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Carrying Her Millionaire’s Baby by Sophie Pembroke

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Carrying Her Millionaire’s Baby by Sophie Pembroke is witty, sexy and wholly satisfying. The fast-paced plot unfolds beautifully and I was engrossed with the shenanigans of Ash and Zoey! The opening scene made me giggle. This best-friends-to-lovers story is a keeper…because I couldn’t get enough!

Highly Recommended

5 ⭐️

Tempted by Scandal by Karen Booth

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If you’re looking for gasp-worthy drama and spine tingling romance that unfolds like a tv soap opera then pick up Tempted by Scandal. You so won’t be disappointed.

Karen Booth whips up a fabulous story in this brand new Harlequin quartet called Dynasties: Secrets of the A-List! Her writing is effortless, beautiful and powerful and I couldn’t get enough!

I was transported to a world of chic, dynamic, high society lifestyle where fierce characters, scandalously engaging drama and tantalizing romance brimmed from each chapter.

Tempted by Scandal is posh and sexy and emotional and deeply satisfying. I savored every bit of this story and can’t wait to delve into the other books in the quartet.

Highly Recommended

4.5 ⭐️

Blog Tour / Review — Marine Force Recon by Elle James

Title: Marine Force Recon
Author: Elle James
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Intrigue
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

Blurb:

Wrong place, wrong time. Right man for the job.

Declan O’Neill’s US Marines career is over, but nothing can stop him from saving lives. When he starts an organization that aims to help people who can’t defend themselves, his first client is a woman desperate for answers. Grace Lawrence knows something happened to her roommate, and she’s certain she can trust Declan to uncover the truth…though she wonders if she can trust herself with a soldier like Declan.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41970771-marine-force-recon

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/4NZgeG

Review:

Marine Force Recon is compelling from the very first chapter. Elle James does a fantastic job creating believable and realistic scenarios. I was swept up in the search for Grace’s roommate and hooked as the tidbits of truth and bite sized morsels of clues were revealed. With a twisty plot that’s fast-paced and daring characters who command your attention, Marine Force Recon proves to be every bit as intriguing as the blurb suggests. Loved every word!

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Elle James, spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new adventures in stories.

Author Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Uoav5e

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/28048.Elle_James

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElleJamesAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellejamesauthor/

Web: https://ellejames.com/

Blog Tour / Review — Need Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Title: NEED ME, COWBOY
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Desire
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

Blurb:

He’s not a man to be played with. Not without consequences.

For five years, Levi Tucker had no control over his life, locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. Never again would any woman—any desire—overtake this cowboy’s common sense. Now Faith Grayson, the sexy, brilliant architect he’s hired to design his grand new house, is sorely testing his resolve. Faith is too young. Too innocent. Maybe just too tempting.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42479594-need-me-cowboy

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/4XRweg

Review:

Maisey Yates never disappoints. Need Me, Cowboy is the perfect read. Levi and Faith were fun to get to know. The angst, the drama, the romance were well-balanced and well-written. Overall, a fun, sexy story that has all the feels!

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Author Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H2NLOa

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3430431.Maisey_Yates

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaiseyYates.Author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maiseyyates

Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com/

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Blog Tour / Review — Justice Mission by Lynette Eason

Title: JUSTICE MISSION
Author: Lynette Eason
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Life Inspired Suspense
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

Blurb:

Caught in a killer’s sights…

Introducing the True Blue K-9 Unit series

After K-9 unit administrative assistant Sophie Walters spots a suspicious stranger lurking at the K-9 graduation, the man kidnaps her—and she barely escapes. With Sophie’s boss missing and someone determined to silence her, NYPD officer Luke Hathaway vows he and his K-9 partner will guard her. But he must keep an emotional distance to ensure this mission ends in justice…not cold-blooded murder.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41861716-justice-mission

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/bpjNNX

Review:

Lynette Eason’s Justice Mission took me on a riveting journey. (Full  review added later today)

Author Bio:

Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married “the boy next door” and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina.”

Author Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xjvw5Y

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1091207.Lynette_Eason

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynette.eason/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynetteeason

Website: http://lynetteeason.com/

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW – ANYTHING FOR HIS BABY BY MICHELLE MAJOR

Title: Anything for His Baby
Author: Michelle Major
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Harlequin Imprint: Special Edition

Blurb:

Shep Bennett would do anything for his daughter… even fall in love!

Shep Bennett’s as smooth as they come…except when it comes to his new daughter. Paige Harper has the magic touch with the traumatized toddler, so she strikes a bargain. She’ll care for Rosie, if Shep will let her run the inn he bought out from under her family. But will Paige be able to keep her heart out of the deal?

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41755388-anything-for-his-baby

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/bo7DJA

Review:

This swoon-worthy story and its characters stole my heart. Michelle Major is one of my fave Harlequin Special Edition authors. Her books have always held a place on my bookshelf. I was swept up in tides of heartfelt emotion and memorable scenes reading her current release, Anything for His Baby. Shep is a dreamboat with a heart of gold. His protective nature is in full swing when it comes to his baby girl, Rosie. Sexy!

Paige is a goddess. I cheered on her every step of the way and when her attraction to Shep bubbles to the surface I knew she was in for a ride. Shep makes her heart skip a thousand beats. The ending made me so happy.

With beautiful, emotive writing and wonderfully realistic characters, Anything for His Baby is perfect from start to end.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Author Bio:

Michelle Major grew up in Ohio but dreamed of living in the mountains. Soon after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she pointed her car west and settled in Colorado. Her life and house are filled with one great husband, two beautiful kids, a few furry pets and several well-behaved reptiles. She’s grateful to have found her passion writing stories with happy endings. Michelle loves to hear from her readers at www.michellemajor.com.

Author Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2L2fVKa

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6468588.Michelle_Major

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michelle_major1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleMajorBooks

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW — BOSS by KATY EVANS

Title: Boss
Author: Katy Evans
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Harlequin Imprint: Desire

Blurb:

We play by my rules now.” —Kit, the new boss

Who does Kit Walker think he is? The trust-fund heir waltzes in and wants to boss me around, but if I catch him misbehaving, his father will yank his inheritance. Stalemate, right? Not when our chemistry is irresistible! Ironically, we run the top dating app. Could this be my “perfect match”…or the perfect scandal? —Alexandra, the one in charge

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41218072-boss

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/47xljj

Review:

Katy Evans’ debut Harlequin Desire novel has everything you crave in a romance story. I was whisked away on a passionate and sexy journey where a cast of deeply motivated, vibrant characters swayed to the rollercoaster plot the author has carved out. Each scene is meticulously written and draws you in a vortex of raw emotions, undeniable attraction and plain, simple drama. The story is engaging, the plot fast-paced and genuine, while the main protagonists perfect imperfections led sophisticated lives that felt so realistic. I loved every second of this book and cannot contain my excitement to see what story Ms. Evans comes up with next!!

Highly Recommended
5 Stars

Author Bio:

Katy Evans is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over a dozen novels, starting with her blockbuster debut romance, Real. She writes sexy contemporary romances with smoldering hot alpha males.

Author Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6997072.Katy_Evans

Web: http://www.katyevans.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorkatyevans

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatyEvans/

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EDXWJy

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW — Tempted by the Badge by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Title: Tempted by the Badge
Author: Deborah Fletcher Mello
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

Proving her innocence…at all costs. The exciting second book of the To Serve and Seduce miniseries.

Former Chicago cop Mingus Black is used to liars. So why does the PI believe a teacher who insists she’s being framed? Joanna Barnes is totally convincing…in more ways than one. The chemistry between Mingus and Joanna becomes perilously potent, but until he can find out who framed her for a heinous crime, everything they love hangs in the balance.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43171450-tempted-by-the-badge-mills-boon-heroes

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/bPZXrA

Review:

Deborah Fletcher Mello is a new-to-me author. This is the first time I’ve read one of her books. Did I enjoy Tempted by the Badge? Yes. Yes. Yes! This is the second book in a new series and it hooked me from the start. Tempted by the Badge is a tautly woven, intense thriller. I gravitated towards Mingus and Joanna, obsessed to see how their story pans. In the end? I devoured every word, satisfied with that breath-taking ending! Recommended? Yes!

4.5 Stars

Author Bio:

Writing since she was old enough to put pen to paper, Deborah Fletcher Mello firmly believes that for her, writing is as necessary as breathing. Her first novel, TAKE ME TO HEART, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author. In 2008, Deborah won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Series Romance for her ninth novel, TAME A WILD STALLION. Her publication, CRAVING TEMPTATION was named one of Publisher’s Weekly Best Books for 2014 and was also nominated for a 2015 Emma Award for Book of the Year. As well, her novel PLAYING FOR KEEPS was a Library Journal Best of 2015 and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award for Best Multicultural Romance. Most recently, Deborah was named the 2016 Romance Slam Jam Author of the Year.

Born and raised in Fairfield Country, Connecticut, Deborah maintains base camp in North Carolina but considers home to be wherever the moment moves her.

Author Links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Vrizy5

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/172159.Deborah_Fletcher_Mello

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbMelloWrites

Web: http://deborahmello.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebbMelloWrites/

The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane

Three skilled aviators determined to help win the war. Three brave women who know their place is not at home.

At the height of World War II, the British Air Transport Auxiliary need help. A group of young women volunteer for action, but the perils of their new job don’t end on the tarmac. Things are tough in the air, but on the ground their abilities as pilots are constantly questioned.

There is friction from the start between the new recruits. Spirited American Lizzie turns heads with her audacity, but few can deny her flying skills. She couldn’t be more different from shy, petite Ruby, who is far from diminutive in the sky. It falls to pragmatic pilot May to bring the women together and create a formidable team capable of bringing the aircraft home.

As these very different women fight to prove themselves up to the task at hand, they are faced with challenges and tragedies at every turn. They must fight for equal pay and respect while handling aircraft that are dangerously ill-equipped; meanwhile, lives continue to be lost in the tumult of war.

Determined to assist the war effort doing what they love, can May, Lizzie and Ruby put aside their differences to overcome adversity, and will they find love in the skies?

Review:

The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane has everything I want in a book. It is well-written, character driven and beautifully crafted. The emotions are heartfelt and the reality of the story itself is gut-wrenching. I was mesmerized the moment I turned to page one. The women in this book who volunteer themselves to World War II are bold, strong, fierce and mighty. I held great admiration for them. The bravery with which they dedicate themselves, fighting for human peace is beyond heavenly. I found myself deeply engrossed with every scene of this book, struck by the visceral beauty in the author’s words as these women came alive on the page. The Spitfire Girls is a gem of novel. Every woman should read this story—to find themselves in the journeys of three women who weren’t just skilled aviators in a raging war, but rather beacons of hope who cements their future through tough resilience! A flat-out perfect read.

Highly Recommended

5 Stars

His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston

Bought by her husband… Bound by secrets of their past. The start of The Lochmore Legacy—a Scottish castle through the ages! Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once. Now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but lowborn Lachlan McNeill. He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long?

Review:

Janice Preston is a virtuoso of words. She magically transforms her characters with such skill that mesmerizes you in an instant. His Convenient Highland Wedding is a story of family, scandal and fortune. It encompasses pain, growth and passion. It is reliably entertaining and masterfully crafted and I couldn’t help but get lost in the journey Lachlan, Flora and the vibrant secondary cast took me on. A stellar read from start to end!

Highly Recommended

5 Stars

An insight into The Lochmore Legacy (first book available now)!!

Thank you so much, Amanda, for inviting me onto your blog to tell your readers a little about The Lochmore Legacy – a series of four linked but standalone Highland romances set in different historical time periods.

When Mills and Boon asked me to write a Victorian set romance as the first book of The Lochmore Legacy I was torn between excitement and nerves: excitement because I loved the premise of the series, and nerves because of the responsibility of writing that first book; excitement at the prospect of tackling a new-to-me historical period (I usually write Regencies), and nerves for the exact same reason; excitement when I learned my fellow authors would be Lara Temple, Elisabeth Hobbes and Nicole Locke, and nerves because, well, how much worse would it be if I let down such good friends? But I said yes. I promised myself when I first became a published author five years ago that I would never say no to a challenge, and I have kept that promise! I had been involved in a continuity before, writing book four for The Governess Tales (September to December 2016), with all four books linked through the friendship of their heroines. I therefore knew more or less what to expect – much collaboration with my fellow authors!

But this series – The Lochmore Legacy – posed a greater challenge in that the books are linked through the setting (Lochmore Castle, which is built on a rocky promontory on a fictional stretch of the west coast of Scotland); two neighbouring clans (the Lochmores and the McCrieffs, whose feud has lasted six centuries), and a mystery that demands to be solved.

The Lochmore Legacy begins in Victorian times, with a marriage of convenience story, where a brooch is discovered in strange circumstances. Each unforgettable romance will reveal a little more of that brooch’s secret past as the reader travels back in time through the Regency and Tudor eras to Medieval Scotland, where the truth will finally be revealed.

I mentioned that my fellow Lochmore collaborators are great friends of mine, and I’d like to tell your readers a little about us. Of course, we know one another as fellow authors for the Harlequin / Mills & Boon historical line but our friendship has grown through our involvement with The Unlaced Historical Romance group on Facebook, which we run together with five other Mills & Boon historical writers. The nine of us teamed up to write a story for an online blog a few years ago, and we are certain that story gave the Mills & Boon historical team the idea for The Lochmore Legacy! Unlaced is not only about history and romance, it is also about friendship and support – a fun and safe place for our members to meet, chat, share interesting stuff and just have a laugh and we are always happy for more like-minded people to join us.

I’d like to tell you a little about His Convenient Highland Wedding and about my experience of collaborating with Lara, Elisabeth and Nicole on The Lochmore Legacy, and then I’ll hand over to them to tell you about their books and experiences!


His Convenient Highland Wedding

Publication date 21st March/1st April

Rich but lowborn Lachlan McNeill meets his bride, Lady Flora McCrieff, for the first time at the altar. Lachlan needs aristocratic patrons for his new whisky distillery and is only marrying Flora for her connections in Scottish society, not realising that his new bride is a disgraced outcast. Flora struggles to understand her secretive new husband and she has to dig deep to find the courage to persevere when all her efforts to bridge the gap between them are rebuffed. Lachlan, in the meantime, throws himself into business, determined never to reveal the details of his shocking past and even more determined to keep hidden the heartbreak and emotions he’s suppressed for so long.

On collaboration:

As I said before, I was torn between excitement and nerves at the prospect of working with such good friends. As my story came first I felt a huge responsibility for getting things right, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience although I’m sure the others were exasperated at times by constant questions I bombarded them with. One of the difficulties was our different deadlines, with Nicole’s being at least 3 months after mine, which meant that while I was fully immersed in Victorian Scotland and trying to finalise details on the setting and the castle (even to the extent of drawing maps and castle plans!), the others were still at various stages of writing/editing their previous books and, quite rightly, concentrating on them! But they hid any irritation very well, and it was lovely to be able to bounce ideas around to find solutions to issues that arose. Lara and I, in particular, had to work closely because there is only 30 years between books 1 & 2, and her heroine, Joane, appears in my story.


Lara Temple

Unlaced by the Highland Duke

Publication date: 18th April/1st May

Benneit, the widowed Duke of Lochmore, cares about two things – his son Jamie and his clan’s wellbeing. For both their sakes he knows he must ally with the rival clan by marrying Tessa McCrieff. But all his plans begin to founder when plain governess and widow Jo Langdale comes to Lochmore Castle to be a companion to Jamie and brings to the surface secrets and emotions long hidden.

On collaboration:

Writing is a lonely occupation – and it’s meant to be. When I write I crawl inside my head and tune the world out and if the end result is terrible, it’s only me that’s embarrassed. So, writing with three other authors, all of whom are my friends and who I respect immensely, was actual quite scary. The positive side was that working with them sparked my own creativity – we bounced ideas off each other, built a world together (kudos to Elisabeth who scouted out locations physically and to Janice who drew architectural plans of the castle!) and cried on each other’s shoulders when we hit a wall. It was a brilliant experience!


Elisabeth Hobbes

A Runaway Bride for the Highlander

Publication date: 30 May/1 June

The events in my book are certainly enough to cause trouble between the Lochmores and McCrieffs, but they’re not the reason for the big feud. The actions of my characters go a long way to explain why the secrets have been all by lost by the time Lara and Janice’s characters first come across them. Ewan Lochmore arrives at Stirling Castle to attend the coronation of King James V after the death of James IV (and Ewan’s father) at the Battle of Flodden. Whilst there he meets a young Frenchwoman, Marguerite, who is betrothed to Duncan McCrieff. Although he is attracted to her, he thinks he has seen the last of her when he leaves Stirling to return to Lochmore. Until, that is, he discovers his cart is carrying more than his luggage…

On collaboration:

I really enjoyed collaborating with Janice, Lara and Nicole because it was fascinating to see how they all approached the writing process. Creating the castle was great fun. I volunteered to do some site visits and brave the midges on a couple of camping trips. If the photos I inundated the others with were no use, they were too polite to say.


Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior

Publication date: 27 June/1 July

To redeem himself in his clan, Rory, son of Chief Lochmore, must seize his future…and his enemy wife, Ailsa McCrieff. But distrust between Clan Lochmore and Clan McCrieff runs deep. And though Ailsa and Rory marry, there are others who will do anything to keep the hatred alive…and the secrets of the past buried.

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On collaboration:

I am a last minute writer. Not that I mean to be, but somewhere around age five I got behind on a colouring project and I haven’t been able to catch up since. Which works fine most of the time, and my writer’s brain has been trained to work this way. Always the best (or any ideas) are the day before the deadline and I pull an all-nighter. Except that wouldn’t work on the Lochmore Series. Oh, sure, I wrote my book last (whew), but our stories entwine. To make it worse/better, my storyline comes first chronologically. So it was early to the story this time. And oh, boy did I suffer. If it wasn’t for the other authors (and very dear friends), I don’t know if I could have gotten it done. But I know the series is all the better for it. Now if only I can write early for my other stories!

Thank you again, Amanda, for featuring The Lochmore Legacy on your blog!

Connect with Janice Preston on the links below to learn more about this brand new miniseries!

http://janicepreston.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/janice.preston.author/

Twitter@janicegpreston

What are you reading? 📚

I have some catching up to do with Devney Perry’s Lark Cove series. Super excited to drown in Timid! Let the heartaches and healing begin… What are you guys reading? ♥️♣️♠️♦️

Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.

Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.

Except what he doesn’t remember is that this visit isn’t his first. They spent a night together once before. A night he’s forgotten, thanks to a bottle of tequila.

A night that crushed a timid girl’s heart, and set a broken man on the path to heal them both.

What are you reading?

THE LAWMAN’s CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Barbara White Daille has been sitting on my TBR like forever! I have no clue why I haven’t picked this one up earlier.

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A husband for Christmas?

Mitch Weston’s back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were high school sweethearts, for heaven’s sake! Why can’t they see they’re perfect for each other?

Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she’s all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children’s. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed’s plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they’ll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed’s got his work cut out for him—because this match needs a Christmas miracle!

An Interview with Kacy Cross

1.  Hi Kacy, welcome to Amanda writes. Please tell readers a little about yourself. 

Hi Amanda! I’m so happy to be here. A little about myself… I live in Texas where it’s always hot or cold, I have two boys who are alternately the best kids on the planet and the worst listeners ever born, and my husband cooks so basically I’m the luckiest wife in existence. I love stories of all sorts, whether it’s a book or a Subaru commercial (because really they’re all mini-stories, right?), so I’m thrilled when anyone reads one of mine.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and what inspired your first book?

First grade, no lie. That’s when I wrote my first book. 🙂 The teacher said write one and I did, but unlike the rest of my classmates, I never stopped! The first book I wrote as an adult who wanted to publish was inspired by all the books I’d read as a kid and all the TV shows I’d watched. It was a big mess and never got published, thankfully.

3.  Plotter or pantser?

Plotter and then some.

4.  What’s the title of your upcoming / recent release and can you talk briefly about it?

Fake Marriage Favor is my recent release and I am so happy it’s out in the world. I started planning this series about a group of friends who all want to find love and happiness but wind up in pretend relationships for one reason or another. In the first book, two friends agree to get married to save a political campaign, but it’s more than that. They’re both so untrusting of the opposite gender that neither of them could possibly have fallen in love with anyone else but a friend. Once those dominoes were set up, it was only a matter of time before they all fell over. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster!

5. What book is on top of your TBR pile?

Oooh, Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown. I can’t WAIT to read it!

6.  How long does it take you to write the first draft of a story?

Usually about six weeks and then it goes through a lot of editing. Three months is usually how long it is from planning to publication stage.

7. Have you ever been struck with writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?

Not really, at least not in the traditional sense. My writer’s block usually only happens for about a day or two and it means I’ve either gone off the outline or the outline wasn’t right for the characters after all. I have to find a way to fix it because I’m a linear writer, so I spend some time ripping the manuscript apart until I figure out where I went wrong and then it’s onward!

8. What are you currently working on?

I’m writing book 4 in the Make Believe Brides series, Eliza’s book. It’s my favorite of the series so far because it’s a twist on an online relationship.

9. Any advice for aspiring writers?

Find a group of people who write the same thing you do, and hunker down with them for support. Writing is hard and publishing is even harder. You need friends who get it and only someone else doing the same thing as you will. I have a running chat with my tribe and it’s so great to pop in and moan about a sticky plot point or how that promotion didn’t pan out like I’d hoped.

Thanks for having me!!

Two best friends, one fake marriage and a solemn promise that it won’t get weird—but that was before the kiss that changed everything…

When Nomi Hannon failed to get her brother off on fraud charges, she not only had to live with losing him but the practice they built together. She’s not about to lose anything else—least of all the city council election solely because she’s short one spouse.

Who better to stand in as her fake husband than her best friend?

After Malone DuMar’s ex-business partner—also his ex-fiancé—stole his corporation, the ex-CEO has no interest in racking up another former anything. Especially not an ex-Mrs. DuMar. But he can’t say no to the one woman who’s had his back all this time.

Surely he can do this one little favor for Nomi.

But neither of them counted on the whole thing feeling a lot more real than it was supposed to. How can their friendship survive falling for each other when neither of them will admit it?

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Excerpt:

Somehow she’d gotten him to agree to commit to a fake marriage. Hadn’t she? “So, to be clear. You’re in?”

He shrugged, in opposition to his all-in vibe from a moment ago. “It’s only for a few weeks, right? Until the election?”

“Maybe a little bit afterward. I mean, I can’t just lose a husband without staging a messy divorce that won’t win me any fans.” She’d already thought through her response if someone asked where her husband was lately. Busy. Politics isn’t his thing. He’s giving me room to find my wings.Something that didn’t make her gag. “But definitely not more than a couple of months.”

“But we don’t tell anyone it’s fake.”

Bless him for cutting right to the chase and for reading her mind at the same time. “The fewer people who know the truth, the better. No chance of anyone slipping.”

“We might slip.”

“No way. I’m used to being in the public eye and… What?” The look on his face arrowed straight to her tummy, flipping it over.

“You didn’t do so well with the hand holding,” he reminded her. The texture in his tone hooked her and when their gazes collided, his was laden with all sorts of heaviness that shouldn’t be there. “What’s going to happen when I kiss you?”

Her tongue went numb.

“I took a theater class,” she said with confidence. If she could say that without her voice cracking or tipping him off that her insides felt like they were being run through one of those machines that made sauerkraut, she could handle this fake marriage business.

As long as he didn’t keep talking about kissing.

“My acting skills are top notch,” she assured him but she was pretty sure she was talking to herself more.

“Want to put that to the test?” he murmured and lifted two fingers to her face.

A firecracker detonated across her skin as he traced the line of her jaw. She flinched. Which only widened his grin, even as he dropped his hand.

“Yeah, we’re going to have to practice that a lot more,” he told her with a smart-aleck nod. “But with more touching and less cringing.”

“We so do not! We’re not kissing each other. Lots of people don’t kiss their spouses in public. We don’t have to be one of those PDA couples.” Except they did, especially if they wanted to sell the idea that they were an affectionate couple, like in the photo. And then his gaze dropped to her mouth, studying it so intently that she touched it with her fingers automatically. “Is my lipstick bleeding or something?”

“I was just wondering how on earth you plan to sell the idea that I’m in the non-PDA camp when I’m married to a woman with lips like yours. Surely any man who got lucky enough to kiss you on a regular basis would do it as much as possible, even if he started out completely opposed to any sort of public affection.”

The blush that burned her cheeks was so potent, it might as well have a couple of neon arrows accompanying it. Look here! Nomi doesn’t handle compliments well! “Stop saying things like that.”

“Why? You need to believe I’ve got it bad for you just as much as everyone else. That’s how we won’t slip.”

Madness. What was he even talking about? That they’d pretend to each other? “Malone, I think we should cover the most important part of this deal. The one thing we haven’t mentioned yet. This fake marriage cannot affect our friendship. In any way.”

Kissing her friend sounded like a pretty straight path to screwing up the one thing in her life that made sense right now. Everything had slid away from her with alarming speed—her career, her brother, her fiancé—and she refused to do one single thing that threatened her relationship with Malone.


Kacy Cross write romance novels starring swoon-worthy heroes that you can share with your daughter, the ladies at church and your grandmother without fear because my books never contain bad language, violence or adult content. I live in Texas where I’ve seen bobcats and beavers near my house, but sadly not one cowboy. I’m raising two mini-ninjas alongside the love of my life who cooks while I write, which is my definition of a true hero.

Come for the romance, stay for the happily ever after. My books will make you laugh, cry and swoon–cross my heart. Visit Kacy’s website at: https://kacycross.com/

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Off-the-clock cowboy becomes…daddy?

Even though his night of passion with Erica Campbell was incredible, for hotshot army pilot Clay Masters an enlisted woman’s off-limits. Until a fresh-out-of-the-service Rickie appears with news: she’s having his babies. Two of them! Rickie’s dreamed of her very own family for years. But can she count on Clay—a man whose dreams of military glory have just been dashed—to be her partner in parenthood…and in love?

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Escaping the big city…

For love under Icelandic skies

When surgeon Betty Jacinth’s heart is broken once again, she takes a job in Iceland for a change of scenery. She expects cold weather—but not the frosty welcome she receives from gorgeous but brooding Dr. Axel Sturlusson! Now father to his orphaned niece, Axel gradually thaws, and a flame ignites—but when Betty’s ex begs her to return, can she make the right choice for love?

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A hot Mediterranean seduction…

…of his virgin princess!

Hired to secure a palace, the last thing billionaire bodyguard Roman Lazarov expects to find is a princess scaling the castle walls! Facing an arranged marriage, runaway Princess Olivia pleads with him to allow her just one week of freedom. Reluctantly he agrees, but secluded on his private Spanish island, Roman realizes his mistake—his attraction to Olivia is forbidden, but also explosively undeniable!

A forbidden romance with a royal twist!

Christmas with the Duke by Katrina Cudmore

Reunited with her first love…

For an unforgettable Christmas

Ciara Harris hoped her first Christmas working back at Loughmore Castle would mark a fresh start, but the return of Tom, now Duke of Bainsworth, threatens to uncover feelings she thought long buried. Being snowed in on Christmas Eve with Tom forces Ciara to face the truth—there’s still something magical between them. As the castle’s fires burn warm and festive, so do Tom’s and Ciara’s feelings of hope

Review:

If you love, love, love Hallmark Christmas movies, then I’m positive you’ll be captivated by Christmas with the Duke by Katrina Cudmore!! Ciara and Tom are vibrant, full of life characters who you cannot help but adore. Ms. Cudmore pays much attention to detail and genuine emotions. Her writing is flawless and keeps you glued to the pages. Fast-paced, emotional and funny, Christmas with the Duke is the perfect Christmas treat!

Highly Recommended

4.5 Stars

Thread of Revenge by Elizabeth Goddard

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COAST GUARD PROTECTOR

Marine biologist Sadie Strand is back in her coastal hometown to prove her best friend was murdered—but searching for evidence almost costs Sadie her life. Abducted, drugged and left for dead on a sinking boat, she’s barely rescued in time by Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Gage Sessions, an old friend. Assigned to protect Sadie and connect three complicated cases, Gage risks his life time and again to make sure the woman he once loved survives. But although the handsome, guarded agent vows to protect her, someone will keep killing to ensure the truth never rises to the surface. 

Review:

Elizabeth Goddard knows how to keep a reader hooked. Thread of Revenge is a compelling, pulse racing, edge of your seat thriller that twists and turns with each new chapter. Sadie Strand’s quest to find evidence proving her best friend had been murdered will not be easy. With the help of Gage Sessions, they set about their mission for justice but with bad guys on their tails will only make these two fight harder for the truth while saving themselves at the same time. Thread of Revenge is fast-paced and edgy. With a diverse cast of characters, detailed prose and a riveting plot, this is one book that shouldn’t be missed! 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Tempted by Her Greek Tycoon by Katrina Cudmore

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Loukas Christou needs a wife. For the luxury hotel tycoon, honoring his parents’ memory by acquiring their dream hotel should be simple. But to complete the deal he must be married. Enter temporary PA Georgie Jones, who offers to be his matchmaker!

Georgie never stays anywhere long-term—her mother’s abandonment proved that even the strongest relationships never last. She should be focused on finding Loukas a bride, but resisting the temptation of her Greek tycoon’s kiss is easier said than done! 

Review:

Tempted by Her Greek Tycoon is a sweet, charming, quick read with an engaging cast. Witty dialogue, sparkly prose and abundant drama keep you absorbed for a few hours. Loukas Christou and Georgie Jones are likable, lively and cool. Their shenanigans throughout the book are the perfect kind of entertainment. Also, the solid cast of secondary characters adds that extra touch to make the book even more compelling. Thoroughly enjoyed! 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

A Proposal to Secure His Vengeance by Kate Walker

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His preferred method?

Ruthless, irresistible seduction!

Imogen O’Sullivan is horrified when charismatic tycoon Raoul breaks up her engagement and makes her his own convenient bride! She once surrendered everything to Raoul–body, heart and soul. But as he stalks back into her life, it’s clear he has punishment in mind, not just passion! Can Imogen resist Raoul’s potent brand of delicious vengeance? 

Review:

This is Kate Walker’s first book in months but let me tell you the wait is worth it. A Proposal to Secure His Vengeance is sexy drama, sizzling chemistry, red-hot revenge and intense angst that ricochet out the roof! Imogen O’Sullivan is no doormat. She encompasses the essence of grace, sass and independence. But she is a spitfire when stroked the wrong way. Raoul defies every law of gravity when he dismantles her life. He wants revenge but Imogen is stronger than he thinks. Raoul on the other hand is beautifully scarred. I didn’t like his personality and his lust for revenge at first, but as the story progressed, I got to know him better, I got to see him evolve and it got to a point where I cheered for him to get his girl. Beneath his tough, broody exterior is a man whose heart yearns for the healing touch of love. Overall, Kate Walker beautifully brings this story alive. It is sexy and engaging and I enjoyed it! 

Recommended 
4.5 Stars

Prince’s Son of Scandal by Dani Collins

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Carrying the prince’s secret heir!

For one night, reclusive heiress Trella Sauveterre throws off the fear-ridden shackles of her childhood abduction–succumbing to a sizzling seduction, she falls unexpectedly pregnant! Deeply uncomfortable in the spotlight, Trella can’t bear a high-profile pregnancy and keeps the identity of her baby’s father hidden…Then a tabloid photo of a scorching kiss implicates Crown Prince Xavier of Elazar in the scandal. He’ll do anything to claim his shock child–even kidnapping Trella! Now Xavier must legitimize his son. And it’ll be his pleasure to make Trella his royal bride!

Review:

Dani Collins doesn’t disappoint in her latest Presents romance. Prince’s Son of Scandal is a breathtaking and utterly captivating story. At last we meet Trella on a personal level and wow, her emotion-packed back-story grips your heart. The author projects her with such realism that you’re compelled to root for her regardless of the flaws she possesses. To say Crown Prince Xavier is the perfect hero for her is an understatement. This alpha male might get his way with things at some point but no way does he come off as a jerk. But the strong connections these two protagonists share run deeper than attraction. Trella is the yin to Xavier’s yang—these two complete each other. They are perfect together and I savored each time they waltzed onto the page. The scandal, the passion, the sophisticated flair of this story is entertainment overdrive. Overall, Prince’s Son of Scandal by Dani Collins is a vibrant, beautifully composed romance with a rewarding and satisfactory ending and makes the author’s Sauveterre Siblings quartet a sigh-worthy experience. 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

A Virgin for a Vow by Melanie Milburne

VVHer innocence–exposed!

As London’s top relationship columnist, Abby Hart can’t tell anyone her biggest secret: not only is her perfect fiance entirely fictional, she is also utterly untouched. Invited to attend a prestigious charity ball with her “husband-to-be,” she throws herself upon the mercy of brooding millionaire Luke Shelverton.After his own engagement ended tragically, Luke is reluctant to take credit for Abby’s diamond ring. To protect her reputation, he agrees to a convenient arrangement. Except Abby’s effervescence kindles a fire he’s tempted to indulge… And uncovering her innocence compels Luke to initiate his temporary fiancee into all the sinful delights of the bridal bed!

Review:

Melanie Milburne’s latest release is a potent mix of angst, drama, romance and seduction. The vivid and taut writing makes the narrative come alive. Meanwhile, the characters had depth, were likable and engaging. I savored every moment of the fast-paced journey the author and her characters took me on. Abby Hart and Luke Shelverton are genuine and independent. They deserved that drool worthy happy ending after all the obstacles thrown their way. In summary, I couldn’t get enough of A Virgin for a Vow, and I believe this may very well be my favorite of all the author’s books! 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Little Secrets: Secretly Pregnant by Andrea Laurence

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Secret Identity. Secret Baby…

They’d worn masks! So after one wild night with a fellow Mardi Gras party guest, accountant Emma Dempsey never expects to see her mysterious seducer again. Her only reminders are a tattoo…and a positive pregnancy test.

CEO Jonah Flynn feels a strange connection to his beautiful new auditor. Her tattoo — identical to his own — explains why. They vow to keep things professional, even as desire tempts them away from their good intentions. But when everyone’s secrets are revealed, will Jonah have to choose between his business, his lover and his baby?

Review:

Little Secrets: Secretly Pregnant by Andrea Laurence propels you on to a rollercoaster. It’s fast-paced, sexy and the sizzle between Emma Dempsey and Jonah Flynn is hotter than hot! The plot is engaging, the writing is vibrant and the characters just keep the angst, drama and sexy times going with their shenanigans. The author has craftily wielded her pen to create magic on the page. I’m sure fans old and new will be clamoring to get their hands on a copy. I closed the book one satisfied reader. 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Navy Doc on Her Christmas List by Amy Ruttan

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A snowbound reunion!

Tension between Dr. Ella Lockwood and former navy doc Zac Davenport is sky-high! All she can think about is how he once broke her vulnerable heart.

But now she’s a confident ER surgeon who’ll never let him hurt her again. And being snowed in together on Christmas Eve at Manhattan Mercy reveals his last tour of duty has changed Zac, too. But that compelling spark is still there—and one more irresistible kiss is all it takes to start healing the wounds that have held them back…

Review:

I enjoy reading reunion stories and Amy Ruttan’s Navy Doc on Her Christmas List has everything you want in a book. First of all, it’s a Christmas themed romance! Secondly it has two main characters whose lives cross after a prolonged time. The spark between Ella Lockwood and Zac Davenport is electrifying and I savored the banter between them. The storyline is realistic and the plot moves along with a bang. I was hooked from the moment Emma and Zac get snowed in at the hospital. Their past together is resurrected and the way the author builds the tension adds to that emotional build-up which hooks you. All in all, Navy Doc on Her Christmas List is a wonderful, heartwarming story where the magic of the season and love shine light on the simplest meaning of two hearts becoming one! 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

The Prince’s Fake Fiancée by Leah Ashton

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Playboy Prince Marko’s rebellious past hides a wealth of pain, but he’s neglected his royal duties for too long. And now that his brother and country need him, he’ll do anything to prove he’s changed—starting with a fake fiancée!

Elite bodyguard Jasmine Gallagher was hired to protect the prince, not get swept into his glamorous world, but she can’t help falling for the man behind the crown. Marko’s found a way into Jas’s guarded heart, but will he claim her as more than just his convenient princess?

Review: 

This is my first Leah Ashton romance but it most definitely will not be my last. I cracked open The Prince’s Fake Fiancée and devoured the book in a matter of hours. It’s a colorful and heartwarming romantic tale and the perfect escape from a hectic day. In bullet points, here’s what made my day with this book: 

– The world building is believable. If I hadn’t known better I’d say 100% of the places described in the story were real!
The writing—it’s fluid, natural and well-layered. 
– The internal and external dialogues are engaging and vital. 
– The strong motivations portrayed by the main protagonists add depth. 

Overall, The Prince’s Fake Fiancée is enjoyable romantic goodness.

Highly Recommended
4 Stars

Little Secrets: Unexpectedly Pregnant by Joss Wood

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Will a baby on the way reunite ex-lovers?

Three years after Tyce Latimore let Sage Ballantyne walk away, they end up back where they started—in bed. Now she’s carrying his child…and there’s no way he’s losing her again.

Tyce is tempting. Dangerous. Addictive. Sage left him for all the right reasons. But one passionate mistake could reunite her with the world-famous artist for all the wrong ones. A baby on the way ups the ante. So does an explosive secret that threatens their two families and could shatter Sage and Tyce’s precarious reunion…

Review:

Will a baby be enough to reunite Tyce Latimore and Sage Ballantyne? The steamy passion between Tyce and Sage has never burned out, even after they’d parted ways. But once again they find themselves in bed together; however, the consequence of their torrid union will test their strength and courage and determine whether they make or break their relationship for the well-being of the baby they’d created. Sage is determined to keep her baby and gives Tyce an ultimatum. 

“Take my offer to walk away. This child will be raised a Ballantyne—no one will ever have to know that he, or she, is yours. I’m giving you permission to forget about this conversation.” 

Tyce knows what he wants and will have things his way whether Sage likes it or not. He’ll claim her and their baby. The tug-o-war of emotions that pulse throughout Little Secrets: Unexpectedly Pregnant is riveting and careens in every direction. Joss Wood test her main protagonists in such a way that they have to make important decisions, but in the end, Sage and Tyce’s mind-blowing reunion is worth every trial. Ms. Wood has done a wonderful job creating a well-rounded set of characters and plot that is engaging from beginning to end. 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

One Night Stand Bride by Kat Cantrell

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The Paparazzi Proposal 

Their one-night stand made the headlines. Now playboy Hendrix Harris decides marrying the lady in question will stop the rumors from derailing his family’s political ambitions. Rosalind Carpenter, with her pedigreed background, will make the perfect bride…and she drives him wild. But Roz will only say “I do” if they stay chaste until after the vows. The temptation may be more than he can stand…especially when he starts to fall for his wife. 

*One Night Stand Bride is part of the In Name Only trilogy.

Review:

What happens when your one-night stand hits the headlines? Kat Cantrell has always written some of the most breathtaking alpha heroes who you can’t help falling in love with and in this book I savored Henrix! He commands your attention in such a way that you can only swoon. Rosalind is vibrant and headstrong and she’s the perfect match for this ravishing playboy. The passion between them is explosive. However, when their one-stand hits the headlines, the only thing left for them to do is initiate a charade to fool the world. But what happens when these two fall for each other? Sparks fly of course! One Night Stand Bride is the perfect escape read. It is genuinely gorgeous and the main characters’ sweep you away on a high-octane journey where their sexy and passionate romance is off the charts. I couldn’t get enough of this book. 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command by Jennifer Hayward

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Billionaire boss’s festive seduction! 

Shy Chloe Russo is dreading her first Christmas running the family business. Working with Nico Di Fiore is the last straw! Once, Nico’s kisses promised Chloe every sensual delight, until he coldly rejected her. Now he’s her very commanding, very arrogant boss!Control is paramount to Nico–after his father’s bankruptcy lost him everything, nothing will distract him from succeeding. He’s always kept a tight rein on his craving for Chloe, well aware she alone has the power to disarm him. But now, unable to deny their connection, Nico is determined to reclaim control and take Chloe as his own!

Review:

Chloe Russo is miffed Nico Di Fiore is at the helm of the company her parents created. Tasked with concocting a Christmas hit product for Evolution, Chloe sets out to prove to Nico the perfume she’d made is the perfect item to bring Evolution back on the map. However, it’ll not be easy to win her boss’s trust. But once she does, things get topsy-turvy. Old feelings are rekindled and emotional revelations are revealed, which draws Nico and Chloe together. Their passion and their mutual understanding of each other keep the pages turning. Overall, Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command by Jennifer Hayward, is an angsty, dramatic, sexy and an all out entertaining read. The well-crafted characters command attention and the electrical romance between Chloe and Nico will leave you satisfied. 

Recommended 
4 Stars

Holiday Baby Bombshell by Karen Booth

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From Rivalry to Revelry…to Romance? 

Competitive swimmer turned real estate magnate Michael Kelly is tastier than a Christmas cookie. But now Charlotte Locke’s sexy former lover is her top business rival…and the father of her unborn child. Determined to keep her professional cool, the hotel heiress hides her delicate condition from her family—and from her commitment phobic ex. Until Michael moves in next door, exposing a desire left unquenched and Charlotte’s pregnancy secret. 

Michael may not be daddy material, but losing Charlotte and their baby isn’t an option. He’ll close the deal at any cost—even if it takes a Christmas miracle to prove this playboy is reformed for good!

Review:

Karen Booth has proven once again that she knows just how to make her characters burst to life on the page! Her vivid and brilliant storytelling and her subtle humour woven into Holiday Baby Bombshell is utter beauty. I was mesmerized by the detailed prose, the high-octane drama and the fabulous protagonists who both held the promise of fun times ahead on the onset of their introductions. Charlotte Locke is a breath of fresh air. She is classy, smart and headstrong. And who could be a better match for her than Michael Kelly, her ex! The banter, the slow burning romance, Charlotte’s secret and the secondary cast made this story the most satisfying escape ever. I savored every word! 

Highly Recommended 
5 Stars

Texas Christmas Defender by Elizabeth Goddard

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TARGETED AT CHRISTMAS

After earning the wrath of her brother, a notorious drug kingpin, Adriana Garcia has been in deep hiding on a remote Texas llama ranch. But when Texas Ranger Brent McCord manages to find her—leading her brother’s men right to her—Adriana discovers she’s a suspect in the murder of a border patrol agent. The handsome, principled ranger, whose life she once saved during a dangerous sting operation, intends to bring her in for questioning…and protection. To prove her innocence, Adriana has to trust Brent with the truth, her heart and her life. Because her brother and his henchman have the ranch surrounded, and Brent’s all that’s keeping this Christmas from turning deadly.

Review:

Adriana Garcia is hiding from her drug cartel brother only to have her location compromised when she’s accosted with a gun to her head on Christmas morning by Brent McCord, a Texas Ranger she’d helped rescue back in Mexico. She’s being accused of murder. Can Adrianna prove to the Texas Ranger that she’s innocent of all the alleged crimes attached to her name or will it be too late? Will her brother find her and kill her before she can prove her innocence? Elizabeth Goddard has never disappointed me as a reader. Her well-honed writing skills bring her characters and stories alive in such a way that you’re gripped from page one. Texas Christmas Defender is a rollercoaster, edge of your seat thriller that is bound to keep you hooked! I savored getting lost in Adrianna and Brent’s world!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine

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A Christmas dream come true 

When handsome pediatrician Lucas Brodie walked out on his wife, Freya, at Christmas, he left her heart and hopes for a family shattered. This year, nurse Freya is determined to put the pain behind her by volunteering on a trip to take sick children to Lapland. But then she discovers Lucas is coming, too!

As they begin to fall in love again, Lucas wonders–could he give her a family after all? Can he put his past behind him? Perhaps an unexpected pregnancy could be the Christmas miracle to make Freya’s dreams come true…

Review:

The holiday spirit is alive in Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine. The sweet, candid story with two amazing and well-crafted main characters, also with a plot that is engaging, emotional and realistically portrayed brings warmth to your heart. I devoured the book in a matter of hours and felt at a loss when I turned the last page. Fast-paced, well-written and satisfying, Their Mistletoe Baby is a must-read! 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

 

Black Ops Warrior by Amelia Autin

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An alpha hero falls for the woman he’s sworn to take down in Amelia Autin’s latest Man on a Mission romance!

Help her. That’s all Niall Jones can think to do when his target almost panics. Undercover operative Niall is tracking suspected traitor Dr. Savannah Whitman, but when she comes under threat, he can’t help but swoop in to save her. And the sparks that fly between the secret agent and Savannah are anything but covert.

After a personal tragedy, Savannah decided to depart her high-security defense job to live life to the fullest. But she never expected to meet a sexy, mysterious stranger—or for her very safety to be under siege…and enigmatic Niall is the only one who can protect her! 

Review:

Niall Jones is on a mission to find out what government secrets Dr. Savannah Whitman knows, meanwhile Savannah, is a brilliant engineer. When these two clash there are fireworks. But is Savannah innocent of espionage? And could Niall have the guts to kill her if he finds her guilty? Will his emotions for her get the better of him? Amelia Autin weaves a compelling, intense and edge of your seat romantic thriller in Black Ops Warrior. Her intelligent characters fill the pages with engaging scenes which grab your attention instantly and doesn’t let you go until the end. Detailed writing and a fast-paced plot with believable conflict makes for a satisfying read! 

Highly Recommended 
4.5 Stars

His Mistletoe Proposal by Christy McKellen

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A diamond for Christmas 

Flora Morgan is determined to honor her best friend’s dying wish, even if it means relocating to England and accepting the challenge to try to fix Alex Trevelyan’s broken heart.

Except brooding musician Alex, her best friend’s brother, isn’t interested in Flora’s help. She may be beautiful, but he’s no charity case! Until it becomes clear that he isn’t the only one who needs saving. And perhaps he’s the key to showing this beautiful breath of fresh air that love can be found in the most unexpected of places!

Review:

Flora Morgan is on a mission to heal Alex Trevelyan’s heart. Travelling to England, she meets Alex, a man who makes every fiber in her being come alive. The attraction is there from the start.

‘She gazed back at him, the intensity in his eyes doing strange things to his insides.’ 

However, personal reasons make Alex close up on Flora. How will he and Flora resolve the issues keeping their hearts under lock and key?

Overall, His Mistletoe Proposal by Christy McKellen is sexy, beautiful and emotional from page one—literally! These two sweet, kindhearted protagonists made the story come alive with their dreams, drama, romance and quirky personalities. I was swept up in a blissful journey where the spirit of Christmas and the charms of romance unfolded with vivid storytelling. A thorough and enjoyable read.

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Claiming His Secret Royal Heir by Nina Milne

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Married for their baby? Or for real…

Crown Prince Frederick of Lycander needs a wife and an heir, and discovering he has a secret son with beautiful supermodel Sunita makes him determined to claim them both!But Sunita has no desire to live and raise baby Amil as part of Frederick’s royal entourage! Until he persuades her it’s the best thing for their son. Their engagement reveals that their passion still simmers but, to keep Sunita and Amil by his side, Frederick discovers he must also admit his love… 

Review:

Nina Milne’s latest release isn’t a Christmas themed romance, yet I feel like it is the perfect cozy read to get lost in on a rainy or snowy day indoors. The rich warmth, the sweet romance and the passionate characters charm you from page one and you can’t help but cheer for them, then eventually fall in love with their happy ever after. Fast-paced, genuine and hilarious at times, Claiming His Secret Royal Baby is a page-turner that you should have in your hands right now!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

Best Man Under the Mistletoe by Jules Bennett

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This Christmas romance will blossom!

Planning a wedding with the gorgeous, sexy best man would have been a lot easier if he weren’t Chelsea Hunt’s second-worst enemy. Gabe Walsh is furious that he’s being blamed for the sins of his uncle, but soon his desire to prove his innocence turns into the desire to make Chelsea his!

Review

Jules Bennett has proven yet again that love conquers all. Her polar opposites main protagonists will charm their way into your heart with their wit, charisma and strong-willed nature. Prepare to get lost in this wonderful story which might I add is engaging from the start. The tension slowly builds with each scene. Superb writing keeps the pages turning.

Gabe’s business image is at stake due to the crimes of his now dead uncle. Chelsea is a victim of Dusty’s online racquet. So obviously she should despise Gabe. However, a few twists keep the plot interesting when these two step onto the page together. The banter is entertaining and to say sparks fly is an understatement. Gabe and Chelsea’s chemistry is explosive and they suit each other regardless of the circumstances. 

Overall, Best Man Under the Mistletoe by Jules Bennett is a wonderfully charming holiday romance with all the right tropes to keep you hooked!

Highly Recommended
4.5 Stars

His Majesty’s Temporary Bride ( The Princess Seductions #1) by Annie West

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Out of the shadows… 

As the illegitimate secret daughter of royalty, Cat’s life has been far from luxurious. After years of bullying, she’s set against a return to her childhood home. But her princess half sister has mysteriously disappeared ahead of her engagement to charismatic King Alexander. 

…into the bed of the king! 

Cat agrees to stand in for her–but she didn’t agree to the electric attraction between her and Alex! He might have no idea who she really is–but when their insatiable desire threatens to strip away every boundary between them, Cat cannot hold back from the temptation of Alex’s caress.

Review

His Majesty’s Temporary Bride, the first book in Annie West’s new duet, The Princess Seductions, is simply breathtaking. There is a perfect balance between angst, seduction and drama to keep you engrossed. Compelling from page one, His Majesty’s Temporary Bride follows the journey between King Alexander, the enigmatic hero and Cat, a tough-as-nails bodyguard cum illegitimate princess and the heroine who’ll make this king weak in the knees. I loved how the author incorporated sparkly prose; scintillating chemistry and taut dialogue which keep the pacing of the story on a constant roll. I was also mesmerized by the layering of the backstories. It made the story enjoyable. Also the world building felt so realistic and the characters propelled the story forward.

Alex is broody, sexy and ridiculously rich and he doesn’t mind pushing the boundaries to suit his liking. I wouldn’t say I adored him every minute of the book, but he’s charming and hilarious when he wants to be. Cat on the other hand is a breath of fresh air. Her unique personality makes you root for her instantly. Her emotional back-story is something else. She isn’t someone who’d want you to pity her. But the lemons life has tossed her way makes your heart stir for her. Honestly, I adored her!

What I liked about His Majesty’s Temporary Bride:

1. The world building. I pictured Bengria in my mind throughout reading this book. Annie West sure does know a thing or two about adding spark to her fictional kingdoms.
2. The writing—it oozes with beauty.
3. The dialogue—Heated. Passionate. Engaging.
4. The characters—they drove the story forward with their antics.
5. The plot—character driven from start to finish.
6. The ending—wow, beautiful. All that angst, drama, and passion whittles down to a swoon-worthy end!

Overall, His Majesty’s Temporary Bride by Annie West is excellence to the highest. I swooned over almost every scene where Alex and Cat locked horns. The story reminded me of the good old classic Harlequin Presents from the early 2000’s and I couldn’t get enough of it! Now I can’t wait to read Princess Amelie’s love story in, The Greek’s Forbidden Princess, the second book in the duet.

Highly Recommended
5 Stars