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Spring on Rendezvous Lane by Angela Britnell

Posted September 5, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction, Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

 

 

Can even the most seasoned traveler find a home on Rendezvous Lane?

‘Community spirit’ is not a phrase in travel junkie Taran Rossi’s vocabulary. As a former ‘third culture kid’ and now spicy street food connoisseur and social media influencer, he’s never really stayed in one place long enough to feel part of a community. And that’s just the way he likes it.

But a springtime stint house-sitting for his grandmother on Rendezvous Lane in East Nashville could lead to a long-overdue wake-up call. With the help of single mum Sandy Warner and her young son Chip, can Taran come to understand that sometimes it’s not about the place – it’s about the people?

 

 

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A Glimmer of a Clue by Daryl Wood Gerber

Posted September 4, 2021 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Kensington Books, NetGalley, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Courtney Kelly has a shop full of delights, a cat named Pixie, a green thumb—and a magical touch when it comes to garden design. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, things aren’t all sweetness and fairy lights . . .
 
When Courtney’s friend Wanda gets into a ponytail-pulling wrestling match in public with a nasty local art critic, Courtney stops the fight with the help of a garden hose. But Lana Lamar has a talent for escalating things and creating tension, which she succeeds in doing by threatening a lawsuit, getting into yet another scuffle—in the midst of an elegant fundraiser, no less—and lobbing insults around like pickleballs.  
 
Next thing Courtney knows, Lana is on the floor, stabbed with a decorative letter opener from one of Courtney’s fairy gardens, and Wanda is standing by asking “What have I done?” But the answer may not be as obvious as it seems since Wanda is prone to sleepwalking and appears to be in a daze. Could she have risen from her nap and committed murder while unconscious? Or is the guilty party someone else Lana’s ticked off, like maybe her long-suffering husband? To find out, Courtney will have to dig up some dirt . . .

Titles in the Fairy Garden Mystery series include — A Sprinkling of MurderA Glimmer of a Clue

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The Wedding Dilemma by Mariah Ankenman

Posted September 4, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Entangled Publishing, NetGalley, Romantic Comedy (Rom-Com), Series / 0 Comments

My life has always been pretty predictable. Run into burning buildings, save those in distress, be a hero. Shoot the shit with my fireman buddies, come home, and do it all again tomorrow. Little did I know that a random SOS call from a woman stuck in a plaster cast with nothing underneath (I swear I only caught a flash of skin) would throw me for a complete loop.

Until I see the flighty artist again. At my mom’s engagement party. To her dad.

Suddenly the unpredictable woman I couldn’t stop thinking about is my soon-to-be-stepsister. Yeah, the same one I mortified when I accidentally saw her a tiny bit naked. This should make family gatherings way more interesting.

Except when your mom’s as loaded as mine is, you can never fully let your guard down when a guy comes sniffing around. So I can’t help but be suspicious, even though his daughter’s the perfect blend of beautiful and wild. As we spend more time together, prepping for our parents’ wedding, we both agree that maybe there’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of fun in the meantime. But if she knew I was investigating her dad on the side, she would never forgive me…

Titles in the Mile High Firefighters series include — The Wedding Dilemma

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Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas

Posted September 4, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Kensington Books, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Marcie Latimer longs to run away from Someday Valley—especially since her ex-boyfriend spun a web of lies that almost led to tragedy in neighboring Honey Creek. Little wonder so many locals have turned their backs on her. But not Brand Rodgers. The quiet cowboy comes to listen every time she sings at Bandit’s Bar, offering a glimpse of safety and calm that Marcie’s rarely known.
 
After Texas Ranger Colby McBride saved Honey Creek’s mayor, Piper Mackenzie, from a fire, she claimed him with a kiss. That was five months ago, and Colby still isn’t sure where they’re headed. Piper loves her town—but does she love Colby? And is he even ready for what comes next?
 
Pecos Smith, Honey Creek’s emergency dispatcher, is grateful to have a new bride he adores and a baby on the way—even if one vital piece of the puzzle is missing. But as trouble comes stalking through the valley, lives will cross surprising paths. And Marcie, who’s always felt that a forever love was out of reach, might discover that Someday is the perfect place to find it . . .

Titles in the Honey Creek series include — Breakfast at the Honey Creek CaféPicnic in Someday Valley – Dinner on Primrose Hill –

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The Cowboy’s Challenge by Sinclair Jayne

Posted September 2, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

She needs a favor. He needs a bride.

Langston Carr is back in her hometown Marietta as the temporary event planner for the Graff Hotel. The first event on the calendar is the society wedding that should have been her big day with her loving groom, so when rodeo cowboy Bowen Ballantyne swaggers into the hotel, all hard-bodied and chivalrous, she thanks him the way any single woman needing to salve her pride would—she kisses him.

Bull rider Bowen Ballantyne thrives on competition, but this time his cowboy cousins have taken their one-upmanship challenge too far. He needs to find a bride by the end of the Copper Mountain Rodeo. Bowen’s never backed down from anything, so when former barrel racer Langston Carr, his tormentor from their teen years, propositions him, Bowen rockets up the heat.

A game of pretending between rivals…what could go wrong?

Titles in the Montana Rodeo Brides series include — The Cowboy Says I Do – The Cowboy’s Challenge – Breaking the Cowboy’s Rules –

Love any story connected to Marietta, Montana?  Then check out our Marietta, Montana page(s) for series, titles, and links to reviews done here at Keeper Bookshelf.

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The Cowboy Doctor by Leah Vale

Posted August 14, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Modern Western Romance, Series, Tule Publishing / 2 Comments

She lives for the thrill. He’s tasked with keeping her safe…

A family tragedy launched Drew Neisson, the middle son of a prominent Oregon ranching family, into a career in medicine. He specializes in emergency sports medicine and is proud to be part of a mobile clinic on the rodeo circuit. But when the local rodeo kicks off, he’s tasked with keeping a visiting bucking bronc rider safe or else his clinic will lose a major donor. Playing babysitter is no fun, especially when his temporary client is distractingly beautiful and a daredevil who makes his own heart pound.

Determined to escape the shadow of her childhood illness and overprotective family, Texas heiress Peyton Halliday joins the Buckin’ Babes—a touring reality show where cowgirls ride broncs and dare each other into one thrilling adventure after another. Peyton revels in the challenge and freedom until a too-handsome doctor wants to play killjoy.

Drew wants to keep the fiery cowgirl safe, but Peyton has another idea—can she encourage her new sidekick to explore his wild side?

Titles in the Rodeo Romeos series include — The Bull Rider’s Second Chance – Wrangling The Cowboy’s Heart – The Cowboy’s VowThe Cowboy Doctor

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Summer of Hopes and Dreams by Sue McDonagh

Posted August 13, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Series / 1 Comment

 

Can “Dozy Rosie” spice up her life and prove she’s not boring?

Rosie Bunting has spent her life caring for others, often at the expense of her own hopes and dreams. But when she overhears somebody describing her as “boring”, she decides it’s time for a change.

Little does she realize that the outdoor pursuits weekend brochure handed to her at the local Art Café will kick start a summer that will see her abseiling down a Welsh cliff face in “eye-watering” leggings, rediscovering her artistic side, and unexpectedly inheriting an old fire engine. It also involves meeting hunky outdoor instructor, Gareth Merwyn-Jones – although of course, he’d never be interested in Dozy Rosie Bunting … would he?

One thing’s for certain: Rosie’s path to achieving her hopes and dreams might not be smooth, but it’s definitely not boring.

Titles in the Art Café connecting series include — Summer at the Art Café – Meet Me at the Art Café – Escape to the Art Café – Summer of Hopes and Dreams –

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A Cowboy Kind of Love by Donna Grant

Posted August 12, 2021 by Marsha in Modern Western Romance, NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Series, Small Town Romance, St. Martin's Press / 1 Comment

Who wants to rodeo again?

Jace Wilder has been rebuilding his life since the love of his life, Taryn, up and left town unexpectedly. But when she mysteriously returns, Jace’s dependable world comes crashing down.

Taryn is hiding a dangerous secret, and no matter how hard he tries, Jace can’t stay away―especially when Taryn is at risk. And especially when the attraction he thought he’d buried long ago is back and hotter than ever. Will he be able to trust Taryn again?

Taryn Hillman’s world fell apart one horrifying night, and it’s never been the same since. When she sees a small chance at untangling herself, she takes it, though it means returning to Clearview – and seeing Jace again. But when he vows to protect her, will Taryn take a chance, and this time, never let him go?

Titles in the Heart of Texas series include —  The Christmas Cowboy Hero – Cowboy, Cross My Heart – My Favorite Cowboy – A Cowboy Like You – Looking For A CowboyA Cowboy Kind of Love

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How To Train Your Earl by Amelia Grey

Posted August 12, 2021 by Marsha in Historical Romance, NetGalley, Regency Romance, Series, St. Martin's Press / 0 Comments

 

Brina Feld has settled into a life devoted to helping others since the sinking of the Salty Dove left her widowed. She has no need for a man in her contented life. But when the notorious and handsome Lord Blacknight returns and awakens her desires, her peace and serenity vanish. If she agrees to an alliance with him, she knows she will have to battle her heart to keep from being snared under his spell.

Zane, the Earl of Blacknight, was never supposed to inherit the earldom, so he didn’t much care to lead a respectable life before then. Fistfights, card games, and drinking are the order of the day. Now he’s determined to change his rakish ways and he knows the proper lady who can help him. There’s just one problem: He’s already bet he’ll win her hand before the Season is over. With her resolve to out-scheme him, how can he show her that his love is true?

Titles in the First Comes Love series include – The Earl Next Door – Gone With The RogueHow to Train Your Earl

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Aggie the Horrible vs. Max the Pompous Ass by Lisa Wells

Posted August 12, 2021 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Entangled Publishing, NetGalley / 0 Comments

One’s playing a game. The other’s keeping score.

When wild-child Aggie Johansson shows up for an interview with the last person she’d ever want to work for, golden-boy entrepreneur Max Treadwell, she has one goal—to not be offered the position. While she hates to disappoint the two matchmaking grandmothers who’d pressed Max to hire her, she wants nothing to do with a pity job. Besides, the guy could easily win Mr. Pompous Ass of the year.

The last thing Max wants is to offer Aggie a job. The woman, a mixture of bizarre and annoying, has gone through at least a half-dozen employers this year already. He might’ve promised Grandmother he’d hire her, but if Aggie doesn’t take it because he’s more than a little un-charming, that won’t be his fault. After all, his company is on the brink of making a major land acquisition, and the last thing he needs is a screw-up as a personal assistant.

With neither of them willing to disappoint their grandmothers, the interview becomes the stuff of legends, and somehow, before either can blink, they’re suddenly stuck working together.

Aggie’s determined the only way out is to be the worst assistant ever and get fired…

Max knows his grandmother would kill him if he fired Aggie, so he’ll just have to be so awful she quits…

But what happens next, no one could have seen coming.

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The Cowboy Says I Do by Sinclair Jayne

Posted August 12, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Connection to another series, Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

He needs her to say I do…

When professional rodeo cowboy Beck Ballantyne returns home to Marietta, Montana, nothing goes as planned. His granddad, flanked by his three determined daughters, announces his plan to sell his legacy ranch after the rodeo. Hoping he’ll reconsider, Beck and his two cousins launch the Rodeo Bride Game. Beck initially has the advantage as he has a long-time girlfriend—except she’s just called it quits.

Ashni Singh has loved Beck since high school, but she’s done living out of a suitcase on the rodeo tour. She’s ready to put down roots and build her own career. Learning she’s unexpectedly expecting makes her even more determined to make a new life. So when Beck dutifully proposes, she does what any self-respecting, career-oriented, educated woman at the end of her patience would do. She says no.

The Rodeo Bride Game may have started as a fun challenge, but Beck has never been more serious about winning Ash’s heart and her hand.

Titles in the Montana Rodeo Brides series include — The Cowboy Says I Do – The Cowboy’s Challenge – Breaking the Cowboy’s Rules –

Love any story connected to Marietta, Montana?  Then check out our Marietta, Montana page(s) for series, titles, and links to reviews done here at Keeper Bookshelf.

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