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#Review of A Family for Christmas (Where Secrets Are Safe #13) by Tara Taylor Quinn w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @tarataylorquinn @ttquinn1 @PrismBookTours #HarlequinMyRewards @HarlequinBooks @prismbooktours


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A Family for Christmas
(Where Secrets Are Safe #13)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

A second chance for Joy

While recovering at a remote cabin, Dr. Simon Walsh stumbles across Cara Amos. Injured and left for dead, Cara is harboring dark secrets. Yet Simon can’t help falling for his mysterious patient. As her memory returns and her injuries fade under his gentle care, he vows to help her find her missing daughter.

At The Lemonade Stand shelter, managing director Lila McDaniels is helping Cara’s estranged father, Edward Mantle, bond with his traumatized granddaughter, Joy. And his feelings extend well beyond gratitude.

Bringing this family together seems impossible… Luckily, Christmas is the season of miracles.


via GIPHY

Yes, this is me right now.  So many emotions but these tears are both sad and good.  Good because if this is the last book in the series, it will end just perfectly.  The sad tears are because the series is ending.  If you didn’t know, the Superromance line will cease to exist late next year.  I have been privileged to read all the books in the series and many other books over the decades in this wonderful line and it just makes me sad to see it go.

The reason why this book is pure perfection is the way Ms. Quinn wrapped up all the loose threads that we didn’t know where there.  Lila has always been in the books but to FINALLY get her story is both heartbreaking, beautiful and romantic.  I loved how her relationship with Cara’s dad, Edward, carried on from the last book.  If there were two people that needed to be friends, it was these two.  Sad backstories but when they weren’t looking love, love snuck up on them.  Ms. Quinn does an excellent job of showing how an older couple act together and in the end, watching Edward finally butting in Lila’s personal business in the end.  Honestly, how Brett figures into the whole Lila/Edward relationship…SHOCKED ME!!!  Once I got over the shock, it totally made sense.  Highly emotional scenes with Lila and Brett but it is totally worth it.  I had tears…tears.  And more than satisfying.  Bravo Ms. Quinn.

Cara and Simon are dealing with much more than just emotional issues.  Cara is a secondary character in the last book but I just had a feeling that her story would be a doozy and I was right.  At the end of the last book, I knew that something wasn’t quite right and I couldn’t wait to see how the Cara/Joy/Shawn/Mary/Edward storyline would play out.  It is emotional, raw and deals with some definite domestic violence issues that will make you squirm.  I loved how in the end of the book Simon tells her that she never wanted to die.  Cara had her mother with her the whole time and just that realization had Cara believing that he was right…all along.  The scenes were Cara/Joy/Edward are finally reunited are brilliant.  While in the cabin with Simon, Cara finally comes to terms with everything that has happened over the last 12 years with her mom, her dad, Shawn and eventually Simon.

I loved Simon.  Patient and kind but also realizing that he just couldn’t let Cara do everything by herself.  He had to teach her that by herself, she is strong but with him on her side, there was nothing that she couldn’t do or deal with.  *swoon*  Plus, he had his own demons to deal with and Cara never let him down.  *sigh*  Never had two characters in the whole series deserved the happiness that they needed.

Again, I’m so very sad if this is the last book in the series.  I’ve come to love The Lemonade Stand and everything that it stands for.  Ms. Quinn has written that rare series that is relevant, relatable, emotional, swoon-worthy, at times raw but in the end of so satisfying.  *sniffs*

Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series

(Books released as of August 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)



About the Author


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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Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Schedule

November 11th: Launch
November 12th: Becky on Books
November 13th: Harlequin Junkie & Thoughts of a Blonde
November 14th: Wishful Endings
November 15th: Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews & Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
November 16th: Book Lover in Florida & Harlie’s Books
November 17th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:

1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:

1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

Release Day, Reviews

Happy Release Day to Seducing the Defendant (the Conflict of Interest series #2) by Chantal Fernando @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando

 

 

Title: Seducing the Defendant
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #2
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando returns to her latest, steamy Conflict of Interest series with this electrifying tale of murder, justice, and intense attraction.Jaxon Bentley is a hardnosed criminal lawyer whose entire life revolves around his work. He’s been asked to represent Scarlett Reyes, a woman accused of murdering her police officer husband in cold blood. All the evidence points to Scarlett being guilty and Jaxon is sure it’s an open and shut case.

But when he meets his client, he can’t help but feel that she’s innocent and that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. With a bit of digging, he uncovers a connection to the notorious Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and realizes that Scarlett’s case is a complicated and difficult one. It certainly doesn’t help that the two share an immediate and passionate attraction. Will Jaxon be able to prove Scarlett’s innocence or are the two doomed to fail both in court and as a couple?

 

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I know what you are going to say?  Or maybe not.  I just love Ms. Fernando’s writing.  Keep in mind that this is only my 2nd book to read by her and yes, it’s one of the best books of 2017.  There is something to be said about an author that grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go.  I will admit that I read some of the reviews of this book that have come across my computer through other blogs and not a lot of them liked it as much as I did.  Here’s why:
1.  Insta love – I didn’t feel like Scarlett and Jaxson had the whole insta love thing going.  In fact, I felt like Scarlett held back until about 3/4 of the way in the book.  Sure, they had sex, a lot and went out on dates but it seemed like until Demon came around that she finally was able to truly love Jaxson for everything that he was and his past.
2.  Scarlett – I really thought that she was a great heroine.  She is definitely stronger than she thought and as she makes girlfriends in the book, she is finally able to do things her way and without judgment from her partner.  Her group of friends is diverse and the scenes at the strip club are hilarious.
3.  Jaxson – Besides being too sexy for his shirt and a brilliant attorney, he’s really a softie.  I didn’t figure out a plot point in the book but it explains why Jaxson could be, at times, closed off and why he resisted Scarlett at first.  There were tears in my eyes near the ending of the book for him.  Ms. Fernando does a great job through the last chapters of the book showing us what he is really made of and how early events in his life shaped him to be the man that he is today.
4.  The plot – I will admit that the plot is pretty simplistic but then again, this book is about the characters, not what the blurb tells you.  This is a great character study on the growth of Scarlett after the death of her husband and Jaxson dealing with the death of a loved one.  After all the years of isolation that Scarlett death with, it was like she had to learn to be herself again.  Finding friends, who to trust and how to be free.  I admit that I loved Scarlett.  She’s a feisty one and watching her relationship grow with Jaxson is a delight.  Jaxson’s growth is less subtle but it’s there.
5.  Secondary characters – I loved every single one of them.  Kat, Hunter, Tristin, Callum, Valentina, Faye, Gwen, and Dex.  Oh yes, the MC club, Wind Demons is here, too.  I haven’t read the books but I did buy Faye and Dex’s story because I just fell in love with Faye.  Demon…man, I teared up.  You just have to read it to understand.  I can’t wait to read Callum’s book next.
Overall, I loved the book.  I love Ms. Fernando.  What draws me to her books are the characters.  They are strong, flawed and relatable.  This book deals with some subject matter that may be sensitive to some but Ms. Fernando deals with it beautifully.  I can’t wait until February.

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Releasing February 19, 2018

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Releasing April 17, 2018

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty 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.

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Reviews

#Review of A Love Restrained by Becky Flade w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @beckyflade @Becky-Flade #romantic suspense

A Love Restrained

by Becky Flade

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GENRE:   Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Old secrets, new threats…What are they willing to sacrifice?
Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.


Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.
Even when his secrets threaten them both.

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Excerpt One:

Spring in the city brought people out of winter hibernation like a siren song but as the temperature rose, so in turn, did the crime rate. Cops had to be sharp as they walked the streets of Philadelphia. In her ten years on the force, on these streets, she’d seen a lot of crazy and often stupid criminals do a lot of crazy and often stupid things. But to be so brazen, or so plain dumb, as to do a hand-to-hand drug buy right in front of two uniformed officers rode high on her list of top ten. “Tell me you saw that?”

“Saw what?” Hunks of half chewed soft pretzel fell from Sherman’s mouth.

Pete Sherman’s not a bad cop, just not an observant one whose paunch portrayed his love of all things fried and his reupholstered recliner. He hadn’t seen a thing in the last six months. But he took direction well, despite the fact he had seniority.

“There, across the street.” She pointed. “The junkie walking east just scored off the guy in the leather bomber heading west. I swear the dealer looked right at us before the exchange. Call it in, Pete, and grab the junkie. I’m going after the dealer.”

Sherman didn’t argue. She took off into a quick lope, kept her footsteps light so as to not alert the man she pursued. The spring day had drawn people out and the complaints of the pedestrians she weaved through grew loud. The guy glanced over his shoulder, and the edge of his mouth tipped into a grin before he sprinted around the corner.

“Cocky jerk.” She turned the corner, and shouted, “Stop! Police.”

She ran clean and fast, closing the distance between them with little effort. The dealer ducked into an alley she knew to be a dead end. She slowed and put one hand on the butt of her service pistol as she approached. He had his back to her, his hands on his hips as he stared at the brick wall in front of him.

“Philly PD, you’re under arrest. Slowly put your hands above your head and against the wall to your left.” She closed the few feet between them, using her free hand to release the handcuffs from her belt, the other remaining on her weapon. She cuffed him, with practiced efficiency, and then read him his rights before leading him out of the alley, preferring to do the pat down with her partner present.

“Kylee Parker, I’ll admit I daydreamed a time or two about you cuffing me, but it was never in this context.”

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You know when you start reading a book with an opening like that, you keep thinking that the book would be snarky?  This book is NOT snarky.  It’s an emotional rollercoaster about a second chance at love between two people that on paper shouldn’t be together but the heart knows what the heart wants.  This book got me from the beginning.  I loved everything about it.  And I mean EVERYTHING!  If I had to say, it’s probably my top pick of the year.

Here’s why:

Kylee Parker – my kind of heroine.  Strong, smart and a cop.  She has some baggage associated with being a cop but she is good at her job.  I liked that about her.  She has issues and that doesn’t include the issues surrounding Jayson.  Her confusion over her feelings about Jayson is relatable but not predictable.  Sure, she hates him, then loves him but doesn’t fall into bed with him at every turn.  As childhood friends, they’ve both grown and that’s where the confusion starts.

Jayson Donovan – just delicious.  But I digress.  Hearing his backstory and his family issues, your heart will break but he does try to rise above it.  The one thing that keeps him sane is Kylee.  I won’t go into all of Jayson because he holds many secrets that spill out in the course of the book that are just jaw-dropping.  Yes, jaw-dropping.

The plot – The blurb is totally misleading.  But I completely understand why Ms. Flade wrote it that way.  Any more and she would have spoiled the book.  You will get to know all about Jayson and Kylee when they were growing up and how they ended up as adults.  Ms. Flade does an excellent job of more jaw-dropping moments in the book and you think, will she stop?  Nope.  Not until the very end.  Yes, the very end.  Hang on for a wild ride in the third part of the book.

Writing style – Its written more in 1st person (Kylee) but you also get Jayson’s thoughts and feelings, too.  She does a great job of never dumbing down the characters in the book and fleshes them out.  The secondary characters are just perfection.  Everyone has a part to play in the book.  Ms. Flade writes beautifully and her characters come to life.  The book is written in three acts.  I’ve never read a book like that and I really liked it.

Emotional – the book will have you on a rollercoaster.  Literally.  Between the budding relationship between Jayson and Kylee, you have both of them with their separate families and then when the families are together.  Both sets of families have secrets that they have kept from Kylee and Jayson and when things are starting to be revealed, your mind will be blown.  Also, don’t expect a lot of smexy times.  They are there but honestly, I don’t think they were needed.  Of course, they ARE needed but Ms. Flade makes us care about her characters without all the unnecessary stuff.

Suspense – Oh my word.  This book never stops after the first act.  The second and third acts are riveting and will leave you second guessing.  Especially the third act.  That act literally had me on the edge of the couch.  I held my breath for most of it and threaten my son if he tried to talk to me.  Ms. Flade does suspense like no one else.  And yes, I read a lot of suspense books so I can spot formulaic suspense anywhere.  Not here.  She keeps you on your toes with all the twists in this book.  *sigh*

I connected with the characters from the beginning.  Both of them are flawed, have baggage but love each other so much that they are willing and do sacrifice their own happiness for the other.  *sigh*  What Jayson did at the end of the first act?  *swoon-worthy* but I had tears.

I can’t impress you to read this book.  I’m so sorry that it ended.  I miss the chaos, the love but most importantly, Jayson and Kylee.  I could read more about this couple for years to come.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters, my son-in-law and two grandsons. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

I’d love to have you visit with me at any of my virtual homes or write to me directly at beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com

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The book will be on sale for $0.99.

 

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Becky Flade will be awarding $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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