One Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

One Frosty NightOne Frosty Night by Janice Kay Johnson

Olivia Bowen would rather avoid this holiday season. Even her satisfaction at improving the family business doesn’t make up for the loss of her beloved father and the sudden tension with her mother. Olivia questions how much longer she can live in her hometown. And her decision is further complicated by Ben Hovik.

She should keep her distance—he broke her heart years ago. Yet his compassion and their still-sizzling attraction are seductive. Could she be falling for him again? When she spends Christmas with Ben and his teenage son, she wonders if this might be the first of many more….

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4stars

Not your average Christmas read, One Frosty night is an unusual winter tale with an element of suspense and mystery, but also a heartwarming love story.
Death, children and past pains, it’s a story that stays true to and deals with everyday obstacles. The relationship between step-father and son was right on par and added a touch of humor, as was the strained relationship between Olivia and her mother. It perfectly depicts that everything in the world isn’t perfect during the holidays, but yet a happily ever after can still be found.

I would have given it five stars, but at times the story jumped around a tad, as if the author was trying to wrap it up, but didn’t lay out all the foundation. Still a great read for anytime of year, but one that makes you want to cozy up on a cold winters night with a cup of coffee and a good book.

I received a complimentary copy of One Frosty Night from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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WARM HEARTS IN WINTER by Helen Pollard

Warm Hearts in WinterWarm Hearts in Winter by Helen Pollard

Forced by circumstance into the world of temping, when Abby Davis accepts an assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he is an ageing recluse.

Thirty-something Jack Blane is anything but. Still struggling to get his life and writing career back on track three years after his wife’s death, Jack isn’t ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby.

Snowed in at his winter retreat on the moors, as the weeks go by and their working relationship becomes friendship and maybe more, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved with someone at work … and Jack must decide whether he is willing to risk the pain of love a second time.

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A remote countryside blanketed with snow, a personal assistant hard on her luck and a moody horror author still grieving from the untimely death of his wife.

Warm Hearts in winter is a beautiful love story of two people coming together under less than favorable circumstances. A tale of learning to help, heal and love-again.

Ms. Pollard writes nice, strong, well-rounded characters who are wholesomely good and have good intentions. A spark of mystery and perfectly paced developing relationship with a smidgen of of romantic tension, you wont want to put it down.

I must say, I immediately fell in love with the cover, which I think is absolutely stunning. A terrific read for anyone looking for a simple and modest romance.

Warm Hearts in Winter is available now.  You can find it on Amazon here.

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The Texan’s Christmas By: Tanya Michaels

The Texan's ChristmasThe Texan’s Christmas by Tanya Michaels

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The last thing rodeo cowboy Daniel Baron needs is a commitment. After a lifetime of feeling like an outsider among his larger-than-life stepfamily at Roughneck Ranch, Daniel is ready to leave the ring—and Texas—behind forever. Except he can’t stop thinking about the woman he just met—beautiful, bighearted…and pregnant.

Of course Nicole Bennett is attracted to strong, sweet Daniel—he’s pretty much perfect. But he made it clear that he doesn’t want a family, the one thing Nicole’s dreamed of her whole life. Now, just as that dream is coming true, Nicole could lose the only man she wants to share it with…unless Daniel can find the courage to open his heart.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second read in The Texas Rodeo Baron series and my first by Tanya Michaels, as each installment is written by a different author. I’m not sure if the mixing of authors is is a new trend or old, but it’s one that I’ve noticed a lot of lately. I think it’s neat way to offer individuality to characters that are prominent in each book, because each author writes and portrays them as they understand the character.

In the past, I’ve steered away from what I feel are cheesy titles “The Cowboys …”, “The Texan’s ….”, “The Billionaire’s …”, or “The Duke …” However after relenting and giving some of these a go, I find that my judging a book by it’s cover or um … title, is completely unfair. Most of them I enjoy very much, as was such, The Texan’s Christmas.

Tanya Michaels actually weaves a rodeo story into everyday life allowing even those that don’t particularly care for the cowboy themed storylines to enjoy it. Centered around the Baron family and their coming together at Christmas, it’s a story of understanding who you are and what you mean to those around you.

It’s a nicely written clean story that you won’t want to miss.

I received a complimentary copy of The Texan’s Christmas from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Texan’s Christmas releases today.  You can get it on Amazon here.

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REVIEW- Christmas on 4th Street By Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fool's Gold, #12.5)Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

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There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.

Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Susan Mallery isn’t a new author to me. I’ve read several of her books and immediately fell in love with her style of writing. Christmas on 4th Street is only my second Fools Gold novel and is a wonderful addition to the Fools Gold series. With fun and entertaining characters, it’s not your average hot desirable man meets shy succumbing female.

I loved this story. Both characters were well developed and likable. It was light and funny at times, but then also heartfelt and emotional. Relatable and true to every day life, I can easily see Noelle and Gabriel living in small-town USA dealing with life as it is handed to them.

I would have given the story 4- 4.5 stars except the ending just sort of crept up and tadaa – ended. Not that it was a terrible ending, because you get the HEA, but it was built up and you think your going to start going down hill and the story will fall into place, but then you hit a plateau and it wraps up and came together very quickly. It’s still a very good read and a beautiful story. I definitely recommend it.

I received a copy of Christmas on 4th Street from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review- Christmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

Christmas with a SEALChristmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

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Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Phillip Banks

Mission: Resist one saucy redhead’s attempts to de-Scrooge him…and seduce him!

Silversmith Frankie Silvera has lost her creative mojo. And she knows how to get it back—by getting her sexy on with a certain hot sailor. Just the thought of Phillip’s hard, Navy-trained body against her, and everything goes molten. He’s the “inspiration” Frankie needs for the holidays!

Navy SEAL Phillip Banks is the prince of protocol. But after his last mission went horribly off-course, all of that control has dissipated. Now he’s at the mercy of one very determined female who is pulling out all the stops on Operation Christmas—including red-hot lingerie and the promise of oh-so-wicked delights… But does giving in mean giving up everything he’s worked for?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read three or four of the SEAL series by Tawny Weber. A part of the Blaze imprint from Harlequin, these steamy reads cater to quick, highly attractive characters that like to stay busy-if you know what I mean.

There seems to be a trend with this series- uptight, over responsible SEAL meets quirky and fun heroine. With an instant attraction, they fall all into each other, while trying to keep it light. I have to say, this has been my favorite installment of the series, thus far. The heroine and hero are both nicely developed and intriguing, and you are introduced to some secondary characters that add a little depth to the story. It wasn’t all about the sex- not that it lacked, but there was more to it than that.

Fast, sexually energized, with fun characters, it’s a definitely a read you’ll enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of Christmas with a SEAL from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas with a SEAL releases November 1st and can be preordered on Amazon here

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REVIEW- A Husband for Danna

A Husband for DannaA Husband for Danna by Christina Lorenzen

BLURB Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her, Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials. The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman. He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together. Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Runaway bride kidnaps runaway groom … what could be more interesting than that?

I was immediately intrigued with the runaway bride meets runaway groom storyline, as it puts a new spin on an old theme. A Husband for Danna did not disappoint. With well developed characters and a knack for writing descriptions that allows you to visually picture each scene as it unfolds, Christina Lorenzen, makes a splash into romance as an author to read. It’s a perfectly paced, beautiful, modest love story that leaves you racing to finish it up and then sad when it comes to an end.

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Review- The Ravishing of Beauty

The Ravishing of BeautyThe Ravishing of Beauty by Jessica Satin

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Warning: This story was written to unlock your darkest fantasies and innermost desires. It is not for the faint of heart and is not your mother’s erotica. All of the sexual descriptions found in this book are very explicit in nature. It’s not suitable for someone under 18 years of age. Read at your own risk.

Belle’s choice to become the Beast’s prisoner changes her in ways she never imagined.

After her Beast transforms back into his human form, they eagerly explore each other’s bodies. He can ram his fingers into her and probe his tongue deep between her lips. She can feel the warm bulge of his muscles and run her fingers through his red-gold hair, but it’s not enough. Their sexual affair began long before he was human, and Belle can’t help remembering what it was like to have sex with her Beast. She learned to love him through all the blood and sacrifice it required. Belle and Prince Adam must learn to find new ways to express their depraved desires

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmm… Hmm… Hmm…

I don’t even know where to start. So how about …this is a retold erotica version of the story Beauty and The Beast. I fully understood that going into the story. I read the blurb. It said “this is not your mothers erotica.” Nope it is definitely not. I’m pretty sure my mother has never read erotica, in fact my mother doesn’t read and if she did, it would probably be some kind of love inspired stuff where they blush whenever they kiss. Okay, maybe that was harsh, because I like the modest love stories just as much as I like the steamy ones. However, I have to say that this story was new for me. I was definitely out of my element here. I’ve read some light BDSM and enjoyed it, but this goes beyond those limits. Unfortunately, it just isn’t my thing.

However, with those feelings aside, the story isn’t terrible and I am sure there will be loads that enjoy this sort of tale. For me it’s a matter of personal preference. Although there is a bouncing of POV changes that somewhat throw you at times, the writing is good. And the author definitely has a knack for sex scenes.

If you like S&M, then you’d probably love this. Or if you just want to try something different, then by all means it will definitely enlighten you.  Find it on Amazon.

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REVIEW-WITH A SIDE OF SEXY

With a Side of Sexy (The Sexy Series #1)With a Side of Sexy by Gigi Marie

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Working as a waitress in the sexiest restaurant in LA has its perks: hot bartenders, a steady flow of cash in your pockets, and a phenomenally exciting night life. But for someone like me, who takes pleasure in routine and order, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve always liked things uncomplicated and safe. Safe, that is, until Patrick Rivers bursts into my life, causing my world to spin off its axis. What I did not know was with one small act of chivalry, my life would forever change because of the one thing I feared most—letting myself feel.

*This is an erotic novella with explicit sex scenes meant for mature audiences only. This is not a stand-alone book, but is meant to be read with the rest of the ‘Sexy Series.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must confess I was drawn to the title of this book for no other reason than it’s quirkiness. With a Side of Sexy is the first installment of six short novella length stories. One story in, and I’m hooked. It’s quick, flows easily, keeps your interest and is well written. There isn’t a lot of character development yet, which brings up some questions that aren’t answered in this installment, but the light banter between the two characters is funny and smooth and the steamy parts, are well, hot and steamy. With a slight cliffhanger at the end, I definitely want to read on.

This is a great story for anyone that wants a fast, enjoyable read.

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Review-Rival’s Challenge by Abby Green

Rival's ChallengeRival’s Challenge by Abby Green
When one night with a stranger becomes more…

On the eve of a business deal, nerves get the better of Orla Kennedy, and a drink with a handsome stranger ends in a night of passion she’ll never forget! Only after does Orla discover that the man in question is Antonio Chatsfield–her rival!

Antonio never wanted to return to The Chatsfield, but his sister needs his help, so he has little choice. But when he meets the woman who came apart in his bed just hours before, Antonio decides to set his sights on a different kind of merger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rivals Challenge is a quick consuming read. Once you get started, you won’t want to put it down. I haven’t yet read any of the other books in the Chatsfield series, and this is my first book by Abby Green, but I thought she did it superbly. I love the European flair. It almost makes you feel like you’re there hearing the accents coming through and visually seeing the sites described. The Harlequin Presents imprint always caters to quick steamy reads and this one does not disappoint. The intimate parts are heavy and hot, but unlike some of the other storylines in this line, this story also has some depth to it.

For anyone that wants a quick getaway with lots a sexy scenes, but who also want to walk away with a little more out of the story, this would be for you.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review- Black Dog Nights Trilogy

Black Dog Nights (Part Two)Black Dog Nights by Ren Monterrey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review pertains to the series as a whole as I breezed through this trilogy in a span of two days. They are fast, intense reads that keep you wanting more.

Nicely written and evenly paced, I hated to put it down. The characters are well rounded, interesting, and believable. Ms. Monterrey does an expert job of taking the popular “billionaire alpha male and shy submissive heroine” storyline and making it unique. At times I both liked and disliked each of the characters and for different reasons, but by the end it pulls together making it a wonderful read.

I was literally engrossed. I rarely hand out 5 Star ratings. To get a five star, you must leave me balling like a baby or laughing hysterically. A 4 Star rating earns you a spot on my favorite authors list. So you can guarantee that I very much liked this book and will continue reading the series. I’m actually disappointed that the next installment isn’t already out.

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