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Series #Review of The DeLuca Family (Watch Over #1, Safe Guard #2, Deep Dark #3) by Amy Reece! #TheDeLucaFamilySeries @AReeceAuthor @HEAPRMore

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WATCH OVER by Amy Reece
The DeLuca Family #1

Melanie Blythe has a house, a career, and a cat. She doesn’t need a man.

But she isn’t the only one who’s noticed the gorgeous cop down the street. When her faithless cat prances home from the cop’s house with a note tucked in his collar, it might be the beginning of something beautiful…or it might be Melanie’s death warrant.

Detective Finn DeLuca is stuck at home recovering from a hit-and-run accident, and has plenty of time to wonder about the woman two doors down. There’s something mysterious about the beautiful brunette, and he’s determined to get to know her.

But someone else has other plans.

As the two grow closer, someone is watching—and waiting. Sooner or later, their chance will come.

And the two lovebirds will never see it coming.

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 Of all the stories about the family, this one is the cutest.  CJ, the cat, is just too much in the book.  I loved, just loved the notes that passed between Finn and Mel in the beginning.  It’s how they kinda got to know each.  Plus, there is Fluff, the dog.
I really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom.  Mel has some issues to overcome like self-image, having a true relationship with a man, sexual feelings and then being overwhelmed by Finn’s family.  She’s never really lived up until she meets Finn.  Mel is the one person in the book that had the most character growth to achieve.  Ms. Reece wrote her beautifully in that sense.  You get to watch her get out of her shell and live a little.  Plus, it helps that Finn’s sister, Cara (LOVE HER, LOVE HER) is right there to help.
Finn is a dream.  He’s not as heavy-handed as Hugh but protects what’s his.  Mel is his and he won’t let anyone stand in his way.  I especially liked how we met him.  He’s had a string of bad luck but he is not one to dwell on it.  He picks himself up and works through it.  His relationship with his partner Chris is great, too.  His family is hilarious.  Loving, honest and funny but at times can be overwhelming to anyone, not just Mel.
I NEVER saw the suspense element coming.  When all is revealed, I was shocked.  I kinda had an idea but I just couldn’t figure out the “why”.  I love when an author does that to me.  Bravo, Ms. Reece.
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SAFE GUARD by Amy Reece
The DeLuca Family #2

Hugh DeLuca wants to settle down and start a family. But the only woman he wants—the one he can’t get out of his mind—doesn’t seem the family type.

She’s Christine Hart, a tough-as-nails police detective, and she happens to be investigating a mob murder at one of his construction sites.

As Chris’s feelings for him start to show, Hugh struggles to keep his distance. He’s afraid the savvy cop will break his heart, that she’ll choose her career over him—or worse yet, her deadly job will take her away forever.

Little does he know, he’s the one who will break her heart…and turn the murder investigation upside down.

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 OH.MY.GOSH!  This book.  It has all the feels for me.  Strong heroine, strong hero.  Great plot and a bit sexier than the rest.  In fact, I will admit that Hugh and Chris are my favorite couple so far in the series.  Sure, sure, I liked the others but there is just something about this couple that had me from the get-go.  I liked the dancing around that they did in the beginning with the does she like me/does he like me.  I know, it sounds a bit junior highish but trust me, it’s great.
These two have met previously as Chris or Chrissy as Hugh calls her, is Finn’s partner.  I liked her in the first book and LOVED her in the second.  She’s strong, stubborn and will not take Hugh’s heavy-handedness or over protectiveness in stride.  She fights for her job and also her love for Hugh.  Sometimes, I just had to giggle when it came to her getting all copish on Hugh, too.  Another thing is how she gets along with the girls in the book.  There is a true friendship with Izzy, Cara, and Mel.
Hugh is just terrific in the book.  He loves Chris to distraction and he’s oldest sibling protectiveness gets in the way of their relationship.  But that makes Hugh who he is.  Once he finally figures out that Chris needs a partner in life, not a protector its perfection.  It takes him awhile but he finally gets there.  And let’s not forget that he uses his dog, Bob in his wooing of Chris.
The suspense element in the book is great, too.  We really get to see the partnership between Finn and Chris grow.  Plus, she’s just a bad**s!
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book.  You won’t be disappointed.

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The DeLuca Family #3

Isabelle DeLuca is capable of juggling her family obligations and her career as co-owner of DeLuca Construction. What she can’t do is reveal the huge secret hidden in her past—not even to her best friend or her own mother.

But when that mystery man suddenly appears again in the flesh, she’s forced to face the truth she’s tried so hard to hide.

Then, while looking into a lead on a business associate, she stumbles across something big—big enough to get Homeland Security involved—and soon finds herself embroiled in an investigation of possible domestic terrorism.

Who knew love—and bookkeeping—could be so hazardous?

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What a tangled web we weave.  I loved this story.  The thread about Janey’s paternity and Izzy’s reluctance to reveal who it was is great.  Mac is a guy to die for.  Really he is.  And Izzy?  I really felt for her in the end.  Such a strong woman and raising a child on her own.  How these two reconnected is awesome!!!!  I mean, in a mall of all places.   I would have freaked out but Izzy didn’t.  Oh no, not our Izzy.
Izzy is the sister that is a mystery up until this book.  I like how Ms. Reece kept her a bit of secret until now.  Izzy is subtle in the other books, but she is so much more here.  Her dynamic with Hugh in the business is at times humorous but also strong.  They play off each other perfectly.  Ms. Reece also does a great job with letting us know how Izzy feels about being a single mother.  It’s hard.  At times, frustrating but Izzy will do anything for Janey.
Mac just cracks me up at times.  The second chance at love trope here is perfection.  Ms. Reece does a very nice job of getting them together early but uses some real-life obstacles to get in their way of true happiness.  It’s real life.  Getting to know a person again.  Finding out you’re a father and balancing a new career while wooing the woman that you love.  Ms. Reece does an excellent job of weaving it all together.
The suspense element is great in the book.  You get Finn, Chris, and Mac working together and at times, it has its problems.  Finn isn’t too thrilled with Mac being in Janey and Izzy’s life and it spills over to the job at hand.  I get that and we see Chris getting them to play nice in the end.
I would be remiss not to mention the DeLuca family has a whole.  I LOVE this family.  Every last one of them.  If I had to pick, Cara is my favorite and we don’t even have her book yet.  She’s a teacher, strong, very opinionated but I sense a vulnerability there that I hope Ms. Reece explores.  She’s been burned before in love and I don’t think she has quite gotten over it.
Don’t miss this series.  I will be the first one to pre-order the next book when it comes out.  You should, too.
The whole series. Trust me.

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Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. She is the author of The Seeker Series (YA paranormal) and The Way to Her Heart (YA Romantic Suspense).

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Evolution of Us by D. Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @dkellyauthor @deekellyauthor

Title: The Evolution of Us
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2017



Blurb
They say most people meet the person they will marry while in high school. Balancing one another perfectly, Holly Ryan and Declan James were together through most of
college—until their relationship blew up, leaving Declan with more questions than answers.
For the past two years, Declan has tried everything he can think of to earn Holly’s forgiveness, but even if he manages to help her let go of the past and give them another chance at happiness, she still has a secret. Not to mention, she can’t get over the revolving door of women he seems to have coming in and out of his apartment.
Declan is desperate to prove to Holly she’s the one for him and isn’t above using his celebrity status or enlisting the help of their friends to win her back. All’s fair in love and war, right?

 

As you know, I’m pretty picky when it comes to New Adult but I wanted to give this author a chance.  I glad that I did.  I really liked this book.  Sure, sure, second chance romance in New Adult is pretty typical but Ms. Kelly gives it a fresh spin.  What I mean by that is that there isn’t much angst.  Which I hate.  The book is told in the past and the present.  You get the whole story.  A fresh idea, I know.  Especially in New Adult.

These two, Declan and Holly are meant to be together…forever.  Too bad no one told Holly that.  Having known each other since they were 14 and to their breakup, their journey to being back together is great.  I liked how Declan really stepped it up in his pursuit of Holly once again.  It’s not like she made him work for it but she is one stubborn lady.  In that sense, I really wanted to scream at her.  She still loved the guy but wouldn’t see past the miscommunication that broke them up in the first place.

Declan is hilarious.  And frustrating.  Having his friends help him win Holly back is good but I could have used a little less of it.  It made him seem weak at times.  But the pursuit…I loved it in the end.  He’s not the perfect boyfriend but he’s still perfect for Holly.  One of the big things in this book that I LOVED is the character growth that Holly and Declan go through.  I know, it doesn’t happen too often in the genre but Ms. Kelly makes it work and swoon-worthy in the end.

Overall, I really liked Holly and Declan.  Sage and Baxter are a hoot.  Trust me on this one.  Secondary characters that actually enhance the story, not bring it down.  This is a stand-alone, too.  Even if you don’t read New Adult, you would like this one.  Swoon-worthy in the end and the angst is left at the door.

 
 
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D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com

 
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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of A Chance This Christmas by Joanne Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @JoanneRock6 @joannerock6 @jrockauthor

A Chance This Christmas by Joanne Rock
October 5, 2017
Tule Publishing

Growing up in the Christmas-crazed theme town of Yuletide was fun for fashion designer Rachel Chambers until a family scandal made her unwelcome. Eight years later, she’s home for a friend’s wedding and trying to go incognito… until her old flame spots her.

Snowboarder Gavin Blake wants to make things right with Rachel, and smoothing her way back in Yuletide seems like the best way to do just that. Making Rachel his date for a week of pre-wedding parties is sure to bring them closer. Except he underestimated how long a small town can carry a grudge–or how much the memory of a long-ago kiss could tempt him all over again.

As the wedding approaches, Rachel remembers all she loved about her close-knit, Christmas-loving neighbors. But even if she can win over the town again, will she be able to convince her footloose, mogul-shredding wedding date that they can find happiness beyond the holidays?

As most know, I have been reading Ms. Rock since she started writing for Harlequin.  I still read her Harlequin’s, her indies and now her books with Tule.  Who, by the way, is one publisher that you need to be buying books from.  You’d be surprised who writes for them and the books are just too good to pass up.  Anyway, I never miss a chance to spotlight Ms. Rock on the blog.  But, I do need to tell you before I start the review that this is book #3 in a series but they can totally be read as stand alones.  I just need to go back and read the other girls stories.  And yes, I have them on the Nook.

What really made the story for me is that not only is a second change story but it’s always about redemption.  This town is so ugly to Rachel and in some ways to Gavin because of his association with her that I almost didn’t finish it.  I know and I NEVER DNF a book but with this one, I seriously thought about it.  They didn’t care about the facts about the scandal with Rachel’s dad and let’s not forget about the ex-boyfriend, Luke.  Luke is a douche.  Yes, I said it and Ms. Rock knows this.  There is nothing to like about him at all.  He treats Rachel like a piece of gum on the bottom of his shoe and never lets up.  Even when his bride to be is forgiving.  In fact, she wants Rachel at their wedding and makes every effort for Rachel to be included.  Luke and his parents just want Rachel to be gone.  Of course, I could tell the “why” but you really need to read the book to find out for yourself.  I never saw it coming and in all honesty, I would have liked some more closure in regards to the town and the Harris clan.

Gavin is just too patient at times for me but he never gives up on Rachel and her acceptance back into the town and in his heart.  I liked him from the start and their relationship is a slow build and emotional at times.  He never had a bad thing to say about Rachel but at the same time, didn’t really stand up for her before she left.  He realizes this and makes it his journey to make sure that the town sees how much they were wrong and Rachel is right.  Nothing like a man standing up for his woman.  I loved it.  Rachel, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure about it.  She really didn’t even want to be there but there she was.  Her mom is a gem, too.  I really liked how supportive she is of Rachel, regardless of the past and the possible future.

Overall, do yourself a favor and pick up this book.  Heck, pick up any of Ms. Rock’s books.  She never disappoints and always delivers the goods.  Trust me and you’re welcome.

 

 

Excerpt from A Chance this Christmas by Joanne Rock
Tule PublishingScene 2: 1st Meet
For a second, she blinked up at him, blue eyes wide. She still had that sweet, girl-next-door appeal. But there had always been an edge to her, too. A wicked gleam behind the innocence. A twinkle of mischief.
She edged past him. “Hi. Sorry I don’t have time to visit. I need to see a friend.” Fumbling her keys with her red mittens, she dropped them in the snow.
“No problem.” He moved to help her retrieve them, hearing the brush-off in her tone. “I’m glad to see you back in town.”
“If that’s true—and I doubt it—then that makes you the only person besides my mother who would ever admit it.” She sounded breathless and agitated.
Irritated.
The last time he’d spoken to her, she’d been breathless for much better reasons. At least at the start of the day. His fingers closed around her keys where they’d fallen behind the Cadillac front tire. Gavin turned toward her, the two of them still crouched side by side in the snow.
“I’ve always regretted the way we parted, Rachel. For what it’s worth, I’m sorry about what happened.” He reached for her hand in the shadowy darkness lit mostly by the empty Christmas carousel spinning around nearby. He held her wrist and deposited the keys into her mitten.
“Sorry for what? That my father thought it would be a great idea to bankrupt the town? That he timed it to happen while everyone was distracted by my ex-boyfriend proposing in skywriting? Or that my embarrassment over making out with you caused me to flee and look as guilty as my crooked dad?” She yanked her wrist away from him and shot to her feet, already sifting through the set to find the door key. Her breathing sounded labored, like she’d just finished a snowboard run at full speed.
“I felt bad about all those things, Rach. But I’m sorry I acted like an ass and clammed up when Luke came along.” He shook his head, uncomfortable with the memory. “I had no right to hang you out to dry like that.”
Key in the door, she let go of the fob. The thick metal elf icon banged against the door. Her shoulders rose and fell with her breathing.
“It’s been eight years.” She sighed out the number. Or tried to. It came out as more of a wheeze. “If Luke hasn’t put it behind him, he’s not as much of a grown-up as we all gave him credit for.”
Good to know his actions hadn’t kept her up at night. But he wasn’t letting himself off the hook yet.
“Are you okay?” He held a hand out to her, cupping her shoulder through her dark coat.
“I’m fine.” She shook her head, her face illuminated by the blue and yellow lights of one of the animals on the carousel as it spun past. “Just a tree allergy, I think.”
“In thirty-degree weather?” He frowned.
“I might actually be allergic to the whole town.” She pulled an inhaler out of her pocket and took a quick puff.
“I’m sure it’s not as bad as all that. I’ve been hoping I’d see you again ever since I bought Jingle Elf’s house.” He didn’t move his hand right away, enjoying the feel of her.
They’d been friends for a long time before things fell apart. When she’d been Luke’s girlfriend, he’d been respectful of that, giving her a wide berth because he’d always felt a bit more than friendly toward her. But with his training schedule, he’d been wary of jumping into a relationship even as a teen. He shouldn’t have been surprised when she started dating Luke.
Then, after his friends had split, he should have known it was only a matter of time before the chemistry simmered to the surface.
“I never would have guessed you’d want to be a part of the madness that is Yuletide.” She shivered lightly. “I’ve been back in town for a day and Katie Garrett is already threatening to have me thrown out on my ear.”
“I’ve always loved it here. You know that.” Gavin remembered a time when her father had been a mentor to him, giving the local teens all a role in helping the Christmas town take shape in the early years. “And it’s past time you reminded the old guard you have just as much of a right to be here as any of them.” He noticed a few of the town board members in the next row, wearing their tree-lighting finery and the light-up necklaces that said “Yuletide.” “Although, unless you’re prepared to do that right now, maybe you should let me drive you where you want to go.”
Glancing over her shoulder, Rachel pulled her hat lower. “That’s okay. I’m going in to Lake Placid. I can take Mom’s car.”
“You realize there isn’t a more recognizable vehicle in town outside of St. Nick’s sleigh?” He kept his voice down, unwilling to end this unlikely reunion with the intrusion of a bunch of the town founders who’d grown cynical since the Chris Chambers’ embezzlement. “That Cadillac is going to announce your presence pretty quickly.”
Rachel glanced back and forth between him and the car. “I don’t know.”
Insulted that he didn’t look like the better option, he tugged the keys free from the door. “The Rachel Chambers I once knew had a sense of adventure.”
He held out his hand, waiting. And yes, hoping.
“And look where that got me?” she whispered, but took his hand just the same. “I’m a pariah in my own town.”
Leading her toward his truck a few spaces on, he made sure they stayed out of the reflected carousel lights.
“Not if I have anything to say about it.” Unlocking the passenger door, he helped her up into the old F150 he’d bought when he purchased the house. He hurried to the driver’s side and slid behind the wheel before she changed her mind.
“Oh really? I’m not sure you’re going to be much help salvaging my reputation.”
He really shouldn’t get involved. He knew that. Championing Rachel in this town would be bad for the business he wanted to open. It could hurt his chances of accomplishing a whole laundry list of things he wanted to tackle in town, starting with a fundraiser he needed the town council to approve.
But he owed her, didn’t he?
“That’s where you’re wrong.” A plan came together in his mind—a way to make up to her the wrong that he’d done all those years ago. “I’m a local sports hero these days.” He wasn’t bragging. People placed a whole lot of emphasis on sports. “I’ve got some standing in town.”
“I don’t think that’s going to help me. I might just tarnish your Olympic halo.” She rubbed a knuckle along the passenger window, as if she could clear the icy layer on the outside.
They sat in the cold truck while he waited for the defroster to kick in enough to clear the windows.
He knew she had a valid point.
“I kept my mouth shut eight years ago when I should have defended you to everyone. At the time, I thought maybe you hadn’t been honest with me, and that maybe you really were still with Luke.” Gavin had felt like he’d betrayed his friend, and the guilt had made him say things he later regretted. “I know better now, thanks to making amends with Luke. And I’d like to help you feel welcome in Yuletide again.”
“You don’t have to do any such thing.” She turned toward him, a hand on his arm. “I’m not going to stay in town long anyhow.”
He could see the hint of vulnerability in her pretty eyes. Was she leaving because things were uncomfortable for her here? He couldn’t abide that. Not when he’d been a part of the reason she’d felt ostracized. He knew exactly how to fix it.
Besides, he realized he was in no hurry for her to leave. It’d been too long since he had seen her.
“I happen to know Kiersten Garrett really wants you at her wedding.” He’d been over to dinner at Luke’s and Kiersten had shared as much.
Rachel’s jaw dropped. “I— Well. Just because Kiersten wants me there doesn’t mean I need to put up with grief from everyone in town.”
He jumped into trouble with both feet. It came with the territory on the mountain every day, and he wasn’t going to shy away from a risk now, with someone who used to be important to him.
“Consider the town quieted when you go to the bridal welcome dinner as my date.”
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About Joanne Rock:

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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