Review: TOUGH JUSTICE by Tee O’Fallon

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TOUGH JUSTICE (K-9 Special Ops Series Book 1) by Tee O’Fallon

Publication Date: March 29, 2022

Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Synopsis

0FF56DC6-3D37-4BD9-914A-15885C0BC145It should have been a routine investigation. Instead, DEA K-9 agent Adam “Deck” Decker watches in horror as one Denver hospital seems to be Ground Zero for overdoses of a new drug. Now Deck can only hope a certain icy, green-eyed ER doctor will help him and his canine partner track down the deadly source.

Dr. Tori Sampson has her reasons for not trusting federal agents, especially ones working for the DEA. But the rash of overdoses—including a heartbreaking case involving a teen—is alarmingly high. And the new opioid is not only extremely dangerous, it defies all the usual medical treatments. So Tori has a choice: work with the big, brawny, and annoyingly hot DEA agent…or watch more innocent people die.

Tori’s the only person who can help Deck break the case, and they’ll need to trust each other, no matter how high the tension and attraction sizzling between them runs. But with every question answered, they realize there’s something more behind these typical teen overdoses. There’s a pattern here, and a pattern can only suggest one thing. There’s a killer on the loose.

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I’m a sucker for K-9 stories and was not disappointed in this one. This romantic suspense kept me glued to the pages and guessing until the end. The tension and danger around the string of opioid deaths was riveting and framed the romance nicely. The one downside for me was understanding two intelligent professionals harboring a general mistrust and hatred for certain professions. (I don’t want to give away any storyline.) It took me out of the story’s flow when it was brought up…a lot. Especially Tori’s particular dislike – the DEA were just doing their jobs.  (Ok, I’ll quit on that bit.)

The book was an enemies-to-lovers with a slow burn romance. Normally I like the physical stuff to move faster, but it worked for this story. Deck was the usual hot DEA Agent. I enjoyed his camaraderie with the other agents and his personality. He was my favorite kind of book hero. Tori was a strong and smart ER Doctor that could take care of herself. I liked that the only time she became a damsel in distress, was when she was out of her realm of experience. They made a good and realistic couple. Now – for my favorite character of this book – K-9 Officer Thor. I just loved that dog.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

B4E77096-0243-4F0E-B751-179A744A6B8CTee O’Fallon has been a federal agent for twenty-two years, giving her hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement that she combines with her love of romantic suspense. Tee’s job affords her the unique opportunity to work with the heroic and sexy men in law enforcement on a daily basis. For Tee, research is the easy part!

Besides reading and writing, Tee loves cooking, gardening, chocolate, lychee martinis, and her Belgian sheepdog.

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Review: THE DEEPER I FALL by Erika Kelly

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THE DEEPER I FALL (A Calamity Falls Small Town Romance Novel Book 10) by Erika Kelly

Publication Date: February 24, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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This is not going to go well.

When his former hockey coach passes away, Declan Cadell is shocked to learn the man left him a cattle ranch. Well, not exactly. He’s got one little hurdle to jump first. He has to win a trivia contest against the man’s estranged daughter. Oh, and there’s a caveat: he’s only in the running if he lives and works with the spoiled princess who blew off one of the greatest men he’s ever known.

As if it wasn’t hurtful enough that Seraphina Crutchley’s biological father replaced her with a bunch of sweaty hockey boys, now he’s forcing her to vie for her inheritance with one of them. Worse, the guy clearly can’t stand her because if—no, when she wins the contest—she’ll sell the land and return home to London. Why on earth would she keep a cattle ranch in Wyoming?

But Seraphina comes to learn the contest is about so much more than a ranch. It’s about learning who her father was and why he stopped asking to see her. It’s about falling in love…and finding the courage to fight for it.

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Cori 4.5 Stars

Erika Kelly delivered another great love story. This one was a little different than some of her others. I didn’t immediately love the heroine. She went through a lot of character development. Declan and Phinney were complete opposites but worked. This story was emotional, steamy and kept me turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted more. I highly recommend anything Erika Kelly writes for romance lovers. She always delivers a well written story with great characters, plenty of romance and a happily ever after.  

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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604CAF16-513E-40B9-A008-94B19D5E8AF7 Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she lives in the northeast, drinks a lot of tea, and is always waiting for her cats to get off her keyboard.


Review: DARK TAROT by Christine Feehan

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DARK TAROT (A Carpathian Novel Book 35) by Christine Feehan

Publication Date: November 9, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

3E303138-7BB4-4021-8977-765FF09BFEE6Light and dark combine as the cards reveal hidden truths in this intoxicating installment in Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling Carpathian series.

Sandu Berdardi continues to exist only to protect his people. An ancient Carpathian, his entire long life has been dedicated to honor above all else. He knows his time has passed, especially since he has not been able to find his lifemate—the anchor to keep him sane in a world he no longer understands. But just as he truly starts to give up hope, a voice reaches out to him in the night and his world explodes into color.

Adalasia enters Sandu’s mind seamlessly, as if she has been a part of him forever. While she can see the shape of things to come in her deck of cards, her gift is both a blessing and a curse. The true course of Sandu’s quest remains unclear, with danger waiting at every turn. She cannot see everything the future holds, but she does know it is a journey they will take together.

By joining him, she will start them down a dangerous, seductive path from which there is no coming back….

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I truly enjoyed this installment in the Dark series. It gave a nice angle to the normal Carpathian male finding his life-mate and dealing with the vampires. Lasia is a human with psychic abilities and training that make her a force unto her own. She fights demons and has been prepared for a lifelong quest to guard a portal. She is strong and intelligent, yet kind and compassionate. Just like a kick-ass heroine should be. Sander is an ancient, and if you’ve read the series, you know what that means. I love that he isn’t as pushy as some in the past stories. He appreciates her strengths and abilities, letting her do what she must to get the job done. Of course he has a hard time with it….but he does it.

This book also has a group of ancients along with them as they travel. They are mentally linked and manage to share in a small bit of emotion due to Lasia.  During their journey, they meet up with other Carpathians and give the reader a fun ride through all the danger with their camaraderie. Some of the location shifts seemed a bit abrupt, but I was able to immerse myself into the new location and characters. I enjoyed this long book. It was filled with a nice group dynamic, a lovely romance with super sexy times, intricate battles, and a possible lead-in to a new branch to the Carpathian saga.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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image#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.

She is pleased to have made numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Bookscan, B. Daltons, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Waldenbooks, Ingrams, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club, Washington Post, and Walmart. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including being a nominee for the RWA’s RITA. She has received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including large print, palm pilot, e-book, and hardcover. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller’s List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers’ conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences.

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Review: CLAIMED (Lair of the Wolven, The Book 1) by J.R. Ward

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CLAIMED (Lair of the Wolven, The Book 1) by J.R. Ward

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

1104A35F-F01D-446D-BA8B-843B5B550B15A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, about a scientist fighting to save the gray wolves—and getting caught in a deadly trap herself…

Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becomes a target.

One night, a shadowy figure threatens Lydia’s life in the forest, and a new hire at the Wolf Study Project comes from out of nowhere to save her. Daniel Joseph is both mysterious, and someone she intrinsically wants to trust. But is he hiding something?

As the stakes get higher, and one of Lydia’s colleagues is murdered, she must decide how far she will go to protect the wolves. Then a shocking revelation about Daniel challenges Lydia’s reality in ways she could never have predicted. Some fates demand courage, while others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love…or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?

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This is an exciting start to a new series. I was immediately drawn into the story, liking Lydia and Daniel, their banter, their individual mysterious lives, and their lovely romance. The mystery and danger surrounding them kept shifting and evolving while weaving in a slow-building romance that was touching. Thankfully, the world building didn’t bog down the story – even though it left quite a few questions lingering. That was the main reason for not scoring it a 5. I am not a huge fan of having to wait a year to understand who/what the players are, and if they’re good or bad, even though it kept me glued to the book. Overall, I loved it and will read it again before the next book, to delve deeper into nuances that I may have missed.

*Review copy provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.

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imageJ.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: YOU’RE STILL THE ONE by Erika Kelly

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YOU’RE STILL THE ONE (A Calamity Falls Small Town Romance Book 9) by Erika Kelly

Publication Date: July 8, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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✔️Steamy, small town romance

✔️Second chance romance

✔️And lots and lots of make-up sex

When Stella Cavanaugh gets the chance to come home after a seven-year, self-imposed exile, she takes it. She was born to be a wedding planner, and she hopes creating her sister’s wedding might just earn her redemption with her family.

The only thing holding her back is the fear of running into Griffin James, the love of her life. Because she not only hurt her family, she destroyed their relationship. Burned it right to the ground. And she just doesn’t know if she can bear to find out he’s moved on. She sure hasn’t.

Griffin James has a roommate. The fourteen-year-old’s staying with him while his dad’s on deployment. Sounds simple, but the boy’s grandparents are looking for any excuse to pull him out of the clutches of the big, tattooed owner of a bike shop. If Griffin can just stay under their radar, everything should be fine.

But that’s just not possible when Stella bursts into their lives. Her sparkly spirit, her big, splashy ideas, and her impulsiveness always lead to disaster. He knew that…but he couldn’t resist her.

And now she’s on the run again, because…

The very things they love about each other are also what tear them apart.

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Cori 4.5 Stars

I know I’m going to get a good love story when I pick up one of Erika Kelly’s books and this one definitely did not disappoint! I loved everything about it and couldn’t put it down. YOU’RE STILL THE ONE is a second chance small town romance in Erika Kelly’s Calamity Falls Series. There is plenty of steamy romance, great characters, a storyline that pulled me in and kept me turning the pages and a love story that gave me all the feels. Each book in this series is a standalone and you do not need to read them in order to enjoy them but I recommend the entire series. I highly recommend this book/ series for readers looking for a feel good summer romance book or series. Erika Kelly is on my automatic buy list because she always delivers a great love story that leaves me wanting the next book. 

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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✿The Calamity Falls Series by Erika Kelly✿
✦1. KEEP ON LOVING YOU ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦2. WE BELONG TOGETHER ➢ Review 4 Stars | Kindle
✦3. THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦4. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦5. IT WAS ALWAYS YOU ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦6. CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE ➢ Review 4.5 StarsKindle
✦ COME AWAY WITH ME ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ WHOLE LOTTA LOVE ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
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✦1. Mine For Now ➢ Review 4.5 StarsKindle
✦2. Mine for the Week ➢ Review 4.5 StarsKindle

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✦1. You Really Got Me ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦2. I Want You To Want Me ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦3. Take Me Home Tonight ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦4. More Than a Feeling ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle

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604CAF16-513E-40B9-A008-94B19D5E8AF7 Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she lives in the northeast, drinks a lot of tea, and is always waiting for her cats to get off her keyboard.


Review: UNDERCOVER WOLF (STAT Book 2) by Paige Tyler

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UNDERCOVER WOLF (STAT Book 2) by Paige Tyler

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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Alpha werewolf Harley Grant isn’t exactly comfortable with her inner wolf. Even though she’s on a STAT Team where she can use her abilities because her teammates know about her, she refuses to do so, putting herself and sometimes them at risk.

Alpha werewolf Sawyer Bishop would give anything for his M16 Team to know about his inner wolf, but his teammates are mistrustful of anyone or anything with inhuman abilities. When he meets Harley on an overlapping case and realizes she’s a fellow wolf, he’s more than a little intrigued.

Now that STAT and MI6 have to team up to stop a crew of supernatural bad guys intent on causing a nuclear meltdown, Harley can no longer deny her wolf and Sawyer can no longer hide his. As they grow closer to resolving the case and grow closer to each other, they discover things aren’t what they seem and revenge could cost them their lives.

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I found this STAT installment to be fast paced and exciting from page one. International intrigue, mystery, danger, and a variety of new paranormals to make things interesting. Although the extent of their globetrotting seemed excessive for the situations, it did make for fun reading and gave time for the romance to blossom.

Harley’s continued issue about shifting bothered me. She had been with STAT long enough to be comfortable in a pack, so I couldn’t reconcile her hang-up with her strength of character. Thankfully, I liked everything else about her. She made a great match for Sawyer. Both were strong and accomplished yet yearning for more and not sure what that more was. Sawyer was a handsome Alpha in MI6 – I could easily imagine his delicious accent as he worked operations or seduced Harley. It was nice that although they were clearly “the one” for each other, they took the time to let their relationship build instead of either fighting it or surrendering to it. That gave the romance a nice depth. There wasn’t a lot of sexy time (what there is, was hot!), but with the story blending in, it worked just fine for me.

This is a romantic globe-trotting, special agent wild ride from beginning to end. Loved it.

*Review copy provided NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty, independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.

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Review: THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB by Amy E. Reicher

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THE KINDRED SPIRITS SUPPER CLUB by Amy E. Reicher

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

SynopsisFD8C64C6-88CC-4440-9347-06E23E9F9456Jobless and forced home to Wisconsin, journalist Sabrina Monroe can tolerate reunions with frenemies and kisses from old boyfriends, but not the literal ghosts that greet her in this heartwarming tale of the power of love and connection from acclaimed author Amy E. Reichert.

For Sabrina Monroe, moving back home to the Wisconsin Dells–the self-described Waterpark Capital of the World–means returning to the Monroe family curse: the women in her family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. But Sabrina’s always redirected the needy spirits to her mom, who’s much better suited for the job. The one exception has always been Molly, a bubbly rom-com loving ghost, who stuck by Sabrina’s side all through her lonely childhood.

Her personal life starts looking up when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his supper club, where he flirts with her over his famous Brandy Old-Fashioneds. He’s charming and handsome, but Sabrina tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance–she needs to focus on finding a job. Except the longer she’s in the Dells, the harder it is to resist her feelings for Ray. Who can turn down a cute guy with a fondness for rescue dogs and an obsession with perfecting his fried cheese curds recipe?

When the Dells starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.

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Donna review 4.5 stars

I chose this book on a whim because it takes place near where I grew up. I am glad I did. It was a delightfully fun book with quirky characters. I liked Sabrina but had a problem with her refusing to help some ghosts, and how she sometimes treated Ray. She suffered anxiety due to lifelong bullying and resenting her gift. Family sure dropped the ball in getting her help earlier in life.  Ray was a dream guy. A handsome business owner who loves to cook and is sweet on so many levels. I liked his nerdy side too. His personality and patience were perfect for Sabrina, making them a lovely couple.

The base of the story is Ray trying to make his supper club a success while wooing Sabrina. Meanwhile Sabrina is trying to get her life in order and deal with ghosts needing something solved before they can pass on. All this adds a hint of mystery and fun to a tender romance. I’m still smiling from this feel-good romance.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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28873684-3BA6-4BD7-BD8C-167ECF9DB84EAmy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE, THE SIMPLICITY OF CIDER, and THE OPTIMIST’S GUIDE TO LETTING GO, loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, a volunteer baby snuggler, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library’s board of directors. She’s a member of Tall Poppy Writers.

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Release Blitz & Review: WHOLE LOTTA LOVE by Erika Kelly

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (A Calamity Falls Novel Book 8) by Erika Kelly

Publication Date: February 18, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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4CF9472B-B188-4BF7-8368-B46A0A98B0B2Sparks fly when opposites are forced to live together in this steamy, small town romance standalone.

Lulu Cavanaugh’s career went up in smoke.

The moment Lulu lost her job running the fanciest restaurant on Maui, the chef threw herself into recovery mode. She’s pitched a cooking show to be filmed in her Wyoming hometown, hoping the on-screen visibility will pave the path for a future chef de cuisine job.

Alexander Wilder’s career flamed out.

An injury sidelined the quarterback’s promising career, but Xander is determined to find his way back to the gridiron. Rehabbing at a world famous clinic in Calamity, Wyoming, he’s approached by a producer to host a new cooking show. Having grown up in his mother’s restaurant, he grabs the opportunity to stay in the public’s eye.

Lulu nails her audition, but before she can pop open the champagne, the producers drop a bombshell: they’re giving her a co-host. Sparks fly when Lulu and Xander compete for the spotlight. And when a tight filming schedule forces them together around the clock, their sizzling chemistry starts a blaze that can’t be quenched. Will it lead to success for both, or will one of them get burned?

Heat so hot even the kitchen can’t stand it.

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Cori 4.5 Stars

This book was just what I needed on a cold winter night. Erika Kelly never disappoints! You know that feeling you get when you curl up with a new book, then get swept up in a great romance that just makes you smile and just makes you feel good while you read it? This is one of those books. I loved Lulu and Xander’s story! Erika Kelly writes romances that are sexy, fun and emotional. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE is part of Erika Kelly’s Calamity Falls Series but can be read as a stand alone. I recommend the entire series though. They’re all great! Go grab a copy now.

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Calamity Falls Series by Erika Kelly
✦ KEEP ON LOVING YOU ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦ WE BELONG TOGETHER ➢ Review 4 Stars | Kindle
✦ THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ JUST THE WAY YOU ARE ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ IT WAS ALWAYS YOU ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ COME AWAY WITH ME ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ WHOLE LOTTA LOVE ➢ Kindle

(Note: this was previously called the Bad Boyfriend Series)

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✿✿✿ ADDITIONAL SERIES ✿✿✿

Wild Love Series by Erika Kelly
✦1. Mine For Now ➢ Review 4.5 StarsKindle
✦2. Mine for the Week ➢ Review 4.5 StarsKindle

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Rock Star Romance Series by Erika Kelly

✦1. You Really Got Me ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦2. I Want You To Want Me ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦3. Take Me Home Tonight ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦4. More Than a Feeling ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle

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604CAF16-513E-40B9-A008-94B19D5E8AF7 Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she lives in the northeast, drinks a lot of tea, and is always waiting for her cats to get off her keyboard.

Review: BOONE: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas by Emily March

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BOONE: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas by Emily March

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

0886DFDF-ED66-43A6-9BC0-CAC2B805B8C6In Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas, New York Times bestselling author Emily March presents a brand new arc set in the Lone Star State that features a family-linked trilogy within the author’s romantic series.

With his smooth talk, rugged good looks, and deep pockets, native Texan Boone McBride appears to be a man who has it all. Few people know about the heartbreak behind his decision to leave home, family, and career for the isolation of a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Luckily, time and life in Eternity Springs has worked its healing magic upon his wounded soul, so when he meets obviously troubled Hannah Dupree, Boone sees a chance to pay his good fortune forward. The last thing he anticipates is tumbling into love.

Tragedy has taken everything Hannah loves, and her will to keep going is failing. So when Boone strides into her life determined to save her, it’s easier to go along with him than to resist. Soon she is drawn into the fabric of life in Eternity Springs, and as her spirit begins to heal, her strength returns, and she’s able to go toe-to-toe with this hardheaded, big-hearted Texan. But just when love blooms and happiness is within their grasp, shadows from the past threaten. Hannah and Boone must stand strong and united in order to defeat old ghosts—if they are to create a brand-new life together.

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Donna review 4.5 stars

This is a heartwarming addition to the McBrides Series. Boone is such a likeable character. He is fun and sexy, yet with a depth of character that can only come from ghosts in his past. It took a bit for me to truly warm up to Hannah. She was so wrapped up in depression from her tragic past, that it was hard for me to feel a way out. That didn’t last long though. The author’s writing style pulled me right along with the couple, watching them learn to live and love again, and most of all…to forgive themselves. Lovely.

My only complaint is that Hannah went from isolation & depression to “I can deal with it now” rather quickly. And the other issue presented toward the end of the book was just skimmed over.

This can be read as a standalone novel, but the other books would give you a feel for Eternity Springs and the lovely townspeople and their almost magical air. I love the camaraderie and closeness of the community and feel that is the charm of this series.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

53D3159B-691A-4514-BFD5-CFC309929A4FEmily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Review: HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING by Denise Williams

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HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING: A Novel by Denise Williams

Publication Date: December 1, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

23540829-C04E-4246-AF2A-D5DECAB849A6One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup.  Check…almost.

Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.

Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.

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Donna review 4.5 stars

I genuinely enjoyed this debut novel by Denise Williams. I must note that it was not exactly as I expected from the blurb. Yes, it mentions that she had an abusive ex, but it made it seem more like a romantic comedy about someone with a dark past. So, I must warn the readers that her ex comes back into her life, and it isn’t good. There are threats, intimidation, gaslighting, and attempted rape. That ultimately gave this fun romance a depth of character, enhancing the joy of Naya finding her HEA.

Naya is someone I could relate to immediately, so I was pleased when she met Jake and I found I liked him as well. Neither are perfect, but they are real. Their banter was fun and fast-paced…some of the puns and jokes made me groan, but that was who they were. The easy camaraderie was present with Naya and Jake’ friends as well. I love when the side characters are as much part of the story’s vibe, as the lead characters. It makes you wish you were a part of it all.

The underlying tension in the story kept be riveted. The romance itself was a joy to read. Fun, romantic, and sexy. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Williams gives us next.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. ​After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus.

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