Recommendation: My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Recommendation: My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Suzanne Enoch continues her No Ordinary Hero series with the second book – My One True Highlander. Ms. Enoch is one of my favorite authors, and her books set in the Scottish Highlands never fail to disappoint. My One True Highlander is a heartwarming and fun romance with sweet moments and sexy interludes, and I highly recommend it. The Maxwell brothers are an endearing family and add a charming touch to the story. Graeme has raised his three brothers for the past seven years since he was twenty years old. It’s a heavy responsibility for a man so young, but he manages the best he can and loves his brothers fiercely. They are a sweet family unit and make this a truly heartwarming romance, especially because Marjorie […]

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HEA Excerpt: Users’ Goodreads bookshelves a great (and fun!) source for recs

HEA Excerpt: Users’ Goodreads bookshelves a great (and fun!) source for recs

I often peruse Goodreads to find my must-read-next book, but I don’t always look at the ratings or read the reviews. This could be considered an act of treason, considering I write and post reviews, but I’ve discovered the custom, user-created, virtual bookshelves on Goodreads, sometimes, are more candid and insightful than any narrative written or number of stars awarded. And, frankly, they’re also wildly entertaining and downright fun to read. If you’re unfamiliar with bookshelves, they’re custom, unique categories used to organize a reader’s online libraries on Goodreads. Users have complete freedom to name their personal shelves — sans capital letters and spaces — and they’re quirky, perceptive, poignant and often hilarious. From romance-with-a-side-of-smut to book-I-would-recommend, shelves succinctly convey a wealth of information, and […]

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Recommendation: The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

Recommendation: The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

When I am picking out a book to read, I admit that I avoid stories that might make me sad – even romance novels where I am assured a happily ever after. I am a bit of an emotional wimp; therefore, I was leery of Sawyer Bennett’s The Hard Truth About Sunshine after reading the book’s description. The story tackles tough subject matter, and I was pretty sure an ugly cry would be in my future. I am extremely thankful that I pushed through my fears and read The Hard Truth About Sunshine. It is a beautifully written and emotional story with complex and endearing characters that the reader will never forget. People often scoff at romance novels saying they are not “serious literature,” but I challenge anyone […]

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Recommendation: Catching Carly by Emma Hart

Recommendation: Catching Carly by Emma Hart

I was snorting with laughter while reading Emma Hart’s Catching Carly, and I think you will too. It’s a fun and flirty frenemies-to-lovers romance that is sure to amuse and entertain you from beginning to end. Catching Carly is the second book in the Barley Cross series, but all the books are stand-alones and do not need to be read in order. Carly is a hilarious, self-depreciating twenty-five-year-old with a dry wit and sarcastic view on life, and she’s especially cynical about dating and relationships. Online dating is introducing her to catfishing duds, and her two best friends recently found love with each other making her the third wheel. She has a contentious relationship with one of those best friend’s older brother, Zeke Elliott, that […]

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Recommendation: Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

Recommendation: Come Closer by Brenda Rothert

As soon as I started Come Closer, I could NOT put it down. I was riveted from the beginning to the end, and the story knocked my socks off. I have never read anything like this, and I am not sure I ever will again. I believe this is Ms. Rothert’s first foray into romantic suspense, and she knocked it out of the park. Allison Cole’s twin sister was murdered before her eyes, and she hasn’t spoken a word since it happened. No one knows if she physically cannot talk or if she is emotionally traumatized and unable to find the words. Her only relative – her aunt – sends her to a mental health facility in a remote area of Montana, and Allison willing goes. Daniel Delgado is the general […]

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Recommendation: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

Recommendation: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

Pucked Off  is a gut-wrenching, heartfelt romance that you do not want to miss. It’s a profound and poignant love story where a tortured hero finds love and unreserved acceptance that gives him the strength to heal deep emotional wounds. All of this angst is wrapped up in a sexy hockey romance making Pucked Off really is an all-around great book. Poppy is a wonderful character, but Lance is mesmerizing in Pucked Off. He will break your heart and have you wishing you could jump into the story to show him that he is worthy to be loved just as he is and deserves someone like Poppy. He hasn’t had much happiness in his life, and he is scared that he never will. It is only when he begins to shed […]

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Recommendation: Bossed by Sloane Howell

Recommendation: Bossed by Sloane Howell

This is my first time reading Sloane Howell, but it is definitely not my last. He’s a bit of a unicorn in Romancelandia – a male author! I thoroughly enjoyed Bossed. It’s a fun and sexy story with interesting characters who have great chemistry and indulge in lots of witty banter – my favorite! You’ll laugh, smile and probably blush a little when you read it. Jenny gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she’s offered a position at Ethan Mason’s sports agent firm. The problem… Ethan is an alpha-jerk. Luckily, she’s not afraid to stand up to him, and she does it with style. Ethan is incredibly attracted to Jenny, but he has never mixed business with pleasure, especially with someone who works for him. They are both very attracted to each other and […]

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Recommendation: Sin for Me by Jackie Ashenden

Recommendation: Sin for Me by Jackie Ashenden

Sin for Me is the third and final book in Jackie Ashenden’s Motor City Royals series, and I am sad to see this dark, sexy series end. I’ve loved the prior two books, and Dirty for Me is on my Best of 2016 list. I eagerly awaited Gideon and Zoe’s story in Sin for Me, and their story exceeded my expectations. They are a great way to wrap up this excellent series. Gideon has been Zoe’s protector and psuedo-big brother since they were teens who meet through a community center, and he’s attempted to shelter her from everything – seriously, everything. The two of them form a family unit with three other friends from the center, and Gideon has always been the patriarch of the group. He loves fiercely and has […]

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Recommendation: His Alone by Alexa Riley

Recommendation: His Alone by Alexa Riley

I feel like Alexa Riley has created – and mastered – a romance niche, where an uber-possesive, alpha-male meets and falls instantly in love with an innocent heroine. They have a lot of sex, and he often really wants to make babies before they grab their happily ever after. If this does’t sound like your cup of tea, you might not love Ms. Riley or His Alone, but I find her books to be well-written, sexy and a decadent form of escapism. Ryan Justice has been in love with Paige Turner for years, but she doesn’t know it. Actually, she doesn’t know a lot about Ryan, because he has quite a few secrets. They both work private security for her wealthy half-brother, and he’s her boss. Sound confusing? His Alone’s plot is hard to describe in detail without revealing too much, so just […]

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Recommendation: The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde

Recommendation: The Wright Brother by K.A. Linde

Hello, K.A. Linde. Where have you been all my reading life? Somehow, I missed you until The Wright Brother, but I am quickly rectifying that and working my way through your backlist. If The Wright Brother is any indication, we are going to be friends for a very long time. The Wright Brother kept me captivated, charmed and laughing until late in the night. Emery is funny, determined and loyal. Jensen is damaged but sensitive; he is a romantic under his bruised heart. They have amazing chemistry, and they have the potential to make a great team… if they can ever get clear of the relationship debris. I am not usually a fan a brother being the ex-boyfriend, but Ms. Linde has a deft hand and crafts an emotional and heartfelt […]

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