine and the new client Iron Clad Security have. Will secondary character Annie get her way? I would recommend Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston, if you enjoy romantic suspense, second chance romances, the sexy protector trope or the opposites attract trope.
He's been chasing a memory . . .
It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.
...but now they're on the run.
Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.

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“I can’t believe I’m here with you. I mean, I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.”
His face softened and there was the ghost of a smile hidden somewhere in his bushy beard.“Still not a question.”
“How long have you been back?”
“Few months.”
“What happened to you? Do you leave again?”
“Got blown up, got discharged, came home, not leaving again.”
It was short, and she needed more information, but knowing he wasn’t going to expand, she moved on. “Okay,” she sing-songed, “are you married?” Then she heard the very familiar and very welcome chuckle of Jackson Irons. It hit her right in the chest. It was her first glimpse of the old Jax.
“No. Not married.”
“Do you want to know if I’m married?” she asked.
“Already know you’re not.” His arms were big and bulky and the way that he leaned into the island made him look impatient.
“Can you sit? You’re making me nervous.”
He pushed off the counter and sat on the chair across from her, the island between them. “What do you do now?” “I co-own Iron-Clad Security here in town. We do all types of security work including  bodyguard, government ops, cyber-security, securing homes.”
She held out her finger and pointed to herself. “I’m pretty sure I’m in the market for some of that.”
“Already on it, Meg.”
“Really? Don’t I have to hire you first, or something? Discuss prices? Sign a contract?”
“You think I’d sit back and wait for a stalker to break in again while we discuss pricing options? Fill out paperwork?”

USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "Just Do It"--Nike. And that's exactly what she did.

After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she's not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She's a reader first and a writer second. When she's not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn't have it any other way.