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ARC Review of Justice by the Lawman – Lawmen of Wyoming: Mountain Force Book 1 by Rhonda Lee Carver



Justice By The Lawman
Lawmen of Wyoming
Mountain Force Book 1
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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The series, Lawmen of Wyoming,
continues with the Mountain Force.

Ink artist, Wisdom Chantel, has spent most of her adult life disconnecting herself from her mob boss father. Keeping her secrets in the past meant keeping everyone at arm’s length and she had become a pro at being alone. When her sister goes missing, she is willing to do anything to get Corri back, even if that means digging deep for her buried family roots and taking down the man who ruined her life.

A year after his partner was murdered by the Blue Diamond cartel, Special Agent Seb Foster is no closer in catching the kingpin, although he sleeps, eats and breathes the mission to bring the criminals to justice. When a clue leads him to a spunky, beautiful woman in need of help, he has no choice but to lend a hand, especially when he suspects she has a connection to the men who killed Sanchez.

Trapped in the Wyoming mountains in a snowstorm with gunmen on their trail, Wisdom will have to trust Seb, but how can she hide her secrets when they’re tattooed on her skin? Will he ever see her for who she is now and not a Blue Diamond?

Seb Foster almost lost everything when his partner died. She was more than his partner on the job, she was his lover and best friend. One thing kept him going, take down the Blue Diamond Cartel, the people responsible for her death.

Willow likes living her life alone in the mountains, a talented artist she has a tattoo studio in a small town. The reasons she ended up there are many but she has to reevaluate those reasons when her sister goes missing. Her step-mother seems to think every time Corri goes down the wrong path it’s Willow’s responsibility to make it right again. This time it’s different, and only one thing can make it right.

Now Willow puts out feelers for a hit man, and what she gets is Seb. Their first meeting didn’t go as well as she hoped but the second did go better.

This is a favorite scene.

Lowering his eyes to her chest, he shrugged. “I didn’t search you today.”

“And you won’t. You came to my place of business unexpectedly, remember?” She rolled her eyes. “But if it makes you feel better.” She pulled up her shirt in a flash of black bra.

“Satisfied?”

He was, but his body certainly wasn’t. His jeans suddenly became two sizes too small. What the hell was wrong with him? “If you want my help, you’ll answer some questions. Otherwise, maybe this is useless—” He started to stand but her hand clutching his elbow stopped him. He sat back down.

“What do you want to know?”

“The Blue Diamond. What’s the connection?”

After several long seconds and a roll of the tip of her tongue along her glistening bottom lip, she sighed. “I think that’s who Corri is involved with.”

“You think, or know that she is?”

“I know. Dimitri Vallarta.”

It took all his strength to keep from showing too much interest. “Vallarta is the boyfriend?”

“Yes.” She cleared her throat.

“He hasn’t sold her?”

“No. Not yet.”

“She’s as good as gone.”

“She’s alive. For now.”

“You know a lot about the cartel,” he accused.

“Why does it matter?” She darted a glance around the room. Maybe looking for listeners? “She called me two weeks ago. Corri wants to come home, but I think Dimitri won’t let her.”

“That’s very likely.”

“So, can you help?”

“Lady, a man would have to be pretty stupid to mess with the Blue Diamond.”

Her shoulders slumped and Seb felt his stomach twist. “I’m going to get her back. One way or another. I’ll do it myself if I have to.”

Picking up his cup, he took a long sip of his now cold coffee, keeping his gaze on her. He could see that she meant every word. If she wasn’t careful, she’d find herself in the same fucked-up situation as her sister, and for an unknown reason, that bothered the hell out of him. “How long has she been missing?”

“Five months. She signed herself out of the rehabilitation facility and things took a downward spiral. We were living together and one morning I got up and all her things were gone. There was a note left on the refrigerator basically saying she needed to find herself.”

“Maybe she just hasn’t found herself yet.”

“That’s not like Corri. She’s made a lot of mistakes, but just up and leaving isn’t like her.”

“Unless she had someone convincing her?”

“Someone who supplies her with a steady flow.”

“Blow?”

“Yes. Corri has always been headstrong. Always wanting to prove that she knows what’s best.”

Seb rubbed his forehead, monitoring what he said that wouldn’t worry her, but no matter how he sliced this, the truth was grim. “This won’t be easy.” That’s all he could manage. He could understand how she would want to do this. After all, he’d spent the last year eating, breathing, and sleeping the Blue Diamond cartel. He would get so close to finding a breach in their armor, and then he’d fall flat on his face. This had become his legacy, to bring down the bastards for not only killing Sanchez, but also all the other lives they’d contributed to ending too early.

She fell quiet for a length of time. “I’m prepared.”
Rhonda Carver. JusticebytheLawmanfinalwithtoc (Kindle Locations 793-821). Kindle Edition.

There are many things going on in this book. Willow has lots of secrets that could help with this investigation but doesn’t quite trust Seb. At least not until they both end up with targets on their backs.

A page turning, action packed read with lots of suspense, drama, intrigue, betrayal and sizzling heat.

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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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A New Series! Hitched – Tarnation Texas Book 1 by Rhonda Lee Carver



Hitched
Tarnation Texas Book 1
By
Rhonda Lee Carver


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Love blossoms in the unlikeliest places…
Tarnation, Texas

Buzz Colt was a liar, cheat, and a scrooge but the one thing he did right was father five sons.
Growing up without a father, Baxter Colt learned how to be a man on his own. He’d written Buzz out of his life until he passed and left a few surprises and secrets—and hoops to jump through.

Fury wasn’t a strong enough word to describe Baxter’s feelings when he heard the stipulations of his father’s will. Five brothers who are strangers are given the choice to live together for six months and work the Grinning Spurs Ranch or give up everything they’ve worked for—including their homesteads.

However, that’s only the beginning. All five must be married before time is up.

Since her mother was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease, Abriella Craig was responsible for the family bakery and her little brother. Financially she was strapped and emotionally and physically she was alone, but when a brooding, handsome stranger strolls into town he might be the answer to her prayers.

Abriella is as sweet as the cupcakes she creates and would make the perfect wife, but as secrets start to unfold Baxter realizes he wants more than a marriage of convenience. But is he too much like his father to ever find love?

The Colt brothers will each take a journey in finding love, brotherhood and forgiveness in the small town of Tarnation, Texas where love blooms in the unlikeliest places.

Wow, when Rhonda decides to complicate things for her characters, she certainly goes all the way.

When Buzz Colt dies his will leaves his lawyer in a tight spot. He gets the ominous privilege of introducing two sets of brothers to each other. I never thought I’d feel sorry for a lawyer type until now.

Baxter and Brennan are Buzz’s sons from his marriage, they live on their Ranch Dragonfly Spurs with their mother. Arc, Adam and Ash are the children Buzz had with his girlfriend, he never married her even after he divorced his wife. Buzz himself lived on a huge ranch called Grinning Spurs in Tarnation, Texas, he also appears to own a good deal of real estate there as well. Now the lawyer is going to lower the boom.

The five of them must live and work on Grinning Spurs Ranch for six months, but the icing on this is they also must all marry by the end of that six months or they will lose their ranches and everything else.

This book will concentrate mostly on Baxter and his relationship with the town’s bakery owner, Abriella Craig.

This is a favorite scene when Baxter runs into Abriella, for the second time, and I do mean that literally.

She made it halfway to the bank when her cell buzzed. She grabbed it from her sweater pocket and read the screen. It was a voicemail from her mother’s nursing home. She clicked ‘talk’, and listened to the recorded message, a friendly reminder that the monthly installment was due in three days. Hanging up, her phone dinged. DJ had texted her. He needed to speak to her and it seemed important. Was it about the study abroad opportunity?

Tapping away at the keyboard, she brought her chin up just in time to see a flash of a white hat and blue eyes before she slammed into a rock-solid body that smelled like leather and sunshine. Her phone shot out of her hand, flying through the air as she squealed in protest. She awkwardly tried to catch it, but it bounced off her fingers then landed in the street.

“Oh no!” She scrambled off the sidewalk to snatch up her phone when she heard a loud honk about the same time she felt a strong arm circle her waist to drag her back against a broad chest. The car continued to beep as it passed, crunching her phone under the tires. Abriella couldn’t believe her eyes. “Oh no, no, noooo!” She slumped her shoulders, staring at the broken phone.

“You should watch where you’re going, lady,” a rich, husky voice with a prominent Texas drawl said next to her ear.

She’d almost forgotten the strong arm that still held her.

Pivoting on the heels of her sneakers, she met the gaze of the tall, broad shouldered cowboy with clear blue eyes that were upon her in irritation. He was irritated? “Excuse me?”

“Your nose was in your phone and because of that, it’s now trashed. Not to mention you almost got yourself killed trying to save it.”

Trying her best not to focus on his nice lips or that firm jaw covered in a layer of dusky whiskers, she gritted her teeth against the wave of awareness in her body. “Maybe you should try and watch where you’re going, buddy! The sidewalk is plenty big enough for the both of us unless you count that ego of yours. Why were you walking on my side? You destroyed my phone!”

He chuckled. “Lady—”

“My name isn’t lady!” she snapped.

“Fine. What should I call you?” He pushed back the rim of his white Stetson, showing off the fringe of dark, silver-peppered hair around his ears. Her gaze naturally fell to his neck and the unusual looking fleshy mark. He cleared his throat and she lifted her eyes.

Did she really want to tell him her name? Probably not. “I assume you’re one of the Colt men, aren’t you?”

Some of the creases on his forehead disappeared and he shook his head. “News travels fast here in this three-stoplight town,” he said with notable agitation.

“Actually, there are five lights.” She tilted one hip and turned her attention back to her smashed phone. Now what would she do? “You owe me a phone, Mr. Colt!” She crossed her arms over her chest and held her chin high.

I owe you a phone?” His gaze dropped to her bakery shirt, then came back up. “Bluebonnet, I’m afraid you’re sadly mistaken.” He settled his hat lower on his forehead, shading those amazing eyes. “My advice is to invest in a smash resistant cell if you plan on keeping your nose buried in it.”

“I didn’t ask for your advice. I asked for reimbursement of my phone that you demolished. Where was your head buried, Mr. Colt?”

“It’s just a phone, ma’am. Not the end of the world. You should be thanking me that I saved your ass,” he smirked.

Anger swarmed its way through her veins and slammed into her toes. She’d tolerated a lot from Buzz Colt over the years, and she refused to deal with one of his arrogant sons who had just arrived in town and was already acting like he owned Tarnation! He might very well take over the building she rented, but she couldn’t hold her tongue— not for another second! It was as if all the pent-up anger she had toward Buzz flowed like water. “Listen, Mr. Arrogance,” She emphasized his name with a harsh tone she barely ever used. “Apparently you don’t understand what manners are. I’ll be on the party wagon when you and your kin leave town and head back to the cave where you came from.” First, she was almost run over by a Colt and now this…

“Whoo-wee.” He whistled through his teeth. “Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.” He smiled wide enough to show off deep dimples and it made her tremble.

She slammed her fists to her hips, looking up at him— way up— and seething. “How dare you mock me! You definitely are your father’s son.”
Rhonda Carver. Hitched. Tarnation Texas Book 1.  (Kindle Locations 636-676). Kindle Edition.

Now doesn’t that sound like a great way to start a relationship?

This book is so much fun, intertwined with the blossoming relationship is some family drama for Abriella. Some friction for the brothers with regard to a female veterinarian. Plenty of misunderstandings and things not being discussed that lead to even more interesting confrontations.

A truly wonderful start to a new series.

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!

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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Sheltered By The Lawman – Lawmen of Wyoming Book 5 by Rhonda Lee Carver


Sheltered By The Lawman
Lawmen of Wyoming Book 5
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Rhonda Lee Carver

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Struck over the head, Monica Warren wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of who she is or what happened. The sexy man who has stayed by her side is the only person in the world she knows and she can’t help but cling to him.

Cullen Cade thinks he’s landed the easiest mission he could hope for. Find the missing woman and bring her in. Simple. Then all hell breaks loose when he saves her from a burning building, almost takes a bullet, then learns that she has no memory—not even of who she is or that she is wanted for questioning in the death of her lover. Up until this point in life, Cull has made every decision with his head, but something about the woman, and her situation, tugs at his compassion.

Against better judgement, he offers her shelter, but soon secrets start to unravel as an attraction unlike anything he’s ever felt begins to grow. He struggles to keep his heart protected and stay professional because she is a criminal…isn’t she? What choices will he make that could harm his career? Or break his heart.

An act of mistaken identity, murder, and danger closing in will leave Monica fighting for her memories and her life.

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Cullen ‘Cull’ Cade thinks this assignment from his friend Deke would be simple. Find the possible witness and turn her over to Deke for questioning. It wasn’t too difficult to find the woman’s apartment and stake it out. What he didn’t expect was for it to go up in flames, right after he sees her go in.

Monica’s purse had gone flying when Sally bumped into her spilling coffee all over. In her haste to gather her belongings and be on her way she leaves her wallet. Sally decides to return it and since the woman isn’t home, and the key is in the wallet, she enters the apartment. She had just put it on the counter when she is grabbed from behind.

When she wakes in the hospital she remembers nothing except a vague recollection of the name Monica.

This is a favorite scene.

“Like a bounty hunter?” Could she be this lucky? A lawman had saved her from a burning building? “Were you in the area when the fire started?”

He sat down on the chair. “I was in the building when I smelled the smoke.” He hesitated as if he didn’t want to finish.

“Go ahead, Cull. Please tell me everything. I need to know,” she urged.

“If I had to guess, and that’s what I’m doing, I’d say the intruder climbed the fire escape and was waiting for you when you entered your apartment. I’m not sure if the gasoline was poured over everything before you entered or after. When I got in there the fire was already too hot to put out.”

“I don’t know… not sure why… but I think I remember the strong smell of gasoline.”

He nodded. “That’s good. Then that would mean the intruder poured it before.”

Seeing the concern in his eyes, she felt the dam slip some. Swallowing, she held back, knowing once the tears started they wouldn’t be stopped. Yet how could she expect to feel no emotion? What he was telling her was that someone tried to kill her and if he hadn’t been in the building, more than likely she would be dead now. And without her memory, she had no clue why this happened. To top it off, she was being discharged and had nowhere to go. With superhuman effort, she lifted her chin and choked down her tears. “Why would someone want to kill me?”

“Good question. One I’m trying to figure out.”

“And I’m no help, am I?”

“It’s not your fault.”

She blinked. “Maybe it is. What if I’m a bad person and can’t remember? I could have done something very horrible and made someone mad enough to want me dead. What would be worse than memory loss is finding out I was a horrible person.” Several expressions flickered over his face before he looked at her with complete pity. “After all, I don’t have any family or friends.”

“You remember that?”

Shaking her head, she sighed. “If I had someone who cared, wouldn’t they be here now? If someone you love or care for is missing, wouldn’t you inquire about them?”

“It’s possible your people don’t know about the fire yet.”

“Thank you for the positivity, but it’s true. I have no one.” Seeing his expression, her chest tightened. “You feel sorry for me, don’t you?” She stood. “I don’t blame you. I’m a mess. This is a crazy situation.”

“You’re not a mess.” She snapped up a brow and he grinned. “Okay, yeah, you’re a mess, but it isn’t the end of the world. You’re alive and your memory will come back. And if it doesn’t, think of it as a new beginning.”

His words didn’t help. Instead, they broke the last thread to her composure. “I feel like I’m lost in the dark.” She sniffed loudly. He stood.

“You’re really upset.”

Swiping away the moisture from her cheek, she shrugged. “I’m on a roller coaster and I want off.”

Big, comforting arms caught her and pulled her against a broad, iron-hard chest. After her moment of shock passed, she inhaled sharply, smelling his appealing scent of spice and leather. So, not only did he look good, but he smelled better.

“If you thought I was a mess before, you’re really going to think I’m a basket case now. The poor woman who can’t remember her name has no place to go, has a murderer on her tail, and she can’t stop crying.”

“I’ve seen a lot and there’s not much that catches me off guard.” He flexed his arms around her and she had no strength to step away. How could she want to? This felt nice, like finding a perfect pair of jeans.

What was wrong with her? Sure, she’d been through something traumatic, but there was something else going on that was way more upsetting than a killer on the loose. Here, in the semi-stranger’s arms, she felt such an amazing, overwhelming comfort that couldn’t be explained. Suddenly, she was a raw nerve and he was the salve. This couldn’t happen. Not now— not when she had no clue who she was, or even what she was feeling. With a sudden burst of strength, she took a step back, looking up at him with a jutted jaw. “I’ll find a place to stay. I’m sure I can find a room at a hotel. I have a feeling I’m good at making things work.”

“With five dollars to your name?”

“Oh, that.” She sighed. “Wait… how did you know that?” She crossed her arms over her chest.

Without any hesitation, he said, “I looked through your bag for some identification. You have no credit or bank cards.”

She tried to laugh but it fizzled. “It shouldn’t be too hard to find out who I am. Something more than just Monica. There must be an apartment manager at my building—”

“Monica Warren.”

She blinked. “That’s my last name? You spoke with the manager?”

He nodded. “You’ve lived at the address for a couple of years.”

Monica absorbed the information. “Did the manager say anything about family? Friends?”

“No,” he said abruptly.

“I’m sorry. Maybe I’m asking too many questions—”

“It’s okay. I understand.” “No ID. No credit or debit card. And clothes that barely fit. Who exactly was I?” She gulped back a sob. “Why did I have a bag packed? Was I leaving? Or returning from vacation?”

His features were masked, but his warm expression burrowed under her skin and zapped her blood. “I can help you out,” he said in a husky voice.

She gave her head a quick shake. “I can’t take your money.” Monica wasn’t even sure she could pay him back.

One corner of his mouth played with a smile. “I’m not offering money. I’m offering you a place to stay.”
Carver, Rhonda Lee. ShelteredbytheLawmanFinal (Kindle Locations 647-701).Kindle Edition.

Keeping Monica safe until she gets her memory back proves to be a bit difficult. His family is treating her like a guest instead of one of his clients. Then there is his growing attraction to her.

Lots of twists and turns in this as Monica tries to remember her life, and nothing makes sense, not to her and not to Cull. Especially the call girl part, it just doesn’t fit her personality. Plenty of sparks between these two but a lot of restraint too.

Suspense and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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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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New Release! Taken By The Lawman – Lawmen of Wyoming Book 6 Book by Rhonda Lee Carver



Taken by the Lawman
Lawmen of Wyoming Book 6
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Rhonda Lee Carver

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She’s his boss. Can he handle her?

Kiersten Cade has always been skilled at catching criminals, bur finding Mr. Right not so much. Lately she’s been feeling a void that work no longer fills. Not getting any younger, she decides to steer her trajectory toward motherhood. She’s ready to take the next step into single parenthood, until a dashing, green-eyed Lawman sends her life compass all out of whack.

Agent Deegan Bronx is known for his cool-hand and polished skills, but why is it that every time he gets around Kiersten he’s a blubbering idiot? Not only is she his boss, but she thinks he’s incompetent. When they are partnered to find the monster wreaking havoc in Wyoming he’s hell-bent on proving his capabilities. He finds outs she wants a baby and he sees the perfect opportunity to show her he’s the best man for the job.

Together they’ll face peril and deceit, but what neither of them expect is the danger brewing inside their hearts.

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When Deegan Bronx gets escorted to his friend Senator Max Kline’s office, he wasn’t really sure what Max expected him to do for him. He had an affair with his aide and now she was dead. Apparently Max doesn’t believe she killed herself and wants his FBI friend to find who killed her.

Deegan really doesn’t want to get involved, but he agrees to see what he can find out. He also knew he wanted the help of his boss Kiersten, she has great profiling skills and he really wants her insight.

There’s just one little problem, Deegan and Kiersten had one night together, and it seems neither one of them have forgotten. Well Kiersten has tried to put it behind her by avoiding him.

Deegan manages to get her curiosity up and she agrees to go with him to find the aide’s roommate.

This is a favorite scene, as they avoid their attraction.

“Don’t be too cocky, Bronx. I’m just curious, that’s all.” She closed the door and dropped her shoulder bag at her feet on the floor. “This better not be a waste of my time.”

He steered the vehicle out of the garage. The sun was shining brightly although it was a bit cool out and she wished she’d grabbed a jacket.

“Cold?”

“Some.” She watched him flip on a switch. Warm air flowed from the vent and, within several minutes, she was no longer chilled. Sitting next to Deegan contributed to warming her blood.

“I won’t make any promises, but I have a feeling the roommate will tell us something useful.”

“Like what? How Annie liked her toast and if she was a messy roommate?”

He gave her a side glance across the bucket seat. “You really do enjoy busting my balls, don’t you?”

“I’m not a ball-buster. Just a realist. We have a few suspicions, but nothing concrete— especially nothing that should have us traipsing all over Wyoming.”

“Then why come along? I can drop you off at the corner here and you can be back in the office in fifteen minutes.”

Kiersten shifted in the leather seat to look at his profile. “I can’t tell you why I’m doing this because I have no clue.”

“Admit it, you sense the suspense in this case. You feel it in your bones.” He stopped at the red light and turned his chin to look at her.

She swallowed hard. Deegan Bronx might be her subordinate and that meant he was off limits, but he did something to her that she couldn’t quite understand. She wouldn’t fall for it, not this time. Her moment of weakness had passed and now he just infuriated her. He might be able to kill a man ten different ways, have the tracking skills of a human GPS, and look like a bad ass warrior, all things she admired, but he also had an ego the size of Mt. Rushmore. Nope. She wasn’t interested. “Do you have the video of the girl? The one you said proved she didn’t kill herself?”

He reached for his phone in the console, clicked a couple of buttons, then he handed her the cell. Kiersten watched the video, then replaced the phone in the cup holder. “Okay, I admit she said she was going to bed, but—.”

“Yeah, I know that there are holes.”

They crossed the city limits and everything became greener and spread further apart. She turned to look at the passing scenery as she cleared her mind. “Fill me in on where we’re going and what you know about the roommate.”

“Folklore is a small town about two hours from here. From what I can gather, RayAnn Mont grew up there and went back when she moved out of the apartment she shared with Annie.”

“Did she and Annie have a falling out?”

He shrugged and the arm of the T-shirt tightened on his bicep. Her eyes naturally fell to the toned, thick muscle and she quickly removed her gaze. “Could have been a falling out or could have been that Annie wanted her privacy.”

“This is ridiculous, you do know that, right?” Feeling a little unsettled, she reached into her bag for a stick of gum. The peppermint eased her queasiness. The doctor said the fertility drug could make her feel this way.

Deegan gave her what she gathered was his face of displeasure. His eyes were narrowed and his lips slanted. “It’s not and that’s why you came along. Have a little faith.”

“I was referring to it being ridiculous that both of us have other cases that need our attention, but here we are on a Monday morning heading away from the office and toward some town called Folklore. Let’s face it, you’re not doing this to find out if Annie overdosed. You’re doing this to help your friend.”

“Pfft. You don’t know me very well.”

She turned slightly to look at him. “Well, isn’t it?”

“Helping a friend out is offering him a place to stay or loaning him money. If I didn’t feel like this girl was murdered, I wouldn’t be investigating this case, and I certainly wouldn’t be searching for some roommate who probably won’t be the star witness to anything.”

“Sure, but Kline should be very grateful. From what I hear, he has his fans squirming.” Bracing her foot on the edge of the seat and propping her chin on her knee, she watched his profile. He had a nice face with high cheekbones, but the layer of whiskers that covered his jaw wasn’t regulatory, but a man like him didn’t follow rules.
Rhonda Carver. Taken by the Lawman with TOC (Kindle Locations 544-584).

The restraint on both their parts as they fight this crazy attraction is fun to watch. Especially since Kiersten is sort of set on having a baby via invitro fertilization and Deegan has no clue about that.

There’s plenty of suspense as these two piece together the girl’s life and more bodies start turning up. Which just adds to their suspect list.

A page turning read with twists and turns, sizzle and surprises.

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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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Weston’s Trouble – Saddles and Second Chances Book 3 By Rhonda Lee Carver



Weston’s Trouble
Saddles and Second Chances Book 3
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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Once upon a time, Weston Jericho could have any woman he wanted, but these days he’s known as “daddy” and less “bachelor of the year”. His daughter and his ranch are his priority until country-girl-turned-city waltzes back into his average life. She’ll have him juggling daddy duties with the need to be near the one woman who stole his heart years ago.

Her father’s declining health leaves Sammie Tanner with no other choice but to come home to Colton, Texas and get things back in order on the ranch, and face those she left behind. From the second her boots cross the county line she finds nothing but trouble, especially with Weston who has her cursing like the backwoods country girl he remembers, and still desires.

Her heart wants the cowboy, but how does she reveal the true reason why she left him…left home? Will he look at her the same? Can she take the risk?

This story opens with Weston helping his neighbor Lucas and discovering the amount of neglect of his property. Concerned he notifies Lucas’ daughter, Samantha.

Now Samantha was on a date with her business partner Brady, a date where she realizes she really has no feelings for the man. The voice mail from Weston is just what she needs. A reason to get away.

This is a favorite scene after Weston picks her up when her rental breaks down.

If he’d wanted to grab her attention, he had it. Her mouth fell open and her eyes widened. “Did I hear you correctly or do I have heat stroke? He fell? Then stitched himself up?”

“Are you more surprised that he fell or the fact that he decided to fix himself?”

“Looking at things closer, maybe the fall because we both know he’s a stubborn man. He has always refused going to the doctor, especially after mom died. I think he’s afraid to hear that he needs to stop eating bacon and eggs every morning.”

“Well, he might be a bit more stubborn these days.”

“I’m sensing there’s more than meets the eye. What are you not telling me?”

There was a lot he could tell her, but he didn’t want to scare her off. And yet, he had to clue her in that things weren’t running smoothly back on her homestead. “He’s let things go.”

“’Go’ as in he’s loosened up in the last years, or ‘go’ as in I’m walking into a mess?”

“Probably a bit of both.”

“Is Braise still the foreman? He started working there before I was born and I always thought of him as an uncle.”

“He’s still there. You know he wouldn’t jump ship, but several of the hands have, causing a problem with keeping up with everything.”

“Why are they leaving?”

He shrugged. “These are all rumors, but I’ve heard he fired a few and the rest he just hasn’t paid so they had no choice but to find other work.”

She paled. “I wondered if this was a ploy to get me back here to take over the wheels at Tanner Ranch. I think things are worse than I suspected, but I can’t stay. Colton is no longer my home. Daddy always wanted me to be the son he never had.”

“Come on, Sam. I remember a time when you had big plans for the ranch. You went off and got that important degree hoping to put it to use out here. Don’t pretend with me, you hear?”

“Who knows at age five what they want to be as an adult? I think from the very beginning I was expected to fall into line, marry me some cowboy and support him in running the land. Hell, every time I told Daddy about my ideas, he blew me off. He took more stock in what his hands had to say than his own flesh and blood.”

“I’ll agree, he has traditional beliefs, but I think if you’d have stuck around, you would have seen him come to terms, make a complete turnaround. Don’t forget, whether you like it or not, Tanner Ranch is your legacy. Whatever you choose to do, keep in mind this is Lucas’s home, handed down generations. He wants what’s best.”

“Are you defending him?” Her smile faded.

“Nope. Just sayin’, that’s all. By the way, he has no clue that you’re coming. He would have raised cane if he knew I called you.”

“So, he didn’t ask for me to be here?” She wrapped her arms over her chest.

He looked over. “Whether he realizes it or not, he needs your help.”

“We didn’t quite part ways on a happy note. Things just keep getting worse. I invited him to Chicago, but he wasn’t interested.”

Weston laughed. “Do you really need me to respond to that?”

“Chicago is a wonderful place, even for cowboys.”

“I heard it is, but he’s not getting any younger, SeeSa—I mean, Sam. Whatever troubles you two cooked up between you, everything needs to be washed clean before it’s too late. You’re right, he’s stubborn, but so are you. Otherwise, you’d have been back years ago.”

She squinted. “No, I wouldn’t. I’m here to help him, but let’s be clear, I no longer belong here. If he needs more help than I can give, then we’ll carry out another plan, none of which tie me to Colton.”
Carver, Rhonda Lee. Weston’s Trouble (Saddles & Second Chances Book 3) (Kindle Locations 668-706). Kindle Edition.

Sam was in for a shock as she goes over the books and surveys the ranch. He father less than helpful, she goes to Weston for help.

As they work together to get the ranch up to where it’s profitable again, the spark between them re-ignites. But will it be enough to get Sam to stay.

An enjoyable read with a couple of surprises, an ex-wife and a father who needs to remember how to love.

I did have a problem with the editing, admiral instead of admirable was just one.

4 Contented Purrs for Rhonda and a hiss for editing.

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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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Claimed by the Lawman – Lawmen of Wyoming Book 4 by Rhonda Lee Carver



Claimed by the Lawman
Lawmen of Wyoming Book 4
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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He won’t stop until he claims what is his…

Years have passed since Tyler Posey last saw Kace Cade. Fifteen years ago, he was a relationship-shy boy with deep dimples who stole her heart right out of her chest. When an opportunity came knocking she went in search of her dreams, but destiny brought her back home to Bohannan, Wyoming—and to Kace who is no longer shy or a boy. In fact, he turned into quite the man.

Being Sheriff had its ups and downs, but Kace liked the challenge. Although he considered his life on track, there was something missing—and her name was Tyler. Not a day had gone by that he hadn’t thought about her, wondered if he’d made the right choice in letting her go.

Now that he had a second chance at loving Tyler, he had to make things right by helping her find closure in her sister’s death. Ruled a suicide, Tyler never believed that could be possible, and neither did Kace, not after new clues came to light.

When secrets and truth start to unfold, and Tyler’s safety is in danger, Kace will need to find the answers before trouble finds Tyler.

The biggest question, who is branding people like they’re cattle? And why? The answers could be where they least expect them…

Sheriff Kace Cade lost his heart years ago to Tyler Posey. He wanted forever but she wanted the lights of Broadway. Now she’s back home with an agenda, re-open her sister’s suicide case. The problem is getting Kace to listen to her, he’s been avoiding her very successfully.

This is a favorite scene.

Kace stepped out of his office, gun aimed at the floor as he glanced across the shadowed room. Seeing a silhouette in the cell, he growled. What the hell?He switched on the overhead light and had to blink twice to make sure what he was seeing was real and not just leftovers from a dream. Sure enough. He wasn’t alone. “What the h*** are you doing?” He shoved his gun into the waist of his jeans and scrubbed the sleep from his eyes.

The petite brunette, the one who’d caused him lots of grief time and again, stood in the center of the cell, one palm on her slanted hip and the keys to the jail dangling from the hook of her finger. She wasn’t laughing otherwise he’d think this was a joke. They’d tipped enough cattle and egged enough bridges in the past that he could see how she might find this funny. He’d grown up though and he wasn’t in the mood for any funny business.

“Answer me, Tyler. What in blue skies are you doing in my jail?” He planted his palms on his hips as he took in the image before him. From her wavy, shoulder-length hair, across the bare skin exposed in the off-the shoulder white blouse, down the length of her long, tanned legs to the tops of her cowgirl boots. She looked just like she had fifteen years ago when she made his world turn. How was it possible that she hadn’t changed a bit? Not one wrinkle. Not a damn thing to prove that she’d aged. How was it possible that even now he felt a familiar tension and a stitch in his heart. Hell-to-the-no. This couldn’t happen. He wouldn’t let it happen.

“What does it look like I’m doing?” She lowered the keys and that flared hip tilted west.

“It looks like you’ve gone and lost your mind. Now get out of my cell,” he growled.
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I have to say she was quite creative in getting his attention. I was giggling a bit when Kace found her in his jail cell.

Both Kace and Tyler are stubborn and letting the past color the present. The one thing they’re lacking is real communication. Understandable as teenagers, but not now they’re adults.

Tension racks up as evidence in Suzy’s death is discovered to be missing. When Kace starts questioning the former sheriff things start getting interesting.

A fire, an attack on Tyler leave no doubt they’re on the right path. Kace has to ensure her safety even as the heat between them hits inferno.

Fast paced, with plenty of fluctuating emotions, suspense and heat.

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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