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Somewhere behind the expensive gifts and grand gestures… was the man who had once been her whole world. 

Sophie Eden refuses to sell her family’s legacy, especially not to Jake Wheeler. He and Sophie have a history—a night of passion that first left her elated, then heartbroken. Now the New York heiress wants him to stay away.

But when they’re snowed in for Christmas, they surrender to temptation. Meanwhile, a secret waits to tear them apart…

Titles in the Eden Empire series from Harlequin™  include:  A Christmas Temptation – A Cinderella Seduction  – A Bet with Benefits

Don’t forget A Cinderella Seduction is available July 1, 2019


*Update*:  If you loved Sophie and Jake’s story in A Christmas Temptation, and the “dropped shoe” at the ending had you desperately wanting to know more then I have an update for you.

There was a large gap between stories, actual real-life timewise, so you might be happy to know that A Cinderella Seduction is out the first week of July 2019.  I’m also reposting my review of the first story in the Eden Empire series as well to remind you of where we left off.

I’m really looking forward to the next story… how about you?

Title:  A Christmas Temptation
Series:  The Eden Empire #1
Author:  Karen Booth
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 1, 2018
Publisher:  Harlequin Desire
My Rating:  4.5 stars

A Christmas Temptation begins what looks to be a fascinating series, The Eden Empire by Karen Booth.  Although, I have to admit that I was totally on Sophie’s side in this romance.  Jake struck me as a very frustrating man, one who is quick to make assumptions and slow to accept facts.  I wanted to reach into this story more than a few times and give him a stern talking to, plus a few deadly glares.  We love who we love, there is no logic involved and for Sophie Jake was her one, no matter my opinion of him.  If it’s true that we most often hurt the ones we really love – then Jake is completely smitten by Sophie since he’s hurt her time and time again.  To be frank, I never warmed up to Jake, even knowing his past and his reasons for his issues.  Sophie, I adored, often the underdog in the situation of trying to honor and continue her grandmother’s legacy, Sophie captured my emotions with her strength and determination.

I won’t give away spoilers, that’s not my way, but I will gladly recommend A Christmas Temptation to any reader who loves a good, solid romance, intriguing situations and a few puzzles to be worked out for the happy ending to take place.  Sophie and Jake’s story introduces us to some other interesting secondary characters, some who will have their story told later in this series.  With a few simple twists and turns, A Christmas Temptation has captured my curiosity and now I need to know how the entire story ends.

If you’re in the mood for a Christmas filled romance, with interesting characters, a unique situation and a few surprises in store… then you’ll want to pick up the beginning of The Eden Empire series and get lost in a unique world.  I’ve already made note of the release dates for the rest of this series because I don’t want to miss a thing.

I own a Kindle edition of this story.

Available in paperback and for the Kindle

He didn’t think coming home would mean falling in love

Calvin Ramsey returns to his Texas farm home after being released from his team, an unexpected surprise sure to tarnish the family baseball legacy. But when he finds a sexy stranger acting as the temporary caretaker for his childhood home, all thoughts of baseball disappear.

She won’t fall for another player

After losing her savings to a swindler ex-boyfriend, Josie Vance moves to Last Stand to start fresh where no one knows her unhappy past or the con that bankrupted her. But her peaceful healing time evaporates when the homeowner’s son arrives and throws himself into life on the farm—and charming Josie. She can’t risk an affair that draws attention to her or her past. Especially not when the public’s fascination with the baseball-playing Ramsey clan is at an all-time high. Can she keep her secrets, her low profile, and her heart too?

Titles in the Texas Playmakers series include — The Perfect Catch

This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of series set in a fictional town)

He likes a challenge…

Here’s the deal: I’m the best center fielder in the major leagues. I’m also the guy who cost his team the championship game and acted very unsportsmanlike. So, when the team hires a social media manager to repair the damage to my reputation, I don’t argue. But then I meet Chloe Conrad, and I suddenly understand what people mean when they say they have an instant connection to someone. Which means I’m in serious trouble. Chloe’s a smart, sexy distraction I can’t afford, but one date can’t hurt, right? Only she turns me down. And just like that, it’s game on.

She’s sworn off love…

Finn Auprince is the hottest player in the major leagues. Look up “It Factor” in the dictionary and there’s his handsome face. He’s also my biggest client and I don’t care how easy it is to talk to him or how fun it is to manage his social media accounts, I will not give in to his charms. Then one drunken night, I tell him about my curse: all my previous boyfriends have found their soul mates while dating me. One more heartbreak, and I’ll never recover. But Finn doesn’t believe in curses—he believes in me. Professionally and personally. He sets out to prove the universe isn’t against me, and that his one true love isn’t waiting around the next corner.

The problem is…can we play the game of love and both come out on top?

Titles in the American Royalty series include — Heartthrob – Sweet Talker –

Sophia Dane’s life is back on track. After losing her husband in a horrible accident, she’s finally in a happy place. She turned her grief, guilt, and — most of all — the resentment her husband’s family heaped on her after Bryce’s death, into motivation to open a boutique on Main Street in the small town of Christmas, Colorado. Ready to start anew and ring in the New Year with her friends, Sophie never expects to come face-to-face with her brother-in-law, Adam.

Coming home to Christmas was the last thing that Adam Dane wanted to do. But when he bumps into Sophia — his brother’s widow who he’s been in love with since…forever — he realizes that making the trip home was fate giving him a second chance. Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with him after the way his family treated her. Adam knows he has a lot of making up to do, but first, he needs to convince her to trust him — and his family — again.

Titles in the Christmas, Colorado series include —  The Trouble With Christmas, Christmas In July, It Happened At Christmas, Wedding Bells In Christmas, Snowbound At Christmas, Kiss me In Christmas, Happy Ever After In Christmas – Miracle at Christmas – One Night in Christmas

Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book put senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery.

Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins believes in gracious manners, sweet tea, and justice—library justice. For over forty years, Cleo has tried every trick in the book to get delinquent patron Dixie Huddleston to return the most overdue volume in Catalpa Springs, Georgia. When Dixie says she’ll finally relinquish the book, Cleo is shocked. She’s even more startled by the reason: superstitious Dixie says she’s seen the signs: she’s about to die and is setting her affairs in order.

Cleo dismisses Dixie’s ominous omens…until she and her gentleman friend, Henry Lafayette, arrive at Dixie’s home to find her dead. Cleo suspects murder. The police agree but promptly list Cleo among the likely culprits. To clear her good name and deliver justice, Cleo uses her librarian skills to investigate, with Henry and her trusty bookmobile cat, Rhett Butler, at her side.

However, the killer has opened a new chapter of terror. Death threats appear around town, and residents start seeing bad luck everywhere, including in Cleo and her beloved bookmobile Words on Wheels. With her bookmobile and legacy on the line, Cleo accelerates her sleuthing. Suspects and clues stack up, but so does the danger. Another death is coming due, and Cleo fears the killer may be about to turn the final page on someone she loves most.

Titles in The Bookmobile Mystery series include —  Better Off Read – Read on Arrival –

What starts as revenge soon flares to passion.

Italian race car tycoon Ronan Miller is on the cusp of achieving his elaborate revenge when he meets flame-haired back-up driver Georgia Trent. Intrigued by the beautiful and risk-loving beauty, he thinks he can use her as an instrument of his revenge, but after a spontaneous night of passion, he has other plans until fate knocks them both on a different track.

Georgia Trent has doggedly pursued a goal that has nothing to do with Mr. Tall, Dark, Seductive and Handsome. But one night she indulges her sensual, passionate and impulsive nature, never dreaming the consequences will be so permanent. Wanting to do the right thing, Georgia tracks down the elusive Ronan who’s disappeared after a family emergency.

Watching Georgia game her way into his office reminds him of all he’s been missing, but Ronan’s always been business before pleasure. But business won’t help him now. He is going to have to use all his seductive skills to woo Georgia back to his side, but has he waited too long?

Titles in the Hearts on Fire series include — Racing Hearts – Captive Hearts –

Can she tempt him to take a second chance? 

As the oldest brother, pro bull rider Axel Wolf has always worn the yoke of family responsibility. Seven years ago when he was at the top of his career, he gave it all up to return home to Last Stand, Texas, to raise his youngest brother and take over the reins of their massive cattle ranch. But his career wasn’t the only thing he left behind. A chance meeting with the woman he never stopped loving, Cruz, blows apart his work-only life, and he starts to want more than just his ranch. Axel’s never backed down from a challenge, but this is one risk, the cowboy’s not sure he can take. 

Former barrel racer and now single mom Cruz Lopez excels at staring down obstacles and winning. A newly certified physician’s assistant, she’s determined to build her career and create a new life for herself and her son in Texas just as long as it’s far from one sexier than sin Last Stand cowboy, who once nearly derailed her dreams and goals. Only it’s not. Luckily it’s temporary, and Cruz is confident she can avoid Axel for a month except a horrific accident throws them together when they both stop to help. Axel was her first and only love, and now she’s struggling to remember all the reasons he’s wrong when he feels so right. He told her once he never wanted a family. So why is he inviting them both on picnics and teaching her son to ride and rope? 

Axel is her past, but she’s starting to hope for a future with him. Can she trust him when it’s not just her heart at risk this time?

Titles in The Texas Wolf Brothers series include — A Son For The Texas Cowboy – A Bride For The Texas Cowboy –

This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of series set in a fictional town)

Outlaw Jack Bowdre is on his way to jail—and completely unaware that he’s traveling with Nora Kane, the mail order bride he’s been corresponding with for so long. No wonder the chemistry is flying…

It’s too bad Nora doesn’t know Jack is her groom-to-be. All she sees is a scoundrel. But when their stagecoach crashes, they’re suddenly left to fend for themselves—and each other. The longer they’re together, the stronger their feelings grow. Hounded by desperate men bent on doing them harm, Nora and Jack will do whatever it takes to find their happily ever after…but first, they’ll have to shake the devils from their trail.

Titles in the Outlaw Mail-Order Brides series include — The Outlaw’s Mail-Order BrideSaving the Mail-Order Bride – The Mail Order Bride’s Secret

Casey Carmody may be the dreamer in his family, but he’s a born-and-bred cowboy. His days are spent on the family ranch while his nights belong to his band and the music they create. Casey would never dream of walking away from his responsibilities to pursue a career in music – until he meets urban artist Eva King.

Eva has always been a rebel. In town to try to kickstart her career, the last thing she expects is to feel an instant connection with a cowboy. They both fall hard, but it doesn’t take long for the rebel in her to clash with Casey’s determination to do the right thing – even if that means sacrificing his dreams.

With so much at stake, can these two soulmates risk building a life together?

Titles in The Carmody Family include: The Cowboy Meets His MatchThe Rebel and The Cowboy

Connection to The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo multi-author series.

What will this cowboy risk for love?

Colt James is back home on the family ranch, and he’s done taking risks. A car accident ruined his shot at a professional hockey career and messed up his love life, and he’s not taking a chance on anything that seems too good to be true. Especially not on Chloe Bishop, his nephew’s irresistibly charming teacher and the one woman he can’t stop thinking about.

Chloe Bishop liked her life the way it was–orderly, structured and safe. Life goes from managed to messy when Colt talks her into helping him coach a hockey team of rowdy eight-year-olds. Being this close to the cowboy she’s crushing on is dangerous territory. But when a real enemy threatens Chloe, Colt will do anything to protect her. Even if it means risking himself–and his heart.

Titles in the Cowboys of Creedence series include:  Caught Up In A Cowboy – You Had Me At CowboyIt Started with a Cowboy

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