Hold Me Down by Jackie Ashenden

Hold Me DownTitle:  Hold Me Down
Series:  Deacons of Bourbon Street #3
Author:  Jackie Ashenden
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 8, 2015
Publisher:  Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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When the biker who broke her heart rides into town, a woman must choose between passion and duty. Jackie Ashenden ups the ante in a seductive series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Maisey Yates.

Leonidas “Blue” Delacroix might be the prodigal son of New Orleans aristocrats, but the Deacons of Bourbon Street are his real family. And with their patriarch murdered, Blue wants nothing more than to unleash hell on the motorcycle club’s enemies—even if it means taking up arms against the girl who used to be his best friend. She’s done quite a bit of growing up, and suddenly their chemistry is red-hot. But where’s the line between ruthless seduction and sweet temptation?

For Alice Day, loyalty is everything. When Blue skipped town, she had no choice but to adopt a new family: their rivals, the Graveyard Ministry. Seeing him again reawakens old feelings . . . and fiery fantasies. Alice could never forget the scent of leather on his skin—just as she could never forgive the sting of his betrayal. But while the Ministry has treated her like one of their own, Blue is part of her soul. And as their liaisons hit the boiling point, Alice trusts her heart with the deadliest choice of her life.

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Morrison by Chelsea Camaron & M J Fields

MorrisonTitle:  Morrison
Series:  The Caldwell Brothers #2
Author:  M J Fields & Chelsea Camaron
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  December 1, 2015
Publisher:  Random House / Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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For Morrison Caldwell, life’s a game of chance. A high roller with a legendary poker face, he’s the wild card of the family, always chasing the next thrill and never staying put for long. The one place that always lures him back is Las Vegas, with its hot tables and even hotter women. He’s perfectly content to live his life as a series of one-night stands. But when a parking lot confrontation with a cocktail waitress takes a naughty turn, she leaves Morrison aching for another round.
 
After a long losing streak in Sin City, Hailey Poe is ready to get lucky. A steamy tryst with a cocky, mysterious stranger is the kind of no-strings encounter she’s been craving . . . until Morrison Caldwell asks for more than she’s willing to offer. But when Hailey’s controlling, soon-to-be ex-husband tries to take her daughter away, she can’t afford to turn down a helping hand. In this winner-takes-all game, Morrison is gambling with Hailey’s life—and her heart.

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A Midnight Clear by Hope Ramsay

A Midnight ClearTitle:  A Midnight Clear
Series:  Last Chance #9.5
Author:  Hope Ramsay
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  December 1, 2015
Publisher:  Forever Yours
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Dr. Tom Crawford isn’t feeling the spirit of the season when he arrives in Last Chance. Far from friends and family, he’s the odd man out in this town of gossiping, tight-knit Southerners-until he meets a sweetly sexy single mom who makes him feel welcome. Suddenly the handsome doctor is thinking he’s finally found a place to call home.

Local florist Teri Summers has her hands full of mistletoe in preparation for the holiday, yet finding someone to kiss is her last priority. But when the gorgeous new doctor makes a connection with her special needs son, Aiden, Teri finds herself wondering if she’s finally found happiness in this season of joy.

For Teri and Tom, Last Chance may be their best chance at love.

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Target Engaged by M. L. Buchman

Target EngagedTitle:  Target Engaged
Series:  Delta Force #1
Author:  M. L. Buchman
Genre:  Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  December 1, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Kyle Reeves was trained by his father to do one thing: be the very best. So he isn’t daunted by the Delta Force selection process—the toughest military training on earth—or when the very best woman falls into his arms.

Carla Anderson buried her heart in Arlington when she lost her mother and brother to combat. She wants nothing more than to give her all in the line of duty until she too is laid down beside them, and Delta training might just be the challenge she’s looking for. Little did she know, the true challenge was coming in the shape of a sexy, alpha-male military operative.

Surviving brutal training is just the beginning of the merciless path to Delta, but it’s also the dawn of the hottest passion Kyle and Carla have ever known.

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Safe In His Arms by Melody Anne

Safe In His ArmsTitle:  Safe In His Arms
Series:  Unexpected Heroes #0.5
Author:  Melody Anne
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 30, 2015
Publisher:  Pocket Star
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Natalie Duncan is thrilled to get her first teaching job, but southern California didn’t prepare her for winter in Montana—or for gorgeous fire chief Hawk Winchester.

For a man dedicated to putting out fires, Hawk really knows how to add heat to Natalie’s life, especially when he’s rescuing her from compromising situations. A man this strong and capable should know exactly what to do when a lady is trapped under the mistletoe.

Suddenly Natalie’s blue Christmas is glowing red-hot.

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Rekindle The Flame by Kate Meader

Redindle the FlameTitle:  Rekindle The Flame
Series:  Hot In Chicago #0.5
Author:  Kate Meader
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 30, 2015
Publisher:  Pocket Books
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Chicago firefighter Beck Rivera always knew his destiny would be defined by two things: his dream to follow in the footsteps of his legendary foster father Sean Dempsey and his teenage passion for heiress Darcy Cochrane, the one girl who could both stoke and cool his fire. Loving her meant setting her free and breaking her heart—and his. But when a chance reunion at his family’s bar, sparked by a drunk Santa, places her in his path again, destiny can no longer be denied.

The last thing heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane needs is the rollercoaster of emotion stirred up by her first love: sexy, gorgeous man-on-fire Beck Rivera. But he always had such talented hands. And more talented lips. And…maybe one time can’t hurt. Then she’ll send him packing like he did to her all those years ago. But Darcy and Beck soon discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love.

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Curtain Calls and Christmas Wishes by Cynthia Hickey

Curtain Calls and Christmas WishesTitle:  Curtain Calls and Christmas Wishes
Series:  Typecast Christmas #3
Author:  Cynthia hickey
Genre:  Christmas Romance
Published:  November 9, 2013
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 snowy stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
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Do Christmas wishes really come true?

Lacey Cooper dreams of directing plays. When the manager at the local theater company falls ill, she gets her chance to direct the annual Christmas play, A White Christmas. Then, the lead role is injured in an accident and Lacey must ask the man in charge of stage setup to step in.

Dillon Marks is growing tired of his job as probation officer, but volunteers on a regular basis at the local theater company, bringing several of his clients with him. When Lacey begs him to step into the leading role, he initially says no. He can sing, but can’t dance at all. She finally convinces him to step into the role.

When Lacey makes it clear that she isn’t interested in a man with a dangerous profession, the two try to squelch their growing attraction for each other. Then, they are snowbound in the theater with a mad man and their feelings come to the surface. Can these two find love among the lights and action of a White Christmas?

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Boyfriend For Hire by Gail Chianese

Boyfriend For HireTitle:  Boyfriend For Hire
Series:  West Side Romance #2
Author:  Gail Chianese
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 24, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books / Lyrical Press
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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The only girl in a family of five brothers, Tawny Torres has had enough of waiting on men. She has her life and her career all mapped out, and neither includes an apron, an iron, or a husband—yet. But when a new job emphasizes a healthy balance of work and play, she needs a guy to stand in as her love interest at a company picnic. Gorgeous charmer David “King of Pleasure” Farber fits the bill perfectly—so well that Tawny is shocked to realize she’s having a hard time letting him go…
 
David’s a confirmed bachelor, but he can’t get enough of Tawny’s firecracker combination of tough and tender. Unfortunately, he’s overloaded with work at his construction firm and now definitely isn’t the time for distraction—he struggles enough with that already. Still, he can’t ignore his feelings for Tawny. He’ll just have to convince her that he’s more than a boyfriend-for-hire.

And she’ll have to prove he can trust her with his biggest secret…

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Dukes Are Forever by Anna Harrington

Dukes Are ForeverTitle:  Dukes Are Forever
Series:  The Secret Life of Scoundrels #1
Author:  Anna Harrington
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  November 24, 2015
Publisher:  Forever
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE

Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Swarthmore, than a little girl’s fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy’s estate, everything that villain held dear—including his daughter—belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way—that’s Edward’s plan. But he’s in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman…

…AND WAR

Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who’s invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her—and Brambly House—alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward’s cool façade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There’s so much she doesn’t know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?

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