Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: FIGHTING THE FIRE by Laura Kaye

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FIGHTING THE FIRE (Warrior Fight Club Book 3) by Laura Kaye

Publication Date: March 30, 2021

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis

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For firefighter Sean Riddick, Warrior Fight Club keeps the demons of his past at bay, even though it means seeing Daniela England. Her ball-busting sarcasm drives him nuts, and he knows he’s damaged goods anyway, but he can’t help but remember how good they were together that one time. Now he wants to take her to the mats no matter how much they go toe to toe.

ER nurse Daniela England has lost so much that she’s vowed never to need anyone again. Fight club helps her beat back her survivor’s guilt, but it means dealing with Riddick. The hot-but-infuriating firefighter is everything she wants to avoid, which is why their one-night stand was a mistake. Now she needs to keep her distance so it doesn’t happen again.

But when Dani witnesses Sean’s motorcycle accident, she steps up to help him recover. One on one, they get beneath all the snark and find a connection neither expected. As Sean heals, the sparks between them burst into red-hot passion—and ignite old wounds. Now there are fires all around—and they have to decide which they’ll fight and which they’ll let consume them.

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A Note from Laura:

Dear Readers,

I’m so excited to share my new standalone romance, Fighting the Fire! This is the fourth book in my Warrior Fight Club contemporary romance series, which mixes military and sports romance elements to tell the story of an MMA training club which creates a found family for veterans transitioning to civilian life and dealing with their war-borne demons. In Fighting the Fire, Sean and Daniela are two of my favorite characters I’ve ever written–they’re both strong, loyal, snarky, and hiding some pretty deep hurts that in the end make them so perfect for each other. And all that frenemies tension makes the chemistry between them hot AF! I hope you love them as much as I do!

xx Laura Kaye

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Donna 5 Stars

My favorite Warrior Fight Club book! It had the club’s camaraderie leading to a beautiful romance. Sean is the perfect flawed-hero….a drop dead gorgeous and funny warrior with a hidden vulnerability that touched me deep inside. I wasn’t sure if Dani was good enough for him at first, but their banter and barbs were almost foreplay for what was to come. I had so much fun watching their relationship grow. I smiled, laughed, cringed a few times, then melted at the hot and sexy romance that developed.

This book had it all: A group dynamic that made me want to be a part of it. An enjoyable romance that made me smile long after it was over. A smoking hot romance that curled my toes. And finally, a lovely heartfelt romance that made me tear up. I loved it.

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

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About the AuthorLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Review: ALL CONSUMING (Brotherhood by Fire Series) by Jaci Burton

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ALL CONSUMING (Brotherhood by Fire Book 3) by Jaci Burton

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

0481459F-27D2-482D-900E-E22F0E0D09BDA sizzling new romance about a firefighter who reunites with an old flame and tries to rekindle the passion they once felt.

When firefighter Kal Donovan transfers to the Tactical Rescue Team, he’s determined to succeed by giving work one hundred percent of his attention. This proves more difficult at his ten-year high school reunion when he runs into Hannah Clark, his first love. She’s still the smart, funny, beautiful girl he loved in high school, but everything has changed. She’s divorced, has a son, and has zero interest in exploring an old romance.

Hannah has moved back home after a disastrous end to a marriage that never should have been. Now her only focus is getting her hair salon up and running, and making sure her son is happy. She doesn’t have time for love—especially not with Kal. She intends to look forward, not backward, and Kal is most definitely part of her past.

However as Hannah and Kal start spending time together, Hannah realizes that what she’s feeling for him isn’t nostalgia, but red-hot attraction. Kal’s intent on showing her what it’s like to be cared for, romanced, and consumed with passion—and Hannah loves it. But she wonders if she has the courage to risk her heart again, even as Kal vows not to lose her a second time.

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This is a lovely, sweet second-chance romance. It has the smoking hot sexiness that we love from Jaci Burton, so don’t worry about that. Kal and Hannah were likeable, and their growing love was believable and nice. They made a great couple, especially when you add her young son in the mix. I liked when all the brothers and friends got together with their fun banter. It was a nice romance, but it felt like I was eavesdropping instead of being pulled into the story. 

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

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About the Author Jaci Burton Bio PicAfter spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, New York Times and USA Today Bestelling Author Jaci Burton is happy to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. She has written over forty-five novels and is contracted to write ten more. Jaci has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business that she is thrilled not to be using in the corporate environment anymore. She grew up in Missouri but migrated to California, where she lived for thirteen years, but now makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband and five dogs. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer and she and her husband are avid Harley riders.

Jaci writes in multiple genres, from erotic romance to romantic suspense to contemporary romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and has been nominated for the award four times. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times.

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Review: THE DATING PLAN by Sara Desai

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THE DATING PLAN by Sara Desai

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

0F47DBB0-A87C-435F-85CE-246CF597E94EEven with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiancés might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.

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I enjoyed this romantic comedy about second chances and a fake engagement. I thought Daisy was a fun, nerdy, intelligent woman. Yes, I got tired of hearing about how hurt she was over something that happened ten years before. Move on, girl. I also liked Liam right away and knew he would give Daisy a run for her money. There were holes in his backstory, but not enough for me to worry with it. I liked their banter once the “old hurt” stuff went away. I’m glad she moved on, so the sexy romance could blossom.

My complaints on this book would be: Too many characters actively involved in the story. Too long on the “you hurt me ten years ago, so I hate you now”. Some important moments were skipped or lightly passed over, leaving me feeling a bit cheated.

The first chapter had me cracking up and anticipating the rest of the story. It didn’t sustain the level of mishap, but the snarky humor and fake engagement kept it lighthearted. All said, it was a cheesy and sometimes corny romance that made me smile. I liked it.

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

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Synopsis

3A93B918-C939-4A2D-840B-847401D09E58Sara Desai has been a lawyer, radio DJ, marathon runner, historian, bouncer and librarian. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, kids and an assortment of forest creatures who think they are pets. Sara writes sexy romantic comedy and contemporary romance with a multicultural twist. When not laughing at her own jokes, Sara can be found eating nachos.

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Review: STRONG, SILENT COWBOY by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick

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STRONG, SILENT COWBOY: A Moving Violations Novel by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Genre: Western/ Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

641CCDDA-B3E3-4721-B392-EE0156F31E88From #1 New York Times bestseller Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick comes a second chance at love and bodyguard romance Strong, Silent Cowboy, a Moving Violations novel.

“Leigh’s books can scorch the ink off the page.”—RT Book Review

He Will Do Anything…

Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.

To Keep Her Safe…

Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night…all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.

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Donna 4 stars

This romantic suspense novel was filled with a lot of hot sexy time. A lot. I don’t mind a good romp between the sheets if it fits the storyline. In this case, it hovered at the sex-looking-for-a-story border. I also think they could have spent more time building an emotional bond to make the “I love you” more believable.

I liked Jacob and his hot alpha ways that easily gave way to lovely banter with family and friends. Sallie was a harder nut to crack. I liked her, just didn’t warm up to her as much because she was holding herself back from getting too close to others. The two of them made a smoking hot couple though and exciting to read throughout their drama.

I struggled with the rating for this book. It drew me in and held me with the intrigue and mystery….but in some ways, didn’t deliver on the answers. I still have questions, especially about her ex-husband. The story just ended. I thought for sure there was a chapter or epilogue missing. That being said – it is a quick, sexy, and exciting story that I enjoyed.

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

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Lora Leigh dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters’ intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared.

Lora’s family and her writing life coexist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora finds her life filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

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Veronica Chadwick started storytelling when she was a little girl. She was first published in 2004. She lives in Tennessee with three cats, a very spoiled Shih Tzu and two grand dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s hanging out with friends, reading or badly playing video games.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: SAVAGED ILLUSIONS: The Complete Series by Jennifer Lyon

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SAVAGED ILLUSIONS: The Complete Series by Jennifer Lyon

Publication Date: February 22, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

1F1053EB-7114-4290-9819-A4EB8522359CSavagely sexy rock star romance trilogy all in one set!

Justice Cade is leading his rock band to superstardom, but when he falls in love with Liza Cade, will her secrets destroy them all?

Book one, SAVAGED DREAMS

Ambitious and sexy lead singer Justice Cade has one goal—to take his band, Savaged Illusions, to international rock star fame. But when the fiery college-intern Liza Glasner captures his heart, he soon learns she has a dark secret that compels her to avoid the limelight. The revelation of Liza’s true identity forces Justice to choose between the woman he loves and the stardom he craves. The wrong choice could be deadly.

Book two, SAVAGED VOWS

Dating a rock star nearly got Liza killed. Now that the world knows her true identity, danger stalks her relentlessly. But she loves Justice too much to leave him. A surprise pregnancy leads to a secret marriage and festering doubts. Justice struggles to balance the wife he loves, impending fatherhood, and the battle to take his band to stardom. As he reaches the very pinnacle of success, secrets and betrayals explode in a heartbreaking twist that threatens to rip Justice and Liza apart forever.

Book three, SAVAGED DEVOTION

Losing Liza taught Justice that love is more important than fame. He risks everything to win her back, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe. Justice’s fierce devotion helps Liza recover from a devastating loss and grow strong enough to stop hiding in the shadows. Together, Justice and Liza burst onto the world stage to face down the man who tormented her for a decade. Will their love triumph or will Liza’s old enemy tear them apart in the most permanent way possible—death?

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Cori 5 Stars

I loved this story so much! SAVAGED ILLUSIONS is a complete trilogy available in this box set. It’s a hot rock star romance with danger, raw emotion, and smoking hot romance. Jennifer Lyon ripped my heart out and then handed it back to me at the end of the story. It gave me all the feels! Whether she’s writing contemporary romance or paranormal romance Jennifer Lyon always delivers a great love story. I highly recommend anything she writes. She’s one of my favorite authors and her books get moved to the top of my TBR pile as soon as they’re available. Go grab a copy of SAVAGED ILLUSIONS and fall in love with Justice!

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

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About the Author

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Jennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Apodaca. Jen has published more than twenty books and novellas, won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages.

Jen lives in Southern California with her husband. Together, they raised three amazing sons, welcomed three lovely daughters-in-law and an adorable grandson. Jen loves reading, vacations at the beach or wine tasting, and making friends with any dog she sees. But her passion is writing about characters who must surmount impossible odds and make tough choices to prove themselves worthy of love. In the evening, her husband lures her away from the computer with a glass of wine and the company of the man who is her happily ever after.

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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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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 & Excerpt: ENJOY THE VIEW by Sarah Morgenthaler

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ENJOY THE VIEW (Moose Springs, Alaska Book 3) by Sarah Morgenthaler

Publication Date: January 19, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

CB6DB48E-4AD1-4D83-84B7-A35537DFC5F7A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet

And miles of untamed wilderness…

What could possibly go wrong?

Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.

Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.

Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.

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He’d just been trying to be nice. In the future, Easton was going to stick with aloof, unapproachable, and downright surly. 

Nice was a pain in the ass. Nice earned him a redhead with a permanent marker and a mischievous look on her face. 

Don’t stop, River had written on her makeshift sign. Filming movie. 

Which was how Easton Lockett, one of the most respected men in Moose Springs, found himself standing on the side of the road with a pizza box sign, telling everyone not to stop for the woman walking down the road. 

If only he’d made the same choice for himself. 

The absolute last person Easton wanted to see coming down the road at this moment turned around the bend, the heavy off-road tires of her sleek black Jeep slapping the pavement. There was nowhere to hide. And knowing his sister, there was nowhere he could hide to keep her from finding him in a pride-compromising position. 

With a groan of dismay, Easton waggled the sign at her as she slowed down, then pulled off the side of the road behind his truck. 

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” 

“I’ve been thinking the same thing for the last hour,” Easton replied, bemused. 

Ashtyn Lockett had been a thorn in Easton’s side since the day she was born fifteen seconds before him. At some point since he’d seen her yesterday, she’d decided to dye her pixie cut a vibrant aquamarine with pink tips. Next week, it would be something different but equally bold. 

She must’ve been taking the day off by the water, because only half of the piercings she normally sported jewelry in were filled. Her nose piercing and eyebrow were adorned, but the multiple holes in her ears were piercing free. Unlike River, his twin was dressed for the weather. A ribbed tank top showing the extensive and expensive tattoos on her arms. Shorts and sandals with bright nail polish from her morning pedicure. Even brighter colors on her fingernails. 

Easton had spent a lot of his life glaring over his sister’s head at the guys who were interested in her, but there really was no need. Ash had never needed anyone to protect her. She was perfectly capable of handling her business all on her own. 

“What the hell are you doing?” Brown eyes the exact same color as Easton’s eyes widened. 

Sighing, Easton lifted his pizza box up in the air, turning it toward the oncoming traffic. 

“I’m being a Good Samaritan.” 

“Are you? Because it kind of looks like you’re making an idiot out of yourself for some tourists.” 

“They’re not tourists.” Deep denial was as good a coping mechanism as any. “They’re filming some sort of movie around the bend. And before you grill me, I don’t know anything about it. I saw a woman walking down the road, and I stopped to see if she needed help. She nearly skinned me alive for interrupting her shot.” 

Ash rolled her eyes. “Why would they pick here to film? Don’t they know everyone’s going to slow down and see what’s wrong?” 

“That’s what I said, but she’s…well…determined.” 

Gorgeous. Fiery. Way more trouble than he needed on any given day. 

“How long are you planning on standing here?” 

Easton didn’t know, but he’d been out there for long enough; even his arms were starting to get sore. Finally, a familiar SUV drove past and performed a highly illegal U-turn, pulling right next to Easton. River stuck her head out from the passenger seat, her face lighting up as she took in him and his sign. 

“No wonder no one stopped,” she said. “You look like you want to kill someone.” 

“That’s resting Easton face.” Ash smirked at him. “He’s normally worse.” 

He wasn’t speaking to either of them. Nope. Not a word. 

“Hey, thanks for the help. Sorry we forgot to tell you we got the shot. Here, dinner is on us.” Leaning out the window, River tucked a twenty-dollar bill in his shirt collar, not giving Easton a chance to refuse before Bree, the driver, pulled away. 

Ash lost it, leaning back against her Jeep, laughing so hard, her mascara started to run. 

“If you could see your face,” she all but cried. 

“I feel dirty,” he murmured, taking the twenty and stuffing it into his pocket. 

“You are dirty.” Gasping for breath, she wiped her eyes. “I think I love her, whoever she is.” 

The feeling wasn’t mutual. 

With an annoyed grunt, Easton tossed the pizza box in the back of Ash’s Jeep. “Compost this, please.” 

Since his services were no longer needed, Easton decided there was no reason to stand there any longer, giving his sister ammunition. 

“You never saw this,” he warned her. 

“Oh, everyone saw this.” 

Which was so true. In a place like Moose Springs, memories were long. The town would never—ever—let Easton live this down. 

“Destroy the evidence, Ash. If you love me, destroy the evidence.” 

“Don’t get your hopes up,” his twin teased. As he headed for his truck, she called after him. “I might frame it instead!” 

Excerpted from Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler. © 2021 by Sarah Morgenthaler. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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This was my favorite Moose Springs, Alaska novel. It can be read as a stand-alone, so no need to read the others first to know what is going on. I wish there were more interactions with the townspeople, they are a hoot…but this story didn’t really need them to keep the feel of the other books.

We meet Easton first, an introverted mountain man – or that’s what he portrays. Soon you realize he is a real nice guy. One with a sense of humor, that feels deeply, and cares for those around him. I love the fun camaraderie with family and friends. River herself has a snarky and fun personality. She could have so easily gone caustic and unlikeable…but she and her crewmates made me laugh and chuckle quite often, letting me know her better.

I enjoyed watching River and Easton’s attraction grow into a friendship and ultimately love. It blended nicely with the outdoor action of climbing a mountain. Yes, River made a few dumb decisions, but that was part of the story, so I can forgive her. Overall, I loved this story with all it’s quirky humor, characters unexpectedly learning about themselves, the hysterical wildlife, and a sweet happily ever after. I can’t wait for the next book!

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

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Geologist and lifelong science nerd, Sarah Morgenthaler is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance set in far-off places, Sarah can be found travelling with her husband, hiking national parks, and enjoying her own happily ever after.

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Review: NO HOLDING BACK by Lori Foster

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NO HOLDING BACK (The McKenzies of Ridge Trail Book 1) by Lori Foster

Publication Date: January 26, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

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Trucker Sterling (Star) Parson is no stranger to the challenges a woman faces, both in her industry and in life. But she can take care of herself. She’s never needed—or wanted—a man around…until she meets Cade McKenzie. The take-charge bar owner sets off all kinds of alarm bells for Sterling, but he also sets her heart racing.

Cade’s lived in Ridge Trail long enough to know trouble when he sees it, and the moment Sterling—Star—walks into his bar, he knows trouble’s come to call. Secrets run deep in the small town and Cade can tell Star’s got as many as he does, leaving him itching to uncover every last one. But finding common ground will mean trusting one another, further feeding an intense attraction that’s growing impossible to resist.

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I enjoyed the first book in this new series. I was hesitant due to the human trafficking angle but found that it wasn’t too graphic for me to handle. The storyline was exciting and filled with tension – keeping me guessing on a few particulars until the end. Some parts seemed to drag a bit, but I chalked that up to being the first in a new series and learning about the McKenzies’ mission in life.

As for the main characters, Sterling is strong, assertive, and confident while still being likeable. Cade was reluctant to be forced into a way of life, but darn good at what he does. He is protective with alpha tendencies, yet still able to appreciate Sterling’s abilities and intelligence. They made a believable and good couple. The romance built to a nice sexy love story.

Cade’s family dynamics built through the book and culminated into the camaraderie that I love in a series. I’m anxious for the next book, hoping it’s about Cade’s brother. That should be fun.

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

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Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 100 titles. She’s known for her fun, very sexy contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and meet (and fall in love with) strong, independent women. Lori’s been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book ReviewsCareer Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. Even more fun, Lori’s been a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle, a clue in the USA Today Quick-cross puzzle, and the sensual and sexy Too Much Temptation was Amazon’s 2002 top-selling title in Romance.

Lori has a super-active Facebook page where she regularly gives away reader goodies like books (of course), T-shirts, ARCs (advance reviewers’ copies), tote bags and lots of fun swag. LIKE her Facebook page so you never miss out!

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Review: BJORN CURSED by N.J. Walters

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BJORN CURSED (Forgotten Brotherhood Book 4) by N.J. Walters

Publication Date: January 18, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

8AA7E652-1130-43F7-B8DB-181F8B62439FLucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option.

Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja.

She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.

Each book in the Fury Unleashed series is STANDALONE:
* Fury Unleashed
* Arctic Bite
* Burning Ash
* Bjorn Cursed

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I loved Bjorn! BJORN CURSED is the fourth book in N.J. Walter’s Forgotten Brotherhood series. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order to get the full series storyline. I’m obsessed with series and this one is my new favorite. N.J. Walter has created an amazing paranormal world with worlds, Gods and paranormals. It’s full of danger, mystery and includes an epic love story! I highly recommend this book and the series for paranormal romance lovers. Go grab a copy now! 

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

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Review: SPECIAL OPS SEDUCTION by Megan Crane

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SPECIAL OPS SEDUCTION (An Alaska Force Novel Book 5) by Megan Crane

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis

ADD46281-42E6-4D39-A8FD-DA746BA7AC0EShe’s the last woman he ever wanted to see again…

After an official operation turned deadly, Jonas Crow began a new life in Grizzly Harbor with Alaska Force. But when fellow soldier Bethan Wilcox joins the group, she forces him to remember things he actively prefers to forget. That’s unforgivable enough. But now the two of them are forced together on a mission to uncover deadly secrets tied to their complicated past, and with the heat between them at a boil, forgiveness is the least of his worries…

And the only woman he needs.

Bethan Wilcox, one of the first women to make it through Army Ranger school, didn’t join Alaska Force to deal with Jonas’s foul temper. Or her own errant attraction to him. Thrown together in a race against the clock, they have to pretend to be a couple and play nice to throw the enemy off their scent. She knows better than to let their pretend love feel real…especially while time is running out.

Jonas has always been good at saving the world. But it’s Bethan he needs to save this time around—if she doesn’t save him first.

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Another exciting edition to the Alaska Force series. I wondered how the author would handle the surly Jonas, sure that Bethan would be up to the task…and she was. I like her. She’s strong and capable, an over-achiever in a “man’s world”, yet human and likeable. Too many times a woman is made out to be a bit witchy to show strength, Bethan held that line quite well. Although they made a great couple, I couldn’t understand her feelings for him until almost midway into the story. He was such an ass to her, and his reasons never made sense to me. Thankfully, his inner self showed through and made him worthy.

The suspenseful story was intriguing and provided some fun action. I completely enjoyed how their romance blossomed during their joint mission to her family home. That was my favorite part of the book and had me wondering quite a bit about the antagonist. I must admit that I never did figure out the bad guy’s motivation regarding Bethan and Jonas…but I enjoyed the read none-the-less.

One of my favorite aspects of this series, is the group dynamics of the Alaska Force Team. The camaraderie seems effortless and pulls me into them, caring about them, and wishing I were part of it all. It was a fun read, leaving me anxious for the next installment.

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

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USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than eighty-five books, and counting. She’s won fans with her romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Dare, and contemporary cowboy books she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance in all its forms, from cowboys to military heroes and beyond – including her take on futuristic Vikings, outlaw bikers, and fairy tale princes. She has a Masters and Ph.D. in English Literature, has taught creative writing classes in places like UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, and is always available to give workshops (or her opinion). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her comic artist husband, though, at any given time, she is likely to either be huddled in a coffee shop somewhere or off traveling the world. Preferably both.

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