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Her One-Night Prince

BLURB:
Her One-Night Prince is a Cinderella story about a woman’s dream to be something she’s not for just one night at her class reunion.

As all fairy tales go, however, happy endings don’t come easily.

Shy and sheltered Lydia St. Clair is uncomfortable around men, so she advertises for a gay man to be her date and revamp her style. Mitch Gannon answers Lydia’s ad and he’s perfect for the job–he’s handsome and, even more important, he’s charming.

Unbeknownst to Lydia, Mitch is straight and answered the ad as the unwitting victim of a practical joke. Before he can reveal the truth, Lydia is convinced he’s her fairy godmother, ready to transform her into the belle of the ball. And Mitch, prince that he is, doesn’t have the heart to set her straight.

EXCERPT:

With a firm hand against her upper back, Mitch propelled Lydia out of the bar and out the door. She peered back through the windows and could just make out that waitress standing behind the bar and staring out at them.
“She’s beautiful,” she said, turning back to Mitch. Something about that woman signaled a déjà vu of sorts in her mind, but she couldn’t quite put a finger on it.
“Who? Edwina?” He glanced into the pub. “Yeah, she is.”
Edwina’s showstopping figure and stunning looks caused Lydia to self-consciously smooth back her boring, pulled-tight-into-a-bun-as-usual hair. She couldn’t imagine a woman like Edwina ever advertising in the gay personals. She couldn’t imagine Edwina making a boob of herself by assuming Mitch worked at a gay bar.
With the heel of her palm, she bonked herself in the side of the head a few times. “Just shoot me, will you?”
Mitch pulled her hand away from her head. “You’re too hard on yourself, Lydia.”
For a moment she zeroed in on the feeling of his large, warm hand holding hers. It felt good, like it belonged there, which was a crazy thought. Reality returned, and she pulled her hand from his grasp.
“What in the world was I thinking?” she asked. Her skin burned from embarrassment, or the heat of summer, or his touch…or all the above.
“It’s understandable you’d assume I worked at a gay bar. I mean, you think I…er…”
She waved her hand back and forth. “No, no. That was just plain stupidity. What I meant was, I had this grand notion of you helping me out and transforming me into the belle of the ball. You know, Queer Eye my style or something.” She wrapped her arms around herself despite the warm air and strode down the alley. If a sinkhole opened up in front of her, she’d gladly fall into it.
He jogged up beside her as they reached the sidewalk. “I don’t know about the clothing and hair stuff,” he said, “but I could certainly give you advice on men.” He cleared his throat and coughed. “I mean, since I’m a, ah, man.”
“That’s okay. It was a dumb idea. Besides, I don’t want advice on men. It would be pointless.” She pulled black-framed sunglasses from her purse and exchanged them for her regular glasses to block the blinding glare off the sidewalk.
Mitch didn’t respond right away, so she knew he silently agreed with her. Finally, he asked, “Why would it be pointless?”
She had about a million reasons. “It just would be.”

Review:

Where you the kid that everyone made fun of growing up?  Were you not part of the cool crowd?  Lydia was the kid that everyone made fun of at school.  When she receives the invitation to her class reunion she decides that she is going.  She’s needs a makeover and decides to advertise for a man, a gay man, to help her with her transformation.  What she gets is a very straight, sexy and great guy in Mitch.  

Mitch is the guy that you want to date, marry and generally hang out with on a daily basis.  Problem is that he doesn’t directly answer the ad, he friend Hal does.  When Mitch realizes what Lydia wants from him, he can’t deny her.  He instantly likes her and wants to help with her transformation.  What Mitch didn’t count on was falling in love with her.

Lydia is definitely a fish out of water.  She really does have a heart of gold and a great girl.  She just has no self confidence with herself.  Lydia is a character that is instantly likable and you are totally rooting for her.  She has the self confidence but it takes some bumps and bruises with Mitch for her to realize that.


I loved this book.  The secondary characters are brilliant in the fact that they enhance the story and make Lydia and Mitch step back and take a breath.  Its a sensual book and you can feel the chemistry from Lydia and Mitch’s first meeting.  Lydia is a girl that I was in high school in some respects.  She is always a person that I would have been friends with and defended to the mean girls.  Mitch didn’t know what to really think of Lydia at first, but he soon realized that he couldn’t be without her.  


I highly recommend Her One Night Prince for anyone that was the “made fun of kid” in school or the kid that did the teasing.  You might learn something from one another. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rebecca Clark has wanted to write romance novels since she read her first Harlequin Romance at age 11. When she’s not writing, she works as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor, where she teaches Pilates, Turbokick®, Zumba®, and yoga. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 24 years, two kids, a German Shepherd beast who thinks he’s a lap dog, two cats, two rats and a gecko. In her not-so-abundant free time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching Criminal Minds reruns on TV, and doing absolutely nothing.

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Reviews

Shattered Dreams by Anna James-review

 Blurb:

 The second story in the Bradford Sisters Trilogy

Natalie and Reed seemed so happy when they got married just a few short months ago, but an unexpected pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage throw their marriage into turmoil.

Natalie deals with the loss by burying herself in work. Reed is supportive but doesn’t understand why she is spending so much after-hours time with her handsome, sexy boss. And what about their dream of having a family? How can that happen when with each passing day Natalie becomes more distant?

Will Reed and Natalie find a way to work things out, or will all their dreams be shattered?

 Review:

This book completely blew me out of the water.  This is the second Bradford Sisters book and it surpassed the first book with its emotional intensity and honest feelings around a subject that is considered taboo.  Miscarriages are hard, not just on the woman but also on the man.  Natalie deals with her feelings by working on a charity ball and ignoring Reed.  Reed doesn’t know how to deal with it and when Natalie shuts him out, it just gets worse.  Thinking that buying a lake house will spur something with Natalie; it backfires as she gets more and more involved with her work.  Plus, it doesn’t help matters when Reed re-hires an old assistant that had moved away.

Wow, just wow.  This book had me from the first page and never let go.  I read it in one sitting and waited a couple of days before I reviewed it.  I’m still thinking about it and yes, it still has a hold on me.  The subject matter alone is something that should be talked about.  The book starts off with Nat and Reed seemingly in love and in sync with each other.  Once the miscarriage happens, the marriage seems to be on the rocks.  While Reed is supportive at first, the long hours, dinners and ultimately the pictures that are taken between Natalie and her boss are more than Reed can take.  When confronted with the photos, Natalie retreats further into her work and defends it.  Meanwhile, Reed is fighting off a very amorous assistant that has her sights on Reed.  She has been in love with Reed since the first time she worked for him. 

The ending is perfect.  While this is the second book in a series, it does stand alone.  I do, however, recommend that you read Guilty as Charged which is Nicole’s story.  It only enhances Shattered Dreams and you get to visit old characters to see what has happened to them. 

Ms. James has written a series that is tough to put down.  She writes with an emotional intensity that is felt when you open the book and it doesn’t let go.  Ms. James takes a taboo topic and brings it to the forefront and begs you to talk about it.  I wait impatiently for the third and final book of the series.

5 Harlies and a recommended read

Reviews

Straight to the Heart by Samantha Hunter-review

Straight to the Heart

Back of the Book

U.S. Marshal Joanna Wyatt has to make her witness protection detail work even though the witness doesn’t know he’s being protected. Posing as a down-on-her-luck waitress at Ben Callahan’s Texas roadhouse, she’ll be able to keep a close eye on the man, which is no hardship. Falling into bed with the insanely sexy former navy SEAL with the rodeo swagger and whiskey-colored eyes is not the problem. The problem is he doesn’t believe he’s a target!

Ben’s been in plenty of dicey situations before, so he’s not worried. What does worry him, however, is the sexy waitress he can’t seem to keep his hands off of. He knows it’s not the right time to get involved. Still, the heat between them is irresistible, inevitable.

But as their guards go down, danger draws closer….

Review:

As most people that really know me, this review should be a piece of cake, right?  Harlequin book?  Check.  Blaze imprint?  Check.  Samantha Hunter?  Check.  Forming the words that will have you running out to buy this book based on my review?  Sort of.  I know you’re thinking that the review will be bad but in reality, it will be good.  J  It’s just hard to form the words other than this book rocks…

When US Marshal Joanna Wyatt was assigned to be undercover to make sure a witness testified at a trial in three weeks, she wasn’t exactly happy about it.  Joanna is a field agent; she catches and brings them.  One mistake on her last assignment has sidelined her to undercover work for now.  Ben Callahan is a former Navy SEAL that is on the rodeo circuit.  Ben ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time and witnesses a murder.  He declines any kind of witness protection, so without his knowledge, the US Marshals send in Joanna as his new waitress.

What I didn’t expect from Joanna was her straightforwardness to the job and her view on relationships.  Growing up without a mother should have done a wonder on her but it only makes her stronger.  She had the love and affection of her dad and Jarrod.  What Joanna lacks in relationship is her ability to believe that she can actually have one.  She’s no wall flower but upon meeting Ben, she can’t resist the urge and when she gets into too deep, she flees.

Ben has never had used a target in any mission for sex.  But he is finding it hard to resist Joanna.  When the danger comes home, he tries to protect Joanna but Joanna is the one that ends up protecting him and his family.  This does not sit well with him at first but finally admits that he and his family need her.

In most Blaze books, the secondary characters are only meant to be supporting but Charlie and Lisa are much more than that.  Charlie is an old friend of Ben’s and Lisa works at Ben’s bar.  Charlie and Lisa are an integral part of the plot and provide much more than the usual friendship and shoulder to cry on.  Ms. Hunter did a very nice job with them and I’m hoping for a book about them in the future.  Hint, hint.

Straight to the Heart by Samantha Hunter is one the best Blaze books that I have read, if ever.  She hits all the things in a book that I like.  Romance, friendship, loyalty, hawt sex, intense emotions and the ability to weave a suspense element that doesn’t over power the story.  Joanna and Ben didn’t have any big hang ups going into the relationship but you feel the emotions that surface that neither one of them have experienced.

Just remember this isn’t your grandmother’s nor your mother’s Harlequin.  J 

I read Joanna’s brother’s book, Hard to Resist, so I had a little background on her family and her line of work.  (Check out Jarrod and Lacey’s book…it’s hot and extremely good)

I highly, highly recommend Straight to the Heart to anyone.  Yes, anyone.  It’s that good. 

5 Harlies and a recommended read