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Renegade Cowboy by Sara Richardson

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Renegade Cowboy by Sara Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Renegade Cowboy is the 3rd book in the Rocky Mountain Riders series but can easily be stand alone.

After his best friend, Cash Greer, was killed in an accident practicing for the rodeo Levi Cortez leaves town and goes on with his life. He's back in town atoning for his past. When he left town he left his second family, the Greer's behind including Cash's sister, Cassidy.

Cassidy life pretty much ended after her brother's death. Her mom, Lula since then has struggled with depression and alcoholism. Her father left after losing not only his son but his wife. Cassidy's whole life is now dealing with taking care of her mother and working to support them both. She is determined to have a life of her own and achieve her own dreams. But first she's trying everything she can to get her mom on track.

Levi is now just a determined as Cassidy for them to have a future together. They have a …

Traitorous Toys by Mildred Abbott

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe

Traitorous Toys by Mildred Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traitorous Toys is book 2 in the Cozy Corgi Mysteries. This is the first book I have read in the series and had no problem following along.

I read the book because the cute corgi on the cover and I'm really glad it got my interest.

The author has a great way of writing that had me following along as Fred (Winifred) went from place to place subtly investigating the murder of Declan with her corgi sidekick, Watson. Love all the twists that the story was taking as the story went along. I will just say that even though Declan was an extremely good looking man the world was not sad to see him go.

If a book has me hooked to the very end trying to figure out who done it and why I know it's a good one. This one is a very good. I kept changing my mind on who it was and yes, I was pretty surprised on who it was. I honestly thought the killer was going to kill Fred.

I also like the fact that even though I…

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

TRUTH OR DARE has knocked my figurative socks off. I got a signed copy in my illumicrate and got round to reading it just now. The cover is interesting, the blurb too but the characters and context are so much more.

Sef and Claire are an unlikely friendship, drawn to partner in a project of their own making over Kam, Sef’s brother with a traumatic brain injury. Kam is present but subtly in the background of this story, however Kam’s experiences, the reality of his abilities/disabilities afterwards and the effect of his injury on the family, especially Sef, pack an emotional punch. There’s actually not a whole lot of Kam, mostly Sef and Claire who are awkwardly wonderful.

The realistic narrative of the gawky and graceless growing friendship between Sef and Claire is fun to read and I found myself invested in their bond, their aim and wanting more for them. There is chemistry and flirting that had su…

Cruel Candy by Mildred Abbott

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REVIEWED BY  Joanne Swinney

Cruel Candy by Mildred Abbott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eat your heart out Jessica Fletcher. Remember Murder She Wrote? God, I loved that show. It’s a murder mystery what’s not to love.

Cozy Corgi Mysteries was everything I was hoping for. It had flair bringing the characters in this story to life.

Newly resident of the quaint little town Estes Park, Fred is planning on opening up a bookstore. Not just any old bookstore, she has big plans for her Cozy Corgi Mysteries. Her side kick and companion, Watson is actually a Corgi. Yep, he’s a dog and Fred’s a woman. Confused? Read on.

Fred short for Winifred has left her old life behind. We learn throughout the story about exactly what kind of life she left behind. It’s about what you’d expect for a thirty something woman. I don’t think it’s possible to get to that age without having some history behind you.

It soon becomes clear that Fred is an attractive, intelligent woman who spikes the interest of Sergeant W…

Team Player by L.J. Shen

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Team Player by L.J. Shen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Team Player is a collaboration of authors writing a novella all relating to a sport. My favourite is hockey! Love those guys on the ice! This is a hard book to rate because some I absolutely loved, and some were ok. So I am going to concentrate on two of my favs and give a 5 star rating for those.

Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn.
This was such a fun, sweet and adorable story. I loved the quirkiness and the awkwardness of Calder who was dating again after a long hiatus and was so nervous when he bumped into Rachel. He shouldn't have been, as she was just as smitten with him. What made him more delectable? That he was a single dad to a five year old who he would do anything for, even be a fairy! He is one character I hope we get to hear more about.

The End Zone by LJ Shen.
You never know what you have until it might slip away from your fingers, right? Well this could have been the case for Sage, if he di…

Redemption by Stephanie St. Klaire

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe


Redemption by Stephanie St. Klaire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Redemption is book 5 in the McKenzie Ridge Series. This is a series that I highly recommend that you read the books in order not only because it's a great series but that you'll get better appreciation of the series, the characters within the series as a whole.

We have seen a glimpses of Blake and Jessie through out the series. Slow build up. You always got the impression that there was something underlying between. That famous Love/Hate relationship.

Jessie becomes a fire fighter to overcome her fears of her past. It's a past that when you read about it will bring tears to your eyes and compassion to your soul. It made me feel deeply. Jessie is the type of person that has an abrasive personality and is hard to like at first. Little glimpses of her true self shine through throughout the book.

One person that sees through her abrasiveness is the very hot police chief Blake. He has a way of see…

What the Hail by Lani Lynn Vale

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REVIEWED BY  Tina Shobe


What the Hail by Lani Lynn Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lark finds help through an organization to leave her abusive husband and assume another identity. An assumed life that already has turmoil broiling in it. You can't help but feel for Lark she just can't seem to get a break. Then to top it all off her car gets towed for payments being in arrears. The tow truck driver is none other than super hot Baylor Hail. He does his job but can't get Lark out of his thoughts.

I love these two. Their bantering is beyond description. It just made it more realistic and pulled me in that much more into the story. I love the twists of humor too. There were several times I laughed out loud.

Lark is proving what a strong tough young lady she is. She's determined to get live life on her terms. Baylor is just as determined to help her and when push comes to shove to knock down all those stumbling blocks in her way.

When Lark's past finds her these two are in …

The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente

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REVIEWED BY Jess 


The V Card by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly love waking up to find a Lauren Blakely book on my kindle. I always know I am in for a fun ride and a lot of laughs! THE V CARD by Blakely and Lili Valente had me so worked up, I didn't know what to do with myself!

Graham is PERFECT. really. perfect. I don't know many male characters I can say that about-but he truly is. Funny, smart, thoughtful, handsome and all he wants to do is take care of his dead best friend's sister. In more ways than one. When she comes to him with a proposition that no one, not even him would expect, all cards for his Sex-batical are off the table, or on the floor, or...you know what I mean!

CJ just wants to get laid. I mean, throw out the V card, have coitus, make love, have sex...ALL OF IT. The only person she trusts not to break her heart, but break her hymen instead, is Graham. At 25, rounding on 26, she has had enough of the single life and of her battery operated …

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

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REVIEWED BY Micky Barnard 

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. I’m a ball of knotted up feelings mixed with adrenaline right now. THE MARRIAGE PACT started as an innocuous, gentle introduction to a newly married couple and turned into a twisted, dark ride. If I could sum it up, I’d describe it as ‘big brother’s stepford wife body snatching cult’ and I mean 1984-esque big brother, not the reality show. I don’t read a lot of suspense these days and this one just compelled me from start to finish, through the good, the bad, the believable and slightly stretched.

Jake and Alice are an opposites attract kind of couple but a match that seems to work. As very newly-weds they’re invited to join The Pact. Alarm bells should have been ringing at 100 decibels but no, Jake and Alice signed up. There was an innocence about their walk into married life, believing the easy road but it was oh, so different. What ensued took my breath away as I got deeper and deeper. I …

The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere

The V Card by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would love to get inside either one of these two awesome authors minds to see what makes them tick. They have an amazing ability to think like a man, and write in his POV so brilliantly, it’s uncanny. They also pull off writing a females POV and not only make her sweet and adorable, but also sexy and powerful. This friends to romance novel was exactly the perfect remedy to my funk, I am smiling once again.

This is a fast paced rom-com with a little bit of angsty thrown in to make it a well rounded book. It was totally believable and I fell right into the story and came out the other side extremely happy. It flowed exceedingly well, and it makes me wonder who wrote what character, or what chapters.

When you make a promise to look after your dead best friends little sister, I don’t think Graham had sex ed on his list of things to easy her anguish of losing her brother. But CJ needed a teacher to show h…

The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente

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REVIEWED BY  Melinda Lazar 


The V Card by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The V Card by Lili Valente and Lauren Blakely

This book was such a lovely friends to lovers romance! First we have CJ, a gorgeous, successful woman who, through circumstance, is still holding on to that dratted V card. And who better to help her punch that card but her sinfully sexy, trustworthy, knows exactly what he's doing, friend Graham? No one, that's who. So they approach this as a student-teacher masterclass in seduction and omg was it hot or what?! Spoiler: it was, indeed, hot af.

I used the word lovely earlier and I think it can carry lukewarm connotations but in this instance, I mean it in the best way possible. This started as a 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch your itch and I'll teach you all I know' situation but developed into something really sweet but sexy and dirty at the same time. I loved Graham's approach to helping CJ get rid of her V card. It was so…

Ford by Samantha Chase

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REVIEWED BY  Tina Shobe 


Ford by Samantha Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ford is book 7 in the 7 Brides for 7 Soldier Series. Each book in the series has been written by a different author. What I find so amazing is that you would never know that. Each book links with the other books seamlessly. This can be a stand alone but I do think you'll get a better appreciation for the series as a whole if you read the books in order.

Ford has no intentions of ever living in Eagle Ridge again. Having grown up there he knows that there is no such thing as privacy. Everyone knows everything about everyone. He's a very private person. He has come back in town temporarily repairing his grandmother's house after a tree fell on it and she is in the hospital from injuries she sustained.

Callie also grew up in Eagle Ridge but has no intentions of leaving. Her mother cleaned Ford's Grandmother's house while she was growing up as well as working a couple other jobs. She's always ha…

Never To Be Told by Jennifer Lynch

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REVIEWED BY  Becky Cox 


Never To Be Told by Jennifer Lynch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Never to Be Told is my first Jennifer Lynch book. Angela is a divorced woman navigating life as a single mother. She entered a short relationship with the Head of the school where she is a teacher. Gareth filled a spot physically but not so much emotionally.

Angela takes a vacation to Turkey to visit her college/university friend Jean and is amazed at Jean's life and yes, she is a little jealous. She meets a friend of Jean's, Jack, and he shows her a wonderful time and she can't wait to return.

Never To Be Told has a clever plot with several twist. It is a romance with a mystery/thriller vibe to it. I will preface my next statements with the fact that I was provided an ARC and was apparently not sent the final version. I dismissed the poor formatting as they happens sometimes with ARCs. The story and character dialogue were tedious and confusing at times, touching on ten thoughts in a singl…

Torrid Little Affair by Kendall Ryan

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REVIEWED BY Jess 


Torrid Little Affair by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Having never read anything by Kendall Ryan, I wasn't too sure what I was getting myself into with TORRID LITTLE AFFAIR, but I did enjoy where the story took me. Not only is this book full off hope and second chances, it's also about acceptance of yourself and the life you live. A message we could all learn a little from.

Cooper has been burned. Burned hard. Loving someone who doesn't love you back can be a bitter pill to swallow. Running an escort business with your brothers and being surrounded by women all the time can either get you in the mood for lust...or love. With lust off the table, and only wanting love, but not getting any back in return, Cooper takes some time to drown in his sorrows away from the woman who broke his heart and leaves Boston to regroup. But when a call from his brother brings him back home after and extended vacation down in Florida with the promise of a su…

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen

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REVIEWED BY  Melinda Lazar 

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby

Oh Lordy, I think this book was just what I needed to read right now! From the first line of the book where I spat out my precious coffee to the very last page, it was packed with humor, heat, and innuendo. Add in the insanely likable characters and I was sold!

We have the recently divorced Brynn who, as her friends like to tell it, needs to get laid and television personality Tom, who wields his hammer as he sees fit. Mind out of the gutter people! He has his own home renovation show!

Brynn and Tom meet when she's dared by her friends to kiss the first man she sees while at a party and oh my, what a kiss it was! Unfortunately, the whole 'encounter' was captured and displayed all over the media and as a result, Tom and Brynn are forced to have a fake engagement that'll benefit them both.

Fun, fun, fun. That's what this book was about. I laughed a…

Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven

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REVIEWED BY  Micky Barnard 

Amid the Winter Snow by Grace Draven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars overall

In the Darkest Midnight - Grace Draven 4.5 stars

Grace Draven delivered on a novella with the fullest sense of story, characterisation and completion. It had a seasonal feel in terms of some key moments in the story, though of course not traditional Christmas. This is a story told over more than a decade that is set in a world tenuously connected to Bast Haradis with a cameo from a character from Radiance and Eidolon. Jahna was a wonderful character, with that departure from traditional beauty that Grace Draven is so good at. Her admiration for Radimar is something to behold, young crush at first and over time their connection was beautiful. The world and the characters pulled me in so completely, the writing slipped into my imagination with ease. This winter anthology started off in the best way possible.

The Chosen - Thea Harrison 4 stars

This is my first read by Thea Harrison a…

Tales from Cushman Row by Suanne Laqueur

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REVIEWED BY  Micky Barnard


Tales from Cushman Row by Suanne Laqueur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I would never typically pick up a book of extras following on from a series or book I enjoyed, but rarely have I connected with books like I have with AN EXALTATION OF LARKS and A CHARM OF FINCHES. So, I had to delve into TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW.

What’s inside is a flow of connected elements that builds to a crescendo and ending; I really didn’t expect that. In fact, Suanne says at the beginning, they’re disconnected bits but I think she does herself a disservice because the flow was full of ease from chapter to chapter, connection to connection.

The focus is Stef and Jav in the main, but not wholly them, many of the characters from larks and finches make it in these tales, you see Ari, Geno, Alex and more. Those extras from other characters were frankly like water to a dry desert and I gulped the words down. I laughed quite a lot at the banter and I’ve come out of it feeling like I kn…

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe 

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moonlight over Manhattan is Book 6 in the From Manhattan with Love Series but is easily a stand alone.

There is so much I loved about this book. This is the first book that I can remember that I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about. I had to grab that book and finished it as I knew there was no way I was going back to sleep.

There were several really good quotes. My favorite is when Harriet is referring to hot chocolate as 'hug in a mug'.

The banter Harriet and Ethan (aka Dr. Hot) have is what I think pulled me into the book. It was so realistic. Like I was there watching it unfold. I could visibly see when Harriet took a deep breath to get control of her stuttering. I also could feel Ethan's shame when he realized that because of his attitude it caused Harriet's reaction.

Ethan thinks that Harriet is a solution to a problem he has fulfilling his promise to hi…

So Over You by Kate Meader

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REVIEWED BY  Micky Barnard 


So Over You by Kate Meader
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SO OVER YOU has unexpectedly become my favourite so far of the series. I wasn’t expecting to find Isobel such an interesting character. She seemed mousey but driven and a bit uninteresting in book one, however when the layers were peeled back, she had a lot going on, past and present.

Vadim was one heck of a character. Initially, I felt very little, by the end this Russian hockey player had totally won me over and I was cheering his side. Vadim was a slice of arrogant, part unconditional regard and a big ball of frustration, it made for fun and occasionally angsty reading. What I loved was Vadim and Isobel’s second chance element to their story, they had chemistry and emotion going on. The glimpses of Harper and Remy were welcome too.

This book started off slow for me and that has pulled the rating down a little but if you experience the same, please stick with it because it is definitely a grower and ultim…

Big Man by Penny Wylder

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REVIEWED BY Tina Shobe
Big Man by Penny Wylder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sasha Bluebell returns to her hometown on a mission to sell her mom's property that she inherited after her passing. She did plan on the complication of Grant Werther, whom unknown to her also inherited a portion.

Neither one of them thinks the other one recognizes/remembers the other. Prior to the drama of high school the two of them grew up together and were once pretty close friends.

I was confused on first trying to determine if the reason Sasha left town and had previously not returned was because her mom and her had a falling out or if something traumatic happened to her. Then I was confused on why the towns people were treating her the way they were. I think my confusion actually pulled me more into the story. It intrigued me as I was determined to figure out what happened in her past.

As far as Grant goes he grew up into a fine big man. Seriously is there anything hotter than watching a bare chested buf…

Only for You by Melissa Foster

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REVIEWED BY  Tina Shobe 

Only for You by Melissa Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Only for You is book 2 in the Sugar Lake Book but is can easily be a stand alone.

Bodhi Booker is renovating a home for his mom who's moving to Sugar Lake in the very near future. Her new home is next door to young widow Bridgette Dalton and her cute little boy, Louie.

Reading along while Bodhi and Bridgette fight their intense attraction had me reminiscing all those old awkward moments when I first met my husband; being tongue tied, caught staring, blushing at inappropriate times....

I completely understood their stance on not wanting to have a relationship. Bodhi isn't going to be in town long and with his job he doesn't want to risk putting someone through what he and his mom experienced when his father passed. Having already experienced loss it's not a journey that Bridgette wants to open herself up to plus she now has to think of Louie.

I absolutely love the moments that Bodhi is showi…

Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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REVIEWED BY Monique Cashmere


Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is something about a Brittainy C. Cherry book that just draws you in. I’m sure it is due to the richness of her characters and the powerful storylines. This novel is full of that. The journey that you will be lead on is full of angst and heartache. It is a touching tale of friendships, family bonds, passion and sorrow.

It is told in dual POV by Elliott and Jasmine. Their story starts in high school where they form an unlikely alliance with a promise of more. Circumstances change the course of direction for them, and it is six years before they connect again. They have both changed, and maybe not for the better. Until they each find their truths, they can not fully reach their HEA.

Even though I enjoyed this read, I can’t say it’s my favourite. For me, it was too angsty, and that might surprise some, as I like my angsty books. Whether it was my mood or circumstances I’m not sure but it d…

Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello

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REVIEWED BY 
Becky Cox 

Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Westerly Billionaire #2 is a sweet fast second chance romance.

Up for Heir is the second installment in the Westerly Billionaire series and focuses on Spencer, a self made tech success. He partnered with his long time friend Jordan and they developed amazing technology.

Spencer goes through quite an emotional growth throughout the story and I grew to like him more every chapter.

Hailey is a sweet girl trying to survive the best she can. I liked her as a heroine. My problem was her inner dialogue was excessive and distracting for me.

I kind of love Delinda (Grandmother Westerly) and her pushy, nosy self. I imagine she will be meddling in her family's life in future books as well. She was quite entertaining.

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman

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REVIEWED BY Ann Meemken


Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

They met at the psychiatrist office. Jesse and Kylie are in need of a positive life change. They must face their demons of the past in order to do that.

At first this story was a bit confusing for me and than all of sudden it made total sense. This story is unique in the fact that it shares the past and the present time. I enjoyed the bond that formed between Jesse and Kylie. The ending was a bit surprising. I wished it would have ended different but it seemed fitting for this story.

**I received a copy for an honest review**
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