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Reunited with the Cowboy
(Heroes of Shelter Creek #1)
By Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She can save his ranch…

But can he forgive her?

Maya Burton knows she’s the last person rancher Caleb Dunne wants to see. After all, she survived the crash that killed his sister, and then left town. Now she has to convince the stubborn cowboy that she can help him save his ranch. But once she earns his trust—and his heart—will she be able to walk away?

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“Why don’t you just tell me what to do? Don’t you have some literature or something you can give me?” He didn’t want to spend more time with her. Didn’t want to see the way the growing sunlight lit up strands of gold in her hair. Didn’t want to think about how no other woman had caught his attention for long, since her.

Except part of him, that boy he’d been when he’d loved her, did want her here. It was ridiculous. Some ancient fantasy of happily-ever-after that his brain was revisiting.

“I have literature, yes. And I’ll leave you with some. But the best way I can help you is if we walk around your ranch together and talk about what you can do to prevent any further attacks.”

As if on cue, Hobo leaped onto Caleb’s shoulder, startling him so badly that he jumped a couple of feet to the right. “Jeez, Hobo!”

Maya burst out laughing, the sound ringing like a pretty bell in the quiet. “Wow! That is one agile cat!”

This was great. More indignity to add to the morning. Caleb’s face warmed and he resisted the urge to bat the cat off. But it wasn’t Hobo’s fault that Caleb was an idiot who’d passed out on his porch last night. Or that Maya had found him there.

Plus Hobo was stubborn. He’d probably just jump right back on anyway. Best to play it cool. “Yeah. This is Hobo. He likes to hang out with me when I’m working.”

“I see.” Maya’s lips quivered as if she wanted to laugh again, and Caleb got it. He must look quite the fool. The big, hungover, grumpy dude with a small orange cat along for the ride.

Hobo stuck his head under the brim of Caleb’s hat and shoved, knocking it askew.

“Hey!” Caleb set his hat to rights and moved Hobo off his shoulder, tucking him under his arm instead. Darn cat. Except he was pretty cute, the way he was snuggling up into Caleb’s chest. It was hard to stay mad. Which was strange because Caleb was pretty sure that mad was the main emotion he’d felt ever since he’d come back to Shelter Creek.

 

Ms. McEwen has been a favorite of mine for a while and I love the beginning of her series for the line.  What really grabbed me from the start was Maya’s grandmother and her friends, The Book Biddies.  They always had Maya’s back from the start and it was funny but also endearing.  They knew what the real story was no matter what the rest of the town thought.  Oh yes, Maya survived the crash but her friend didn’t.  All I’m going to say is that once people, especially Caleb FINALLY listen to her and understand the circumstances, no one is the same afterward.  Powerful and emotional, and somewhat life-changing for Caleb.  All that resentment towards the one person that was actually trying to help.

I loved the second chance at romance aspect of the book.  Caleb and Maya are the perfect counterparts to the other.  Maya is exactly what Caleb needs in his life and his farm.  Regardless of the actions of each other when they were teenagers, Caleb needed the kick in the backside from her when it came to the mountain lions.  The scenes where they are able to capture one, you could see Caleb at this turning point in the story.  And no, I didn’t spoil it but it is powerful in its message and how it all plays out.

When Maya left, she basically became a loner; not letting anyone get too close and I really understood her reasoning for that.  I also totally got why she never came home.  Would you if the town hated you for something you DIDN’T do?  Yep, I’d be gone too.  She is smart and only trying to help her fellow ranchers and most of them are grateful.  How she works her magic on Caleb is slow but beautiful.  In some ways, he was too stubborn for me.  But then when he was grumpy Caleb, he was funny.  Plus, Hobo his cat, is just too much for me.  It’s like he had a designer dog that just wouldn’t leave.

This book is about redemption and forgiveness.  Maya is looking for redemption and forgiveness for something that she really didn’t do and Caleb is looking for redemption in his treatment of Maya all those years ago.  And maybe some forgiveness, too.  These two had a lot to do go through before they could even see eye to eye about their relationship.  I loved that Ms. McEwen didn’t make it easy for either one of them.

I really enjoyed Maya and Caleb and I hope to see them again.  I really go into Maya’s research on them and I would like an update on the center in later books.  Again, give this line a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.

About the Author

Claire McEwen writes stories about strong heroes and heroines who take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-after. She lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When she’s not writing, Claire enjoys gardening, reading and discovering flea-market treasures. She loves to hear from readers! You can find her on most social media and at www.clairemcewen.com.

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Earth’s fate rests in the hands of shape-shifting dragons, studly aliens, and a determined woman who demands a say in her own fate. In this exciting finale of the An Alien Exchange trilogy, follow their adventures across the galaxy to a tale that features mounting action, stimulating passion, and heart-pounding emotions.

Sherrilyn Marie Cantor firmly believes success doesn’t come to those who sit around and wait for it to show up; it takes determination, discipline, and hard work. At thirty-four, she has it all – a successful business and more money than she can spend until a jealous partner sets her up and frames her for stealing trade secrets. She loses everything and faces a twenty-year federal prison sentence. When an unexpected offer to find “love among the stars” comes her way, she doesn’t hesitate to escape her unjust fate and leaves Earth forever.

A Zerin descended from a secretive line of dragon shapeshifters, M’alalu (Ki) Ki E’eur ignores the fact he’s living a half-life. Broken from childhood guilt for the murder of his parents and six year-old sister, he silently goes through the motions of everyday life. A former mercenary and friend of the crown prince of Zerin, Ki absorbs a debt his prince intended to take. He’s expendable; the prince isn’t. Now he’s in the crosshairs of a power-hungry despot determined to overthrow the current democratic galactic government.

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Being possessed sucked.

Yep, she, Sherrilyn Marie Cantor, was possessed—like “demon taking over your body” type of possessed. Instead of housing a spitting-pea-soup demon, Sherri endured an unwanted galactic gangster fighting for domination of her body and mind. From the moment the bubble housing the Dread Pirate Maynwaring popped over her face and his essence entered her, she’d been fighting for control. So far she’d kept a tight lid on things, but the whole situation was turning out to be a huge pain in the ass.

But, bright side, she had help from her Zerin shipmate, Ki. He’d taught her how to access the memories of her unwanted guest while at the same time keeping him locked away. Jeez, the spirit called himself Dread Pirate. What kind of name was that? Apparently, that wasn’t his original name, but something he’d adopted after hearing the story of The Princess Bride from a human slave. He’d become so enamored of the dread pirate character he changed his title.

What a snowflake.

What’sss a sssnowflake, human? He asked it in his normal, hissy tone.

How a disembodied entity had a tone was a mystery to her. He sounded like a snake with a speech impediment. She created a visual of sticking his stupid forked tongue between his teeth and clamping his mouth shut then taping it closed. And, if he called her human in that derogatory manner one more time….

Ki’s training kicked in. Instead of imagining the pain she’d rather give, she created a dark, dank pit to throw his happy ass in.

No…no, don’t ssssnd me there again!

Sherri imagined throwing his bright orb down a bottomless cavern before rolling an avalanche of sharp, heavy rocks to cover the hole. Dust billowed up and down before it settled in a thick layer to create a mountain to contain him. Then she pictured the mountain folding upon itself, repeatedly, until it was a speck of light flashing out of her thoughts.

Unfortunately, this exercise never held him for long. One minute he’d be gone (treasured silence), and the next, he’d be right back butting in and making snarky comments every chance he got. You’d think he’d be smart enough to keep his mouth shut so she didn’t know he was there.

Whoa…where’d that creepy idea come from? Sometimes the hair on the back of her neck broke out in chill bumps as if someone looked over her shoulder. What if…what if she wasn’t aware when he wormed his way out? Was he spying on private intimate things she was obsessed with…like say, a certain tall, well-built, sexy-as-sin Zerin named Ki…

Damn it! She shook her head to get rid of that image. She didn’t trust people outside of her body, much less the asshole inside. Only constant vigilance on her part would keep the alien in the hole she’d put it in. Shit, no wonder she was tired all the time.

Sherri sat with her feet over the side of the comfortable bed she’d slept in. She had to admit, she was happy enough with the accommodations aboard the organic AI ship called “Elemi.” Still, she could do without the snarky attitude the female contraption gave her all the time. The sleek 11-15 ship apparently came with a load of baggage, and not the kind Sherri liked to use on vacations.

I really hope that Ms. Kruspe reads this review.  She will not cringe, cry or go into a depression.  I just want to let her know that I’ve never done the following:

  1.  Read a story with dragon shifters.
  2.  Read a sci-fi story that had me in tears with laughter, a story that was completely plausible, a cast of characters that I fell in love with and did I mention dragons?

Yall this book.  Between Sherri and Ki’s relationship, a ship called Elemi (she is a HOOT), a prince and a duke for friends.  Not to mention the human females that they mated with and the entire plot of aliens taking over earth?  The villains are perfection.  It’s almost like you can see them twirling their mustaches for fun.  And no, I’m not making fun of them.  They were nasty, alien and the end was awesome.  You will cheer when it happens.  But I will say that one aspect does make me a little sad but I won’t spoil it for you.

Sherri is hilarious.  And strong, too.  Her personality is at times snarky but also, just trying to figure out what in the heck is going on with her and her body.  This is where the dragons come into play.  She handled it well but there are plenty of fun moments, too with the dragon.  I grieved for them during the book at one time but I understood why Ms. Kruspe did what she did.  Sherri needed to go into her new role on Earth and grieve Ki at the same time.  It was hard but she got through it.

Ki is an alien but he is all male.  Dumb when it comes to Sherri at times, alpha when it comes to protectiveness and an all around great guy to know.  I understood why he didn’t want to mate with anyone but his dragon has basically told him to buck up and get it over with.  Trust, the dialogue between Ki and the dragon are downright hilarious.  In fact, the dialogue between Sherri and her dragon are fun, too.  You will fall in love with Ki from the very beginning.

The two dragons in the book are fantastic.  Remember this is science fiction, NOT fantasy, so for me, the dragons are more of a person than an animal.  They have their own personalities and aren’t afraid to let Ki and Sherri know it.  I could read a book with just them in it.  Yes, they are that good in the book.

I really loved the plot of the book, too.  Intergalactic war on the Earth; sexy alien men that aren’t afraid to be a bit dumb when it comes to women but will do anything to protect them, even when they don’t need protecting.  This is the third book of the series and I’ve already bought the first two books in the series.  I need those stories.

Do yourself a favor and give this book a chance.  I don’t read anything related to dragons or science fiction but I loved it.  Its a bit spicy in places but appropriately so.  It is a romance.  Another thing, the romance is a slow build.  It might appear that it was fast but really it’s not.  It is sweet, frustrating and the pay off is great.

 

About the Author:

A native Nevadan, Keri resides with her family in the wilds of Northwest Michigan where she enjoys the stark change in seasons and the pleasures each one brings. An avid reader, Keri loves an enjoyable bottle of red wine, a variety of delicious foods and watching action/adventure movies…usually at the same time. You can find her most days immersed in her fantasy world on her latest novel while foot tappin’ to classic rock. When not absorbed in her writing, Keri works alongside her husband in building their dream home or discovering intelligent life in America in their RV.

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Sweet Home Alaska
(Northern Lights #5)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

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Mom took a sip of her tea. “Has Scott worked in Alaska before?” 

“No.” Volta gave a little laugh. “Why are you so interested?” 

Her mother shrugged. “I was watching you when you talked at the birthday party, and you didn’t look like two people who barely knew each other. If you’ve known him awhile, and he’s never been in Alaska before, where did you meet him?” 

Volta stuffed her mouth full of meat loaf to avoid having to answer that question right away, but her mother watched her until she swallowed. “This is really good. Do I taste rosemary?” 

“You know you do, because you asked that last time. Why don’t you want to tell me where you met this doctor?” 

Volta shrugged. “I knew him in Hawaii.” 

“Really? Was he in some of your classes?” Her mother’s eyes suddenly widened. “Wait a minute. Scott? Oh, Volta, was this the man who caused you to drop out of school?” 

“No one caused me to drop out. That was all on me.”

“But you were so sad when you came home. He broke your heart.” She stared at Volta’s face as though she could read her thoughts. “It was him, wasn’t it?” 

“Okay, yes. Scott and I were dating in Hawaii. And I thought it was getting serious. But he already had plans to join DEMA once he finished his residency. He broke up with me. It’s not that big of a deal.” 

“You were devastated.” 

“I got over it. I married Wade, and I had Emma. It all worked out for the best.” 

“But now you have to spend a lot of time with this man.” 

“So?” 

“I don’t want you to get hurt again.” 

“Yes, well, I don’t particularly want that, either. That’s why I’m keeping this relationship on a professional level.” 

“But he was at Emma’s birthday party.” 

“That was Emma’s doing, not mine. You know how excited she was about the reindeer farm. She ran into him when he was dropping me off and invited him.” 

“Why was he dropping you off?” 

“I left my keys— It doesn’t matter. The point is, I’m eleven years older now, and I hope wiser. Scott is doing important work with this study and I can contribute. He doesn’t know Alaska, and I do. After I introduced Scott, the people we interviewed yesterday opened up and gave him valuable information.” 

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” 

“I think I’m mature enough to work alongside a man without falling in love with him. Besides, it’s only for a couple of weeks.” Volta laughed. “What could go wrong?”

If I had to give out my best book of the year award right now, it would be this book.  It is that good.  This isn’t my first book by Ms. Carpentar and she never disappoints.  Ms. Carpentar also brings emotional depth to her stories but also, I feel like I’m in Alaska.  Like Northern Alaska feels.  I loved that show.  You need to look it up.  Anyway.  Plus, her characters are always phenomenal.  And, there is a child involved but Emma is her own character and I loved her.

This is a great second chance romance from the heart.  I completely understood the commitment issues that Scott had from the beginning.  His family life growing up wasn’t the best but he did what he thought he had to do in Hawaii with Volta.  Volta is guarded when it comes to Scott and she has every right.  And then her daughter, Emma, takes a strong liking to Scott and in time, Scott to her.  I loved their relationship and it woke something in Scott that he never thought would happen.  Volta is a strong woman.  Fierce when it comes to her daughter and loyal to her job and patients.  What I didn’t like was how she let her sister in law talk to her that way about her late husband (her brother) like that.  Sure, I understood that she missed her brother but I would have put her in her place.  It grated on my nerves a bit but hey, it’s just me.

Their love story is a sweet one but a very slow build.  Like I said, a second chance at romance but they still had a lot to work out between them and within themselves.  Trust, commitment are some of the issues that they have but the love has never died.  Communication this time around is the key to their romance and it works.  I especially liked how Ms. Carpentar showed Volta’s relationship with her own parents and her in-laws.  While her parents weren’t exactly thrilled, they didn’t judge her decision but listened to her and the concerns they had.  Emma is cute and I understood her frustration when Scott.  Her relationship with him bloomed and I loved watching it.

Peeps, you really need to read Ms. Carpentar and this series.  She brings emotional depth, humor, great characters, and a setting to die for.  I recommend Ms. Carpentar to anyone that will listen to me.  And yes, this is a series but each book stands alone.

 

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Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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