Tag : First story in a Series

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Do you believe in ChristmasTitle:  Do You Believe In Santa?
Series:  Evergreen Lane #1
Author:  Sierra Donovan
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 29, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books, Zebra
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…

What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugar plum crazy?

Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love.

Read on for my thoughts on Do You Believe In Santa?  No true spoilers, promise.

CrushedTitle:  Crushed
Series:  Sons of San Clemente #1
Author:  Katherine Garbera
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 22, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Heath “Con” Connelly is back in San Clemente after three stints in the Middle East with the Navy SEALS. Despite the fact that he’s known to his “brothers” at Preach’s Place for being better with his hands and dangerous when angered, he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. And that’s going…well, not great when he bumps into Mia Santos and notices someone has been beating up the beauty who was always the woman he could never have.

Mia Santos, daughter of one of the most dangerous drug lords, finds herself in the cross-hairs of a turf war. Knowing she put herself there by making bad decisions when deep in a tequila bottle has sharpened her resolve to keep anyone—especially Con—from getting involved in the bloody and dangerous world that is her own. But Con’s not walking away and danger is like a second skin to him. He intends to protect his “family” and claim Mia, unless he gets crushed beneath the dual instincts of lust and rage.

Read on for my thoughts on Crushed.  No true spoilers, promise.

Marrying Mister PerfectTitle:  Marrying Mister Perfect
Series:  Reality Romance #1
Author:  Lizzie Shane
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 5, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

Sometimes it takes a reality television show to show you the love that’s right in front of you…

To Louisa Tanner, Jack Doyle is perfect—heart surgeon, loving single father, and best friend a girl could have—so it’s no surprise when he’s tapped as the next Mister Perfect for the reality dating series Marrying Mister Perfect. But watching her secret crush romancing gorgeous women on national television? That flat out sucks—even if he will never see her as more than a pal.

Jack is skeptical of reality shows as a path to love, but drastic measures are needed to shake him and Lou out of their rut. His friend deserves better than being his live-in nanny and will never chase her dreams if she is busy taking care of him and his kids, so he vows to take the show seriously and find a new wife.

But the more stunning women he woos on command, the more he begins to realize the only woman he wants just might be the one he left back home. How can he seduce his best friend without jeopardizing their friendship? Especially when the cameras are always rolling.

Read on for my thoughts on Marrying Mister Perfect.  No true spoilers, promise.

Her Unexpected DetourTitle:  Her Unexpected Detour
Series:  Checkerberry Inn #1
Author:  Kyra Jacobs
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 14, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Bliss
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the detour…

Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he’s hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do…

Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that’s been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won’t risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So…how exactly did he end up in Kayla’s bed last night?

But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home.

Read on for my thoughts on Her Unexpected Detour.  No true spoilers, promise.

You Think You Know MeTitle:  You Think You Know Me
Series:  London & Cambridge Mysteries #1
Author:  Clare Chase
Genre:  Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Published:  September 7, 2015
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell the good guys from the bad …

Freelance journalist, Anna Morris, is struggling to make a name for herself, so she’s delighted to attend a launch event for a hip, young artist at her friend Seb’s gallery.

But an exclusive interview isn’t all Anna comes away with. After an encounter with the enigmatic Darrick Farron, she is flung into the shady underground of the art scene – a world of underhand dealings, missing paintings and mysterious deaths …

Seb is intent on convincing Anna that Darrick is up to no good but, try as she might, she can’t seem to keep away from him. And as she becomes further embroiled, Anna begins to wonder – is Seb’s behaviour the well-intentioned concern of an old friend, or does he have something to hide?

Read on for my thoughts on You Think You Know Me.  No true spoilers, promise.

Taming Her WolfTitle:  Taming Her Wolf
Series:   Fire Creek Shifters #1
Author:  Dee Carney
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  September 7, 2015
Publisher:  Carina Press
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

For disgraced physician Kim Sharpe, Fire Creek was supposed to be a sanctuary, a place to hide from media scrutiny and the public eye. But when a group of wolf shifters break into her clinic and demand she save the life of a packmate, her serene world unravels. And when the wolf dies despite Kim’s efforts, she’s dragged into a hunt she can’t control, led by a man she desperately wants to understand.

All shifters live with their beasts, but Chris “Brick” Preston’s is dangerously close to the surface. And it wants Kim. Sex keeps the beast sated for now, but unless Kim can help him find a more permanent solution, Brick risks becoming a feral, banished—or put down—by his pack.

With each incredibly intense encounter, Brick and Kim grow closer. But time is not on their side. When Kim is faced with betraying the pack in order to save Brick’s life, the consequences may be more than they can survive.

Read on for my thoughts on Taming Her Wolf.  No true spoilers, promise.

Brave the HeatTitle:  Brave the heat
Series:  The McGuire Brothers #1
Author:  Sara Humphreys
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 1, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

The only fire he can’t put out…

Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin McGuire’s feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn’t prevent.

Is the torch he carries for her…

Jordan’s life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan’s biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

Read on for my thoughts on Brave the Heat.  No true spoilers, promise.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00031]Title:  Southern Spirits
Series:  The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1
Author:  Angie Fox
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  January 21, 2015
Publisher:
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

Read on for my thoughts on Southern Spirits.  No true spoilers, promise.

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.

ForbiddenTitle:  Forbidden
Series:  Never After Dark #1
Author:  Elle Thorne
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Published:  July 5, 2015
Publisher:  Barbed Borders Press
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Jaclyn “Jax” Vasquez has a problem. Her parents are in town for a surprise visit. If they see her boyfriend, Scotty, the proverbial $h*t will hit the fan!

She needs help and chooses the first–and only–option, the indigo-eyed stranger in the corner.

What could possibly make this worse? He’s a white tiger shifter, and she’s got a secret.
Sparks and fur fly!

Read on for my thoughts on Forbidden.  No true spoilers, promise.

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