Release Day! Trying the Knot – Honeywell Series Book 3 by JM Madden

Trying the Knot
Honeywell Series Book 3
JM Madden


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This is the fourth book in the Honeywell series! Yes, this can be read as a standalone, but you’ll have a better read if you follow the series!

Emily Lowell is in a pickle. At her Brother Chad’s wedding shower, her former lover, Jackson, has just shown her exactly how combustible they still are together.

Yes, they made a pact to marry if she hadn’t found anyone else within ten years, but the pact is moot. She’s now engaged to be married to one of the hottest real estate brokers in Houston.

Should she be swayed by the wild heat that Jackson stokes in her, or should she follow the path she’s planned since college?

Jackson may not give her a choice…

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I am a sucker for a good love story and this series has them all over the place. The couples aren’t perfect but who is?

In this book we concentrate on Emily, she is the one Lowell that doesn’t have any interest in staying on the ranch. She has made herself successful in marketing and really loves the city life she’s found in Houston. Engaged to a successful Real Estate agent Neil, a man who still hasn’t come to any of her family events, Emily finds herself questioning that relationship.

Jackson is in my opinion every girl’s dream. He has loved Emily since they first got together eleven years ago. He gave her freedom to fly and now he wants her back, fiancé be damned.

This is a favorite scene, when Emily kicks Neil to the curb.

Emily looked down at herself. She was presentable enough, she supposed. She swung the door open. “Hello, Neil.”

Without even a word of greeting her fiancé stormed inside her apartment. “What the hell were you thinking, Emily? You probably just cost me one of the most lucrative commissions of my career.”

Emily laughed in spite of his anger, swinging the door shut behind him. “I doubt that.”

Neil spun on her, his blue eyes furious. “Why are you laughing?”

“Because Jackson is an old boyfriend of mine from Honeywell.”

His face screwed up into confusion. “Where the hell is Honeywell?”

And wasn’t that the rub. She’d been with Neil for months now and he didn’t even remember the name of her hometown. “It doesn’t matter, Neil. What matters is that I think Jackson was using you to get close to me.”

Neil planted his hands on his hips. “So why didn’t you say something at the restaurant? Why did you have to behave that way?”

Emily shook her head, turning to walk across to the window that looked out over the Houston skyline. “I’m not sure.”

A hard hand gripped her elbow and spun her around. Emily gasped at the unexpected movement. Her own anger began to build. “I can see you’re not going to behave rationally, Neil. Let’s meet up and talk about this after you’ve had a chance to cool off.”

“I’m not going to cool off for a while, Emily. I’ve wasted an entire week with this man, running his Indian ass all over Houston when he wasn’t even going to buy anything. I’ve passed on other potential customers because I was catering to him.”

Rather than let her go, Neil grabbed both of her arms and gave her a shake. “How long have you known that he was here? The entire week?”

Emily shook her head. “Tonight was the first time I’ve seen him in three weeks.”

Neil’s eyes narrowed on her. “In three weeks? Where is the last place you saw him?”

“At my father’s ranch for Chad and Lora’s wedding shower.”

Neil shoved her away, violently enough that Emily stumbled on the dragging length of her long sleep pants. Staggering, she recovered her balance, but her anger surged to an all-time high. “I don’t know why you think it’s okay to manhandle me the way you just did, Neil, but you need to get the hell out of my apartment. And you know what?” Emily scrambled at her hand, ripping at the diamond engagement ring there. She tossed it to him, enjoying watching him fumble to catch it. The chunky diamond fell to the floor and he had to scramble to find it. “What the hell are you doing, Emily? Is this really a big enough issue to cancel our engagement over? This is because I won’t settle on a date, right? We’ll settle on a date.”

Emily shook her head, heaving a sigh, crossing her arms beneath her breasts. “You just don’t understand, do you Neil? It’s not about the wedding date or Jackson or any of it. We’ve been together four months and you still don’t remember the name of my hometown, or the fact that I’m severely allergic to crab, or that I get nauseated in your car when you wear the cologne your ex gave you. It’s the fact that you don’t care enough to take the time to learn any of that. You’re too self-involved to even notice the little things that are important.”

He blinked and frowned, and for the first time her words had apparently sunk home.

“Oh. When you lay it out like that I can see why you would be aggravated.” They stared at each other for a long moment. He spun the ring on his forefinger a couple of times before clearing his throat and jolting into motion. He headed to the door of the apartment, but turned back at the last moment. “I’m sorry, Emily. You’re right in everything you said, and I apologize for that. Maybe we can, uh, grab a drink sometime or something.”

Then he disappeared out the door.
J.M. Madden. Trying The Knot (Kindle Locations 878-910). Kindle Edition.

Of course you know Neil isn’t going to stay away. However, Jackson has more than a few surprises for Emily as the Lowell family prepares for Chad and Lora’s wedding.

Laughter, love, snark, tears, and some very hot scenes kept me from putting this down once I started reading.

I really can’t wait for then next book in the series.

5 Contented Purrs for JM!

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    J.M. Madden

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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My Review of Primani – Primani Series Book 1 by Laurie Olerich

Primani Series Book 1
Laurie Olerich


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Mica Thomas is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary destiny. As unseen forces shape her future, her only anchor is Sean-the Primani assigned to keep her alive. If he crosses the line, there will be hell to pay.

Sometimes destiny is wrong…

After surviving a year of heartbreaking tragedy, college student Mica Thomas is finally ready to have some fun. Determined to live life on her terms, she sets her sights on the gorgeous mystery man who keeps showing up when she’s in trouble. Intense, cranky, and oh, so sexy, he’s the exact kind of challenge she loves. Romance, adventure, and good friends–She’s living the dream, but this dream is shattered when fate intervenes. When her life is threatened again, this budding psychic is suddenly swept under the protection of an immortal special ops team with a mission too fantastic to believe.

Powerful and ruthless, Sean O’Cahan is a legendary Primani. His job is to disrupt demon activity and protect special humans. When his special ops team is assigned to Mica Thomas, he knows he’s there to guard more than her body. There are plans for her. Plans that’ll change everything she believes if she survives long enough to learn the truth. For the Primani, this is a routine protection detail, but nothing about this woman is routine. Fiercely independent, brave, and sexy as hell, she’s making him crazy. He’s supposed to watch from the shadows, but the more he watches, the more he wants her in ways that break all of the rules.

As their attraction grows, sparks fly and emotions run hot. Sean’s not allowed to mess with destiny, but one moment of weakness awakens a power in Mica that sends her careening down a path towards immortality that no one saw coming.

Accompanied by her demon-hunting Dalmatian, Mica’s pulled into the Primani world of angels and demons until there’s no way out, and she doesn’t want to leave.

Urban Fantasy Romance filled with humor, sexual situations, and intense action sequences.

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I really wasn’t sure about this book when I bought it. Angels and Demons really weren’t my thing, but the premise intrigued me.

Mica seems to get herself into many life-threatening positions, keeping Sean the Primani assigned to her busy. Not only is Mica young, she is also a dare-devil and she has set her eyes on this Primani for more than just protection.

This is a favorite scene when Sean finally gives up the battle of staying away from Mica.

My thoughts exploded like fireworks. Every memory, every thought I’d had about him raced through my head until I made a startling discovery—somewhere along the way, I’d fallen in love with him.

He stroked my lower lip with the pad of his thumb, those beautiful lips of his curling into the barest hint of a smile. Leaning close, he dragged his mouth over the shape of my face once, twice, and again, before whispering against my lips, “If I look into your heart, Mica, what will I find?”

Mesmerized, lost, I whispered, “You. Only you.”
Olerich, Laurie. Primani (pp. 68-69). Kindle Edition.

A rollercoaster of emotions, with danger at every turn as Mica challenges Sean every chance she gets.

Laughter, tears and extreme heat in more ways than one, make this a must read.

5 Contented Purrs for Laurie!

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Laurie Olerich is the author of the Primani and Demons After Dark series. Part romance, part paranormal, part adventure…Three things she can’t live without!

Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Western Europe. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian muse Rambo. In an attempt to re-live her wild and crazy younger years, she lives vicariously through her characters by setting their adventures in her favorite city, New York, and the mountain forests of New England as often as possible.

Before diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to her country by serving in the United States Air Force. Much of her time was spent around men with guns and cool toys…this explains her obsession with both.

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Release Day!!! Challenging Love: Katlin & Alex Novella 3.5 – Black Swan Book 6 By KaLyn Cooper

Military active duty women
secretly trained in Special Operations
assigned to governmental agencies and
the men who dare to
capture the heart of a Woman Warrior.

Challenging Love
Katlin & Alex 3.5
Black Swan Series Book 6
KaLyn Cooper


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Can love withstand the challenge when secrets threaten their new relationship?

Even though Katlin and Alex are hiding from a terrorist and there’s a price on their heads, life seems perfect in the Costa Rican paradise. But once they return to their normal lives, secrets from their pasts threaten to tear them apart. They are thrown into a web of temptations, lies and deceit, testing their fragile connection.

Challenging Love is a novella in KaLyn Cooper’s popular Black Swan series of active duty military women and the men who dare to love them. If you enjoy books by Susan Stoker, Elle James and Cristin Harber, you’ll enjoy this fast read.

Buy this military romance filled with sensuous heat today.

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Alex and Kat have an old but new relationship. If you’ve been reading the Black Swan series you know the whole crew is off the grid because of a bounty on their heads. This book gives a glimpse at the home side of things as opposed to missions.

In this one we once again see and hear Jack Ashworth, Kat’s Homeland Security boss, I really think he needs to be taken down permanently and soon, please.

We meet Kat’s brother in this one and it looks like there may be a future book there with Nita.

This is a favorite scene when Daniel and Kat finally get to talk a bit.

At the loud male voice booming from the far end of the bar, Katlin sat up straight, her hand dropping to her purse. Alex’s hand automatically went to his hip. Tonight he carried his gun in the small of his back covered by the light suit jacket.

Ruckus laughter broke out from those surrounding the big Brit who stood a little too close to Tori. Alex didn’t miss the slight nod of Kat’s tallest teammate nor the way his woman instantly relaxed. His gaze flicked to Nita and Daniel who had their heads so close together they practically touched.

Ten minutes later, Kat announced, “That’s our signal.” She pulled the straps of her purse up to her shoulder.

Grace grinned and scooted around the circular bench seat. “We need to work on Nita’s American sign language. I had to watch her hands twice to figure out what she was saying.”

As planned, the two couples left as though they were going to their hotel rooms. At the lobby they took the elevator all the way to the top then back down to the third floor where they got out and headed to the stairs. Kat cracked the door and listened for fifteen full seconds before slipping off her sandals and quietly starting down. They exited the building by a side door and circled around to meet Nita and Daniel in the small copse of woods between the resort and the Callahan compound.

Kat’s smile got bigger and bigger the closer she came to her brother. Five feet away she took a giant step and leaped into his arms. They hugged and rocked for a long moment.

Daniel finally set her on the ground. “You get prettier every time I see you.”

“I missed you, too.” She stepped back next to Alex and took his hand. “You remember Alejandro Lobo?” She introduced Alex using his given name, the one her brother would remember. “We went to high school together back in Miami.”

Daniel stared long and hard at him. Alex stared right back. At first he wasn’t sure if it was a shadow shifting or if Daniel’s cheek twitched, but a slash of white gleamed in the darkness.

“I never put it together before.” Daniel glanced at his sister. “Yes, I remember your friend Alejandro Lobo from Miami.” He shifted his gaze to Alex. “I also remember a Marine Captain Lobo who commanded a very successful mission in Guatemala.”

Alex racked his brain and studied the man’s face.

“We never ran into each other, but I was there,” Daniel reassured him.

Then it dawned on Alex. “You were the CIA contact.”

Daniel threw an arm around his little sister. “You found yourself a smart one.” He looked down at her and his eyes softened, as did his voice. “He’s a good man. So much better than that fucker you married.” He kissed his sister on the top of the head. “Come on. I’m starved. None of the bitches in the camp know how to cook anywhere near as well as Rosita.”
KaLyn Cooper. Challenging Love (Kindle Locations 310-333). Black Swan Series. Kindle Edition.

This is one of the hottest books in this series, and it’s filled with all kinds of problems, deceit and suspicions at the top of the list.

Lots of fun, laughter and some tears as well as Alex and Kat’s relationship takes off. A perfect read to start off the New Year!

5 Contented Purrs for KaLyn!

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Former military SpecOps,
these men now work for Guardian Security
(from the Black Swan Series)
protecting others but they can’t always protect their hearts.

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KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense.Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination.She, her husband, and Little Bear (Alaskan Malamute) live in Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or on the river.

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Hugh’s Chase: Saddles and Second Chances Book 5 by Rhonda Lee Carver

Hugh’s Chase
Saddles and Second Chances Book 5
Rhonda Lee Carver


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She has trust issues, he’s wrapped up in his job…and together they define trouble.

Sheriff Hugh Jericho likes his job, but he doesn’t like messy and that describes Adira Miles. When she is sentenced to community service and she becomes his responsibility, things get messy.

Since walking away from her ex, Adira has been on the run—running from a past that haunts her. Up until now, she’s done a good job at sedating the demons, but the sexy Sheriff has a knack at finding each and every one of them. He offers her things she has never known—kindness and adoration. A future. What’s a girl to do but give in?

As the two become closer, each helping the other close doors to the past and open them to the future, Hugh comes to grips with his love for Adira. To keep her in Colton though, he must help her learn to trust him completely…and he must show her that she doesn’t need a man, she needs a champion.

Murder and mayhem threaten to unravel the small town and they’ll both face turmoil, in their hearts and in the community. But he’ll risk his own life to offer her peace…

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Hugh Jericho is the new Sheriff in Colton and both him and the residents are getting used to the change. Hugh can’t handle things the way he and his brothers would anymore, he has to do it with tact or legal force.

One of the things he needs to do is clean up the corruption in this town. Hamilton Reed is a bully, albeit a rich one and he has people in his pocket around here. He has it in for the Jericho’s and always has.

When Adira finishes up her documentary on Hugh’s brother Urban, she gets an unexpected interview with Hamilton Reed. Unfortunately the man doesn’t understand the word no and Adira fights back. This results in her being sentenced to thirty days of community service.

Now that might not seem too terrible, but it means she has to shadow Hugh. The man she can’t seem to get out of her mind.

This is a favorite scene.

Attention back on Adira, she now had one leg stretched out in what looked like a yoga pose. The thought didn’t help the ache behind his zipper. In fact, he almost crushed his full paper cup. Throwing it away, he crossed his arms and counted to ten. “Can I help you find something, ma’am?” Although he needed to help himself by going into the restroom and splashing his face with cold water, maybe even dunk his head in a sink full of water, he stayed put. An ice-cold shower wouldn’t take away the nagging need burrowed in his gut that had manifested itself due to the pretty brunette who jumped up from the floor, a delicate shade of pink coloring her high cheekbones. He felt like someone had whacked him with a board as he hungrily lowered his gaze up and down her exquisite curves. His heart rate kicked up and his blood pressure would have made the doctor prescribe him a high dose of meds. Acknowledgment burst through his body like a blast of stifling air.


Her eyes looked amazingly blue in contrast with the bright yellow of her shirt. Her plump lips looked even more delectable covered in a pale lip gloss. He almost forgot that he had asked her a question until she answered.

“I lost an earring.” She brought her hand up to touch her ear lobe, which gave him an opportunity to move his attention along her smooth cheek, jaw, and neck. She was breathtaking, no doubt, and he was out of line. He was expected to abide by a higher set of rules and morals, and being sexually attracted to someone who broke the law wouldn’t be a good way to start his career as Sheriff.

“I’ll help you look. Two sets of eyes are better than one.”

“Thank you. It’s a cheapie, but it means something to me.” She turned back to scanning the floor and he had gone back to enjoying the view of her. He had to grit his teeth against the wave of desire. Her legs weren’t long considering she wasn’t very tall, but long enough to wrap around his ass and…

Shit! He was heading down a dead-end road. Maybe he should have come up with an excuse to stay out of the office today?

She swiveled on her heels. “No luck yet?”


“Finding the earring.” She smiled and his world lit up. “N-no luck yet.” Damn, if he wasn’t careful she’d catch on to his train of thought. That wouldn’t be good. In fact, she might try her fist out on his jaw too. Tearing his gaze off the beauty, he examined the floor. “What were you doing when you noticed you had lost it.”

She tapped her chin in thought and he noticed her slender fingers, short, clean nails, and a simple thin band on the fourth finger of her right hand. “Let’s see… I was bent over shelving books for Carol.”

‘Bent over’ never sounded better and his hands itched to grab her and draw her close.

Realizing he was about to embarrass himself, he pulled himself together. “Here, let’s use my flashlight.” He pulled the light from his belt and switched it on.

They both sunk to the floor searching. He had his head lowered giving his best effort on helping and didn’t realize how close he was to her. So, when he lifted his head and realized his face was within inches of her booty, he growled. She looked back at him, her cheeks turning a shade of pink he’d never seen before.

“Sorry,” he mumbled. Best if he searched the other side of the room.

The light reflected off something shiny along the wall and he picked up the tiny stud. “Found it.”

“You found it!” She came up so quickly, she hit her head on the water fountain.

“Oh, shit. You okay?”

She held her head. “I’ll live.”

“Let me look.” He dropped the earring in his front pocket and examined her forehead. He could see faint bruising at her hairline.

“I’ll grab ice,” Carol said.

Hugh helped Adira up and led her into his office. “Take a seat on the sofa.”

“This isn’t necessary. I barely bumped my head.”

“You’re under my care. I can’t have you getting hurt, not even a paper cut.”

Carol brought the ice and handed it over, then he sat down next to Adira.

“You must think I’m a klutz.” She looked up at him through thick lashes.

“I was just thinking I made you nervous. The uniform and gun can have that affect sometimes.” He laughed. Grabbing the earring from his pocket, he held it in his palm. Her smile could have won wars. She reached for the earring and their fingers brushed, causing an electrical jolt to shimmy up his arm and settle into his chest. The last time he’d been moved liked this by a woman had been… well, he couldn’t remember when, if ever. “You take the earring and I’ll hold the ice pack. Deal?”

Rhonda Carver. Hughs Chase (Kindle Locations 758-802).

A lot happens in this book, both within the community and with the growing attraction between Hugh and Adira. Some not so subtle pushes from Deputy Carol add to the intrigue.

A fun read with some intense moments, some laughs and plenty of heat.

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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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Release Tour and Giveaway! Becky McGraw’s Hard Landing – Deep Six Security Book 6

Hard Landing
Deep Six Security Book 6
Becky McGraw


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When Maddie Carter comes back from the grave, will Hawk have a fresh start with the one who got away?

Deep Six pilot, former Army Nightstalker, Rhett Hawkins, knew the day would come, but he had hoped it wouldn’t be until after he was gone. Maddie Carter was destined to die young, because that is just how she lived. She flew by the seat of her pants and flying as all she cared about. He’d learned that the hard way, when he asked her to marry him and she shot him down.

But after her memorial service, Hawk just couldn’t get past the feeling that something was wrong with the recounting of the events that led to the crash and her supposed death. Neither the helo or her body had been found. It drove him insane until he decided to do some investigation of his own. After getting conflicting stories from two surviving special operators, he knew he had to go the full distance to settle his mind.

Once in Central America, Hawk realizes there is much more going on than the Army knows. Not only is the now blacked-out military helicopter back in service, Maddie is behind the stick making drug runs for a brutal cartel.

When he has to convince her she needs to be rescued, Hawk sees she is not the same. Captain Maddie Carter is scarred, hardened and has no memory of him or her former life at all.

Back home, when her memory starts to return and secrets are revealed, could it mean he’d only rescued her to lose her again? Would those secrets change his own life forever too?

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This book starts out in the heat of the moment and then has me in tears.

There are times in books when you want to smack a character upside the head and believe me the beginning of this book was one of those times.

Maggie ignores what is right in front of her, the man who loves her unconditionally and is offering her everything. All to join a special forces team her father, the General, because he pulled strings to get her admitted to the training.

Hawk can’t fight the force of the guilt that led Maggie to reject his proposal and walks away, saying good-bye. Not just for now, forever.

When Hawk’s informed of her death, he meets up with her brother at the funeral. Max shares the intel he has on the incident that resulted in her death and something about that report doesn’t sit right with Hawk.

This is a favorite scene when he calls Max in the middle of the night.

His hands shook as he threw his legs over the side of the bed and reached down to grab his flight suit to find his phone. He wasn’t going into this alone, and he knew the one man who could help him. He dialed Max Carter’s number and huffed a breath.

“What in the ever-loving hell do you want at three in the morning?!?” Max grumbled when he answered.“I need to go to Guatemala and find her,” Hawk replied, swallowing hard.

“She’s dead, Hawkins,” Max said, his voice firm but sympathetic. “I know that’s tough to accept. I’m having a hard time with it too— but even if she was alive after the crash, she’s been out in that jungle hurt for six months, so she’s dead now.” He huffed a breath. “I knew I shouldn’t have given you that report.”

“Bodies don’t disappear,” Hawk replied, shoring up his determination. “No, but two men who are foolish enough to go there in the middle of cartel turf wars do. It would be stupid of us to traipse into that hell to recover a body,” Max shot back.

“She could be alive and held captive by a cartel. Those operators who said she was dead aren’t trained medics. She could be MIA instead of KIA. Doesn’t that thought make your blood run cold?” Hawk knew it sure made his icy with fear.

“Why are you calling me in the middle of the night to drag me into your fantasy world?” Max asked with a groan. “I’m out of the secret mission business as soon as my last day of terminal leave is up. I’m fantasizing of opening a beach bar in Tahiti, not going to Guatemala.”

“I’m calling because you are the only other person on this earth who cared— cares about her. Show it and come with me.”

“Fuck me,” Levi groaned from the upper bunk. “I’m going too— and Caleb will probably want to go. Someone needs to be there to save your stupid ass.”

“No— this is my problem,” Hawk replied. “Logan needs you here for assignments.”

“If this is your problem, why the hell are you bothering me?” Max asked, and Hawk pulled the phone away from his ear to glare at it.

“Logan needs you here for assignments too,” Levi shot back. “Without you and the bird, we’re grounded anyway.”

“I’m not taking the bird,” Hawk informed. He’d come up with a plan that stretched his savings account to the max, but he could pull it off. If they found her pretty quickly.

“What? Are you walking to Guatemala?” Levi asked with a snide laugh.

“No, I’m leasing a helo,” Hawk growled, rolling his eyes as he put the phone back to his ear. “I’ll meet you at the hangar at Falcon Field at ten o’clock.”

Mickie’s brother Dante was a former Black Hawk pilot, and unemployed since the FBI terminated him, so he’d ask him to fill in while he was gone. That could be a while, because Hawk was not leaving Guatemala without Maddie, or her body.

“I didn’t say I was going with you,” Max said.

“You didn’t say you weren’t going with me, either,” Hawk shot back. “And if you don’t, you’ll be living with my death, along with your sister’s, for the rest of your life.”

“What makes you think I would care one way or another if you got yourself killed?” Max asked gruffly. “You can’t save stupid.”

“But you’ve tried enough times that the left-hand side of your uniform is ten times heavier than the right.” He’d heard about that for years from Maddie, but saw the medals for himself on the man’s dress blues at the funeral.

Max sighed. “Yes, I’m the Stupid Asshole Rescue Specialist, so I guess I’m going.”

“Good, I’ll meet you at the hangar at ten.” Hawk hung up the phone and his insides felt lighter than they had in six months.

I’m coming to find you, baby.
Becky McGraw. Hard Landing: Deep Six Security Book 6 (Kindle Locations 301-334). Becky McGraw.

A very tense mission follows, looking for the cartel and getting Maggie out. A big surprise awaits Hawk and the rescue becomes even more complicated.

Confrontations with Maggie’s father are intense on all sides. Maggie’s memory is a problem the Army needs to resolve and they also want their damn helo back.

A page turning, action packed, heartrending story, causing many tears and hold your breath moments. But also many smiles as well.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw writes happily-ever-afters with heat, heart and humor. A Jill of many trades, Becky knows just enough about a variety of subjects to make her contemporary cowboy and romantic suspense novels diverse and entertaining. She resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-plus years, is the mother of three and grandmother of one. Becky is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Novelists, Inc.

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Release Day! Devoted to Wicked: A Wicked Lovers/Devoted Lovers Crossover Novella by Shayla Black

Devoted to Wicked
A Wicked Lovers/Devoted Lovers Crossover Novella
Shayla Black


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A one-night stand…or something more? Karis isn’t sure until a thief strands her in Mexico, leaving her in need of a passport photo—and a hero—and giving Cage a second chance to win her love.

This book is a cross-over between both the Wicked Lovers and Devoted Lovers series.

DEVOTED TO PLEASURE, book one in the Devoted Lovers series, launches on July 3, 2018.

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  Shayla Black

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Countdown to Christmas: Santa’s Secret – Christmas Wishes Book 1 by Serenity Woods

Santa’s Secret
Christmas Wishes Book 1
Serenity Woods


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Will the magic still be there when they wake on Christmas morning?

Rudi comes to Santa’s Secret Village in the Arctic Circle looking to sell the resort, having long since lost his Christmas spirit. His seven-year-old daughter already knows the truth about Santa, and neither of them is in the mood for the festive season.

But then they meet Eva, struggling with a suitcase that bursts and scatters her underwear in the snow. Practically a recluse since the death of her husband eighteen months before, Eva’s not looking for romance and is there to try to make Christmas more festive this year for her young son. But she brings an unexpected sparkle to Rudi and Isabel’s lives that renews their belief in the magic of Christmas.

As the weather grows colder, things heat up between Rudi and Eva. But will the magic still be there when they wake on Christmas morning?

Warning: contains hot and sexy scenes in a Finnish sauna and a huge dollop of Christmas magic.

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Eva wants this Christmas to be festive for her son Oscar. She’d been pretty much a recluse since her husband died and this holiday to Santa’s Secret Village was just what they needed.

Rudi is the new owner of the Village and in order to evaluate the property for sale, he is there incognito with his daughter, Isabel. It’s his mother’s hope he’ll connect with his daughter more and work a little less.

I really love the whole concept of this story. Two single parents, one a widow, the other divorced coming to the village to reconnect with their children.

Now I admit, Rudi was working more than spending time with Isabel, but Eva and Oliver would change gradually that.

Isabel is a charming well behaved seven year old, and Oscar is a hyper three year old. The two of them together is delightful to read. A favorite scene is when Isabel suggests they join Eva and Oscar in the Exhibition hall.

“Where would you like to go?” he asked. “We could visit Santa’s Playground.” The theme park brought in the most money in the complex, so he was keen to cast his eye over it. “Or maybe go for a reindeer ride.” Every child’s dream!

But to his surprise, Isabel pointed over to the Exhibition Centre. Two figures were disappearing into the building: Eva in her brown duffle coat and a red bobble hat, Oscar running ahead of her.

“There is the lady from last night,” Isabel said.

“Eva,” Rudi said, her name giving him a little glow inside.

“Yes, Eva and Oscar. Can we join them?”

“I thought he annoyed you,” Rudi said, smiling.

“He is naughty. But he is also fun.” Isabel scratched her nose. “Can we, Daddy?”

“Of course.” He took her hand, and they crossed the road to the Exhibition Centre.

They were met with a rush of warm air when Rudi pushed open the door. He stood for a moment in the foyer, taken aback by the high ceilings and the beauty of the decorations. He had expected more sickly-sweet representations of the Santa theme. It was true the woman standing by the door to the main exhibition wore an elf costume, and the décor consisted of the usual red and green colors, but the artist who’d painted the huge mural covering the whole of one wall had done a superb job. It showed a smiling Santa riding his sleigh through a wintry night, with Rudolph leading the reindeer at the front, his red nose shining with sparkling paint. Behind them, the artist had painted the aurora borealis, which glowed with iridescent greens and blues against the midnight sky.

“They did a good job, didn’t they?” It was Eva, who had come over to stand beside him. “What a wonderful painting. I wish I could paint like that!”

He smiled. “Good morning.” She’d undone her duffle coat, and beneath it she wore jeans with a white sweater with a silvery thread that, matched with the red scarf, made her look festive and bright.

“Hyvaa huomenta,” she said, then grinned. “How did that sound?”

“Almost right,” he said, touched she’d bothered to learn the Finnish words. “Except it’s HUU-vaa not HY-vaa.”

She said it again, perfectly this time, and he nodded. nodded. “I’m terrible with languages,” she admitted as they entered the exhibition. “I just don’t have an ear for them. I have no idea how you can be fluent in two.”

“Actually I speak French and German as well.” The truth was he spoke English the best of his non-native languages because Vanessa was half-English, but he didn’t want to talk about his ex-wife today.

She turned startled eyes on him. “Good grief. That is impressive.”

He decided to think of more remarkable things to tell her so she would look at him like that again, a mixture of admiration and wonderment, as if he’d told her he had walked on the moon. “It is not so difficult,” he said, trying to be self-deprecating and not wanting to appear arrogant. “And besides, I am not quite there yet. I still find contractions difficult.”

“I noticed. You say ‘I am’ not ‘I’m’, for example. But you shouldn’t change. You have a lovely accent.”

He’d always considered the Finnish accent comical, hating the tell-tale musical lilt, and tried to eliminate it when he could. But her compliment pleased him. “Thank you.”

She smiled. “That’s a nice picture, look.” She indicated Oscar and Isabel who were sitting on a bench together, watching a cartoon about Christmas customs in different parts of the world. She removed her phone from her jeans pocket and took a photo of the two of them. “I’ll send that to Bridget, my mother-in-law.”

“Good idea.” He took one as well. “I will send it to my mother. She will be thrilled I have brought Izzy out of the cabin and into the big wide world!”
Woods, Serenity. Santa’s Secret (Christmas Wishes Book 1) (Kindle Locations 538-578). Kindle Edition.

The build up is slow and sensuous as Rudi and Eva find more than just friendship.

It’s not all smooth sailing though. Oscar has temper tantrums and Isabel has issues with her parent’s divorce.

With Oscar’s help, Isabel discovers more fun to go with her manners and they both discover there’s more than a little magic to the holiday.

A truly delightful Christmas tale with more than enough heat to melt the snow.

5 Contented Purrs for Serenity!

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Serenity Woods
USA Today Bestselling Author Serenity Woods lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes hot and sultry contemporary romances with a happy ever after, and she would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies.

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