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Title: Little Secrets: His Pregnant Secretary
Series: The McNeill Magnates #4
Author: Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Release Date: December 1, 2017

 

Blurb
The boss’s baby bargain…
 
Becoming a father was never part of Jager McNeill’s plan, until the heat between him and his luscious assistant turned into searing passion. Now Delia Rickard is carrying his baby. After growing up without a father, Jager’s determined to be there for his child. And marriage would ensure that. But despite their chemistry, Delia’s unwilling to marry for anything less than love.
 
A trip with Jager to Manhattan could change all that. For in this enchanting city ablaze with Christmas lights, romance begins to blossom. And a kiss under the mistletoe just might turn into lasting love.

 

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Excerpt
“Are you okay, Delia?” The voice in her ear was familiar; she’d heard it nearly every day for the past year, even if she hadn’t seen the man in person for weeks on end.
Her boss.
Jager McNeill.
“Fine,” she spluttered, the word ending in a cough. Of course, it was foolish to be embarrassed since she had dived in the water to save a child. And yet, it still felt terribly awkward to be caught with her dress up around her waist today of all days when she’d wanted to make the perfect professional impression. Also, she’d scratched him.
Coughed all over him. If she hadn’t had a crush on him once upon a time, maybe she wouldn’t be tingling from head to toe right now in spite of everything. But she feared if she tried to swim away from him to escape all the feelings, she just might drown. She was surprised to notice how far she’d drifted from the dock in her search. Behind
them, she noticed the transport skiff that Cyril had sent out to meet Jager’s seaplane. Jager must have been arriving at the same time she’d jumped into the water.
“Hold onto my shoulders,” he told her, shifting their positions in the water so he faced her. “I’ll tow you to the dock.”
Nose to nose with him, Delia stared up into his steel-blue eyes. She thought she’d gotten used to his good looks in the past two years that they’d known each other. His dark hair and sharp, shadowed jaw made for enticing contrasts to those incredibly blue eyes. His hair had grown longer in the past months, as if barber visits were the last thing on his mind. But the way the damp strands curled along the strong column of his neck only added to the appeal.
This close, she had the benefit of sensing the wealth of muscle in his athletic body where he held her. Feeling the flush of heat course through her, she ducked deeper into the cold water to hide her reaction to him. 
“I can make it.” Shaking her head, she scattered droplets from her wet hair. “I just needed to catch my breath.”
She attempted to paddle away, but Jager only gripped her tighter. Oh. My. Feeling the warmth of his chest through their clingy clothes roused an ache she should not be feeling for her boss. Adding to the problem, the strapless bra she’d been wearing had shifted lower on her rib cage where it did absolutely no good.
“Humor me,” he ordered her, his voice as controlled as his movements. “You’re exhausted and dry land is farther away than it looks.” He took one of her hands and placed it
on his right shoulder. Then, turning away from her, he very deliberately set her other hand on his left shoulder. 
He began to swim toward the dock with measured strokes, towing her along behind him. Water lapped over them in light waves. She felt every ripple of his muscles under her palms as the light waves swished over them. She debated fishing one hand down her dress to haul up her bra before they reached land, but decided the potential scolding from Jager if she let go of him wasn’t worth it. So she clung to him and gritted her teeth against the friction of her pebbled breasts rubbing against his back. By now he had to be as keenly aware of her as she was of him.
The only positive of this awkward reunion? Any anxiety she had about talking business with him was utterly eclipsed by physical awareness. So when they reached land, she clamped onto the dock, evenly met his blue gaze and said, “I definitely deserve a raise.”
Ever read a series and can’t wait for the next book to come out?  Yep, this is that series for me.  I’ll never forget when Ms. Rock offered me the first book in the series (Quinn’s book) and asked me to review it.  Oh.My.Gosh.  I was completely hooked.  Then we get to Cam’s book (#3) and at the last 1/4 of it, we are told that there are 3 more McNeill’s to drool over and read about.  I waited with bated breath when it came to reading about the others.  And trust me, Ms. Rock does not disappoint.  Next month, I get to drool over Damon’s story next.  In fact, we get a bit of the backstory about him and what has happened.  *sigh*
So now we have the “beginning” of the “other” McNeills.  *sigh*  This trio is going to be even more interesting and feisty that Quinn, Ian, and Cam…if that’s possible.  Of course, we get a trope that I liked.  Boss/Assistant/Accidental Pregnancy but with Delia and Jager it’s much more than that.  As Jager’s assistant, Delia doesn’t see him much.  In fact, it’s been at least a year since they have seen each other so the scene above is priceless.  These two have a work history but the romance part is so new to both of them.  In fact, in the beginning, I couldn’t get into it but eventually, Jager had me believing in his true feelings for Delia.  These two at major “daddy” issues and it affected how they saw marriage and especially with a baby on the way.  I loved how Ms. Rock brought a resolution to Delia’s issue but we are not done with Jager at all.  *spoiler alert *  That’s the whole story ARC between the six books.  😉
What sold me about their relationship is how Delia was able to get Jager to go to New York and at least meet with his “other” brothers.  I especially liked how the other girls were there for Delia from the beginning.  They had all been there before, so they knew.  And Malcolm is just great.  Of course, Cam at the gate of his estate on the island is hilarious and trust me, only Cam could get away with it.  That’s when I knew that Ms. Rock sold me on Jager, Damon, and Gabe.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out with all six of the brothers.
Ms. Rock cannot write a bad book.  I’ve been reading her since her early, early Harlequin days (remember Spice?  She wrote some historical shorts for that line and yes, I still have them on my old Nook)  Plus, regardless of the trope, I always believe in the story.  I might have had a bit of trouble in the beginning but once the story really started moving, I was sold.  Bring the rest of the brothers.   However, I will be really sad when it’s all over.  I miss the lugs already.
Author Bio
Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her
life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann.

When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 
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His Baby Dilemma
(Shores of Indian Lake #9)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Must they always be continents apart?

Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him.

Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news. Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay.

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Okay, I’m just going to say it.  This is Ms. Lanigan’s best book.  Yes, best book.  If you can get past the awesome cuteness on the cover, the inside is pretty spectacular also.  Don’t get me wrong, all of her books are good but this one stands out; especially for the line that it is written for.  Let me explain:

  1.  The plot is pretty standard but what Ms. Lanigan does with it is brilliant.  The hero, Mica, is physically wounded and reading about how it doesn’t deal with and then deals with it is relatable.  Sure he wallows in pity but once he realizes that he is a father, the light bulb comes in and makes for some pretty funny scenes with the baby.
  2. Gorilla Tape – I was having flashbacks during this scene.  When our son broke his wrist, my husband used zip ties to put the plastic bag on his arm so our son could take a bath.  Needless to say, they were cutting off the blood flow and my husband panicked.  Our son thought it was hilarious.
  3. Grace is a strong woman.  She never comes off as weak unless she is kissing Mica.  😉  But what sets her apart is that even though her life is in Paris, she realizes what she has missed with her life.  Friends, family and a sense of calmness that she doesn’t get in Paris.
  4. The clothes in the closet.  Oh my, I would still give my right arm for a Chanel dress.  My grandmother used to dress in couture and I still have some of the pieces that she wore before she died.  Can I wear them?  Nope, but I do like to take them out and touch them every now and again.  Plus, who wouldn’t kill for a closet like that?
  5. The Barzonni family.  I just love them as a whole and it was nice to hear Mrs. Barzonni’s true feelings about what love means to her and how it shaped her life and her children.  She doesn’t mince words with Mica and he needed to hear it.
  6. While the plot is standard in places, Ms. Lanigan’s writing and ability to make us feel for Mica and Grace and what is holding them back is great.  These two will frustrate you because they are so in love with each other and won’t admit it.  Plus, add in their stubbornness and it made for great reading.
  7. This book is very fast paced.  Usually, Heartwarming stories have a slower pace but not this one.  This story grabs you from the beginning and then before you know it, its over.  I don’t like when I book this good is over.  I actually read it in one sitting.

I know that a “sweet” book isn’t for everyone but you really need to read Ms. Lanigan’s books.  This is a second chance romance and it was fun watching Mica and Grace dance around each other, try to be parents and fall back in love with each other.  Overall, this is the best book in the series and her best book…PERIOD!  Pick it up and you’re welcome.

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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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A Family for Christmas
(Where Secrets Are Safe #13)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

A second chance for Joy

While recovering at a remote cabin, Dr. Simon Walsh stumbles across Cara Amos. Injured and left for dead, Cara is harboring dark secrets. Yet Simon can’t help falling for his mysterious patient. As her memory returns and her injuries fade under his gentle care, he vows to help her find her missing daughter.

At The Lemonade Stand shelter, managing director Lila McDaniels is helping Cara’s estranged father, Edward Mantle, bond with his traumatized granddaughter, Joy. And his feelings extend well beyond gratitude.

Bringing this family together seems impossible… Luckily, Christmas is the season of miracles.


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Yes, this is me right now.  So many emotions but these tears are both sad and good.  Good because if this is the last book in the series, it will end just perfectly.  The sad tears are because the series is ending.  If you didn’t know, the Superromance line will cease to exist late next year.  I have been privileged to read all the books in the series and many other books over the decades in this wonderful line and it just makes me sad to see it go.

The reason why this book is pure perfection is the way Ms. Quinn wrapped up all the loose threads that we didn’t know where there.  Lila has always been in the books but to FINALLY get her story is both heartbreaking, beautiful and romantic.  I loved how her relationship with Cara’s dad, Edward, carried on from the last book.  If there were two people that needed to be friends, it was these two.  Sad backstories but when they weren’t looking love, love snuck up on them.  Ms. Quinn does an excellent job of showing how an older couple act together and in the end, watching Edward finally butting in Lila’s personal business in the end.  Honestly, how Brett figures into the whole Lila/Edward relationship…SHOCKED ME!!!  Once I got over the shock, it totally made sense.  Highly emotional scenes with Lila and Brett but it is totally worth it.  I had tears…tears.  And more than satisfying.  Bravo Ms. Quinn.

Cara and Simon are dealing with much more than just emotional issues.  Cara is a secondary character in the last book but I just had a feeling that her story would be a doozy and I was right.  At the end of the last book, I knew that something wasn’t quite right and I couldn’t wait to see how the Cara/Joy/Shawn/Mary/Edward storyline would play out.  It is emotional, raw and deals with some definite domestic violence issues that will make you squirm.  I loved how in the end of the book Simon tells her that she never wanted to die.  Cara had her mother with her the whole time and just that realization had Cara believing that he was right…all along.  The scenes were Cara/Joy/Edward are finally reunited are brilliant.  While in the cabin with Simon, Cara finally comes to terms with everything that has happened over the last 12 years with her mom, her dad, Shawn and eventually Simon.

I loved Simon.  Patient and kind but also realizing that he just couldn’t let Cara do everything by herself.  He had to teach her that by herself, she is strong but with him on her side, there was nothing that she couldn’t do or deal with.  *swoon*  Plus, he had his own demons to deal with and Cara never let him down.  *sigh*  Never had two characters in the whole series deserved the happiness that they needed.

Again, I’m so very sad if this is the last book in the series.  I’ve come to love The Lemonade Stand and everything that it stands for.  Ms. Quinn has written that rare series that is relevant, relatable, emotional, swoon-worthy, at times raw but in the end of so satisfying.  *sniffs*

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About the Author


The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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November 11th: Launch
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