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Roman’s Choice – Saddles and Second Chances Book 1 by Rhonda Lee Carver



Roman’s Choice
Saddles and Second Chances Book 1
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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Five brothers. One ranch. Hold on…things are about to get rough and dirty.

Roman Jericho, and his brothers, are known in Texas for their striking good looks and skill as ranchers–among other things that keep the ladies hot on their tails. The last thing Roman wants, or needs, is another marriage that ends with an empty bank account and bed so he steers clear.

Relationship Guru, Pippa Wilder, is at the top of her career. Two bestselling, self-help books and speaking engagements all over the country, she offers advice that saves marriages. But if only her fans knew how upside down her own love life is. Relationship after relationship fizzled. When she sees tall, strapping, and handsome stroll into the lobby at the Vegas casino, she drops all logic into the slot, pulls the lever and watches her life spin in front of her. She’s lost in smoky blue eyes and callused hands–and that husky Texas twang.

After falling in lust, they do something real crazy. They find themselves drunk on hormones, standing before an Elvis impersonator getting hitched. When all hell breaks loose in the media, to save her career Pippa must save her marriage.

Roman has always been the ‘go-with-the-flow’ type so when his ‘wife’ shows up on his ranch needing his help he’s more than willing to oblige–especially if it means they’ll be husband and wife in every way. He’s got it bad for the petite, spitfire and can’t seem to get enough.

Finding themselves smack-dab in the spotlight and on the cover of trash magazines, Roman isn’t sure he’s cut out to be in the public eye–he wants his wife, but he refuses to be called Mr. Pippa Wilder. Roman realizes it’s time to make a choice…or take the lead. This could be fun, or very messy.

If ever there were two opposites, it’s Pippa and Roman. Yet it’s a primitive force that has them colliding. An attraction that leaves them both breathless and married.

Now Pippa’s career is on the line, and she needs to make this whirlwind marriage work at least for a little while. Roman was expecting annulment papers not his wife to show up at his ranch. This is a favorite scene.

“These old things?” She tugged at the jeans and gave the toe of her polished boot a kick across the planks of the porch. “I just had this laying around in my closet.”

“I doubt that’s true, but I’m not complaining. I always love when a woman wears her thoughts on her T-shirt. What does this one say?”

She slipped off her flannel and tied it at her waist, showing off the tank she wore underneath. “Free hugs. Can’t beat ‘em.”

“I’d take the offering, but I have a feeling I might want to hear what you have to say first.”

“This might take a while, cowboy. Do you invite girls into your home?”

“Safety first. Can you be trusted?” He lifted a teasing brow.

“Honestly, it depends on the boy. One as sexy as you I might just misbehave.”

He pulled open the screen door and motioned her in. “Then by all means.” His smile was trophy-worthy.

She had one foot over the threshold when he caught her by the shoulder, stopping her in her tracks. He leaned in, bringing his wide chest so close to her nipples that his heat was like a magnet, making the buds swell and throb. His spicy scent swirled around her nostrils, teasing her, intoxicating her. Would he kiss her? Oh how she hoped he would.

He plucked something from her hair and held it out for her view. “A piece of straw. You’re turning into a country girl.” He laughed, causing her libido to stir like a witch’s brew.
Rhonda Lee Carver. Roman’s Choice(Saddles and Second Chances Book 1) (Kindle Locations 845-855). Kindle Edition.

She arrived with a plan to save her career, not necessarily the marriage. With the spotlight on the relationship, tension abounds and their relationship heats up. I had to giggle a bit as Pippa takes on the role of a rancher’s wife. Learning to cook and doing other chores all while juggling appearances for her book.

Add in the ex-wife and an interfering manager and drama abounds. Can this relationship survive and do they really want it to? A page turning read to find all the answers.

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

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

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

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


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My Review of Urban’s Rush – Saddles and Second Chances Book 4 By Rhonda Lee Carver



Urban’s Rush
Saddles and Second Chances Book 4
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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A Cowboy and a new beginning

Urban Jericho has hit a snag. He should be loving his life as a rodeo star but his passion for riding bulls, and getting knocked around, has fizzled. When he sees the opportunity for a new beginning, he’s ready to rope the chance of a lifetime. Problem is, it requires a wife…

An Ultimatum

Presley Dean has life by the reins until she’s given an ultimatum to get married or lose everything she’s worked for, everything she loves. So, when Urban comes up with a ridiculous plan that’ll get them both what they want, she considers marrying him. Up until now she’s stayed clear of the cowboy who has done nothing but rile her every chance he got…and conjured feelings she’d like to ignore. After being shot with a horse tranquilizer, she sees another side to Urban…

Nothing like being given an ultimatum by your father, marry in six months or I’m selling it all. Presley has no prospects, and quite frankly doesn’t want any. She knows her father is serious and won’t back down either, he never has and never will.

Urban is coming to the end of his Rodeo career and even as he prepares for what he hopes is his last, very profitable ride, he is thinking of Presley. She’s hated him ever since he cut off her braid in grade school. That was forever ago, plus she had also dated his brother Hugh, which made her hands off. Of course she also had the reputation of Ice Queen, which really doesn’t appeal.

When he loses the ride and the pot, Urban finds the the flyer his rival Chase had handed him. Fifty thousand dollars for a documentary on a married Rodeo Cowboy. That would allow him to retire but first he needs a wife, and he knows just the woman.

This is a favorite scene as Urban begins his quest to get Presley to agree to do the documentary with him.

She sighed. “Don’t you get tired of being a pest?”

“No, I mean…I’m not here to pester you. I wanted to wait until morning to speak to you, but I couldn’t help myself. When I see something I want, I can’t control myself.”

She practically swallowed her tongue. “What?”

He reached into his back pocket and dragged out a crumpled piece of paper that looked as if it had been washed with his jeans. He dropped it into her lap. “Take a look.”

Hesitantly, she picked up the folded paper, unfolded it and pressed out the wrinkles. She read the information, then looked at him over the top of the flyer. “Okay. I’m not sure how this has anything to do with me, or you for that matter, and it definitely doesn’t require you to show up here and make up a lie.”

“I’m sorry about that, but on the way here I kept pondering what I’d say to you. How I’d ask…”

“Ask what?” She placed the flyer on the table.

“To do this with me.” He stabbed the middle of the paper with his forefinger

She squinted. “A documentary? On a married couple? I think you are drunk.”

“Fifty grand, Presley. They’re giving the couple fifty grand just to do some twinky-dink minute documentary. This is too good to pass up.”

“Again, how do I fit into this?”

“You need a husband. I heard you, remember?”

She stood, needing space. “That was a private conversation.” She clicked on another lamp.

“Doesn’t matter. I’m here to offer you a proposition.”

Swiveling on her heels, she tried wrapping her brain around what he was saying, ready for the cast of Punk’d to pop out any second. “Proposition?”

“Yeah. You need a husband and I need a wife.”

Her knees wobbled. “You? My husband?” She laughed. “Hilarious.”

“Not the reaction I was hoping for.” He swiped his palm down his cheek.

“Probably not, but I’m confused. You want a wife to get the fifty thousand? Wow. That doesn’t seem enough to marry someone.”

“The money isn’t the only thing, but that’s another story. Anyway, you’re willing to marry some stranger to have the clinic and this land. What’s so different? At least I’m not a stranger.”

Presley got it. He was drunker than he realized and, come tomorrow, he wouldn’t remember any of this. In the meantime, she’d play along. “Because the beer anesthetized your brain cells, I’ll explain. First, I wasn’t evaluating Bart as a husband. We were on a date. That’s all. Two, you and I…well…how can I put this nicely. We would do better in a sparring competition against each other than as husband and wife.”

He slid to the edge of the cushion, leaning his elbows on his knees. He appeared completely serious. “You see, you’re wrong. We’d make the perfect partners because we’d go into this without any expectations…outside of the money for me and the business for you. There would be no chance for us falling in love. After all, you can’t stand me and I like my women a little warmer.”

She blinked, feeling his words burrowing deep in the marrow of her bones. “Warmer?” she pushed through tight lips.

“Toward me.”

“I didn’t see you offering Rena this proposition. She seemed ready…and warm.” She rolled her eyes.

“She’s not…”

“Available?”

“No, she’s not you and she’s not looking for a husband.”
Carver, Rhonda Lee. Urban’s Rush (Saddles & Second Chances Book 4) (Kindle Locations 897-934). Kindle Edition.

These two have so much in common and are so clueless. Well more Urban than Presley, since she tends to fantasize about him.

I giggled a lot as they plan their wedding and the camera crew and others have an annoying habit of interrupting them at the most inopportune moments.

Sexy, romantic and a whole lot of fun!

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!

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

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

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

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


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Kindle Worlds is Closing! Here are some of my favorite worlds and Authors within them!


 

Kindle Worlds will be gone forever
July 16th 2018!

This deeply saddens me, I have found many new to me authors by seeing them in these worlds.

It was always a place to find quick, inexpensive reads that blended with another author’s characters and settings.

I have heard that some of the World owners are going to continue them on their own and some will need to have an acknowledgement of the originating series before republishing. Yet others may go away completely. For some worlds no decisions have made as to their fate, as this news just broke.

This is a response to a reader friend from Amazon:

For five years, Kindle Worlds has been thriving, engaging writers and readers who enjoy writing in one another’s worlds, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done together. While we are closing Kindle Worlds, Amazon is constantly innovating on behalf of our authors and readers, and we look forward to continuing to do so.

As of May 17th, Kindle Worlds will no longer be accepting new submissions. Previously published Kindle Worlds stories will no longer be available for sale on Amazon.com on or around July 16th. The Kindle Worlds website will be closed on August 29th.

Rest assured previously purchased or borrowed Kindle Worlds stories will remain unaffected.

With that in mind and since the time is short until they are gone, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Worlds and Authors from them. I hope you will take the time to browse through these links and possibly enjoy them as much as I have.

I put the link I have for the main world and then covers that link to Amazon for individual authors within those worlds that I have read and enjoyed.

I would also like to thank the owners of the worlds that so many wonderful authors wanted to play in, Elle James, Susan Stoker, Paige Tyler, Desiree Holt, Sable Hunter, Millie Taiden, Carly Phillips, Robyn Peterman, Cat Johnson, Eliza Gayle, Erin Nicholas, and Roxanne St.Claire.

HAPPY READING!!!

This the first Kindle World I ventured into so I’ll start here. 

Brotherhood Protectors 

Special Forces: Operation Alpha 

Dallas Fire & Rescue 

Magic & Mayhem

Hell Yeah!!

Hot SEALs

Southern Shifters

Omega Team

Sapphire Falls

Barefoot Bay

Phoenix Agency

Paranormal Dating Agency

Dare To Love

Sassy Mates

ARC Review Seized by the Lawman – Lawmen of Wyoming Book 3 By Rhonda Lee Carver


Seized By The Lawman
Lawmen of Wyoming Book 3
By
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Special Agent Nixon Cade wasn’t looking for anything long term when he met Melissia, but it turned out she left a lasting impression. When he landed a special assignment, a favor for the boss to help his daughter, Nix found out it was the very woman who had haunted his every waking hour. There are lines a man wouldn’t—shouldn’t—cross. He never messed with the boss’s daughter. No matter how beautiful, brave, intelligent, mystifying she was. Nix would have to dig deep—very deep—to find the restraint to keep his hands, and his thoughts, to himself.

Admittedly, Melissia “Melly” Everhart hadn’t always had her life in order. Jumping from one impulsive act to another, she found herself pregnant from a one-night stand and realized it was time to settle down, find stability for her child. The best place to raise a child was her homestead, Shy Brooke. However, to attain ownership, she must prove to her father that she is responsible and capable of running a ranch. It was just like her father to expect her to jump through hoops…and this hoop involved the one man who she was connected to, although he had no clue she carried his child. But if she wanted the ranch she had to keep her secret safe until the deed was in her name.

Nix had made a promise to show Melly the ropes of running a ranch, but he could barely keep his head on straight. She went from hot to cold and he suspected something just wasn’t right…

A shadowy figure watched and waited for the opportune time to seek vengeance. He’d waited seven long years to make Cade pay for what he did. It was too good to be true when fate handed him the woman, and the baby was icing on the cake. No better way to make a man pay than to hold his family as leverage.

Will Nix find the truth in time? Will Melly pay the price for Nix?

Nothing is worse than a meddling parent, especially when that parent is holding something over your head.

Melly wants her inheritance, the ranch that was her mother’s. Unfortunately her father, wants proof she’s ready to take the reins before he signs the papers.

Nix has just started working for Carter and now he’s put in a very awkward position. Help out on the ranch and report whether or not Melly is ready for this responsibility. Big glitch, he had a one-night stand with the red-haired beauty. Of course finding out she had been a reality show star, kind of makes him wonder about her sincerity too.

Now there are a lot of secrets, a scary encounter, and plenty of sexual tension to boot.

As secrets get revealed the family drama increases, and a possible mole in Carter’s team has everyone on edge.

Definitely a page turner!

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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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Hell Yeah! Without You – Letting Go Book 3 A Kindle World Novella By Rhonda Lee Carver


Hell Yeah! Without You
Letting Go Book 3
A Kindle World Novella
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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Even the strongest woman needs a shoulder to lean on…

Mason Sullivan remembers how he felt the day he learned his oldest brother wouldn’t be returning home. Not alive. Swearing he’d help others, he set a plan into motion. Flash forward…Mason has the life he wanted, but when a seductive, slice of heaven from his past comes back to Kerrville, his so-called “wonderful life” will have more holes than Swiss cheese. The only one who can fill the void is the same person who has the risk of flight. Sure, a cowboy has needs, and she certainly does make his head spin, but his heart isn’t immune to the beauty and he could lose her again…

Two things Kiernan Everhart loves most—her son and Double K Ranch. Years ago, she’d left home to pursue her dreams, but the big city wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Always there for her son, she helps him through the challenges of his medical condition, but sometimes even the strongest woman needs a shoulder to lean on. In Kerrville, she has the support of her family…and Mason Sullivan, the cowboy she stole kisses from back in the day. He’s grown into quite the perfect man and his bedside manner, as nurse and gentleman, sure can make a woman remember she’s more than a mother. She’d like to fall, right into his arms, but her priority is her son. And when her ex shows up, hijacking her happiness, all hell will break loose. Kiernan must perform damage control before the people she loves are hurt.

He didn’t plan to fall, but he did, and Mason would do anything to protect Kiernan and her son. He will not only have to face the demons of Kiernan’s past, but find out who is using scare tactics to send her packing. If it’s the last thing he’ll do, he’ll prove to her that he has the perfect place in his heart for her family.

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Hell Yeah is one of my favorite kindle worlds and Rhonda’s contributions never fail to please.

In this one we meet Kiernan and her son Cullen. She has returned to Kerrville after having her shop fail in California. Being with family and friends is what she believes they both need.

Mason has always been a little in love with Kiernan, beginning with a stolen kiss behind the barn when they were kids. Now he hopes he has a chance with her.

Now you know things can’t go smoothly and boy do they get out of whack fast. No one is more surprised than Kiernan when she is confronted by her ex, Cullen’s father as she is cleaning stalls on her family ranch.

This is a favorite scene and the prelude to many issues to come.

Not realizing she was no longer alone, she jumped at the sound of footsteps behind her. Whirling on her heels, she came face to face with a familiar grin. Her stomach twisted and her mind spun. “What are you doing here?”

Quinton Roads tugged off his black hat and hooked it on a nail. Dark hair, nice eyes, he was still a good-looking man, but a bit more polished and cocky than she generally liked. She wondered what she ever saw in him in the first place. He smiled, showing off a row of straight pearly whites, and then she remembered. His charm had been what pulled her in ten years ago, but it did nothing now. Thank God!

“Howdy, sweetheart. Long time no see.”

“Too soon if you ask me,” she muttered. She kept the shovel held mid-air as if it was a weapon, although it wasn’t her intention. “I asked you a question.”

“Ah, come on, Kiernan. Imagine my shock when I heard you were in town. Why didn’t you call me when you got here?”

“Oh, I don’t know, Quint. How the hell was I supposed to know you were here?”

He seemed to absorb her words, but quickly recovered. “You described Kerrville as being perfect, so I had to see it with my own eyes. I live here now.”

“This is my town, Quint. You couldn’t find another place to call home?”

“I knew you’d eventually come back.” He grabbed her elbow and she pulled away.

“If I’d known you were here, I wouldn’t have returned.” She cringed.

“That’s not right, baby doll.” He puffed out his bottom lip. “I’m hurt.”

“Why in God’s name would you have reason to be hurt?”

He sniffed, his smile returning. “Maybe because I’m your baby daddy.”

Her world seemed to crash around her ears. “Look up the definition for “daddy” and you won’t find your name anywhere. Now, dead-beat is a different story.” She turned and shoveled another bunch, then turned to drop the shovelful on top of the pile, but she missed her target. A clump fell over the rim and onto his polished boots. He jumped back, smirking. “Aw, shucks.” She bit back a snicker. “Sorry about that. My aim is a little off today.”
Rhonda Carver. Hell Yeah! Without You.(Kindle Locations 404-424).

I loved the way Kiernan takes charge and then confronts Mason to dispel any thoughts he might have of her still being involved with her ex. These two are perfect for each other and the temperature between them rises rapidly.

Mason’s interactions with Cullen are priceless. Family is well meaning but well you know how that stuff usually goes.

Plenty of things to make you laugh, sniffle and keep you on the edge of your seat as this tale unfolds.

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda Lee!

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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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ARC Review of Protected By The Lawman – Lawmen of Wyoming Book 1 by Rhonda Lee Carver


Protected by The Lawman
Lawmen of Wyoming Book 1
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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The hat. The gun. And the will to protect.

Showing up to investigate a double homicide, Sheriff Phoenix Cade almost comes out of his boots when he sees the blonde–the only witness to the crime–covered in blood. He’d danced with her a few nights before and had every intention of getting her number until she threw up all over his shoes. Hell, his shoes would wash…

Ria Portman has spent the better part of six years convincing her family and friends that she could take care of herself. The accident took her sight, but it didn’t take her independence. There were a lot of things she’d learned over the years, especially regarding men. They said they could handle her disability, but truth was, they lied. When her assistant and client are murdered in her studio she will have to rely on one man—the one man who makes her want to trust again.

Phoenix is over his ex, but since he caught her cheating he’s compared relationships to playing with fire. It’s only a matter of time before a man gets burnt. Yet, Ria is different. She’s beautiful, smart, challenging, and doesn’t need him…even when she does. He should keep his head on straight because the killers want her dead and it’s his job to keep her safe. However, he’s realizing, a man in love becomes a giant. He’ll protect Ria with a force unlike any that has ever been seen before.

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One of my favorite things about this book is the heroine. She’s smart, tough, feisty and blind. Ria lost a fiancé because of her blindness, but not her ambition. She left the big city with her sister, to start over in her old family home.

When she meet Phoenix Cade, she doesn’t know he’s the sheriff every woman wants. All she knows is she attracted to him and she hopes never to run into him again after she embarrasses herself.

None of that seems important after two goons kill her assistant and a client at her home office. Saving herself by hiding on the shelf under her massage table, it was pure luck she wasn’t discovered and killed.

One of the things the bad guys don’t take into consideration is the acute senses of a blind person. Everything is more enhanced to make up for the lack of sight, so while she is unable to visually identify them she can give some definite insight into them.

This is a favorite scene.

“Don’t discount yourself as a witness. What you heard, smelled, the killers’ voices are all a part of the puzzle. You’re a bigger help than you can ever imagine, but I’d never put you in more danger to solve this case.”

“I’m glad to help, but…” her shoulders slumped.

“Go on,” he urged.

“Who can I trust?”

“You can trust me. I’ll keep you safe. I promise.”

Goosebumps popped up on her arms. Over the years she’d gotten skilled at listening to a person’s voice to understand their emotions and he seemed sincere. From what Kora had told her he had a reputation of being a hard-ass that got the job done. More than ever she needed someone like him on her side.

“Now, how about let’s get off the street. Okay?”

“I’ll go with you to the cabin, but I want to make it clear that I don’t want to take you away from your investigation. I don’t need a sitter.”

“Think of me less as a sitter and more of a bodyguard.” His light chuckle made her smile.
Rhonda Lee Carver. Protected By The Lawman: Lawmen of Wyoming, Book 1 (Kindle Locations 522-553).

The heat ratchets up a notch as Phoenix takes her into protective custody. His family cabin becomes the scene of their budding romance.

As the layers are pealed off this mystery, betrayal and heartbreak ensue.

Very well written with edge of your seat suspense, extremely hot make-out scenes and so much more.

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!

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Rhonda lee Carver Rhonda Lee Carver

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


Hugh’s Chase
Saddles and Second Chances Book 5
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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.

Lordy!

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?”

“Huh?”

“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?”

“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.

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!

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Rhonda lee Carver Rhonda Lee Carver

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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