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I am a software developer, avid reader and reviewer. While I read all genres, I love romance and erotic romance. I am devoting this blog to the Authors of Romance, for now. I review books for Bea's Book Nook where you can catch my reviews for books that do not qualify under the Romance genre.

Rebecca Royce’s Cascade Series Book 2 – Phoenix Everlasting

Phoenix Everlasting
Cascade Series Book 2
Rebecca Royce


Single-mom, Kendall Madison has a lot on her plate. Her ex-husband wants back in the picture, her three children have all developed super-natural powers, and the love of her many lives wants to have another go at their forever.

She has a team to lead and homework to manage. The shadows are growing in strength and the battle she was brought back to life to fight has begun. How is a woman supposed to manage all of that and not fall apart? Kendall needs to figure out how to cope or the entire world will fall apart. Or maybe it already has and was always meant to. If she can find the missing phoenix there will be a chance…the only problem is no one has seen it twenty years…

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A demon invades Malcolm’s date at Victoria’s party for her new born son. After ripping it out of her, Kendall ignores Malcolm and turns her attention to the problem at hand. What is the Phoenix and how do they get it back?

Kendall is obviously going to remain conflicted between her emotions and what must be. Her ex-husband wants to come back and Malcolm really wants things the way they used to be between them.

There is a lot of emotion in this book as Kendall traces her steps from the past. She has to remember it all and as she does it leads to an interesting encounter with airport security. This is just a part of that, I don’t want to spoil anything.

The ghost hissed. “Oh, you’re in trouble. I don’t want any part of this.”

No problem. I flung my hand in front of me, sending the ghost to wherever his next destination would be.

“That’s a family heirloom.” Levi called over the yellow line. “Could you put that away, please? That’s very valuable to my family. It’s obviously not a bomb.”

All eyes turned to Levi, and I groaned.

“Sir.” The TSA man pointed a finger at him. “We’re going to need you to back up.”

He held up his hands. “Come on man. I’m behind the yellow line. That’s my wife’s bag you’re messing with. I want the heirloom put back in the box. And I apologize for saying bomb. But it isn’t one.”

I rubbed at the headache forming between my eyes. Heaven help me from men trying to be helpful.

“This didn’t show in the scanner. Is the box it’s in made out of lead?”

I really didn’t know. I hadn’t examined the box to check. “My late grandmother stuffed it in a box,” I lied. “I don’t know anything about the box.”

The man held up the box. “This box is going to have to stay off the plane.”

Was lead now a prohibited item for air travel? I didn’t want to argue; I simply wanted to go. “Okay.”
Rebecca Royce. Phoenix Everlasting (Kindle Locations 863-875). After Glows.

Shadows turn up in the most unexpected places, and the group faces more and more challenges to their strength. All as they find the answers about surrounding the Phoenix.

I can’t wait for the next and final episode!

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Rebecca Royce
Rebecca Royce

As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

I’d love to hear from you!


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New From KaLyn Cooper! Rescuing Melina – Guardian Elite Book 3

Rescuing Melina
Guardian Elite Book 3
KaLyn Cooper


Her life is filled with lies and he’s one of them.

When Jacin awoke stateside, he remembered nothing about his escape from the Colombian cartel or his torture. He was sure of only one thing, his love of Melina, his handler. When she disappears, neither bruises nor the CIA will keep him from rescuing her.

Rescuing Melina brings together the Alphas from Susan Stoker’s Delta Force Heroes and the sexy men of KaLyn Cooper’s Guardian Elite series into a romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

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This book is the perfect blend of Susan Stokers Delta Force Heroes and Kalyn Cooper’s Guardian Series.

We open with Jacin waking up in a stateside Military hospital, with Melina at his side.

If you read Kalyn’s Black Swan Series, you will remember Melina from Uncaged Love. Melina was Rafe’s handler and helped him and Harper get out of Columbia.

Now being a CIA agent undercover always has risks and Jacin has almost paid the ultimate price. Melina is at his bedside where the doctors are slowly bringing him out of a medically induced coma. Jacin believes that Rafe and her are an item and when she announces she has to return to Washington, they fight. He wanted to stay in the make believe where she was his wife, as all the doctors thought.

She meets Mary at the supermarket, a surprising encounter for us who read both series.
This scene made me cry, it is a favorite.

As the uniformed cashier slid the last item toward the new bag boy, she paused and looked directly into Melina’s eyes and lowered her voice. “Why did you do it? Pay for that other lady’s groceries?”

“Don’t look like you’re her anymore.”

“No, but I’ve never forgotten what it’s like to be hungry.” Melina signed a small plastic screen and pushed her overflowing cart into the parking lot.

“Look, I was told to bring these bags to you.” The first bagger held out the groceries to the woman whose purple streak gleamed in the midday Texan sun.

“Who told you these were mine?”

The teen used that opportunity to shove the bags into the woman’s arms. “That lady.” He pointed toward Melina as he trotted back to the store.

When the woman approached her, arms extended as though to give back the three bags of groceries, she explained, “I believe these are your groceries, not mine.”

Melina shook her head. “No. I’m positive those are yours. The boy had yet to pack them up when you grabbed your bags and left. All I did was insist he catch you.”

Nearly in tears, the woman stood a little straighter as sad brown eyes met Melina’s darker ones. “Thank you. I appreciate this.” She held out her hand. “I’m Mary Weston.”

“Melina Torres.” Staying with that name seemed as good an idea as any.

As they shook hands, Mary explained, “I had to wait for my prescriptions to be filled at the pharmacy across the street so I thought I’d pick up a few things. They’re new medicines, so I don’t know how much my insurance company is going to cover. I wanted to be sure I had enough left for the co-pay.”

Melina wanted to hug her. The young woman was proud, yet willing to accept a gift.
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It’s in this parking lot that things take a turn for the worst. Hold on tight, it just gets tenser, scarier and perfect!

Rafe and Harper, Alex and Kat, the Deltas, specifically Truck all come into play. Of course Jacin won’t be left behind either, injuries and all.

A page turner that will have you laughing and crying and holding your breath.

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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Release Day!! Jessica Scott’s After I Fall – Falling Book 3


After I Fall
Falling Book 3
Jessica Scott



Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done.

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she’s been and where she’s going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.

Until she meets Eli Winter.

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him.

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything.

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli’s military record. And sins from the war he’s tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.

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There are many types of abuse and in this story Jessica addresses one that we may not ever think about. Even though there is some physical abuse the primary focus here is the emotional.Parker is trapped in her world, not by chains but by guilt and a desire to what is right. Not necessarily right for her, but for her father.

When Eli hires Parker as a small business intern, he knows he will find it difficult to keep his hands off her. She is a temptation that appeals to all of his senses. She will also be the only non-military employee he has at the Pint.

An intense, yet fun read as Parker battles her emotions on several different levels. She can’t see a relationship with Eli as anything more than temporary. However, Eli has other ideas even as he discovers her secrets.

I loved the way Eli slowly gains her trust and affection. But can he find a way to capture her heart.

A journey of discovery, trust and courage.

A favorite scene from the beginning is in the excerpt below. Be sure to read it!

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“What do you want?” A murmured question that feels like a demand.

The single word I need is lodged in my throat. It’s thick and heavy, filled with potential and promise.

“You,” I finally say.

“Why?” Such a complicated question. I search his face, looking for an answer, a lie, something simple to fill the space left by his question.

I lift my hand, afraid he’ll see it tremble. It takes every ounce of willpower I’ve got to slide my fingers over his forearm. I’m surprised by the raw power beneath my touch. I expected the tattoos to be physical manifestations of the violence on his flesh. His skin is hot and smooth. My hand looks pale and small against it.

“You seem…” I lift my eyes to his, never removing my hand. “You seem like a straightforward kind of guy.”

A man with rough hands and dark ink carved into his skin. A man so unlike the men I’m used to, it’s not even funny. I lift my hand to his cheek, just above the edge of his beard. I’ve never touched a man with facial hair before. He is still beneath my touch.

A moment before I’m about to press my palm to his cheek, he grips my wrist. Not hard enough to hurt, but he definitely gets my attention.

“Not here.” I swallow. My mouth is suddenly dry. “Where?”

He jerks his chin toward the dark hallway behind us. I follow him silently, wishing he was already touching me, making me feel, letting me pretend I matter, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

He leads me through the maze of small tables and patrons at various stages of intoxication. Away from the noise and the smell of fries and smoke and cologne and all the good things that bars have. We step out of the noise and into shadows and silence. He doesn’t pounce, doesn’t push me against the wall and run those rough hands over my skin.

Instead, he leans against it—a casual, arrogant male.

Waiting. I know for what. For me to make the first move.

For me to step into the space between us. For me to touch him first. I want to. But I am paralyzed. Rooted to the damp concrete beneath my feet. The cool night air might as well be chains, holding me, restraining any thought or movement.

He doesn’t move. His arms are folded over his broad, heavy chest, his T-shirt straining against his body. The silence hangs on, stretching and thick and tight.

“Scared?” he finally whispers. A dare. A terrible, wicked promise in that single word.

“Should I be?” My throat is tight and dry.

His answer is nothing I expect.

And everything I want.


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Jessica Scott Cropped   Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott is an Iraq war veteran, an active duty army officer and the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO.

She is the bestselling author of the Homefront series and the Falling series, both about soldiers and veterans adjusting to life after returning from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Her bestselling Falling series features soldiers integrating into life on college campuses.

She’s also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

She’s holds phd in morality in Sociology with Duke University and she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.

Her debut novel Because of You launched the return of Random House’s  Loveswept digital imprint and launched the start of the ever popular contemporary military romance genre.

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Hot On Ice – 18 New Novellas from 18 Bestselling Authors with 20% of Royalties going to Homes For Our Troops

18 brand new sexy stories from bestselling authors, every one too steamy for the penalty box . . .

20% of royalties from sales of Hot on Ice
will go to Homes for our Troops,
a charity that builds specially modified homes for injured veterans.
Get ready to fall in love with the smokin’ hot hockey players of the New Orleans Cajun Rage.
After this season’s Cinderella run all the way to the Finals, these heroes have won the Cup—and now your heart is the goal.

Hot On Ice

18 New Novellas – 18 Fabulous Authors

In This Collection

FREE AGENT – USA Today Best Seller Robin Covington
Finally out, he thought he knew his next step . . . until the man he might not be able to resist puts a sexy offer on the table.

BODY CHECK – USA Today Bestseller Desiree Holt
The Cup, the girl, and the future-could he make them all come together.

DEEP CHECK – USA Today Bestseller Kimberly Kincaid
There’s no such thing as in too deep…

BLOCKED – USA Today Bestseller Heather Long
He needs to clean up his reputation . . . Can this bad boy keep the pop princess safe?

RANSOM – USA Today Bestseller Nana Malone
The last thing he wants is to be stranded in a cabin with the one girl he’s always wanted.

CAGED –  USA Today Bestseller Virginia Nelson
She plans to melt the ice king’s heart and prove she’s just the girl to go skate to skate with him, whether he likes it or not.

BREAKAWAY BROOKE – Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller
Angi Morgan

Can he convince this Amazon beauty to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?

THE WARM UP –  Xio Axelrod
Toss a stoic defenseman, a no-nonsense nurse, and a ward full of crafty children in a Cup and anything can happen.

CHECK MY HEART –  Christi Barth
The only thing that will make him happy again is the one woman he can’t have…

FULL CONTACT – Andie J. Christopher
This player has a bounty on his virginity. She has him up against the boards.

BLADE – Avery Flynn
Sometimes the line between love and insanity is as thin as an ice skate’s blade.

When it comes to the game of love, he’s playing to win.

COURAGE – Lena Hart
This hot-tempered coach is fully prepared to fight for his wife—but can he win back her heart?

The only woman who knows his secret can slam his heart against the boards with a sideways glance. He is so pucked.

BEAR NAKED – Katie Kenyhercz
When he sets his sights on a goal, it’s only a matter of time.

Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

MAKING HIS MOVE – Susan Scott Shelley
Making impossible saves is easy compared to falling in love.

CHECKING YES – Misty D. Waters
She’ll send him to the penalty box, and keep him there . . . for good this time.


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I was fortunate to have received an ARC of  one of these  awesome stories. I am spotlighting and reviewing this one first.

I have this preordered, once it arrives on my kindle, I will read and review the rest.

A Going Royal Novella
by USA Today Best Seller Heather Long

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He needs to clean up his reputation . . .
Can this bad boy keep the pop princess safe?
Archer Durham’s career has been defined by his badass attitude both on and off the ice, unfortunately it’s biting him in the ass. After one too many unfortunate videos of him turned up on social media, both his fans and the press have turned against him. The win shines the spotlight on the whole team and he needs to clean up his act…but what the hell does he know about being a knight in shining armor?

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As the latest winner of This Girl’s Got Talent, Hoshi is embracing her new responsibilities. The first of which is filming a holiday special in New York. What she didn’t expect was for her brother to be arrested for bank robbery. Now the press and paparazzi are pressing around her, but she knows nothing. Her father wouldn’t tell her anything.

Archer has been advised by his agent to get out of his hotel because of the expected uproar surrounding Hoshi. He has no intention of doing so, he has plans here for his day with the Cup. Approaching the hotel after his run he sees the young woman without a bodyguard and the press closing in, he steps in. Clearing the path to her car, he becomes her hero. So much for keeping a low profile.

Things really heat up for Hoshi and Archer is determined to keep her safe.

Awesome takes on a couple of my favorite movies in this fun and fabulous read. This is one of them and is a favorite scene.

The self-deprecation worked. She laughed. “Archer, I don’t know if we know each other well enough to go away together.”“That’s the point. We take advantage of the privacy to get to know each other. No press. No siblings. No hockey team.” No royal family, but he kept that one to himself. “Just you and me, kid. What do you say?”
Heather Long. Blocked (Kindle Locations 1056-1058).
Help comes in a surprising way as we learn of the secret Archer has kept throughout his career.A fun read with lots of snark for agents and the press. With lots of build up to the heat that just might melt your e-reader. A definite must read.

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by USA Today Best Seller Robin Covington
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Finally out, he thought he knew his next step . . .
until the man he might not be able to resist puts a sexy offer on the table.
Defenseman James “DC” Washington has had a big year: winning “The Cup” and coming out to his team and the entire world were events that changed his life. Now a free agent, he thought he had his next step all planned out . . . until the man he might not be able to resist puts a sexy offer on the table.

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by USA Today Bestseller Desiree HoltWinter Blog BlurbSm
The Cup, the girl, and the future-could he make them all come together?
Matt Vorchak always dreamed of playing professional hockey and winning The Cup. Then he would marry the woman of his heart and live happily ever after. But Lizzie Andrews wanted him to stay in Tampa with her and build a life there. Their split was agonizing for both. Ten years later he has realized one dream. Now he wants to recapture the other, and he’s using his day with the Stanley Cup to win her back. But he has a secret that may change everything for both of them.

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by USA Today Best Seller Kimberly Kincaid
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There’s no such thing as in too deep…
Hotshot hockey center Finn Donnelly wants nothing more than to take The Cup to his best friend’s grave after the Rage’s big win. The problem is, that also means going back to his hometown and seeing January Sinclair, a.k.a., the woman he left behind. Will Finn and January learn to build new trust–or will their ghosts keep them from falling in deep?

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by by USA Today Bestseller Nana MaloneWinter Blog BlurbSm
The last thing he wants is to be stranded in a cabin with the one girl he’s always wanted.
Money, power, prestige…reject. Ransom Cox is –The Player. His whole life, hockey player, Ransom Cox, has watched the people he loves the most reject and leave him. He’s learned it’s better to be on his own. After the scandal of his wife walking out on him right before the championships, citing his bedroom “over” prowess as the reason, he can’t seem to escape the spotlight. The last thing he wants is to be stranded in a cabin with the one girl he’s always wanted. The one girl who could destroy him.

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by USA Today Best Seller Virginia Nelson
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She plans to melt the ice king’s heart and prove she’s just the girl to go skate to skate with him, whether he likes it or not.
The Ragin’ Cajuns right winger, Oliver Tremblay, learned that nothing good can stay when he lost his parents on 9/11. Maisie plans to melt the ice king’s heart and prove she’s just the girl to go skate to skate with him, whether he likes it or not.

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by Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Angi MorganWinter Blog BlurbSm
Can he convince this Amazon beauty to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?
When hockey phenom Deacon Sanders mistakes Brooke Henderson for a puck bunny, he’s set on scoring the ultimate goal with the fiercely sexy bodyguard. Keeping watch from a distance is impossible when everywhere she turns Deacon’s there like a loose puck in front of the net. Despite his annoyance that his family thinks he can’t keep himself out of trouble, can he convince this Amazon beauty to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?

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by Xio Axelrod
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Toss a stoic defenseman, a no-nonsense nurse, and a ward full of crafty children in a Cup and anything can happen.
Subzero. That’s what folks around the league call Constantine Zimin, hockey’s best defenseman. He’s unflappable. Stoic, even. No cracks in all that ice, not until he meets Suji Meriwether. The pediatric nurse has no time for bad-boy jocks who want to use her patients as props. But as soon as they meet, temperatures rise and their defenses fall.

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by Christi BarthWinter Blog BlurbSm
The only thing that will make him happy again is the one woman he can’t have…
Kurt Lundquist can’t resist the beautiful & compassionate nurse who eased his brother’s last days, despite knowing she doesn’t want any reminders of her ‘death duty’. Lisette does want the hot but oh-so-sad hockey star. Can she lift him out of his grief – and will she want to once she learns his terrible secret?

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by Andie J. Christopher
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This player has a bounty on his virginity. She has him up against the boards.
Leftwinger Anders Sorenson has never met the perfect woman before breaking up a fight at Dahlia Clarno’s bar. Dahlia’s  hot, she doesn’t care about his fame, and she has no idea about the bounty his teammates have on his virginity–she’s the total package for a vacation fling.

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by Avery FlynnWinter Blog BlurbSm
Sometimes the line between love and insanity is as thin as an ice skate’s blade.
Bad girl Gillie Pike has gone straight, but someone with a lot of money wants to bring her out of retirement to steal the Cup and make sure it’s found in star goalie Flynn Kazakov’s possession. They call him Crazy-kov for a reason and nothing makes him more nuts than his best friend’s sexy little sister who swears she’s the only one who can keep him out of jail and on the ice.

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by Kim Golden
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When it comes to the game of love, he’s playing to win.
Jonas Magnussen’s icy blue stare has earned him the nickname the Iceman. On and off the ice, he’s cool, collected and hard to handle. When an injury threatens to end his career, Jonas is faced with a choice he thought he’d never have to make. Mariam Kidane is the only woman who ever made Jonas lose his cool. A chance encounter with her melts Jonas’s icy facade and leaves him wondering if life away from the league is such a bad thing, especially when it means a second chance at scoring the ultimate goal: love.

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by Lena HartWinter Blog BlurbSm
This hot-tempered coach is fully prepared to fight for his wife–but can he win back her heart?
Newly appointed head coach Mason Courage is in for the fight of his life. What should have been the biggest night of his career turns into the worst moment in his life when his wife Jules serves him with divorce papers. But this former bad boy isn’t about to let anyone–or anything–breakup his family. For his wife, his children, his players…Mason is prepared to fight for them all.

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by Robin Kaye
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The only woman who knows his secret can slam his heart against the boards with a sideways glance. He is so pucked.
Stryker Gyllenhaal, enforcer on the Ragin’ Cajun’s, knows that once he hits Boise, his time spent in the penalty box is nothing compared to the payback Karma Kincaid has in store for him. When he finds out she has hired a handler, Trish Reynolds, his old college tutor, he’s not sure who the real enforcer is. Karma, because she owns him for an entire week, or Trish, the only woman who knows his secret, and can slam his heart against the boards with a sideways glance. He is so pucked.

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by Katie KenyherczWinter Blog BlurbSm
When he sets his sights on a goal, it’s only a matter of time.
First Nations defenseman Bear Thompson wants to spend his day with the Cup back home on the reserve, but first he has to convince his childhood sweetheart and current band chief Aria Paul to give him another chance and that letting the media in won’t be the end of the world. The last thing Aria wants to do is fall back in love with the man who broke her heart and left her in the dust, but old feelings spark new ones, and when Bear sets his sights on a goal, it’s only a matter of time.

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by Kate Meader
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Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?
Right winger Ford “Killer” Callaghan can’t believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He’ll track her down because once could never be enough–even if discovering Addison Williams’s identity places her strictly out of bounds. Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

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by Susan Scott ShelleyWinter Blog BlurbSm
Making impossible saves is easy compared to falling in love.
Backup goaltender Rod Fraser is a free agent in every sense. He’s ready for a new team, and hoping for another shot with his best friend’s sister. But Arielle Charton thinks Rod’s interest is fleeting, and she doesn’t need the distraction. She’s on a mission to rebuild her life. Rod’s made his living making impossible saves, but it will take the impossible to convince the shy artist that she’s captured his heart.

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by Misty D. Waters
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She’ll send him to the penalty box, and keep him there . . . for good this time.
Family secrets drove star left-winger Cooper Banks away from the love of his life, but hot off a championship win he’s no longer satisfied with second place. Except the daddy’s girl he left behind is now a woman no longer impressed by his charming smile. So when Savannah Jane Scott decides to put Cooper in the penalty box, she aims to keep him there…for good this time.

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New From JS Scott: The Billionaire Takes All – Sinclair Family Book 5


The Billionaire Takes All
Sinclair Family Book 5
JS Scott


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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.S. Scott

A-list movie star and billionaire Julian Sinclair learned from past tragedy that life doesn’t come with multiple takes. Now that he’s figured out what he wants—in the lush form of redheaded Kristin Moore—he’s got one chance to claim it. Between working as a medical assistant and filling in at her parents’ bar, Kristin has no time for pleasure. So Julian is bringing her to his brother’s Vegas wedding, where their mutual attraction can finally get a starring role.

What happened in Vegas has followed Kristin right back to Amesport, Maine. In the space of one magical weekend, the leading man in all her X-rated fantasies whisked her off to Sin City for breathtaking sex, followed by an “accidental” marriage she doesn’t remember. Kristin fully expects Julian to demand a quickie divorce. But instead he’s daring her to go all-in. To gamble everything on a love that might be too good to be true…or the best, wildest adventure of their lives.

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I have to say the title of the book says it all, but only at the beginning. While Julian is somewhat overpowering and definitely used to getting his way, you can’t control matters of the heart.

Kristin and Julian seem to fight every time they see each other, and the day before his eldest brother’s wedding is no exception. Overriding Kristin’s every objection with a suitable solution, he leaves her no choice but to travel with him to Vegas to see her friend marry his brother as he affectionately calls their arguing ‘foreplay’.

Kristin never relaxes and being in Vegas she lets her hair down and her inhibitions as well. Now we all know ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes what happens follows you home even if you aren’t aware of it.

This is a favorite scene when Kristin finds out what followed her from Vegas as she is on a coffee date setup by her friend Mara.

Unfortunately, Kristin couldn’t see him ever being anything more than a friend. There was just no spark, no chemistry.

Because he’s not Julian.

Irritated with herself that she was still thinking about him, she took another sip of her chocolate caramel coffee as she listened to Rob talk about how much he admired Mara, and how much he appreciated his job.


She suddenly realized that her mind had drifted off somewhere else as Rob had been singing his praises about Mara’s company. “Yes?” She trained her eyes on his face, determined not to let her mind wander . . . again.

Rob had a kind face, dark hair and eyes, and the slight, slender build of a man who looked like he worked in an office.

“I asked if you wanted to go to the office holiday party with me. You didn’t answer.”

Maybe because she hadn’t heard the question. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what to say.”

He smiled at her, and she noticed his teeth were perfect. Rob had the kind of friendly smile and brilliant teeth that were perfect for a marketer. Kristin was pretty sure he could be persuasive given the right audience.

“Say yes,” he said, his smile growing even larger and more inviting.

She didn’t want to think about holiday parties, but Christmas would be here and gone before she even noticed, this year, if she didn’t start planning her Christmas list. She’d done the Christmas cards for Sarah’s office right after Thanksgiving, but she hadn’t done anything for her personal friends yet.

This just isn’t working for me!

Rob was a nice guy, and he deserved to be going somewhere with a woman who was really interested in him. As much as she’d tried, this evening, Kristin knew she was edgy and distracted. Honestly, she wondered why Rob even wanted her to go to the party with him.

Maybe because I’m Mara’s best friend and he thinks it will get him in a better position with the boss?

Instantly, Kristin hated herself for thinking the worst of a guy who’d taken the time out of his evening just to meet her. Sure, Rob was polished, but it was part of his job to be a communicator, a polite person who was able to persuade people to buy Mara’s products.

But, for Kristin, she couldn’t lead him on by accepting and giving him the impression that she was interested in anything more than being his friend. It wouldn’t be fair to him. “I really—”

“Can’t make it,” a husky baritone finished her answer as he slid into the seat beside her. “Sorry, she can’t go.”

She turned her head in surprise, already knowing who was sitting right next to her because his scent and his voice had immediately gotten her attention.


He looked angry, his blue eyes emanating malice as he looked at Rob.

Annoyed, Kristin told Rob, “That wasn’t what I was going to say.” Turning to Julian, she asked irritably, “What are you doing here?”

He shrugged. “Where else would I be, sweetheart? Sorry it took me so long to get back. There was a little accident while we were filming, so we went over schedule. And the damn location was in the middle of nowhere. Bad cell service.”

He looked all banged up, bruises to his forehead and plenty of scrapes on his face. “What happened?” she asked, concerned as she looked at his visible injuries.

“Nothing real serious.” He blew off her concern. “Who’s your friend?”

“My date,” she corrected, looking back at Rob. “This is Julian Sinclair.”

Obviously not one to miss a good connection, Rob reached across the table to shake Julian’s hand. “I recognized you. Robert Larkin. I work for your cousin’s wife, Mara. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve seen your movies. Liked the last one the best.”

Julian mumbled under his breath, “You seem like the type who would.”

Kristin jabbed him in the side with her elbow, only to hear him groan with pain. “Oh, God. You really are hurt.”

She was starting to get worried about Julian’s physical condition.

“I’m fine,” Julian answered gruffly, his eyes still focused on Rob. “You aren’t really on a date,” he informed Rob matter-of-factly.

“We are,” Rob pronounced happily. “I just met Kristin tonight, but I can tell she’s special. She and Mara have been friends forever. I can see why. I’d like her to go to the holiday party with me this year.”

“She can’t,” Julian remarked angrily.

“I don’t see why not,” Rob replied, still wearing a winning smile.

Julian leaned forward, putting him physically closer to Rob as he stared the smaller man down. “Because if you ever touch her, I’ll have to kill you.”

“Julian, don’t be ridiculous,” Kristin told him, her heart starting to pound in alarm. What the hell was wrong with him? Had he hit his head harder than she imagined?

“Hey, man, I didn’t know you liked her.” Rob put his hands up in surrender.

“Of course I fucking like her. She’s my wife,” Julian growled, seizing Kristin’s hand and pulling her to her feet. “Let’s go home.”
Scott, J. S.. The Billionaire Takes All (The Sinclairs Book 5) (pp. 93-96). Montlake Romance. Kindle Edition.

It doesn’t get any easier from here, a negotiation worthy of a peace treaty has to take place before Kristin agrees to give the marriage thing a shot.

A page turner for sure, as Julian and Kristin maneuver around all the stumbling blocks in the way of their relationship. Plenty of sizzling sex has Kristin wondering if that’s all it is, or can she trust her heart.

I can’t wait for the next in this series, I love the Sinclairs!

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J.S. “Jan” Scott is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary steamy romance stories and paranormal romance. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way! She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds.

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My Review of Lane – Rope N Ride Book 5 by Em Petrova



Rope N Ride Book 5
Em Petrova


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Dating an older woman has lots of benefits, and #1 is upsetting all the right people.

Lane Calhoun is on a winning streak in his steer wrestling event. His family is thriving, and their reality TV show is breaking records. So why can’t he find happiness? Well, it could be that a passing fling splashed his favorite sex positions all over the news. And now that he’s been named the year’s most eligible bachelor, he’s through with dating.

When Delaney Monroe spies a gorgeous cowboy in chaps, hat and the sexiest grin she’s ever seen, she forgets she’s a forty-two-year-old midwife with a failing small ranch and a son in college to support. No way could she date a younger man. But as soon as she and Lane get within eyeing distance, all bets are off.

Hiding out in the bed of a hot older woman sure sounds cozy to Lane. He’s tired of cameras, interviews and worse, false people. He just wants a spell of peace—is that wrong? But between his struggles to leave the reality show and Delaney’s problem with him being a few years shy of her, their paradise could end up as a mudhole. He only sees one path to freedom, but getting out of the next year’s TV contract means the end for the Rope ‘n Ride show.

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There are many things I love about this series, but this book just made it to being my favorite in this series.

It’s not everyday you see an older woman with a younger man, especially with a significant age difference.

The moment Lane saw Delaney he knew he had to get to know her. The big problem was losing the cameras. Not everyone wants to be in the spotlight and Delaney sure didn’t want to be gossip fodder.

With a new article out in a magazine, he had far more intimate thoughts than just getting to know her when he was introduced.

This is a favorite scene, it has lots of well deserved language. I’m sorry for that, but I was laughing hysterically over this reaction.

He grabbed a beer and headed to a group of guys. They stood around bullshitting about the scores, and someone commented about him having the best year of his life. He only kept half an ear on the conversation, because he’d suddenly spotted the woman. Kashley was dragging her from person to person, introducing her to the family.

She held herself like a woman who knew her way around a horse. Shoulders back, head erect. She had a smooth gait that made him want to watch her all day. In jeans and boots, her honey hair trailing just below the shoulders of her black top. He couldn’t stop looking at her.

Then he was towed off to shoot some whiskey. After two shots, a magazine was shoved under his nose. “Have you seen the latest issue of Men’s Monthly?”

He dropped his gaze to the cover—him wearing a sly grin, his hat dusty as if he’d just come in from a ride. Probably had. But the words beneath his image had him wanting to upchuck all that good whiskey he’d just drunk.

Lane’s Ex Spills His Top 10 Sex Positions

Jesus, he had ten?

He nabbed the magazine and shouldered his way to a group of plush chairs set up in the corner. He’d barely flipped to the article before Ridge joined him, a whiskey glass in each hand.

“Figured you need one more.”

“Thanks.” He nodded toward a glass and chrome table, and Ridge set it down.

“What the fuck’s this shit? Who’s the ex?” It had to be one of two women, and he wouldn’t have believed it from either one. When he’d dated them, they’d seemed like normal girl-next-door types. He wasn’t into dating celebrities or the thousands of Buckle Bunnies wanting a piece of him.

He scoured the page to find a small snapshot of Brianna.


Ridge leaned over him to look. “Jeez, it was her? I never would have thought her capable.”

“Guess the money was too good to pass up.” He ground his teeth as he skimmed the article. Each sex position was labeled with a big number and a stick figure drawing of the arrangement of body parts.

He cringed. “Isn’t number 1 everybody’s favorite?” Up against the wall sex. He remembered having that with Brianna twice, but they hadn’t been together all that long. And they hadn’t had sex ten different ways.

“Hope she got paid well for making these up. I never did 2 or 3 with her. And what the fuck is 7?” He turned the magazine sideways.

“Your lucky number?” Ridge shot out.

He grunted and shook his head. “Sure as fuck never did that to anybody.” He rotated the magazine, trying to figure out just what body part went where.

“Hey, guys. We brought more whiskey. Thought you’d need it, Lane.”

He jerked his head up to see Kashley standing there with the beautiful relative. His heart hit his boots. He slammed the magazine shut and dropped it to the side table. As he got to his feet, he tried to look like he hadn’t just been reading his own favorite sex positions.

“Do you guys remember my Aunt Delaney?”

The older woman shot her niece a cool look.

“Sorry, just Delaney. No aunt.” Kashley slipped her arms around Ridge, and he pulled her close.

“Good to see you again,” Ridge said. “It’s been a number of years.”

“I’m sorry I missed the wedding.” She shook Ridge’s hand with the same sureness that she walked. This woman knew who she was, and it was sexy as hell.

Lane extended his hand, wondering if he should have wiped it off after touching that magazine. Freakin’ ten favorite sex positions—what the fuck?
He looked directly into her penetrating blue stare. “I’m Lane.”

Her lips quirked up. “You don’t remember me, do you?”

He laughed. “I’m sorry.”

“She lives out east. She hasn’t visited us for ages. My momma’s excited to see her.”

“And I missed the wedding.” Delaney’s voice sounded as though she’d downed a few shots already. A smooth, throaty sound that made Lane think of number 1 with brand new excitement.

“She was in Mozambique, working to provide women’s health care to several tribes,” Kashley piped up.

“Now that’s a noble cause.” He let his gaze skitter over her face, lightly kissed by the sun. She had a worldly look to her, right down to her eyes that looked like the reflection off an exotic sea. Where her hair waved from her forehead were a few glints of silver.

Now that he looked more closely, he detected a crinkle at the corner of each eye. She didn’t look to be much older than Kashley, yet she was no twittering young groupie either.

Her attention dropped to the magazine, and he inwardly cussed. Why hadn’t he thought to flip it facedown?

“Will you be staying with your sister?” he asked Delaney.

“Just for a night or two, yes. It’s nice to come to Tulsa to see Kashley. Then I’m back to work.”

“She’s a midwife,” Kashley put in. Lane shot his brother a look and received a slight nod of verification. They were looking for answers, and Delaney was part of that. Which meant Lane might be seeing more of the woman.
Petrova, Em. Lane (Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 5) (Kindle Locations 149-203). Kindle Edition.

Thus begins the pursuit. For Lane the pursuit of a beautiful older woman and for Ridge and her niece Kashley the pursuit of conception.
Of course there has to be some angst, so we have Delaney’s son to contend with as well.

Lots of fun and sneaking away from the cameras.

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My Review of Passion Restored – Gallagher Brothers Book 2 by Carrie Ann Ryan

Passion Restored
Gallagher Brothers Book 2
Carrie Ann Ryan


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The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the one brother who thinks he can handle it all and the one woman who could change that.

Owen Gallagher likes everything in its place and is organized to a fault. While his brothers have each dealt with their own personal tragedies and stresses, Owen figures he’s had it pretty easy. That is until his perfectly ordered world is rocked at its foundation and he’s forced to rely on others. Now, he must heal his body and his soul while trying to ignore his delectable and utterly off-limits neighbor.

Liz McKinley is stressed out, exhausted, and not in the mood for a bearded and growly man in her ER. When she patches him up to the best of his ability, she’s prepared to push him firmly from her thoughts. Of course, that would be easier if she and her best friend hadn’t bought the house next to his. Now their paths seem to cross daily, and she is finding it harder and harder to say no to the injured and angry man next door. But she’s been scarred one too many times in her life, and even though this Gallagher looks good enough to eat, she knows that sometimes, sating that craving is the worst thing she can do.

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When Owen first glimpsed Liz, she was collecting her friend from a bar. He was immediately attracted to her and knew he would have to get to know her, that is if they ever run into each other again.

Liz wasn’t thrilled she had to go pick up Tessa at a bar, but that’s what friends and roommates were for. She just wasn’t expecting to have to make a stop at the bar to meet a couple of men before Tessa would leave. She was even less happy when she gets called back into work. Being an ER nurse the schedules were killer and being called back was even worse.

Well, Owen has something run into him, instead of the other way around. A truck comes out of nowhere to send him flying in the bar’s parking lot. The last thing he expected was for Liz to be his nurse. With him drugged for surgery and her being the epitome of professionalism, he grasped onto the familiar face. He really didn’t think about asking her to talk to his family, he just did it. I mean they really didn’t know each other.

Unfortunately for Liz, this faux pas on his part has the rumor mill flying. Hospitals are notorious for gossip among staff. She doesn’t need this complication when jobs are on the line with the coming new budget. She totally thinks everything will be alright, that is until she finds they are neighbors. So not good, especially when she really, really wants to get to know him better in spite of her feelings that nothing should ever happen between them.

“I’m fine, Liz,” Owen said softly. He reached out and wrapped his hand around her wrist. “Just a little embarrassed that I bit it like I did. I saw you walk out to your porch earlier so I figured you saw me fall. That’s why I was lying down like I was. Not because I actually hurt, but because I’m an idiot.”

She frowned, studying his face. “You’re not an idiot. Everyone trips.”

Owen rolled his eyes as he forced himself to a sitting position. She tried to help him, but he waved her off. “I trip more than others recently. Or, at least, it feels like that. Thanks for checking me out, though.” He wiggled his brows. “And not just now.”

She swore she could feel herself blush and she hated her pale skin. “Let’s get you inside.”

“Anything you say, Nurse Liz.”

“And stop calling me that.”

“But you are Nurse Liz,” he said with a smile as they both stood up. “But I guess every time I call you that, I remind you that you used to be my nurse and that means it would be wrong to check out my butt. So I guess I’ll stop doing that.” He turned and shook his ass in her direction, looking over his shoulder as he did. “What do you think? You like the jeans? They’re pretty old, but you should be able to get a nice glimpse of my assets.”

She couldn’t help herself.

She laughed and looked down at his butt. “Yes, I guess I can get a nice glimpse. But that’s the only thing I’m getting. Just a glimpse.”

“Whatever you say,” Owen replied and took her hand. She was so surprised, she didn’t pull away. “Can I offer you a cup of coffee? To say thanks for running to my aid?”

She thought of the bitter cup she’d left on her porch, but for some reason, she didn’t answer as she should. “Okay.”

Surprise filled his eyes for a moment, and it matched her own. “Okay.” He smiled and pulled her toward his front door and inside. She hadn’t gotten a good look at it last time, but now that she did, she liked what she saw. Strong lines and colors filled his home, and it looked like someone cleaned up daily.

In fact, she was pretty sure the place was cleaner than hers had ever been, and she might have been a little jealous of that fact.

“Cream and sugar?” Owen asked as he poured two cups.

“Both please,” she said. “I can drink it black and usually do at work, but I have a sweet tooth.”

Owen’s eyes flared. “Good to know.”

Liz licked her lips, and his eyes dropped down to follow the movement. This was so not a good idea. She shouldn’t be here, and she sure as hell shouldn’t be following up on any attraction they might share. He wasn’t good for her, and she damn well knew she wasn’t good for him.

And yet when he set her coffee cup next to her hand on the kitchen island, she didn’t move to reach for it. Instead, she stood still, and he moved closer, so close she could feel his breath on her lips, the warmth of his body achingly close to hers.

“Tell me to stop,” Owen whispered. He moved even closer, resting his hand on her hip. Her heart raced, and she tried to say no, tried to remember that she shouldn’t do this.

She didn’t tell him to stop.
Ryan, Carrie Ann. Passion Restored (Gallagher Brothers Book 2) (Kindle Locations 860-885). Carrie Ann Ryan. Kindle Edition.

It seems like things are going to go slow and smooth but alas Liz’s past comes flying into her mind every time she thinks things will be alright. I found myself as frustrated as Owen as they fumble into one thing after another.

I love the closeness of this family and how it neatly intertwines with the Mongomerys via Maya. I just wish the struggle they all seem to go through to be with their soul mates wasn’t so difficult to overcome.

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Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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