Jul 032015
 

The Friendship Tree by Helen J. Rolfe
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Pages: 235
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Is running away ever the answer?

Tamara Harding left the UK to join family in Australia, but more importantly, to put ten thousand miles between her and her ex, Bradley Cox. She is soon drawn in to the small community of Brewer Creek where she becomes the coordinator for an old fashioned Friendship Tree – a chart telling people who they can call on in times of trouble.

As she vows to start over, she meets Jake Manning – and life gets more complicated than she could ever have imagined. Jake is the direct competitor for the family business, and a man with a dark secret, and Tamara struggles to fight her attraction to him as she deals with secrets of her own and an ex who refuses to give up.

When danger descends on Brewer Creek in the form of Jake’s own past, Tamara soon realises the Friendship Tree does a lot more than organise fundraising events and working bees; it has the power to unite an entire town. But will Tamara see past the complications and allow herself a happy ending with Jake?

Or will she run away again?

 

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Jul 022015
 

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Johnnie Come Lately by Kathleen M. Rodgers
Release Date: February 1, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages: 292
Source: book provided by Tribute Books for review

 

 

Would life have been different for Johnnie if she’d been named after a woman rather than her dead uncle? Or if her mama hadn’t been quite so beautiful or flighty? The grandparents who raised her were loving, but they didn’t understand the turmoil roiling within her. And they had so many, many secrets.

Why did her mama leave? Would she ever return? How did her Uncle Johnny really die? Who was her father? Now Johnnie Kitchen is a 43-year-old woman with three beautiful children, two of them grown. She has a handsome, hardworking husband who adores her, and they live in the historic North Texas town of Portion in a charming bungalow. But she never finished college and her only creative outlet is a journal of letters addressed to both the living and the dead. Although she has conquered the bulimia that almost killed her, Johnnie can never let down her guard, lest the old demons return. Or perhaps they never went away to begin with. For Johnnie has secrets of her own, and her worst fear is that the life she’s always wanted–the one where she gets to pursue her own dreams–will never begin.

Not until her ghosts reveal themselves.

 

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Jul 022015
 

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Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans (# 7)
Published Date: November 28, 2012 (reissue Feb 2014)
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 400
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairy tale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the beginning.

 

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Jul 012015
 

The Detective by Adrienne Giordano
Series: Harlequin Intrigue (# 1580)
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 224
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

She’s captured his heart…and the attention of a murderer

Injured homicide detective Brodey Hayward needs a distraction, and he finds it as a consultant on a cold case murder. When Brodey’s investigation delays plans to remodel the former crime scene, he uncovers another kind of distraction: spirited Lexi Vanderbilt. Despite her distrust of men, Brodey charms the alluring interior designer into helping him examine the case facts.

Working closely with the ultrasexy detective helps Lexi lower her guard, igniting a passion that even Chicago’s winter can’t cool. As they close in on the killer, Lexi becomes his new target. To save her, Brodey must either betray her trust—or risk losing Lexi forever.

 

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Jun 302015
 

A New Hope by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point (# 8)
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 336
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she’s excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride’s brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

 

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Jun 292015
 

That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart
Series: Chesapeake Diaries (# 9)
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books advocating transparency in every relationship. But when her widowed mother passes away unexpectedly, Jamie discovers her own life has been based on a lie. Angry and deeply betrayed, she sets out to find the truth—which may be in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Cutting her most recent book tour short, Jamie books a room at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point, just outside St. Dennis.

The death of Daniel Sinclair’s father forced him to take over the family inn, and his wife’s death left him a single parent of two children, so there’s little room for anything else in his life. His lovely new guest is intriguing, though, and he’s curious about the secret she’s clearly hiding. But in the end, Jamie and Dan could discover the greatest truth of all: that the search for one thing just might lead to the find of a lifetime—if you keep your heart open.

 

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Jun 292015
 

Lust. Mechanics. Mini-Cooper. by Elle Brookes
Series: Time-Frame (# 1)
Release Date: June 15, 2014
Publisher: self published
Pages: 314
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

Adventure-romance author, Lesley Meryn, has lived her own share of adventures. But the one thing she has never experienced is the “coupe de foudre”, the Lightning-Bolt of Love. Connected by years of friendship to the sexy action-movie star, Jason Hambrey, Jax, the two really are “just friends” but the paparazzi are merciless, making their lives and their friendship almost impossible to sustain.

When Lesley’s Aunt dies, leaving her a piece of property in North Yorkshire, Lesley is mystified. Her aunt kept it a secret. Lesley travels to London and learns her that her aunt leased the property twenty-five years before to an ‘Historical Research Society’. The lease on the property is up for renewal. Before she makes her decision; Lesley travels to the farm to investigate.

Nothing could prepare her for what she finds at the farm. Miles Sherwood is dark, devious, and desperate. He’s the very last person one would consider the head of a stuffy British ‘Historical Society’.

Lesley finds him insufferable, yet irresistibly attractive. The two unknowingly share a deep connection. Whether they like it or not…it’s Lightning-Time!

 

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Jun 282015
 

Frontier Highlander Vow of Love by Dorothy Wiley
Series:   American Wilderness (# 4)
Release Date: May 14, 2015
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 336
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

Strathnaver, Scotland, Summer 1792. The Highland Clearances abruptly destroy Artis MacKay’s idyllic world. Patrick Steller, the Countess of Sutherland’s estate manager murders Artis’ family and burns her village. Forced into indentured servitude in the colonies, she becomes a Virginia plantation servant. After seven long years, Artis receives her freedom dues—land in Kentucky.

Bear MacKee grew up in the Highlands too, but disease claims his parents on his family’s voyage to the colonies. Adopted by the Wyllies, he becomes a loyal and fiercely protective brother who journeys with them to Kentucky. With his brothers safely settled, the time comes for Bear to find his own wife and future.

Their past and their destiny entwined, Artis and Bear meet and pledge their love. But a cold-blooded old enemy and a ruthless new adversary threaten to crush Artis and Bear’s chance for happiness. And the dark side of nature becomes a frightening adversary too. For love to triumph in the wilderness, they must evoke the MacKay Clan motto—Manu Forti—with a strong hand.

Compassionately written, richly authentic, powerfully dramatic, FRONTIER HIGHLANDER VOW OF LOVE, will make you both weep and laugh while you fall in love with the characters. This is the highly-anticipated fourth novel in best-selling author Dorothy Wiley’s American Wilderness Series Romances—epic love stories of the frontier. Like her first three award-winning books in the series, this historical romance is a heart-wrenching, memorable, fast-paced action adventure. Spell-bound by horrific events and villains, action readers fear for her valiant characters. And charmed by the beauty of Wiley’s love stories, romance lovers cheer for her endearing heroes and heroines.

 

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Jun 282015
 

Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes
Series: Sweetest Kisses (# 3)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Sidonie Lindstrom’s hands and heart are full—she’s been uprooted from the urban life she loves, she’s grieving for her brother while raising her foster son Luis, and she’s trying to find a job with meaning. But her burdens feel lighter when she meets rural lawyer Mackenzie Knightley. Their attraction is powerful and unexpected. Life is perfect… until Sid learns that Mack hasn’t been completely honest about his job.

When problems arise with Luis’ foster care situation, she must decide: can she trust Mack again, when she has so much more to lose?

 

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Jun 282015
 

The Assistant by Kate Black
Series: The Assistant (# 1)
Release Date:  July 25, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 251
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Gemma Carter loses everything in just one night. Just when she feels like the black cloud over her life will never depart, her older brother suggests a job working for his friend William Campbell. She has to forget everything she has done and do everything she knows. Will is the most beautiful and demanding boss to work for. He has looks, money, security, and a dirty secret. Going to work has never been so good and so complicated.

 

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