Review of Can’t Resist A Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto #entangledpub #EAOtto

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By Elizabeth Otto

A Paint River Ranch Novel

 

He’s always been her weakness…

Injured and discharged, Marine Levi Haywood has returned to his family’s ranch to heal and start a new life. After all, once a cowboy, always a cowboy. The only problem? Life at the ranch has moved on since he joined the service, and suddenly his role in the family business is much less clear. And things get a lot more confusing when the woman he left behind returns home.

Carrie Lynn Waite has never known a time when she didn’t love Levi. They were childhood sweethearts, but because of her health, she was forced to move to the city, away from the ranching life. Now Carrie’s come home only to learn her family’s ranch is in trouble and Levi is back, along with an undeniable attraction she can’t resist. But some things never change, forcing Carrie to choose the future laid out before her…or the cowboy she could never resist.

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Carrie was about to shake out of her skin. Her teeth were actually chattering. He shouldn’t have agreed to let her come up here with him. If she ended up with pneumonia or something, he’d never forgive himself.

 

His oiled canvas jacket was mostly waterproof, the fleece lining inside warm and dry. He slipped out of it and put it between his knees, then unbuttoned his flannel and peeled it off.

 

“Take off your shirt.” He gave her a look, knowing she was going to argue. She’d always been good at that. She crossed her arms, but he didn’t give her time to be squirrely. “Take it off, or I will. Your bra, too.”

 

Her mouth parted, reminding him just how fantastic her lips had tasted. Dang, had that really happened? It seemed so surreal, to have her in his arms again…that taste so ripe on his lips.

 

“I’m not getting naked in front of you.” Yeah, because that had never, ever happened before. He still remembered, vividly.

 

“Then turn around. Just do it before you freeze.” His breath came out in a puff, the temperature having dropped with the rain and wind. In a short-sleeved Henley, the cold air assaulted his bare arms, making him shiver. If he was this chilly dry, she had to be downright frozen.

 

Gently, he gripped her shoulder. “Come on, Sunshine. Do as I say.”

 

Her back stiffened but she didn’t protest, just unzipped her coat and shrugged it off into a wet, heavy lump on the ground. A thin blue shirt molded the feminine structure of her back and into the dip of her spine. Levi traced her curves with his gaze. She unbuttoned her shirt and pulled it back, but it clung to her shoulders. With one hand, he grasped the neckline and pulled it down…slowly, the tip of his middle finger making a trail over her damp skin as he slid the shirt off.

 

Stepping closer, Levi was torn over wanting to pull her cold body into the warmth of his chest. The rain beat staccato on the rocks above, the patter splashing into the wet ground. Tracing her white satiny bra across her back, he grinned as a violent shudder when through her. How easy would it be to rekindle the fire between them? Not just this—though her form was something he wanted to explore slowly, intimately—but her heart, her mind. To know her again, all of her—how sweet would it be?

 

Letting her shirt drop, Levi used both hands to unhook the bra and toss it aside. Her arms came across her chest, the quick glance she tossed over her shoulder cautious. Levi settled his flannel shirt over her shoulders, held it in place as she shakily slid into it.

 

He could tell that she was fumbling with the buttons, so he turned her to help. Slowly closing each button, thanks to his cold hands, he tried not to focus on the rise of her breasts beneath the fabric. Her chest went still and he swore she was holding her breath.

 

The chemistry was still there. Holy shit, was it still there, and he wanted to grab hold of it and see how far it went. How would he ever keep his shit together as she walked out of his life? Levi ran his palms over the tops of her shoulders, down her arms.

 

What if he asked her for a second chance?

 

What would she say?

 

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Okay, FINALLY a heroine that I can relate to.  Seriously, I can.  Carrie has diabetes just like me.  Of course, I was diagnosed over 3 years ago and had it when I was pregnant so I can relate to what you can and can not do.  It sucks sometimes, but you can figure it out and manage it, too.  Carrie did this but at what cost?  Coming home to a ranch that is on the brink, being told to stay away and not do anything because of her diabetes.  Trust me, I would be kicking and cussing at any and everyone that told me to stay away.

Enter her childhood friend and the love of her life Levi.  Talk about a wounded soul, literally and figuratively.  I loved how Ms. Otto wrote about his struggles coming home after being a Marine.  Sure he had a lot to overcome but what veteran doesn’t and Ms. Otto doesn’t dumb it down for her readers.  I felt what he felt and it made the story that much richer and deeper for me.  It always helped that he was still in love with Carrie but like any man, didn’t know how to tell her.

What really endeared me to the couple was that they both wanted the same thing…the ranch.  Plus, another one of my favorite tropes is explored here…second chance lovers.  Oh man, I love this trope.  If I had one gripe is that in the beginning there was bit much of the back story between Carrie and Levi that could have been introduced a bit more slowly within the story.  But that’s the one time acquisition intern in me.  Sorry.  That said, Ms. Otto knows her characters and it shows.  Very detailed and deep in emotion, you can’t help but be totally involved.  I honestly couldn’t put the book down.  I just HAD  to know how Ms. Otto was going to play out their story.

I haven’t read the other books in the series but I don’t feel that you have to read them in order to get this story.  I like when an author writes a series but closes each book with the HEA that I crave and can move on to the next one or go back to the beginning and not feel lost.  Plus, she wrote a heroine that has a real problem that a lot of people can relate to and understand.  Again, it made Carrie more real to me and I was invested in her and her relationship with Levi and her dad.

Bravo for Ms. Otto tackling real issues from both leads and having me care about them long before the book was over.  Plus, I would be lacking in the trope itself.  These characters have it BAD for each other after all these years but there’s nothing like a swift kick to get them to realize that they need each other more than they can even comprehend.  *head smack to both of them*  Of course, I love that lightbulb moment when it comes happen.  Again, it’s the sucker in me for the trope.

Don’t miss out on another great Indulgence book and I will definitely be on the look out for more from Ms. Otto in the future.

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About the Author: Elizabeth Otto grew up in a Wisconsin town the size of a postage stamp, where riding your horse to the grocery store, and skinny dipping after school were perfectly acceptable. No surprise that she writes about small communities and country boys. She’s the author of paranormal romance, and hot, emotional, contemporary romance, and has no guilt over frequently making her readers cry. When not writing, she works full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for a rural ambulance service. Elizabeth lives with her very own country boy and their three children in, shockingly, a small Midwestern town.
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Review of The Millionaire Daddy Project by Roxanne Snopek w/a $25 GC rafflecopter giveaway! @entangledpup @RoxanneSnopek #Giveaway

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By Roxanne Snopek

A Men of the Zodiac Novel

Sign: Leo

He takes control…and gives all kinds of pleasure

 

In the space of about a second, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now he’s the sole guardian of a very adorable and willful five-year-old child, and he’s counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat…

 

Pamela Atwater prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she’s there—pretending to ignore Dane’s golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. On vacation, however, Pamela sees a side of Dane she never imagined. And it’s a side that tempts her to cross the line between professional and personal. But is one month enough time to prove to Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?

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About the Author: Stories by Roxanne Snopek are a bit like her life: dramatic, emotional and messy, with dogs, cats and other critters usually underfoot. She believes that the best heroes are cowboys under the surface, even if they deny it. She lives in beautiful British Columbia with her hero of 25 years and whatever kids and pets happen to be around.

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“Hello?”

“Dani needs some, uh, personal help,” Dane said, without preamble. “How soon can you get here?”

Surprise left her momentarily speechless. Her boss rarely called her at home and never at such an hour. His voice was scratchy, gravelly, like he’d just gotten up. Or maybe hadn’t gone to bed at all. Like his hair might be mussed, and maybe he was shirtless, too. Definitely not The Great Dane Bergman.

She glanced down at her skimpy outfit and felt warmth flood her cheeks, as if somehow he could see her.

Which was crazy and inappropriate and just wrong.

“Is she okay?”

“Yes, yes,” he said. “She needs…a woman’s…help, that’s all.”

That initial stab of fear turned to irritation at his presumption. Whatever his crisis was, it was his. Not hers.

Pamela walked into her small kitchen and set the kettle on to boil. She wasn’t on the clock. He didn’t have the right to commandeer her personal time.

“Rough first night, I take it?”

“She’s alive.”

“And you?”

“Come on, Pam. I’m desperate here.” He tried for a laugh and that little pretense broke through her defenses. “I know I shouldn’t ask.”

“Never mind.” She sighed and turned off the kettle. Who was she kidding? “I’m on my way.”

She dressed in record time. When she arrived at his penthouse, he answered the door with a haggard expression and tight lips, ushering her through the door without a greeting. Not that she’d have been able to answer if he had. The man before her was not the polished, in-control Dane Bergman she knew. This man’s hair was a messy, golden tangle that flopped over his eyebrow. His strong chin was shadowed with stubble and the intimate scent of a body still warm from bed surrounded him. He had a shirt on, thank goodness, but it was a thin, soft T-shirt that revealed tan skin and well-defined muscles beneath. Fleece track pants hung low on his hips and his feet were bare.

An intriguing change from the boss image.

Not intriguing. Disturbing. How was she supposed to work with him at the office once she’d seen him like this? And why was he so nonchalant about it? It was as if it didn’t even occur to him that she might be affected, like she was “just Pam” so it didn’t matter if he greeted her half-dressed.

Well, if it doesn’t matter to him, then it doesn’t matter to me, either.

She tore her gaze away. Tell that to the jumping beans cavorting in my stomach.

“What’s the big emergency?” she asked.

“She’s in the bathroom.”

The jumping beans turned to firecrackers. “You called me here because she’s in the bathroom? I can’t believe—”

She whirled around.

He put his hands up, catching her shoulders, holding her in place. “She’s been in there a long time. I don’t know what she’s doing, and I’d like to keep it that way.”

Pamela pulled out of his grip and shook her head, ignoring the way his shirt shifted, revealing the taut belly beneath. Instead of making him seem more human, his state of undress and the strength of his hands underscored his power, his maleness.

Right. A helpless, willfully ignorant male, she told herself. He was using her.

But no. That wasn’t it. She also heard concern in his voice. Dane didn’t do things he wasn’t good at and he hated asking for help.

She sighed. “Not the way it works, Daddy. But I’ll help you out this time. Go make yourself some coffee. You look like you need it.”

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Sweet baby Jesus, where do I start on this one?  Hum…

Checklist:

1.  Major swoon worthy hero – check

2.  Smart heroine – check

3.  Perfect trope, secret baby w/a twist – check

4.  A child that was adorable, not annoying – check

5.  Emotions galore by all the characters – check

6.  Setting, can I go to the island? – check

7.  Another perfect trope, secretary/boss (that wasn’t contrived) – check

8.  Watching a grown man finally figure out that he is worthy and a good person – check

9.  A heroine that stuck to her guns and didn’t back down – check

10.  The perfect ending – check

So there is my top ten list of why you should read the book but now I’ll tell you why I LOVED it.

Dane is the perfect messed up millionaire.  Sure he had some the typical qualities of the millionaire but he wasn’t an *sshat.  He did treat people right from the beginning.  He didn’t use his status to get his way…well most of the time.  The protesters in the beginning I didn’t understand their role in the story but trust me they hold a HUGE part of the story but not until near the end.  Ms. Snopek absolutely nailed that plot point.  Plus, I love to read about a man that doesn’t have a clue about children.  And the scenes with Dani are priceless.  The bathroom scene where he has to call Pam…ROFL.

I can honestly say that this might be the first time that a millionaire actually treated his assistant with the upmost respect in a book.  Sure he was demanding but once he realized how much he truly did depend on Pamela, he made sure she knew about it.  Of course, it was almost too late but he did learn.  *snicker*  He never had any sexual or otherwise feelings towards Pamela until the island.  Again, it was refreshing that he wasn’t trying to get in her pants from the get go.  😉

Pamela was a breath of fresh air for me.  Smart, dedicated but at the same time not a doormat.  She gave back to Dane has much has he gave her.  It was a balanced relationship from the beginning but as you know, through sex in the mix and it gets complecated.  Oh how I loved the way these two came to together at the island.  It was unexpected for both of them but needed at the same time.  Pamela knew the score going in but did she really?  I really enjoyed watching Dane and Pamela fall in love with each other.  There wasn’t the usual angst, misunderstanding, etc.  Straight forward communication would have helped but then that would have been easy.

This is not my first book by Ms. Snopek and she is becoming a real favorite of mine.  She writes intelligent romance with the usual tropes but she puts a twist or two with them that really hooks me in.  I read this book during some down time at school when I was subbing.  I recommended to some of the teachers to read this book.  Once I read the blurb, some of them got on their tablets and bought the book.  They were sold on the blurb and of course, me gushing about Dane and Pamela.

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Happy Happy Release Day to Beyond Innocence (Beyond #6) by Kit Rocha w/a Kindle Giveaway & Beyond Volume 1 #kitrocha #giveaway

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For years, Jared has existed on the fringes of both Eden society and Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang. He travels between these worlds, protected by his money and power–money he earned selling his body, and power that comes from knowing secrets. He’s untouchable—until he starts a new life gathering intelligence for the O’Kanes.

Lili Fleming walked out of Sector Five with a gun, the bloodstained clothes on her back, and an icy determination to survive. She finds herself in a world where people live hard and love harder, and nothing’s more terrifying than how much the O’Kanes wake her up, make her feel—especially Jared.

Emotion is a risk he can’t afford, and a complication she doesn’t need. But neither can resist the lust simmering between them, and the sparks that could either melt the ice around both their hearts…or get them killed. Because the only thing more dangerous than loving an O’Kane is loving a spy.

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“So how long have you been spying for Dallas?”

Cruz’s casual words startled Jared enough to throw him off balance. He almost missed blocking the man’s next blow, and wood scraped over wood as their staffs collided.

Jared spun around and tried to recover his composure. As tactics went, this one was murderously lethal—throw out something shocking, as boldly as possible, then take advantage of your opponent’s distraction to strike your killing blow.

“You’re a good soldier,” he murmured, tightening his fingers around his weapon. The staff was solid red oak—deadly and perfectly balanced. “I bet you’re an even better interrogator.”

“Not really.” Cruz planted his staff on the floor and met Jared’s gaze squarely. “My psych evaluations were consistently disappointing. I’ve always been burdened with an overabundance of empathy. The Base has plenty of soldiers not operating with that particular handicap.”

“I’ll keep that in mind.” Wiping his face with his arm did fuck-all to clear Jared’s vision, because every inch of his bare skin was dripping with sweat. He could make it through a solid hour of forms, no problem, but sparring with Cruz was a far more intense workout. “What gave me away?”

“Nothing obvious.” Cruz shrugged one big shoulder. “I doubt anyone else will notice. But I know a lot of people inside Eden, so I hear the gossip. And I watch you.”

“Good to know.” He made a rush, swinging one end of his staff up toward Cruz’s unprotected side. Cruz pivoted smoothly, his block effortless, his movements lazy as he flipped into a counterattack that pushed Jared back.

His next words were just as casual, just as easy. “I haven’t talked to Dallas about it. I figured if he wanted me to know, he’d have told me. Unless something was stopping him.”

“Not letting it go? Fine.” Jared tossed his staff aside with a sigh, and it clattered to the floor. “Ace can’t find out. That needs to be a promise.”

Cruz hesitated only a moment before nodding. “The fewer who know, the safer you are. But I need to know. If something goes wrong, I’m the one most likely to be able to get you out.”

“Bren’s on it.”

“Bren doesn’t have my connections.”

“Really, now?” So, quiet Cruz was the one with the friends in high places. “I’m impressed.”

“I can’t use them for information, not the kind Dallas needs. But if you get in trouble…” Cruz’s expression stayed serious. “Don’t underestimate how far I’ll go to protect Ace’s heart.”

Not just a promise, but a warning. “You took the words right out of my mouth. Which is why you need to stay the fuck out of it.”

“I’m not going to trip you up at fancy parties—or your new club. But you need to check in with us regularly.” Cruz swept up Jared’s abandoned staff and tossed it to him. “And I need to make sure you can kill a man with whatever’s handy.”

“Your newest project, huh?”

“I don’t want to get too soft living in all that O’Kane luxury.”

It wasn’t the high living on Dallas’s compound that was bringing out all of Cruz’s latent protective instincts—and that was exactly what this was, no matter how he tried to spin it. No, it was all that time he’d spent curled up between Ace and Rachel.

Caring. Once you let go and let yourself do it, it got to be a habit.

Jared kept his mouth shut for a few minutes, focusing instead on the careful coordination of his breathing and his muscles and the weapon in his hands, all moving in concert. But the words spilled forth anyway.

“It’s not so different,” he panted. “In my bedroom, or in a bar. Half the time, all I do is wait for them to say things they already want to say.” That much he understood now—the compulsion born of secrecy, how silence was its own sort of prison. The relief that came with being able to tell someone, anyone, all those things you were supposed to keep locked up.

“People want to be heard.” Cruz wasn’t as breathless, but he wasn’t moving so smoothly now, either. He blocked Jared’s advance only inches from his ribs and broke away to regain space to maneuver. “The bar’s a good idea. Eden’s elite are getting bored and reckless.”

Bored was one of Jared’s longstanding clients tripling her number of monthly visits. Reckless was the time she brought two friends with her, both the wives of powerful, devout men. Of true believers.

Bored and reckless. Separately, they made people dangerous. But together? Bored and reckless had toppled empires.

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HARLIE IS GIVING AWAY ONE EBOOK COPY OF BEYOND VOLUME ONE.  Peeps, I have to admit that I don’t like urban fantasy/dystopian and I love this series.  Kit Rocha nailed it.  Literally.  *snicker*  Be prepared some of it is not for the faint of heart but the world that they have created is none that I’ve ever read and every book is on my keeper shelf.  You won’t be sorry.  Just leave a comment about your favorite urban fantasy series that I should be reading.  That’s it.  I’ll draw a winner in 10 days.  Good luck!

 

 

Happy Release Day to Marissa Dobson’s Lucky Chance (Marine for You #1)

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Series: Marine for You Book One

Author: Marissa Dobson

Release Date: May 19, 2015

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Lucky Diamond has always put his cooking skills to use for the men he served with, bringing a touch of home to the bases. But when he is ordered to take part in a cooking competition to benefit wounded Marines, he wishes he had kept his talent a secret.

Madison North is a public relations expert who has been hired to make the public realize there is more to the military than just war and training. She took the job to get away from one of the biggest mistakes of her life, but it just might lead her to another one she didn’t see coming.

Weeks together throw two former lovers into a tough situation. Their feelings still burn within them, but their lives have pulled them in different directions. Can this time together convince them their love is worth a second chance?

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With his long legs stretched out in front of him, Gunnery Sergeant Lucky Diamond sat in front of his Sergeant Major’s desk, unable to believe what he had just heard. He tried to focus his attention on the stack of papers on the corner of the desk, and hide his disapproval from his Sergeant Major because that would only make things worse. If Sergeant Major Dillon Graves knew Lucky didn’t want to do what was at hand, then he’d make damn sure there were more unpleasant duties in the future. Marines followed orders, no matter how nasty they might be.

“It’s customary for you to say something once your Sergeant Major gives you orders, not just sit there like a damn bump on a log.” Dillon clasped his hands on the desk before him and watched Lucky.

“Yes, Sergeant Major.” He wasn’t sure how he managed that without any sarcasm in his voice.

“You’ll do it then?”

Lucky wanted to scream hell no, that he wasn’t going to take part in a military cook-off no matter what it benefited, but his Sergeant Major would have the final say. It was best to keep his mouth closed until he knew what his orders were. “Are my orders to take part in this charity cook-off?”

“Yes.” Dillon leaned back in his chair. “You’re our best chance of winning.”

“Isn’t there something my time could be better spent on? A volunteer deployment? Crash test dummy? Target for shooting practice?”

About Marissa Dobson…

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She’s a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.

Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He’s her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night.

Her writing buddies Cameron (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to her bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they are helpful in their own ways.

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Happy Release Day to My So Called Life (Love Not Included #3) by J.D. Hollyfield w/a Kindle giveaway!

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My So Called Life
by J.D. Hollyfield
Love Not Included #3
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance

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Life couldn’t be any brighter for art dealer Christina Daniels. At the top of her career, she has no problem flaunting just how perfect her little world has become.

When tragedy strikes back home, Christina is forced to put everything on hold to return back to a past she’s tried so hard to escape. Including a love she regrets letting go.

Ian Whitman has only one regret and it was letting his first love walk out of his life. Now that she’s returned, his heart won’t give her up twice without a fight.

As secrets are revealed, can Ian soothe her heart while convincing her that a place she tried so hard to run away from is the place she’s destined to stay?

Will love get a second chance in the face of tragedy?

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J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.