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Heart’s Desire
(Shores of Indian Lake #2)
Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 191 pages
August 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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His homecoming is bittersweet…for both of them

Café owner Maddie Strong is finally ready to take her burgeoning cupcake business to the next level. With the help of handsome businessman Alex Perkins, her future’s all mapped out. Until her first love comes home.

At seventeen, Maddie adored Nate Barzonni with her whole heart and soul. But when he asked her to elope, she’d said no—she couldn’t let him throw away his dream of becoming a doctor. Then he vanished from her life for eleven years. Now the cardiac surgeon has returned to Indian Lake asking for a second chance, and Maddie has to choose between her new life…and the man she never stopped loving.

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I know, I’m back with another Shores book by Ms. Lanigan.  This is the second book in the series and somehow I missed it.  Good for me that I was asked to review this book.  And it’s perfect timing since this book was made into a Hallmark movie airing on March 17th.  As most know, I don’t watch the Hallmark channels at all or Lifetime (the women in peril channel is what I call it).  Hallmark movies, for me, tend to be so sugary that I need to brush my teeth.  Remember, I love my sweet books, just not the movies so much.  However, I will be recording this movie.  Unfortunately, I will be on my cruise so hopefully, the Hopper won’t punk out on me.

I really loved getting to know Nate and Maddie.  I read Nate’s brother’s, Mica, books and loved that book.  I honestly can’t remember if we get an update on Nate so a re-read is in order.  In fact, I haven’t read the other two brothers books so I’m a bit behind on the family dynamic.  Speaking of family dynamics, I’m not sure what to make of Nate’s father at all.  I totally understand why Nate felt like he had to just leave and be gone for all those years and when your girl tells you no, it’s time to move on.  I really enjoyed seeing Maddie’s anger subside when she realizes the mistakes that she made in regards to that proposal and the fallout.

Nate is a dream.  Dedicated, swoon-worthy and the perfect person for Maddie.  My only issue with Nate is that he can be forgetful and Maddie doesn’t need to feel abanded.  I would have also liked a bit more of the family dynamics explained when it came to his parents.  Hopefully, in the other brother’s books, it is better.  I also liked that Nate was his own person away from his family.  He didn’t go into the family business and made his own way in terms of career.

Do yourself a favor and read this series.  I can not recommend it higher.  I can’t wait to watch the movie because the character of Alex is going to be a trip.   And yes, I felt a bit sorry for him in the end.

 

 

About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE (2018) and MY RACING HEART (2019).

The Hallmark Channel will air HEART’S DESIRE on March 17, 2018.

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. 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. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com. Visit her at www.catherinelanigan.com, on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter@cathlanigan.com, Pinterest, Goodreads and Google+.

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#Review of Falling for the Brother (Where Secrets Are Safe #14) by Tara Taylor Quinn w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @tarataylorquinn @HarlequinBooks @harlequinbooks @ttquinn1


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Little Angels
by Amy Romine
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
ebook, 256 pages
November 18th 2016 by eXtasy Books

What if saving little angels meant becoming the monster?

When Special Agent Nick McFarlane receives news that his partner of eight years is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate. Throwing himself into a deep cover operation to expose and shut down The Micahs, a child trafficking ring, Nick enters, unprepared for the reality that awaits.

Special Agent Meredith Richards took the assignment fully aware of the consequences. Leaving her life behind, she knew she wouldn’t be able to get out with her life until she shut the Micahs down for good.

When Meredith’s informant is murdered and her contact inside the organization starts to lose control, Meredith is forced to make choices she can’t take back. On the edge of sacrificing herself, her principles, and her life, she begins to wonder if she will survive the case, or if she even wants to.

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Falling for the Brother
(Where Secrets Are Safe #14)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Superromance

A brother’s secrets, a brother’s love

Head of security Harper Davidson is shocked when her ex’s grandmother becomes the newest resident at The Lemonade Stand shelter. The suspected abuser? The woman’s own grandson, Harper’s ex-husband. None of this makes any sense. And yet she knows his brother, Mason Thomas, would not make these accusations lightly. For her daughter’s sake, Harper agrees to help Mason uncover the truth.

Clouding the investigation is the attraction that still lingers between her and Mason—a temptation Harper won’t give in to again. Harper’s loyalty and emotions are divided once more. And when past secrets come to light, she’s not sure who to trust…

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Yall this series.  I know that I say that every time I review a book in the series but seriously?  If you are not reading it, you are totally missing out.  A couple of things though.  Don’t expect a bunch of sex.  It’s not needed here.  Since the running thread is abuse in all forms, sex is one of the abuse themes in some of the books, it is not necessary.  Is it discussed?  You bet?  But if anything happens, it’s behind closed doors.

What makes this book special is that it deals with elder abuse, mental abuse, emotionally abuse and manipulation in all forms.  But what really drew me in were the tropes that Ms. Quinn used.  Secret baby (that was a twist I never saw coming), in love with the wrong brother, and second chance.  Most times in this series you don’t get the tropes but Ms. Quinn takes them, spins them and they work.  I know this is typical Harlequin but the twists that are used here aren’t typical.

Mason and Harper are so good together right from the start.  They have a long way to go when it comes to trusting each other again.  Bruce, her ex and Mason’s brother is a piece of work.  He really worked them when it came to them even talking to each other much less, Bruce and Mason talking for almost 5 years.  Isolation is the key term that I kept reading about in the book.  I also liked that Harper, Mason, and Bruce were cops so they were smart and actually talked to each other when it came to the investigation.

About 3/4 in the book is where it took a turn that I NEVER saw coming.  The deception, lies, betrayal…it’s all there in spades.  I never expected the things that were happening in the end with Bruce.  I almost felt sorry for him but in the end…nope.  Mason and Harper deserved to be happy.

Again, peeps.  Read this series.  I know that the line, Superromance is going away but this series won’t go away.  Harper and Mason might be my favorite couple.  Next to Chantel and Colin.  🙂

 

 

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Amy Romine has always wanted to be one of the good guys. From playing Charlie’s Angels in the backyard of her Macungie, PA home as a child to the pages of her unending projects, Amy has always dreamed of adventure and romance. Her need to make the characters truly deserve their happiness takes us on many a twisted journey. From serial killers to demons, Amy holds nothing back in the name of true enduring love.

A mother of three, Amy has spent the past fifteen years as a Service Delivery Manager for Ricoh America’s Corporation. She is an avid movie fan, and enjoys books, television, theater, her dog Pip and all things romance.

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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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#Review of Secret Baby, Second Chance (Sons of Stillwater #3) by Jane Godman! #harlequinromsuspense @HarlequinBooks @JaneGodman

 

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Title:
SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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She’s alive! Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.
Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.

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As he approached, he sized up the building. Nothing about it made him think of Beth. It had a slightly neglected air, as if the owner didn’t have the time, energy or money to spend on it. He  contrasted that with the Stillwater house she had lived in. That had been as neat as wax. Being organized seemed to come effortlessly to Beth, spilling over into how she dressed, her surroundings
and how she dealt with other people. Vincente wondered, not for the first time, if the reason she had struggled with their relationship was because she couldn’t neatly package up her feelings for him. When they were together there was no controlling what they felt. It had always been raw, primal…and incredible.
The thought spurred his feet up the front step. His heart was pounding so loud it almost drowned out the sound of his knock on the door. Prepared for disappointment, his nerves—already under intense pressure—were ratcheted up to crisis level when he heard a voice calling out.
“Did you forget something, Detective ?” It wasn’t just any voice. It was Beth’s voice.
He wondered how she would react if she checked who it was through the peephole in the door. Her words indicated she thought Laurie had come back again and he heard a key turn in the lock immediately after she spoke.
The door swung open and the smile on her lips faded. As she gazed at him in shock, Vincente took a moment to drink in her appearance. Her hair was shorter, just reaching her shoulders now instead of the waist-length mass in which he had loved to bury his hands. It was scraped back into an unflattering ponytail. She looked thinner. And tired, definitely tired. Almost to the point of exhaustion. But maybe the reason for that was sitting on her hip.
The baby wore pink sweatpants and a T shirt with butterflies embroidered all over. Not quite a toddler, she was a perfect little girl. Her black hair clustered in a halo of curls around her head and she studied Vincente with eyes that were huge, dark and framed by thick, spiky lashes. The hint of olive to her skin and the full ruby lips were additional confirmation of his first suspicion. It was
like looking in a mirror .
Vincente almost took a step back in shock as he gazed at his daughter.
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 This book is my catnip.  Romantic suspense, secret baby, second chances and small town.  Yep, Ms. Godman had me at the title of the book.  Then throw in the cover, the blurb, and the first paragraph.  But really sold me on the book as a whole was Vincente and Beth.  I loved reading about how they ran hot and cold during their first run as a couple.  The fighting, the hot making up sessions afterward.  Catnip.  Both characters had some issues when it came to relationships but none more than Vicente.
I times I really wanted to slap Vincente upside his head when it came to how he viewed relationships.  Look, I get the abandonment issue with his mother but his stepmother did everything that she could to make him feel wanted and loved.  Keep this in mind though, I haven’t read Bryce and Cameron’s books so maybe I missed out on some more of their backstory in regards to how they were brought up but still.  Vincente…get over yourself.  You have a second chance with the only woman that you ever truly loved and a daughter now.  Anywoos…other than that, Vincente was a dream.  He realized that he did need to finally put the past behind him and get it together if he wanted a second chance with Beth.
Beth, I could totally understand the motivation to disappear.  I would have freaked out if I got the letters and photos.  That was just too creepy for me and then to find out in the end who was doing it?  I honestly thought it was someone else and I was wrong.  Love when an author does that to me.  I’m no Sherlock but sometimes I do get it right.  Not here.  Ms. Godman puts up a few red herrings so when the truth is finally revealed, you are left gobsmacked.  Plus, the secondary characters from the past were interesting.  Rick really sticks out for me.  You will have to read the book to find out why.  Plus, since I didn’t read the other books in the series, I loved getting to know Laurie, Cameron, Bryce, and Steffi.  They are great at being there for Vincente and Beth. Let’s also not forget about Vincente and Beth’s daughter, Lia.  She is NOT plot device but a character in her own right.
In fact, the line from Vincente is classic:  “She trashed the place,” he whispered.  He expression was stunned.  “As soon as you left the room, she just went for it.”
Nothing can prepare a new daddy like Vicente like that.  There were other moments between Lia and her daddy.  I had the giggles at times with Lia and the dog, Melon.  I know that they could be perceived as humorous plugs but in the end…well, you just need to read the book.
Overall, I just loved this book.  I read it in one afternoon but it has definitely stayed with me.  I’m still thinking about the scene in the bedroom when Vicente went all “bossy” with Beth and her reaction to it.  Oh yes, this book has some sexy times and they are hawt.  Just a friendly warning.  *wink*
I will definitely look Ms. Godman’s books up.  She is a new to me author that I really liked.  Her style of writing, pacing, characters and overall, how did she fool me in the end, has me hooked.
About the Author
JANE GODMAN worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England.  Home is now the Wirral, a beautiful English peninsula situated between Wales and Liverpool.
Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik, and Vienna are among her favorites.
When Jane isn’t reading or writing romance, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent.
Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self-publishes her steamy historical and gothic stories.  
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Secret Baby, Second Chance.
                                                                                                    

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