Thursday, November 14, 2019

#Review ~ Restless Rancher by Jennifer Ryan ~ @JenRyan_author @avonbooks

Restless Rancher: Wild Rose Ranch by [Ryan, Jennifer]
Restless Rancher
Wild Rose Ranch
By Jennifer Ryan

My Review of Restless Rancher: 

Jennifer Ryan not only has a great way of telling a cowboy story but this lady rocks at Romantic Suspense too. Restless Rancher is a supreme example of Ms. Ryan's incredible talent. I absolutely loved the first book in the Wild Rose Ranch series and I was so excited to get this book in my hands so that I could devour it and devour it I did! I could not put down the Restless Rancher. The storyline is pivoting and so captivating. The characters are charismatic, easy to relate to and I remembered meeting them in Dirty Little Secret. So I settled in for a good read and I sure was not disappointed.

Austin Hubbard may have one day been looked upon as a spoiled little rich kid that had the world by the tail. Then his world fell apart. He was down on his luck, he was losing his grandfather's ranch and life was just about as low as it could get for Austin.  His father wants something that Austin has and he will do anything and I mean anything to get what he wants. There is a lot of drama in Austin's life right now and he sure can use some really good friends by his side.

Sonya Tucker has led what some may say was a very unconventional life but she was raised with love, care, and "sisters" that would do anything for each other. You see Sonya grew up on the Wild Rose Ranch where her mother worked for a living in a brothel. Sonya and her sisters, daughters of the other ladies that worked in the brothel, grew up together in a safe environment, were looked after and were loved. 

Austin is in need of help to save his ranch and his friends think that Sonya just might be the lady to put in charge of the project. I have to say their first meeting was off to an... interesting start might be the right words. I won't spoil it for you but Sonya has a way of getting Austin's attention. 

Austin and Sonya click after that first meeting though. The chemistry is there, the friendship is growing quickly, and these two may have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye. I loved watching Austin and Sonya get to know each other. Their romance was fun and intense all at the same time. There are so many things that could stand in the way of these two being able to complete their project and there is a danger that is out there too. So many many things to handle and so many many fabulous pages for me to flip through quickly to see what might be around the next corner. 

This is the second book in the Wild Rose Ranch series but it will stand just fine on its own. If you have had the pleasure of reading the first book, Dirty Little Secret, then you are going to love the chance to catch up with Roxy, Noah, and Annabelle. This is an intense series that shows what can or could happen to children of women that are in this profession. It also shows how these ladies end up being a professional at Wild Rose Ranch. Some of the stories really break my heart and it fills me with joy to see that some of these girls are able to get out there and get a job and make a great life for themselves. I truly love this series and I can't wait to see what Ms. Ryan comes up with for the next book in this series. 

So if you enjoy a great Cowboy Story then you really must grab this one, if you love Ms. Ryan's work as I do, then you need to grab this book, if you love a great story with plenty of drama with some tough issues then you need to grab this book! Grab the first book while you are shopping, you are going to love them both!

I was given the opportunity to read this fantastic book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you. 

You may find more of my reviews on Ms. Ryan's books here.

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About Restless Rancher:

Restless Rancher: Wild Rose Ranch by [Ryan, Jennifer]One minute down-on-his-luck rancher Austin Hubbard slept soundly, the next, a sassy spitfire dumped a pitcher of water on his head and woke him up—in more ways than one. Hired to help him rebuild his ranch, Sonya Tucker ends up helping him put the tattered pieces of his life back together. The capable, all-business accountant is on a mission to get the ranch up and running, but can he convince the temptingly beautiful woman to take a chance on him?
Sonya was dismayed that Austin had lost it all: money, family, respectability. Things she—who’d been raised by her mother at Nevada’s notorious brothel Wild Rose Ranch—only dreamed about. But working with the long, lean cowboy shows her that Austin is honorable to his core. Together they slowly grow to see what the love between them might bring.
But then Austin’s powder keg of a family feud explodes, exposing long-buried secrets, and threatening their new-found love…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

#BookSale ~ One Week to Win Her Boss by Barbara White Daille ~ @BarbaraWDaille

I am so excited to have Barbara White Daille here today. She has a great deal on her winter holiday story, One Week to Win Her Boss. This book is a sweet romance set in a small tourist town dedicated to Christmas. Her publisher has the ebook priced at 99 cents through November 18. I LOVED this book. 

My Review One Week to Win Her Boss

As some of you may know from reading my reviews lately I LOVE Christmas stories. There is just something about a good romance story set at the magical time of year. One Week to Win Her Boss is one of those incredible stories that has all the ingredients that make it a fabulous story. There is romance, family, kids, Christmas, family drama, and romantic drama. The drama that makes you wonder how in the world these two people are going to work everything out. 

Amber Barnett is a new Mom of an adorable little baby girl, Penny. She has a very loving family that wants to be there for her in a way her no-good ex-husband was. She wants to show everyone that she is strong, independent and able to take care of her and Penny.  Amber is one of the characters that I was able to bond with quickly. 

Michael DeFranco is Amber's boss. He unexpectedly shows up at Snowflake Valley for Christmas. Michael is a nice guy, he's kind, caring, and has had it up to here with some of his family. This guy has had his fill of his family and some of their rotten shenanigans. He is not a family man and truly thinks he wants nothing to do with Amber and Penny. He accidentally ends up pretending to be involved with Amber to her family.

The Barnett family quickly wraps Michael in their arms and puts him to work with all that is going on. I loved watching Michael see what a real loving family could be like. They are NOTHING like his family. The more time Amber and Michael spend together the stronger their attraction and feelings for each other grow. I enjoyed watching these two get to know each other better. 

This is one of those incredible stories that leaves you with that special Christmas time feeling of joy and happiness. I truly enjoyed this great story and I loved all the Barnett family. This is one family that has each other's backs as well as all the community. This book is part of the Snowflake Valley Series but it stands on its own just fine. I haven't had a chance the previous books in this series but I had no problem at all enjoying this story. I didn't feel like I was missing anything at all. I can't wait to see what might be next in this series. 

I was given the opportunity to read this incredible book and it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

About One Week to Win Her Boss:

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It's a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she's the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she's looking for.

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An excerpt from One Week to Win Her Boss:

Amber stole a glance at Michael in the driver’s seat of his SUV.   This morning, she had wondered why the mention of work made him look so grim. Now she knew. It hurt her heart to know he didn’t love his job the way she loved hers. Or that…

Oh, don’t go there. Bad enough that in just minutes she would have to pretend to be “together” with Michael. She couldn’t let anyone see how she really felt about him.

This could turn out to be the worst week of her life. Or the best—if you believed in miracles.

After pulling onto the street she indicated, he said, “We probably should have prepped.”

“For Christmas?”

His laugh seemed to fill the enclosed space. It definitely filled her heart with joy.

Don’t go there, either.

“No, not for Christmas. For the afternoon we need to get through.”

She blinked. So much for joy. And what about the big plan to have Scrooge enjoy the holiday? Hopefully, the jury was still out on that one. “Turn here. This is it.”

He pulled up close to the snow-swept front steps of her family home and came around to help her out of the SUV. When he took her arm, her startled breath of surprise misted in the cold air. A dead giveaway. A visual reminder to watch her reactions today.

As she moved to the rear seat to get Penny, he asked, “How many are there in your family?”

“Ten, counting my parents and the baby. You’ve met Callie and Lyssa. They’re the two oldest, then me. After us, we have a set of twin sisters and two younger brothers.”

He looked up at the house she had lived in until a short time ago. “Big place. You and the others are out on your own?”

“No, actually, they all still live at home.”

His eyes widened, as if her answer had surprised him.  “What makes you so independent?” he asked.

She hesitated, fiddling with Penny’s blanket. What could she say? Definitely not that after her ex had left she had been too full of wounded pride—and too ashamed of her mistake in marrying him—to go back home. And positively not that Michael had been her hero, stepping in with his job offer at the point she had needed it most. “I just…like living on my own. With Penny.”

“Yeah. Amber…” He paused, looking down at her, then reached out to trace her cheek with one finger. A cold and padded finger, covered by his glove. And still she felt the warmth of him. Or thought she did. He smiled. “Just testing to make sure you wouldn’t jump. Doing this job right is going to involve us getting close. And probably some touching.”

Getting close and touching sounded so good. So right. But the word that stood out to her was job.

About Barbara:
Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too! Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life:

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Friday, November 8, 2019

#SpotLight ~ Meows and Mistletoe: A Holiday Anthology ~ @sbuchbinder

Meows and Mistletoe: A Holiday Anthology

Cat's Paw Cove

About Meows and Mistletoe: A Holiday Anthology:

Eight holiday tales in the magical town of Cat’s Paw Cove, where anything can happen—and does!

With the help of hunky real estate agent, Dylan Graham, life coach Charly Redbird and her new kitten have found the perfect home next to a cemetery. Charly gets a new client right away, who happens to be her neighbor—and a ghost. What could possibly go wrong?

To repay an old man who brought him out of war's dark shadow, a former Army Ranger delivers a cryptic letter to a gifted medium in Cat's Paw Cove. If what the letter says is true, the reluctant medium and skeptical Ranger must travel back to 1720 to save a young boy from the gallows.

Lanie and Matt Saunders return to Cat's Paw Cove two years after their first disastrous Christmas there. When a mysterious kitten leads Matt back in time, can he right the wrongs of the past and give his expectant wife the perfect Christmas?

When an empath who’s failed at every relationship impulsively kisses an enchanted garden gnome, he magically turns into a real man. Together they must find his one true love and end the curse by Christmas or he’ll be forever alone and trapped within his stone prison.

RING MA BELL by Debra Jess
In 1979, Michael Bell fell in love with high seas radio technician Dvorah Levi's voice as she guided him to safety, but their marriage was cut short by a bullet. Forty years later, Dvorah still mourns him. Can a special holiday and a magical Sherwood cat bring him back?

Faerie Sormey Johnson moved to Cat's Paw Cove to live a quiet life as a human until a sexy werewolf deputy needs her help tracking down a murderous monster. When Sormey offers herself as bait, the cost may be more than she bargained for.

The fate of star-crossed lovers falls into the magical paws of a time-traveling kitten determined to right an ancient wrong and claim the greatest Christmas gift of all - love.

NEW YEAR’S KISS by Darcy Devlon
In order to overcome a family curse, Griffin Brooks, the town's hotshot assistant fire chief, must earn his true love's trust. Trina Lancaster knows she can release Griffin's curse, but will her magical family baggage be a deal breaker?

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

#FreeBook ~ Bedeviled by Madison Michael ~ #SteamyRomance @madisonmichael_

The Beguiling Bachelors, Book 3
By Madison Michael

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About Bedeviled:

If You Build Your Love on Lies, You Better Run Faster than the Truth

Newly appointed Finance Director, Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by moving to Chicago. A new name, a new beginning - all built on lies. Believing she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade? or will Alex's probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story?

Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart by letting her get close?

How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With exposure imminent, their freshly forged relationship is in jeopardy and so are their lives. Can their love survive or are they bedeviled?

Join Alex and Charlotte, in this steamy romance, the third in the five-star rated Beguiling Bachelor series. The suspense builds as the characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden” help tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.

Genre: Steamy Romantic Suspense

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Excerpt from Bedeviled:

Keeping his mind on the topic always took all of Alex’s effort anyway. When Charlotte sat hip-to-hip with him as she had today, he felt the heat of her skin, saw the long length of thigh exposed in front of him, heard her heavy post-run breathing until he was in sensory overload. She smelled so good, not stinky and sweaty like he must. She smelled classy and expensive with all those clean, floral scents. She smelled like a woman he could trust.
More like a woman I want to trust.
Thinking back, Alex recognized that she had been hiding something all along. When he wasn’t lost in a sensual fog, he was able to zero in on where the conversations lagged, when she got testy with his probing or tried to change the subject. It had something to do with her life in Boston before she moved to Chicago and it was something that had been going on for a while. She was practiced at her excuses by the time she used them on him. She was making too many trips back East for ‘Harvard stuff.’ She had met Regan Howe through this same ‘Harvard stuff’ yet Regan went back to her alma mater only once or twice a year, if that.
Oh yeah, Charlotte is definitely up to something and I intend to find out what. I have been patient long enough.
Sitting waiting now for Charlotte to arrive at Starbucks, Alex promised himself that he would get to the bottom of this or walk away.
Since she had declined his offer of a ride, Alex currently sat at a shady outside table enjoying the last of summer, waiting for her to walk over and speculating on her possible secrets. He was planning his subtle interrogation during the few minutes Charlotte would need to make her way across the park,
Stubborn. She should have just accepted the ride.
You driving over or walking?” she had asked him, once they caught their breath.
“I have the car if you want a ride?” When she hesitated, he tried tempting her. “I have the new car.”
Alex was the proud owner of a brand new Mercedes AMG. The sleek, luxury sports car suited him despite most people’s image of him as logical, conservative and staid. The need for speed was actually deep in his blood. “You will love it, tight on the curves, fast and quiet. She purrs,” he had bragged.
Charlotte hesitated on his last remark and Alex had been sure she would accept. “The new car, huh?” she sounded intrigued. “I am excited to see it at last, Alex. You have certainly been talking about it long enough.”
“I need to walk off this tight hamstring, so I’ll have to pass this time,” she had replied reluctantly. “Meet you there in five.” Of course, Charlotte had been Charlotte, and that included being unpredictable.
Charlotte, leaving Alex standing there, had taken off across the park without a backward glance. Alex stood dumbfounded a moment, watching her slow jog-walk toward the trail across the grassy lawns of Lincoln Park. She was heading directly toward their usual post-run Starbucks and if he didn’t get moving, she would be there first.
Still he stood, willing her to look back and flash him that smile that changed her whole face. She didn’t, of course, and Alex was left standing there, admiring her lithe figure and the smooth bunch and release of her muscles in those tiny running shorts as she moved into the distance. Reminding himself to close his gaping mouth, Alex jogged to the parking lot, trading an extra moment of admiring a beautiful woman for a few short moments admiring his beautiful new car.
Arriving at the coffee shop several minutes before Charlotte, Alex was forced to cool his heels. He spent the time piecing together anything he could think of to uncover Charlotte’s deep, dark, secret. Admittedly, he needed the ten-minute head start away from her to give his overheated blood a little cooling time too. He kept envisioning the two of them in that sweet ride, sitting close with their sweat-slicked bodies. The image had intensified the jolts of.electricity already coursing through his veins from running beside her scantily clothed body.
Too bad she turned me down. One of these days we will be in tight quarters, all alone, and I will make my move. I have resisted too long already.
Since the mention of her tight hamstring, all Alex could think about was massaging her leg, and moving up from there. Did the woman not understand what she was doing to him? After all, he was a healthy red-blooded man. How long was he supposed to watch her round little ass wiggle in front of him, or the glide of muscles in those incredible legs – or OMG – her breasts bob up and down in those little running tops. The woman was killing him. He wanted her so badly he could taste it.
He chided himself to stop thinking of her that way, as he always did when he lusted after her. He would catch himself wanting her and repress the overwhelming sexual response that had plagued him since the beginning. She was so much more than just beautiful and sexy. She was a brilliant woman, funny, witty, complex and delightful. She considered him a running partner, and a friend…
…but that body, oh, that body. Stop it!
Alex determined to stay focused on what she might be trying to cover up and got his desire under control. He reviewed the signs – when she changed topics or failed to make eye contact. He carefully dissected her words while he waited for her to arrive. He knew she was being intentionally elusive. Alex resolved again that today would be the day he found out what she was concealing, beginning as soon as she arrived.
Speaking of arriving, Charlotte should have shown up long before now. She would have, unless something had happened. How long had he been sitting, pondering? How much time had passed?
Heart racing like a freight train, Alex ran into the park. Unsure why, he was terrified of what he might find.

About Madison Michael:

Madison Michael is an indie publisher, blogger and the author of the Beguiling Bachelor Series as well as the novella Desire & Dessert, from her sizzling B&B Billionaire Bachelor series.

A Chicago native and hopeless romantic, Maddy was raised on Chicago culture, fairy tales, great literature and swashbuckling movies. Maddy employs that history, writing steamy contemporary romance novels set against the sumptuous backdrop of Chicago’s elite society.

After receiving a BA in Journalism from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, Madison abandoned her writing to find her way in the corporate business world. Daughter of a librarian, it was inevitable that she would return to the world of books.

Maddy writes from high above Chicago where she can stare at its gorgeous skyline or the shores of Lake Michigan surrounded by feline assistants. When she is not writing,, Maddy can be found lost in a book, fighting for the rights of the mentally iil or dining on Chicago’s famous cuisine. Hot dogs and pizza, anyone?

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

#Review ~ Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses By Jenny Hale ~ @jhaleauthor @ReadForeverPub @GrandCentralPub

Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
I am so excited about the new Hallmark Christmas movies and I am really looking forward to Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses tonight. I am re-sharing my review of this great book that we are now going to get the pleasure of seeing on screen. Are you going to watch tonight? If so let me know what you think afterward. I can't wait to see if it lives up the glory of the book. I am sure that it will. Read more here..

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses: A feel good Christmas romance novel by [Hale, Jenny]My Review:
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses just sounds like a fun read doesn't it? The name, the cover, and the fact that it is a Christmas book grabbed my attention right away. I just adore Christmas books. I devour just as man of them as I can this time of year. Honestly, I would read a good Christmas book at any time of the year though. 

Abbey Fuller is one of those characters that I bonded with right away. She's a sweet, smart, fierce, independent single Mom. She's doing a great job raising her adorable son, Max. That boy is just too sweet and too cute. He found a place in my heart quickly. 

Nick Sinclair is a busy man that has all the money and power anyone could ever need. He is married to his business and works like crazy in honor of his father's memory. That's all he has though. He's focused on work. His Grandmother lives on the same land as him but in another house. He really loves his family, he just stinks at connecting with them. 

That changes a bit when he hires Abbey to decorate his house to get it ready for the Christmas holiday with his family. Max wraps this guy around his finger without even trying. The kid is sweet and smart and I think Nick sees himself a little bit in this adorable energy-filled little guy. 

Abbey and Nick have an attraction to each other and form a friendship right away. It was fun watching these two get to know each other. I love it when there is a child involved in the relationship it adds in another mix. You can really see the bond not only between the couple getting to know each other but see how they bond as a family unit and get to know each other in that sense too. 

This is the first book I have had to chance to read by Jenny Hale and I really enjoyed her writing style. I know that I will certainly be on the lookout for more books by her. I saw a few more Christmas stories that I would love to read. 

If you are looking for a good Christmas story with great characters, and a fun storyline I think you will enjoy this one. I know I sure did. 

I was given the opportunity to read this great book and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you. 

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Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses Blurb:

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses: A feel good Christmas romance novel by [Hale, Jenny]
Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

#Review ~ Handsome Boss By Lori Wilde & Liz Alvin ~ @LoriWilde

Handsome Boss (Handsome Devils Book 2) by [Wilde, Lori, Alvin, Liz]
Handsome Boss
Handsome Devils Book 2
By Lori Wilde & Liz Alvin

My Review of Handsome Boss: 

I Love Lori Wilde's books. There is just no way I can pick up a Lori Wilde book and not be completely engrossed in the story from page one. Handsome Boss is no exception to the rule. I honestly read this book in one setting in a nice warm bath that turned a little chilly by the end. I couldn't have sat this book down for anything though. 

I really enjoyed the first book in the Handsome Devils series. Handsome Boss is just as fabulous. Lori Wilde and Liz Alvin have put together a fabulous series and I'm hooked! 

The Barrett brothers have their hands full with a younger sister, Leigh that wants to sow a few wild oats in her youth. She wants to have fun and they want her to be safe. So she has decided if she is going to get a chance to have some fun she needs to get her brothers busy. Oh, boy, does she have plans for them. 

Handsome Boss is Nathan's turn to have his world turned upside down by the beautiful friend his sister Leigh has brought home. Emma and Nathan have an instant attraction but both try hard to fight it. Nathan knows that Leigh just might be up to no good and Emma has plans to be somewhere else in the fall. 

Leight steps back and watches as Nathan and Emma do their best not to fall hard for each other. They have incredible chemistry, they work well together, they play well together and there is a serious friendship forming with a much deeper connection. 

I found an instant bond with Emma. She's sweet, intelligent, independent, a hard worker, and a good friend. She has recently lost her mother and is working on getting to know her father more. However moving closer to her father is going to mean she will have to leave behind Honey, Texas and possibly the love of her life. 

Nathan sure isn't looking for love. He's busy with his software company and the new program they want to get the bugs out of and launch soon. He loves his family and adores his sister even when she does her best to stir up trouble here and there. Nathan just may have found the woman he didn't think was out there. His feelings for Emma grow each day and he's not sure if there is a happily ever after for them but he thinks he sure might like to give a try. 

There is a lot that these two have to deal with, feelings that must be shared, issues that must be dealt with that all add to just the perfect amount of drama for an incredible read. I can not wait to read the next book in this series. I am always anxious to get my hands on Ms. Wilde's books. They are all enjoyable to devour and leave me wanting the next book NOW. 

If you love a sweet cowboy romance then you have to grab this one now. If you are a Lori Wilde fan, like me, you are going to love Handsome Boss.  Grab the others in this series while you are there. You are going to love them too!

I was given the opportunity to read this incredible story and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you. 

You may read more of my reviews on Lori Wilde's books here

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About Handsome Boss:

Handsome Boss (Handsome Devils Book 2) by [Wilde, Lori, Alvin, Liz]Nathan Barrett knows what his matchmaking sister is up to but as soon as he spots Emma Montgomery, the unwitting would-be bride, he just can’t help himself.

He goes along with his sister Leigh and gives Emma a job at his company along with a place to live for the summer—before she leaves to finish her degree. It’s won’t be soon enough, though, since Leigh’s put Emma into high gear to fall for this Texas charmer!

Handsome Boss is the second book in the humorous romantic Handsome Devils series by Lori Wilde and Liz Alvin

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

#Review ~ Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne ~ @raeannethayne @SarahBurningham

My Review of Coming Home for Christmas: 

RaeAnne Thayne has a new book out and it's a Christmas Story! Woo hoo! I just adore Ms. Thayne's writing and I LOVE Christmas stories!  

I was so excited to get my hot little hands on a copy of Coming Home for Christmas and when I did I actually read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down there just was no way I could put it down without finding out more. There was a lot going on and I just had to see what was around the next corner. The characters are very well written and I quickly bonded with them. The storyline, oh my goodness the storyline is fabulous!

Elizabeth Hamilton suffered a horrific loss when both of her parents were killed. She loved them so much and the family was so close she had a horrible time trying to cope and pick up with life without them. When she found out she was pregnant with her first child she was thrilled but still felt the loss that her parents would never meet her child and her child would never meet her parents. postpartum depression hit her hard. When her second child was born not much later she thought it would help make things better. She once again suffered severe postpartum depression. She disappeared one night and no one has heard a peep out of her in seven years.

Her husband Luke adored his wife. He loved her so much and so wanted to help her. When she dsappeared it broke his heart. He has done his best with the help of his family to raise two incredible children on his own. This guy is truly one of the good guys. When he found out his wife was alive he went to bring her home to help answer some questions. I won't tell you too much about that. You are going to want to read this incredible book for your self.

Luke, his family, and his kids were all not very excited to see his wife but thrilled that she was alive. Luke doesn't know how to feel. This guy has a heart of gold and may come off gruff at times but under that gruffness is the hurt, disappointment and the guilt he feels that he couldn't help her more before she left. He finds out things about the time she has been gone and starts to see things in a little different light. 

Elizabeth's life has not been easy. She has been through a lot. I suggest grabbing the Kleenex box before you settle in to read. You just might need to wipe a few tears, I certainly know I did. I truly enjoyed watching Luke and Elizabeth get to know each other again and remember the good times in their past. There is just so much to say about this incredible story but I hate to spoil it for you. I will say there were times I just wasn't sure what was going to happen or if there was any chance these two could possibly put their family back together or if they wanted to. 

Ms. Thayne has a way of writing a story that really touches my heart, takes my feelings on an emotional roller coaster ride but then somehow manages to wrap it all up in a perfect ending. 

If you love emotional Christmas stories, are a fan of RaeAnne Thayne's already, enjoy small-town romance books or are just looking for one incredible story to read then you have to grab this book. This is part of the Haven Point series but it stands just fine on its own. If you have had the pleasure of reading the other books in this series then you are going to love the chance to catch up with old friends and see how things are going in their lives. See what the ladies of the Haven Point Helping Hands are working on, who might be expecting, and just how everyone is. I know I love a series where I can go visiting to catch up. It truly does seem like visiting old friends with Ms. Thayne's books. 

I was given the opportunity to read this fabulous story and it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you.

You may find more of my thoughts on RaeAnne Thayne's work here

About Coming Home for Christmas:
Hearts are lighter and wishes burn a little brighter at Christmas…

Elizabeth Hamilton has been lost. Trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents, she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life. And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger and the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.

But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined. As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

#NewRelease ~ When the Marquess was Mine by Caroline Linden ~ #HistoricalRomance @Caro_Linden

When the Marquess was Mine 

The Wagers of Sin Series

by Caroline Linden

About When the Marquess was Mine:

In the game of love…

Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancĂ©. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…

You have to risk it all

He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancĂ©e even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.

On Sale: September 24, 2019

ISBN: 9780062913593
E-ISBN: 9780062913609
Digital Audio ISBN: 9780062963123

****Note From Crystal..... I am reading this right now and it's a great story! Stay Tuned for my review soon!****

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Excerpt from When the Marquess was Mine:
Chapter One
 It was to be a bacchanal for the ages.
As Heathercote remarked, a man only turned twenty-nine once. Marlow pointed out that a man also only turned twenty-eight, or thirty, once as well, but they were well used to ignoring Marlow’s odd points of reason, and this one was promptly forgotten.
Heathercote planned the entire affair, inviting the most dashing, daring rogues and scoundrels in London. He declared it to be the invitation of the month, and that he’d turned away several fellows for lacking wit, style, or both. “You mean they aren’t up to your standard of mayhem,” said Westmorland, whose birthday it was, to which Heathercote mimed tipping his hat in acknowledgment.
After a raucous dinner at White’s, they decamped for the theater. The production was well under way when they invaded the pit in search of amusement. By the time the show ended, they had drunk a great deal of brandy, thrown oranges at the stage, and lost Clifton to the company of a prostitute.
Everyone’s memories ran a bit ragged after that, with vague recollections of singing in the streets and Marlow casting up his accounts somewhere in Westminster, but eventually they settled at the Vega Club. It was so late, the manager tried to dissuade them from play. Mr. Forbes knew every one of them could wager for hours, and the Vega Club closed its doors at dawn.
But Heathercote persuaded him to let them in and to give them the whist salon all to themselves. “We’ll leave by noon,” he promised, patting Forbes on the chest as he slid a handful of notes into the man’s hand. His words were remarkably steady for a man who’d been drinking for eight hours. Grim-faced, Forbes let them in, where they commandeered the main table and called for yet more wine.
A few intrepid souls followed them from the club proper. Forbes tried to stop them at the door, but Forester recognized one and waved them in. “We don’t mind winning their money,” he said with a hiccup.
They played whist, then switched to loo. One loser was dared to drink off the contents of his full flask in one go, which he did. The room filled with cigar smoke and ribald language, and the wagers grew extravagant. Marlow won a prize colt off Forester. Heathercote wagered his new phaeton and ended up with someone’s barouche. Sackville won the largest pot of the night, and everyone pelted him with markers.
And then one of the hangers-on spoiled it. He had the look of a country fellow new to London, with an arrogant bluster that was initially amusing but eventually turned annoying. He’d played well enough, winning a bit and losing with colorful curses that made the rest of them roar with laughter. But it became abruptly clear that Sir Charles Winston was in over his head when he wagered his house.
Marlow laughed. Heathercote picked up the scribbled note Winston had put forth and read it with one brow arched. “Can’t wager property, Winslow.”
The man was already ruddy from drink, and now he turned scarlet. “Can so! Your fellow wagered a horse.”
“Horses are portable,” said Forester, his Liverpool accent bleeding through. “Houses are not.”
“Houses are worth more!”
“Aye, too much more.” Heathercote flicked the note back across the table. “Markers.”
“I haven’t got any more markers,” muttered the younger man. For a moment everyone focused in surprised silence on the empty space in front of him. None of them had run out.
“Then fold your hand,” Forester told him. “You’re out!”
Winston’s chin set stubbornly. His mate tried to slide some markers toward him, but he angrily shoved them back. “Give me a chance to win it back.”
“All the more reason to walk away, if you’ve lost ‘em all.” Marlow waved one hand, nearly toppling out of his seat. Mr. Forbes, watching grimly from the corner, came forward. “Forbes, Windermere is done.”
“Sir Charles,” murmured the manager. “Perhaps it’s time to go.”
“Not yet!” Winston scowled at them all, shaking off his friend’s quiet attempts to get him to fold. “Not now, Farley! They got a chance to turn their luck. Why shouldn’t I?”
“Luck is like the wind,” said a new voice. Nicholas Dashwood, the owner of the Vega Club, stepped out of the shadows. “It rarely turns propitiously.”
Winston stubbornly sank lower in his seat. “I deserve ‘nother chance.”
Heathercote slung his arms over the back of his chair. “Well, West? What say you? Shall we let him stay and wager away everything he’s got?”
Lounging in his seat, the Marquess of Westmorland looked up in irritation. “Really ought to go, Winsmore.”
“Wins-less, more like,” snickered Marlow.
Winston sat up straighter in his seat. “Please, my lord.”
“Oh, let him ruin himself,” muttered Forester, shuffling his cards restlessly.
The marquess lifted one shoulder. “Damned if I care.”
“Sir Charles,” said Dashwood evenly, “do not wager what you cannot afford to lose.”
Winston scooped up the scribbled paper and added a line, signing his name with a flourish. “I won’t, sir.”
But he did. Within four hands, he’d won a bit and then lost it all—including the deed. Suddenly he did not look so belligerent or so stubborn. He looked young and quite literally green, staring at the winning hand, lying on the table.
“Should have listened,” said the unsympathetic Heathercote. “Should have left.”
Winston puffed up furiously. “Should have known better than to play with the likes of you!”
“Di’n’t y’know that before you sa’ down?” Marlow’s words slurred together. “Stupid bloody fool!”
“That’s my home!”
“And you risked it at loo!” Heath made a derisive noise. “Idiot.”
Winston was the color of beets. “Don’t call me that.”
Sackville raised one brow. “No? ’S not your home anymore.” He reached out and plucked the scrawled paper from the pile of markers and examined it, although his eyes never quite managed to focus on it. “It ‘pears to be West’s.”
His friends howled with laughter. “He doesn’t need it,” cried Winston. He made a convulsive grab for the paper before his lone remaining friend caught his arm. “He’s got a dozen houses!”
“Set it up as a brothel, West,” suggested Forester. “And give all your mates discounted fees.”
“Free!” yelped Marlow with a wheezing laugh.
Winston drew a furious breath, but instead of continuing the fight he turned and rushed from the room, rather unsteadily; he wrestled with the door, and then almost tripped on his way out, causing more howls of laughter from the table. His friend helped him back onto his feet before the door closed on them both.
“Who invited him?” asked Heathercote in disdain.
“Ballocks,” mumbled Marlow, putting his head down on the table. “Never did. Was Forester.”
Forester made a rude gesture. “I vouched for the other man, Farley.”
“Your friends are all bad ton,” said Sackville.
Forester’s face tightened. He rose and swung his wineglass into the air in a toast, spilling some. “Thank you all for a most exciting evening, gentlemen.” Pointedly he bowed only to Viscount Heathercote and Lord Westmorland. Sackville repaid him with a rude gesture at Forester’s back.
Heathercote protested, but Forester waved him off and left. With Marlow asleep on the table and Sackville still giggling drunkenly to himself, Westmorland placed his hands on the table, hesitated as if gathering strength, then heaved himself to his feet. “The carriages, Dashwood.”
Stone-faced, the owner left. Westmorland surveyed the table. “Did I win the last?”
“Aye,” said Heathercote with a wide yawn.
“Credit it all, Forbes,” said the marquess. “God above, I’m tired.”
As expressionless as his employer, the manager stepped forward. With an air of distaste, he picked up the deed promise and held it out. “I cannot credit this, my lord.”
West stared at it. “Damn. Right.” He stuffed it into the pocket of his jacket and staggered out into the morning sunlight with Heathercote, never guessing the trouble that wagered deed was about to cause him.

About the Author: 

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and wrote computer software before turning to fiction. Since then the Red Sox have won the World Series four times, which is probably not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and been translated into seventeen languages.

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