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Healing a Heart by Amy Lillard

4 stars

Healing a Heart

Back at the farm, and this installment centers around Jake and Bryn.  Jake’s family plays a dynamic role in this story.  When Jake and Bryn met up for a one night stand but accepted the fact that they would never see each other and go about their business.  Unfortunately, timing was not on this couple’s side.  Four months later, Bryn found herself in a situation and knew that the baby was Jake’s.  Although she did not want or expect anything from Jake, her upbringing forced her to let him know that the baby was his.

All that Bryn has ever wanted was a family of her own, and she never expected that Jake would fulfill her dreams.  His family was extremely welcoming and invited her to stay for a few days.  Jake’s wife passed away, and he refused to ever love again.  However, Bryn and now the baby are pulling on his heartstrings.

The writing, story, and the character building were easy to follow.  The love scenes between Bryn and Jake were not forced.  The narrator was excellent and really brought the characters to life. All around good read!

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

The Protector (Sons of Texas #2) by Donna Grant

The Protector

4 stars

This installment starts right where book 1 left off so I highly suggest that you read that one first.  Marine Force Recon Captain Cullen Loughman receives word that his father has been kidnapped.  Cullen will do whatever it takes to locate is dad and bring him home.  In order to do so, he must team up with ex-Air Force pilot Mia Carter, who happens to be a stunning woman.  Mia was the last person to see Cullen’s dad before he disappeared.  The only problem is that Mia is neck deep in trouble dodging the cartel.  Cullen and Mia take the reader on a wild ride in order to locate Orrin.  Both the hero and the heroine are bad asses, but realize that they must trust the other in order to survive.  This is an excellent portrayal of love, loyalty, and trust.  Kudos to Ms. Grant for an excellent plot and  to Ms. Carly Robins who was an enjoyable narrator.  This reader especially enjoyed this installment and is looking forward to more!  Highly recommended!

Thanks to Tantor for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

 

Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery

Cat

4.25 Stars

This is the second installment in the series although this one can easily be a stand-alone.  I love cozy mysteries, and this series just gets better.  I can’t wait to see what is in store next for Cat!

Cat runs a writer’s workshop/retreat in an old Victorian home.  Thinking that the writers might need some R&R, Cat and her boyfriend take the crew and hit the slopes.  Christina, one of the guest, is having too much fun and is a little too tipsy.  Meeting a stranger at the bar and cozying up to him was not what Cat had in mind for a fun time.

Later, Christina is visited by a stalker who gets his due by being hit with a garden gnome from Cat and a shovel by Christina.

Unfortunately, for Christina, the ski bum neglected to mention that he was getting married.  He just happens to be found dead in a tub, and Christina is found covered in blood.  By all accounts, Christina is a scorned lover and has ended the bum’s downward slide.

Yet another storyline is conjured up from valuable paintings that are stolen from the local college.  Although there were several storylines connected, the book was easy to follow.  I really like the author’s writing style, and the narrator did an excellent job bringing these characters to life.  I can’t wait for book 3!

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review

Hang Tough by Lorelei James (Book 8 Blacktop Cowboys)

Blacktop

 

This is book 8 in the Black Top Cowboys series. I have really enjoyed this series, and this one is one of my favorites of all the installments. I have been waiting on Tobin’s story forever and this was worth the wait! Both Tobin and Jade feel like misfits, which made the storline even sweeter. The characters were portrayed as realistic people, and their backgrounds were fully disclosed. Other characters from

Muddy Gap characters are introduced and other well loved ones returned for a cameo. If you haven’t read the series, that’s ok to read this as a stand-alone. However, reading the series in order will help with whose who!

Garnet Evans wants to protect her granddaughter and has Jade move in with her. Tobin, moves in to protect Mrs. G from being forced by her son into a home. Sparks immediately fly and some hot moments ensure the reader that this is going to be a hot ride! I just love the Mud lilies!

Someone Like You by Laren Layne (Book 3 Oxford)

Someone

4 stars

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite go to authors, especially in audios.  This one certainly did not disappoint. I have been waiting for Lincoln’s story, and this installment was even better than I imagined. The narrator, Ms. Rebecca Estrella was also well performed.  Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend that you do read the first two books in order to better understand the characters.  I also highly recommend Ms. Layne’s other series as well.

Lincoln is not the care free guy that I have come to hate.  There hasn’t been a woman who has not been dazzled by his charm until he meets Tori, the new copy editor.  Daisy is shy, timid, and awkward.  She attempts to ignore his charms, which confuses Lincoln. The harder that he tries to win her over to his team, the more that she resist.

Daisy has had a rough life during college due to a mean spirited prank that has left her running from men, especially the playboy type.  However, as she gets to know and understand Lincoln, she realizes that there is damage behind the façade.  Both Lincoln and Daisy have so much to give but so much to shelter as well that their past is comingled with their future until both realize that they can trust the other.

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Texas Twist (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #4) by Cynthia D’Alba

Texas twist

4.25 stars

Although this is the 4th book in the series, the installment can be read as a stand-alone.  This book will have you laughing, crying, and just all around feeling good!  Cash Montgomery was at the top of his game – bull riding that is until the fateful day where man and beast became one.  Unfortunately for Cash, the bull won and won big. Six months later, he has returned back home and is at rock bottom.  He wants peace, quite, and more importantly the solitude of being away from his brother and his brother’s very pregnant wife.

Hoping to help Cash get out of his funk, his brother Travis, quickly agrees to let Cash move into his wife’s house that she inherited.  Unbeknownst to Travis, another inhabitant has already set up house and is none other than the girl who has always haunted Cash’s dreams.

Paige’s parents were killed in a tragic accident, and Paige left the rodeo circuit to become a nurse.  Returning home to be closer to her brother, she was given permission to move into the vacant home.  Paige is determined that Cash will not hurt her again so they have had a past.  The romance was slow due to both Paige and Cash not wanting to venture back into the unknown.  However, once the romance sizzled, nothing was going to stop those two!  This was one of my favorite books of this series, and I am looking forward to reading more from Ms. D’Alba.

 

Girls Weekend

Girls

 

Three ladies are friends due to their children or spouses and live in the same town.  Each thinks that the others have the perfect husband and perfect life.  However, this is far from the case.  Each lady has issues or dreams that never materialized. These forty’ish women decide to go for a girls only weekend.   There is a chapter devoted to each woman on her struggles.  One begins to understand why the ladies want to start over and what their life would be like.

The ladies were open and honest with each other and became closer friends because of the week-end.  What I really enjoyed about this book was the character building of each lady, and I could actually relate to some of their issues.  A very close friend of mine and I take two week-ends a year and have quality girl time.  Although we don’t sit around and discuss these types of issues, we do discuss what is going on in our lives.  We both come back refreshed and energized.  We also craft all week-end, which is something these ladies could do to de-stress!

When the ladies do return home on Sunday, I had a feeling that they would have a difficult time.  However, this is further from the truth.  The week-end helped them to focus and find peace.  I’m a true believer of the girls week-end, and I am so glad that I found this book.

Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review.  I will definitely be on the lookout for more books from this author as well as the narrator.

Roped In (Armed & Dangerous #2)by L.P. Dover

roped-in

4.75 stars

I always love an enemy to lover book and this one did not disappoint.  Hadley is a famous country singer and is hiding out from a deranged stalker. Blake is an undercover cop assigned to watch over Hadley until the stalker can be brought to justice.  Of course, Blake is a drop dead gorgeous cowboy and the two hit it off after a week of bantering.

Blake definitely has an attitude but all eyes are now on Hadley.  This book kept me riveted from the moment that I began listening.  The narrator is outstanding and definitely will push me to read more from this author.  Thanks to Tantor Media for giving me this audio in exchange for a honest review.

Hidden Summit (#15 Virgin River) by Robyn Carr

hidden-summit

4 stars

Leslie Petruso has accepted a job in Virgin River with Haggerty Construction in order to get away from her ex-husband who just can’t stand that she is avoiding him.  With the help of Brie, Connor Danson is staying in Virgin River until a high profile trial that he is affiliated with is over.  He has changed his identity and is staying at one of the small cabins until his ordeal is over.  Both Leslie and Connor have been burned by love and vow to never fall for anyone again.

The good folks of Virgin River, however, can easily see the chemistry between the two.  Leslie and Connor begin to have deep feelings at the early onset of their relationship.  This reader was rooting for both with the hopes of a smooth transition between being Danny and now Connor.  Being in the wrong place totally uprooted Danny – aka Connor, and he is ready to put his life back together and be reunited with his sister and her twin boys.

This book was more emotional than the others.  While Ms. Carr has been introducing newbies to Virgin River, this one was the most dramatic.  The ended drew to a climax too quickly for this reader – thus the 4 stars.  Connor’s sister’s love issue was left wide open; thus, moving the reader into the next installment.

Born in Death (#23 In Death) by JD Robb

born-in-death

5 stars

What can I say – I loved this book.  So far, this is one of my all-time favorites of this series.  Eve is investigating the murder of a professional woman.  Quickly, the murder becomes two as her fiancé who happens to work for the same company is also found murdered.  In the middle of all of this, Eve is tasked with throwing a baby shower for her BFF, Mavis.  Both Roarke and Eve are at crossroads with Mavis’ impending delivery since they were requested to be in the birthing room.  Eve is extremely out of her comfort zone, and of course, Peabody pitches in to  save the day.  The baby shower is a success, except Mavis is extremely worried about another pregnant woman she befriended in her childbirth class.  Tandy was excited to be invited but never showed.  Eve promised Mavis that she would check on Tandy, which quickly became a kidnapping.

I loved the banter between Roarke and Eve on the baby issues.  Both came from dysfunctional families are so out of their comfort zone.  Give these two a grisly murder, and they can handle but give them a pregnant woman – and watch out!   Both of the mommies go into labor at Eve and Roark’s home, and Sommerset, of all people, knows exactly what to do.

Watching Eve run back and forth between the two women was enough to give this book 5 stars.  This installment just goes to show how close all of our characters are and they tough as nails Eve can also have a BFF that she will do anything for!

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