Friday, February 24, 2017

Unwrapping a Review of PERFECT FOR YOU, a Sunshine Creek Vineyard novel by Candis Terry

A huge fan of Candis Terry already, it’s not hard to fall in love with any of her books. I’m a tad behind in this series, Sunshine Creek Vineyard, but thankfully only by one book, A BETTER MAN. Since reading her upcoming release, PERFECT FOR YOU, I’ve already snagged a copy of the first book. This series is full of hot men as only Candis can write them.

***print copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review. Thank you, Candis.

Blurb for PERFECT FOR YOU:

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be.

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road-trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love.

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Brooke Hastings has been in love with her boss since day one but never has she met a more workaholic, all business, wound tighter than a drum man. When the opportunity arises for her to teach her gorgeous boss how to slow down, cut loose, and have some fun, it turns out not to be as easy as she thought. Facing her feelings about him and his lack of feelings for her doesn’t make it any easier.

Declan Kincade is all about success, so much so that fun isn’t in his vocabulary. When he must return to the family vineyard to sort things out after the unexpected death of his parents, he takes his trusty assistant, Brooke along with him. While fighting his demons from childhood and the resulting insecurities that now threaten to throw his life and business into disarray, he counts on her to keep things together, organized, and him from imploding under the stress of it all. He doesn’t expect to have fun nor suddenly realize just how amazing she is outside of the office.

Candis Terry always manages to write characters that carry their childhood demons and insecurities with them into adulthood, which then makes me fall head over heels in love with them while I try not to die of heartbreak as a result. Declan had a hard time as a kid. His brothers, including his twin, were always smarter, faster to learn, and more capable than he was…or so he thought. The problem was that he was dyslexic. However, once he learned how to overcome this, he threw himself into becoming as successful as possible to prove, mainly to himself, that he is just as smart and capable as any of his family. Brooke is smart, organized, and totally in love with Declan but carries this unrequited love like an anchor on her back. She wants more from life, she has goals of her own, and plans but fears if she goes for what she wants that she’ll lose any connection to Declan at all. An unrequited love is better than no love at all…until one of the most fun road trips up the coast, ever. Candis knows how to give us a good time and Brooke and Declan have just that, along with some eye-opening revelations, steamy tension and well, you know what comes next.

I do have to admit that I didn’t much like the way that Declan played the boss/employee card whenever he gave in to his lust, but I guess that’s the way it goes. I kept thinking of those pesky ‘sexual harassment guidelines’ that companies have and so I just wanted him to shut up and kiss her again instead.

Overall, I had a great time meeting the characters of the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, and definitely need to read the first book. There’s a bit of an underlying situation…mystery, I suppose you could call it…and I suspect it is going to carry through the series. Guess I need to keep reading. Plus, I have to know which Kincade brother comes next. So many sexy men!

I highly recommend PERFECT FOR YOU, book two in the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series by Candis Terry to anyone who loves awesome characters, unrequited love coming to fruition in a heart-melting HEA, and a great time. This was a fun story and had me smiling—a lot!

Happy Reading Everyone!

PERFECT FOR YOU, a Sunshine Creek Vineyard novel by Candis Terry, Avon Romance, available February 28, 2017, in print and ebook formats.

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Unwrapping a Review of JACK OF HEARTS by Sandra Owens

Having thoroughly enjoyed Sandra Owens’s first series, the K-2 Team, I became a huge fan of Sandra’s amazing characters. The question was could she do it again with her new series, Aces & Eights. Well, JACK OF HEARTS did not disappoint, and how appropriate that it’s releasing on Valentine’s Day!

***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for JACK OF HEARTS:

Alex Gentry doesn’t scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to a notorious drug lord Alex is trying to bust. Alex has befriended Ramon as part of his cover, and Madison has unknowingly become his informant.
Falling for her could risk this case—and both their lives.

All Madison wants is to get her new bookstore business off the ground, and for her creepy cousin Ramon—to whom she’s unfortunately indebted—to leave her alone. If she could only stop fantasizing about his mysterious new friend, Alex…

As the Alonzo cartel investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But will the secrets they’re keeping tear them apart—or get them both killed?

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Working undercover, FBI agent Alex Gentry, along with his two brothers use their biker bar to hang with dangerous and deadly criminals but Alex (Heart Man) doesn’t scare easy. Getting close to Ramon Alonzo, second in command to a notorious drug lord was dangerous enough but it seems, there might be one thing or rather one person that scares him more—his attraction to Ramon’s beautiful cousin, Madison.

All Madison Parker wants is to concentrate on getting her bookstore, Black Cat and Tea, off the ground and make it a success. Her hope is to distance herself from her uncle and cousin, who are nothing but trouble. When her uncle tries to involve her bookstore in their nefarious activities, she does her best to fight back. She hadn’t expected the sexy Alex to become her greatest champion.

I have to admit that JACK OF HEARTS by Sandra Owens started out a bit slow for me, so much so that since I was in the midst of another family crisis, I ended up going back and starting from the beginning because it didn’t stay with me. I think that was more my problem than Sandra’s however, because soon I was totally caught up in the action, tension, and intrigue wrapping around a truly sweet love story. Alex and Madison belong together in such a way that they remind me of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, but with a much happier ending. Family can have a way of sticking their noses in where it doesn’t belong, overpowering those who fall prey to their demands but when the underdog suddenly bursts from her shell and stands tall, you can’t help but cheer. Madison is such a character, strong and brash, and Alex (by the way, he might just be my new book boyfriend) supports her in every way possible even as he uses her as an informant. No matter how badass he tries to be, it is obvious that it rubs against the grain of his conscience to do, and so has her back even when it might endanger them both.

One of the reasons that I so loved the K-2 Team series was the characters, the relationships between the characters, and the richness of diversity; well, she’s done it again! Alex, Court, and Nate Gentry are a trio of sexiness and I can’t wait for the others to have their stories. Madison isn’t one to kowtow to anyone, especially her creepy beyond creepy cousin, Ramon, or her overpowering uncle. Sandra has knocked it out of the park with the characters she’s conjured in JACK OF HEARTS. Her good guys are so likeable and her bad guys are so despicable…including Trina. My only criticism is that the editor in me found a couple of the POV changes a bit awkward but otherwise, it was very well written.

I highly recommend JACK OF HEARTS, the first book in the Aces & Eights series by Sandra Owens to anyone who loves a romance featuring sexy good guys, strong heroines, truly bad, bad guys, lots of action, intrigue and well, steamy sexy tension and all that it entails. Be forewarned though, this ends with a cliffhanger but it only makes the reader want more…lots more.

Happy Reading Everyone!

JACK OF HEARTS, an Aces & Eights novel by Sandra Owens, Montlake Romance, releasing February 14, 2017, available in print, audio, and ebook formats at Amazon and print at Barnes & Noble.

Monday, February 6, 2017

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FORGET ME KNOT by Lori King
Will her vacation into the heart of cattle country turn out to be a mistake?

COWBOY CRAZY by Em Petrova
Five brides for five brothers…at least that’s the deal the Daltons have struck with their boys. Each son must marry in order to inherit a piece of the ranch they love so much.

WATCHING FIREFLIES by Jaycee Ford
A cowboy who knew nothing of love. A city girl who wishes she didn’t.

SWEET AS CANDY by Sidda Lee Rain
She may be the softness to smooth his rough edges. That is…if he can convince her to give an ol’ rodeo bum a chance.

LAZARUS by Beth Williamson
Being a Graham isn’t easy, and it’s about to get a lot harder for one stubborn lawman and the woman who still owns his heart.

THE HEARTSONG COWBOY by Melissa Keir
Can two people, one horse and the power of love cure a little girl?

GIMME SOME SUGAR by Stephanie Berget
She’s is a genius with cupcakes and croissants. He needs a ranch cook to whip up beef, beans and bacon. Love never tasted so good.

HER FATED COWBOY by Donna Michaels
Thrown back into the path of her first love, she finds hers is not the only heart fate has damaged.

A COWBOY TO KEEP by D’Ann Lindun
A bull's hooves turned Laney’s world to dust; bull riding gave Cody a life worth living—can they find common ground? 

DAVIS: LETTERS OF FATE by Paty Jager
A marriage of convenience ignites into a steamy romance and brings two strong wills together.

MAKE MINE A COWBOY by Sandy Lea Sullivan
She writes fantasy cowboys for a living…but she never expected to find her own on the back roads of Hill Country, Texas.

CHOCOLATE COWBOY by Kirsten Lynn
Returning to Wyoming two things surprised GySgt Jared Worrell…becoming the town chocolatier and Lucy Thomas. Coming home never tasted so sweet.

MONTANA BACHELOR by Hildie McQueen
Rich Bachelor seeks Single Female who won’t mind complications of elite society, a suspicious father and an evil ex-girlfriend…

COWBOYS NEVER FOLD by Lexi Post
A cowboy honors a promise by working at a nudist resort but to win the sexy owner’s heart, he must bare more than his soul.

RIVER’S EDGE by Gem Sivad
From gunslinger to ranch owner. He’s finding respectability a lot more dangerous than his former life of sin.

UNDER PRESSURE by Rhonda Lee Carver
The Stone sisters know their way with a gun, rope, three-inch heels, and a cowboy’s heart.

(My personal favorite!)
JAKE: MEN OF CLIFTON by Susan Fisher Davis
He can tame the wildest stallion, but can he tame a stubborn redhead that wants nothing to do with him?

THE REAL McCOY by Sabrina York
She mistakes him for a stripper…he is happy to comply!

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The Ex Ops Series:

SECRET MANEUVERS #1 (FREE)
STRIPPING HER DEFENSES #2 
MISSION DELIVERY #2.5 
SWEET AGONY #3
SWEET RECOVERY #4
SWEET ETERNITY #5
BULLETS AND BLUEBONNETS #6
 by Jessie Lane
Romantic Suspense

From best-selling author Jessie Lane comes second chance romance with a hint of suspense...


A covert Spec Ops group secretly owned and operated by the United States Department of Defense, and managed by their CIA Handler, ‘Uncle Sam’. An elite group consisting of some of the best the military and government agencies had to offer. This series will focus on the Ex Ops Team as they go to work undercover on various missions, while also trying to maneuver through the emotional landmines of their personal lives. Each book will feature a different couple, but the sub plots will connect from one book to the next. This series is best read in order as each novel becomes available.





Some mistakes from the past haunt us forever… unless fate steps in with a second chance.

One ‘Dear John’ letter haunted Bobby Baker’s every living moment. It was the letter he’d stupidly written to his high school sweetheart, Belle, right after he had left to join the Army. The letter in which he’d told her that he wasn’t so sure they were ready for forever yet. Before he could let her know that the letter, and his second thoughts, were nothing more than a mistake, she disappeared from the small Georgia town they had both been raised in.

Fifteen years after the letter, Belle unknowingly walked back into Bobby’s life when her job as an ATF Agent forced her to work with a group of men secretly headed by the CIA to help her track down whoever was involved in funneling black market weapons to a drug cartel in Mexico.


Bobby planned to use this mission to try to soothe Belle’s hurt feelings while proving to her that their love was meant to be forever. He would use every dirty trick he’d learned since he had joined the Army to maneuver her back into his life for the long haul. Belle was not making it easy, though, as she continued to keep him at arm’s length in the hopes that mistakes of her own would never come to light.






He can’t change the scars on her body…


but fate will give him a second chance to mend the scars he put on her heart.

Riley Sullivan and the Ex Ops Team are headed to Miami undercover… as bikers. Following up a lead, the men will perform their investigation acting as members of the Regulators Motorcycle Club with the club’s permission. Surrounded by hardcore bikers and investigating missing strippers, Riley finds the last person he ever expected to see again—his ex-wife.

Kara Sullivan left the man she loved after a tragic accident cost them their unborn son. After years of therapy, she’s come to grips with the loss and has re-emerged from the pain a brand new person. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to face the man who inadvertently broke her heart, and who she’s hurt in return.

Riley has never stopped loving her and he never will. He’s ready to fix their marriage and move on with their lives, however Kara’s reluctance to renew their relationship isn’t their only problem. Danger lurks just around the corner… and there’s a chance she could disappear permanently.








From Best Selling Author Jessie Lane...

Bobby Baker is a man with new lease on life.

He is engaged to his high school sweetheart, and he is bonding with the fourteen year old son he wasn’t aware of a little less than a year ago.

But there’s more. The love of his life is pregnant with their second child. This time, he’ll be there to witness the birth of one of his children instead of missing out on it.

Or will he?

Belle unexpectedly goes into labor a month early while Bobby is coming off a mission half a world away. Will he be able to make it home in time for the birth of his second child?

Or will he miss this delivery, too?

***Previously published in the back of Ice, Regulators MC #1. This is a short story that should be read after both Secret Maneuvers and Stripping Her Defenses in the Ex Ops Series.






Beware of falling in love with the boy across the street. 


Disappearing from their dangerous life in Chicago, Ginny and her mother went from riches to rags by way of a new life in the sleepy, rural suburbs of New York. Under the illusion of safety, Ginny blossomed into a beautiful young woman with hopes and dreams for a future her mother was determined she would have. Lucas Young, her best friend’s oldest brother, was the dashing hero in all of her dreams. The man she fantasized about sweeping her off her feet and giving her the happily ever after she had only heard about in her mother’s fairytales. Sometimes, reality wasn’t what we wanted it to be, though. 

What would happen when Ginny found out Lucas wasn’t her Prince Charming after all? Instead, he was a rough and tumble soldier in extremely tarnished armor who had a propensity to break her heart. Maybe happily ever after wasn’t meant for everyone.




He broke her heart… now he has to pick up the pieces.


Lucas Young met the woman meant for him when they were just children. He spent years pushing the sweet, innocent Ginny away for one reason or another instead of claiming what was his, breaking her heart in the process. Five years later, he runs into Ginny, only he no longer recognizes the person she has become. The good-hearted, free-spirited girl he loved is now a shell of who she used to be, living the sort of life she never wanted. And Lucas is driven to find out why.

However, uncovering Ginny’s secrets will prove to be dangerous for them both. Will he be able to piece back the broken woman who used to love him with every fiber of her being? Or did he push her away for good? 

Warning: This is the second book (50,000+ word novel) in a three-part serial spin-off from the Ex Ops Series. Each of the three books will feature a piece of Lucas & Ginny's story and leads directly into the next installment. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS STORY ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER. Also, be forewarned this story will make you laugh, cry, and possibly throw your e-reader at the wall... AGAIN. <- You've been warned.





Roses are red, my life is blue, and the man I love is a fool.

Virginia Wellington has accepted her fate of being a pawn in her father’s criminal underworld games, especially if it keeps the people she loves safe. The problem is Lucas has discovered her secrets and the reason she walked away from him. Now he’s determined to save her, even if she doesn’t want to be saved.

I’m not Prince Charming. I’m the guy who kicked Prince Charming’s ass.

Lucas Young now knows why the woman he’s loved since he was a boy disappeared from his life. It’s time he rescued his angel and showed her once and for all that by his side is exactly where she belongs. 

Warning: This is the third (and last) book in a three-part serial spin-off from the Ex Ops Series. Each of the three books will feature a piece of Lucas & Ginny's story and leads directly into the next installment. IN OTHER WORDS, NO MORE CLIFFHANGER! YIPPEE! Also, be forewarned this story will make you laugh, cry, and possibly throw your e-reader at the wall... more than once! <- You've been warned. ;)





From New York Times best-selling author Cristin Harber and best-selling author Jessie Lane comes an exciting collaboration…

What happens when Titan and Ex Ops work together?

Terror has gripped the NYPD. A rogue sniper took out, not only the NYPD’s SWAT snipers and police chief, but several others. Now they must turn to the only person they can trust: Jared Westin and the Titan Group.

There’s only one problem. The Titan Operatives are currently tied up with their own missions.

Unwilling to leave the NYPD hanging, Jared Westin cashes in a favor from Commander Jaxon Wall. Only, Jared doesn’t want to send Jaxon’s Ex Ops Team for the job; he wants to send in someone Jaxon has kept secret: his goddaughter, Billie Jean Beasely, one of the best snipers working for the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, if only her male counterparts would let her prove it. The NYC mission could finally give her that chance.

Thing is, Jaxon Wall isn’t willing to send his goddaughter in alone. He wants to send one of his own men to help her. Chase Anderson.

Will Chase turn out to be yet another man who thinks Billie is less of a shot just because she’s a woman? Or will Billie finally meet a man who realizes she loves her bullets as much as bluebonnets?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy. She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.





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