Review – The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan

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Today’s confession….the friends to lovers trope isn’t one of my favorites.  But, I love Kendall Ryan so I decided to give this latest installment of her Room Mate Series at try and I’m so happy I did.  Ms. Ryan works it like a catwalk model and I loved every second of this story!  Sam and Maggie are best friends and have been for years.  But quietly, Sam has always known that no woman could ever measure up to the standards of Maggie and he would never jeopardize his friendship in that way.  Maggie is fresh off a break-up and Sam swoops in to her rescue.  And so….it begins.  I adored Sam and Maggie!  Individually and as a couple, they are dynamite!  Sam is kind and generous and accepts all the many facets of Maggie’s personality.  He knows her better than anyone and there is something so sexy about a man who knows a woman this intimately without being intimate with her.  He pulls out all the stops, not only to make her feel better but to maneuver her a position in which she can accept him as a lover, not just a friend.  I was utterly charmed by him.  Maggie worships Sam but when several people point out how perfect they are together, Maggie allows her mind to entertain thoughts of another type of relationship with Sam.  It was so romantic.  These two have some pretty amazing chemistry and when you couple that with the way they can read each other so well….it results in some pretty erotic fireworks!!!  Whew!  I’m surprised my Kindle survived the onslaught of heat!  Throw in a romantic getaway, a douchebag ex,  and a few good-natured friends, and you have a delightfully sinful story brimming with romance and smokin’ hot sex.  I definitely enjoyed reading The Bed Mate and once again, I can’t wait to see what Ms. Ryan has up her sleeves for her readers next.  5 stars.

 

 

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I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?

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Every now and then, Sam would shoot me a sympathetic look, knowing that I had no idea what they were talking about, but in truth, their company was a welcome break. Between what the woman in the shop had said and the lady on the plane’s insinuation, my mind was going a mile a minute and I was beginning to look at Sam in a way I definitely shouldn’t be.

Okay, so, yeah, he was sexy. That was a no-brainer.

I shot him a furtive glance, taking in the corded muscles of his forearms and the lock of dark hair that constantly flopped onto his forehead. And sure, he was sweet and attentive. He looked after me and made sure I always had a fresh drink and that I wasn’t cold or hot. He held the door for me and pulled out my chair when we went to restaurants. Hell, he’d been looking forward to this trip for months and he’d sacrificed an entire day just to make sure I got here safe and didn’t spend my time sulking.

Still, that didn’t mean he had feelings for me. He hadn’t argued when I’d mentioned us being like brother and sister or anything.

No, this whole line of thinking was ludicrous. Sam was a good friend. That was all…wasn’t it?

After all, Trevor had loved me once and he never did any of that.

Admittedly, that wasn’t the best example, but it proved my point all the same. In Sam’s shoes, Trevor never would have missed the chance to hit the slopes with his friends. He hadn’t even skipped the business trip that fell on my twenty-fifth birthday years back.

But Sam was there, my brain supplied helpfully.

Again, not an indication that he had feelings for me. People were just different. Sam was one of the good ones. And if he liked me surely I’d have known by now. He’d have told me or…something.

“Is that your phone?” Sam turned to me and I blinked, only realizing that I’d been so encompassed in my own thoughts that I’d totally zoned out.

“What?” I asked, confused.

“Don’t you hear that vibrating noise? I think it’s your phone.”

I listened hard and then heard the low, gentle hum he was talking about.

“Yep, probably you-know-who again.” I sighed, but fished the phone from my tiny handbag all the same on the off chance it was a family member with an emergency.

It wasn’t Trevor, though. He had called—I had seven new missed messages from him since I’d left for the airport, but I also had three missed calls from my friend Deanna. I hadn’t spoken to her in more than two weeks because she’d been away on a long-awaited safari, but now more than ever I really needed to hear her voice.

 

 

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Review – Bad Boys: Dax by Shannyn Leah

 

 

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This is the first book I have read by Shannyn Leah, but Dax intrigued me so much, I’m very much interested in what other books by her I’m missing.  Dax is a local womanizing bad-boy…who runs a mechanic shop with his dad and moonlights as a firefighter.  He’s very close to his dad and it’s that relationship that made me hang in there when I was ready to give up on such a blatant man-whore.  Ava is sweet, kind, and a wonderful mother who lives with Dax’s dad.  He took her in when she had no place to go and she worships him like a father.  But what she feels for Dax is anything but brotherly.  These two have some amazing chemistry but they fight it pretty good!  All Ava wants to be is a good mother…and it shows with how involved with her daughter she is.  I really didn’t like Dax at first.  I will be very upfront about it.  But he grew on my as I watched him interact with those around him that he was closest to.  I really liked Ava but when I found out about her past, I was blown out of the water.  Talk about turning your life around!  She was such an inspiration!  Sadly the world collapses around Dax and Ava and they find comfort in the strength they provide one another.  It’s in these darkest moments that they realize just how deeply they feel and that they no longer feel whole until they are together.  There is a lot of push and pull between the two but when someone from Ava’s past returns and threatens the life she has created, Ava has to turn to Dax to save her and he daughter.  This book was well written, although there were a few issues with the plot that I would have liked clarification on.  Still, overall, the issues I had did not detract from the story line.  Dax and Ava have a beautiful relationship that builds slowly but explodes at just the right time.  There was plenty of suspense, a lot of tension,  and quite a few moments that brought me to tears.  Best of all, this book shows you that family comes in all shapes and forms and that sometimes it’s not the family you were born into that matters….it’s the family you create for yourself that means everything.  Bad Boys: Dax was a well-written story that had a very happy ending and I’m looking forward to other books in this series.  4 stars.

 

 

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About Dax: Dax is the first book in Willow Valley’s Bad Boy stand-alone series. These hot contemporary romance books feature alpha males heroes and strong, independent women.

Fall in love with Dax Coyln, a volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic for his restoration business. He’s strong, solid, independent, until tragedy strikes that could tear him to the ground.

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Dax Colyn is one of the bad boys of Willow Valley. A fearless volunteer firefighter and hard ass mechanic, he makes all the woman swoon and he likes it that way. He keeps people at a distance since his mother died. He doesn’t want to let anyone in, much less a woman he knows he could fall in love with

Ava Anderson keeps people away, too. Haunted by her tortured past and constantly fearful of the future, it’s only her daughter Olivia and Dax’s dad Rowdy that she’s let in.

But when tragedy strikes, it pushes Dax and Ava together, forcing them both to let go of their fears. They soon learn how hard it is to keep pretending and how easy it is to let others in. Especially when those people are family.

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“Dax?” She’d moved directly beside him and he felt her warmth radiate near his arm. “Rowdy says you haven’t gone back to the hospital for a follow up on your shoulder.”

She set the princess-patterned bag on his desk before he could reply, not that he needed to answer her. They both knew he hadn’t gone back to see the doctor. He hated hospitals.

A couple weeks back on their way back to the station after dousing a farm fire, the new guy had driven off the road and flipped the fire truck on its side, sending all five of the men to the hospital. Had the ambulance driver not given him a choice, he wouldn’t have gone in the first place.

Big deal. Firefighters got muscle sprains all the time. Although his shoulder was being a pain and not healing. He should have gone for the follow up, but he could scrounge up a thousand excuses to hold it off, too.

Ava unzipped Olivia’s knapsack and pulled out a container of gel. “Let me see your shoulder.” Her teacher’s tone again. Damn woman.

“Ava—”

“I didn’t ask. Take off your shirt, Dax.”

He leaned back in his chair to get a better look at her. He put on his famously seductive grin and tapered his eyes. “I’ve been trying to get you out of your shirt for years and you think you can come into my office and, after one demand, think I’m going to just strip for you? Do you think I’m that easy?”

Her lips curved upwards. “You are that easy.”

“Take yours off,” he retorted.

Her jaw tightened, as did the grip on the jar in her hands. Humor swept away, her eyes didn’t waver from his, and he watched desire heat up in them. The attraction between them resonated around the four walls of his office and he knew sex with her would be mind-blowing. Except, he’d never sleep with her. He couldn’t. As much as he teased and flirted, at the end of the day, they didn’t mix. Hot and cold. Water and fire. Besides, his dad would whoop him good and serve him up for dinner if it ever went that far.

Ava’s fingers grasped the edge of her blue and white plaid blouse and hiked the material high enough to see her naval.

Goddamit. They were in his office and the wall overlooking the shop was encased with windows.

He caught her wrist, conflicted with wanting more, all of her and not wanting any of her at all.

“Alright,” he growled, pulling her shirt back down over her denim shorts.

He stood up, ignoring what looked a hell of a lot like hurt in her eyes and yanked his own black T-shirt over his head. He balled it up, frustration invading his hands and tossed it onto his desk.

“If I’d known it was that easy to get your shirt off, I would have flashed my sprained shoulder a helluva long time ago.”

One thing was for certain, the teasing had to end. She’d never given an inch and today she’d have given a whole damn foot.

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Review – My Father’s Rival by Fiona Davenport

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Short, hot, and sexy!  These are the words I would use to describe the latest release by super author duo Fiona Davenport.  Our hero, Jared, it one seriously smokin’ bad man, in the very best of ways.  Dominant and dangerous, Jared is out for blood with a rival MC and what better way to gain leverage than kidnapping the MC president’s daughter?  Funny thing…she aided and abetted her own kidnapping (this is seriously hysterical).  Bridget is my kinda girl.  After unknowingly facilitating that kidnapping, Bridget quickly decides, she also doesn’t want to leave her abductors side. Stockholm syndrome this is NOT!  Nope, Bridget has been lusting after Jared from afar for quite some time and at the first opportunity, she reaches for what she wants.  The chemistry between Bridget and Jared is amazing and this book gets high marks for extreme eroticism combined with sweet love.  It’s pretty instant…so brace.  Once Jared discovers all he ever wanted lies with Bridget, all bets are off.  I really enjoyed Bridget’s bold banter and lively spirit and how she goes head to head with Jared at each given opportunity.   Jared’s dirty-talk and blatant desires fired my blood and made my pulse race.  This book moves at a brisk pace and can be read in under and hour but it was an hour in which I was engaged and entertained form beginning to end.   I adored every second of My Father’s Rival and I’m pretty sure you will too! 5 stars!

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I stalked to my hog and got on, slamming my foot down on the kick starter. Scout’s engine revved and I looked jerkily in his direction. Bridget was sitting on the back of his bike, her slim arms wrapped around Scout’s torso. Even though Scout already had an old lady, something inside me howled in protest at the sight of her clinging to him. To anyone but me. It didn’t seem to matter that she was too fucking young for me. Too sweet and innocent.

“Fuck,” I muttered before yelling to be heard over the noise from the bikes, “Bridget! Get over here.”

Scout’s head pivoted, and he smirked at me before helping her off the seat. I scowled darkly, my eyes threatening retribution if he said even one fucking word. Bridget hesitated when she caught sight of my expression. I held out my hand and beckoned her forward with my fingers, softening my look so she wouldn’t be afraid.

I handed her a helmet and fastened the straps, tucking her red hair out of her face. “Hop on, baby,” I growled. “We need to get the fuck outta here.”

She climbed on and wrapped her arms around me tightly. Her tits pressed flush against my back, and I could feel her heart racing. I rarely let any woman ride with me but when I had, it had never felt this good. She fit me like a glove. Shaking my head, I tried to dispel the thoughts invading my mind and took off like a bat outta hell.

We reached the Silver Saints compound a little less than an hour later. Once inside the main garage, I shut off my bike and helped Bridget to her feet. As she swung her leg over, she lost her balance and went tumbling into my chest.

Son of a bitch. Riding with her wrapped around me had made me hard as fuck but when she was pressed against my front, I thought my dick was gonna burst through my damn jeans. She looked up at me with wide, deep blue eyes, her pink lips slightly parted, and her skin flushed. I could too easily imagine how she would look after being thoroughly fucked and I shoved her away quickly, trying to get some control.

I hadn’t kidnapped her to make her my play-thing. I didn’t roll that way—she was simply leverage for the swap. I had no intention of corrupting Pierce’s innocent little princess, no matter how tempting the idea was. The last thing I needed was to jeopardize the plan by getting involved with her. Besides, I reminded myself, she’s too damn young for you. I was old enough to be her motherfucking father.

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Review – At Your Service by Lexi Blake

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At Your Service is a wonderful addition to the Masters and Mercenaries: Topped family.  Juliana and Javier are simply marvelous.  Javier is the resident man-whore at the restaurant but he is feeling the need to settle down and build a relationship with the right woman.  Enter Juliana.  She is damaged and unsure of her place in the world after returning from fighting overseas for her country.  Juliana has caught Javier’s eye before but when Juliana saves him from a date gone bad and a very sensitive situation, he thinks she may be the one.  Javier’s is awesome in his seduction techniques, though slightly less dominant than most of the other Sanctum Dom’s (although, no less alpha, he’s simply more playful and tender).  He is gentle and kind and has a really good soul and I adored how he fought for Juliana, even when she had no idea he was doing it.  Juliana was a bit harder to read. Sure, everything appeared on the up and up on the outside but inside she is barely surviving and my heart ached for her and her struggles and the way she felt she could no longer follow her dreams.  She puts up one of the best fights regarding how she feels about Javier (almost too good…I probably would’ve given up had I been him) but when she gets there, she goes full out to make sure Javier understands just how badly she wants him.  Their chemistry is steamy and erotic without being over the top and too controlling.  The sex scenes were well written and flawless, as always.  Ms. Blake never fails to deliver on that!  The plot was engaging and entertaining and, with Charlotte and Ian making a few appearances, you are treated to more than one belly laugh while reading.  The is some intrigue and suspense and a kick-a** heroine who pretty much saves the day (ok, she had a little help, but I love a heroine who is this strong).  The author does a fantastic job of bringing to light the struggles, tragedies, and triumphs our wounded warriors deal with on a daily basis.  Overall, I immensely enjoyed the latest book in the series and I can’t wait to see what the next book brings.  4.5 stars.

 

 

 

Juliana O’Neil’s promising future was burned away in the heat of battle. She had been an officer with a bright future in the military, but now she is struggling to survive. Her husband gone and her career in shambles, she finds a job at Top as a hostess and tries to put together the pieces of her life. The last thing she needs is any kind of male attention, but she can’t help but be amused at her neighbor and coworker’s lothario antics. Not that she would have anything to do with him, at least not for more than one night.

Javier Leones doesn’t understand monogamy. No woman could ever be enough for his endless libido, but he has to admit Juliana has his attention. For reasons he doesn’t fully understand, he can’t seem to get the gorgeous redhead with the sad eyes out of his head. After one scorching night together, he realizes he’ll never be able to get her out of his system. But with his reputation, he fears she’ll never see him as more than a one-night stand.

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All alone with the storm. Maybe she should call Kai. And ask him to get out in the middle of this? That seemed pretty selfish especially since she knew exactly how poorly driving in storms could go.

A hard flash of white light made her jump back.

Nope. She wasn’t going there. She was going to stay in the here and now, and that meant finding a flashlight and trying to get some candles lit. Someone was out there working on getting the power back on, and then she would ride out the storm watching rom coms and falling asleep on the couch. It was going to be okay. Deep breath. It was going to be okay.

A few moments later she’d found her one flashlight and had a nice set of candles out, and she was faced with the problem of lighting the suckers. Oh, she had a big box of matches, but she’d never struck a match without her left hand.

A lighter would be easier. She could figure out a lighter maybe. Jules tried holding the box against the table with her stump while she struck the match with her right hand. She fumbled, the action so unnatural it made her slip up and break the match.

And the second one.

And the third one.

Tears pierced her eyes, but she wasn’t going to shed them. She was going to figure this out or she would make due with the flashlight. It was all about adapting. That was what she had to do. Adapt.

She wasn’t going to let this beat her. Normally she was tough. It had happened and she dealt with it, but between the storm and the conversation with Suzanne the day before about her mother and the sweetness of flirting with a handsome man she couldn’t have, she was feeling awfully vulnerable. She wasn’t going to sit here in the dark and cry.

A knock on the door made her gasp and jump.

Fuck. She wasn’t like this. She hated this…this anxiety she got when it rained. It was weakness and she couldn’t abide it.

If you walk away from this you’ll ruin your life, Juliana. Don’t think I’ll watch you do it. You go through with this and you do it on your own. Am I understood?

Sometimes she felt like she was still seven years old, and if she could just get her mom’s attention everything would be okay.

Jules gripped the flashlight and walked across her apartment to the door. It was likely one of the neighbors coming to check on her. Actually, that was an excellent idea. She could go down and see if Mrs. Gleeson needed some company. There were some elderly residents she could check on and a single mom she’d met at the end of the hall. She could see if she could be of any assistance and that would get her through the night.

She opened the door expecting to see anyone but the man she saw standing there.

Javier Leones. He had a flashlight in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. He was wearing jeans and a button down that he’d left undone enough she could see a nice swath of golden brown skin. His hair was deliciously mussed, as though he’d taken a shower and simply rubbed a towel over it to get it dry.

He was big and male and so sexy it hurt to look at him, and Jules realized she could do something else to take her mind off things.

Those plump, sensual lips of his broke into a bright smile. “I thought you might like some company. I know I would. I actually don’t have any candles, so I was sitting in my living room with this sad one flashlight. You look like a woman who likes some candles.”

But she couldn’t light them. She hadn’t figured that part out.

His face fell and he walked into her place, closing and locking the door behind him. “Hey, what’s wrong? It’s okay if you don’t have any candles. It’s cool. Two flashlights are better than one.”

He set the flashlight and wine bottle down and moved into her space, his hands coming up to cup her shoulders. “Jules, what’s wrong?”

She had to be stronger than this. She shook her head. “Nothing. I’m fine.”

His jaw tightened. “Don’t. Please don’t. I live with a stubborn asshole who won’t let me help him in any way. I get that we’ve only known each other for a few weeks, but I thought we were friends. You help me out all the time. You’re kind to me. Fucking let me be kind to you. I spend every day trying to help someone who won’t let me. Please let me feel like I’m worth something.”

If he’d said anything else, joked about the weather or told her to suck it up, she could have, but he’d opened a door. He’d been vulnerable and honest, and she found she couldn’t pay that back with stubbornness.

“I have candles and I can’t figure out how to light them.” Tears rolled down her face. She was vulnerable. All the time. Even when she pretended like she wasn’t.

“You can’t…” he began and then he looked down. Instead of stepping back and giving her space, he drew his hand down her arm, warming her skin where he touched her. It was dark but the moon was full and gave enough light to see the outline of his face. There was no look of horror there. He caressed her arm until he got to the place where she’d been split apart and sewn back together unwhole. He brought it up and wrapped it against his palm, his fingers closing around it until the whole thing was surrounded with his warmth. “You haven’t figured out how to do it yet. Probably hasn’t come up or you would know what to do. How long since you lost your hand?”

“A year and a half,” she said. He was touching her there. No one had touched her there except her doctors and therapists.

Come to think of it, no one had touched her at all since before the accident. Had it really been so long since she’d felt warm flesh against her own? He was so close, close enough that all she would have to do was go up on her toes to brush her lips against his.

Would that be wrong? As long as she remembered who she was dealing with, why couldn’t she take a few moments of respite for herself? If he wanted her.

 

 

 

 

 

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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Review – The Outpost by Devney Perry

Review:

I gotta hand it to Ms. Perry…she definitely knows how to suck her readers in and keep them on the edge of their seats!  The Outpost, the 4th book in the Jamison Valley Series gives us the story of Beau and Sabrina.  Their story picks up where The Lucky Heart ended and I have to admit, I fell head over heels in LUV with Beau.  This man gives…and gives, and gives, and gives and is still a total bada** in a very alpha male way.  The way he treats Sabrina, with patience and understanding while still using a firm hand, is absolutely swoon worthy.  He takes care of her, befriends her, and becomes her confidant, all the while falling deeply in love with her.  Sabrina….ok, I have to be honest.  She took a little bit for me to warm up to.  But, once you looked past her overwhelming ambition and what appears to be snobbery, you find she has a heart of gold and is very tenderhearted.  From the moment she meets Beau, she is in lust but while running for her life she thinks the most he will ever want from her is friendship.  She could not be more wrong.  The push and pull between these two is phenomenal, as is their chemistry, and it isn’t long before they find themselves unable to withstand the inferno their chemistry creates.  It’s wonderful…both sensual and erotic.  I couldn’t get enough.  This book has a different tone than the other books as it takes place over many, many months and the hero and heroine are not up in each others lives 24/7.  This  does not detract from the romance but instead, enhances it and makes it richer and fuller.  We see Sabrina battle her demons and we see Beau realize he will move heaven and earth to be everything Sabrina needs him to be.  There is danger and intrigue and, of course, appearances by characters in previous books of the series (I love catching up on past characters).  Overall, this was a moving and emotional story with an engaging plot, well written characters, and a wonderful love story (and an Epilogue….I love, love, love those).  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.  Ms. Devney just gets better and better and I am one reader who is hooked!  5 stars.

 

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Trapped in his tiny mountain cabin, she didn’t expect to fall for his big heart.

Exposing a prominent criminal family with an investigative news report didn’t exactly work out the way Sabrina had hoped. Instead of basking in the glory of her article’s success, she’s on the run from a powerful man who wants her dead. To stay safe, she’s forced to trade one bad situation for another. Stuck in the Montana wilderness, she’s secluded from anything resembling civilization or the modern-day world. The only good thing about her situation is the gorgeous mountain man assigned to protect her. Too bad he isn’t the slightest bit interested in a city girl like her.

Beau likes his life quiet and simple. Give him a peaceful day hiking in the woods with his dog, and he’s a happy man. He has no use for large crowds, noisy cities or dramatic women. So when a hotshot reporter rolls into town, dragging her big-time problems with her, he should have run for the hills. Instead, he volunteered to keep her safe. Bringing her into his world won’t be easy, but if he can convince her that Montana isn’t as terrifying as she believes, they might just be the perfect match.

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Review – Ryder by Barbara Freethy

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I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book by Ms. Freethy.  Very different from the hardcore, open bedroom scenes that are the norm for me, I can’t believe not only how much I liked the quiet sweetness of Ryder, but how much I’m looking forward to the next books in this series. Ryder is our hero and he has returned home to start his new business, never anticipating that his business would require he talk to the youngest Tucker, Bailey.  I really like Ryder.  He had a good heart and was a gentleman…both sweet and sexy.  I liked that he didn’t anticipate his attraction towards Bailey and the thrill of watching him discover that everything he never knew he wanted has always been right under his nose.  Bailey is our heroine and she is licking her wounds in her hometown…the one place she thought she would never return to.  Bailey is sassy and smart but a little beaten down after a rather nasty experience in her personal and professional life.  The last thing she ever expected was to find safety in the arms of her families longstanding enemy….a Westbrook.  But these two find there may be many reasons for them to take the lead to show their families that burying the hatchet may be a good thing…the chief being that they didn’t expect to find the other half of heart lying with one another.  Their banter and easy camaraderie was cute and funny and was an aphrodisiac of it’s own kind.  Them falling in love was like watching a romantic comedy…you knew they were going to and you couldn’t wait to see the happy ending but you enjoyed every minute of the journey getting there.  This book was sexy but tasteful…with chaste kisses and closed door sex scenes.  I won’t lie, it is predictable (really, I saw this ending coming a mile away) but still delivers a wonderfully sweet story of love and forgiveness and making things right for the future.  Most of all, this book made me feel extremely good and slightly love-buzzed when I finished it.  It also had me anticipating the next story in this series.  Ms. Freethy did not disappoint and I can’t wait to see what the next book brings.  4 stars.

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Fall in love with seven sexy and irresistible soldiers who find their courage and heart tested like never before in the battle for love! This multi-author collaborative series of contemporary romance novels is brought to you by bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Julia London, Cristin Harber and Samantha Chase. You won’t want to miss a single one!  

RYDER – Book One

When Navy pilot Ryder Westbrook is shot down, his only thought is making it home—to the place he left behind a long time ago. But dreaming about the small town of Eagle’s Ridge and going back are two very different things, and upon arrival Ryder finds himself in the middle of another battlefield—an old family feud between the Westbrooks and the Tuckers. To complicate matters, he needs disputed land to start his second career at the local airfield. He decides to enlist the help of beautiful Bailey Tucker, but the chef soon has his senses spinning in another direction…

The last person Bailey is interested in helping is golden boy Ryder Westbrook. After a painful personal betrayal, irresistible attraction to another man, who is probably too good to be true, seems like a terrible idea. But she also needs something from the Westbrooks, a chance to start over and build the restaurant of her dreams.

Ryder and Bailey make a simple plan—work together to get what they both want, but what happens when they find out what they really want is each other?

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Prologue

“We’re hit! We’re hit!”

Navy pilot Ryder Westbrook heard the panicked words of his copilot, Michael Valdez, but he was too busy trying to regain control of the SH-60 Seahawk helicopter to reply. They were coming back from a humanitarian mission—having dropped food, water and medical supplies into the rugged and remote villages of Afghanistan—when they’d taken enemy fire.

They weren’t going to make it back to the carrier in the Persian Gulf. They were going to have to set down somewhere, hopefully far from the rebel forces that had just shot at them.

His heart pounded against his chest, but he remained calm, his training playing through his head as he went through every option to retain control of the twin-engine helicopter.

Flying was in his blood. The helo had always felt like an extension of his own power, but now that power was crumbling, and he was being forcibly reminded of just how fragile life could be.

But he couldn’t quit. There had to be a way out.

Unfortunately, his optimism was dampened by the fact that the ground was getting closer by the second, and his crew was depending on him to get them down safely.

His copilot had a wife and a baby back in the States. Colin Forbes, the sensor operator, was getting married in a month. And he…well, he still had things he wanted to do.

He had to keep them all alive.

Searching the ground for a viable landing site, he spotted what appeared to be a flat, open rural area. Not only did he want to protect his crew, he didn’t want to hurt anyone on the ground.

Glancing over at Michael, he saw his friend making the sign of the cross.

“We’re not going to die,” he said emphatically, drawing Michael’s gaze to his. “Not today. Not this time.”

He could see the hope in Michael’s eyes. His friend wanted to believe him.

Hell, he wanted to believe himself.

He’d been in tight spots before, and he’d always come out on top. It had been that way his entire life. Growing up in Eagle’s Ridge, he’d been the golden boy—the one who set new records, who made things happen, who achieved whatever he went after.

But this was real life. This was happening now, and he was the only one who could save all their lives.

In ten years of naval service, he’d never encountered a situation exactly like this. He’d never felt so worried that his number might really be up.

He shook the negative thought out of his head, squaring his jaw, tightening his hand on the controls, as he rode the bird down to the ground.

The impact was harder than he’d expected, the helicopter shattering into pieces of fiery metal. And when everything went black, he fought against the idea that this might be it.

He had more he wanted to do, people he should have made peace with a long time ago, a home that beckoned to him—the Blue Mountains, the Snake River, the people of Eagle’s Ridge—a life still to be lived.

He needed more time… He just didn’t know if he was going to get it.

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“Barbara Freethy writes with bright assurance, exploring the bonds of sisterhood and the excitement of blue water sailing. SUMMER SECRETS is a lovely novel.” — NYT Bestselling Author Luanne Rice 

“In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart- touching romance.” — NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets

“Hooked me from the start and kept me turning pages throughout all the twists and turns. SILENT RUN is powerful romantic intrigue at its best.” — NYT Bestselling Author JoAnn Ross

“A warm and wonderful book about love, family and everything that’s important in life. Irresistible! I loved it!” — NYT Bestselling Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips on Ask Mariah 

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“Freethy’s skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story.” — Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home

“Freethy is at the top of her form. Fans of Nora Roberts will find a similar tone here, framed in Freethy’s own spare, elegant style.” — Contra Costa Times

 

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Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 60 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women’s fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened Fog City Publishing in 2011 and has since sold over 7 million books! Twenty-three of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists, including one title, SUMMER SECRETS, which hit #1 on the NYT. In 2014 Barbara was named the Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of all time! She was also the first Indie writer to sell over a million books on Barnes and Noble.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, romance and suspense, Barbara is a six-time finalist and two-time winner in the Romance Writers of America acclaimed RITA contest for her novels DANIEL’S GIFT and THE WAY BACK HOME.

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Review – Cuffed by K. Bromberg

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I was completely FLOORED when I read this book!  My head is still spinning…first because it has sensitive subject matter in which I normally shy away from and secondly, it has an undertone that is darker than I usually prefer in my books.  However, the voice of Ms. Bromberg is so compelling and her storytelling is so dynamic, I was sucked in and I could not put Cuffed down!  Grant, our hero, is so amazing…I was just overwhelmed with how much this man loved Emmy.  Having been witness to the darkest days of Emmy’s life, Grant thought the little girl who was his best friend was gone form his life forever….until she returns to town and he vows to be a part of her life, no matter what it takes.  He is fierce in his need for Emmy, pulling out all stops to get  her to face him and their past while moving onto a future in which they live happily-ever-after.  He doesn’t count on Emmy being so stubborn and fierce.  Emmy, well, everything about her broke my heart and reshaped it…more than once.  She was strong and proud and just keeps moving forward, which is difficult given the past she has endured.  She is Grant’s equal in every way but it determined to hold a grudge against Grant for actions that changed her life for the best and the worse.  These two have so much passion it practically leaps off the page and saturates your reading device.  It’s that chemically combustive!  I about fell over with the raw sensuality of their passion and the eroticism put forth.  I still can’t catch my breath over a week later.  I see this cover and I swoon all over again.  Now, don’t be fooled…the path to happily-ever-after is not easy for Grant and Emmy. It is very emotional and intense and I can guarantee you that you will need a box of Kleenex and maybe a counselor on standby (ok…fine, not the counselor, but definitely a good hug after).  I simultaneously wanted to beat the crap out of both of them and wanted to cuddle them better.  This book evokes so many emotions I was literally spent at the end….and then I wanted to read it again!  We have the angst of their relationship coupled with the charming antics of Grants brothers and his beloved parents.  Their scenes were refreshing and added extra charm to this book….not to mention make you anxious to have his brother’s stories told.  We even have a sleezy-slimeball of a character who holds Emmy’s future in his hands and is a complete and utter A**hole in the process.  Emmy has some great friends she works with that liven up this book, not to mention her pistol of a best friend…all of who teach Emmy about family and love.  Overall, I couldn’t put Cuffed down…it was full of everything in a book I never knew I wanted and I’m excited to see what Ms. Bromberg has in store for the next book in this series!  Again, I will state that subject matter in this book features a storyline that may be difficult for some readers to embrace but if you can, I suggest you try this book as you venture into darker waters than you are used to.  It’s worth the fear.   5 stars. 

 

From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them. 

 “I hate you. I never want to see you again.” 

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again. 

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past. 

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?

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 I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves. 

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up. 

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story. 

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight. 

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 HeadShot ColorNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. 

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow. 

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. 

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written. 

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