Thursday, January 31, 2019

REVIEW: The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

From the bestselling author of The Tuscan Child comes a beautiful and heart-rending novel of a woman’s love and sacrifice during the First World War.





As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.
When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.
As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.
The Victory Garden
Rhys Bowen
Pub Date: 2/12/19
Lake Union Publishing
Rating: 4/5
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The Victory Garden is yet another wonderful historical fiction novel from Rhys Bowen. It will appeal to fans of Land Girls as it follows Emily Bryce joining the Women's Land Army to assist in the war effort against the wishes of her parents.

After falling in love with a pilot, Emily knows it is time to start living her life apart from the fears of her parents. Though her choices do not turn out like she expected, and she finds herself alone and with child, Emily decides that life must go on. She owes it to the man she fell in love with to survive and create a life for herself and their unborn child. Emily's journey is inspiring and touched by a little mystery. She meets people who influence her actions and support her decisions, but ultimately help her transition into a thriving independent life.

I loved how Rhys Bowen captured Emily's voice as she stands against her parents to fulfill what she believes is a higher calling. I felt invigorated as she fought to make her own way and saddened by her loss. The Victory Garden is one of those stories that stay with you long after reading because you wonder how the characters fare until the end of their days. The loss of their unique voices and compelling stories lingers long after the end of the story. If you enjoyed Bowen's previous works, In Farleigh Field in particular, then you will no doubt enjoy The Victory Garden!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BLOG TOUR: One Tough Cowboy (Review + Giveaway)



First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick about one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire. 

LAW AND ORDER. 







For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…

PRIDE AND PASSION

And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

One Tough Cowboy
Moving Violations #1
Lora Leigh/Veronica Chadwick
Pub Date: 1/29/19
St. Martin's Press
Rating: 4/5
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One Tough Cowboy is the first in a new series from Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick. I was a little wary to read it at first because in the past I've found Lora Leigh's writing style to be slightly confusing. However, I'm a sucker for cowboys and western romance is one of my favorite sub-genres. Add suspense to the plot and I've got my next weekend read!

Samantha was the wild child who looked to Hunter for protection. He's older and strong enough to fight off her bullies. Fast-forward to the present, Hunter is the sheriff of Deerhaven and Samantha has come back to town for her aunt's funeral. Now an officer herself, Sam won't rest until she discovers the truth behind the suspicious deaths of Deerhaven residents, including her aunt's.

The corruption in their small town was just a theory. When Hunter and Sam start working together the stakes are raised and learning the truth is even more dangerous. On the surface, the story seems like a typical small-town romance, but after meeting the determined hero and heroine of the story you know that you're in for a fast-paced romance with a side of action. The dynamic between Hunter and Sam is hot enough to melt the pages! I loved how they worked together on, and off, the case even when they didn't get along. It was like their relationship was inevitable even before there was sexual attraction between them. Readers who enjoy Donna Grant's Heart of Texas series will definitely dig One Tough Cowboy.

One Tough Cowboy is not a predictable story. Not to say that there are a lot of plot twists and turns, but it unfolded in a unique manner that kept me wondering where it was going. I can't wait to see where the next book in the series takes readers because it looks like it's going to be an enjoyable ride!
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#1 New York Times bestseller Lora Leigh is the author of the Navy SEALS, the Breeds, the Elite Ops, the Callahans, the Bound Hearts, and the Nauti series.

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Veronica Chadwick started storytelling when she was a little girl. She was first published in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with three cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu and two grand dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with friends, reading or badly playing video games.

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REVIEW: Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

A harrowing psychological thriller debut about a woman who awakens after an assault with no physical proof of the attack and who must try to convince everyone of what really happened.









When Dr. Alex Taylor opens her eyes, she is hooked up to an IV, is bound to an operating table, and her legs are raised in stirrups. Disoriented and alarmed, she assumes she's been anesthetized and brought to surgery after being in an accident. But the man standing over her, with his face hidden behind a surgical mask and wielding instruments, is no doctor she recognizes at the hospital where she works as a successful and respected doctor. He’s a stranger—and he’s calmly and methodically telling her how he's about to attack her. Before Alex can even scream for help, she succumbs to another dose of anesthesia, rendering her unable to defend herself….

When she comes to on a gurney, she finds herself surrounded by her colleagues and immediately reports the attack and rape. The police are skeptical of her bizarre story. And after a physical exam reveals no proof of any attack, even her boyfriend has doubts. Despite Alex's adamant claims, no one believes her, leaving her to wonder if she has, in fact, lost her mind.

Until she meets the next victim…

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, Don't Wake Up is also a provocative, timely exploration of victimhood, abuse, and the discrediting of women in our culture.
Don't Wake Up
Liz Lawler
Pub Date: 2/5/19
Harper Paperbacks
Rating: 5/5
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Liz Lawler's debut kept me gripping the edge of my seat! Don't Wake Up is a psychological thriller that is not only perfectly suspenseful, but it's relevant and relatable. The fear of someone, especially a woman, not being believed after an attack is something I've never thought about to this degree, but something that many have no doubt experienced.

Alex Taylor's story is fascinating because of its realness and Liz Lawler's ability to convey a wide range of emotions throughout the story. Alex's fear and confusion, Laura Best's snarky skepticism and dogged determination to prove Alex wrong, and even the disbelief and concern of Alex's colleagues all work to pull the reader into the twisty thrill of the plot. It was very easy to see why others didn't believe Alex's tale, and even I, as the reader who wanted to keep pace with Alex and believe in her, found myself questioning how she could be telling the truth when all signs pointed to her delusion.

That's what I love about Don't Wake Up. The story points in many directions at just the right moment to throw you off the scent. Even though I wanted to bang my head against the wall because no one would believe Alex, I read through the story in one sitting. It's that good! This story will appeal to fans of Courtney Evan Tate, Clare Mackintosh, or Alex Lake.
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Friday, January 25, 2019

REVIEW: The Last True Cowboy by Laura Drake

This cowboy's got one last chance to prove himself. 

Carly Beauchamp has loved cowboy Austin Davis since first grade. Ask anyone in their dusty, backwater New Mexico town of Unforgiven, and they'll say "Carly and Austin" the way some say "big trucks and country boys." But after years of waiting for a wedding ring, Carly's done with being a rodeo widow . . .

Austin never meant to put his career on the circuit before Carly. She's always been his future, his one and only. But now that she's moved on, he's beginning to see where he went wrong, and he'll do anything to win her back. The only thing is, Carly's suddenly acting differently, and she's definitely hiding a secret-one that will test the depth of their love and open up a whole new world of possibilities. 
The Last True Cowboy
Chestnut Creek #1
Laura Drake
Pub Date: 12/4/2018
Forever
Rating: 5/5
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Laura Drake's Chestnut Creek series begins with The Last True Cowboy. Childhood sweethearts, Carly and Austin, are the town's 'it' couple. No one ever believes she's serious when she breaks it off with Austin because she always goes back to him. This time she's fed up and standing up for herself lands her in a complicated situation.

I love that this story begins with a hero and heroine who are already in a serious relationship. I found it a refreshing take on second chance romances. When Austin continues to disappoint Carly over finalizing their plans for the future, she takes matters into her own hands. She decides to stop waiting for him and live the life she missed while doing so. Instead of rushing home to sort her problems, Carly leaves the comfort of Chestnut Creek to plan her next move. Her move turns out to be a wake up call for both Austin and Carly but their relationship doesn't resolve itself so easily. I got so caught up in her decision to leave. I was excited, nervous, worried about how the story would play it if she actually took this course.

Not only is The Last True Cowboy the perfect western romance, but it packs an emotional and humorous punch. The perspective switches between Carly and Austin which balances the novel and makes readers understand both sides of the story. The characters are fresh, engaging and my main reason for coming back for the next novel!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Guest Post from Author Tracy Brogan (Review + Giveaway)


The Risks (and Rewards) of Dating in A Small Town by Tracy Brogan


MY KIND OF FOREVER is the second book in the Trillium Bay series set on a small island in Northern Michigan, and tells the story of thirty-five year old Brooke Callaghan who has just been elected as the youngest, and first female, mayor the town has ever had. As the oldest of three sisters, Brooke is accustomed to taking charge and bossing others around, but the stodgy, long-time members of the decisively not-modern city council are determined to keep the status quo. In fact, the only one who seems to take Brooke seriously is Leo Walker, the new bartender whose reasons for being on the island are both short-term and known to him alone. 

Despite a budding attraction to Leo, Brooke knows she needs to focus on mastering her new job, especially when rumors of a jewel thief hiding out on the island begin to circulate and the well-established rumor mills goes into overdrive. And speaking of rumors, Brooke is more than a little concerned with what the townspeople might say if they discover she and Leo are spending time alone. Coming from such a small community, in this case a village with a winter population of just six hundred people, people’s private lives rarely stay private, and modest, pragmatic Brooke doesn’t like the extra attention. Especially since a bad relationship from her past has left her overly cautious.

Although determined to prove to her neighbors and family she’s got what it takes to be a great mayor, with Leo’s encouragement, Brooke comes to realize she’s also entitled to address a few of the more personal aspects of her life, such as finding romance. But when things with Leo get rocky, she falls back into old patterns, believing that love is too elusive and not for women like her. Fortunately, the local community knows otherwise. They see the real Brooke, the one she thinks is hidden. They know her dedication and intelligence and worth, and they know she deserves to have it all. They know she deserves to have a forever kind of love. And so does Leo.

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As the youngest mayor Trillium Bay has ever elected, Brooke Callaghan wants to prove she’s up to the challenge. She’s stepping out of her practical teacher flats and into her sister’s treacherously high heels…with disastrous results. But if she’s going to (literally) stumble her first day on the job, why not fall into the arms of a handsome stranger?

Leo Walker is a rarity on Wenniway Island. Not only handsome, he’s also single, funny, and—most importantly—interested in Brooke. Unfortunately, his reasons for being on the island are temporary, so in spite of the undeniable chemistry between them, he’s not a forever kind of guy.
When a private investigator arrives with news of a jewel thief hiding on the island, Brooke finds herself dealing with one kerfuffle after another, and Leo proves to be a delicious distraction. What does she really know about him, though? And the biggest question of all? Does this short-term romance hold the possibility of long-term love?
My Kind of Forever
Trillium Bay #2
Tracy Brogan
Pub Date: 1/22/19
Montlake Romance
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Excerpt:

"I didn’t mean to eavesdrop,” Leo said after everyone else had left and I remained seated in the small meeting room holding my aching head in my hands. “But it sounds like you have your work cut out for you.”

Wow. Did I ever. I’d just spent the past two hours listening to so-called adults bickering about a litany of arbitrary topics. Should Polly’s Popcorn Shop be allowed to sell day-old products? Could the street sweepers add five minutes to their afternoon break? Who was going to play Santa during the Christmas Parade if Harry didn’t come back in time? And the biggest topic of the day? Did everyone see the awnings Tasty Pastries had put up, and who on earth had approved that?

“It’s like they couldn’t even hear me talking,” I said, looking up at him for a response, just to reassure myself that I was, in fact, speaking out loud.

He picked up an empty glass with one hand while wiping a ring of condensation off the table with a damp rag. “I’m not sure they could hear each other talking. Seemed like a lot of monologuing without any listening.”

“But I had an agenda.” I shook my paper at him, now covered in notes that I’d scribbled in the margins about all the other things I wanted to discuss. Things I would have discussed if I could have gotten a word in edgewise. The only one who didn’t interrupt me was my own father, but that’s because he didn’t say anything the entire time. Not unusual for him, but I had hoped to demonstrate a little more power over that cluster of clucking hens. “They were worse than teenagers. I have so many great ideas, but all they care about is the awnings.”

Leo wiped another spot off the table. “What ideas?” He gazed down at me, and I noted how dark blue his eyes were. Depths-of-the-ocean kind of blue. The kind of eyes that made every glance feel significant, even if it meant nothing at all. A flutter of something long-forgotten tickled inside my veins. Attraction. Followed by an immediate need to ignore it.

“Oh, all kinds of ideas.” I smiled tiredly and pushed myself up, because it was nearly five thirty and the Palomino Pub would start filling up with the evening crew pretty soon. “I’ll get out of the way now so you can have the room for dinner guests.”

“Speaking of dinner,” he said, “I’m new around here, so I was wondering, what restaurants do you like?”

“Oh, we have lots of great places to eat. All price ranges. The Windemere Grill is right down on the corner. There’s the Imperial Hotel dining room if you want something elegant. The Feast Well Bistro, Carmen’s Café, and Tate’s Tavern on the Bluff are good, too. At the tavern, you can watch the sun set behind Petoskey Bridge. It’s a great view. And for breakfast, I recommend Link & Patty’s Breakfast Buffet. The pink piggy décor is a little much, but the pancakes are the best.”

“Are you suggesting we have dinner and breakfast?” His dark eyebrow arched just as the corner of his mouth quirked in a ridiculously endearing fashion.

I pushed in my chair with an abrupt scrape. “Excuse me?”

“I was inviting you to dinner. You were inviting me to breakfast.”

That flutter of attraction multiplied even as my mouth fell open for a second. I’m sure it was a great look on me. “I wasn’t. And you weren’t. Were you?”

He laughed, and even though it might have been at my expense, the sound of it sent a flush over my skin and a tingle to places that hadn’t tingled for a very long time.

“I was inviting you to dinner, but not very well, apparently. I’ve been on the island a few days, but I don’t know anyone here, so would you like to have dinner with me?”

I was starving. And he was handsome. And new in town. And looked to be roughly my age. There was no history, no baggage, no reason to say no. But it had been so long since anyone had asked me out, it nearly felt improper. Everyone knew me around here. Everyone would know that we’d had dinner, and certainly everyone would have an opinion about it. And it’s not as if we could go someplace private because there was no place private on the entire island. And there was that issue of the flutter. I didn’t want to be fluttering. Fluttering led to heartbreak
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Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist for her Bell Harbor series. She writes fun, funny stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love, and she lives in Michigan with her two brilliant daughters and their two intellectually challenged dogs. She loves to hear from readers, so check out her website at www.tracybrogan.com. You can also follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tracybroganwriter.

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REVIEW: What Doesn't Kill Her by Christina Dodd






One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.

1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.
3. I'm the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.


Kellen Adams suffers from a yearlong gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she's discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her confidence, her very self. She finds herself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, her enemies unknown--and she is carrying a priceless burden she must protect at all costs. The consequences of failure would break her. And Kellen Adams does not break.

What doesn't kill her...had better start running.

What Doesn't Kill Her
Cape Charade #2
Christina Dodd
Pub Date: 1/29/19
HQN
Rating: 5/5
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Christina Dodd does it again! The next novel in the Cape Charade series brings back the fierce Kellen Adams as she tackles the biggest challenge of her life: motherhood.

Dead Girl Running left me screaming with excitement so I was more than eager to get my hands on What Doesn't Kill Her. Kellen moves in with Max di Luca on his vineyard in order to get to know her daughter. I was so happy to explore this aspect of Kellen's life because it was so unexpected and shocking. I'm still wrapping my head around it! Kellen went from believing she was just missing a year of her life and bad memories to recovering a slew of memories that include her life with Max, and his family, and learning she's a mother.

Motherhood doesn't fit naturally for Kellen so when a job opportunity comes along she snaps it up. Unfortunately, she didn't expect to be targeted and stuck in the mountains with a young charge. This story is full of excitement and adventure. I almost forgot I was reading a mystery because I was so focused on other elements of the story, like the fate of Kellen and Max's relationship or whether Kellen can learn to truly bond with her daughter.

I'm amazed at how this story has expanded and still retained the elements which initially drew me to the series. Kellen's story is unique an so unpredictable that I find myself wondering what could possibly be next. What Doesn't Kill Her is perfect for fans of Kat Martin!
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Monday, January 21, 2019

REVIEW: Illegally Yours by Kate Meader








Rule #1: Never fall for your client.
Rule #2: Never fall for your client’s fiercely protective, smoking hot sister-in-law.

I’m the kind of guy who believes that everyone deserves the best legal representation money can buy—which just so happens to be me, Lucas Wright. Give me your henpecked, your cuckolded, your irreconcilable differences yearning to break free! And if you’re the bad guy in your marriage, that’s cool too. Your green is as good as anyone’s.

Tell that to Trinity Jones. It’s my job to destroy her sister—the soon-to-be ex-wife of my a-hole of a client—and Trinity’s “big sis” instincts are dialed up to the max. I admire that. I admire her. But she won’t stop me from representing my client to the best of my ability.

Not even if my chemistry with Trinity is undeniable. Not even if we can’t keep our hands off each other. Not even if she injects life into a heart assumed to be long dead.
 
Because when faced with a choice between love and duty, the job will always win—or at least that’s what I thought before I met Trinity . . . and suddenly conflict of interest never felt so right. 

Illegally Yours
Laws of Attraction #2
Kate Meader
Pub Date: 1/22/19
Loveswept
Rating: 5/5
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I absolutely loved this story! Illegally Yours is the second novel in Kate Meader's Laws of Attraction series. Trinity and Lucas are the cutest couple I've read about in a long while and I was close to wishing their story didn't have to end.

Their drama is entertaining and moving at the same time. Trinity's sister is going through a nasty divorce and she believes it's her job to support her and be there with her every step of the way. When she realizes Lucas, the charming guy who may have caught her eye, is her brother-in-law's shark divorce lawyer things start to get quite complicated. Trinity is torn between loyalty to her sister and taking a risk on her own happiness. Even Lucas, the guy who acts like a clown but has a high level of intelligence and a strong character, battles loyalty to his own family and future prospects. I love that Trinity and Lucas have everything going against their relationship from ethics to personal loyalty. Despite those things, they give it their all and push past their own boundaries to test their relationship.

Every step towards the end of this story is fun and engaging. From the scandalous secrets to the tender moments between Trinity and Lucas, Illegally Yours has all the ups and downs you would want in a contemporary romance. I recommend this story for fans of Serena Bell, Alyssa Cole and Jasmine Guillory!
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Friday, January 18, 2019

BLOG TOUR: A Warm Welcome to The Magnolia Inn (Review + Giveaway)



Dotty Welcomes Readers to The Magnolia Inn

Good morning to all y’all. Thank you for inviting me to your site today to tell you a little about The Magnolia Inn. I’m so excited about this book. The characters became like family to me as I was writing it. Today, I have Dotty with me. She’s one of the four ladies—Sugar, Dotty, Lucy and Flossie—who’ve been fast friends since their youth. I’m going to turn this microphone over to Dotty now, and leave the rest of the post to her.

Hello, folks, I’m Dotty Beauchamp—half Texan, half Louisianan and all sass. I own the Tipsy Gater bar that sets right on the Big Cypress Bayou near Jefferson, Texas. When my good friend, Sugar, told me that she was going to give half of The Magnolia Inn, the bed and breakfast that her family had owned for generations, to her niece, Jolene, I thought she was bat crap crazy. When she said that her husband, Jasper, was giving the other half to his wimpy nephew, Reuben—well, I figured Reuben would sell his half the minute the ink dried on the papers. 

I was right! The little weasel sold out his part of the inn to Tucker Malone. We—that would be Lucy and Flossie and me since Sugar was already off in that big ass RV touring the United States—had heard that he was a tortured soul. And dear hearts, we damn sure believed the rumor. He was the best of the best when it came to carpentry work, and from what we heard he only hit the bottle on weekends, but still we didn’t want our precious Jolene in living in that inn with him. 

I really didn’t want to hire Jolene when she came to the bar looking for work, but I needed help and she sure enough needed a job. I figured I’d take some flack for it from Sugar, Lucy and Flossie, and I did—believe me I did. But Jolene and I both lived through it. 

When we met Tucker for the first time, we were sure that the rumors had been right. His wife had died in an automobile accident a few years back. She’d gone to our church so we all knew her very well, and we’d met Tucker a few times when he showed up at church with her. When she died, he turned to the bottle and lost his important job on the police force over in Dallas. It was rumored that he came to our part of the world to be near her grave site. Poor man, he wore the guilt like a heavy shroud and just couldn’t seem to get past it.

But I’m digressing. When we met him we found out that he was also a Prince Charming. He didn’t have a white horse or a white cowboy hat, or a crown, but he was so sweet and kind, and he had such a sweet nature, that pretty soon, we fell in love with him as much as—well, she didn’t know it then, being as how she had plenty of baggage of her own—but as much as Jolene could it they’d could get past all the obstacles life kept throwing at them.

I see that my time is up. So let me thank you again for inviting me sit a spell and visit with all y’all. And if you’re ever in Jefferson, Texas, come on down to the Tipsy Gater and I’ll give you a free drink if you tell me that you’ve read The Magnolia Inn.


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New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown brings together two wounded hearts in a Texas romance of second chances and twice-in-a-lifetime true love.
Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.
Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.
Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?
The Magnolia Inn
Carolyn Brown
Pub Date: 1/15/19
Montlake Romance
Rating: 4/5
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I'm already a big fan of Carolyn Brown's western and small town romances. The Magnolia Inn is a big reminder of why I'm so drawn to her stories! I never miss a chance to spend time with her down to earth or quirky characters.

Jolene and Tucker both come with emotional baggage, but their determination to restore the Magnolia Inn is the beginning of their healing journey. I liked that these characters both had pasts tinged with betrayal and tragedy because it made them seem all the more real and made me root for them throughout the story. Along the way they had the support of a group of long-time friends who livened up the story and provided comic relief. There was a bit of confrontation at the beginning of the novel between Jolene and her cousin that I wished had been drawn out further into the novel. Her cousin was a piece of work and it would have been interesting to see where he ended up after selling his share in the Inn.

It was so easy to become attached to the characters and the paths they take. As the story drew to a close I felt like I was preparing to say goodbye to my own friends although I loved how the ending brought the story full circle and left on a positive note.
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Carolyn Brown is a New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books, which include women’s fiction and historical, contemporary, and cowboys-and-country-music romance. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else and knows what they’re doing and when. And they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

SALE ALERT: Catch Him if You Can by Jennifer Shirk


In Jennifer Shirk’s newest installment in her Accidentally Yours series, town widower Wade Roberts is being bombarded by Cape Harmony's matchmaking mamas. His only way to stop them: pretend to be in a relationship with his sister's best friend, Arden Pearson. But when what started as an act begins to shift into something more, it might take a village to convince Wade that Arden’s his perfect match.

We are excited to announce that CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN is currently on sale for only $0.99! Don’t miss out on this flirty, fun contemporary read and snag your copy today! Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner’s choice)!

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Veterinarian Wade Roberts is done with love. But try convincing the elderly folk of Cape Harmony who are determined to play matchmaker. Now the young single women in town are bombarding him with baked goods and love notes, and being “taken” is the only way to stop the meddling grannies—which is why he needs a fake fiancée. Fast.


 
Arden Pearson loves planning weddings. Other people's weddings, that is. After her own engagement ended in disaster, she prefers to live vicariously through her work. But when she needs to persuade a big client that she’s capable of planning the celebrity wedding of the year, she’s willing to go as far as pretending to be engaged herself to her best friend’s older brother.
 
Soon their ruse has everyone in town believing they make the perfect couple—including Arden. She’s always been nothing more than a kid sister to Wade, and it might take a village to convince him otherwise...

Catch Him if You Can
Accidentally Yours #2
Jennifer Shirk
Pub Date: August 2018
Entangled: Bliss
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Copyright© 2018 Catch Him If You Can
Jennifer Shirk

He threw Arden a tight smile, hoping she'd get the hint and play along. "Yes, because I'm dating Arden here. We've been waiting to finally make it official in town." He gave Arden's shoulder an extra squeeze when her mouth dropped open. "Didn't want to tell people too soon. You know, in case it didn't work out. But I think we can finally come clean, don't you agree, honey?"
Arden slowly blinked her ocean-blue eyes up at him as if coming out of a yearlong coma. "Uh, right…babycakes."
Babycakes? Seriously? That's the first nickname she could think of?
Wade's smile was frozen in place as he turned back to Judy. "See?"
Judy pushed her dark-framed glasses up her nose, then laid a hand on her heart. "Oh my. This is such wonderful news! Better than I'd hoped. I knew something was going on between you two."
"You did?" they both asked. He and Arden regarded each other. She seemed as confused as he felt.
Judy nodded. "Yep. I'm an expert on true love. Been married sixty years next month," she said proudly.
"That must be why you're so good at matchmaking," he lied. "Sorry to take your work out from under you like this."
She blushed and waved his comment away. "You're too sweet. But the girls and I just wanted to see you happy for a change now that Kinsley was settled."
Happy for a change? Was he really that miserable looking?
Arden cleared her throat, nudging him in the side with her knuckle. Ow. The woman had steel for bones.
"Babycakes," Arden said between her teeth, slyly poking him again, "I really need to buy my coffee and get going. I have an appointment this afternoon to prepare for."
"Oh right. I forgot. Well, you know your money's no good when you're with me, honey," he said, winking at Judy. "Order what you like. I've got it."
Arden smiled up at him sweetly before ordering. "Two regular macchiatos—no, make that grande macchiatos, a bag of regular ground coffee, and four gingerbread muffins. Oh, and you might as well throw in a couple of those ham paninis. It's almost lunch time after all." 
Wade narrowed his eyes. "Two coffees, a bag of coffee, four muffins, and a couple of paninis, honey?"
"Yes, babycakes," she said with an innocent smile. "I've been so very hungry lately. Gee, I hope I'm not eating for two." When she gingerly pressed a hand on her belly, he choked.
"Uh, she's kidding," he told Judy, handing her the money. "That's what I love about her." He gave Arden a sidelong glare. "She's so much fun to be around." 
Fun as a rabid rottweiler. 
Judy winked as she gave him back his change. "Trying to one-up Kinsley with a baby, huh?"
He shook his head. "No. There's no baby."
"Yet," Arden chimed in.
Wade gritted his teeth. At that very moment he wasn't sure who he was more annoyed with: his nosy personal matchmaker or his sassy, fake, almost-pregnant girlfriend. 
One of Judy's staff came over to the counter and handed Arden her bag of food and take-out tray of coffees. "Thanks so much," Arden said. She gave Wade a wide grin. "And thank you, baby lips."
It's babycakes. Couldn't she even keep the nickname straight? She was a terrible fake girlfriend.
Judy chuckled. "You two are so cute together."
Wade harrumphed as he watched Arden sashay to a side table for napkins. "See you later, Judy." He pointed a finger at her before turning away. "Remember, no more matchmaking. Arden is very jealous."
"Oh, of course." The older woman folded her hands and seemed insulted. "I wouldn't think of it now."

Halleluiah. He was almost sure he heard angels singing, and hoped what Judy said was true. No more matchmaking. No more women. No more gifts. And if it were true, he needed to ensure pronto that his newfound-fake girlfriend didn't blow his cover. He glanced around, and when he saw Arden had left, rushed out the door to catch up with her.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. Her novel, FIANCE BY FATE—a 2015 Readers' Crown Finalist—became an Amazon #1 best seller for Series Romance. And recently, Wrong Brother, Right Match, WON the Sweet Traditional category of the 2017 Golden Quill Contest and became a #1 Amazon bestseller for Holiday Romance.

She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she's not writing or working on her tan, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter and puppy (Sox).

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