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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of The Army Ranger’s Surprise (the Men of At-Ease Ranch) by Donna Michaels! @Donna_Michaels @entangledpub @MissRiki

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Army brat Kaydee Wagner gets twitchy if she stays in one place for too long. But when her grandfather needs someone to stay with him for a bit and his home needs a lot of repairs, she steps up to the plate. 

Lucky for her, help arrives from their neighbor’s gorgeous grandson, former Army Ranger Leo Reed. 

Leo’s desperate to rise above his dark past and enjoy life again. He’s already made a lot of progress, so when the woman he can’t stop thinking about needs a handyman, he volunteers. But after a very…wet incident involving deadly dance moves and a wayward sink hose, their clothes hit the floor faster than a stack of tile. 

He doesn’t want forever—that would mean revealing his past, which he’s not ready to do. She only wants right now, because any other option would require sticking around. 

And then Kaydee discovers she’s pregnant.

 

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Excerpt:

 

Kaydee,” he said again, but this time he reached out to lightly touch her shoulder.

Letting out a startled cry, she turned toward him with the sprayer still in her hand. Water immediately pelted his face and the side of his head with the force of a mini power washer, blasting his flesh with a shock of heat that ran down his neck and chest. Luckily, it was only hot and not scalding.

“Oh my God, Leo!” She dropped the sprayer, then shut off the water with one hand and yanked her earbuds out with the other. “Are you okay?

“Yeah. I needed a good soaking.” He slicked back his wet hair and grinned. “No harm done.”

But apparently, she chose not to listen, because she grabbed a nearby dish towel and started to mop the wetness from his face and chest. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t hear you come in.”

“I know.”

She stilled, and her gaze slowly rose to meet his. “Oh, crap. Exactly how long were you in here?”

Loving the flush of color that swept up into her cheeks, he decided to tease her a little more. “Long enough to know you’d be dangerous on the dance floor.”

“Yeah, to others.” Her blush increased. “Oh God, I can’t believe you saw that.”

Before he could reply, she dropped her forehead on his chest, and her whole body shook as she laughed.

The unexpected move and feel of her soft curves brushing his body removed all traces of teasing from his mind. He always wondered how she’d feel in his arms, and now he knew, even if—technically—he didn’t have his arms around her. Yet. Because he could. It’d be so easy. So damn easy. All he had to do was put his hands on her back.

But that would be playing with fire, and he didn’t want her to get burned.

“I can’t believe I got you soaking wet.” She drew back and started mopping his shirt with the towel again. “I’m so sorry.”

Thankful for the reprieve, he went back to teasing. “No harm done. I won’t melt.”

She snickered and continued to dry him off, but her nearness and press of her fingers weren’t doing his libido any good, so he placed his hand over hers to stop her movements.

Big mistake.

Before, at least a wet shirt had separated their skin. Not now. His palm covered her hand, and the feel of her soft, warm skin kicked his pulse into gear.

Once again, their gazes met, but this time mortification and teasing were no longer present, just a raw, untamed attraction. It posed a danger big enough to rival her lethal dance moves.

Her gaze dropped to his mouth, and Leo’s heart rocked in his chest. A sensation he hadn’t felt in years. Leave it to Kaydee to induce the movement. It was strange. He knew he should back away, but he didn’t. Couldn’t. It felt as if his whole body was coming alive, and until that moment, he hadn’t realized how truly out of touch with life he’d been the past few years. Perhaps always.

I read a ton of Entangled books and I have loved them all but this series is the one that has stuck with me the most.  I just get it.  Men coming back from horrific situations and not knowing how to deal with it.  The ranch is their safe place when they get back.  They are not judged, talked down to but more importantly, they are allowed to heal within themselves with the help of their “other” brothers in arms.  Plus, there is a cow.  I just love LuluBelle.

Leo and Kaydee are that couple that waited forever for their story.  Leo has held a special place in my heart for a while.  I loved watching his story unfold.  Guilt and not being able really let go of his past, Kaydee is just the person to free him of that.  Kaydee has her own set of issues but I always felt like hers wasn’t as significant as Leo.  I understood that she moved around a bunch but when she decided to stay with her grandfather, I knew that she was rooted.

Their romance is hot and heavy but also very sweet.  They “get” each other from the beginning and the admission that Kaydee makes, in the end, is not only an OMG moment for Leo but also for the reader.  I never saw that coming but it also solidified their relationship.  The unexpected pregnancy is just a bonus.  Even without it, I knew they’d make it.  Of course, the way Cole, Brick, and the others surround Leo in the end is just darn swoon-worthy.

The cow.  OMG, the cow is back.  Poor Jovy.  She just can’t catch a break when it comes to LuluBelle.  It’s just the amount of humor that the book needs when things get too serious.  I will miss this special group of men and the women that finally break through.  More communities need At Ease in their towns.  It would help so many that don’t get the help they need.

 

About Donna Michaels:

 

I live in Northeast Pa where we experience all four seasons, although, I wouldn’t mind hanging onto summer a bit more and winter a bit less. I’m married to a career military man; we have four wonderful children, and an assortment of rescued cats. Never a dull moment in my household! 

I’m excited to say I’m an award winning, NYT & USA Today Bestselling author multi-published in eBook and print. I write from sweet to hot, short to epic and anything in between. You can find the ratings and length next to the book on my website. 

I’m self-published and published through Entangled Publications, Kindle Worlds, The Wild Rose Press, Whimsical Publications, and Amazon Publications in their AmazonEncore Imprint. And one of my books is being translated into Japanese and hand drawn into MANGA!

 

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Happy Book Birthday and ARC #Review of Knuckle Down (the Cursed Ravens #2) by Chantal Fernando! @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando #contemporaryromance

 

 

Title: Knuckle Down
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 9, 2018
Blurb
A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.
As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.
But what he’ll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold
his heart forever. That is, until he meets the cousin of another biker’s old lady.
Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, dresses well, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.
But when a scandal at her newspaper breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles, will she walk away for good? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?

 

 

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What can I say?  Ms. Fernando is one of my favorite authors.  And to think I’m actually enjoying reading MC books, too.  Thank you, Ms. Fernando.  While this book is about a member of the MC, she still doesn’t tell us exactly what they do.  Okay, so we know one thing but none of the bad stuff.  And I’m okay with that.  I don’t need that.  I need the characters, the conflict and more importantly, the romance.
I have to say, Knuckles intrigued me from the start.  A club member with kids and a soft spot for his president’s daughter.  Her “bestie” at best.  I loved Erin in the first book and she just proves how much she has grown in this one.  I also liked seeing Gage going on a date, too.  But let’s back up for a moment.  This book is about Celina, not Erin.  I liked Celina from the start.  She’s the polar opposite of Knuckles, at first, and then sooner than later, I can see the similarities between them.
I loved how Celina really fought her attraction to Knuckles in the beginning.  We got a sweet romance between them, too.  Ms. Fernando knows how to write a sweet but sexy romance between her characters.  Yes, her formula is simple but just when you thought everything was great, she always manages to throw a HUGE wrench in the story.  I never saw it coming and that’s what I love about her writing.  Nothing is set in stone until the last word is read.
I know that I’m a newbie to MC books but Ms. Fernando doesn’t write them with all the details.  Her books are romantic, heartfelt and above all, about the characters.  Do yourself a favor and start reading them.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Chantal loves to hear from readers.

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Happy Release Day & #ARC Review of Anywhere with You by Christina Elle w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticcomedy #giveaway @givemebooksblog @christina_elle1

 

Title: Anywhere With You
Author: Christina Elle

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 27, 2018

 

Blurb
You are cordially invited to… tick off the bride. 
Teegan Michaels has attended six weddings for her sorority sisters dateless and she refuses to go to the last one alone. Not when she has a perfectly respectable—not to mention hot—NFL player ready to save her from humiliation. Who cares that he’s the bride’s ex-fiancé and only wants to go for revenge?

 

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Excerpt
She peeked a glance up at him, catching mostly only a broad shoulder because of his height. His long arms swung at his sides and his posture stern as he stared at the romantic beach scene in front of them. They were about thirty feet from the other guests when Wes slipped his hand into hers. She stiffened on contact and her brain shut down.
Low, so only she could hear, he said, “We have to sell it, remember?”
She nodded, not trusting herself to say anything while her heart did backhand springs in her rib cage. Holy crap. She was totally holding Wes Stevenson’s hand. And she totally sounded like a teenybopper thinking that.
Be cool,

Tee. Be cool.
It was going to be tough though since her version of cool had never been anything close to his. Or anyone else’s for that matter. Standing up straighter, she closed her hand around his, taking in the feel of skin against skin. The closer they got to the already filled area, the more erratic her heartbeat became. She was going to face Juliet, her family, and friends. And they were all going to chastise Teegan for bringing Wes. 
Damn. She wished she’d thought about that before this moment. She could’ve feigned sickness for the entire weekend. What was going around right now? Yellow fever?
Malaria? She’d even take a good case of salmonella. Anything to get her out of seeing the judgment in everyone’s eyes. The same judgment she saw at every other Delta Gam wedding she’d attended.
With a date, without a date…it didn’t matter. It followed Teegan anyway. The man in question didn’t seem bothered by their impending fate. He stood tall and wore a confident smile. Zero nerves radiated off him.
The Ice Box, they’d called him on the football field. Because he was always cool under pressure. Man, what she wouldn’t give to have some of that superpower right now.
He squeezed her hand, which made her look up at him. He lifted his chin, gesturing in front of them. She looked toward a receiving line that included the bride and groom.
Juliet and the man she’d left Wes for. 
Excellent.
Teegan couldn’t wait to greet them both on this glorious, fantastic evening. Why, oh why, had she agreed to this? It would’ve been better not to attend at all, rather than bring Juliet’s ex to Juliet’s wedding.
Oh, God.

Her heart was beating at an unhealthy rate. She might faint. 
Hey, that wasn’t a bad idea. If she fainted—The hand attached to hers tightened. Wes. She was doing this for Wes. Just think about that. This had to be a million times worse for him.
I needed this book.  Yes, needed.  Since February, our house has been neck deep in baseball and tomorrow it will officially end.  (Last day of the second baseball camp) I needed a cute, sexy, rom-com to read.  I’ve read all of Ms. Elle’s romantic suspense books and they are excellent, so I went with the knowledge that it would have some funny moments.  She didn’t disappoint at all.  In fact, there were some parts that I shouldn’t have laughed at but I did.  And that’s what I needed.
I won’t go into the plot; just read the blurb.  This is a friends to lovers story that hits all the right buttons with me.  Tee and Wes are connected by college and Tee is Wes’ sister’s best friend.  OMG!!!!  Misty and her husband were HILARIOUS!!!  The whole “dress up” scenes were just too damn funny.  Trust me.  You will laugh out loud.  So while we have the whole best friend’s brother vibe going on, you can also see that something was brewing back in college with Tee and Wes.  *swoon*
The revenge part of the plot was nicely done.  I particularly loved the game scenes; Twister is the best.  Juliet is so NOT a nice person.  I just couldn’t see why the other girls even liked her, or Wes for that matter.  I mean seriously?  She wasn’t even a mean girl.  Just a non-person that was greedy, needy and basically a class A *itch.  Now, the other girls were a hoot and they really seemed to care about Teegan even if she thought that they pitied her instead.
Wes and Tee as a couple were a dream.  Tee really gave it to him near the end of the book.  He deserved it and I think that he knew it, too.  You can’t have your cake and eat it, too and except Tee to be okay with it.  She’s a very strong woman but she wasn’t going to let him get away with that crap.  And oh my, the scene with him, Misty, Tee and the other girls afterward?  I had tears, yes, tears.
Do yourself a favor and pick this book up.  You will be laughing, swooning, cheering for Wes and Tee during the games and come away with a great friend to lovers story that I will definitely re-read and put on the keeper shelf.  Ms. Elle is a great writer and it shows with this one.  Can I admit that I miss the grannies and guns?  Just saying…
Author Bio
Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.
When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.
Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.

 

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