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#Review of Hot Winter Nights (a standalone Heartbreak Bay novel) by Jill Shalvis! @JillShalvis #contemporaryromance

ABOUT HOT WINTER NIGHTS (a standalone Heartbreaker Bay novel)

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

EXCERPT

It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States Of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.

It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.

Think, man.

Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.

Clearly, he’d been wrong and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never — Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.

He was naked and completely uncovered.

And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.

What. The. Hell.

Don’t kill me when I admit that this is the first book I’ve EVER read by Ms. Shalvis.  As you know, I can be so slow when it comes to reading the “bigger” known authors, so getting the opportunity to read it and review was an honor and a treat.  Ms. Shalvis did NOT disappoint me at all.  Now I understand all the fangirling, swooning, sheer love and love of her writing.

Lucas and Molly are a match made in heaven.  Since I didn’t know them from the other books, Ms. Shalvis does an excellent job of giving me tidbits of their relationship together and their relationships with the other characters in the book along the way.  I love it when an author doesn’t forget that they might have new readers to their work and need a little bit of information when we jump right into a series.  The secondary characters are top notch and she does a great job of letting them do their thing to move the story along but know when to fade them to the background.  If I had one complaint is Molly’s brother Joe.  I’ve never been a fan of the overbearing brother when it comes to the heroine but I also understood where he was coming from.  Due to a lack of judgment on his part, he was still paying for a mistake that he made when it came to Molly, so he was doing it out of trying to make amends but still…At times, he and Asher really needed to back off.

Molly is such a bright heroine.  Nothing gets her down and it becomes evident that she is exactly what Lucas needed in his “dark” life.  He just really never stood a chance and he knew it.  The banter between them is golden.  I don’t think I’ve ever really belly laughed while reading a book in a long time.  Plus, I just loved how Molly strung him along when it came to the opening of the book.  Priceless.

The suspense element in the book is spot on, too.  It doesn’t overpower the romance and at times, it’s actually funny.  Ms. Shalvis blends the sexy times, suspense, and the emotional extremely well.  Why have I never read her before?  I totally get why other people say that she is the ultimate comfort read.  I settled in and never stopped reading.  I was hooked and I will not make that mistake again when it comes to Ms. Shalvis.

If you are looking for a great comfort read but a trully terrific author, look no further than Ms. Shalvis.  I have gotten on the train and I don’t plan to get off.

 

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ABOUT JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Happy Book Birthday to Cyclone (Linear Tactical series #1) by Janie Crouch w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @janiecrouch #romanticsuspense #series

 

Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

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He’d protect her from any threat…But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.  
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

 

 

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“I was here a couple of years ago, but only for a day or two,” Anne told Zac, looking away. She had booked a room out of Oak Creek both times she’d dared come back. The thought of staying at The Mayor’s Inn had been too painful. She couldn’t even look at that hotel without feeling sick to her stomach.
And she’d avoided everyone—particularly Zac—as much as possible. Just in case his words about not coming back were still true. She tried to swallow the panic that threatened to overwhelm her. Maybe he still felt that way now, even though he hadn’t said anything at the hospital.
“There.” He pointed at her. “That look that just came into your eyes. I saw it at the hospital. It’s like you’re afraid of me, Annie.” He took a step closer and she instinctively one back. One of his eyebrows shot up, letting her know she’d proved his point. “Do you think I’m going to hurt you?”
“No.” Not physically. She’d never worried that he’d hurt her that way, despite having five inches and probably fifty pounds—all muscle—on her.
But he was right. She couldn’t continue living in Oak Creek with them ignoring everything that had happened that night. What had been said. What had been done. Maybe she would’ve tried to, and to avoid Zac forever, if he hadn’t ended up in her ER. 
But the truth was, there weren’t enough bushes in this town for her to jump into. She was going to run into Zac. A lot.
Sometimes all you could do was face the past.
She pulled a breath in. “I’m not scared of you. I mean, I know you would never hurt me physically. For crying out loud, you wrecked your motorcycle rather than hit a dog.” She’d meant for her laugh to seem breezy, but it just sounded stilted. “But yeah, I mean, we can’t pretend like that night never happened. The stuff we did. Stuff you…we said.”
His eyes narrowed. “That night we spent together after Becky died.”
“Yeah. That night.” As if they’d had another. “The bottom line is, I can’t leave here, Zac. No matter what you said then, or even if you feel the same way now.”
He shook his head, brows furrowing. “I don’t expect you to leave. You’re obviously a respected doctor, more than competent. Why would you think I wanted you to leave?”
Some of the tension she’d been carrying since his arrival in the ER began to ease. He was right. Something said in grief and anger six years ago didn’t necessarily hold true all this time later. She was silly for thinking it did. “Okay, well, it’s good to know you don’t feel the same as you did back then.”
He took a single predatory step closer, and she tensed again. “I said something that night to make you think you needed to leave?”
She stared at him, her mouth flopping open like some sort of fish. “You don’t remember what you said?”
Those words would be engrained in her memory forever.
Get out and don’t come back.
He rubbed his forehead. “That whole night is fuzzy for me.”
I can’t even bear to look at you. You just betrayed the only person in this town who ever wanted you here. 
Tossing her naked into the hallway before flinging her clothes at her. 
“What do you remember?” She forced the words past a throat that seemed to have dried up.
His hand moved to the back of his neck. “Honestly, not much at all. It’s sort of a blur.”
She retreated a step from him again. That night had been the most important night of her life. The best. The worst. It had changed the very fabric of her being. 
And it was sort of a blur for him.
A few things.  One, I love a good romantic suspense.  I’m a Harlequin Intrigue Whore.  Yes, I admit it.  I think I’ve read just about all the books in the line from BJ Daniels and Julie Miller.  I will admit that I’m new to Ms. Crouch and her writing.  I know, considering that I worship at the altar of Harlequin Intrigue, I’m having to backtrack and read her backlist.  So the chance to read a new series from her, I jumped at the chance.  Why can’t ALL the books be out NOW?  Like seriously.  Do I have to wait until the end of October for Finn’s book?  I cry BS.  *pouting*  And yes, I’m going to throw a small temper tantrum and normally, I don’t do that, like ever.  But this series has introduced me to some extraordinary men and a town full of characters that I instantly fell in love with.
Zac is such a sweetheart.  Truly he is.  I know that the above excerpt doesn’t like you know that but I felt his pain all those years from the death of his wife and son.  I won’t go into the why of that but it plays a huge part in the romance between Zac and Anne.  This is an excellent second chance at love blended with just the right amount of suspense.  Ms. Crouch has just a deft hand when it comes to the suspense element.  She knows her stuff and how much a reader wants.  In fact, in some respects, the suspense element takes a back seat to the romance in this one.
I really want to talk about Anne and Zac when they were teenagers but that would totally spoil the book for you.  But let me just tell you that I really think these two were destined for each other even back then; they just didn’t know it.  That is what makes this such a great second romance.  After reading the excerpt, I’m sure that you are completely confused but let me tell you it just gets better once hear the whole story.  It is heartbreaking to say the least.  At least, Zac realizes the mistake and tries to make it up to her.
What endeared me to these characters are that Zac and Anne no matter happened that night 6 years ago, they were grown up about it and moved on from it.  They lived in the now, not the past.  And also, the guys, Adien, Finn, and Dorian are just plain fantastic.  And Riley, Wally, and even Mia.  Again, this town and all the characters are just plain awesome!  This is six book series and I can’t wait to read about the other guys.  I just don’t like to wait.  And with this series, I could binge read this in a weekend.  And I will when all of the books finally come out.
Author Bio
USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America.
Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds. 

 

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#Review of One Night Scandal (The McNeill Magnates #9) by Joanne Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @jrockauthor #harlequindesire @joannerock6 @HarlequinBooks @harlequinbooks @givemebooksblog @JoanneRock6

 

 

Title: One Night Scandal
Series: The McNeill Magnates #9
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2018

 

Blurb
One night to remember with the perfect cowboy…
Or one step toward the perfect revenge?
Nothing in Hannah Ryder’s plot included a scorchin’-hot fling with a drop-dead sexy cowboy. Especially when her cowboy turns out to be Brock McNeill—a potential enemy with ties to the man Hannah wants to destroy. When an accident claims Brock’s memory, Hannah is caught in an intricate web of scandal. Falling dangerously for the one man she shouldn’t trust…

 

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Excerpt
The cowboy’s voice smoked through her, heating her insides and sending a shiver of awareness over Hannah’s skin. Did she want a ride? Her subconscious was going to have way too much fun tormenting her with that image in her dreams tonight. For now, she needed to stop fantasizing about sexy Brock, the rancher who turned her inside out with just a handful of words and a smoldering gaze. Her legs were still unsteady after whatever it was that had passed between them inside the barn. She’d had meaningful relationships in her past. Men she’d loved. And yet no one had ever given her the sizzling shock to the system that she felt from being around this stranger. Swallowing hard, she braced herself as she turned around to refuse his offer.
“That’s okay. I don’t mind walking.” Her voice was soft and breathless when she needed it to be firm and sure. “I, um, could use the fresh air.”
She could also use a new libido. One that wasn’t quite so susceptible to tall, muscular cowboys. It must be because of all the stress she was under with her sister. She’d latched onto a pleasurable distraction and now she couldn’t quite let go.  Brock folded his arms across his impressive chest. God, his arms were amazing, too. She wanted to skim her hands up the triceps and over his shoulders. Instead, she jammed her restless fingers in the back pockets of her jeans along with her phone.
“You’d probably be fine,” he acknowledged. “You must have walked over here in the dark in the first place, although the moon was higher at that hour, making the path a lot easier to follow than it will be now.”
 She had been thinking the same thing since she didn’t remember exactly where she’d broken through the brush to find the cabin. Nightfall in this part of Wyoming was
nothing like it was in Southern California. Here, there was no ambient light of any kind. Just deep blackness and stars.
 “I’ve got my phone,” she argued, although she was beginning to wonder what else might be out there in the wilderness surrounding the ranch lands. She’d heard wolves—or
some kind of wild dogs—baying in the distance on the walk over here. “The cabin I’m staying in is just through there.”
She pointed vaguely, trying to see any kind of trail.
“I’m not sure calling someone will do you any good if you meet up with a bear. Or an elk. Or some other wild animal that wasn’t expecting company at this hour.”
She didn’t want to be foolish. So, in spite of the out-of-control attraction, she figured the best thing to do would be accept the ride and get home as fast as possible. And put
this encounter out of her mind.
“Is your truck nearby?” she asked, peering around the barn. During the shoot, there’d been a couple of golf carts and two trucks parked there. A smile curved that hard mouth of his. Nodding, he relaxed his arms and walked past her, close enough for her to feel the warmth of his body, close enough for his  sleeve to brush hers.
“My horse is right this way.”
“Horse?” Her belly flipped. Not because she minded riding a horse. Only because it implied a proximity that… A shiver stole over her skin. Her nerve endings danced in anticipation of touching him. Something her brain knew was a very, very bad idea.
“I—” Her voice wasn’t even there. She licked her lips. Tried again. “I’m not sure—” 
“You’ll be fine,” he assured her, holding a hand out for her while he stood next to a dark horse with a glossy coat. “I’ll help you up.” He flipped the ring for her foot so it was easier for her to see. “Step into the stirrup and you’ll be home in no time.”
Her heart pounded a chaotic, fast beat. But stalling wasn’t going to get her home any faster. She understood that much. Willing herself to remain calm, she stabbed the toe of her tennis shoe through the foothold. Brock’s hands were quick and efficient as he boosted her up onto the saddle. He didn’t linger. But he might as well have been massaging her naked body for how her skin reacted under her clothes. Her thigh tingled. Her waist…She wanted his hands there again. Before she could gather herself or prepare for more, Brock swung up onto the animal behind her. His chest was against her back. Her hips tucked into the cradle of his lap, his strong thighs bracketing hers.
There was no space. No distance. And it felt so good she couldn’t have spoken if she’d tried. The only thing she didn’t like about it was that she shouldn’t like it so damn much…

 

Oh my lord.  This book.  This series.  I’m so sad that has ended but what an ending.  Ms. Rock never disappoints me but she blew me away with this one.  Let me count the tropes.  Amnesia, family secrets, billionaire, one-night stand, and revenge.  And that’s just to name a few.  But here’s the thing about those tropes, with Brock and Hannah they make perfect sense.  The beginning of the book is fantastic.  Their meeting, sexy time and then the whole amnesia thing with Brock is classic and priceless.  Why?  Because typically its the heroine with the memory loss, NOT the hero.  And the whole time, Hannah knows the truth.
But I digress.  What makes this story so special is the overall plot arc with Brock’s stepmother, Scarlett, and her boyfriend and finding out who is pregnant.  Let me just say that the Desire editors are geniuses when it comes to this when they semi-rebranded the line.  I loved that why the romance in each book stands on its own, the mystery element is not solved until the end.  Plus, we get an extra romance in the book with Scarlett and her’s is a second chance romance at that.  Woo Hoo!  I completely fell in love with Brock a couple of books ago and his romance with Hannah is believable and swoon-worthy.
Hannah is one determined heroine.  I won’t go into great detail about the revenge aspect but it ties directly into the whole mystery of Brock’s stepmother.  I read this book about a month ago and I’m still in awe in how Ms. Rock pulled it all together and made it so very relevant to today’s climate and how people react to it.  The scene with the Scarlett and her other grandfather made me cry but in a good way.  I’m glad that Scarlet was the one that finally put two and two together and just went for it.  But then again, she was my favorite secondary character in the whole series.
I can not recommend this series highly enough.  With 9 books, I got my fix on brothers, half-brothers, exotic places, billionaires, family secrets, strong women and even more tropes that I can count on both of my hands.  Plus, Ms. Rock just knows how to pull in a reader and doesn’t let go.  And no, you don’t need to read all of the books in order but I would.  I have my favorites within the series but this one…is just the cherry on top.  Again, I’m sad that my time with the McNeills is done but I can’t wait to see what Ms. Rock has in store for me to read next.

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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