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Release Blitz and Review: Bail Out (Smoke and Fire #2), by Suzanne Winslow

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Title: Bail Out
Series: Smoke and Fire #2
Author: Suzanne Winslow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 17, 2021
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Once he made up his mind, there was no changing it back …

At sixteen, Rachel Miller fell in love with her brother’s best friend. Eleven years her senior, Nate Doyle never gave her a second look. Nine years later, nothing’s changed—the handsome firefighter still keeps her at an arm’s length.

Raised in a traditional Irish family, Nate respects commitment. So much so that he has no intention of going down that road again. His relationships are measured in weeks or months, which makes his best friend’s sister off limits.

After watching Rachel get her heart broken again, Nate is no longer willing to stand on the sidelines. It means he must become a different man, if only Rachel can see the changes he’s made. This time, it’s too important to bail out.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Suzanne Winslow’s second in her Smoke and Fire series, Bail Out.  In case you missed the first book, this series is about a group of close friends that are fire fighters, and the women that come into their lives and hearts. Nate has known Rachel forever, considering that her brother is one of his best friends. But Nate has also had hidden feelings for Rachel, just like she has for him. Finally, Nate decides to tell Rachel how he feels but not long after their romance heats up, things happen making him think he should walk away. After realizing he made a mistake, he now has to work harder than ever to win Rachel back.

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this book better than the first in the series. Although I liked the overall story with Matt and Jenifer, their book seemed overly cluttered and seemed to go on forever. Nate and Rachel’s book moved at a much faster pace without sacrificing any details of their romance. I loved the idea of young Rachel doodling Nate’s name on her notebooks in high school and finally getting the chance to be with her dream man! Readers that don’t need all the dirty details in the love scenes will love this book! Yes, there are references to sexy times, but nothing over the top. Unfortunately, there were several times I felt like I was more excited about it then they were. Maybe because they were always waiting for the other shoe to drop, but the characters felt really flat to me for a lot of the book. As the ending approached, however, both Nate and Rachel seemed to have a lot more of a light-hearted and happy feeling which was a relief. I guess it felt more like telling than showing.

I like Suzanne Winslow’s plot and character ideas and saw a lot of growth between her writing in Bail Out versus Burned. I believe there is going to be a third book in the series (I’m thinking maybe Kyle) and I look forward to checking it out in the future!

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EXCERPT

As the band played, the dance floor filled. Nate looked over the top of his beer bottle as Rachel asked Grant to dance. It was shaping up to be a line dance and Grant, not looking like the cowboy boogie-type, begged off a second time.
She flashed Caroline a hopeful grin. “Do you want to dance?”
Caroline’s eyes darted to the dance floor. “I don’t know how to do that.”
Rachel set her hands on her hips. She cocked her head toward the line forming behind them. “Come on. I’ll teach you.”
Caroline shot Nate a pleading look as if asking him to save her. He bumped her shoulder instead. “Go ahead. Knock ’em dead.”
And damn, if she didn’t. She picked up the steps quickly, laughing every time she turned the wrong way or kicked out the opposite foot. It wasn’t long before she was rocking the arms and rolling her hips, but with an ethereal quality Nate had never witnessed in a country line dance before. Beside her, Rachel moved to the music a little differently, more seductive, less inhibited. Side by side with Caroline, he began to suspect Rachel wasn’t as innocent and naive as her older brother wanted to believe. Nate continued to watch her dance, enthralled. He’d just as soon imagine his sisters naked as he would Caroline, but Rachel? She conjured up fantasies even he’d never imagined before.
Grant paid no mind to Nate. His eyes were locked on Rachel’s long lithe body on the dance floor. She had a type, and this guy was it—tall, fair-haired, destined for a corner office. Nate brushed a hand over his scruffy face. Rachel could look him square in the eye when she wore heels. The only office he hoped to get was a concrete box with a pushout window.
Jealousy spiked in his chest before he finally pushed back from the table and headed back to the bar.
Faces flushed and smiling, Rachel and Caroline wove their way back to the table after he returned. He set a glass of water in front of Caroline, relieved to see Rachel drinking water, too.
Good. He preferred her date tonight ended with her sober.
Grant looked down at his phone as the band took a break and then leaned sideways to say something to Rachel. Nate sent her a curious look after Grant passed the bouncer and went outside.
Rachel shrugged and set down her glass as recorded music started to play over the loudspeakers. “He said he had to take a call for work.”
Caroline touched Nate’s shoulder. “Do you know which way is the toilet?”
Rachel smiled when he pointed to the far end of the bar.
Caroline stood. “I’ll be right back.”
“It’s just called the toilet in Ireland,” Nate explained after Caroline disappeared into the crowd. “Tell me more about Kieran. How does he like his new home?”
Rachel leaned her elbows on the table, her expression turning all sweet and sappy. “I think he’s happy. He meets me at the door every day when I get home and he likes to sleep in bed with me at night.”
“Hmmm,” was the best Nate could do.
She dropped her chin into her hands. “Can I ask you something?”
“Sure.”
“How much Irish do you speak?”
He grinned, assuming cussing didn’t count. “I only know a few words that my father taught me.”
Rachel’s lips twitched.
“What?”
“Your accent. You’re starting to sound a little bit like your girlfriend.”
He could tell she was teasing him, but he still felt the color rising in his cheeks. “I told you, Caroline and I are friends.”
She sat back and laughed as Lonestar’s “Amazed” began to play. “Matt’s right. Your Irish does come out when you’ve been drinking.”
Nate just shrugged. His accent was a byproduct of parents born and raised in Ireland. His father was proud of his thick Irish accent. His mother tried not to speak with any accent at all, but sometimes it would sneak out when one of her four kids got her riled up. It snuck out on him, too, sometimes, and not just while he was drinking. Times Matt didn’t know about. Moments Nate wished Rachel did.
Leaning closer, enough so that he could feel her warm breath on his cheek, she looked at him. “I have to ask you…did that kiss mean anything at all to you?”
He didn’t know how to answer. He thought about lying or twisting the truth. Or just brushing her off altogether. But he couldn’t do it. “Of course it meant something to me. But it can’t happen again.”
She let out a short laugh. “Then it didn’t mean much at all, did it?”
He stared at her, his throat so tight he could barely breathe. He told himself to keep his mouth shut. Put her first. Forget her.
But no, he looked over his shoulder for Caroline instead and then damn near lost his head. “Rachel, I’m crazy about you.” I love you! He clenched his jaw, determined to salvage the big fat mess he’d made. “But be realistic. I’m not the right guy for you.”
She eased back with defiance. “Who says?”
“How about we start with your brother?”
Her lips pinched together. He’d hit a nerve. “Who says I’m looking for Mr. Right?”
“What is that supposed to mean?”
“It means I’m not looking for a ring, Nate. I want to go out, have fun, blow off a little steam. That doesn’t work for you, so I won’t bother you again.”
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Suzanne Winslow writes the kind of stories she loves to read—contemporary romance with relatable characters, unsung heroes and heroines, and true-to-life stories. Nurses, teachers, firefighters, and Marines top her list of champions. Give her a book about strong, brave characters with hidden vulnerabilities and a secret passion, and she’ll binge read to the end!

Suzanne and her husband, along with their rescue dog, Murphy, call Upstate New York home. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s often planning a road trip, or if it’s summertime, hanging out at the lake. Connecting with readers through Instagram, Facebook, and newsletters is a favorite pastime.

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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: Always With You (Matchbox series, #3), by E.H. Lyon

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Title: Always with You
Series: Matchbox #3
Author: E.H. Lyon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2021 
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This sexy CEO is about to get everything he always wanted; she just needs to say yes…

Leo Hart is back after an 18-month absence and he’s ready for some responsibility as he takes on the role of CEO of the family company. Persistence, determination and getting what he wants is what he is used to. But it turns out his biggest challenge isn’t in the boardroom.

It’s the surprise son he didn’t even know he had… with Jess.

They were at each other’s throats for years except that one time when they aimed a little lower. Jess is adamant they stick to co-parenting only. But when they agree to temporarily live together so Leo can bond with their son, he decides to use his CEO tactics to persuade his favorite redhead to upgrade their frenemy co-parenting titles to something more. Strong-willed Jess drives on the side of caution, but Leo is confident that she and him—well, they were always going to end up together.

Always with You is the third sweet and sexy standalone novel from the “Matchbox” series where you can re-visit all your favorite characters throughout.

*My Review* 

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for E.H. Lyon’s, Always With You! This 3rd novel in the series is about Leo and Jess as he returns to town after 18 months to learn that the one night stand they had before he left resulted in a little baby named Sam. Leo and Jess have always been enemies that loved to fight and get under each other’s skin, but as they start trying to co-parent, it becomes evident that all the years of fighting was really flirting. 

In previous installments in this series, I haven’t been 100% sure whether or not I loved Jess or hated her. After reading Always With You I can happily say that I absolutely love her. My earlier opinions of her being a bitchy business woman have been replaced by thoughts such as caring mother, vulnerable, and wanting love. I’ve always loved Leo with his sarcasm and “don’t care” attitude, but I also saw a completely different side of him which was smitten and oh so hopeful. 

Always With You had my complete attention from the first page to the last and it’s honestly difficult to think of any criticism at all. I got a little frustrated at times with Jess’ stubbornness and quick temper, but it actually added to the story making me wonder if they would get together or not. So this one is pretty much a 5-star read for me as a whole! If you have not yet started this series, they are each standalones so you will be o.k. if you want to just jump in with this one. However, I feel that to truly understand the Leo/Jess dynamic, it would be better to start with book 1, Different With You and book 2, Crazy With You. Nevertheless, add this one to your TBR if you are a fan of enemies to lover romances! 

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EXCERPT

“Guest room?” I ask, tilting my head and letting my eyes trail her up and down. I know she’s watching me.
“Yes. Just because you saw my bed once doesn’t mean you need to see it again.” Jess seems determined with her logic, but her breathing has changed.
Smiling, I lean in to whisper near her ear. “It isn’t your bed that I’m worried about.” I tuck a strand of her hair behind her shoulder and she flinches. She looks at me, confused.  “It’s the kitchen,” I add.
I let her brain work for a second before I continue.
“I am 100% certain that is the reason we have Sam.” I have a confident grin on my face and I gently rub my chin as I watch her connect the dots in her memory.
She bites her lip and lets out a sigh as her head tilts. I can see a grin forming at the corner of her mouth, even though she doesn’t want me to see as she looks away. She brushes past me and walks towards the door.
“No lunch?” I ask, satisfied with myself.
“I lost my appetite.” She walks out the door with an extra sway to her step.  

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E.H. Lyon hates folding laundry and decided one day to avoid it by writing fun, witty, and steamy stories. An American from the Midwest, she now lives in Europe with her small pack of humans. She believes the essence of balance is sitting on a yoga mat listening to music while eating a donut. And she absolutely loves finding a new book boyfriend to swoon-over, hearing from other authors, and connecting with people who read her books. 

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Book Review: Amelia Unabridged, by Ashley Schumacher

Amelia Unabridged,

by Ashley Schumacher

Publication: Wednesday Books; February 16, 2021

ameliaAbout: Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.

*My Review*

Oh, my heart! It’s been quite awhile since I read something that I loved as much as this debut by author Ashely Schumacher. Amelia Unabridged is a young adult novel about Amelia, her best friend Jenna, and their shared loved of the Orman Chronicles books by N.E. Endsley. I don’t want to waste time repeating the blurb but these girls are the best of friends, have a horrible fight, they sort of make up, Jenna dies, then Amelia receives an extremely rare edition of one of their favorite books. She calls the bookstore in Michigan attempting to find out who sent it, but gets no information. Luckily, she decides to travel from Dallas to the small Michigan town to try to figure out the mystery, because this takes her to her beloved author himself, Nolan (pen name, N.E. Endsley). 

Let me start by getting a few trigger warnings out of the way. This book contains death. You already know that Jenna dies in a car accident, but there is also a flashback to another incident concerning death of children. It is brief and necessary, but it is there.

Amelia Unabridged is everything beautiful and wonderful that a reader hopes for. The writing is flawless, especially the complexity and imagery although intended for a YA audience. It can be happily read by either the intended age group or adults, such as myself, and be enjoyed wither way. The characters are beautifully and realistically flawed making them seem so relatable, despite being such a magical and dreamy plot. Speaking of the plot, the pacing is perfect with not one dull moment in the novel. Every word and every line are purposeful to the development of the story, without filler descriptions, flashbacks, or dialog. I promise that you will not find yourself skimming or your mind drifting while reading this one.

I adored every single character in this novel, but there just are not enough words for me to describe how amazing and special both Amelia and Nolan are. These two damaged souls come together and just bring the other one a peace they thought was no longer attainable. This isn’t a romance novel, it’s truly more important than that. However, you will find yourself noticing a fast-forming connection and spark between Amelia and Nolan, as well as, find yourself hoping, praying, and cheering for them to be together. Alex, Nolan’s best friend, is also such in incredible and thoughtful character. I actually stopped to think about it a few times that I never knew 18-19 year old boys like that when I was that age. Where were they?? And Alex’s mom and bookstore owner Valerie is such a huge character there could have been a book written just about her, which would be fascinating, I’m sure. 

To summarize, this book comes with my highest recommendation regardless of your typical preferred genre. Whether you are navigating through your early teen years or enjoying your retirement years, this is book that any reader can relate to and enjoy. I especially recommend this novel to anyone that has been thinking of making a change, pursuing a new hobby or career, or just thinking of going somewhere different. There is such beauty in taking the unknown path. Thank you to the author for writing such a touching novel!

*Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Book Review: The Downstairs Neighbor, by Helen Cooper

The Downstairs Neighbor,

by Helen Cooper

Publication: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; February 16, 2021

downstairsAbout: One House. Three Families. Countless Secrets.

From her downstairs apartment in suburban London, Emma has often overheard the everyday life of the seemingly perfect family upstairs–Steph, Paul and teenage daughter Freya–but has never got to know them. Until one day, she hears something that seizes her attention: Freya has vanished and the police are questioning Steph and Paul about their life. Do either of you have any enemies? Anyone who might want to harm or threaten you?

The effects of Freya’s disappearance ripple outward, affecting not just her parents, but everyone who lives in the building, including Emma and local driving instructor Chris, who was the last person to see the teenager before she went missing. Each character’s life is thrown into sharp focus as devastating mistakes and long-held secrets are picked apart and other crimes come to light–including a child gone missing twenty-five years earlier, and a shocking murder–that make clear that the past never stays where we leave it, and that homes can be built on foundations of lies.

**My Review**

The Downstairs Neighbor is the debut novel of author Helen Cooper and has been categorized as mystery/thriller, as well as, women’s psychological fiction. There are three tenants in a shared house in London. There are Paul, Steph, and their seventeen year old daughter Freya upstairs. Emma is downstairs, and Chris and his wife Vicky are in the lower apartment with a separate entrance. One afternoon, Steph comes home to an empty home when Freya should be there. She asks her neighbors if they have seen her and tries to reach her husband but as the hours pass, they realize that she is missing. The result is a twisted “guess whodunnit” from multiple POVs as you try to figure out what happened to Freya and who each of the characters really are. The story is told from Paul, Steph, Chris, Emma and Kate’s POV, although Kate’s POV is a flashback from 25 years earlier. It’s sort of confusing at times, but works overall. As typical with so many thrillers, it takes no time at all for every character to seem that they are a potential suspect – but there is so much more to this novel.

I probably only read about 10-15 novels of this genre a year, but when I do, I typically dive in and don’t stop reading from beginning to end. It took me several times to really commit and invest into this one. I’m struggling to describe why, but it took me a little bit to get into it. So, from about the 15-20% mark on my Kindle app until about the 70% mark I was completely consumed. Every narrator was unreliable in their own way, there were tons of lies and inconsistencies, and there was no indication whatsoever as to what happened to Freya. I was in love with this book and no one could tear my attention away. But then it happened. Things got way too busy and too complicated. There’s a fine line between too little, just enough, and too much. Everyone’s personal baggage and secrets started leaking out and unfortunately, some of them were just silly. Yes, they explained plot points, but it just seemed a little much. I felt like my brain was getting cluttered and just on complete overload. 

Despite all of that, I will say that Helen Cooper surprised the hell out of me multiple times. I never imagined the novel ending as it did and for that, I give her kudos. But Emma coddling her son Zeb was exhausting, Paul’s weird previous life storyline made so sense and was boring, and Steph’s secrets were just weird. This is a good book and if someone asked if I recommend it, I would say yes. However, it didn’t need quite so much “stuff.” Had Paul’s side story been left out, I think it would have been absolute perfection. Or maybe a bit less of Emma’s whininess? But overall, this was a pretty good read. Considering this was her debut novel, bravo!

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway: Toxic (Thanatos MC #1), by Cole Lepley

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Title: Toxic
Series: Thanatos MC #1
Author: Cole Lepley
Genre: New Adult/MC Romance
Release Date: February 16, 2021

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Sloan Prescott is done with bad boys and bad choices. When she moves to Arizona, she’s looking for a fresh start, far away from her drug dealing ex and all the complications that went with him. She doesn’t have the stomach for a life of uncertainty.
 
Flynn Davis is the President of the Thanatos Motorcycle Club, one of the most feared and revered organizations in Arizona. As such, he’s used to getting what he wants from whoever he wants whenever he wants.
 
When Flynn and Sloan have a chance encounter in a coffee shop, sparks fly. Sloan wants nothing to do with the arrogant man who screams trouble and reminds her of the past. But Flynn loves nothing better than a challenge, and Sloan just threw down the gauntlet.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz for Cole Lepley’s start to a new MC series, Toxic. I have to admit that I don’t read tons of MC novels, but it’s like this secret pleasure I have to indulge in every once in awhile, and I loved this one! Sloan is new to Arizona, starting over after relationship fails and has secured a new HR job at the hospital. Flynn is the President of the Thanatos MC and is beautiful, cocky, and lives a dangerous life. After randomly bumping into one another twice in one day, Flynn makes it his mission to win Sloan over, despite her wanting nothing to do with bad boys. But the chemistry is undeniable from the beginning and it doesn’t take long for Sloan to start looking at Flynn differently. 

Flynn is the epitome of MC novel perfection. He’s all muscle and tattoos, he’s got an attitude a mile wide, and is crazy sexy. It took me all of a few pages to be completely wrapped around his finger. I also loved Sloan but her character was weird in that she changed so quickly. She has nothing but attitude when it comes to Flynn, goes on and on about not wanting bad boys anymore and then it’s like a flip is switched and all of the sudden she becomes this sweet and almost demure character. So maybe lust/love soften her up, but it was a sudden change. 

Why is Toxic different from other MC novels? First, it respectfully and accurately deals with mental illness. I don’t recall ever reading an MC novel where the main alpha/hero has mental health struggles, but this worked beautifully into the plot and really expanded the characterization and development of Flynn. Not only was his character handled well, but the reactions, concerns, and feelings of the secondary characters in relation to Flynn’s behavior was spot on. Secondly, as far as MC novels go, the sex is really toned down in Toxic. Of course there is sexual activity and some perfectly steamy scenes, but it isn’t rushed or brought to the forefront like I have seen with so many MC novels. The focus was more on their emotional part of their relationship which was very refreshing.

Toxic was my first time reading this author but certainly won’t be the last. This novel has all of the wonderful, juicy, exciting things that reader’s love about MC novels, but also has that little something extra to make it stand out in this genre. I highly recommend this to any MC fans or especially those that haven’t tried MC novels yet, this would be a great entrance into that genre. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

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Cole Lepley is a contemporary romance author of bad-ass alpha heroes, a whole lot of drama, and happy endings. She writes realistic relationships that you can’t help but fall in love with.

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Release Blitz and Review: The Edge of Happiness (The Edge Series Book 1), by Kristin Turnage

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Title: The Edge of Happiness
Series: Edge #1
Author: Kristin Turnage
Genre: Slow Burn Small Town Romance
Release Date: February 5, 2021
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Cassie Davis is the girl you’d look over in a crowd. She isn’t the life of the party, she’s the DD. The responsible one, the reliable one, the one you can count on. That’s who she is.
 
When her best friend dies a tragic death on her watch, her life starts to fall apart. The guilt and shame take their toll. Therapists aren’t helping and her dad’s out of options. That’s until her estranged Uncle calls out of the blue, giving her dad the idea of sending her to his small NC hometown for the summer.
 
Her goal is to fix herself, to find her happiness somewhere amidst the chaos. But, she’s not ready for the smooth talking, gorgeous guy that gets injected into her life. Staying away from him would be best, but when he speaks to her, she feels her hope inside come alive. When he touches her, her world that’s full of chaos and confusion, freezes.
 
Ryan’s someone that’s never struggled in the looks department. His wounds are deep and he’s not looking for someone to mend them. After his long-time girlfriend cheated on him and ended up pregnant, Ryan doesn’t want to get tied down ever again. He wants to live out his life, working on his family’s farm, and that’s it.
 
Parties and unattached sex are his new norm, trying to find happiness wherever he can. That’s until her eyes make him feel stupid things in his chest. Ryan doesn’t want to give himself to anyone again, but when she smiles, his world lights up.
 
When they’re both on the edge of happiness, will they risk it all for each other?

**My Review** 

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Kristin Turnage’s The Edge of Happiness! This start of the Edge Series is about Cassie and Ryan. Ryan has grown-up in the small town he lives in working on a farm, being with family, and spending time with friends. Cassie grew up a few hours away in with just her and her Dad, but will be visiting her family for the summer while trying to heal from a trauma. Each have their own heartbreaks and issues, but immediately click with one another. Their fast friendship quickly starts to become more, but will all of their past issues keep them apart?

I loved the quick connection between Cassie and Ryan and how easily they just got one another. I also loved the strong representation of friendship and family as seen in Ryan’s tightknit group. The story was romantic without being over the top sexual, and was certainly filled with enough conflict to keep the plot twisting and turning along the way. I can easily say that I enjoyed this novel and am interested in continuing with the series as they are published.

But of course, there are some things that drove me completely crazy while reading. One, I never had a clear picture of where they were. North Carolina is mentioned early on and then much later it’s mentioned that Cassie and her Dad live in Charlotte, but where was the farm in North Carolina? I don’t care if it’s a made up town, for some reason I want to know the name of the town I’m reading about. Pick a name, any name, just give me some details. Second, I struggled with Ryan’s trauma and heartbreak stemming from his ex-girlfriend. It just felt overdone to me and honestly, very unrealistic. If it was so painful, why keep being around her? I get that he needed some bad experiences and internal conflict to go along with the main plot points, but I think this could’ve been developed a little differently to make his story more believable. Lastly, is there something in the water in this small farming town making everyone have so many issues? Every single character has some sort of past trauma, fear, neuroses, something that they struggled with getting over and/or working through. The only person that didn’t openly seem to be struggling with something was Mac. But everyone else was either depressed, lying, keeping secrets, and so forth. It was kind of exhausting and honestly, it made it hard for me to keep going in the book because there would be a small snippet of something happy but then it would go back to being depressing.

With all of that being said, I still found The Edge of Happiness to be a good book and is especially impressive considering this is the author’s debut novel. There were some editing issues and as I said earlier, I felt there were details left out regarding setting. But Turnage also tackles some very sensitive issues in a perfectly appropriate way while also highlighting the beauty of imperfection. This looks to be an interesting series and I am looking forward to seeing who will be the focus of the next book in the series. 

*Thanks to GMB for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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I let them fade away into the background as my eyes travel around, shamelessly looking around for him. I breathe a sigh of relief when my eyes find him sitting at another table talking to his friends. I wasn’t expecting to meet a guy like him on my first day here. I wasn’t expecting anyone like him at all.
My body goes from ice cold to super-hot in a split second, like a rollercoaster. He is relaxing and having an in-depth conversation with whoever is sitting in front of him. His eyes look around in a break in the conversation, taking in his surroundings. He looks over my way and then back. Then he stops and his eyes slide back to mine. I can’t breathe. His stare is holding me in my place. I can’t even think. I just stare back at him like a dazed animal. Slowly his mouth begins to move again, carrying on the conversation like he wasn’t trapped in a staring contest with me. Never taking his eyes off of me, never blinking. His stare is controlled and also purposeful. My body heat rises so high, I know my cheeks are flaming red at this point.
I watch as the person across from him speaks, but he still hasn’t taken his eyes off me. I need to look away, but I can’t. Wait… Am I flirting? Yes. No. Maybe? I try to swallow the rock in my throat.
Then his lips pull up into a grin that brings a shiver over my body. It’s not a flirty smile, it’s pleasant, welcoming, and it has my head spinning.

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AUTHOR BIO

Kristin Turnage is an indie author that lives close to the beach in Florida with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. She has been writing for eight years and has been chasing her dream of becoming a published author for a long time. The Edge of Happiness from The Edge Series is her first published work and has turned her dream into a reality. She is excited that you are all taking this journey alongside of her.

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Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway (and amazing book series trailer!): Crazy With You (Matchbox #2), by E.H. Lyon

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This sexy real estate agent just met his match with crazy…

Max Katz follows a strict rule about dating clients—he doesn’t. It’s a reason that he prides himself on being the local real estate guru in Sage Creek, Colorado. And it’s a reason why Max sticks to asking for the number of the beauty he meets at the local bar Matchbox—because said beauty isn’t his client.

Until she is.

But Harper Ives enjoys making Max’s job difficult. The free-spirited newcomer to town is every fantasy for Max come true, including the one about the kindergarten teacher ready to school him. Yeah… Max may need to consider an amendment to his rules.

Because they are two souls on the same crazy wavelength, and if spirit animals exist, then these two have found one another. Love at first sight is an understatement. But when you fall hard and fast then something is bound to go wrong.

Crazy with You is the second sweet and sexy standalone novel from the “Matchbox” series where you can revisit all your favorite characters throughout.

**My Review**

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz for E.H. Lyon’s Crazy With You. This second novel in her Matchbox series is about real estate agent Max and kindergarten teacher Harper. You don’t have to read the first in the series, Different With You, in order to enjoy this but it will give you some background info about Lucas and Abby if you do. Anyway, Max has a steadfast rule to never date clients, however, after meeting Harper in a bar one night and then realizing she is his new client, he finds himself bending his own rules. 

Harper is this beautiful, quirky, fantasy girl that is every man’s dream and I loved her throughout the novel. I also enjoyed getting to know Max more because I found him interesting in the first novel of this series. Honestly, these two characters and this novel blew the first novel out of the water (sorry to the author). For some reason, the dialogue in Different With You, as well as, the thoughts and actions of the characters almost seemed too immature and choppy. Crazy With You shows a different level of writing and dialogue which I was happy to see! 

I loved the banter and flirting between the characters, the chemistry and steam, and also just the romance of it all! If you aren’t a fan of insta-love you may struggle with this, but it works really well in this story. Crazy With You kept me completely entertained and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this cozy little town!

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“Bye, Max.” I get out of the car. 

“Bye, Harper… wait, it’s only halfway through the weekend. Maybe I should be a good realtor and show you the area some more?” 

I lean down and through the open window on the car door. “What would that entail?” 

“Restraint,” he deadpans, and I love his remark. 

I twirl some hair around my finger and offer, “Well, I can bring my handcuffs if you feel it’s necessary.” 

A slow-forming grin swells on his face again. “Something tells me that you are not even joking. I will text you, Harper,” he promises. 

I nod with a droll smile before he drives away.  

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E.H. Lyon hates folding laundry and decided one day to avoid it by writing fun, witty, and steamy stories. An American from the Midwest, she now lives in Europe with her small pack of humans. She believes the essence of balance is sitting on a yoga mat listening to music while eating a donut. And she absolutely loves finding a new book boyfriend to swoon-over, hearing from other authors, and connecting with people who read her books. 

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Release Blitz and Review: Unraveled (an Everyday Heroes World novel), by Alexia Chase

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Title: Unraveled
An Everyday Heroes World Novel
Author: Alexia Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2021
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Alexia Chase’s Unraveled is a fast-paced, emotionally charged, sexy, contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes Worlds project.
 
Can a man who’s been burned find love with a woman who’s full of sunshine and happily ever afters?

Kameron Willoughby

His mom walked out the door when he was twelve and never looked back. That was Kameron’s first taste of a woman letting him down, but certainly not the last.
Over the years, he’s caught his high school girlfriend with his best friend. And his last girlfriend used him to humiliate another woman. To say he’s bitter and looking to lick his wounds is an understatement.
When his cousin offers him a place to stay in Sunnyville, he jumps at the chance. Little did he know, he’d meet Little Miss Sunshine herself.

Layla Malone

She’s looking for Mr. Right, and he has some big shoes to fill. The men in her family have loyal hearts and a helping spirit. The biggest complaint people have about her is that she’s always rushing off to rescue someone. Why’s that such a bad thing?
The first time she meets Kameron, she’s wrangling ducklings when one accidently falls into a rainwater drain.
 
Kameron couldn’t be farther from what she’s looking for. He’s grumpy, doesn’t like animals, and thinks she’s a do-gooder. Every time they meet, she’s jumping headfirst into helping someone, and he’s lecturing her on taking unnecessary risks.
What happens when two people, who have nothing in common, keep getting thrown together?
 
One thing that’s soon apparent – they have an undeniable scorching chemistry that has them both unraveling.
 
Will they stay enemies? Do they have more in common than they think?
 
Can Layla show Kameron that there’s light after the darkness? Or will Kameron destroy Layla’s belief that life is sunshine and rainbows?
 
This story is filled with breaking preconceived notions, resolving miscommunications, learning to appreciate your past, and healing old wounds.
 
There’s also some duck wrangling, cat rescuing, sexy firefighting, and an eighty-year-old man’s rushed delivery to a nursing home before his erectile dysfunction medication wears off.
 
Are you ready to enjoy the next Everyday Hero? Kameron’s one Grumpalicious fireman.

*My Review* 

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz tour for Alexia Chase’s latest novel, Unraveled!  Believe it or not, this was my first time reading anything by this author but I am now completely a fan. This sweet and sexy romance is about Layla and Kameron who are complete opposites with an undeniable spark. Layla is sweet, kind, caring and loves her small-town life in Sunnyville. Kameron is a firefighter new to the area, only temporarily, and is grumpy and rude whenever Layla is around him. That is, until he can no longer avoid how much he wants Layla and how much he is pulled in by the happy light that surrounds her wherever she goes. But, of course, he’s only there temporarily, so they promise not to develop any feelings for each other.

I was crazy about each of these characters and loved them together as a couple. They were sexy, fun, kind to one another, and everything in between. So what’s the problem? They have the worst communication of any couple I have ever read about! You know when you’re reading and just want to reach into the book and strangle the characters? I experienced this many, many times. I would say that 95% of their conflicts could have been avoided by talking and listening. However, what’s a good romance without problems and personal growth?

Unraveled contains great writing with a fast-paced story and wonderful characters. There is the perfect blend of sweet and steamy, and I think will be enjoyed by any contemporary romance fans. I read this the other day when it was about 34 degrees and absolutely pouring rain and it was the perfect pick me up for a dreary day!

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Layla
Between Gertrude and I, we manage to corral three of the baby ducks into the park as several customers file out of the café to cheer me on.
I lean down and swoosh my arms in the air as another puffball waddles toward the yellow center line. “Oh, no, you don’t.”
At my exaggerated movements, the duckling shots into the grass like a fox is hot on his tail feathers. “Good job, little one.”
By now, cars on both sides of the road have come to a complete stop. Mayor Winston steps out of his Cadillac. He leans against the door with his arm resting over the top edge. “Beautiful day, isn’t it?”
I swipe a strand of hair out of my eyes, but it continues to swirl. “Yes, it is.”
He chuckles as Gertrude darts to the side of the road and frantically quacks at a duckling that has wandered down the cement gutter. “She sure has her hands full with this batch. I don’t think they’re going to make it.”
“You and me both,” I sigh in utter frustration. There’s no time to make idle conversation. I jog to catch up with them before another unsuspecting driver ends up running over the little family.
Not that there’s anywhere for vehicles to go. The road to the south is blocked by the Mayor and a couple other drivers who’ve stopped to chat with him. And from the north, a large 4×4 is angled sideways to block traffic.
I squint. Who’s that? I don’t recognize the vehicle. Before I can catch a glimpse of the driver, the pipsqueak on the loose slips between the rails of the drain grate and disappears.
“Oh, shit.” My heart skips a beat. I run to the covered trench and stare inside with my co-parent quacking and fluttering her head from side to side. How am I going to get you out of there?
“What are you doing?” A deep voice booms from behind me.
My mouth drops, and I pivot on my heel. Holy hotness, Batman. The man, who has apparently emerged from a monster truck with dual tailpipes, strides across the pavement.
The muscles in his shoulders and neck ripple with each movement. When did superheroes start wearing low-hung jeans and wifebeaters? I swallow over the dry ball of lust in my throat and straighten my back. “Gertrude’s baby duckling fell into the drain.”
He yanks the sunglasses off his face, and the darkest pair of brown eyes stare at me in utter disbelief. Then, he glances in all directions. “And that warrants this mess?”
I jerk backward. “What mess?”
“This.” As he waves his hand in a circle in front of him, his eyes flash with contempt. “You’re holding up traffic. All the lookie-loos are out gawking. And the Mayor’s over there holding an impromptu press conference.”
I spin around to see Mayor Winston grinning from ear to ear as he uses his hands to talk. Tracie Atherton and Max Parson have their cellphones up as they appear to be recording his conversation. Welcome to Sunnyville, California.
“Then, move on.” I shrug. “It doesn’t have to be your business.”
The man purses his lips. “Yes, it does. We received a call at the fire department, and I’m the lucky one who got the assignment.”

Alexia ChaseAUTHOR BIO

My name is Alexia Chase.

I specialize in quick, dirty, and sweet short stories and novellas with some novels for your reading pleasure. I write for busy working mothers who admire and acquire books that provide the full escape of a novel but don’t have a lot of time.

More importantly, I offer insta-love, smutty sex, and swoon-worthy moments that will leave you with a flushed face and a giddy smile. Quick – pray no one is watching and wondering what in the hell is wrong with you because no one else looks that happy.

People who have read my books have the following to say:
“This insta-love story is extremely funny, a quick read and just filled with so much good and filthy stuff. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone that likes Alexia Chase or is just thinking about picking one of her books up for the first time. Just make sure you are reading this where you can laugh out loud and get a crimson face when you read the erotic sex scenes.” LF Books
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“I’ve read a lot of books written by Alexia Chase; she has done a great job at writing another good short story; she is one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more of her books.” Jeanne Richardson
My writing gives busy women that sixty-minute escape they need when they can’t afford a trip to the Caribbean with their secret lover, Dimitri.
My Soul Sisters don’t even have time to get away from the kids to take a shower.

Quick. Dirty. Sweet.

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Release Blitz & Review: Whatever You Need (Whatever it Takes, #2), by S. Jones

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Title: Whatever You Need

Series: Whatever It Takes #2

Author: S. Jones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 11, 2021

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A one-night stand wouldn’t hurt, right? That’s what I told myself while I was stranded at the hotel bar in the middle of a snow storm. I thought indulging in a night of passion with the good-looking detective would be a great idea. I couldn’t have been more wrong.   

Apparently, seeing him again was inevitable, especially when fate kept putting him in my path.   

I didn’t have time for a relationship. I had a business to run and obligations to honor. But as it turned out, resisting him required more restraint than the set of handcuffs that brought us together in the first place.  

I convinced myself that it was the perfect arrangement. He wasn’t looking for a commitment and I wasn’t in a position to give him one. That was already promised to someone else.   

We might have agreed to keep things simple, but sometimes rules are destined to be broken.  

He told me he would give me Whatever I Need. How can I bring myself to tell him what I need is for him to let me go?  

*My Review*

Welcome to my stop on the release blitz for Whatever You Need! This is the second novel in S. Jones’ Whatever it Takes series and is about hot detective Marco and dedicated businesswoman Amelia. I will start by saying that I have not yet read the first in this series, but don’t worry, this can be read on its own. 

Marco doesn’t pursue relationships because of being burned in the past and Amelia is married to her career. The two meet under very awkward but hilarious circumstances and somehow just keep bumping into each other. The chemistry is off-the-charts, but unfortunately there are secrets between them and obstacles galore. 

So, without giving the main points of the plot away, I truly struggled with the conflict regarding Amelia and her job. It’s 2021 and the entire situation was not only ridiculously old-fashioned but I’m guessing could be fought in court as illegal. Anyhow, once I got past that, I was able to get more into the groove of this novel that was full of a colorful cast of characters. I fell in love with Marco’s grandmother and I know you will too. This romance is fast-paced, sexy, and also really stresses the theme of family and its importance. Honestly, and I hate to be repetitive, my only issue with the novel was Amelia’s stipulations regarding her job and her not telling Marco about early on. Otherwise, this was a great read for me. 

S. Jones is a talented writer that I am happy to have discovered. I will definitely be reading more from her in the future!

*Thanks to GMB for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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“So…” She gestured for me to sit down on the couch. I was disappointed when she took the seat opposite of me. “How did you know where I lived?”   

I cleared my throat and sat up straighter. There was no sense in lying, so I told her the truth. “I looked up your information from the police report.”   

“Ahh,” was all she said, and I was grateful she didn’t seem too bothered by that.  

I pulled on the back of my neck, trying to relieve some of the tension. “Look, I know we weren’t supposed to see each other again, but I really enjoyed my time with you that night. And then when I saw you the other day,” I grinned, hoping she found it just as amusing as I did, “I knew that I needed to seek you out.”   

She crossed her legs, and suddenly memories of them wrapped around my back had my zipper straining against my pants. “Why is that?” she asked, drawing my attention up to her face.  

“Well,” I coughed, “I’d like to think that we both had a good time that night, and I’d like to do that again.”  

 She looked appalled at that suggestion. “So, you illegally gained my address, which I’m pretty sure goes against policy, and thought it would be a good idea to show up at my home unannounced and ask for a booty call?”  

 My eyes widened. “Shit, that came out wrong. I’m sorry, Amelia. What I’m trying to say is that I’d like to see you again.”  

“With or without my clothes on?” She challenged me with a pointed look.  

Was that a trick question? Judging by the way her blue eyes were turning icy, I’d say not. 

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Jones lives in Upstate, N.Y. with her husband, her two teenage children, and her adorable golden retriever Marley.  She is a wine lover, coffee drinker, domestic chef, housekeeper, chauffeur, dog walker and world traveler…Oh and she is also a hopeless romantic! When she’s not doing laundry, mowing her lawn or taking care of her family, you can usually find her on the computer planning out her next vacation, having a drink with her friends or reading a nice juicy book. 

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Book Review: Magnolia Mill (Whiskey River Road, #6)

Magnolia Mill

(Whiskey River Road, #6),

by Kelly Moore

Publication: January 28, 2021

magnolia millAbout: She moved to Salt Lick Kentucky to a family she never knew. Now that she’s cured, she has a second chance at love. Will she take it or will she let fear chase him away?

Jane moved from Texas to Tennessee with her twin brother Noah to a family she had never met. She was overwhelmed with the warmth she received from each one of them. She was broken, and dying. They healed her physically but they couldn’t take away her inward scars. She fixed herself up, plastered on a smile, and won the hearts of the town. As mayor of Salt Lick, she had a new beginning to fulfill her dreams, fall in love. Her only problem was, she wasn’t ready to let go of her heart so easily.

Ethan York came home with his best friend, Clem Calhoun. He was a big city boy trying to manage his life on the ranch. He found his calling in life; to be cowboy. He also fell in love with Jane the first time he laid eyes on her. Neither one of them were ready to explore their emotions. Time passed and Ethan felt like he couldn’t breathe any longer with her in his life. His new job landed them working together on projects. The fire within him was ignited. Jane pushed him away. But Ethan proved to be one persistent man, like a dog with a bone.

She was trapped behind her secrets, not willing to share them. Will she ever be able to let go and fall in love, again?

Magnolia Mill is the sixth book in the Whiskey River Road, Western Romance Series. If you like quick-witted heroines, angsty relationships, and small-town settings, then you’ll adore Kelly Moore’s steamy saga.

*My Review*

Whiskey River Road fans, how excited are you for Jane and Ethan’s story??? I was chomping at the bit to read this one and it absolutely did not disappoint! When Jane and her twin brother Noah arrived at the ranch to meet their family, it didn’t take long for Jane to catch Ethan’s eye. But after recovering from a long-term illness and finally getting her life back, Jane had only one goal – to become Mayor of Salt Lick. Despite Ethan’s persistence and a whole lot of flirting, Jane keeps Ethan at an arm’s length. But when they are suddenly thrown together at work, Ethan plans to do whatever it takes to win Jane’s heart. 

Let me begin by saying that I was honestly more excited about Ethan’s story rather than Jane’s. Yes, they go hand in hand, but I have been crazy about Ethan since the very first book in the series and have been patiently waiting for him to find his happily-ever-after. If you have read my reviews on other books in the series, you will know that Jane has had to grow on me. Her character is very complex and it’s taken several books for Kelly Moore to slowly start chipping away at all of her layers. And I must say that I finally fell in love with Jane! That rough exterior is still there, but now that I’ve seen the real her, I can do nothing but cheer her on. 

Besides Jane and Ethan, there was plenty going on with the other characters, as usual. Margret and Wyatt are adjusting to life with Margret in a wheelchair and it produced several Kleenex-worthy moments. Bear and Nita are still coming to terms with Sandy being back in Missy’s life and this also produced some serious Kleenex-worthy moments. But on a lighter note, Ethan’s mom, Winfred, has left her rich new York life to come to live on the ranch and it’s nothing but perfection! Watching this high-society woman get to know the Calhouns and learn their lifestyle on the ranch is sometimes cringe-worthy and sometimes hilarious, but it is wonderful. I’m crossing my fingers for another book in this series just to see if Winfred and Chet’s friendship progresses into more!

Magnolia Mill is a beautiful, heartfelt, sexy, and hilarious addition to the Whiskey River Road series. Kelly Moore always writes such page-turners, regardless of the genre. However, Magnolia Mill is the embodiment of how skillful a writer she is. There is plenty of laughter blended with tears. There are suspenseful events that you never saw coming, which keeps you burning up the pages. And as always, there is the perfect amount of sexy and romantic scenes to keep you swooning from beginning to end. I have loved all of the books in this series, but this one especially spoke to my heart and I cannot recommend it enough.

*Just remember, if you haven’t yet read this series, you really need to start at the beginning to fully understand and enjoy!

**Thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!

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Missed the start of this series? Check out my reviews for books 1-5!

coming homeComing Home (Whiskey River Road, #1)

A cowboy. An empty altar. Coming home is complicated.

What stopped me from walking down the aisle to the perfect man? My stupid rebel heart, that’s what. 

I loved Boone Methany with everything I had, but I wanted more than just the ranch I grew up on and training horses for the rest of my life. Leaving him on our wedding day wasn’t something I planned on. Neither was coming back to my family ranch after seven years in the military just to eat a heaping helping of crow.

I thought I was prepared to see him again. What I wasn’t ready for, was him being engaged.

Coming home is about to get mighty complicated.

stolen heartsStolen Hearts (Whiskey River Road, #2)

A thief and a single father don’t bode well. She’s snarky, and sexy which can only lead to two broken hearts.

It was a day like any other on the ranch.

Hard work and no play makes for a cranky cowboy. Needing a night out on the town left me sneaking in my father’s house like a teenage boy.  That was my first mistake of the day.

The second was playing hero to a damsel in distress that turned out to be no damsel at all but a sexy, snarky woman who took me by surprise.

How you ask?

I’d been a ladies man.  That is until I became a father.  My rebel days were gone. A six-year-old sassy daughter changed all of that for me.  I didn’t need the complicated messy kind of love stuff. My hands were full.

A mission into town to handle a family issue would make my life more muddled. The day I met the woman who would steal my heart.

A thief. A woman on the run.  A woman with one too many secrets.  A woman whom I had to save because if I didn’t, I feared she disappear and take two hearts with her. I wasn’t prepared for the danger she was in and the decision I’d have to make. She’d hate me for sure.

I definitely wasn’t prepared for her to leave.

three wordsThree Words (Whiskey River Road #3)

Wild at heart. One hot cowboy. A heap of trouble.

What stopped me from saying the three words Ian wanted to hear? My stubbornness that protected my heart, that’s what.

A handsome cowboy with a hot body and a sense of humor to boot, Ian Daughtry was everything a woman could ask for. He was downright pretty to look at. The day he left my world spun out of control. It changed me inside. I was no longer the sweet, innocent girl. Instead, I became the wild child desperate to feel anything but love.

Now he’s back, slipped into town unbeknownst to me. My family knew but didn’t want to tell me, afraid it would rip me apart.

I have a news flash for him. I don’t care how hot he is, he ain’t gettin’ me back. This woman has done fine on her own. But boy howdy… just seeing him he sent me in a tailspin. One that might get me in a heap of trouble.

kentucky rainKentucky Rain (Whiskey River Road, #4)

A law-abiding man, breaking all the rules and dodging love. I’ll either run her off or give her my heart.

I threw in my hat, giving up my job as a lawyer to become the one thing I swore I never would…a cowboy. I’ve lived on my father’s ranch my entire life, but never learned how to be a rancher’s son. Instead, I was urged to become an attorney by my father, who doesn’t live by the letter of the law.

Now, I’m left picking up the pieces of my life, trying to figure out who I am, and what I want. Trouble is brewing for me, I can feel it in my bones, especially when my friends-with-benefits relationship with Margret starts to feel like something more than I have to give. She deserves a better man than me.

My plan is to keep her at arm’s length. Her plan is to pull me in closer

wild rideWild Ride (Whiskey River Road, #5)

He’s a tough cowboy. She’s a wild ride and the daughter of his family’s enemy. Will they let passion win out, or will it tear them to pieces?

Noah was raised apart from his family. Now, he’s trying to fit in with the Calhouns. But fitting in isn’t always easy when you’ve been a loner. A roll in the hay with a gorgeous woman fits his lifestyle. Falling in love was never in his plans.

Molly Granger’s lived a hard, dedicated life to her father. A man she loathes but has pledged her loyalty to—at least by all appearances. Her only focus has been revenge, even at the cost of her own life. Her goal is thrown off-kilter the day she meets Noah in a bar.

The connection between Molly and Noah is raw and intense, but neither one wants to admit their attraction. A wedge forms between them when Noah finds out her father is enemy number one.

Trapped between desire and vengeance, will they find a middle ground?