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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of The Army Ranger’s Surprise (the Men of At-Ease Ranch) by Donna Michaels! @Donna_Michaels @entangledpub @MissRiki

About the book:

 

Army brat Kaydee Wagner gets twitchy if she stays in one place for too long. But when her grandfather needs someone to stay with him for a bit and his home needs a lot of repairs, she steps up to the plate. 

Lucky for her, help arrives from their neighbor’s gorgeous grandson, former Army Ranger Leo Reed. 

Leo’s desperate to rise above his dark past and enjoy life again. He’s already made a lot of progress, so when the woman he can’t stop thinking about needs a handyman, he volunteers. But after a very…wet incident involving deadly dance moves and a wayward sink hose, their clothes hit the floor faster than a stack of tile. 

He doesn’t want forever—that would mean revealing his past, which he’s not ready to do. She only wants right now, because any other option would require sticking around. 

And then Kaydee discovers she’s pregnant.

 

Purchase Link: https://entangledpublishing.com/the-army-ranger-s-surprise.html

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40519031-the-army-ranger-s-surprise

 

Excerpt:

 

Kaydee,” he said again, but this time he reached out to lightly touch her shoulder.

Letting out a startled cry, she turned toward him with the sprayer still in her hand. Water immediately pelted his face and the side of his head with the force of a mini power washer, blasting his flesh with a shock of heat that ran down his neck and chest. Luckily, it was only hot and not scalding.

“Oh my God, Leo!” She dropped the sprayer, then shut off the water with one hand and yanked her earbuds out with the other. “Are you okay?

“Yeah. I needed a good soaking.” He slicked back his wet hair and grinned. “No harm done.”

But apparently, she chose not to listen, because she grabbed a nearby dish towel and started to mop the wetness from his face and chest. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t hear you come in.”

“I know.”

She stilled, and her gaze slowly rose to meet his. “Oh, crap. Exactly how long were you in here?”

Loving the flush of color that swept up into her cheeks, he decided to tease her a little more. “Long enough to know you’d be dangerous on the dance floor.”

“Yeah, to others.” Her blush increased. “Oh God, I can’t believe you saw that.”

Before he could reply, she dropped her forehead on his chest, and her whole body shook as she laughed.

The unexpected move and feel of her soft curves brushing his body removed all traces of teasing from his mind. He always wondered how she’d feel in his arms, and now he knew, even if—technically—he didn’t have his arms around her. Yet. Because he could. It’d be so easy. So damn easy. All he had to do was put his hands on her back.

But that would be playing with fire, and he didn’t want her to get burned.

“I can’t believe I got you soaking wet.” She drew back and started mopping his shirt with the towel again. “I’m so sorry.”

Thankful for the reprieve, he went back to teasing. “No harm done. I won’t melt.”

She snickered and continued to dry him off, but her nearness and press of her fingers weren’t doing his libido any good, so he placed his hand over hers to stop her movements.

Big mistake.

Before, at least a wet shirt had separated their skin. Not now. His palm covered her hand, and the feel of her soft, warm skin kicked his pulse into gear.

Once again, their gazes met, but this time mortification and teasing were no longer present, just a raw, untamed attraction. It posed a danger big enough to rival her lethal dance moves.

Her gaze dropped to his mouth, and Leo’s heart rocked in his chest. A sensation he hadn’t felt in years. Leave it to Kaydee to induce the movement. It was strange. He knew he should back away, but he didn’t. Couldn’t. It felt as if his whole body was coming alive, and until that moment, he hadn’t realized how truly out of touch with life he’d been the past few years. Perhaps always.

I read a ton of Entangled books and I have loved them all but this series is the one that has stuck with me the most.  I just get it.  Men coming back from horrific situations and not knowing how to deal with it.  The ranch is their safe place when they get back.  They are not judged, talked down to but more importantly, they are allowed to heal within themselves with the help of their “other” brothers in arms.  Plus, there is a cow.  I just love LuluBelle.

Leo and Kaydee are that couple that waited forever for their story.  Leo has held a special place in my heart for a while.  I loved watching his story unfold.  Guilt and not being able really let go of his past, Kaydee is just the person to free him of that.  Kaydee has her own set of issues but I always felt like hers wasn’t as significant as Leo.  I understood that she moved around a bunch but when she decided to stay with her grandfather, I knew that she was rooted.

Their romance is hot and heavy but also very sweet.  They “get” each other from the beginning and the admission that Kaydee makes, in the end, is not only an OMG moment for Leo but also for the reader.  I never saw that coming but it also solidified their relationship.  The unexpected pregnancy is just a bonus.  Even without it, I knew they’d make it.  Of course, the way Cole, Brick, and the others surround Leo in the end is just darn swoon-worthy.

The cow.  OMG, the cow is back.  Poor Jovy.  She just can’t catch a break when it comes to LuluBelle.  It’s just the amount of humor that the book needs when things get too serious.  I will miss this special group of men and the women that finally break through.  More communities need At Ease in their towns.  It would help so many that don’t get the help they need.

 

About Donna Michaels:

 

I live in Northeast Pa where we experience all four seasons, although, I wouldn’t mind hanging onto summer a bit more and winter a bit less. I’m married to a career military man; we have four wonderful children, and an assortment of rescued cats. Never a dull moment in my household! 

I’m excited to say I’m an award winning, NYT & USA Today Bestselling author multi-published in eBook and print. I write from sweet to hot, short to epic and anything in between. You can find the ratings and length next to the book on my website. 

I’m self-published and published through Entangled Publications, Kindle Worlds, The Wild Rose Press, Whimsical Publications, and Amazon Publications in their AmazonEncore Imprint. And one of my books is being translated into Japanese and hand drawn into MANGA!

 

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Happy Book Birthday and ARC #Review of Knuckle Down (the Cursed Ravens #2) by Chantal Fernando! @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando #contemporaryromance

 

 

Title: Knuckle Down
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 9, 2018
Blurb
A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.
As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.
But what he’ll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold
his heart forever. That is, until he meets the cousin of another biker’s old lady.
Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, dresses well, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.
But when a scandal at her newspaper breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles, will she walk away for good? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?

 

 

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What can I say?  Ms. Fernando is one of my favorite authors.  And to think I’m actually enjoying reading MC books, too.  Thank you, Ms. Fernando.  While this book is about a member of the MC, she still doesn’t tell us exactly what they do.  Okay, so we know one thing but none of the bad stuff.  And I’m okay with that.  I don’t need that.  I need the characters, the conflict and more importantly, the romance.
I have to say, Knuckles intrigued me from the start.  A club member with kids and a soft spot for his president’s daughter.  Her “bestie” at best.  I loved Erin in the first book and she just proves how much she has grown in this one.  I also liked seeing Gage going on a date, too.  But let’s back up for a moment.  This book is about Celina, not Erin.  I liked Celina from the start.  She’s the polar opposite of Knuckles, at first, and then sooner than later, I can see the similarities between them.
I loved how Celina really fought her attraction to Knuckles in the beginning.  We got a sweet romance between them, too.  Ms. Fernando knows how to write a sweet but sexy romance between her characters.  Yes, her formula is simple but just when you thought everything was great, she always manages to throw a HUGE wrench in the story.  I never saw it coming and that’s what I love about her writing.  Nothing is set in stone until the last word is read.
I know that I’m a newbie to MC books but Ms. Fernando doesn’t write them with all the details.  Her books are romantic, heartfelt and above all, about the characters.  Do yourself a favor and start reading them.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Releasing August 6, 2018

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Chantal loves to hear from readers.

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#Review of Under the Radar (a High Stakes novel) by Dee. J. Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @DeeJAdams

Under the Radar

by Dee J. Adams

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Two brothers. Two best friends. One robbery gone wrong.

With a court date looming, a near-fatal car accident, and a house invasion, the four surviving witnesses to an armed robbery know they are targets. In a desperate attempt to stay safe, they take matters into their own hands and go off the grid a week before the trial.

Danny St. John was stuck in a dark place of guilt and regret after a personal tragedy. On the run from violent criminals, he is forced to spend time with the one woman who makes him feel too much. Victoria Lopez needs to protect her heart, but she also misses the guy Danny used to be and thinks she might be able to bring him back. Now, evading gunmen together in Sequoia National Forest, Vic will risk everything to keep Danny safe.

Eric St. John isn’t a big fan of his sister-in-law-to-be, Zoe Turner. Sure, she’s beautiful, but also bossy and brash. When Eric and Zoe are forced to rely on each other for survival, he sees a side to Zoe he never anticipated, a side he definitely likes. But as the two grow closer, so do the men hunting them down.

Time nearly runs out as each couple must not only brave the perils of the wilderness and their growing feelings for each other, but also outwit their pursuers in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Excerpt One:

Something moved in the bushes just outside the window in the corner of the room. Zoe’s pulse leapt as she sat up in bed.

“Did you hear that?” Vic whispered almost soundlessly.

“I thought you were sleeping.” Zoe’s voice wasn’t much louder.

“Tried. Not successful.”

They heard the tiniest scrap on the glass and both of them bolted out of bed. “Stuff the pillow under the blankets,” Zoe ordered softly. “Shoes,” she said next as she grabbed her flats. Before they could leave the room, an explosion of sound came from the front of the house and Zoe swung Vic into the closet, followed her in, and shut the door as the window in their room blasted apart. Seconds later, heavy footsteps crunched over broken glass.

Fear and nausea erupted in Zoe’s gut like a geyser. Grunts and thuds coming from the hallway marked the sounds of a fight and she held her breath, waiting for someone to pull open the door. She’d pulled Vic into a death trap by jamming them into this closet.

Bullets erupted outside the door and Zoe slapped a hand over her mouth to hold back a scream. The noise stopped and long tense seconds passed as Zoe and Vic stared at each other, the whites of Vic’s eyes clear in the dark. Before Zoe knew what happened, Vic slammed the door open and pounced on the man in front of them, putting him in a chokehold while hanging onto his back. It was the same thing Casey had done when she’d fought off her ex last year. The gun bounced on the floor and Zoe scrambled to reach it, her hands shaking and breath billowing in and out of her lungs.

Good jeez…what a ride.  Where has Ms. Adams been all of my life?  This is my first read from her but not my last.  I definitely will be snatching up the other 3 books in this series.  And no worries about missing anything.  This book stood alone.  And while everyone knows that romantic suspense is my all time favorite.  Ms. Adams does not disappoint in this area at all.  Nope.  I was holding my breath during a couple of parts.

What kinda left me meh were the romances in the book.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Zoe and Eric.  Danny and Victoria were good, too.  But I felt like the romance felt a bit off since we were dealing with two completely different romantic couples and their time on the page was split when it came to that aspect.  I honestly felt like the friendship were much stronger in the book than the romance.  Danny is the one character that I felt the sorriest for.  You just have to read the beginning of the book to feel that and I thought his grief was plausible and the guilt he felt realistic.  Zoe was a trip.  Eric uptight and Victoria at times, a tease but together, on the run, they were unstoppable.

The action in this book is some of the best I’ve ever read.  I really felt like I was in a movie just watching it unfold.  Ms. Adams does a great job of putting you right there with her characters and the thing that impressed me most was the attention to detail in her settings.  In most suspense stories, personal hygiene etc. is mostly left out but Ms. Adams puts it in there so that we can see that her characters have the same concerns that we do.  The plot is extremely plausible, realistic and made for an awesome read.

Again, I’m kicking myself that I haven’t read Ms. Adams before.  Her pacing is fantastic, the characters she writes are real people and the situations that she puts them in keeps you turning the page for more.  Don’t be like me and skip this book or author.  Trust me, you’ll kick yourself later.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After graduating high school in Texas, Dee J. moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television and worked behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms.  Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “Just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel.  Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) Her experience in show business led to her narrating many of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way, with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls. She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.

 

Author links:

Website: http://deejadams.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/DeeJAdams

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Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/DeeJAdams

 

Under the Radar book links:

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Radar-High-Stakes-Book-ebook/dp/B07CKHRMFQ/

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/under-the-radar/id1375727139?

 

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-the-radar-dee-j-adams/1128543190

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/under-the-radar-22

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Dee J. Adams will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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