Sunday, December 30, 2012

Margay Leah Justice: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler: A Rev...

Margay Leah Justice: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler: A Rev...: When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of  Bittersweet...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Back to Basics by Erin McCarthy

Book Blurb:
Angel Weiss can’t believe that her old friend Brian has stood her up at their wedding, for a stripper no less, ruining her plans to collect on some old college bet money. If you can’t trust a man to follow through on a fake wedding, who can you trust? So maybe she is a little uptight and suppressed, as Brian points out, but after watching her father run through six wives, she can’t help but be a little bit of a control freak. Who never intends to get married for real.

Rick Dengler did the marriage thing and the only good thing that came out of it was his daughter. Otherwise, it just left him broke and disillusioned. So he isn’t looking for anything but illegal campers when he’s doing rounds through the park on his job as a ranger. What he finds is a sexy blonde in heels frozen in the path of a black bear.

Which leads to them both covered in poison ivy. Which leads to stripping down to what nature intended in a heart shaped hot tub. Which leads Angel and Rick to conclude that maybe they’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to falling in love with a person all wrong for you… 
Oh my Goodness...this book was soo much fun to read..It had me laughing right out loud! Angel's bad luck with the great outdoors was so funny...first the bear, then the poison ivy...and. all of the taxidermy in her honeymoon cabin...I couldn't stop laughing. I could just envision Angel running through the woods in her wedding dress and heels trying to get away from the bear. And poor Ranger Rick...trying to save her!
The chemistry between Ranger Rick and Angel was so hot. Who knew that putting anti-itch lotion on could be used as foreplay???
I would love to see how they are doing now...did Angel win the bet then? Did she get to adopt her baby that she wanted? Did Rick get to have more time with his daughter? Did Brian really marry his stripper? Things that will have me thinking about this book in the future. :)
I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good, funny, heart warming story. It'll bring up your spirits and have you hoping that you could run into a Ranger Rick of your own!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mistletoe Kisses with the Billionaire by Shirley Jump

Grace McKinnan has been seeing the world and reporting on fabulous vacation destinations for quite some time--but something has changed- ever since meeting a young girl in Russia,and seeing how this girl lives in poverty, her articles about the good life just aren't enough for Grace. And her magazine editor has noticed too. He puts her on leave. Luckily a well timed invitation and plane ticket arrive to take her home to Beckett's Run. Maybe this is what she needs to readjust. 

It also lands her right back in JC Carson's life...whether he likes it or not!

JC isn't the fun loving man he once was.... life has pushed and pulled him to step into his father's he wasn't sure he wanted to fill.

Misunderstandings and JC's meddling father tore Grace and JC apart..but maybe the holiday season and Beckett's Run's festival can bring some spirit and a Christmas miracle to these two lovers.

What's not to like about a story of love reunited at Christmas? How Grace and JC find their way back to each other after years of being apart.  I loved how JC has two sides to him..the fun loving one and the one that does things that have to be matter what. Grace I wasn't too sure on..I was afraid that she was going to sacrifice her life with JC for her career..but she was more than I had thought. I'm glad that all of the misunderstandings came to light and that they handled things the way that they did!
Definitely a great quick Christmas read! :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jordan by Lori Foster

Back Blurb:  Jordan Sommerville was a healer of helpless animals,rescuer of strays, a man who cold seduce a woman with his voice alone. Yet he didn't use that power often. His brothers kidded that he was holding out for a paragon of virtue and not many in Buckhorn qualified. But then he met Georgia, and broke all of his own rules.
Georgia Barnes supported herself and her kids as a dancer- an exotic dancer. If Jordan Sommerville didn't like it, he could take a hike. So what if he was the most caring, gentle, desirable man she'd ever know- he was stall a man like all the rest. Surely he couldn't be as perfect as he looked...or could he?  

This is my busy time of year..what with all of the holiday prep and filling orders for my when I find myself with a couple of minutes I like to grab a Harlequin. The good ones read fast and I can kind of accomplish two things at once..enjoy a story and keep crafting. 
I grabbed Jordan's Story this time.  I loved all the brothers in the Buckhorn Brothers series, but Jordan especially. He was struck by Georgia when he first walked into the bar and saw her dancing. Then they were both arrested after the fight broke out and they were alone in the back of a squad car. He just couldn't wrap his head around the idea of her or his need to take care of her. And she needed someone to help her to take care of things. Her mother becomes seriously ill, leaving Georgia without childcare and emotional support. A perfect opportunity for Jordan to step in.
My copy of this book is an original has been re-released under the name Forever Buckhorn and it is Gabe and Jordan's stories combined. A great read!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dip & Devour by Mary Kate Kopec

Back Blurb:
      He knows better....
Hard working, crime busting,undercover FBI guy Jake Davidson has been burnt by love before. No way is he falling for a suspect, again! No matter how much Wham! she has.
       She's learned her lesson...
Over achieving, exhibit blazing, museum curator Kia Everet has played the love game and paid the price. No way is she falling for a co-worker's charms, again! No matter how delectably sexy he is.
        But chocolate covered temptation can be rough to resist...
If only Jake would stop fondling her hair, feeding her chocolate, devouring her with his Caribbean blue eyes, and leaving her stunned speechless with kisses that knock her summer sandals right off! If only Kia didn't keep hitting him with the firecracker wit, shoulder-baring nibble tempting sundresses, and legs that just won't stop. They've got it bad for each other, and they're ready to give in.  If only it weren't for a missing locket.
Jake's a chocolate charmer, and Kia's decadence in a sundress. Too bad she doesn't date the help, and worse that he's here to catch her in the act. But it won't be easy denying all that heat, chemistry, and desire. The food's too good. The timing's just right. and with a little loving push from a grandmother who's a miracle in the kitchen....          LOVE NEVER TASTED SO GOOD!
This book is chocolate covered mind candy. Sweet, mood altering goodness. A first person story from both points of view. Every other chapter is either Kia's side or Jake's side. A very interesting way to see how both perspectives are seen!  This story has both the highs and the had me smiling and tearing up!  When Kia is arrested and Jake is the one putting the handcuffs on her I felt so bad for Kia. Her world was crashing down around her and Jake wasn't doing much better. Caught in the middle between the feelings he had for Kia and doing what his boss was telling him to do. No amount of chocolate could help either one of them. Both of their hearts broken.
This was a YUMMY book and a really good romance!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Heatseeker by Lucy Monroe

 Somewhere in the mountains of Morocco, Rachel Gannon is hanging on to her cover,and her life, by a thread.

Rachel is an agent for The Goddard Project (TGP). She's on assignment when she is captured somewhere that she isn't supposed to be....and being tortured and she has to hold on to her cover to keep her innocent informer safe. She can't let Jamila down..the way she feels she did her sister.

Kadin Marks can hear Rachel screaming his name as he gets closer to her. He and his team are there to extract her from the bad guys ..coming in to save her life..ten years after he walked away and broke her heart.
Kadin left because he had become a sniper during his time in the military. Thinking that Rachel couldn't love the man he had become. Now he has to show Rachel that she isn't as alone as she thinks! 

This book was such a deep story of painful pasts and perceptions.
 The opening scene where Rachel is hooked up to a car battery and in between the jolts of electricity her thoughts of killing herself gave me chills.
Then Kadin and his team carry her to safety and the way they plan to save Jamila from the monster that she is supposed to marry.

I liked the side story of Neil and Wyatt. How they loved each other, but the deep hurt of rejection Neil felt when Wyatt tried to please his family by becoming someone that he wasn't. Denying his love of Neil by getting engaged to a woman to hide the fact that he is gay. The feelings that they both had..and have.
Very nicely written!

It was great to read this chapter in The Goddard Project series!! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Secrets, Lies & Lullabies by Heidi Betts

I'm going to start by saying that I love Heidi Betts's books. Doesn't matter if its a Chicks with Sticks, a vampire Christmas story or a Harlequin Desire. This is her latest release, Secrets, Lies & Lullabies.
Jessica Taylor's life isn't what it used to be. Her family used to be a big name in making jewelry along with the Bajorans, but that has changed. The Bajorans pushed the Taylors out and now Jessica and her family do not live in the lap of luxury. Jessica is now a maid at a hotel. She's alright with that...until she finds herself alone with the head of Bajoran Designs..Handsome Alexander Bajoran. After mentioning the run in to her cousin, she is pushed into "helping" the  family by doing a little snooping...a little snooping couldn't hurt, could it? 
Alexander Bajoran doesn't realize that there is some bad blood between the sexy maid and his family. All he knows is that he is strongly attracted to this woman with the blue streak in her hair and ears full of earrings.  A dinner together in his room leads to a night of unforgettable passion! The morning light brings an empty side of the bed and very fond memories for him.
Until one year later when he finds himself with a bouncing baby with a note claiming he is the little tykes Daddy.
This book was just a joy to read. I love how Jessica has adapted to her life until she can't do it alone anymore.Not your typical Harlequin heroine..not many of them have the blue streak in her hair and multiple earrings...she was very much real. I also found Alex a charming hero to this story. He doesn't condemn Jessica. He's accepting of what is happening without flying off the handle. A man who looks into problems for solutions..not for blame. He has found a real gem and knows it. I love that!!

Secrets,Lies& Lullabies is a quick read and just what I was in the mood for. Get busy writing Heidi because I'm waiting to read them!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lord of Devil Isle by Connie Mason

This story begins in 1775 Bermuda, formerly known as Devil Isle.

The Lord of Devil Isle is also known as Nicholas Scott, captain of the Susan Bell sailing ship. He is having his wicked way with his Mistress of the moment, until news of a shipwreck off the coast of Devil Isle. The Mistress can wait..the plundering of the wreck can't! That's the plan anyway until he sees three women struggling to stay afloat with a shark circling. He jumps in and ends up with the three Ladies under is roof and under his protection.

Eve Upshall needs to keep her secrets and get to the Americas. She, and the other two women were "rescued" from their former lives and are being transported to America to be married to three respectable men in the Americas. Eve sees it as an opportunity not to be married but to find her long lost uncle. Hoping that he will protect her.

But Captain Nick won't allow the women to leave..They will be able to find respectable men right there on the island to marry...but not Eve. He wants Eve at his beck and call. But she won't be his matter how far she falls under his spell...and into his bed.

I'm not always a big fan of historical romance but this one was a really good one. Nick was such a good guy who didn't think that he deserved to love or to be loved, but he couldn't stop the need with Eve.

Eve had secrets that she's afraid will come out and will ruin her..but she can's stop herself from falling in love with Nick. The chemistry was so good between the two of them. The secrets that they each have are so crippling to themselves but watching as they overcome them was really great. It left me happy to witness the "happily ever after" of the story!