Category : Contemporary Romance

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Irresistible ForceTitle:  Irresistible Force
Series:  K-9 Rescue #1
Author:  D. D. Ayres
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 26, 2014
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Paperback
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

Read on for my thoughts on Irresistible Force.  No true spoilers, promise.

Necessary ForceTitle:  Necessary Force
Series:  K-9 rescue 0.5 prequel
Author:  D. D. Ayres
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 1, 2014
Publisher:  St. Martin’s
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

It was supposed to be a sexy calendar shoot to raise money for K-9 service dogs. Photographer Georgie Flynn never expected to break all her personal rules and jump into bed with one of the hunky men posing. And after their steamy night together, she certainly never expected to see him again…despite their powerful connection.

When she’s targeted by a stalker and possible bomber, Georgie finds that her gorgeous one-night stand is the only one who can help.

Brad Lawson, an FBI operative, and his K-9 bomb sniffing partner are assigned to protect the pretty photographer–and this time, he’s determined to keep things professional. He just didn’t count on their explosive connection rekindling. But with a deadly threat on the horizon, will he be able to keep his body’s demands in check and complete his mission?

Read on for my thoughts on Necessary Force.  no true spoilers, promise.

Sweet Home CarolinaTitle:  Sweet Home Carolina
Series:  Lowcountry Lovers #3
Author:  Kim Boykin
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 10, 2014
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Darcy Vance has sunk every cent she has into making Mimosa House the best bed and breakfast in Magnolia Bay. But the key to her success lies in the hands of the Historic Preservation Society run by the Bloom bitches who are embarrassed about their father’s connection to the storied house and they have no intention of validating it with a spot on the society’s registry.

After losing his PGA card, Trent Mauldin has come home to Magnolia Bay to lick his wounds and has no plans to stay. Until he falls for Darcy. Things heat up between the two until Trent’s good intentions to help Darcy go sideways. While Darcy works to save her house, Trent fights to win her back and keep her in Magnolia Bay for good.

Read on for my thoughts on Sweet Home Carolina.  No true spoilers, promise.

Baby On St. BartsTitle:  Baby on St. Barts
Series:  St. Barts #4
Author:  Emme Cross
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 15, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Awaiting the birth of their first child in St. Barts, Sunny O’Hara hopes that movie-star bad boy Sven Larsen is ready to be a father.

He’s writing her love letters from Europe where he’s working on a new movie.

But two events will shatter her dreams in the most compelling St. Barts book yet. This time there may be no way back for Sunny and Sven.

Read on for my thoughts on Baby on St. Barts.  No true spoilers, promise.

It was on this date that the world lost the presence of a beautiful soul, when sons lost their mother, a brother lost his sister, a mother lost her daughter – and the world took a long look at how she had been hounded throughout her time as Princess.

I was one of millions who admired the young lady who grew into a woman most men would be proud to have at their side.  A woman who took on unpopular causes, a mother who would expose her boys to a reality beyond the castle gates.  Her beauty and compassion grew over the years and so did her sadness.  After a time it was obvious.

Today, on this anniversary of her death I remember Diana, Princess of Wales, and wonder what might have been if not for the race to evade paparazzi.

I found this montage online along with Elton John’s moving memorial song.  Perhaps you also remember the day we lost the Princess of the people’s hearts.

 

Back to St. BartsTitle:  Back to St. Barts
Series:  St. Barts #3
Author:  Emme Cross
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 15, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Sunny O’Hara and Sven Larsen fell in love on the Caribbean Island of St. Barts.

But now they’ve moved to Los Angeles where the actor is working on a new movie. Sunny is at loose ends, trying to fit into his life but also establish one of her own.

Then something happens which will change everything . . .

Read on for my thoughts on Back to St. Barts.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Billionaire's DeceptionTitle:  The Billionaire’s Deception
Series:  Amalfi Night Billionaires #2
Author:  Mimi Wells
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 23, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

After quitting her first “real” job, Janine Pike takes off for Europe, saving an excursion to the famed Isola del Sole for last. But when her travel-mates sail off with her backpack, phone, and passport after a night of partying, she’s left only with the euros in her pocket and the faint hope that her estranged half-sister, who works at the renowned Hotel Dei Fiori Isola del Sole, might help her.

Shel Myerson, amateur racecar driver and wildly successful TV mogul, oozes wealth and prestige. What he doesn’t have much of is privacy, thanks to a recent and ugly public breakup. What he doesn’t expect is to be mistaken as an employee by a very pretty—and very broke—Janine, the one person in Europe who also doesn’t have any idea who he is.

Shel and Janine discover their chemistry is combustible—but will their budding relationship survive the heat once the press catches on?

Read on for my thoughts on The Billionaire’s Deception.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Texan Meets His MatchTitle:  The Texan Meets His Match
Series:  Lake Howling #2
Author:  Wendy Vella
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 28, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Annabelle Smith has never had it easy, but she’s a survivor. So when her brother cleans out her bank account, she reluctantly turns to the one man she’d vowed to stay away from.

Ethan Gelderman is a hot, sexy Texan, who has more numbers in his black book than most men have socks, and placing her trust in him is one of the hardest things she’s ever had to do.

Lake Howling is home to Ethan’s closest friends, and it’s also where Annabelle “firebrand” Smith lives. Sassy, beautiful and pricklier than a cactus, she’s never made it a secret that she wants nothing to do with him, but he sure as hell wants something to do with her. Lord knows, it’s going to be hard to earn her trust, but Ethan’s never backed down from a challenge yet, and he soon realizes trust is just the beginning of what he wants from Annabelle.

Read on for my thoughts on The Texan Meets His Match.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Secret Son

Title:  The Secret Son
Series:  Secrets of Cherry Lake #1
Author:  Joan kilby
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 25, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

A birthday card out of the blue from his estranged father sends successful Seattle marketing man Alex Chernoff on a detour to Cherry Lake in search of answers about his past. A day, maybe two, to tie up loose strings and he’ll be out of there, heading for Mexico, margaritas and blondes in bikinis.

Emma Stanhope is all too familiar with hot, rich, entitled guys like Alex. They never hang around for long, especially not for a Plain Jane like herself. No problem. She’s smart and logical, like any good scientist, and knows better than to lose her heart.

What Emma doesn’t count on is chemistry—of the romantic kind. What Alex doesn’t count on is meeting the girl who’ll make him want to change his ways. But when he learns that he’s a secret from his father’s real family, he can’t stay in Cherry Lake… even if he wants to.

Will love be enough to convince Alex to stay… for good?

Read on for my thoughts on The Secret Son.  No true spoilers, promise.

Lessons on St BartsTitle:  Lessons on St. Barts
Series:  St. Barts
Author:  Emme Cross
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Sunny’s happiness with Sven is threatened by a murderous stalker.

Sunny O’Hara thought everything was going smoothly with her sexy movie-star boyfriend Sven. He initiates in her all the ways of love and seems to have stopped sleeping around. But everything is threatened by a vicious stalker who wants her out the picture.

Will Sunny survive, and if she does, can her relationship with Sven last?

This is the second book in the St. Barts Romance series by Emme Cross. Set on the island of St. Barts, eight square miles of gourmet restaurants, designer shops, yachts . . . and sultry secrets.

Read on for my thoughts on Lessons on St. Barts.  No true spoilers, promise.

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