Aug 222014
 

Smalltown Heat by Cat Johnson
Series: Red, Hot & Blue (# 2)
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Pages:  232
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Who said happiness has to end with the word “cut”?

JARED
Jared enjoys simple farm life, until an LA producer blows into town like a tornado hitting a trailer park.

Pigeon Hollow is perfect for Mandy’s new reality show, and she’s sure Jared will have the female demographic glued to their sets. Except the red-hot cowboy is cool to the idea…even as their attraction heats up.

COLE
Ten years ago, just as Cole was about to head to the major leagues, Lizzie gave him everything…then broke his heart. Now he’s back with a bum arm and a cancelled contract. Lizzie is still there, still keeping her secrets.

Lizzie did what she had to do to give Cole the future he wanted, but there was no hiding the results of her one and only night in his arms. Now that he’s back it’s only a matter of time…

BOBBY
Bobby has two problems: a reality show that keeps creeping into his personal life, and an unexpected desire that the show’s assistant producer will creep into his bed.

Christy never mixes business with pleasure, but the town sheriff has her breaking all her own rules. And now she’s scrambling to keep her career from crashing and burning.

Warning: You met them in RED BLOODED, now fall in love with the men of Pigeon Hollow! Contains three hot men who have to get creative, both in and out of bed, to win the women they want.

 

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Aug 212014
 

The Perfect Score by Julie Kenner
Series: It’s All About Attitude (# 5)
Release Date: Originally published 2006; re-issued June 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Special Releases
Pages: 256
Source: Book provided by the author for review

 

 

Bad Girl Grading System

A — Totally bad!!!
B — Could be worse…
C — Wannabe territory
D — Way too nice!
F — Give it up, Mattie Brown!

Mattie Brown has always prided herself at excelling at everything. And that’s why it’s killing her that she scored only 18% on a sex test! But she isn’t going to take it lying down. (Well, maybe she will, but that’s beside the point.) Her plan — to proposition Cullen Slater, the neighborhood stud, for some hands-on instruction in how to make her sex life sizzle. Too bad it’s her cute, nice-guy neighbor Mike Peterson who’s lighting her fire….

 

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Aug 202014
 

How to Marry a Cowboy by Carolyn Brown
Series:  Cowboys and Brides (# 4)
Release Date:  July 3, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 353
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Texas rancher Mason Harper’s daughters want a new mama in the worst way, and when a beautiful woman in a tattered wedding gown appears on their doorstep, the two little girls adopt her-no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Mason isn’t sure about taking in a complete stranger, but Lord knows he needs a nanny, and Annie Rose Boudreau stirs his heart in long-forgotten ways…

Annie Rose is desperate, and when a tall, sexy cowboy offers her a place to stay, she can’t refuse. After all, it’s just for a little while. As she settles in deeper, her heart tells her both Mason and her role as makeshift mama suit her just fine. But will Mason feel the same way once her nightmare past catches up with her?

Fans of Linda Lael Miller and Diana Palmer will thrill to this moving story of a lonely cowboy and his two little girls finding the family of their dreams.

 

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Aug 182014
 

Nothing Sweeter by Laura Drake
Series:   Sweet on a Cowboy  (# 2)
Release Date:  January 28, 2014
Publisher:  Forever Romance
Pages:  320
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

A Love as Wild as the West…

Aubrey Madison is starting over. Leaving Los Angeles and everything behind except the scars of her ruined past, Bree sets out for cowboy country. Now she has a new home, a new job—and a new worry: the ruggedly sexy rancher who makes her long for things she shouldn’t…

Rough and tumble cattleman Max Jameson has broken wild stallions and faced angry bulls. Yet the redheaded city cupcake who turned up at the High Heather Ranch might be his undoing. Bree has a plan to rescue the ranch from foreclosure that’s just crazy enough to work. But will Max gamble his future on a beautiful stranger?

 

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Aug 162014
 

Arrangement from the Ashes by Danae Ayusso
Series: A Modern Fairy Tale Collection Book (# 3)
Release Date: December 21, 2013
Publisher: Geeks on Ink
Pages: 273
Source:  book provided by the author for review
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Sonomi “Snow” Tanaka was orphaned when she was barely a teenager, leaving her in the care of her only living family: her grandmother. In order to secure her parents legacy, Snow dedicated the last three years to doing just that, and everything was going according to plan until her grandmother passed away. In the will it stated that everything Snow owned and held dear was being held in the name of Mr. & Mrs. Fridrik Jóns, a man she had never met, but was being forced to marry in order to keep her family heirlooms. Leaving everything she had ever known behind, she boarded a plane in Seattle and flew to Reykjavík, Iceland, in order to meet the man that she was being forced to marry.

Fridrik “Drik” Jóns wanted no part of an arranged marriage. For years he went out of his way to be denounced by the Unification Church in order to prevent being forced into marriage, but his attempts were in vain when he overheard a call from America to his mother, stating that his bride would be flying in soon. Drik didn’t want to marry a stranger, and the timing couldn’t have been worse: the Olympics were only months away and it was his chance at redemption for the Vancouver Olympics four years prior.

It wasn’t a story book fairy tale, and it surely wasn’t love at first sight. Neither could stand the other, they fought often, but quickly a friendship based on presumed commonality was found, and soon Snow found herself falling for the “brother” of the man she was supposed to marry. Drik knew it was wrong, but he couldn’t bring himself to tell Snow the truth: that he was Fridrik and not his stunningly handsome brother that had an arranged marriage as well.

When the truth comes out, will Snow forgive Drik or will she be boarding a plane back to Seattle alone and questioning everything she thought she knew and felt towards the man that deceived her, hurting her in ways that the men that took her parents from her never could?

 
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Aug 102014
 

The Escape  by Mary Balogh
Series: Survivor’s Club (# 3)
Release Date:  July 1, 2014
Publisher: Dell/Random House
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
Pages: 416

 

 

In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.

 

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Aug 102014
 

Pieces of Truth by Angela Richardson
Series: Pieces of Lies (# 2)
Release Date: May 12, 2013
Publisher: Angela Richardson
Pages: 218
Source: book provided by the author for review
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In the sequel to Pieces of Lies, we follow Norah and Clint to New York, the playground for the Lappell and Big Joe.

From the outside, everything looks great for Norah and Clint. They have a new apartment, new jobs, a new life. Everything looks perfect… or is it?
Leaving Morewell was a big step for the couple, but for Norah, she moved with the knowledge that there could be more secrets Clint could be keeping, more deception that could bring her whole world crashing down. She took the step knowing the truth would be lurking in the shadows, waiting for her to find it.
Will the truth find Norah or will she find the truth?

In this story, relationships will be tested, old feelings will surface, secrets will be revealed and emotions will run high. By the end, Norah will have chosen her love, but at what price?

 

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Aug 092014
 

Once Upon a Darkness by Aria Kane
Series: The Company (# 1)
Re-release Date: March 31, 2014
Publisher: self-published
File Size: 561 kb
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Gretchen and her twin brother, Hank, were abandoned to a zombie horde when they were five years old. Intended to be a sacrifice by their zealot parents, they were instead rescued by The Company. Raised to become soldiers in the war against zombies, they now provide safe passage through danger zones, one contract at a time.

Clint’s only skill is war, but he’s weary of killing other men. When his contract with the Marines runs out, he takes a job on Gretchen’s team, hoping that the search-and-rescue life will suit him better.

On Clint’s second day, their four-man team is attacked, drugged, and taken to a prison full of frightened civilians. The only way in or out is by helicopter and, here, their enemies are human. One by one, the captives are culled from the holding area. Rumors say the facility director uses the prisoners as experimental subjects for the testing of a zombie cure.

When Hank is taken, Clint and Gretchen must put aside their personal feelings and find a way out of the prison, surrounded by thousands of starving zombies, before Hank becomes just one more disposable guinea pig in the hands of a twisted mad woman.

 

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Aug 092014
 

Believe In Me by Lana Williams
Series: The Vengeance Trilogy (# 3)
Release Date:  January 6, 2014
Publisher: Lana Williams
Pages:  317
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Medieval Romance. A knight determined to honor his vow. A lady set on vengeance. Only love stood in their way.

Lady Cristiana’s plan to seek revenge against her mother’s murderer is cut short when a world-weary knight arrives to escort her to her new guardian, a powerful bishop. Cristiana refuses to become a ward of the bishop whom she suspects was involved in her mother’s death, but the knight leaves her no choice.

Sir William de Bremont hopes to earn a second chance at the life he was given but believes he doesn’t deserve. Serving the bishop seems the perfect solution, except Lady Cristiana thwarts him at every turn, captivating him body and soul.

Cristiana has the unique ability to heal the sick through her touch. Accustomed to hiding her gift, the wall she’s built to protect herself crumbles under William’s passionate regard. Honor-bound to deliver her despite her protests and his own doubts, William reluctantly fulfills his vow only to realize the depth of his mistake.

As William and Cristiana’s love grows, they realize the bishop plans to use her ability to fulfill his own destiny with little concern for the life of others, including Cristiana’s. The bishop’s treachery comes to light, forcing Cristiana to choose between revenge or the love of a lifetime.

 

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Aug 032014
 

Rules of Engagement by Jillian Leigh
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
File Size: 212KB
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Long ago, Hugh Trevalyn invented a fiancée to fend off marriage-minded females. Now he must procure the perfect girl to play the part.

Who better than Amelia Grant, his oldest and dearest friend? She alone might understand—and forgive—his moment of madness upon beholding the beautiful Lucy Meriwether, a moment that resulted in Hugh’s first real proposal of marriage and Lucy’s vow to meet his ex-fiancée in the flesh. However, as the proposed conversation snowballs into an elaborate charade involving Hugh’s rakish cousin, scandal, and inappropriate kisses, as Hugh risks Amelia’s friendship to win Lucy’s hand, a wise reader has to wonder: What exactly are the rules of engagement? And, after the battle, whose heart will be won?

 

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