Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#BOC Spotlight on Author BARB HAN

Happy Tuesday lovelies and welcome to the Book Obsessed Chicks Spotlight on the wonderful and talented author, Barb Han. For those of you who aren't familiar with Barb, she is the bestselling author of Harlequin Intrigue, Romantic Suspense, among other sub-genres of romance. Barb Han lives in Texas with her multi-talented family. She is a very good friend of the Book Obsessed Chicks and a true friend to me. I love her to pieces and want the whole world to know about Barb and her writing. 

Today is release day for her latest Harlequin Intrigue, SUDDEN SETUP. I hope you will grab this book! 

Someone desperately wants her dead. A stranger is her only hope.

Alone and on the run for the past two years, Holden Crawford knows helping Ella Butler will only bring him trouble. But not rescuing one of Cattle Barge’s wealthiest daughters isn’t an option and now he’ll risk everything to protect her. Once her would-be killers are caught and Holden knows Ella is safe, will revealing his darkest secrets bring them closer…or force her out of his life forever?

You can find more about Barb Han on her website on Facebook  or on Twitter!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO MARRY (The Highland Brides Book 4) by Elizabeth Essex

The fourth highly anticipated novel in the Highland Brides series by 
award-winning author Elizabeth Essex

How would you know your one true love, if you didn’t even know your own self?

A man stripped of his past
Ewan Cameron, 5th Duke of Crieff has his future carefully laid out. Heir to a great estate, he’s been betrothed to Lady Greer Douglas since childhood. After years of correspondence, the date is set—they will meet, marry and be happy. But on the way to his wedding, a vicious attack steals everything he holds dear—his home, his future, his bride, and his very self.

A woman robbed of her future
Lady Greer Douglas has been faithfully writing to her betrothed, the Duke of Crieff for ten years. Finally, the day she has waited for is at hand—but fate has unkind plans. When her wedding day turns into a funeral, Greer must leave the past behind, and embark on a future without her bridegroom. 
While mourning her lost love, Greer is drawn to an injured stranger she encounters on the moor. Compassion leads to friendship, and friendship leads to love that reopens the doors to his shuttered memories. Convinced this man is the lost duke, she helps him embark on a journey to regain everything he has lost. But his would-be murderers lurk nearby, and every step into the past puts their lives in peril. Can they regain their future, without losing their reawakened love—or their lives?

A heart-rending tale of love, loss, and rediscovery.

In my world with a full time job and a house full of family, reading a book can sometimes be a luxury. Reading past your bedtime is very much a luxury but when a story is so good that you would sacrifice sleep, it's all worth the next day's exhaustion. MAD, BAD and DANGEROUS to MARRY by Elizabeth Essex is worth every lost minute of sleep. 

Ewan and Greer have been betrothed since they were children, but have never met in person. Over a decade of their engagement, the pair share a courtship through letters sent back and forth to one another. These letters give each an insight on their deepest feelings and thoughts like no other engaged couple of the time could possibly have. 

When the time finally comes for them to finally meet and be married, tragedy strikes leaving Greer heartbroken and bereft, but something is afoot in the land of Crieff , and Greer will not sit back and let life just pass her by. 

Without going too much into the story, this tale of  Lady Greer Douglas and Ewan Cameron, the Duke of Crieff is one of the best I have read this year. Elizabeth Essex has expertly woven a web which I will gladly be caught in. Even if this is your first Elizabeth Essex book, dive in. You will love MAD,BAD and DANGEROUS to MARRY and then go back to read more of Elizabeth Essex's remarkable novels.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Unmarried: An Amish Romance (The Troyers of Lancaster County Book 1) by Julie Frankland

Book Blurb:

Sarah Troyer is the oldest of six sisters and works in a bakery. She's soon forced to leave her cozy life to take action and help her fellow merchants after a new development outside of Mount Akron begins.
Zeke is the owner of the hardware store next to Sarah’s bakery and he’s been in love with Sarah for as long as he’s known her. He’s been too shy to ask her out. 
Thrown together in a mutual task of saving their shops, the two get to know each other and what they are capable of. Even with Sarah’s father admonishing her about the lure of the English world, Sarah still knows that God has put this obstacle in her path for a reason.
Though Sarah has some doubts that a man will want her as a wife, she still pursues the leadership role she feels God has destined for her. As Sarah blossoms, Zeke falls more in love with her and knows that he must state his intentions. He knows that not just any man will be good enough for Sarah. She needs a man who has the strong faith that he possesses to help her walk with God while doing his will. 
But will he be able to find the courage to make that first move?

Kimberly's Review

I have to say, that I really enjoyed this book. Hard-working Sarah practically runs the local bakery. When a new shopping center threatens the livelihoods of the local Amish and English communities, Sarah joins forces with a formerly Amish man, now a lawyer, Amos King and Amish hardware store owner, Zeke Lapp in trying to retain their way of life. Al the while Zeke and Sarah become closer and even though neither is looking to marry, their ethics, hopes and dreams are so in sync, they are a perfect pair.

Amos King is a wonderful protagonist, trying to get Zeke to admit his attraction to Sarah. Sarah may protest wanting t marry, as being the eldest of her siblings and being the one who takes care of everything, but when she opens up her heart to Zeke, there is no stopping them.

Unmarried is the first book in Julie Frankland's The Troyers of Lancaster County and it most definitely will not be my last.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Release Day Bliss *The Lady Who Loved Him (The Brethren Book 2) by Christi Caldwell

When an author can take a much hated character and turn him into a beloved hero, that author has done her job and much more. Such is the case with Christi Caldwell in her latest magnificent read, THE LADY WHO LOVED HIM. In addition to that revelation, Ms. Caldwell has united a hero and heroine who normally would have been mismatched to most, but fit together like puzzle pieces in the grand scheme of things.

Leo Dunlop, the Marquess of Tennyson, has a past that makes most gasp. The self proclaimed rake and philanderer has much to account for. His secrets keep him at arms length from many and he prefers it this way. 

Lady Chloe Edgerton has only ever wanted to be self sufficient. Her sad past has given her an understanding that not everything has a happily ever after, especially where men are concerned. Her dreams of becoming a headmistress of a school for girls keeps her hopes up, but when Leo bounds into her life, all bets are off.

THE LADY WHO LOVED HIM by Christi Caldwell is a finely spun web of romance, understanding and adventure. Chloe and Leo's story is one to be savored and remembered. It's a tale of redemption and renewal that I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who understand that a true happily ever after is a journey of ups and downs. Bravo to Christ Caldwell for making my heart happy, even if there were tears along the way.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Favorite Series Spotlight on JESS MICHAELS: THE 1797 CLUB


The fifth thrilling romance in the 1797 club series by USA Today bestseller Jess Michaels

Baldwin Undercross, Duke of Sheffield, has a secret he’s keeping from almost everyone he knows and loves. He is destitute, thanks to gambling by his late father and his own bad decisions. There is only one option now, marry for money and do it soon. An opportunity presents itself when a rich American woman arrives in Society hunting for a title in trade for a huge dowry.

Helena Monroe is the companion to her entitled cousin and she is miserable. But once she encounters Baldwin on a terrace, her time in England starts to look up. She quickly realizes he believes she is her cousin and everything starts to fall apart.

Baldwin is now torn between a future that will save his family legacy and one with a woman he is growing increasingly attached to. Will he choose safety or passion, obligation or love?

Length: Full Length Novel (70,000 words)
Heat Level: Wear gloves while reading - eye protection optional. 

The Duke of Nothing can be read as a stand-alone book, but is part of a series (The 1797 Club).


One of my favorite series to date is the "1797 Series" by the very talented, Jess Michaels. This series is a culmination of all that is sensual, historical romance. Be prepared to be totally absorbed in every nuance that this series has to offer.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Presents: Kat Martin * BEYOND DANGER*

OUT JANUARY 30, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin brings page-turning suspense to a tale of secrets and passions turned deadly . . .
Texas mogul Beau Reese is furious. All six feet three obscenely wealthy, good-looking inches of him. His sixty-year-old father, Stewart, a former state senator no less, has impregnated a teenager. Barely able to contain his anger, Beau is in for another surprise. It appears that Stewart has moved an entirely different woman into the house . . .
Beau assumes that stunning Cassidy Jones is his father’s mistress. At least she’s of age. But those concerns take a sudden backseat when he finds Stewart in a pool of blood on the floor of his study—and Cassidy walks in to find Beau with his hand on the murder weapon.
The shocks just keep coming. Someone was following Stewart, and Cassidy is the detective hired to find out who and why. Now she’ll have to find his killer instead. Her gut tells her it wasn’t Beau. And Beau’s instincts tell him it wasn’t Cassidy. Determined to track down the truth, they form an uneasy alliance—one that will bring them closer to each other—closer to danger and beyond . . .




To CELEBRATE the release of BEYOND DANGER, enter my new contest for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB and a Kindle copy of INTO THE FURYINTO THE WHIRLWIND and AINTO THE FIRESTORMContest runs from December 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.
For January, Kat Martin is giving away to THREE winners a copy of both INTO THE FURY and an audio book.


A Party to Remember

Since my hero in BEYOND DANGER, Beau Reese, is a mega rich playboy, a once-famous race car driver, I thought it might be fun to write about a mega-wealthy party I got invited to a few years back.  Well, more than a few, considering it was a millennium party celebrating the thousand year change in our calendar. 
My husband and I wanted to do something really special for that night so I had been looking at different trips, hotels, and cruises.  We wanted to do something we would never forget. 
Fortunately, about that time, I ran into an author friend I hadn’t seen in a while.  When I told her I was on a quest to find something memorable to do for the millennium, she invited me to a weekend party at her parents’ home in Aspen, one of several they owned.
I knew they were worth billions of dollars, had actually been to their incredible New York apartment, so I excitedly accepted.
It was a magical weekend, with everything paid for by the party givers except our room--which cost a small fortune but was worth it!  The party was poolside, held around an indoor swimming pool since there was snow on the ground outside. 
My author friend was a wonderful hostess, the band was fabulous, the decorations spectacular, and the food amazing.  Guests flew in on their private jets and came to the event in gorgeous designer clothes. 
For an author, it was more than just fun--it was a glimpse into a world I had never seen. 
It’s the world Beau Reese lives in, or at least he has access.  He’s a little more down to earth than the guests at the party, but he’s classy and gorgeous and he drives a Lamborghini.  Hey, how much better does it get?
The bad news is, Beau is wanted for murder.
The good news is, Lady detective, Cassidy Jones, is determined to prove his innocence. 
I hope you enjoy BEYOND DANGER and that you’ll watch for BEYOND CONTROL, Josh Cain’s story, out in June.  

Till next time, all best wishes and happy reading, Kat


Pulishers Weekly
BEYOND DANGER by Kat Martin (Zebra MM/February 2018/978-1-4201-4317-1)
“Martin takes readers on a well-plotted roller-coaster ride with her sexy suspenseful second Texas Trilogy romantic thriller…Martin excels at creating multidimensional, appealing rogues and the strong sexy women who fall for them, and this novel is no exception…This nail-biter of a romantic thriller will delight.” - Publishers Weekly
 BEYOND DANGER by Kat Martin (Zebra MM/February 2018/978-1-4201-4317-1)
"Martin takes readers on a well-plotted roller-coaster ride with her sexy and suspenseful second Texas Trilogy contemporary romantic thriller (after Beyond Reason). Former race car driver Beau Reese is estranged from his father, Stewart, a former state senator, and is furious to learn that Stewart has seduced and impregnated a 19-year-old. When Beau confronts his unrepentant father, he encounters gorgeous Cassidy Jones and thinks she’s another of his father’s mistresses. But later, when Cassidy finds Beau standing over his father’s body, murder weapon in hand, he learns that she’s a PI and his father hired her because he felt threatened. It soon becomes apparent that someone won’t hesitate to kill them both before they find Stewart’s real murderer. Surprises and red herrings lie around every corner, keeping readers off-balance until the author brings the story to a shocking finish. Martin excels in creating multidimensional, appealing rogues and the strong, sexy women who fall for them, and this novel is no exception. An excellent cast of supporting characters provides a well-drawn backdrop as Martin skillfully sets up the last book in the trilogy. This nail-biter of a romantic thriller will delight new readers and returning fans." - Publishers Weekly
“Kat Martin’s Texas Trilogy returns with a gripping new romantic suspense novel featuring Beau Reese and Cassidy Jones. This dynamic duo embarks on a fascinating journey to solve a high-profile crime in Texas. Cutting edge and incredibly thrilling, Martin once again proves she’s a romantic suspense mastermind! Book two, BEYOND DANGER, is compelling with unexpected twists. Long-time fans of Kat Martin will not be disappointed!”- RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Book Obsessed Chicks Series Spotlight on JULIE JOHNSTONE Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts


The past haunts them. Treachery awaits them. Love will save them. 

A shattered lass…

Scarred by the cruel whims of her late husband, Lena MacLeod lives in fear of men and marriage. So when the king’s edict obliges her to wed Scottish warrior Alex MacLean, she never expects to feel safe, let alone happy. But behind Alex’s fierce exterior lies a gentle, gallant highlander who renews her soul, emboldens her, and offers her the one thing she never thought she would possess—true love. Now that Alex has her whole heart, she’ll settle for nothing less than all of his.

A tortured highlander… 

Haunted by violent nightmares of his dark past, Alex MacLean has put off getting married for as long as possible. But now he finds himself the husband of the fragile, beautiful Lena, and he’s drawn to her as he has never been to another. He vows to protect and heal her, and as she grows stronger, so does his love for her. Yet, his horrible memories and a treacherous task are preventing him from giving himself to her entirely, and the secrets he harbors threaten to destroy their life together.

A union… 

When Lena uncovers a dangerous scheme involving Alex, she embarks on a desperate journey to save the man she loves. But Alex still hasn’t let her in, and he runs the risk of losing her—and his life—unless he can accept that his once delicate wife is now an ally strong enough to light his way. 

Kimberly's Thoughts

This second chance romance by Julie Johnstone is a wonderful read and my favorite of this series so far. Two broken people coming together to try to repair all the hurt that has been reaped upon them in their short lives.

Alex MacLean has been through indescribable atrocities which haunt him every time he lays his head down to rest and Lena MacLeod was only saved from an evil husband and his cruelty by his demise. Once again, of use to a King who has an agenda, Lena is thrown into the marriage pool, where Alex vows to be the gentle husband Lena deserves after all the pain.

Secrets will keep these kindred souls apart if they don't open up their hearts and minds to each other, as the intrigue going on around them threatens their union. Will they overcome the barriers? Can Lena break down that wall that Alex has placed between them? Read this compelling story to find out all these answers and much more.