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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 Visit her at, on Facebook, LinkedIn,, 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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About the Authors

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.

Look for Amy’s other books on Amazon and where all fine books are sold.


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 Betting on Cinderella (a Cinderella romance) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @petiemccarty @authorpetie

Betting on Cinderella

by Petie McCarty


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



Garrett Tucker inherits his grandfather’s casino empire and steps into the reclusive billionaire’s shoes as the “Prince of Vegas.” His first act is to buy and renovate a bankrupt casino in Biloxi. When he discovers embezzling in his new operation, Garrett goes in undercover. His number one suspect is the new finance supervisor.

Andi Ryan moves to Biloxi to care for her godmother and takes a job as finance supervisor for the renovated Bayou Princess casino. She discovers someone is skimming from the till and starts her own investigation, worried she will be blamed for the theft when the new owner discovers her godmother has a costly gambling addiction.

Garrett’s rival Vegas competitor has sent a spy in to ruin the Bayou Princess, and Garrett and Andi are forced to work together to prove her innocence and discover the identity of their casino spy.


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“I want to make love to you.”

Andi stilled.

Garrett mentally kicked himself. He had gone and scared her.

Too much. Too soon.

But he couldn’t make himself move. He could lie here forever with Andi in his arms.

She wriggled from his grasp to sit up. “Um . . .”


She looked too uncertain.

Not good.

He was okay with, “Not now, but maybe later.”

“I can’t,” she whispered.

Good thing he was sitting down. The jangle of fear that hit him could have knocked his knees out from under him.

“Can’t or won’t?” he forced out. No maybes on this one.


What the hell? Can’t and won’t?

All his uncertainties flooded back. Flora had said Andi and Peters were just friends. Was that friends with benefits? And what about that damn Drakos pawing her last week? No, he wouldn’t let those doubts crowd them here on the couch.

“Too soon?” he tried.

“Partly.” She looked away, and his heart sank amongst the growing heap of doubts.

“There’s someone else,” he said flatly, working to keep his expression blank and the hurt at bay.

She met his gaze square on then, no doubt trying to muscle her courage. “There’s something I should tell you.”


“I’m—” She exhaled hard. “—no good at it.”

What? Is that all?

He fought back a grin of pure joy. “I’ll give you lessons.” He pulled her back for another kiss.

She shoved at his chest. “No. I don’t think I should.”

She flinched at his expression, and he worked to smooth his scowl.

“Go ahead. Spit it out.” Even he didn’t like his tone. “You’re sleeping with someone else, right?”

He should have done his homework before he went off half-cocked with all the flowers and balloons, trying to woo her.

“No, and I should slap you for that, suggesting I’m loose enough to go out with you while sleeping with someone else.”

“Then what the hell is it?” he shouted, forgetting all about Flora at the back of the house.

“I’ve never done it before!” she shouted back.

“What? Slapped someone?”

“No, you jerk. Slept with someone.”

Did you know that Cinderella is my favorite Disney Princess?  I know, I’m old and I still believe in Prince Charming, too?  I waited 38 years for my Prince Charming.  I’d marry him all over again, too.  I think I’ve seen every retelling or something similar to Cinderella in books, movies, television shows and in my own mind.  What could have been a typical contemporary re-telling of Cinderella, Ms. McCarty puts a spin on the classic tale.

First, it is set in Mississippi within a casino and BOTH the hero and heroine are Cinderella.  I know you read that right.  Both of them.  For me, it made for a better story.  Why?  Because what could have been the same story told by so many other authors, once again, Ms. McCarty decides to add suspense, espionage, attempted murder, arson, a huge dose of romance with characters that you love from the very first page.  Oh yes, the cute meet is at a wedding but the fireworks don’t really start until they see each other again at the casino.  I will admit that I don’t “get” casinos.  I’m not a gambler but my husband is so that aspect of the story was just there for me.  I was more interested in Garrett and Andi as individuals and eventually a couple.  I found their romance, sweet, at times sexy and humorous.

Andi was a bit weak in the beginning for me but watching her bloom and get her backbone was refreshing.  The above scene brought many a smile to my face because I just felt like it wasn’t like she didn’t want to but to admit that to Garrett took a lot of gumption for her.  Plus, Garrett’s reaction is priceless.  These two in my book were born soulmates but it took a while for them to get together.  Between his grandfather’s will, her stepmother and stepsister (of yes, they are here) at times I worried.  And I never worry in a book.

I will say that I didn’t read the first book in the series but I never felt like I was missing anything.  The pacing is steady and quick.  The characters are well drawn out and the romance is sweet.  The casino part got really interesting in the end but again, I wasn’t reading the book for that.  😉  Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading more of Ms. McCarty’s work.  In fact, I have a historical romance of hers to read in the coming weeks.  Can.not.wait!


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Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue

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