It’s Here! Cowboys Forgive – Cowboys of Nirvana Book 8 by Rhonda Lee Carver


Cowboys Forgive
Cowboys of Nirvana
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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Taking a dirt bath off a bull lands Jace Jackson into the hands of beautiful, smart, sexy country singer Jessa Garvey. In pain and loopy on pain meds, he has no clue he’s flirting with her, and making a big damn fool of himself. Back in high school she rejected him, and although years have passed, sometimes a cowboy can’t forget. When Miss Priss invades his space at Nirvana, he decides to give her a dose of her own medicine and puts her to work mucking stalls. That’ll teach her…

Or will it?

Trading her guitar for a shovel, Jessa is out to prove to Jace that she isn’t the same person she was as a teenager. As far as she’s concerned, he’ll forgive her even if it kills her, or lands her hot and willing in bed with the dangerously handsome cowboy.

She’s in deep.

Forgiveness is granted, but she isn’t prepared for the choices she must make. Has she changed enough? Does the sliver of selfishness remain?

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Jessa is a star, tired from tour after tour she needs a break. Never in a million years did she expect to run into the boy, now a man, who years ago asked her to prom. She had turned him down and her friends had laughed but she didn’t come to his defense.

Jace retired from rodeo, is a Nirvana Cowboy. He agreed to do this rodeo for charity. While seeking refuge from fans he literally runs into Jessa. To avoid the twittering following him, he gives her one amazing kiss.

A successful ride on a bull named Suicide leaves him with a bunch of bruised ribs and a twisted knee. Drugged he mistakes Jessa for staff due to her disguise and the antics drew quite a few chuckles from me. As the pain meds fully kick in he loses his balance and falls on her.

This is a favorite scene.

“What do you do here?”

“Huh?”

He pointed to her hat. “Staff.”

Before she could answer, his eyes rolled and he bobbed back and forth, then moaned. Just as she suspected, she was no resistance against his weight. Together they sprawled to the floor with him laying on top of her, pinning her underneath his unconscious body. Her legs were spread wide with him nestled in between. “Jace?”

Nothing.

“Hello? Yoo-hoo!” She tapped him on the shoulder. This time she received a deep snore in response.

Oh no. I’m trapped.

She tried pushing him to the side, but he was too heavy. His snoring grew louder, tickling her ear drum. Her limbs were quickly falling asleep. And if this position wasn’t enough to throw her for a loop, his hand came up and grasped her breast. It wasn’t humiliation skittering through her body, but instead was a reminder that she was a woman who craved a man’s touch. A woman who found this cowboy sexy and amazingly virile.

This was the closest she’d been with a man in a very long time.

He jerked and she looked down. He was staring up at her. “Jessa? That’s you,” he mumbled. “You, snob, you. I didn’t like your prom dress.

She froze. So, he does recognize me. Although he was talking out of his head.

“You’re cozy,” he said against her chest.

Jessa knew she should be doing her best to get the brawny man off her body, but she found it quite entertaining. And she had a feeling this wouldn’t be the last time she saw Jace Jackson, not if she could help it.
Rhonda Lee Carver. Cowboy’s Forgive (Kindle Locations 415-427). Kindle Edition.

Jessa decides to vacation at Nirvana, requesting Jace as her cowboy. Then the fun begins.

Sexy, fun and highly entertaining as these two get down and dirty in more ways than one.

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Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.

She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.

When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.

Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“

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Brotherhood Protectors: Snow SEAL – Kindle Worlds Novella – Guardian Elite Book 4 by KaLyn Cooper


Brotherhood Protectors: Snow SEAL
Guardian Elite Book 4
A Kindle World Novella
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KaLyn Cooper

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Terrorists want her…but so does he.

Isaac believes this personal protection assignment in Big Sky, Montana is going to be filled with skiing novice slopes all day and spending his nights fending off unwanted pursuers of the pampered daughter of two Atlanta physicians. He couldn’t be more wrong. Hannah Kader was an officer in the all-female YPG Battalion in the Syrian Army, and ISIS wants her, preferably alive. The chase isn’t the only thing that heats up when the flint of the former SEAL strikes against the steel of the woman warrior.

Snow SEAL is a Guardian Security crossover with Elle James’s Brotherhood Protectors. If you enjoy heart-pounding, military romance interwoven with sizzling passion, you’ll like the fourth book in this novella series.

Buy this book and let KaLyn Cooper take you on a thrill ride through the Montana mountains.

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Isaac Snow is on his first assignment for Guardian Security. Arriving early in Big Sky he took advantage of the time to do some skiing and visit with friends Hank and Axel. Hank had offered him a job at Brotherhood Protectors, but he really doesn’t want to return to Montana and Guardian is a perfect fit for him.

He has many surprises in store for him when he meets the woman whom he believes to be the pampered daughter of physicians. As he tests her abilities he finds himself more than a little impressed by Hannah Kader. As they get to know each other he finds himself attracted to her and she to him. The struggle to keep everything professional with visual and audio surveillance all over the house is frustrating for them both.

A calm and secure stay is not to be as they are forced from the supposed secure home by ISIS attackers.

A favorite scene is at the end of that altercation.

“I’ve got this,” Hannah said as she shoved him toward the other side. “You just be prepared to shoot if they decide to follow us.” She flung open the front door and threw her bag on the center console then jogged to the back, clumsily shucking off her backpack. Skis, that were as long as her body, made handling the heavy backpack awkward. Isaac didn’t have near as much problem, and shoved hers in on top of his before quietly closing the hatch. No need to advertise their location.

“Where are those tangoes?” Isaac asked in a low, quiet voice.

“They’re spreading out. Closest one is 1,500 feet. He’s tracking you down the trees.” Thankful Guardian Security had his back, Isaac was even more grateful for Alex’s connections at the highest levels. At that moment, they had their own satellite.

As he slid onto the other seat, Hannah was jamming the key into the ignition. “I’ve been told they train SEALs to steady a shot while standing on a boat in the middle of a rolling ocean. I hope you can apply those skills to a moving car.” She opened the roof.

“Brings all new meaning to riding shotgun,” Isaac said as he dug his M4 out of his duffel before shoving it into the back seat.
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Thus begins a race to safety and the revelation of why ISIS wants Hannah so badly.

Action packed and steamy this is a story you won’t be able to put down.

5 Contented Purrs for KaLyn!

 

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KaLyn Cooper writes romantic suspense based in fact. Twenty-seven years as a military wife has shown her the world and the men and women who protect it every day. Thirty years in PR taught her fact can be stranger than fiction, but leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She and her husband live in Tennessee on their micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, quail, and a bird dog. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or on the river.

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Hell Yeah! Legacy – Letting Go Book 2 by Rhonda Lee Carver


Legacy
Letting Go Book 2
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By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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One heart…two loves. Who will she choose?

What does a person do when they fall in love? They make a move, unless they’re eight. Loving Nann Fraley has been the story of Mac Sullivan’s life. Best friend and confidant, he’s been her shoulder, her rock, but no time has seemed like the right time to tell her his feelings. He can barely understand them himself.

Until he loses her to his brother.

Nann can’t think of a place she loves more than Sully Ranch. The horses have taken up residence inside her heart…along with Mac, but he’s too busy hobnobbing with the female flavor of the month falling at his dusty boots to notice Nann is all grown up. Moving on seems like the best thing to do, but tumbling into the arms of another Sullivan wasn’t part of the ‘moving on’ plan. It just happened, and she didn’t mean to start a Sullivan war.

Tragedy strikes and she loses both men.
After dedicating himself to a uniform, Mac is back in Kerrville, Texas and ready to take the helm at Sully…and ready to forget the one woman he can’t have. His plans are derailed when he learns Nann has kept a secret…one with the Sullivan ice-blue eyes and coal-black hair. Had he really believed he could sweep the night he’d spent with Nann six years ago under the rug? He has no clue how to be a daddy, but he swears he won’t lose everything he loves a second time around, that is if an outside source seeking revenge doesn’t foil his intentions.

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Relationships don’t get more complicated than this one does. From Mac and Nann being best friends to her being engaged to his brother, to tragedy, to one night of heaven and that’s only the beginning.

That one night led to pregnancy and unable to get in touch with Mac, Nann takes on single motherhood.

Now Mac has returned from his hitch in the army. Back home to do what he loves, work the family ranch. Little does he know there is a big surprise waiting there for him.

This is a favorite scene, part of the confrontation between Mac and Nann.

Nann was afraid she’d throw up as she stepped inside of the Sullivan’s farmhouse. The second she was across the threshold she had a strong wave of memories. She’d spent so much time here.

“Come on in.”

She followed Mac into the kitchen and took a seat at the table, hiding her trembling hands in her lap. She caught a scent of jam and her stomach growled, reminding her she hadn’t eaten more than a bite or two in days. Sleep had been lost too. “You’re probably wondering why I’ve come out here.”

“No, not at all. What makes you think that?” He lifted a thick brow. He leaned against the counter and she believed it was a good thing. The more space between them the better.

“Okay, I understand you have a right to be angry with me, but we’re adults and we have to work together to do what’s best for Max.” Her heart fluttered.

“Does he know about me?”

She tucked a tendril of hair behind her ear. “I’ve talked about you over the years, but it wasn’t until last night that I mentioned your name and told him you were here in town.”

“I have every right to see him, and be a part of his life.”

The gruffness in his voice made her shift. “I’m not saying you don’t.”

“Does he want to see me?”

“He wants a father. To him family means having two parents.”

“Although you’ve done a damn good job in trying to get him to believe something else.”

She stood. “Look, I didn’t come here to have you treat me poorly. We can let this go to our attorneys, but I came because I love my son. I want him to be happy.”

He tore a hand through his hair. “I’m still angry.”

“I understand.”

“No, I don’t think you do.”

To deny him those feelings wouldn’t be right, but she did want him to see that she hadn’t meant to hurt him, or anyone. “I thought you wanted nothing to do with me, or what we shared.”

He stiffened. “You were the one who left a sticky note with a bad excuse on the pillow. I was giving you your wish.”

“I was torn between you and Morgan— well, his memory and the guilt.”

“And you don’t think I’ve been torn too? You don’t think I feel guilt that I’m alive and he isn’t? You were supposed to marry him.”

Dark circles appeared under his eyes. She wanted to go to him, to comfort him, but she was afraid of where that would land her. “What are you wanting, Mac?”

He hesitated, his jaw growing tighter. “Do you really want to keep the attorneys out of this?” She nodded. “Then you and Max move out here to live at Sully. This is home.”
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The tale that ensues, involves more than just father and son getting to know one another, it entails Mac coming to terms with his feelings for Nann. Feelings he should have revealed years before.

Add to this issues with the ranch and you have a page turning tail of love, lust and so much more.

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Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.

She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.

When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.

Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“

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My Review of Brazilian Capture – The Brazilians Book 3 by Carmen Falcone


Brazilian Capture
The Brazilians Book 3
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Financier turned activist Emanuel Duarte has promised he would find the one witness who can testify against real estate developer Silas Lancaster. Sick of having every attempt at exposing Silas shut down, Emanuel wants to honor a promise he made, and takes from his opponent what matters most—his beautiful daughter Erika. Only he gets more than he bargained for with the tempting—and frustrating—woman.

Fundraiser and socialite Erika Lancaster can’t believe she’s been kidnapped. Her sexy captor is feeding her lies about her father that she refuses to swallow. Emanuel’s plans will hurt her and ruin her mother’s legacy—and that she can’t allow. Desperate to find a way out of the lush Brazilian jungle, she decides there’s only way to disarm the enemy—seduce him.

But her plan backfires and soon she realizes that seducing the enemy comes with a hefty price…loving the enemy simply isn’t an option.

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Emmanuel wants the truth exposed. The corruption that caused housing to crumble and people to die. All his efforts to bring Silas down have failed. Frustrated he comes up with a plan he is sure will get him the answers and the justice he seeks.

Erika is her father’s spokesperson, usually representing the foundation started in her mother’s memory. Often she attends functions with or in place of her father. She heads out to one of these affairs with her contingent of bodyguards, one of which she thinks she recognizes. When they head in the wrong direction she realizes these bodyguards were not sent by her father. She is being abducted, albeit in an unconventional way.

As kidnapping’s go this one was more of a game, a trap being set. Erika must be convinced to help Emmanuel destroy her father. Unfortunately that would also destroy her foundation, her mother’s legacy. The fact that her father sends goons to retrieve her does much to win her to her abductors cause.

This is a favorite scene.

“Uncuff me. Now!” he shouted. A sheen of sweat slicked on his forehead, and the desire that had fogged his irises moments earlier had disappeared.

“I can’t.” She reached the threshold, then glanced back.

“Sorry,” she said, even though she had no clue why she apologized.

He kidnapped her, lied to her about her father, and who knew what else. But why did a strange feeling nag at her, shooting a nauseating sensation in her stomach? She shook her head and scurried to the entrance. She couldn’t afford to waste any time. If the sound of his body slamming against the frame was a hint, he would be running after her soon.

She slid the key in the door handle and twisted it. The sun blinded her. She started to run, but suddenly strong arms grabbed her, and calloused hands covered her mouth.

“Ssshhhh…you’re safe.” Someone whispered. “Your father sent us.”

A burly man materialized in front of her. It took her a couple of seconds to register he just mentioned her father. Somehow her heart kept hammering on.

“You’re safe now.” The man’s grasp around her loosened enough to give her room to breathe. She blinked. “What?”

“Tony’ll take you back. And I’ll go in.”

Tony took her elbow and cocked his head in the direction of a black sedan. He opened the door for her. “Get inside.” She stared at the door with hesitation. “Where are we going?” The two men seemed legit enough. Why would a third party want to kidnap her? “Shouldn’t we call the police first?” She had no idea how these procedures worked, but why would Tony rush her away while the other one stayed? Was it because the guy would call the police and have Emanuel arrested?

Tony shook his head, somewhat annoyed. Obviously he had expected her to jump into his car without asking questions. Her father must have already had a clue about her whereabouts when Emanuel called him the previous day. Otherwise, how would he have found her so quickly and sent these two men after her? They had showed her no special badge, so she assumed her dad hired them privately. Why would he keep her disappearance a secret when he had done nothing wrong? Her stomach clenched. Unless…

A hellish smile spread across the man’s oval face. “There aren’t any police involved. Your dad ordered me to fly you home ASAP, and Harry will handle your kidnapper.”

Her chest tightened. “What do you mean handle? Listen, I think this is a huge misunderstanding…”

Tony mocked her and waved his hands in the air. “Mr. Lancaster was very clear about it. He wants no loose ends. Emanuel Duarte must be eliminated.

Now, if you get in the car, you can put this nightmare behind you, and you’ll be having brunch with your friends tomorrow.”

Nightmare? She pushed down the lump in her dry throat. The guy who walked in would kill Emanuel if she didn’t stop him. He’d die for kidnapping her because he wanted to help someone he believed was wronged. He shouldn’t have taken her, but he claimed he had good reason, and he didn’t deserve to die. She couldn’t allow that to happen, nor could she live with that kind of knowledge. She slammed the door and stepped back, her hand fumbling in the backpack. She palmed the gun, the weapon heavy and cold. “I can’t go.”

He opened the door and pointed to the inside of the car. “That’s not your choice.”

Her dad couldn’t have told these men to kill Emanuel, could he? Misunderstanding or not, leaving Emanuel behind was not an option, not if she had anything to say about it. Determined, she grabbed the gun and aimed it at him. “Get away from me.”

He laughed. “Why wouldn’t you want to go home? Listen, I can call your father, and you can talk to him after we get a head start. Get in the car, or you’ll make life harder for all of us,” he said, and reached for the inside of his vest.

“Don’t.”

He launched at her, and she pulled the trigger. The sound sliced through the air, as Tony touched the fresh blood seeping through his pants. “Bitch. You got my leg.”

Emanuel punched the intruder in the face, and he stumbled back against the nightstand. The guy must hurt and kill people for a living, he’d give him that. Ever since he’d broken the wooden frame and gotten out of the bed, the cuffs still clasped against his wrist, he’d realized the restraint would be the least of his worries. The idiot had stormed into the room and clocked him before he even registered his presence.

“I should have shot you, but I got paid extra to make it slow and painful,” the man said, panting and wiping blood from the side of his mouth.

The thug stood up, but before he could throw a punch, Emanuel shoved him against the wall, curled his fingers into a fist and hit his jaw. Once. Twice.

“You’re overpriced. I’m killing you for free.” Emanuel shoved his elbow on the man’s shoulder, dropping him to the floor. The guy groaned. Did this idiot expect Emanuel not to be such a good fighter? He’d learned his ways as a young boy and knew every dirty trick in the book, even though in his adult life he seldom used them.

A squirming noise yanked him from the moment, and he dashed out of the room. Erika. He left the house and found her fighting with another man who kept pushing her into the backseat of an idling car.

“No.”

“You’ve done enough for a day,” he grunted. “Now shut up and get in the car, you rich bitch.”

Emanuel launched at them and pushed the man off her. He tried to protest, but Emanuel punched him and he fell to the ground.

“Let’s get out of here,” he said to Erika.

She nodded, and he circled around the car and slipped onto the driver’s seat, turning on the engine. She shut the door and stayed in the back. Within seconds, they were driving away from it all.
Carmen Falcone. BC_Galley.indd (Kindle Locations 858-918). Kindle Edition.

As they travel through the Amazon, staying at interesting venues their relationship evolves. A relationship where trust must be earned and the attraction is volatile.

Sexy, intriguing and full of beautiful detail of the Amazon region.

5 Contented Purrs for Carmen!

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Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beat doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband–living proof that opposites attract.

She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

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Dallas Fire & Rescue: Smoke and Marines By Heather Long


Dallas Fire & Rescue: Smoke and Marines
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Heather Long

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Former Marine Combat Firefighter Casey Spencer has had plenty of close calls. But after a factory fire results in the death of a dozen undocumented workers chained to their tables, he can’t sleep, barely eats, and snaps at everyone—including his fellow firefighters. On edge, he’s not ready to deal with Jane Harmon, a woman who arouses in him an inexplicable need to protect.

The daughter of a Marine and a sister to two more, Jane recognizes duty for what it is. Surviving a house fire was only her first challenge, recovering from the burns and the trauma was the second. Physical and mental therapy are supposed to get her the rest of the way—except she’s paired with the stubborn, irritating, and sexy as hell firefighter Casey Spencer. Being around him terrifies her, but worse, it awakens a wild passion which rages out of control.

She doesn’t want a man who runs into the fire, but can’t deny where there is smoke…there is her Marine.

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Not only does Heather take us for a visit to Station 58, we also get to revisit one of my favorite places, Mike’s Place, from her Always a Marine series.

Dr. James Westwood is the head Psychologist at MIke’s Place and his treatments often are challenges. The one he assigns to both Casey and Jane is no exception. They both have issues they need to resolve but they are uniquely qualified to help each other.

I found myself crying, as I learn the reasons behind Casey’s PTSD and survivor guilt. I have a vivid imagination and the way it was described put me in his head.

Jane’s problems are both physical and mental. She is at Mike’s Place through the influence of her father, a Marine General. While her progress is slow she is improving here among the many veterans this facility was designed to treat.

This is a favorite scene when Casey and Jane meet.

The moment Casey strode toward her, all determination and grit, she’d known she wouldn’t turn him down. Maybe her weakness for Marines was genetic. A good chunk of her family tree was Marine green. The rest was Marine support—siblings, parents, and spouses. She might still have said no to his dinner invitation, except when he studied her—he didn’t try to be polite and avert his eyes where her scars were concerned.

More, not one ounce of pity filtered into the light hazel of his eyes. The hint of green in the swirl of brown gleamed in the sunlight. No, the way he studied her hadn’t involved sympathy. If she had to label the way he looked at her, it involved more of an assessment.

The sensation of being the subject of his consideration wasn’t unpleasant. “You don’t mind if I drive my car and follow you, do you?” They’d been acquainted for all of five minutes. No matter how grateful she was to be treated as normal and not as a freak for her scars didn’t excuse bad decisions.

“Not at all. Probably better for both of us that you have a safety net and can leave whenever. But here…” He paused and pulled out his wallet. Flipping it open, he tugged out his driver’s license. It detailed his name—Casey Spencer—his address, and veteran status.

His presence at the facility didn’t mean he had to be military. Holding his license with her right hand, she pulled her phone out with her left. The scar tissue along her right arm and elbow kept her from extending it fully. After snapping a photo of his, she flipped over the wallet on her phone case and held her ID out to him.

“Fair is fair.”

Amusement flared in his eyes and deepened the green shade. For a split second, she thought he might reject her offer but he sighed, then tugged his own phone out. “This is a good picture,” he commented. “Very non mug shot oriented.”

His dry wit combined amused her. “I was on my best behavior that day.”
Making a show of squinting, he studied her photo. “I don’t know that I believe that—I see a devilish gleam in your eyes.”

They traded their driver’s licenses back. A laugh escaped her. “Okay that was a little odd.”

“Nah, it’s about safety and personal security.” The ease of his acceptance assuaged her embarrassment. “You just met me, and I only heard about you ten minutes ago. Now we’ve both got photos of the other’s IDs, so if you turn out to be a maneater, the authorities will know where to look.”

Heat swept through her and her face warmed. “I promise not to bite.”

“On the first date only, right?” His eyebrows lifted as the corners of his mouth quirked. Flirtation, even mild teasing, felt alien after the last ten months. Most people had a hard time even meeting her gaze.

Testing the theory, she said, “I reserve the right to change my mind.”

“Excellent. Now that we’ve finished the security dance, do you have any preference for food?”

When Dr. Westwood mentioned his buddy program idea, and said she could help a Marine, she couldn’t fathom how. Yet, she found it thrilling he didn’t stare at her scars with disgust or withdraw from the monstrous effect. Jane held no illusions; the fire she’d survived seared away any chance of her being pretty again.

“I know this great Cajun place a couple of blocks from here. I’ve eaten lunch there a few times.” Not only was the menu good, but the staff treated her with care and respect.

“Really?” Intrigue filled his expression. “I know a similar place—a friend of mine runs it.”

Of course he did. “The one I’m thinking of is run by a former Marine.”

“Yes,” Casey exhaled the word then grinned. The excitement, at odds with the wide legged stance and stiff shoulders, relaxed him. “Let’s do this.”
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I loved the way this relationship develops with trust and the heat building slowly but surely as they both come to terms with their issues. The ‘dates’ are perfect and the places visited make me want to head off to visit them too. Unfortunately one of them is only fiction.

Now I want to go back and read the whole Always a Marine Series again.

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Release Day Tour & Giveaway! The Irish Prince – The Billionaire Dynasties Book 2 by Virginia Nelson


With a little luck, they may find love…
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The Irish Prince
The Billionaire Dynasties Book 2
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Virginia Nelson

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CEO Aiden Kelley’s life of billionaire extravagance is flipped upside down when his ex shows up with a ten-year-old she claims is his. Totally out of his element and losing the control so integral to his success, he needs help. To top it all off, the only constant woman in his life, his executive assistant, has given notice just when he needs her help to survive his newfound fatherhood.

Chelsea Houston is an executive assistant, not a nanny. The only person more clueless about kids is her boss. Helping him on a daddy-daughter road trip is her last task before he’ll accept her two weeks’ notice and she can be free of the infuriating man she’s had a crush on for longer than she’d admit.

Aiden’s carefully ordered life has never been so disorganized, and he’s suddenly tempted by the things he thought he could never have. Things like love and family. Who knew chaos could be so damn fun?

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For Chelsea finding feminine lingerie scattered in her office is the last straw. She is giving her two weeks notice today and will not be talked out of it. For too many years she has been the best executive assistant she can be, and falling for her boss is very unprofessional.

Aiden has his world upended when Margo,his ex from ten years ago, shows up with a surprise. He has a daughter and she has kept her away from him all this time. Not an easy feat when she is as much in the public eye as he is.

In order to get to know his daughter Waverly, a trip to the Grand Canyon is agreed upon. Now he has to convince Chelsea to go with them.

Mind you it’s not so much his words that convince Chelsea, it’s his actions, as shown in on of my favorite scenes.

Not me, she decided. No way in hell am I signing up for that job.

There were about a hundred reasons she should back away quickly from the whole situation. For one, Aiden was her boss, but she’d told him she was quitting. And even if she wasn’t on her way out the door, mixing business with pleasure was always a bad idea. In this case, her time remaining with the company would be far better spent interviewing possible candidates for her job and then training the new hire. Not gallivanting off on a personal trip with her soon-to-be- former boss.

For two, she was already attracted to the man. She knew that and recognized the weakness it represented. Spending alone time with him, intimate time when the line between boss and employee blurred…unwise, to say the least. It would be one giant mind game with herself to continue to recognize that Aiden was not the man for her.

Even if he did have one of the best asses she’d ever seen in a suit. She couldn’t begin to imagine what those broad shoulders of his would look like out of said suit. Well, hell, that was a lie. She could imagine and had spent many a bored hour between meetings doing just that.

Further, if she agreed to this trip, who would keep things going in the office? Just the day-to-day stuff in the interim would be enough reason for her not to leave the office, especially if he was out and off the map for the duration of his little adventure.

That last one seemed rather feeble, even to herself. But the one reason she couldn’t deny? Even if she removed every single reason why dating him was a bad idea, she was gone in two weeks. And as much as she’d love to taste his body as many times as she could before she left, she wasn’t about to rock a ship that had just taken on board his newfound daughter.

So, as she rested her hand on her office door, she braced herself to go inside. The answer was a no, plain and simple, nothing more to think about. She simply couldn’t afford to cave and agree to go on this trip with Aiden and Waverley.

She opened the door and saw Waverley looking at her father like he was nuts and him pouring the kid a cappuccino. The scone in front of Waverley sat untouched, and the child gazed at Chelsea as if she was a savior—come to rescue her from the inept handling of her well-meaning father.

“Whatcha doing, Aiden?” Chelsea asked, although it looked pretty clear. He was trying to offer his ten-year-old daughter coffee and a scone for lunch. Although that same lunch would’ve been top ten on Chelsea’s list of lunch favorites, she somehow doubted— both from the kid’s expression and logic—that it was typically served to her at home or elsewhere.

“We’re about to have lunch. I was hoping you’d join us so we could revisit the Grand Canyon discussion.” He looked so damned adorable and unaware as he was fumbling that a piece of her heart melted, just a little.

I know I’m going to regret this.

“I’ve decided I’ll go on the trip.” Picking up her office phone, she glanced at Waverley. “What kind of pizza do you like, kid?”

Waverley smiled at her, placing the coffee cup carefully on Chelsea’s desk and only sloshing a little onto the shining, ass print-free mahogany. “Pepperoni.”
Nelson,Virgina. The Irish Prince(Kindle Locations 276-310). Kindle Edition.

I laughed so hard at the antics on this trip. The assumptions Aiden makes are hysterical and the way they are handled… priceless.

Waverly is a joy to get to know and is snarky and adorable as she plots and plans.

We get to see Camden and Jeanie from ‘The Penthouse Prince’ in this one as well. I love the dynamic of this couple and the spin it puts on this book.

Plenty of heat and lots of laughs.

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Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.

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My Review of Virginia Nelson’s The Penthouse Prince – The Billionaire Dynasties Book 1


The Penthouse Prince
The Billionaire Dynasties Book 1
By
Virginia Nelson

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Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James…and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she’s been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”

Camden doesn’t believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he’s definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie’s combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors…or they’ve fallen for their own charade.

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Camden James is a wealthy playboy who regularly hits the gossip pages. Dubbed by the press as the Penthouse Prince, women come and go from his life like discarded toys. When he finally has a fiancé she goes off and cheats on him, he needs a solution quickly. One that comes in the form of an employee sneaking her way up to his domain in order to report her manager and hopefully avoid being fired.

Jeanie didn’t have an appointment, she followed at just the right interval a group of men headed for a conference room. She doesn’t get the chance to escape to an office though as they usher her into the room. The next thing she knows she is being introduced by Camden James to his father, the CEO as his fiancé.

Much negotiation ensues as Camden hastily draws up a contract for his fake fiancé. A slight complication is her child, one he embraces as he further plans their engagement period.

A favorite scene is once he has her ensconced in his penthouse and she has met his bestfriend and lawyer Lowe.

Camden clenched the frame of the door, and Lowe poured a drink at the bar.

“She’s beautiful,” Lowe said. “You didn’t mention that.”

“You’re right. I didn’t.”

Sleep. He really needed to get some sleep. Exhaustion left him jagged, oversensitive, like some walking exposed nerve. He wouldn’t be bothered, if he wasn’t so tired, at the tension in the room between his fake fiancée and his best friend. She was a pawn on the chessboard, and he was positioning her to pretend to be his queen—nothing more.

“She’s attractive enough,” he said. But he knew the truth. She wasn’t beautiful in the stereotypical sense, not like the supermodels he normally dated. She wasn’t just attractive enough. She was more than enough. His lips were still on fire from the last kiss they’d shared.

“Hmm…I can understand why you didn’t mention it. A gorgeous woman like that, no wonder you felt she was right for the job.”

Lowe didn’t seem to notice a muscle twitched in Camden’s jaw—a good thing since he didn’t understand his response and couldn’t explain it if his friend asked.

“I’m going to need your help to pull this off. Even if it doesn’t last long, this is going to be tricky. Also, I need you to make sure the lawyers are working double time since I bought breathing room, but not much of it.” He joined Lowe at the bar, then poured two fingers of whiskey and slung it back.

“Understood.” Swirling his drink around, Lowe seemed lost in thought.

“What? Say it. I can tell you’re thinking something so hard, you’re just bursting to say it.”

“You like her.”

Snorting, Camden slammed his glass back down on the polished wood a bit harder than he needed to. “Right place, right time. We discussed this.”

“Any number of women might have fit the bill. You picked her.”

Camden shrugged and paced the room. “I picked her, and now we work with it.”

“You picked her.”

Facing him, Camden risked eye contact. “So? I picked her.”

“You’ve never picked any of the women of your life. Either they were handy, offered themselves up, or you knew they would piss off your father, so you dated them…or he picked them and you danced like a puppet. Her? You picked this one. You didn’t have to jump at that moment, you could have planned this out better, but you didn’t. That’s a choice, even if it was a rash one.” Lowe arched one brow, a characteristic expression. “I think it means something.”

“Hardly.” The denial tasted like a lie.

“Rumor has it your actual fiancée boarded a plane the minute the news of your new fiancée broke, heading back home. She hasn’t released a statement yet.”

“Waste of her time. I’m not going to meet with her while I’ve got Jeanie installed in this position. And I don’t like Jeanie. I just met her.” He realized going back to the topic would show vulnerability…moments after the words escaped.

“Ah, and it bugs you, liking her. Cam, I’ve known you far too long for you to lie to me. Lie to the press, lie to your Dad, do what you have to do…but you can’t bullshit a bullshitter.” Lowe toasted him before swallowing the whiskey and placing his glass on the bar.

“I find her interesting.” Admitting it hurt nothing, he rationalized. “She’s not like anyone I’ve ever met, not so far. I’m sure it’s just the puzzle. Once I figure her out, she’ll become less interesting.”

Lowe’s laughter rang out. “Hey, man, whatever helps you sleep at night.”

Nothing helped him sleep at night. Insomnia was his worst enemy. Not even Lowe knew that little truth. “I want you to stay away from her.” The request surprised him, as did the vehemence in his tone, but he meant it, so he rounded on Lowe to fix him with a stare. “I mean that.”

Adjusting his tie, Lowe smirked. “As long as she’s your fiancée, I’ll keep my distance.”

Relief flooded Camden, but he refused to consider the whys of it right then.

Following Lowe out of the room, Camden breathed a little easier.

As Lowe stopped, waited, and finally turned, Camden recognized his expression and knew his relief would be short-lived before Lowe even spoke. “The minute you’re split, though, she becomes fair game.”

Camden didn’t have a response, so he didn’t answer.
Nelson, Virginia. Penthouse Prince (Entangled Indulgence) (Kindle Locations 469-505). Entangled Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.

A world where deceit is the name of the game and finding love is not the norm. These two hit it off from the beginning but Camden doesn’t believe love exists.

Just doing the job becomes increasingly more difficult as Jeanie finds herself falling for the Penthouse Prince.

A delightful read as Jeanie is transformed, not without snark, into the Penthouse Princess and drama ensues from blackmail to sizzling sex. You will be guessing as to how these two can ever stay together.

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When she’s not writing or plotting to take over the world, she likes to hang out with the greatest kids in history, play in the mud, drive far too fast, and scream at inanimate objects.

Virginia likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue.

Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.

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