Thursday, February 28, 2013

First Thing I See by Vi Keeland

What To Read After 50 Shades...

Life changed for me three times in my life -  the day my mother died, the day my dad married Candice and the day I met Kennedy Jenner.

From the moment I saw him, I was drawn to him.  Like a moth to a flame, I couldn't keep away from the irresistible heat of the fire. That knowing, confident smile...those beautiful pale blue eyes...and those dimples....simply delicious. Who could resist such a beautiful strong man?

Hope York transformed herself from boring small town girl into a flawless beauty on the outside. But inside, she never changed.  Kennedy Jenner was a successful, wealthy and jaw dropping handsome man that could have whatever he wanted, on his own terms. And he wanted Hope. But would he still want her after he saw her for who she really was, instead of what she carefully planned for everyone to see? And will his own secret past stand in his way for getting what he really wants?


What readers are saying:

"After falling in love with fifty shades of grey I needed something to close to it. A good runner up!"

"I really enjoyed this book. It got my attention from the beginning and I just couldn't put it down. This is not a Cinderella kind of novel, it's about two people with different backgrounds that fall in love."

"I absolutely loved this book from the very beginning. The only time I became upset was when it was over. Kennedy's comments made me laugh out loud multiple times. I highly recommend this book."

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Charming The Chieftain by Deanie Roman

" impressive debut novel"

Accused of witchery, Lady Elisande Cadby must submit to the Rite of Purification before wedding Baron Warford the Brutal. On the eve of her union, she flees Cadby Hall armed with an arsenal of Pagan-rooted curatives and her ever-present comfort-stone. With grudging assistance from a formidable chieftain who unsettles her senses, she embarks on a harrowing escape across the Borders in search of sanctuary.

Chieftain Aeden Maxwell would rather bed down with the hounds than concede he is enchanted by Elisande’s caramel-colored locks and feisty manner. After all, she is intended for his volatile older brother. Besides, Elisande’s unusual ideas and strange convictions are dangerous and he doesn’t need more trouble.

Once ensconced at Caeverlark Castle, Elisande is confronted by Aeden’s mistress, who spies on Elisande during a spirit cleansing ritual. Within days word of Elisande’s odd practices and peculiar beliefs cause a divide in the clan. Once more, accusations of witchery abound. However, Elisande has other worries to consider. With Aeden’s brother trying to force himself on her, a brutal killer hiding in plain sight intent upon Aeden’s death, and a disturbing truth behind a long-buried secret about to come to light, Elisande must dispel rumors and gain the clan’s trust before jealousy and betrayal destroy the man she loves.


"In a word, it's wonderful. Charming the Chieftain is an impressive debut novel. My only regret, when I finished it, was that I'd reached The End."

"The author pulls you in and takes you to the time and place of Aeden and Elisande. It's a great escape!"

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Single Daddy Club: Reece by Donna Fasano

Celebrate Author Donna Fasano's Birthday!

Reece's story is Book 3 of The Single Daddy Club series.

The only remaining single guy in the Single Dad Club, Reece Newton. Marriage may be the answer for all his friends, but not for this contented father of one. Of course, the right woman could change his mind...

Endangered Beauty
Woman in hiding, Maggie Dunlap. When someone ransacked her house and put her life in jeopardy, the lovely lady had nowhere to run--except into Reece's protective embrace.

Eventual Bride?
Against his better judgment, Reece offered Maggie a safe haven in his home. Her mere presence changed the lives of father and son more than he ever dreamed possible. But would Maggie ever get the bachelor dad to the altar?

What readers are saying about Donna Fasano's books:

"Readers who enjoy Debbie Macomber's writing will feel right at home in a Fasano novel." ~about Take Me, I'm Yours

"...complex, funny, and realistic..." ~Wilmington News Journal about Where's Stanley?

"I enjoyed the entire Single Daddy Club series. I appreciated how the characters were woven together from book to book. These men faced very real issues that people face in everyday life. This was a good series to curl up with. I always come away from Ms. Fasano's romances feeling happy with the endings." ~about The Single Daddy Club series

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Unforgettable by Elise K. Ackers

"...A Great Aussie Romance"

In hospital following a near-fatal accident, Connor has temporary retrograde amnesia, and there's a blank slate where the last three years of his life should be. It's a woman with haunted eyes and secrets who offers to help him rediscover his past.

Colleague, friend and ex-lover, Emma warns Connor they must be discreet. No one knows about their past relationship, and for the sake of their jobs, no one can. She reintroduces him to his life and the fascinating redevelopment project they are working on, and the more time Connor spends with her, the more he wants a future with her in it.

But Emma blames herself for Connor's accident and she won't confess to what broke their relationship in the past. Now Connor is fighting for love, for his job, and for another chance.

A story about second chances, a second look, and the futility of fighting fate, Unforgettable explores the concept of walking a path already traveled and learning from your mistakes.

What readers are saying:

"You will fall in love with Emma, Connor and Australian setting, the plot is unpredictable and it has a wonderful ending."

"…I loved Connor's antics. I definitely suggest checking out this wonderful story."

"…the setting was so real it added to the tension. Emma and Connor's work lives were portrayed with a detail (though never heavy handed) that made you believe. Unforgettable is a great Aussie romance."

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Together Again by Peggy Bird

~Spicy Suspense~

Deputy DA Margo Keyes is looking forward to this trip with as much enthusiasm as she’d have for a root canal. There’s the Philly summer heat, the high school reunion she’d rather avoid, and the speech she’d be giving as a last-minute stand-in for her boss. Mostly there’s facing high school crush Tony Alessandro. When she’d last seen the Philly cop, he’d danced her out of his sister’s wedding reception to a dark room where he’d kissed her senseless. If his nephew hadn’t interrupted they’d have . . . well, who knows?

Tony had disappeared on some family errand. She went home to Portland, Oregon the next day. She hadn’t heard from him since.

However, her homecoming turns out better than expected. The reunion and the speech work out. Even better, when she and Tony pick up where they left off in that dark room, the only heat that’s unbearable is what they generate in bed.

Margo returns to Portland wondering if she and Tony have started something she might not be ready for, relieved she’s put a whole continent between them to give her breathing room to sort it. Then his work with a federal task force investigating industrial espionage brings him to Portland. And an accidental swap of messenger bags on her flight home puts her in the middle of the investigation.

Tony wants her out of the way of the bad guys and focused on him. She wants to use a secret from her past to wrap up the case. And maybe avoid having to think about what’s happening between them. They can’t both win. Or can they?

What readers are saying about Book 3 of the Second Chances Series:

"5-Stars for a steamy story about second chances."

"Romance and crime…what a mix!"

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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Sixth Wife by Laura Lond


Adelia has no one to blame for her heartache. She’d been cautioned, many times and by many people. Everyone except her mother had told her it was folly to marry an elf, citing a host of reasons. Adelia knew their warnings were not unfounded. She knew he was very different from her and her kind, he was much older, and he’d had five other wives before her. She didn’t care. She had chosen her path.

What readers are saying:

"Delicious! I'm dying for more!"

"Refreshing and unique faerie storie."

"This is a great story… this was definitely one novella that left me wanting more. I hope that the author will write a full-length novel picking up where The Sixth Wife leaves off."

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For His Eyes Only by T. C. Archer

A Daphne Du Maurier Award Winning Book

She had a license to kill.

He was sent to kill her.

Jesse Evans is the most wanted woman in the world. She must prove she didn't sell out the elite Special Ops team she sent into a Columbian village to rescue a little girl, or her sister dies. Only one man can save them both. But he isn't who Jesse thinks he is.

Praise for T. C. Archer:

"One of the best of this genre I have read in quite awhile it earns its 5 Stars easily. The plot was imaginative, the writing crisp and tight, the pace increased the tension to a driving force at the end and sprang a surprise right at the end. Well enjoyed." ~Karen Bryant Doering, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

"Kick Azz Read!"

"Loved all the action and suspense in this story. Hot sizzling action between Jessie and Cole. Could not put it down, then was sorry I finished it. A great story."

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lost Then Found by Christina Freeburn

New Beginnings Book One

Renee Stratford-Knight's life is finally becoming stable again. Eighteen months ago, the murder of her sister and the soon-to-follow collapse of her marriage left Renee reeling. She made it through those dark days with the help of family, embracing faith and starting her own skip-tracing business, New Beginnings, which specializes in relocating abused women. Now, her ex-husband -- and former business partner -- Jonas Knight shows up asking about her most vulnerable client.

Jonas knows his ex-wife helped embezzler Gina Howard elude the authorities, and he plans to bring the young woman to justice. When Renee is threatened, Jonas grows suspicious of his client's reason for hiring him to find Gina. In order to uncover the secrets their clients hold, Jonas and Renee must struggle through distrust and the pain of their pasts to work together to save the life of a teenage girl -- and their own.


"What I liked best about the novel was how the inspirational message grew organically within the storytelling so I didn't feel like I was "preached" to. Freeburn does two things well - entwining the "lost" immediacy of Gina's plight with the "lost" aching between Renee and Jonas over their failed marriage, attacking both issues, then showing the showing the journey for all to be "found," giving the title a two-fold meaning.

The novel is "sweet" for romance readers with Jonas and Renee sharing a kiss or two. Overall, "Lost Then Found" is a pulse-pounding read that will resonate with the reader long after they've finished the story."
~Sally Pink Reviews

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Fortune's Foe by Michele Stegman

Historical Romance Set in 1740

In the midst of a raging war, Mariette Fortune is torn between saving the life of her brother or the enemy Spaniard she has come to love.

Mariette Fortune knows her brother will die if she doesn’t rescue him–especially if the Spanish discover they hold captive the son of the infamous privateer, Sean Fortune. But she didn’t count on fallin in love with the man whose life depends on keeping the English prisoners from escaping. Now she has to choose between them.

Alejandro de Silva knows there is more to the lovely Mestiza woman he has hired to keep his house…more than she will admit. Regardless, he cannot help that he is falling in love with her. But he never dreams she is an English spy and that her presence in Spanish St. Augustine will put both their lives in deadly peril.


5-Stars! "I was intrigued by the setting of this novel having visited the very fort that is the main setting. Colonial St. Augustine was a fascinating period and I felt the author did a terrific job of portraying it. The Spanish Capitan is a wonderful hero and very much in keeping with a man of his station during that time period. The wonderful, spunky heroine who is determined to rescue her twin brother is very much the hero's match. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these two characters earn their happily-ever-after!"

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Caramel and Magnolias by Tess Thompson

~From the Author of the Highly Acclaimed Riversong~

Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love - if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.

A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it's never too late to reawaken the heart.

What reviewers are saying:

"Nobody writes characters like Tess Thompson. It's like she looks into our lives and creates her characters based on our best friends, our lovers, and our neighbors. Caramel and Magnolias, and the authors debut novel Riversong, have some of the best characters I've ever had a chance to fall in love with."

"Once I started I couldn't put it down. It kept me completely engaged with love, mystery, drama, and a few twists! I loved "Riversong", but I have to say I just might love this one a bit more :) Can't wait for her next book!"

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Land of the Noonday Sun by Carmen DeSousa

~A Fabulous Romantic Suspense~

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

Cassandra is the beautiful, yet analytical daughter of a wealthy attorney. Destined to follow in her father's footsteps, her life of privilege suddenly shatters, and she finds herself with no home, career, or money. A glimmer of hope arrives in a letter from the grave promising a happier existence. Cassandra stands to inherit over half a million dollars if she can live in the sleepy little town of
Nantahala for six months. Falling in love, however, was not part of the deal, and without warning, she finds herself fighting for two lives.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

What reviewers are saying:

"Wow! Carmen DeSousa has written another emotional and suspenseful story about family, friendship, love and betrayal that captured my attention from the very beginning."

"I loved this one. I think it has a lot to do with the characters. Carmen DeSousa may be incapable of writing a hero that doesn't make me melt."

"Passionate characters, beautiful North Carolina setting, true love, and a bang-up mystery to tie it all together. Need I say more? Land of the Noonday Sun is a must-read!"

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Fresh Temptation by Reeni Austin

~Book 1 of the Barboza Brothers Series~
Free! Free! Free!

Victor Barboza is a man who has everything but a good woman.

Cara Green has a young son, three part-time jobs, and a few extra pounds.

Their worlds collide as Cara serves Victor at an upscale party in
Manhattan, upsetting Victor's ex-fiancee, Alexis, in the process.

Victor pursues Cara, but Cara is not sure of his intentions: Is he using her to make Alexis jealous? Does he just want her for sex? Or is love Victor's true aim?

What reviewers are saying:

"If you get sucked into Hallmark movies you'll like this book! It's a sweet light read with a predictable plot and happy ending all wrapped up with a bow on it."

"Follow this sweet, romance story as Victor and Cara embark on finding true love with some steamy sex. Will they find true love or will Victor's wealth scare poor Cara away? I love when an author writes a story and adds a precocious child in the mix. There is nothing sweeter then having a little "person" in a story. This is the first book in the Barboza Brothers series and I can't wait to read the next book."

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mending Fences by Lucy Francis

She was the first woman to turn him down.

Businessman-turned-rancher Curran Shaw is no stranger to hard work, but women have never required much effort. When a mysterious brunette at a resort-town Halloween party sparks his interest and then vanishes, he vows to finish what she started. It’s finding her that’s going to be the hard part.

He was her fantasy, and that’s all he could ever be.

Victoria Linden has reconstructed her life and soul from the devastation wrought by an abusive ex and her own failures. She desperately wants to be loved, but what man will agree to the control and limitations she needs in order to hold herself together? Especially a man like Curran, who’s used to getting whatever he wants. Walking away from him after a searing kiss is her only option.

When serendipity brings them together in the snowy mountains of Utah, will Victoria and Curran be able to mend the fences in their hearts, or will discovery and heartbreak tear them apart?

What readers are saying:

4 Blue Ribbons. "A sweet, charming romance about two lonely people who are trying to learn how to trust again. Author Lucy Francis skillfully combines an engaging story with well written and likable characters to create a highly enjoyable story." --Romance Junkies Reviews

"I love the layers of this story--the way the secrets were revealed to the reader and the hero, and the way the secondary love story mirrors the main one. And I loved the gentle build of the romance. The characters grew together in a realistic yet romantic way. All in all, a terrific debut!"

"Ahhhh, true love is never easy. But, it is always worth the struggle when it comes with a happy ending. Emotions are written vividly and there is no shortage of conflict... kind of like life, eh mate? A great read with no other motive than to tell a good love story. Looking forward to her next one!"

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Pulled by A.L. Jackson

~A Kindle Top 100~

Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love they believed bonded them together for life. After a tragic loss, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in unanswered questions.

For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds their heart.

Now, when their lives again intersect, will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past?

Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.

What readers are saying:

“It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.” ~Grace, Feeding My Book Addiction

“What an emotional roller coaster of a book. I honestly haven't spent so much time crying and smiling while reading in a long time. I loved it!” ~Chrystal, Snowdrop Dreams of Books

“This is one amazing book…a MUST READ novel for anyone wanting to read a true love story of two people trying to overcome and beat all odds.” ~Amazon reviewer

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

On Ice by J.D. Faver

If you liked Sleeping With The Enemy...

A terrified woman erases her past to escape her abusive husband. Taking her children, she disappears from Texas only to reinvent herself as a teacher in a remote Alaskan village. She fights to survive the harsh environment, while ever mindful of the danger stalking her.

A complication emerges in the form of her new boss who is unaware of her entanglement and pursues her with a passion. Hungry for a father figure, her young children immediately take to him, but she is haunted by the cruel man who battered her. Can a good man heal her scars and gain her trust?

As she evolves in her new role, she becomes stronger as a person. Back in
Texas, her sister draws the abuser's fury and becomes his new victim. When her past catches up with her, she is not the same woman who ran away. She puts her life on the line to protect her children, but will she survive the wrath of a sociopath bent on revenge?

What readers are saying:

"This was a brilliant story and I got so involved in the characters, I couldn't put it down. Loved the rich descriptions and the story telling was excellent."

"If you liked Sleeping With the Enemy, you'll love On Ice. Wonderful storyline of love without any intense descriptions, if you know what I mean . Very good read and fast plot twists."

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Disengaged by Beth Orsoff

~It's all about saying "I do" by saying "I won't"~
This book is currently in the Kindle Top 20!

Allie Zenet has nabbed a sparkly diamond ring and the handsome studio exec fiancé that goes with it. Unfortunately that package also includes a domineering future mother-in-law and serious wedding jitters.

The thirty-two-year-old Los Angeles entertainment accountant would rather elope, but fiancĂ© Brad seems incapable of saying “no” to mommy’s wedding demands. Allie wonders if anyone knows—or cares—that she is the one who’s getting married.
Her closest friends are too engrossed in their own messy love lives to offer any guidance, and Allie’s mother’s views on marriage would make a strident feminist blush. The only one who seems interested in what Allie thinks is a good-looking acquaintance by the name of Jax Montgomery. But Jax’s attentions have Allie questioning just what it is she truly wants.

Beth Orsoff’s hilarious and heartfelt romp Disengaged is all about getting to “I do” by saying “I won’t.”

What readers are saying:

"A nice fast, light and edgy read…"

"Great read and I loved every moment of it. Beth Orsoff has a wonderful sense of humor and writing style."

"I thought it was a great book. I was hooked from the start and constantly cheering for her to break off her engagement I couldn't put it down I had to know what happened. It was a great quick read."

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Broken Legacy by Colleen Connally

~Historical Romance~
From the Secret Lives Series

Lord Gerard Lenister needed the lady…after their meeting, he wanted her.

For seventeen years Lady Eloise Granville lived in
France thinking herself a bastard. Not until her life was threatened did her father cross the English Channel to reclaim her as his legitimate daughter. Now four years later a revolution roars its ugly head in France. Rumors abound of Lady Eloise’s life before her emergence in England…rumors that link her to the notorious leaders of the French Revolution.

Lord Gerard Lenister knows well the whispered connections Lady Eloise has across the Channel and the disdain that Society holds for the lady. It matters little to him. He could have cared less if she was the incarnation of a she-devil. He would marry Jezebel herself if she helped him on his mission. He is that desperate…but soon he discovers that Lady Eloise is not what she seems.

What readers are saying about Colleen Connally:

"Colleen Connally spins a tale that scoops up the reader and transports them into action, romance and intrigue. There is so much more that makes this story spectacular. It is filled with deception, treachery, romance, intense drama, and detailed characters that pull in the reader from the beginning until the end. The secondary players add great finesse to the storyline. I have to admit it was completely hard to put this book down. Ms. Connally creates an enthralling read that surrounds with anticipation that continues to build, leaving this reader spellbound." ~Coffee Time Romance

"It's been a while since I've settled into a historical romance this good. Between the gripping mystery surrounding the scandal of Alyce Hythe's name and her passionate romance with Julian Casvelyn, Seductive Secrets had me hooked. Unpredictable catastrophe and suspicion followed Alyce throughout the novel, at every new page there seemed to be a new development to the scandal surrounding her and I absolutely loved it!" ~LaceAndLavender on Amazon

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