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Protecting Kiera
SEAL of Protection Book 9
By
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This book was previously published in Kindle Worlds and even though it has a new cover, has not changed significantly.

Cooper Nelson’s SEAL career was cut drastically short when an explosion left him almost completely deaf. With so much of his pride and self-worth tied to the profession he loved above all else, Coop struggles in his nearly silent new world, his future seemingly bleak…until Commander Hurt badgers him into volunteering at the Riverton School for the Deaf. There, he meets teacher Kiera Hamilton, who opens his eyes—and his heart—to a love more fulfilling than any job could be.

Ten years his senior, Kiera can’t believe Coop would ever be interested in anything long term, but he patiently proves her wrong. And she’s not the only one enamored with the sexy former-SEAL—her impressionable first-grade students are enthralled with the man, especially Frankie. The troubled young boy flourishes with each of Cooper’s visits, which only makes Kiera fall harder.

As he learns ASL, connects with the students, and gets closer to Kiera, Coop’s happier than he’s ever been…until an attempted abduction at the school threatens to take away everything that makes his new life worth living.

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Cooper like all the SEALs has been devoted to protecting his country. Forced to retire when an explosion takes out his hearing he is struggling. At first he isn’t happy to volunteer at the School for the Deaf, but that quickly changes. He meets Kiera a first grade teacher, and his interest is peaked in a romantic way.

This is one of my favorite scenes when Cooper visits Kiera’s classroom for the first time.

Just when Kiera was about to tell the children to get back to work, a little boy sitting in the back of the classroom slowly raised his hand. She hid her surprise. Frankie was small for his age and wasn’t making much progress. He was very reluctant to sign and hadn’t made any friends in the class since he’d been there. He frequently resorted to pushing the kids in his class when he couldn’t understand them or when he wanted his way.

Kiera knew his attitude was a result of his tumultuous home life and starting in a new school and her heart hurt for him. Frankie’s father was excited about the chance for his son to be in the special school. They’d moved down to Riverton from Los Angeles for a fresh start after a contentious divorce. His ex-wife was a drug addict who was deemed unfit to have custody of their son. Until recently, she’d been allowed to have supervised visitations with Frankie, but after slipping away from the court-ordered supervisor and taking Frankie to the mall to a drug drop, she’d had all parental rights stripped from her.

Kiera understood that the little boy was probably having issues dealing with all the upheaval in his life, but it had been two months since he’d started school and he wasn’t getting any better. The fact that he’d engaged enough to raise his hand and ask a question was almost a miracle at this point.

She pointed at the skinny boy and signed, “Yes, Frankie?”

He mostly used the alphabet to spell out his question, but it was understandable, if not painful to wait for him to get through.

Kiera swallowed and flicked her eyes to Cooper before repeating the question for the rest of the class. “Frankie asked what his tough military friends thought of Cooper using his hands to speak in such a sissy way.”

A few of the kids gasped and whipped their heads around to gaze at Frankie with wide eyes. Kiera hadn’t realized that was what Frankie thought of sign language. It was as heartbreaking as it was shocking.

Bless Cooper, he didn’t even blink at the question. He got up and went over to where Frankie was sitting. When he got there, he sat on his butt and awkwardly crossed his legs. Then he proceeded to blow Kiera’s mind.

He used mostly finger spelling, as Frankie had, and not once did he look to Kiera for a sign. “My friends are jealous that I have my own secret language. Believe it or not, Frankie, my team had our own hand signals for stuff. This,” he made a movement with his hands that Kiera didn’t recognize, “meant danger. And this,” he did it again, making another sign that clearly wasn’t American Sign Language, “meant bad guy ahead. I don’t know who told you that sign language was sissy, but it absolutely isn’t. It’s cool. The coolest thing I’ve ever tried to learn. I can talk to you, your classmates, or Ms. Hamilton, and people who aren’t deaf can’t understand me. It’s like being an undercover spy right under people’s noses. I love knowing a secret language, even if I’m not very good at it yet.”

If Kiera hadn’t been watching Frankie carefully, she would’ve missed it, but his eyes got big and she could literally see the knowledge that a big, strong man like Cooper thought sign language was cool sinking into his psyche.

She’d tried for months to get Frankie to show an ounce of interest in anything she did or said, to no avail. But with one painstakingly finger-spelled answer, Cooper had somehow bonded with the young boy in a way she’d rarely seen before.
Swallowing hard so she wouldn’t burst into tears, Kiera waved her hand in the air to get the children’s attention. She sighed, “Now that we have all met Cooper, time to get back to your lessons.”

The kids all nodded and shuffled back to various places around the room with their tablets. There were beanbags strewn around the classroom, as well as small couches, and big fluffy rugs… more than enough choices for the children to settle in comfortably somewhere.

She looked over at Frankie and Cooper and caught the tail end of Cooper’s question to the little boy. “…me sit with you while you read?”

Frankie nodded his head and Kiera watched in awe as Cooper and her troublemaker student shifted so they were sitting facing each other, knees touching, with the tablet off to their right. Frankie reached out and turned it on, activating the story he’d been reading before the interruption.
Stoker, Susan. Brotherhood Protectors: Protecting Kiera (Kindle Worlds Novella) (SEAL of Protection Book 10) (Kindle Locations 485-521). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.

While Kiera had struggled not to cry I didn’t have the same luck. Get your tissues you’re going to need them. Now none of these SEALS have had an easy time with love and Coop’s no different. Hold onto your kindle and get swept away into this story.

Once again Susan has hit on problems in today’s world and done it with finesse and tact.

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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Issued to the Bride: One Marine – Brides of Chance Creek Book 4 by Cora Seton



Issued to the Bride: One Marine
Brides of Chance Creek Book 4
By
Cora Seton

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Marine Logan Hughes uses humor like a shield because the twists and turns his life has taken have led him far from the path he was supposed to tread. He’s no priest, and despite his parents’ continued hope, he has no desire to become one. Still, he’s no devil, either. So when his attempt to protect an innocent person lands him with two choices—the brig or marriage to a woman he doesn’t know—he chooses marriage. Which means denying his family’s plans for him once and for all.

Lena Reed doesn’t find it funny at all that three times her father has sent a man to help with her ranch, and three times one of her sisters has married him. She’s not falling for that trick. She was born to run the cattle operation at Two Willows, and no man is going to take that away from her. So when Logan arrives, she’ll do whatever she can to keep him at arm’s length. Only problem is the marine refuses to stay there. Bit by bit, he’s wearing down her resistance to him. But will giving into her feelings mean giving up her dreams?

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Lena wants nothing to do with Logan, the cattle operation has been hers and she runs it the way it should be run. No man is going to tell her how to run it or take it from her.

The other men her father sent are now her brothers-in-law and have been following her lead. But will this one? Lena doesn’t want or need a husband.

Logan has admired Lena from afar through the photos surrounding him in his office. Seeing her in person shows him what a photo can’t, she is beautiful, determined and not about to give up her part of the ranch.

This is a favorite scene as Logan hands her the reins so to speak.

Someone was coming down the track from the house, waving a white handkerchief at the end of a long stick, a couple of dogs following briskly at his heels.

Logan—with Champ and Isobel.

Lena sighed. Who else?

With her hands braced on her hips, Lena waited for him.

“Make it fast.”

“I come in peace,” he told her when he approached, Champ and Isobel running circles around him, sniffing and investigating their surroundings. “With a message from Brian and Connor, as well as myself.”

“Spit it out. I’ve got work to do.” He was handsome; she’d give him that. An intelligence lurked in his eyes despite his joking manner. Lena wondered what he was like when he stopped messing around, then nearly groaned. She didn’t care if Logan was smart or as dumb as a stump. Either way, he was far too dangerous to let past her guard.

“You didn’t ask us to come here. Your father sent us without consulting you. We get that—and we wish it was different.”

“So?” If he thought he was scoring points, he wasn’t. He was right; she didn’t want him here.

“So, Brian loves Cass, and Connor loves Sadie—and you know Hunter loves Jo. Anyone could see that last night. They aren’t going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean we have to be your enemies. None of us want that.”

“No, you just want to run the show and boss me around—”

“You’re wrong. We want the opposite of that.”

“You want me to run the show and boss you around?” she asked sarcastically. Did he think she was stupid? She bent down absently to give Isobel a pat.

“Exactly.”

When he didn’t elucidate further, Lena let out a huff of exasperation. “I told you not to waste my time.” She stood up again, and Isobel wandered off.

“You know Two Willows. You grew up here. This is your mother’s ranch. You should be the boss. None of us is clamoring for the job.”

“And you’ll what—follow orders?” She wasn’t buying it.

He flashed a grin that made her swallow. Hell, he was handsome, wasn’t he? “Yes, we will. All of us have made careers out of following orders. You might not believe this, baby girl, but we’re just happy to be here. Alive. Working. With a chance to make a home for ourselves here. All of us love ranching. We’ve got it made at Two Willows. So, boss us the fuck around. We’ll do our best.”

“What if your best isn’t good enough?” This had to be a trick, and Lena hated tricks. Hated the hope that coursed through her veins at his words. Scott had fooled her, too, she reminded herself. Pretended to care for her when he was using her all along.

“Then shit-can us and kick us to the curb,” Logan told her. “Come on—we’ll be a kick-ass crew of hired hands. The best you ever had.”

“Hired hands? What does that mean? You’ll want to be paid?” Logan thought about it.

“Guess we will. Fair wages. We’ve got to be able to take our wives out to dinner now and then, don’t you think?”

“You have a wife?” Somehow the thought of it twisted her gut.

“Not yet.” And before she could stop him, Logan took two steps forward, bent down and snatched a kiss, jerking back out of the way again before she could slug him. “I’d say that’s a start,” he added and walked away jauntily, whistling for Isobel and Champ to follow him. The little furry traitors did. “We’ll look for a roster of chores in the kitchen at lunchtime,” he called over his shoulder.
Seton, Cora. Issued to the Bride One Marine (Brides of Chance Creek Book 4) (Kindle Locations 586-615). One Acre Press. Kindle Edition.

There’s more trouble brewing even as the men rebuild the stables.

A drone that keeps showing up around the maze has Alice up in arms. Hmm wonder who that could be.

Then there is the moment that has never happened before, all the girls off the ranch.

Funny, sassy, hold your breath suspense and plenty of surprises in this one!

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USA Today and NYT Times bestselling author Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini.


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SEAL for Her Protection – SEALs of Coronado Book 1 by Paige Tyler



Seal for Her Protection
SEALs of Coronado Book 1
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Paige Tyler

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An assignment turned deadly…

Journalist Hayley Garner thought this was the chance of a lifetime. Instead, she’s facing certain death. Taken hostage by terrorists, she knows she won’t live to see the sun rise. That is until a Navy SEAL charges in to save her. Tall, dark, and handsome, he disappears before she can even thank him. But when her new story lands her at the Navy Training Facility, Hayley finds her sexy-as-sin SEAL. Even better, he asks her out. But not everything is going her way. Someone is after Hayley again. And the danger is as real as her feelings for Chasen.

A rescue turned romance…

The attack of 9/11 changed Chasen Ward. He switched career paths to become a SEAL and devote his life to fighting terrorism and protecting civilians. While that fulfils his work life, the hazards of his job are more than most women can take. The last thing he expected was to meet a woman whose job was as risky as his. He’s falling fast for Hayley, but now she’s in jeopardy.

When Hayley is kidnapped, Chasen will turn San Diego inside out to find her. But will it be too late?

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Hailey has survived being kidnapped by terrorists thanks to a Navy Seal mission. Things happened so fast she never got to thank the Seal who carried her out of that hell.

Chasen hasn’t been able to forget about the journalist he rescued a few weeks back. Now he has the opportunity to see her again and he isn’t going to waste a single moment.

This is a favorite scene at the end of their first date.

“If I don’t leave now, I’ll still be here kissing you when the rest of the Team reports for training at 0400 tomorrow morning,” he groaned. “What are you doing in the afternoon?”

“Not much,” she said. “Why?”

“My senior chief and his wife are having a cookout tomorrow at his house. Want to come with me?”

She smiled up at him. “You think you’ll be up for it?”

He lifted a brow and gave her a teasing look. “And what is that supposed to mean?”

She couldn’t help laughing. Of course, she’d been talking about him being tired, but if he thought she was talking about something else…oh well. “Forget I said anything. I will never doubt your ability to be up for anything. I’d love to go to the cookout with you.”

He kissed her again. “I’ll pick you up around noon.”

“Can’t wait.”

Giving her another quick kiss, he walked down the hall. As he waited for the elevator, he turned and looked at her.

“Don’t worry about missing the movie at the park. I have Top Gun on DVD and can bring it over sometime for another screening.”

She smiled. “There was a movie?”

He laughed and stepped into the elevator. A moment later, the doors closed and he disappeared from sight.

Hayley stood there staring at the elevator for nearly a minute before going into her apartment. Then she leaned back against the door and closed her eyes, savoring the taste of his lips on hers and replaying the evening in her head. The date had been amazing. She wasn’t sure she could even pick the part of the night she’d enjoyed the most, but if she had to, she’d say the make-out session under the stars in the park. Maybe the next time they went, she might even watch the movie.

She laughed. Who was she kidding? The next time Chasen took her to that park, she was going to do the exact same thing—make out with him the entire time.
Tyler, Paige. SEAL for Her Protection (SEALs of Coronado Book 1) (pp. 62-63). Kindle Edition.

Relationships are hard for Seals and Chasen isn’t sure if Hailey would be interested in someone that would have to leave her at a moments notice. He hopes however that being a journalist who travels for stories she may be more tolerant than most.

I loved the interaction between Hailey and his team, their girlfriends, and Kurt’s wife Melissa who is ‘Mama Bear’ to all of them.

Followed by hackers, crooked politicians and that eerie feeling of being watched makes for a hold your breath exciting read. On top of all that the fast developing inferno like relationship between Chasen and Hailey, practically melted my kindle.

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Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty,independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.

She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.

When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)

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Wolf at Law – Wolves of Willow Bend Prequel by Heather Long



Wolf At Law
Wolves of Willow Bend Prequel
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USA Today Best Selling Author
Heather Long

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Long before Mason left Willow Bend, Ryan met his mate and brought her home…this is the prequel to the Wolves of Willow Bend and the story of Ryan and Tiffany.

Ryan Huston serves the pack in all their public financial dealings. Connected politically and personally, he possesses a unique ability to segue into and out of human life. He’s never been afraid to use his animal’s dominance to his advantage and, though he and Toman—the Alpha of Willow Bend—are often at odds, his loyalty to the pack has never truly been tested. Not until he meets Tiffany.

Tiffany Anderson grew up hard in a world defined by its uncertainties. Meeting Giles Taglioni seemed like a happy accident turned fairy tale. Five years into the abusive marriage, Tiffany wants out. Tiffany knows Taglioni will never let go of his daughter—he’d kill her before he lets her take Alexis away from him. A desperate woman with no options until a chance encounter changes everything.

Ryan is like no one Tiffany’s ever met, but she doesn’t dare believe him when he offers to help her. Long ago made familiar with the monsters in the dark, she doesn’t dream of princes on white horses sweeping her away. She also never imagined a big, bad wolf was exactly what she needed.

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The Wolves of Willow Bend Series is one of my all time favorites. I’ve recently started re-reading and decided to be sure I have reviewed all of them so others can find them too.

This is the prequel to the series, originally I went back to read this after I read Wolf Bite, the first book.  I am going in order this time around.

Ryan is in Chicago on pack business, buying more land abutting Willow Bend. While he’s there he’s approached by a pack mate there for a tech conference, Will needs to send his daughter Margo to boarding school. Far away from their Alpha Toman.

It’s after this meeting that he learns of a plot to foil his purchase in favor of a man named Taglioni. He moves to greet these men discussing what they shouldn’t know and hopefully squash their plotting.

Ryan first sees Tiffany and her daughter Alexa on the train platform on his way back to his hotel, He’s immediately taken with her. Then he sees the bruising on her face and decides to follow her. Maybe he could stop the abuse.

Tiffany is looking for a lawyer, she wants a divorce and sole custody of her daughter. Only she can’t find one that’s not afraid to go up against her husband Giles Taglioni.

This is a favorite scene as Ryan approaches her as a lawyer.

“Mr. Huston…”

“Ryan.” He smiled and the seductive invitation charmed and irritated her.

Enough was enough. She smacked her hand onto the table and met his gaze. She had to take the abuse from her husband, she would not take it from anyone else, no matter how attractively delivered or sweetly packaged. “Mr. Huston.”

He raised his brows. “Tiffany?”

“You’re very kind to offer to buy me food, even kinder to ask what I actually wanted before making the order, but I don’t know you—” When he opened his mouth, she raised her hand, and he snapped it shut. “I also don’t want to know you. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll take my previous coffee and head out.”

“I’d prefer you stay and eat,” he said, then leaned away from her slightly, settling into his chair. “I would apologize for inviting myself, but you look like someone who doesn’t ask for help easily.”

Saying nothing seemed her best option.

“You’re fierce and stubborn, both qualities I admire. So, let me give you a reason to stay if the coffee and food aren’t enough.” He slid his hand into his coat pocket, telegraphing every move and the slow deliberateness of the action soothed her. Drawing a card out, he slid it across the table and let it rest in front of her.

The crisp white paper held no artifice, merely a simple name and a number.

She memorized the numbers without thinking about them too hard, not that she planned to call him.

“You need a lawyer, Tiffany.” Ryan was still talking. She focused on him, on the breaths between his words and the way his voice rolled around her, lulling her, enticing her to believe him. “I’m a lawyer. What can I do for you?”

Kiss me. Shaking her head, she tried to clear away the highly inappropriate thought. “I don’t know you.”

“I know, and you have no reason to believe me, but I promise you—I will do everything I can to make what you want to have happen, happen. Tell me what you need.”

Oh, she wanted to believe him. If it were only her, she’d throw caution to the wind and leap. “I have a daughter,” she said, pushing away any reckless urges. “And like I said, I don’t know you.”

The waitress chose that moment to deliver the food, and Ryan tapped his plate. “Box mine up. I’ll let the lady eat in peace.” He handed over several bills before standing.

Was he seriously going to leave because she’d told him to? The last time anyone really listened to her had been never. Not true. Giles listened, and look where I ended up? Twisting her fingers together, she watched Ryan as he continued to study her. They waited in silence for the waitress to return with his sacked up food. “Keep the card,” Ryan said. “When you’re ready to trust me, call. I will come, no matter where you are.”

“Who are you?” The question escaped, riding a whisper, but he smiled gently.

“Someone who believes in you. Also, I’m a very good attorney. If I go into the fight, I will win it. For you.” The last two words seemed utterly unnecessary and yet they stoked her imagination, burrowing deep into her psyche. “Eat, Tiffany. Don’t be afraid anymore.”

Easy for him to say. He stepped around the table and walked away. Just like that, no more arguments or pressing. The world seemed darker with his absence. I’m losing my mind. Heroes don’t exist in the real world, nor do knights in shining armor.

After several minutes, Ryan still hadn’t returned. She finally relented, ate the food he’d paid for and drank the coffee. It was a little bit of hedonism, a forbidden treat because he’d given it as a gift. Maybe she should have listened to him. Maybe he could help.
Long, Heather. Wolf at Law: Wolves of Willow Bend (Prequel) (Kindle Locations 300-329). Kindle Edition.

I totally love Ryan! His interactions with Alexis and his love for Tiffany shine through even as he works to free her from her abusive marriage.

I laughed and cried and loved every single wolf we meet. From Mason and his parents to Margo and hers this story is the perfect beginning to the Willow Bend Saga.

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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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Penn’s Fortune – Saddles and Second Chances Book 2 By Rhonda Lee Carver



Penn’s Fortune
Saddles and Second Chances Book 2
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Rhonda Lee Carver

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Losing his leg was hard enough. He wasn’t about to lose his heart too.

Bookworm, Harley Tate, thought showing up uninvited was a good way to catch Penn Jericho by surprise, but what she didn’t expect was that her idea would backfire. She landed in the arms of the sexiest cowboy she’d ever seen, and the little fact that he was naked and kissing her in a way she’d never been kissed before couldn’t be ignored.

From the second he realized he was groping the wrong woman, Penn should have backed off, but there was something about the woman with the too-big glasses and chocolate eyes that struck him hard in the chest. He hadn’t been thrown for a wild loop since the accident and waking up to find that he’d lost a leg. So when she blames him for all her problems, instead of sending her on her way, he brings her home.

Staying with Penn is the safest place for Harley, but she can’t stop fantasizing that he’ll kiss her again. Touch her like he did when they first met. Penn is sidetracked by the beautiful, brave woman who is surrounded by suspense. To save her, he needs to keep his head on straight, but that’s a difficult task when she makes him forget that he has no desire to make room in his life for a relationship.

For Penn, I don’t believe there could be a worse feeling than to have a person you’ve been investigating appears on your doorstep with the reasons why you shouldn’t be investigating them. Especially when your expecting someone entirely different.

This book had me giggling from the start, Penn was so screwed and Hailey most certainly not who he was expecting.

Looking over her data, he takes her as a client. She needed protection and since it appeared they messed up, they would provide it.

This is a favorite scene where Penn convinces her to move to his house for protection.

Harley couldn’t remember feeling so confused and forlorn in all her life…or so desperate. She’d been dealing with Marshall for too long now. Had been looking over her shoulder, suspicious of every stranger, curious of every shadow. The hair on her nape lifted and fear slithered down her spine.

She could call Jodi and knew she’d be more than welcome to stay with her, but Harley couldn’t. Not when she could be putting Jodi and Carlos in danger. Harley had no idea how far Marshall would go. A man who would break into her house wasn’t thinking of consequences. The last thing her friend needed was to have their household turned upside down. Although there was no evidence that Marshall was involved in this, Harley knew, without a doubt, that he had everything to do with this.

“I could stay at a hotel,” she muttered.

He pushed a hand through his hair. One corner of his mouth lowered. “The closest one is over an hour away.”

“I have a car.”

He shrugged. “It’s pouring rain.”

“Yeah. I know what those wet pellets falling are.”

“Hey, I’m only trying to help here.”

She drew in a deep breath and exhaled. “Right. I’m sorry. My nerves are a little wound up.”

“Understandable.”

She could barely believe how her life was in a turmoil. Tonight, she needed to find a place to stay, and tomorrow she could figure more out. She could piece everything together. Now this man, who’d all but kissed her concern away and saved her life was offering to help her after he had earlier told her he wouldn’t. He wanted her to believe she was safe with him, but trust didn’t come easy for her, especially for men these days. They were known for saying one thing and doing another.

Truthfully, she needed Penn’s help. She couldn’t stop Marshall alone, and if she stayed by Penn’s side he couldn’t change his mind in helping her.

“You can stay at my place because I know you’ll be safe there. Tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep, we’ll figure this out.”

“I don’t know you.” And yet she knew quite a bit about the Jericho brothers. Jodi had told her everything. So, in the scheme of things, she did know him…in a way.

The irritation grew in his expression. He opened his mouth, probably to try and convince her when a loud thud sounded from inside of the room. The next thing she knew, she found herself in Penn’s arms, cuddled against his iron hard chest, wrapped in his thick, warm arms.

“Oh, it’s just the cat.” She giggled at her hyper-sensitivity. Theodore had jumped up on the dresser and knocked over a book.

She lifted her chin and looked up into those amazing blue-silver eyes. She darted her tongue out to moisten her lips, realizing her heart was pumping fast. And she was shaking, both from fear and being so close to him, twice in one night. That was a lot of feeling for her to soak in.

“You okay?” His butter-soft voice made her inner thighs tremble.

Then the fear dissipated and something else took hold. Something far more dangerous than burglars in the night and powerful men who couldn’t take no for an answer. She’d been struck with the force of a sledgehammer straight in the chest at the realization that Penn Jericho was the sexiest man she’d ever seen, if not the sexiest in the world.
Carver, Rhonda Lee. Penn’s Fortune (Saddles & Second Chances Book 2) (Kindle Locations 700-733). Kindle Edition.

Penn tries his best not to let Hailey get under his skin. But after a dance recital and a family meal he knows he’s met his match.

Hailey is smart, beautiful and full of sass. Perfect for him, but first they have to nail down the issue of their previous client. Who may or may not be threatening Hailey.

A sizzling page turning read with a twist I didn’t see coming, at least not right away.

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!

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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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Prairie Heat – Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 1 by Tessa Layne



Prairie Heat
Cowboys of the Flint Hills Book 1
By
Tessa Layne

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Blake Sinclaire has the perfect plan to reclaim the land Warren Hansen stole from his father. The only problem? Warren’s daughter, sexy super-scientist Maddie, stands in the way. The only other problem? He wasn’t supposed to fall in love.

A standalone, modern-day Hatfields & McCoys filled with family feuds, fake engagements, explosive secrets, memorable side-characters, and a Happily Ever After that will make you swoon.

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I started reading this series because of Tessa’s contribution to Protected by A Hero. The characters in that book were so vibrant, I had to know more about them.

This first book centers on the feud between the Sinclaires and the Hansons. Blake wants the land Warren Hanson stole from his family back but when he confronts him the unexpected happens.

Warren wants him to marry his daughter Maddie and after dropping that bomb he collapses.

This is a favorite scene with Maddie, Blake and her dad after he wakes from surgery.

Maddie stepped forward, reaching for his hand and sinking into one of the chairs set up next to the side of his bed.

“Shh, Dad. It’s okay. You gave us quite a scare.”

His eyes widened as he tried to speak again. “What happened?” he rasped out, his voice barely above a whisper.

“You had a massive heart-attack, Dad. We nearly lost you. If it hadn’t been for Blake…” She turned, acknowledging him with a grateful smile.

Something warm puffed up inside of him as he basked in her appreciation. God she was beautiful. He leaned against the doorjamb, and shoved his hands in his coat pockets. Warren grunted and tried to raise himself.

“No, Dad. Don’t move. You’re still hooked up.”

“Blasted machines,” Warren rasped with effort.

He wheezed, pinning his eyes on Blake.

Blake shifted uncomfortably, fisting his hands in his pockets. Their last conversation had been… intense. He wasn’t seriously going to try and pick it up now? Maddie would kick the tar out of both of them if she discovered what had transpired.

“Don’t…don’t jes’ stand there like a ninny, Sinc…Sinclaire.”

Covering the distance to the bed in two steps, he settled himself next to Maddie, and stretched his hand around the back of her chair. “Near death has done wonders for your disposition, sir.”

A small smile broke across Warren’s face, and he wheezed out a cackle. He shut his eyes, still smiling. Even with the oxygen tube, his breathing remained labored. He raised his finger, waving it between the two of them. “Glad to see…. You two’ve worked things out… Maddie Jane.”

Wait. What?

Worked what out?

What was the old man playing at?

“Of course, Dad. I’m here as long as you need.” Maddie squeezed her father’s hand reassuringly.
Warren opened his eyes again, and looked straight at him. His blue eyes, the same intense hue as Maddie’s, penetrated Blake like a laser. “Our families… this fighting… So glad… over.” Warren sighed shakily.

The anesthetic must have rattled his brain. Or the meds.

“Daddy?” Concern laced Maddie’s voice. “Of course. Everything’s fine.”

“He’ll be good… husband… not like… Jake…”

She stiffened in her seat. “Dad… I don’t–”

Looking back, Blake could never say definitively what made him act so irrationally. It was like some unseen force propelled him to action. He leaned forward, clasped Maddie to his side, and patted Warren on the leg. “Of course, sir.” His hand gripped her shoulder tightly. “I’ll make her very happy. You have my word.”

Ooh, he would pay for this.

In this life or the next.

Of that he was confident.
Layne, Tessa. Prairie Heat: Cowboys of the Flint Hills (pp. 93-95). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Edition.

Maddie has a lot to resolve both personally and professionally.

Family secrets uncovered and in spite of themselves the heat between Maddie and Blake burns hotter and hotter.

I enjoyed meeting the Sinclaire and Hanson families. Plus a host of other characters.

Prairie Kansas appears to be a great place to get lost in for a while. Laughter, gossip, tears and plenty of family drama.

5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!

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Tessa Layne writes smokin’ hot contemporary cowboy and military romances filled with tenderhearted tough guys and sassy strong women who capture their hearts.She grew up in Colorado in the mountains at the edge of the Great Plains. There, she met her own smokin’ hot Cowboy and they had a whirlwind romance to rival any novel. She believes in Happily Ever Afters, loves fireflies, horses, and breathing clean country air. Her favorite thing to do is to sit on the porch swing with a glass of Rose, listening to her Cowboy pluck his guitar!

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Embattled Home – Lost and Found Book 3 by J.M. Madden



Embattled Minds
Lost and Found Book 2
By
J.M. Madden


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His Marine training taught him that failure is never an option regardless of circumstances. That certainly applies to Chad’s need to stop Lost and Found’s deranged client from using the information he gathered to stalk and abuse his ex. Falling in love with the broken woman and her sweet daughter in the middle of rescuing them is definitely not the best timing. But it’s also inevitable. In Book 3 of this heart-warming military romance series, Chad will discover that protecting Lora is a much easier task than proving he’s the one man she can finally trust with her heart.

Weeks of no incriminating evidence should have clued him in sooner about who was the real victim. Now Chad Lowell is wracked with guilt after the woman he’s assigned to investigate is attacked by her abusive ex-husband right under his nose. Lora and her little girl are in incredible danger, and he vows to protect them at all costs, whether the angry and hurt woman wants him to or not. His Marine training makes the protecting part easy, but nothing he does seems to make Lora want to take a chance on him or his love.

Lora O’Neil left a life of abuse to make a new start for herself and her daughter. When her ex hires Lost and Found Investigative Service to track her down, she’s left reeling both physically and emotionally. The private detective that had been watching her for the past couple of months did finally come to her rescue, but does that mean she should now trust him to help her turn their lives around? The sexy former Marine makes her body feel things she thought she’d never feel for a man again, but she just can’t imagine what it would take for her to heal enough to ever say yes.

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When Lost and Found messes up they do it in a big way.

As Chad is getting ready to leave his post for the night when he hears a crash and muffled screams. While he isn’t in time to prevent all her injuries he is able to rescue her from further damage being done by his client, her ex.

Appalled Chad informs Duncan and explains everything to the police, even waiting for the babysitter while Lora is taken to the hospital.

We also see more of Aiden in this one as he is finally found and Duncan goes to evaluate his condition at a hospital in Missouri. Far from where he was in Denver, but no less wary of any help.

This is a favorite scene after Lora’s home is broken into.

Lora didn’t know how she felt. It was as good of a place to hide as any, she supposed. “Are we going somewhere in particular?”

His eyes shifted away, and for a moment, he looked a little uncomfortable. “We are. A little place about an hour south of Amarillo called Honeywell, Texas.”

She had never heard of it. “What’s in Honeywell, Texas?”

He grinned at her. “Not much of anything really. Couple restaurants, couple gas stations, a grocery, a feed store. There’s a little movie theater that plays matinees on the weekends.”

She narrowed her eyes at him. “You’ve been there before?”

Winking at her, he passed a vehicle. “I might have grown up there.”

Lora didn’t know what to think. Why on Earth would he take her to his home? “Mind explaining that to me?”

Chad sighed. “Well, we’re not connected in any way, so I thought it would be a good place to hide you out. My family has a ranch down here, several thousand acres, and it’s easy to lose yourself on the land. My dad gave me a chunk of the ranch to try to get me to come home a few years ago, but I wasn’t interested in moving back. It’s nice to visit once in a while, but I doubt I’ll ever live there again.”

“And your parents are okay with you bringing a strange woman and child home with you?” She thought his cheeks might have flushed just a bit.

“Well, they’ll probably get the wrong idea, but that may actually work in our favor. I, um,” he coughed into his hand, “well, anytime I come home I have visitors. Of the female persuasion. Maybe if they think I’m off the market they’ll leave us alone.”

Lora shrank back in the seat, cringing. She didn’t want to belong to any man. Did he actually think she would go for that idea? Her gaze furious, she opened her mouth to respond, but he held up a hand.

“I’m sorry, Lora. We’ll come up with another story. No big deal.”

She looked at his clamped jaw and realized he was offended. Why the hell would he… her eyes fell to his left hand, hidden at his side. Ah. He had scars on that side of his neck, too, and she wondered for the first time how far down they reached. It had to have been incredibly painful, what he’d gone through.

Chad had put himself out there to help her, help them both actually, and she’d cut him off at the knees. Shame fought with her instinct to protect herself at all cost. “I can’t… I don’t know that I would be able to fake being with you. Physically, I mean.”

If anything, his jaw hardened even more. “No problem,” he snapped. She clenched her fists and gave a sharp cry, frustrated that she’d hurt him even more. “I can’t do physical. Me. I can’t do that.”

Some of the tension went out of the fist clutching the steering wheel and he glanced at her. “Okay. I can understand that. We’ll come up with something else then.”

Lora wanted to cry, and scream, and most of all she wanted to punch Derek Malone. The man had ruined her life and Mercy’s life, and she didn’t know if they would ever be the same. She missed being a woman, letting a man touch her without shrinking in fear. Dinner out, dessert in. Sharing every day with someone important. For a few precious months, she’d had that.

Chad turned on the radio and concentrated on the road, letting her off the conversational hook. Mercy slept quietly in the back seat, worn out from all that had happened in the night and morning.

Looking out the window, she tried to imagine the life she had before, but it was so shrouded in all the crap that came after. A tear slipped down her cheek and she was glad she had her head turned away.
Madden, J.M.. Embattled Home (Lost and Found Book 3) (pp. 67-68). Kindle Edition.

While Lora recognizes her issues, Chad tries to be patient. He’s already fallen for this feisty single mom and her daughter. He’ll do everything he can to protect her from her ex and his mother.

Lots of action and hold your breath moments when combined with the blossoming relationship keep you turning the pages.

The interactions between Duncan and Aiden will intrigue you and have you asking for more of Aiden. There’s quite the story there I’m sure.

5 Contented Purrs for J.M.!

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J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between ‘combat modified’ military men and the women who love them. J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she’s at the computer, reading and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has several projects in the works.

She also dearly loves to hear from readers! So, drop her a line. She’ll respond.


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