Song for a Cowboy by Sasha Summers

Posted February 25, 2021 by Marsha in Modern Western Romance (Cowboy Romance), NetGalley, Series, Sourcebooks Casablanca / 0 Comments

Country star Emmy Lou King is singing the blues…

Emmy Lou King’s whole family is legendary in country music. When she lands the opportunity to sing the American Football League anthem and serve on one of the AFL’s anti-drug charities, she’s sure she can handle working with Brock Watson even though she’s barely recovered from their breakup—and she’s never loved anyone else.

Brock Watson is feeling the pressure. From dealing with his father’s declining health, keeping their ranch running, staying in game-ready shape, and his dedication to the charity that changed his life, there’s no time for anything else. Emmy Lou included. After six years, he’d like to think she couldn’t mess with his head anymore. But one look, one smile—and he knows she’s as dangerous as ever. He can’t resist her—he never could.

The more time Emmy Lou spends with Brock, the harder it is for them to keep their distance.

Titles in the Kings of Country series include – JaceSong for a Cowboy – Country Music Cowboy –

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Dream a Little Dream by Melinda Curtis

Posted February 25, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), NetGalley, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

A small-town judge meets her match in a rodeo star troublemaker, but soon they may both end up targets of the town’s matchmakers in this delightful and heartwarming tale of romance.

Darcy Jones Harper is thrilled to have finally shed her reputation as the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. The people of Sunshine Valley have to respect her now that she’s the new town judge. But when the bad boy who broke her heart back in high school shows up in her courtroom, she realizes maybe things haven’t changed so much after all . . . because her pulse still races at the sight of him.

Jason Petrie wants to make amends for the mistakes of his youth—starting with the woman he never stopped loving. Darcy may not believe that he really intends to quit the bull riding circuit and stick around this time but Jason vows—with the help of the matchmaking Widows Club—to pull out all the stops to convince her that they both deserve a second chance.

Titles in the Sunshine Valley series include – Can’t Hurry Love (which now includes a novella) – A Very Merry Match (which now includes a novella) Dream A Little Dream

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The Fall into Ruin by Bronwyn Stuart

Posted February 23, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Series / 0 Comments

When her double life catches up with her, she must use all of her wits to survive.

Craving freedom and adventure, Rose Clairmont is far more interested in operating her secret smuggling activities at her father’s estate than looking for a respectable husband. So when a handsome man with ties to piracy stumbles over her during her debutante ball, Rose congratulates herself on being ruined and expects to be sent home in disgrace…until he agrees to marry her.

Forever besmirched by his father’s pirate reputation, Anthony Germaine wishes to uphold the law as a Bow Street Runner. When he sneaks into a ball hoping to join, he’s tossed out and falls on a woman hiding in the garden. Society is abuzz and Anthony, despite his roots, is a gentleman. But when he visits her estate to court his bride-to-be, he realizes there’s more to Rose than meets the eye. And she’s in danger.

Suddenly, playing it safe no longer appeals and Anthony contemplates an adventure that will prove as dangerous to his life as it is to his heart.

Titles in the Daughters of Disgrace series include — The Road to Ruin – The Slide into RuinThe Fall into Ruin

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Cry For Help by Wendy Dranfield

Posted February 23, 2021 by Marsha in Bookouture, Mystery, NetGalley, Series / 0 Comments

Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments…

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…

Titles in the Detective Madison Harper series include – Shadow Falls – Cry For Help

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Stacking the Shelves #22

Posted February 20, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post, Stacking the Shelves / 2 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  If you’d like to take part simply click on those links or the graphic to discover what this fun event is all about.  (the graphic will take you to Reading Reality’s home page)

MY CRAZY LIFE THIS WEEK

I don’t know about you but 2020/the start of 2021 has been quite an experience around here.  Living in a bubble might be a great escape for a week or so… but my family has been at it for a year now – and it’s getting old, real old.  But then – surviving this pandemic is the ultimate goal so I shouldn’t really be complaining, right?  Just as soon as the vaccine is available for me and my son you’d best bet we’re heading out of the bubble for that… until then we continue to live remotely, trying to keep our sanity intact.

I’ve done a lot of reading, escape/pleasure reading, and ARCs.  I’ve cut back a lot on requests for ARCs recently because, honestly, I often find myself in a dark place, more like a depression I’m certain, where writing up those reviews isn’t happening as quickly as I’d like.  I hate going back on my word, so I’ve cut back a lot.  I’m sure I’ll dive back in one day to far too many books to keep up with, but that day isn’t right now.  I don’t think I’m the only one feeling this way either so… hang in there, we’ll get to the other side of this one day.

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Death Bee Comes Her by Nancy Coco

Posted February 6, 2021 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Kensington Books, NetGalley, Series / 0 Comments

Welcome to a specialty shop in the Oregon tourist town of Oceanview, where it’s all things honey—from taffy to body scrub. But murder can make things sticky . . .
 
A BALMY WAY TO GO

With her Let It Bee honey boutique buzzing along nicely, life is as sweet as nectar for Wren Johnson—until she takes a morning walk along the Pacific beach with her Havana Brown cat, Everett, and stumbles upon the body of Agnes Snow, the cranky queen of the local craft fairs, stiff as driftwood.

More unfortunate? Clutched in the victim’s fist is a label from Wren’s homemade beeswax-and-honey lip balm. Which makes Officer Jim Hampton focus his dreamy-blue Paul Newman eyes on Wren as suspect number one.
 
With fabulous feline support from Everett, Wren must comb the town for clues and clear her name before someone else gets stung.

Titles in the An Oregon Honeycomb Mystery series include – Death Bee Comes Her

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Operation Valentine by Sarah Fischer & Kelsey McKnight

Posted February 4, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Contemporary Romance, Series, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

She’s determined to play Cupid, but will her arrow go astray?

Nat Keller has worked at upstate New York’s Hazel Oaks Resort her entire adult life, dedicating herself to the lakeside lodge she considers home. After moving constantly as a child, planting roots and showcasing her organizational skills as the resort’s Head Concierge is her dream job. When she’s tasked with helping a married couple rekindle their romance, she’s excited to prove herself until she learns she’ll be working with a partner.

Lead Adventure Coordinator Hudson Dougal has never stayed in one place for long. He’s worked at Hazel Oaks for nearly a year and is contemplating his next big move when he’s asked to work with the only woman who seems to be immune to his charm. Always up for a challenge, Hudson accepts.

Soon, Nat and Hudson are igniting more than just a stale marriage. But just as Hudson wonders if roots have a purpose, he receives another opportunity. Will love be enough of an adventure to convince him to stay?

Titles in the Hazel Oaks Resort series include – Operation Valentine

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Enchanted by the Rodeo Queen by Melinda Curtis

Posted February 2, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Modern Western Romance (Cowboy Romance), Owned, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

She’s looking for Mr. Right…

…but can he fill those boots?

Former rodeo queen Emily Clark loves her life in Second Chance, Idaho, but she’s through waiting for a cowboy to sweep her off her feet.

Just as she’s thinking of leaving town, she’s offered a job by newcomer Jonah Monroe, a city slicker from Hollywood.

Career-minded Jonah isn’t looking to commit—to romance or a ranch—but Emily’s determined to show him exactly what he’s missing…

Titles in The Mountain Monroes series include — The Secrets to My Success (prequel) – Kissed By The Country Doc – Snowed In With The Single Dad – Rescued by the Perfect Cowboy – Lassoed by the Would-Be RancherEnchanted by the Rodeo Queen – Charmed by the Cook’s Kids – The Littlest Cowgirls – Caught by the Cowboy Dad (June 2021) – A Cowgirl’s Secret –

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Driven by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted January 31, 2021 by Marsha in Kensington Books, NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

Unswerving: Angus Force is determined to hunt down the serial killer he’d once shot dead—or so he thought. But an anonymous source reports that Lassiter is alive. Force hasn’t slept since knowing it’s only a matter of time before “the Surgeon” strikes again. And soon, a body is found, bearing Lassiter’s same maniacal MO. It’s just the beginning of a murderous trail that’s blazing through DC and Virginia, right to Force’s backyard . . .

Unstoppable: Nari Zhang is the shrink for the ragtag Deep Ops Unit, though she isn’t Force’s shrink—which is a very good thing. Because once they’re thrown together on the case, their attraction is explosive and irresistible. They’ll just have to fight that much harder to keep the heat between them from flaming out of control. But things are about to become far more challenging, and deadly, than they could have imagined . . .

Unhinged: Once the killer catches a glimpse of Nari, she becomes his new obsession. She is now the focus point—for both Force and Lassiter—in a dangerous dance for survival . . .

Titles in the Deep Ops series include — Hidden – Taken (#1.5) – Fallen – BrokenDriven

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Texan for the Taking by Katherine Garbera

Posted January 31, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Connection to another series, Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance (Cowboy Romance), Series, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

Who turned up the heat?

Classically-trained chef Delilah Corbyn walked away from the cutthroat celebrity kitchen world to return to her hometown of Last Stand, Texas. Delilah’s excited to open her own restaurant where she can finally make decisions without being scrutinized by the media. She thinks she’s living her dream until the new “it” chef saunters into town with a wink and a challenge. Delilah can handle the heat in the kitchen, but he stirs up passions she’d long ago buried.

Jock Rossi has come a long way in the culinary world for someone who isn’t formally trained. Now he’s a rising chef with fame and money finally within his grasp. Determined to attract investors, he launches his latest restaurant in Last Stand. But when he meets his local competition, Jock’s plans skew off course. Delilah’s not only as talented as she is beautiful, but she’s also impossible to fool. Or forget.

Can Jock win her heart with his secret recipe or are they only destined to battle it out in the kitchen?

Titles in the Corbyn Sisters of Last Stand include – Red Hot Texan – Texas Christmas Baby –Texan for the Taking

(This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of somewhat connecting series set in a fictional town.  A listing of the connecting series and their stories can be found on our Last Stand, Texas page)

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