Apr 202014
 

Redeemed by Sandy James
Series:  Safe Havens (# 3)
Release Date:   January 30, 2014
Publisher:  James Gang Publishing
Pages:  161
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Sold into prostitution, Sara Fuller robs a client and flees to her brother in White Pines, Montana.

Anxiously awaiting his mail order bride, rancher Caleb Young is delighted when a beautiful woman steps off the stagecoach. A series of misassumptions soon finds the two taking their marriage vows.

When Sara discovers she isn’t Caleb’s intended bride, she hides her scandalous past and sets out to prove she can be a good wife. Caleb adores Sara but suspects her of hiding something very important. Despite Sara’s secrets, their love grows and a child is conceived.

When Caleb’s real bride arrives, their troubles begin, only to be compounded by the appearance of the man Sara robbed. Now the two lovers must discover whether their love is strong enough to survive the forces threatening to tear them apart.

 

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Apr 202014
 

Runaway by Sandy James
Series:   Safe Havens (# 2)
Release DateMay 30, 2013
Publisher: James Gang Publishing
Pages:  236
Source: book provided by the author for review

 


Grace Riley is on the run–from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.

Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.

Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?

 

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Apr 202014
 

Saving Grace by Sandy James
Series:  Safe Havens (# 1)
Release DateMay 30, 2013
Publisher:  James Gang Publishing
Pages:  236
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

Grace Riley is on the run–from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.

Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.

Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?

 

Review:  Saving Grace is a western romance set in Montana and San Francisco in the late 1800′s.  The story has lots of adventures and some secrets – some pleasant and some not.  Siblings Matthew and Grace have a strong bond, always looking out for each other growing up.  When Grace runs away to keep safe from Stephen Shay, a horrible person from her past who inflicted much pain on her, Matthew unfortunately isn’t there to protect her.  When she and Adam Morgan cross paths Adam is immediately drawn to give her protection and the space she needs. There is instant chemistry on both sides although Grace fights it all the way and gets ready to flee once again.  Watching Adam treat her like a scared horse to gain her trust and show her he wants to love her and  take care of her in all ways was heartwarming.  Watching Adam’s daughter, Veronica, and Matthew fight their attraction as well was usually comical.  The story line was woven effortlessly between the many characters all who played a strong role. There is  family, extended family, friends, a small town in Montana with ranches and cowboys, laughter, tears, happiness and heartache, romance and love.  There was nice closure and several happily ever afters and this is just the first book in the series.   I can’t wait to read the others.

I have read James’ Alliance of the Amazon series which were fantasies and out of my comfort zone but enjoyed them.  When I was offered to read and review the three books in the Safe Havens series I jumped at it since western romances with strong alpha males is one of my favorite genres.  I was not disappointed.

Favorite Quote:  This home belonged to a wealthy family.  Judging from his age, Adam was the patriarch of that family.

He smelled nice.  An odd thought, but his clean, masculine scent wrapped around her, calming her.  With a resigned sign, she relaxed against him, simply too weak to struggle.  At least that was the fib she told herself.

 

 

 






Apr 192014
 

Mail Order Man by Heather Gray
Series:  Ladies of Larkspur (# 1)
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Publisher: Astrea Press
Pages:  225
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Some people get a mail order bride. She got a mail order man.
A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn’t know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn’t stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though. Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?

 

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Apr 142014
 

Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 206
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

Sometimes our wildest dreams come true.

In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy.

To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . .

Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic confidence suits Anna’s mercenary goals. But his arrogance masks a craving for submission that Anna instinctively satisfies. Sebastian soon begs for her hand in marriage, even if it means sharing her with . . .

Pia, who trusts Anna completely—with her body and her future—until she learns of Anna’s hasty marriage. Pia questions their commitment to each other as they leave for London to meet . . .

Farleigh, the seemingly feckless duke who thinks he’s over Sebastian, the potent Spanish soldier he bedded two years ago.

What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond. Two men and two women who yearn to explore are about to make their wildest dreams come true.

 

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Apr 132014
 

When The Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Duke’s Men (# 2)
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Digital
Pages: 401
Source: Book was provided by NetGalley for review.

They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious bride-to- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds! Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passion, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the real thieves to justice—without getting burned themselves.

 

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Apr 132014
 

Lady Broke by Rachel Donnelly
Release Date: July 8, 2013
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 318
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

East meets west when a high-principled Boston socialite teams up with a revenge driven bounty hunter to catch a gang of outlaws in the wilds of Nevada.

It’s tough being a witness when the last one turned up dead. But Christie Wallace is determined to bring the Everett gang to justice. Unfortunately, the law can’t protect her from pistol-toting outlaws or the intoxicating lure of a dangerous man. But, after escaping the suffocating prospects of an arranged marriage, she has no intention of allowing her heart to rule her head, even when temptation comes in the form of an incorrigible lawman named Nat Randall.

Dead or alive – it made no difference to Nat Randall. He’s tried to bring the Everett gang to trial once before, but the law let him down. It seems frontier justice is all he has left. But he didn’t count on protecting a bewitching Easterner whose courageous spirit challenges him as much as her beauty distracts. It’s not long before he’s torn between pursuing her or the outlaws.

A timeless, rollicking adventure of unlikely lovers, set in the Wild West.

 

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Apr 132014
 

The Governess And The Beast by Karyn Gerrard
Series: Blind Cupid (# 2)
Release Date: December 14, 2013
Publisher:  Decadent Publishing Company
Pages: 63
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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Hiding secrets and a past she longs to forget, Hortense Jennings answers an ad for a governess and embarks on an adventure she did not expect.

Concealed in a gothic, crumbling manor on the edge of a North Sea cliff, Baron Simon Wolstenholme is hiding from life. Horribly scarred from battle wounds, he lives up to his name “The Beast of Stonecliff” in both appearance and attitude until he realizes how lonely he has become.

Simon propositions Hortense for a singular night of passion. Raging weather and storms of anger clash between a lonely man and a distrustful woman to reveal secret desires in an emotional crescendo. Can the Governess and the Beast find calm amid the storm and admit their true feelings, or will pride destroy the fairy tale before it begins?

 

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Apr 132014
 

Lord Griffin’s Prize by Katalina Leon
Series: Emerald Isle Fantasies (# 2)
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 149
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Tullamore Castle, Ireland, is an enchanted place where the unexpected happens. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds and a lonely griffin patrols the ramparts, waiting to reclaim its mate.

And that’s just the beginning.

For the adventure of a lifetime, Maeve dé Burgo visits Tullamore to study genealogy. Through a magical act and time travel, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous medieval romance and the unfinished life of her ancestor. Maeve gets thrown back in time to be captured, ravished and cherished as a war chief’s prize.

Ronan O’Griofa is a griffin-shifter, the most loyal of creatures. He’s been trapped in limbo as the avenging guardian of Tullamore since 1332 and longs to be free. When the soul of his wife returns to the castle, he’s granted the privilege of becoming a man for one day to be her lover, win her heart and remind Maeve of a bond strong enough to last an eternity.

 

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Apr 122014
 

Immortal Prey by Diana Ballew
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 237
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

She owns his heart…the beast rules his soul.

Derek Rudliff was an ordinary man…or so he thought. The Were king tasted the legendary warrior blood coursing through Derek’s veins. Spared a brutal death, Derek’s reward as the future Were king is to spend eternity with his beloved mortal wife, but he must kill her and wait for her rebirth three hundred years later. Her intoxicating scent leads him on a quest to find her, but what Derek discovers is not what he had expected. His beloved is now Erin Richland, a fiery, emerald-eyed beauty with a mind of her own, and she’s far from the docile woman he remembers from centuries ago.
Erin Richland is no easy prey.

Drawn to the mysterious stranger, Erin finds Derek’s attempts at seducing her are impossible to deny, but terrifying, haunting images of her forgotten past begin to resurface. Determined to get the coveted exclusive interview that could launch her career, Erin struggles between her attraction for Derek and getting to the bottom of the gruesome maulings and murders plaguing the young city of Everett, Washington. As much as she’s lured to Derek, she equally fears him, for she senses he is somehow connected to her terrifying dreams and imaginings.

Together, Derek and Erin must battle the dark forces of evil determined to pull them apart. Only then, can the two lovers find their way back to each other for all eternity.

 

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