Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Blurb: A matchmaking being from another world sparks yet another flame... After losing his young sisters to the foster care system, Chance Brickerton is determined to keep all women at arm’s length and well away from his heart. But while he’s stuck in Copper Fire, New Mexico, overseeing the new construction of his best friend’s home, suddenly staying away from the enticing realtor is not an option. He wants her. She wants him. So why is he compelled to search for the truth of their fiery connection when memory fails? Bessie Andersson can’t understand why no one at the party will help her, not even the intriguing personal manager that flips her switch more than she wants to admit. Surely someone can see she wants nothing to do with the grab-happy mayor. No means no, and the bottle of wine to the head certainly reinforces her choice. But the love bite on her neck the next morning guarantees something happened in that basement…but with whom?

Monday, August 29, 2016

MONIQUE'S REVIEW OF ~ Fool Me Once (Foolproof Love, #2) by Katee Robert ~

Quinn Baldwyn has to attend his sister Jenny’s wedding in two weeks. Quinn is a renegade: he refused to work in the oil family business; instead he chose a ranch. He’s the only son, and his family can’t wait for him to marry. Of course, he’ll need a date. Quinn only dates casually, and he can’t find anyone suitable to accompany him, lest a date would get ideas of matrimony. Enters Aubry Kaiser, best friend of Jules, the wife of a friend. They are highly unsuitable, they can’t stand each other. Aubry is a gamer, and she has just received an invitation to attend a closed alpha test of her favourite game: Deathmatch. It’s a dream come true as well as her worst nightmare: it’s an honour, but there will be people there! Aubry suffers from crippling societal anxiety: she finds it very difficult to be amongst crowds. Both Aubry and Quinn agree that they could help each other, if they don’t kill each other first!

What stupendous fun! I was only at Chapter 1, and I was almost slapping my thighs at the fun I knew was coming! Quinn likes to tease Aubry because she is so prickly, but he is not mean, he knows when to stop. Aubry doesn’t mind that much, she knows she has attitude problems, but what she did not expect is that Quinn knows how to deal with her anxiety, and he is very patient and caring. In spite of the fact that she is not his type, Quinn thinks Aubry is cute, and he finds her interesting in an offbeat sort of way. Aubry might not like people much, but Quinn is one sexy cowboy, and soon they realise that fighting their physical attraction is pointless. And oh the sizzling sex scenes that come with this!

I had read some reviews where reviewers didn’t like Aubry, but I did. I understood where she was coming from: she is not really disagreeable, she just has no filters and doesn’t know how to act around people, whereas Quinn is a people-person, and I thought this “opposites attract” trope worked splendidly. FOOL ME TWICE is a blast! There is hysterically funny banter, some insanely hot and sizzling scenes, and some very tender moments as well. The pace is very brisk, the writing smooth and young, and the dialogues are utterly spectacular! I’m not quite sure how Ms. Robert accomplishes this feat, but I could feel and hear the various cadences: Quinn’s speech reads slower, his is a modulated, silky drawl, while Aubry reads like she talks super quickly, frantically even, getting as many words as she can get in as quickly as possible, and all this without any obvious tricks from the author. This is simply fabulous and makes the reader truly feel part of their story. I was rooting for Quinn and Aubry like crazy! Oh, it’s not smooth sailing, but their difficulties felt normal, and there were no misunderstandings except the ones expected from Aubry and her neuroses. Character development is positively outstanding, their interactions: whether sex, banter, fights, tiffs, all felt genuine. FOOL ME ONCE is a true “opposites attract”: Aubry and Quinn are different, and it never feels manufactured; I felt close to those people, I wanted them to be together because it felt as if they were my friends, I could relate to them, especially Aubry. I have said it before: Katee Robert is a master at characterisation, and Aubry and Quinn are no exception. 

I could dwell on everything that’s good in FOOL ME ONCE, but it could take a long, long time, because I cannot find any fault with this fabulous book! Extremely well done, Ms. Robert!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Lady Emilia Buchanan is in danger from her own abusive father after discovering his involvement in attacking the monarchy. So who does she go to for help? Colin Stirling, of course. Colin, a Highland Knight, is the most brooding of the band. After the war, he struggles with demons from his experiences. These struggles, that only his closest comrades know of, can be crippling. Colin and the Knights worked briefly guarding Emilia's father when it was believed there was a threat to the viscount's life. Emilia thought Colin was the ideal man from the moment she met him but limited her interaction with him for fear of her father's wrath. Now Colin has sworn to protect her, taking her away from London until the Highland Knights can bring her father to justice. But dangers surround them along the way. The physical threat of Emilia's father and his cohorts as well as the emotional threat of past experiences that harm them both still. 
When I read the first book in this series, I was hooked. A band of Scottish mercenaries and the women they love! What more could I ask for? This series gets better with each book. Jennifer Haymore does not disappoint. Colin and Emilia were destined to be together. Each carried scars, emotional and physical from their pasts. Though each believed they were weak, together they were unbeatable fighting their demons, their love for each other helping them to be strong and heal. The action and romance start off with a bang and continue throughout the story. You won't be able to put this one down!


Sunday, August 21, 2016


Monique's Review

Hadley and Evangeline had planned to elope. They were madly in love, but Evangeline’s family wanted her to marry well; they were not well off, and neither was Hadley, the second son of a duke. Five years later, and Hadley has not forgotten Evangeline’s betrayal. Back in London, and now a rich widow, Evangeline needs to know if Hadley still wants to marry her. She still loves him, but what about Hadley? Hadley has more pressing preoccupations: the Libertine Scholars, of which he is a member, are getting closer to nabbing the slippery foe that has been making their life hell. Hadley doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful Evangeline… 

Where to begin? A TASTE OF SEDUCTION is the most recent book in The Disgraced Lords, and although it is a continuing story that began in book 1, it is such a fabulous book that even if a little extra work would be needed on the part of a newcomer to this series, every effort will be richly rewarded. This series has been excellent from the start, and I think A TASTE OF SEDUCTION might be the best of the lot. Bronwen Evans’ characters are always superb, and Hadley and Evangeline are simply phenomenal, as are Augustus – Hadley’s older brother – and Arend, whom we had previously encountered. In A TASTE OF SEDUCTION, there is more action than ever, it’s one plot twist after the next, and there are shocking revelations. As for Hadley and Evangeline, their love story is one of the most beautiful and touching I have ever read: their love is so pure and true, no heart will be left untouched, and the sex scenes are exquisite and filled with tenderness. The prose is gorgeous, the dialogues impeccable, and seldom has an author been able to convey emotions with such power and sincerity.

A TASTE OF SEDUCTION is a grand love story, tremendously exciting, and the wonderful, fabulous ending promises for the next book to be at least as brilliant! 



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunrise Crossing (Ransom Canyon #4) by Jodi Thomas EXCERPT

Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places…  

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can't stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?

The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…

Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he'll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.



January 2012

VICTORIA VILANIE CURLED into a ball, trying to make herself small, trying to disappear. Her black hair spread around her like a cape but couldn’t protect her.

All the sounds in the airport were like drums playing in a jungle full of predators. Carts with clicking wheels rolling on pitted tiles. People shuffling and shouting and complaining. Electronic voices rattling off numbers and destinations. Babies crying. Phones ringing. Winter’s late storm pounding on walls of glass.

Victoria, Tori to her few friends, might not be making a sound, but she was screaming inside.

Tears dripped off her face, and she didn’t bother to wipe them away. The noise closed in around her, making her feel so lonely in the crowd of strangers.

She was twenty-four, and everyone said she was a gifted artist. Money poured in so fast it had become almost meaningless, only a number that brought no joy. But tonight all she wanted was silence, peace, a world where she could hide out.

She scrubbed her eyes on her sleeve and felt a hand touch her shoulder like it were a bird, feather-light, landing there.

Tori turned and recognized a woman she’d seen once before. The tall blonde in her midthirties owned one of the best galleries in Dallas. Who could forget Parker Lacey’s green eyes? She was a woman who had it all and knew how to handle her life. A born general who must manage her life as easily as she managed her business.

“Are you all right, Tori?” Parker asked.

Tori could say nothing but the truth. “I’m living the wrong life.”

Then, the strangest thing happened. The lady with green eyes hugged her and Tori knew, for the first time in years, that someone had heard her, really heard her.

 New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Claimed by a Highlander (The Douglas Legacy #2) by Margaret Mallory

Margaret Mallory is one of my go to authors for historical romance. When I discovered that she was taking the indie route I was beside myself with joy. This talented writer crafts tale after tale that leaves me impatiently waiting for the next one.

Book Blurb:
The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when their enemies strike, each Douglas lass will find she’s been left to face them alone. 

Lady Sybil Douglas’s fall from court favorite to royal enemy is swift after her brothers are charged with treason and flee Scotland. When a huge Highland warrior appears claiming they are bound by a marriage contract, she’s desperate enough to ride off with him. She’ll worry later about how to escape the wedding. 

The last thing Rory MacKenzie needs is a pampered Lowlander wife. He traveled to Edinburgh in the hope of dissolving the ill-begotten marriage contract. But now that the Douglas men have abandoned his would-be bride, he’s honor-bound to protect her.

Sybil and Rory fight scorching passion on their perilous journey to the MacKenzie castle, where murder and intrigue await. When everything is at risk, will they rely on each other and claim their unexpected love before it’s too late?


CLAIMED BY A HIGHLANDER by Margaret Mallory has it all,murder, intrigue, and sweeping tale and handsome, rugged men in kilts. What else can I say to convince you that this second book in the DOUGLAS LEGACY is a must read, just as the first one is?  Ms. Mallory's carefully crafted tale is one to keep you on the edge of your seats until the final word. i highly recommend this wonderful book! 


Tempting Prudence (The Bride Train, Book #3) by E.E. Burke

Prudence Walker has been settling in pretty well at the Centralia Settlement in Southeastern Kansas when she is abducted right from the hotel kitchen where she has been working and thrown into a coffin on the back of a wagon. Terrified out of her wits, Prudence has no idea if she will survive. The spinster had high hopes of finding herself a husband when she arrived on the Bride Train but as the other woman before her have found their Happily Ever Afters, Prudence still is searching. 

When Archer Childers misguided brothers show up at his doorstep with an unwilling bride, he must make things right before they all land in prison, but a bungled attempted escape leaves Prudence unconscious and injured, Arch needs to nurse her back to health and convince her to marry him.

The plot thickens when Prudence, although taken in by the handsome bounder whose sly smirk could melt an iceberg, is certain the pair just won't work. When she learns of his profession, Prudence is more determined to run the other way due to her staunch Christian upbringing and ideas.  Before Arch realizes it, he has fallen for Prudence, but breaking through her steel exterior is a harder than he ever thought possible.

I simply love E.E. BURKE'S  Bride Train series. It's well written and exciting with TEMPTING PRUDENCE as no exception. I adore how Arch opens Pru's eyes to look at herself for the woman she is and put behind her the unfeeling words and actions those in her past said and did to affect her so. Arch is a patient and understanding hero. When his brothers essentially break the law and kidnap Prudence, he's left with the aftermath. TEMPTING PRUDENCE is a great addition to E.E. BURKE'S Bride Train series and I look forward to the next one! 


Thursday, August 11, 2016

COVER REVEAL BLISS: **Jacked Up: Birmingham Rebels by Samantha Kane**


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Earl's Return by Callie Hutton

Two weeks before his wedding, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave leaves his betrothed bride jilted while he flees to marry another under nefarious circumstances. Now, four years after the incident and his wife's death, Redgrave is back in London to choose a wife. Redgrave has some idea of what he wants in a wife, but no one compares once he sees Lady Mary.

Shocked and dismayed that the Earl of Redgrave would have the gall to show himself in town after his ruination of her sister, Lady Mary is perplexed when she can't get him out of her head. The cad left her sister two weeks before the wedding. Granted, out of that scandal, her sister found her one true love, but the journey there was a bitter one that the family is scarce to forget. 

Avoiding Redgrave is impossible since he has taken on the the charitable task of helping out in the orphanage where Lady Mary also works. Those evening delights of ton balls and gatherings don't help much in the avoidance realm either.

Once Mary begins to see the man inside the handsome exterior, she wonders if what happened those fateful four years ago was entirely William's fault. Secrets between them keep one another at arms length but when those secrets begin to come to light William's protective side take over and he will risk it all to make sure that Mary isn't hurt again, even if he must take himself out of the equation.

Mary is wary of giving her trust to another man after an incident with another man left her skittish of men in general, so while she begins to open her heart to William, that incident years before comes to the forefront, when the bounder from her past reappears making her rethink her relationship with William.

THE EARL'S RETURN is the final book in the Marriage Mart and Mayhem series by Callie Hutton, but can be read as a stand alone. This book is an enjoyable and well written read that will make you run the gamut of emotions whilst watching William and Mary reach for their HEA.


A Changed Agent by Tracey J. Lyons

Returning from a little vacation, schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell finds herself in a bit of a bind when her luggage opens up before her train ride home and hr belongings end up strewn all over the ground. Her only recourse is a gruff looking stranger, who to her embarrassment, helps her gather her unmentionables so she can catch her train home.

While on her train ride to her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie notices that two children accompany the man who helped her and she is curious as to the circumstances as the children appear to be heartbroken. Once back in her hometown, she finds herself in charge of those two lovely children and in close quarters with the gruff stranger, who happens to be their uncle, William Benton.  William is an undercover Pinkerton agent working at the lumber company as foreman to investigate a theft.

Keeping the secret of who he is and what he is doing is a difficult task with the very observant Elsie. It becomes so much more difficult when he begins to yearn for the ragtag family to be a real family. William had no idea how he was going to keep it together with his dangerous job and caring for his twin niece and nephew, who because of the sudden loss of their parents and being shifted around to relatives have their own issues to overcome. 

Elsie is a Godsend when it comes to keeping it all together and she quickly becomes the glue between the children, William and even the community. Could they both open up their hearts to one another as they have for those around them? Read A CHANGED AGENT  to find out.

I hope that author Tracey J. Lyons continues to write stories like this one, because I am now hooked.  This well written historical set in the Northeast opens a whole new realm for this reader and I crave more. This pair from different backgrounds and circumstances come together with two seven-year old children as the catalyst for a bright future and their journey there is an intriguing one. 


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Janet's Review of ** Trouble Walks In (The McGuire Brothers) by Sara Humphreys **

Someone is killing high end realtors.
Ronan McGuire and his bloodhound Bowser are members of the NYPD’s K-9 unit. It is their job to find the missing. Ronan loves his job and his dog.
Maddy Morgan is a high end real estate broker who moved to Manhattan to forget the tragic death of Rick, a fireman and her boyfriend for a decade.

Ronan has had a “thing” for Maddy since elementary school when she punched a bully in the face for harassing her. Unfortunately for Ronan, it was never the right time to ask her out. Now Maddy lives in the same city he does, but she was still grieving for Rick. The best he could do was just be a friend, this included jogging in Central Park and going for coffee, no dates. Maddy is going to be the maid of honor at her best friend Jordan’s wedding to Ronan’s brother Gavin, while he will be the best man and agree to be each other’s date. They are soon thrown together because someone is killing high end realtors in the city. Ronan is concerned for Maddy’s safety and soon they begin to spend more time together. As a result, they begin to develop stronger feelings for each other. Unfortunately for Ronan, Maddy feels guilty about her feelings for him, feels that she is betraying Rick’s memory. Ronan asks his brother and future sister in law for advice. They tell him to take is slow and that if he does, Maddy should eventually come around. Soon they begin to date. Maddy is happy, but the murders continue. They return for the wedding and realize their feeling for each other. Maddy spends Christmas with the McGuires and realizes this is what she wants, a family and all the love that comes with it. She returns to Manhattan because she is hosting a New Years Eve party for her clients and asks Ronan to attend. He is antsy because he intends to ask her to marry him that night. They end up having an argument and Ronan leaves. After the guests all leave, Maddy lays down. Someone enters her apartment. She thinks it is Ronan, unfortunately, it is the killer who has been murdering the female realtors and he takes Maddy next. The clock is now ticking for Ronan and Bowser to find Maddy before it is too late.

Once again, Sara Humphreys has written a story that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the end. Throughout this story we see Maddy coping with her isolation after Rick’s death to realizing how empty her life really will be if she doesn’t give Ronan a chance. Ronan, the ladies’ man, must figure out a way to change his approach with Maddy by using patience and not pressure to get her to date him. Maddy soon works through her fear and realizes that she is in love with Ronan and takes a chance. Ronan realizes that it is Maddy he wants forever. We also get a glimpse in the relationship between dog and man as Ronan searches for the killer. I love this series about the McGuire brothers. We see how family plays an important role in each story. There is suspense, and a second chance at love for Ronan and Maddy. I look forward to the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book.


Monday, August 1, 2016

The Highlander (Victorian Rebels #3) by Kerrigan Byrne

" Sometimes, when in a predicament like yours, the safest place to be is at the side of a violent man"

Kerrigan Byrne is one of my favorite Historical Romance writers, hands down. This exceptionally talented author dares to go where many would not and I love her all the more for it. Her story is gritty and exciting with such depth and emotion that it's hard to put the book down or power down the eReader. In THE HIGHLANDER, the third book in the Victorian Rebels series, Kerrigan Byrne turns darkness into light with a tenacious heroine and the Demon Highlander.

When Lady Philomena St. Vincent, the Viscountess Benchley was extricated from the asylum her husband and his family had her fraudulently committed to, her saviors are two very dangerous gentlemen. Luckily for Mena, former assassin, Christopher Argent and crime lord Dorian Blackwell arrive just in time to free her from the asylum's wicked employees. With the help of their wives, Mena is given a new identity and a position as a governess for a Scottish Laird in the Highlands. Fearing for her safety, Mena agrees that leaving London is her only option until she can be free of her malicious husband and his complicit family.

Meeting Miss Philomena Lockhart causes all sort of confusion and stir of emotion for Laird Liam MacKenzie. The former Lieutenant Colonel has survived every sort of mishap in his life so far, but Miss Lockhart's presence threatens to overturn the new life he has planned since leaving the military. The Demon Highlander sees a wariness in the English woman's demeanor and knows that she has been hurt both physically and emotionally as he has suffered through a similar situation growing up as Laird Hamish MacKenzie's offspring.

Mena takes to the MacKenzie keep with ease, showing Liam's children comportment and educating them to be successful out in public, but the more time she spends in the Laird's company the more the sparks begin to fly between the "governess" and the Laird. His lack of trust and her deep secrets promise to make their precarious yet interesting relationship ignite when not only her secrets, but Liam's past begins to catch up with the present.

THE HIGHLANDER by Kerrigan Bryne is not for the faint of heart. Liam MacKenzie has only known violence his entire life but the moment he sees Mena and listens to her philosophies about life, he wants to be more than the Demon Highlander. His protective instincts for his children and Mena are paramount and when push comes to shove those on his bad side best stay out of his way. Philomena's life has been a sad one after the death of her father. Her marriage to Viscount Benchley causes not only heartache but fear for her life. The fortitude this woman possesses makes her one of my favorite heroines to date. Liam MacKenzie is the height of alpha and therefore at the top of my list. THE HIGHLANDER is a brilliant addition to the Victorian Rebels series and Kerrigan Byrne is at the top of her game with this one.