Maverick Sheriff by Delores Fossen

What do you get when coupling a TX sheriff and a hot ADA? A VERY cute romance with some steamy swoons.

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Delores Fossen kicks off her new series, Sweetwater Ranch, with a Texas lawman, a beautiful district attorney…and the child they’ll risk everything to protect 

Saving a little boy’s life reopens painful wounds for Texas sheriff Cooper McKinnon. This could be his son, whose loss has haunted him for two years. But Cooper has a formidable adversary in Jessa Wells. She’s the adoptive mother—and she’ll do anything to hold on to Liam.

It’s cruel justice that the man who shares Liam’s rare blood type has an unsolved murder in his own family. And the danger’s far from over. Fighting her desire for Cooper, Jessa has no choice but to join forces with the maverick cowboy. Jessa knows working together is their best shot at keeping the child safe. But it’s the possibility of a future alone that breaks Jessa’s heart.

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I love cowboys. And when those cowboys are law men… well – you have me swooning even before the first word is written.

I picked this title off of NetGalley’s Harlequin Intrigue line, and the synopsis seemed fantastic. A men who’ve lost all he loved. An woman fierce in her determination to protect her child. Anger and angst.

Cooper is hurt, lost, aching and lonely and would give anything to have his wife and child back in his arms. And he’s mad as hell at the new ADA in town, determined to ruin his family’s life.

Jessa just wants to do her job, and live her life with her little boy.

Their story collides when Jessa’s child is in danger and Cooper is called to help. Cooper sees something about the boy, and the circumstances of him landing in Jessa’s care, that are too suspicious to not investigate.

A thick plot of lies and deceit is woven into a seemingly straight forward adoption process, and I have to admit I was lost for a time or two trying to track who’s whom.

The story is well written and flows well. The plot was obviously well thought through and carefully planned. I did love the idea and the reasoning behind most of the details, but I wish the pace was kept all the way through the end, and that the ending was a little more developed.

Very sweet, light and quick to read. Could use some more refining to make it better and more wholesome.

My rating: 3star

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* Thank you Harlequin and NetGalley for this advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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Crave the Night by Lara Adrian

I totally forgot this book was due in August, and was happily clicking “request” when I discovered the advanced copy on NetGalley. And on this opportunity I want to thank the Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Dell, Delacorte Press for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way and dive right into Nathan, yes? YES!

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Born and raised to be an emotionless killing machine, Nathan is one of the most lethal Breed vampires in existence. A key member of the Order—an elite group of warriors charged with protecting both mortals and vampires—Nathan executes each mission with flawless precision and a total lack of mercy. Now he must pursue a powerful, hidden enemy. But Nathan’s hard discipline and training are no match for the fierce pull he feels toward a young woman he has no right to desire—a woman of wealth and high social standing who has long been promised to another Breed male, and who may also prove to be the key to rooting out Nathan’s elusive quarry.

Jordana lives a life of glittering privilege as a member of a prominent Breed family in Boston. Surrounded by fine things and fawning admirers, Jordana wants for nothing—until she crosses paths with a dark, intense warrior from the Order and finds herself swept into an impulsive, sizzling kiss that neither of them will forget. As much as she tries to deny her deep feelings for Nathan, Jordana cannot resist the craving to be near him, to break through his forbidding walls and see the man he truly is. But getting close to Nathan will thrust Jordana into a treacherous new world, forcing her to risk all she has and all she knows about herself and her past. And loving this seductive man could be the most dangerous temptation of all.

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When I first discovered the Midnight Breed books I believe there were 6 or 7 of them out. I’ve been impatient for the next and the next, ever since. And after Lara Adrian‘s brilliant rejuvenation of the series with Edge of Dawn, I fell in love with it all over again. This book proves I wasn’t wrong to feel the way I do.

Nathan is a lot like Hunter. He was born and raised to be an assassin/hunter/killer/name your flavor, which turned him into a emotionless killing machine. Until, that is, he was freed as a teenager by his mother and Hunter. Now, Nathan is working as one of the Breed Order.

Nathan knows Jordana, who is best friends and soon-to-be-roommate with one of Chase’s twins. Remember Chase and Tavia? Yup.

Jordana on her part loves spending time at the compound with the Order, so she can feast her eyes on Nathan, despite being somewhat betrothed to another male, of her father’s choosing. Wanting to please him, as he has given her a home when she was a baby, she feels indebted to him, so she’s going along with it. Big mistake, right? Worry not. The author is totally on top of things.

Nathan is just what we all imagine a breed male to be; hard, cold, protective, determined and deadly swoony. Duh!!

Jordana is gorgeous, strong, determined and talented. She also feels a little lost and can’t quite pinpoint the source of that feeling. This is where the twist in the plot comes to be. And I loved it.

The relationship between Hunter and Jordana is very slowly built. One of the greatest anticipation builders is slow burn romance, and we definitely got it with Hunter and Jordana. While Hunter is fighting his desire and his duty, Jordana is trying to figure out how to juggle her obligations and her wishes to please everyone with her burning desire for him.

The plot is solid. It’s action filled, sexy, humorous and very well developed, including tiny clues as to what’s ahead. I was left with anticipation for more in the series.

If you like PNR, this series is one of the best out there. Highly recommended.

My rating: 4star

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Tamed by Emma Chase

I feel like twirling all over this post. BECAUSE I have a new favorite silly boy. And his name is Matthew Fisher. Oh yes, he’s silly. Oh yes, he’s handsome. Oh yes, he’s a playboy. And oh YES, he’s funny as hell. Gimme more Tangled.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

TAMED goes back in time to the Tangled days. But this time around, it’s not Drew dishing out the advice and opinions—it’s his best friend Matthew, who of course is dealing with Dee Dee.

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Yet again, Emma Chase has done it. She made me forget a woman was the one writing the book and I was, from the very first word in this book, in an all boys world.

Remember how awesome it was to read Drew Evans’s take on his falling in love with Kate? Welllllll, Matthew Fisher, his best friend, is just as freakin’ awesome, if not more so.

Matt meets Dee Dee (Kate’s best friend) at the office and immediately decides she’s a woman he needs to take out on a date. The one singular date he goes on with a woman. He is even more determined once he learns she’s actually a big brainiac nerd, underneath the skinny clothes and cleavage. What the date entails? That’s a whole different issue. But on a date he takes her.

Dee Dee is not a relationship kind of girl. She dates, more than once per man. She likes men, she likes sex, she just doesn’t stick around once emotions are involved.

On said date, Matt is beyond intrigued with Dee. He finds her fascinating and alluring. I loved reading how from the pragmatic, oriented player he unintentionally switches to something else. Matt Fisher is the proof it only takes the right woman, to completely change a man.

But now Matthew needs to crack Dee’s walls. Crumble them. 

The other characters are present in this book, and while I love, love, LOVE Drew, I absolutely adored Alexandra’s part in the plot.

She puts her hands on my shoulders and kisses my cheek, “I have to get going. Good luck—you’re going to need it.”

Before Alexandra leaves, Dee offers, “I hope the next time we meet, it’ll be under better circumstances.”

And Alexandra responds, “I seriously doubt we’ll be meeting again. Matthew’s sweet—not stupid.” She grabs her purse and walks down the street.

Dee and I watch her go. Almost to herself Dee says, “Is she always that much of a bitch?”

I smile. “It’s what she does.”

And that journey is gloriously funny, packed with swoons, some pretty emotional scenes and mostly – just great, flowing writing.

I loved every single book in this series, and I can’t imagine it being over. I think there’s one more installment planned. I wish there were more. Gimme more Tangled.

My rating: 5

* Thank you Gallery Books, Emma Chase, and Nina Bocci for this wonderful advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

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Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris Blog Tour

Remember how in Taste the Heat (I think) there was this part where Sherry’s ex cheated on her? Well…. I mostly hoped Cane will do something about it in Sherry’s book. He didn’t. But that doesn’t mean the ex didn’t get his *snickers*

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Accidentally Married On PurposeOne ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.

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Sherry Robicheaux is the youngest sister to Cane and Colby. Colby got her HEA in Taste the Heat and Cane in Seven Day Fiancé.

Sherry was always the one to jump into relationships looking for ‘the one’ and always fell head over heels in love. She always got burned, too. Which leads her to just give up trying.

When Colby can’t go on a business trip catering an event in Las Vegas, Sherry goes in her stead, having decided it is also the perfect opportunity to make that night in Vegas her last careless night as a risk taking-free-spirit. Her last night of irresponsibility.

Tyler Blue and his up and coming band, Blue, is required to marry, or at least settle down in a steady relationship. Fans demand it, so his contract demands it, too. The thing is, he doesn’t want to. Tyler is a player on the outside but just likes to have fun when not in the spotlight.

Tyler likes the new caterer. Sherry thinks Tyler is a Blue roadie. They hang out that weekend, drink themselves stupid and wake up, yup yup, married.

Tyler promises he’ll take care of the marriage using the band’s lawyers, Sherry leaves it all to him, impressed the band thinks so highly of him (still a roadie, yes?) and will help with this – and heads home. The news break, Sherry discovers Tyler is actually the lead singer of Blue and that he would actually like to stay married, as a PR stunt.

They need to figure out how to live as husband and wife for the next few months – which will serve both their purposes. He will give his fans and the label the image they want him to have. Sherry will not be perceived as the silly-girl-who-falls-in-love-with-every-guy-she-dates. But actually living the life, on the outside playing the perfect couple and behind the scenes keeping up the charade is becoming increasingly hard.

This romance is just what everyone needs in their reading repertoire. Its fade-to-black Bliss style leaves both much and not so much to the imagination. It carries a swoony punch, it carries humor. There are wonderful circumstances in the plot and all the Taste the Heat and Seven Day Fiancé characters fill their roles as supporting Sherry and Tyler beautifully.

So how in love am I with Rachel Harris’s writing? A LOT. Why? Because of many reasons, most of them start and end with her magical writing. Sherry and Tyler’s story is perfect, as are the first two titles in the Love and Games series. It is also the last book in the series, and I can only recommend and then recommend all three some more.

Go get it. Read it. Enjoy it and tell your friends. This one does not disappoint.

My rating: 5

 

 

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* My thanks to Rachel Harris and Entangled Bliss for this title’s copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up  late sneak-reading her mama’s romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!

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