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Undercover With The Heiress

by Nan Dixon

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance Series

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BLURB:

What’s behind her beautiful mask?


FBI agent Kaden Farrell is on a mission. He’s undercover at Fitzgerald House in Savannah, where a little girl is the key to his investigation. And that’s what he needs to focus on, not a down-and-out heiress whose jeweled eyes haunt his dreams. Courtney Smythe might be spoiled, but when Kaden notices her ease with the children at the B and B, he sees the beauty beyond her looks. Getting close to Courtney will help his case, and giving in to attraction is the right thing to do. Even if it means perpetuating a lie

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Excerpt Two:

Could Courtney be more alone? Her brother barely tolerated her. Abby wasn’t thrilled she was working at the B and B. Marion was mad. Kaden ignored her and Bess ordered her around. She sighed and headed to the first box. Maybe making beds was easier.

Courtney could barely see around the pink gerberas and bird-of-paradise arrangement she held. Small pompom-like flowers, resembling little alien beings, brushed her nose. Didn’t the bride know this combination was garish? She placed the first arrangement, sloshing water on the tablecloth. Whoops.

“Hang on,” Bess called. “I forgot the mirrors.” She glared at the water spot on the tablecloth. “At least that will be covered. Pick it up again—carefully.”

While Courtney held the flowers, Bess slid a mirror in the center of the table and Courtney set the arrangement down with a crack.

“Careful,” Bess barked.

“The damn vase was slipping,” Courtney snapped back.

“Just…don’t be so rough.” Bess chewed her lip. “Instead of the vases, why don’t you set out the mirrors?”

“Sure.” Everyone thought she was incompetent. Stupid ugly vase.

She shook her head, hoping her face wasn’t bright red. It didn’t matter what they thought. She wouldn’t be in Savannah long enough to care.

She snatched up a couple of mirrors and set them on the closest tables, making sure her back was turned in case a tear slipped down her cheek. She wanted to be where she knew the rules, where she wasn’t viewed as some sort of…liability.

 

I read a ton and I mean a ton of Harlequin books across the lines and I’ve never read a book from Ms. Dixon.  My bad and I will not make that mistake again.  This is the 5th book in a series and honestly, I never felt lost.  That said, I really need to read Abby and Gray’s book.  The reason I say this is because of what Ms. Dixon wrote in the beginning and things that were said between Gray, Abby, and Courtney.  I didn’t feel lost but I think it would have given me a better perspective on the relationships and even Courtney herself.

I could say that this is a story about a spoiled girl that grows up but I would be wrong.  This is a story about a girl that finds out what she is made of and uses it.  Never mind how awful her parents were and still are to her.  She is a piece of property to them and nothing more.  She never got the support that her brother, Gray got growing up; no matter how hard she tried.  She is better than her looks.  It just sickens me that this happens to old money children…especially the girls.  They do everything that they are supposed to do and for what?  Not even a pat on the head.  Courtney is beyond smart but was never given a chance to see her full potential until her daddy cuts her off.

I really liked how Ms. Dixon showed how the Fitzgeralds saw her in the beginning.  Courtney needed to see how other people saw her.  Good or bad.  At the same time though, she also saw exactly how her brother saw her, too.  He’s not mean to her but it isn’t until she comes to live with him that he realizes just how damaged her self-worth and self-esteem are as a result of their parents.  Maybe that’s why he doesn’t live in Boston anymore.  Again, I need to read his book.  🙂

The suspense element in the book is just perfect.  Kaden is a dream but at the same time, he really waited too long to tell her.  The black moment came about 2/3 of the book and it was perfect.  Do I condone violence in this line?  No, but after that moment, the story really takes off.  This is a fast paced read that never lets up.  At times it’s funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful.  Josh and Issy are wonderful in the story.  They aren’t props just for the sake of the story.

Overall, I really loved Courtney and Kaden.  Especially Courtney.  I felt for her and the journey that she took in this book.  Kudos for Ms. Dixon to write a character that could have been the same old same old, but didn’t.  Courtney is complex and loved getting to know her.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career.  She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist and award winning author, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson on the way and one neurotic cat.

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The Alaskan Catch

(Northern Lights #1)
by Beth Carpenter
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life’s currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…

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The Alaskan Catch: Excerpt 3

 

That evening, Sam and Dana sat with Ursula in front of the big fireplace. The three couples staying at the inn had turned in early after a full day of offshore fishing in Seward. Sam watched Dana struggling with a hook and a ball of yarn. Poor kid—she’d made the mistake of admiring Ursula’s crocheted afghans, not realizing it would lead to a crochet lesson.

Or maybe she did. She seemed to be trying to get it right. “So, down, loop, back through, and another loop, right?”

“That’s perfect. Now just keep doing that until you come to the end of the row and I’ll show you how to turn.”

Sam had purposely chosen not to reveal Dana’s last name yet. He wanted Ursula’s unbiased evaluation of her character first. And while he hadn’t talked to Ursula alone, it was obvious the two women clicked. It may have been when Dana offered to make the cornbread, or possibly when she complimented one of Tommy’s whirligigs, but at some point today, Dana had won Ursula over. He wondered if it would stay that way once Ursula knew her last name.

Dana held up the somewhat irregular row of stitches. “Look, Sam. A whole row.”

He nodded. “Looking good. Some mouse with a cold neck is going to love that scarf.”

She gave a little giggle, the sound almost like the tinkle of the wind chimes on Ursula’s deck. “I think I’ll keep going until it’s a pot holder.”

Kimmik repositioned himself on the rug and laid his head on top of Sam’s foot. The sun had shifted far to the northwest, peeping through the small upper windows along the west wall to paint diagonal stripes across the room. Sam leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. A stomachful of moose chili, a good dog at his feet and the sound of soft laughter as Ursula and Dana put their heads together over their project—tonight, Sam was content.

Can I admit that this gem of a book snuck up on me?  I got so caught up in the mystery surrounding Chris and his leaving, Dana trying to do right by everything, that the romance portion of the book just slapped me upside my head.  It took me awhile to realize that with everything that was going on, Sam and Dana were making a connection.  Each of the had some things to overcome but in the end, it leads them right back to each other.

What I liked most about Sam and Dana is their honesty with one another.  That and they actually talked to each other.  A novel idea, I know.  They took the time to get to know each other even though they had some obstacles to get through in the end.  Chris brought another dimension to their relationship because he wasn’t the over protective brother that most romance novels have.  In fact, it was nice that he didn’t interfere with them as a couple at all.

I loved how Chris, Dana and Sam’s past were intertwined.  I’m not going to say anything else because it’s the crust of the book.  Hats off to Ms. Carpenter for her originality.  Brilliant, actually.  And also, that not everything was done in Alaska.  Dana still had some things to take care off back home with her new found strength.  Oh yes, Dana had some growing to do in the book.  It was subtle but in the end, it was well worth it.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carpenter brings to the table in her next book.  Hopefully, it’s Chris’ book.  The scenery is a character all its own, too.  I’ve never been to Alaska but Ms. Carpenter takes you there and it’s beautiful.  And she talked about food.  Not fair.  Now I want my husband to cook salmon.

 

 

About the Author

Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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August 14th:
It’s All About the Romance
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Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
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Getting Your Read On
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Rockin’ Book Reviews
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
August 16th:
What to Read Next
Reading Is My SuperPower
The Bookworm Chronicles
Janice’s book review
August 17th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Harlie’s Books
Paulette’s Papers
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
August 18th: Grand Finale

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#Review of For Joy’s Sake (Where Secrets are Safe #12) by Tara Taylor Quinn w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @PrismBookTours @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinMyRewards


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For Joy’s Sake
(Where Secrets Are Safe #12)

by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

There’s something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can’t stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.

EXCERPT:

CHAPTER TWO, Part 3

“I hope you consider all of us here your friends,” Lila said, finally picking up her cup of tea and sipping. “But I’m not just talking about friends. Look at Sara and Lynn—” full-time counselor and resident nurse at the Stand “—they’re both committed to this place and have personal lives, too. They have spouses and children.”

“You don’t.” Even as she let the words loose, Julie knew they came from her defensiveness. Not the right reason at all.

“I’m fifty-three years old,” Lila said, appearing completely unflappable. “Past my childbearing years.”

“I’m not opposed to having a future,” Julie said slowly, trying her best not to be defensive. Lila wasn’t completely wrong to have concerns. Julie’d had similar conversations with Dr. Larson.

“But you haven’t been on a single date since high school.”

“That’s right.” Not that she hadn’t been asked—and fairly often, too. Until just over a year ago, she hadn’t set foot out of her house for any kind of social function. And not for a business one, either, if it was at night. Except on rare occasions when she’d gone somewhere with Colin—having vetted the guest list to know who would not be present.

“From what I understand, you haven’t been out with girlfriends, either. Other than for lunch.”

“No. But only because, as you said, they all have lives, families…” Which had come about during the years Julie had been holed up in her suite in the Fairbanks mansion.

Lila nodded. “So what do you say to a girls’ night out? You and Sara and Lynn and I? We can go wherever you’d like, do whatever you want, the only caveat being that we don’t discuss The Lemonade Stand, our residents or our work for the entire evening.”

What? Lila was asking her to do something socially? Not trying to gently tell her she was nuttier than she’d realized? She hadn’t seen that coming.

“I’ve already spoken to them. They’re both in.”

Julie was confused again. Lila wasn’t reprimanding her? “But…why?”

“You’re a strong, talented, giving woman, Julie. We all like you and enjoy your sense of humor. We thought it would be fun.”

A mental flash of her studio called to her. She needed her easel. Needed a pencil and paper—time to create the simple stories that always helped her see more clearly.

“Why?” she asked again. Was Colin behind this? He’d promised her he’d back off, that he’d let her take charge of her own healing.

“Because we want to show you that you aren’t alone.”

I’ve just been waiting for this book since book #7 featuring Julie’s brother, Colin.  Yes, I’m a patient person but lordy, I read 4 more books in the series before hers.  I’m glad that I waited.  It was also nice to see Chantel and Colin again and getting caught up with them.  🙂  I also knew that this book was going to be dealing more with Julie’s issues than anything else.  I still wish that her tormentor got more than what he got.  He’s vile, evil, and for the whole town to cover it up?  Trust me, it will make you mad in ways you never thought.  Just think “white privilege” and I’ll leave it just like that.

Anyway, I really liked Julie but man, I figured that she wouldn’t be a scared as she was in the beginning.  I loved how Hunter was persistent but not a clinger.  He respected her wishes and was honest with her.  Julie never had to worry about where she was in Hunter’s life and what she meant to him.  I also liked that little seed of doubt near the end of the book.  Everyone has doubts but to see it through the eyes of children’s book was priceless.  Speaking of which, the thread with Joy, Edward, Mary and her parents…I wish I had more closure with that but I’m sure that more will be explained in the next book.  Joy and Edward’s story isn’t finished.

One of the best scenes in the book was the pool scene at Julie’s house with Hunter.  I had to chuckle a bit when Colin and Chantel showed up and spoiled it.  Trust me, it was touching but also funny.  Poor Hunter didn’t know what hit him.  Hunter is a dream.  He’s honest with Julie and he totally didn’t deserve what happened to him towards the end of the book.  Grrr…

Julie’s love story was a long time coming but for me, it ended as an HFN.  True, the 3 little words were spoken and I feel the connection between them but I would have liked a bit more intimacy between them.  I know, I know…she has issues but after the pool scene at Hunter’s house, I felt like the book ended too soon.  I needed more, much more.

Overall, Julie’s story is good.  And I’m glad that Hunter is her man.  But I just felt the ending was a bit rushed and seemed incomplete.  Otherwise, another awesome installment revolving around The Lemonade Stand.

 

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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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As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

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August 5th: Launch
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August 8th:
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Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
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Book Lover in Florida
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August 11th:
Colorimetry
Harlequin Junkie
August 12th: Grand Finale

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1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
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