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Bad Boy Rancher
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #3)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
April 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He’s not the only one who needs saving…

But maybe they can save each other?

Dark, brooding, dangerous…and possibly suicidal. Renegade rancher Justin Cade was exactly the kind of man former army chaplain Brielle Thompson needed to avoid after escaping the horrors of Afghanistan with an honorable discharge—and PTSD. The whole point of moving to the remote Rocky Mountains of Colorado was to leave the darkness behind, not fall back into it. But falling she is…

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EXCERPT

Are you ready to go?” There was a brief catch in Brielle’s voice as Justin tucked her loose scarf into her coat collar.

“There’s something I want to show you first.”

“Maybe another time.” She twisted a cross pinned to the lapel of her jacket. “I’ve still got work to finish and—”

Her words cut off as he laced his fingers in hers. “Work will be there in the morning.

This won’t.”

An exclamation of white blew from her lips. “Why’s my seeing this important to you?” He cupped her chin. “Don’t know, it just is.

Will you come?”

Her wide eyes probed his, her teeth worrying her bottom lip. “What are you going to

show me?”

“The moon.”

She peered up at the sky. “I can see it just fine.”

“Yeah. But can you touch it?”

Her lips curved as she shook her head. “You’re being silly, you know that.”

“It’s part of my charm,” he drawled, and her smile widened, her ease around him filling him with warmth. He was used to pushing people away. Brielle, however, refused to be budged. She just kept coming for him, and he liked that about her. A lot.

“Okay. Let’s go,” she said. “Must be I’m crazy, too.”

Something he couldn’t identify, light and sparkling, spun through his chest as he led her up a path through dark woods. What was he doing?

Darned if he knew.

He just didn’t want to let her go so quick. Not when a large orange moon hung low and heavy in the sky, flooding the world with magic, filling a lonely man’s heart with longing for what couldn’t be…except on a night like this.

Yall this series.  I’m telling you, READ IT!!!  Ms. Rock nailed Justin to a tee.  Okay, so I may be partial to Ms. Rock because I’ve read her since she started but every one of her books in this series is heartfelt, at times funny, the men are sexy as heck and the heroines are perfect for them.  Every couple has baggage and it’s quite a ride to see them work it out separately and then together for the all-important HEA.

Justin and Brille are no exception to this rule.  Justin is one wounded soul.  Losing a twin is devasting but to blame yourself is even worse.  The downward spiral that he is taking is awful but I could understand him and his self-loathing.  But instead of Ms. Rock beating us over the head with it, she brings out the real Justin and it is a joy to watch.  Finding a good woman will do that to you.  Brille is a Godsend.  No pun intended.  She’s just as broken as Justin but with the love and trust of a good man, she figures it out.

Both of them are dealing with some very serious issues and Ms. Rock doesn’t sugarcoat them.  She brings into play, Al-Alon (a great organization) and even the Loveland’s make appearances and I’m loving how they are woven into the Cade’s stories.  The Cade’s are beginning to understand them a bit better but I’m not sure if it will all be for the good or not.

I can’t encourage you to read this series.  You do not have to read them order but I would.  Yes, they are that good and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

p.s.  Sorry, it’s late.

 

Other Books in the Series

Christmas at Cade Ranch
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The Christmas they never had.

James Cade has one priority: keep the family ranch running smoothly in the wake of his younger brother’s death. With Jesse’s ex, Sofia Gallardo, and her young son, Javi, stranded at Cade Ranch over Christmas, this task just got a lot harder. The longer Sofia and Javi stay, the harder it is to imagine the ranch without them. James couldn’t save his brother from his inner demons, but he can give his nephew a secure future. Maybe more—if he can figure out how to trust Sofia, and stop feeling like he’s betraying Jesse. Because trying to stop thinking about beautiful, determined Sofia is impossible.

Falling for a Cowboy
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #2)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Doesn’t he get that she’s blind?

Barrel racer Amberley James wants to join the premier rodeo circuit more than anything, but she faces the ultimate hurdle when she loses her eyesight to a rare genetic condition. All she’d ever wanted seems out of reach. Giving up is the only option…until her best friend and local hero Jared Cade steps in. The last thing she wants is Jared’s help. But his persistence at encouraging her to get back in the saddle is ridiculously annoying. And undeniably inspiring…

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About the Author

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.

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#Review of For This Moment (The Gentrys of Paradise #3) by Holly Bush w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #HistoricalRomance @hollybushbooks

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Holly Bush will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

1871 – Born to privilege and duty in Virginia, Olivia Gentry comes of age as women begin to find their social and political independence. She has been raised and educated to carry on the Gentry family’s successful horse breeding stables with her brothers at Paradise, their family home. Having been deceived in love as a young woman and unsure of her instincts, she is wary to commit to a marriage, but she cannot deny her long-buried feelings for a family friend.

Jim Somerset has been in love with Olivia Gentry from the moment she gazed up at him as a young girl. A farrier by trade like his father before him, he and his business’s future are inexorably entwined with the Gentry family. He has watched her be courted by statesmen, and considers her and her goals out of the reach of a common workman, like himself. But he is fearful that he will never rid Olivia from his mind and from his heart. Has the moment come for him to reveal his passions for her? Find out in the third installment of the Gentrys of Paradise.

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Olivia understood herself enough to know that she had lost her confidence, and even though others might see her as wealthy and educated and fortunate, which she was, she was still fragile and unsure of how her future would unfold. Any man she married or fixed on would be a central part of that future. Would define in society’s eyes whether her hopes and dreams were fulfilled, whether her personal happiness and the draw of competency and ambition she had for herself would cross paths.

She supposed that she should end her self-imposed exile. What good did it do her to hide in her room? She’d answered some of her own questions in the last four months. She did wish to marry. She wanted children of her own. She wanted a companion, a man, all for herself, not meant to be shared with others. She wanted to experience intimacy, and although she could do that outside the bounds of marriage, she couldn’t imagine it. How could one achieve the intimacy necessary to complete the act with a person that one had no relationship with, either from personal choice or law?

The final question, of course, was whether she would achieve any of those goals if love wasn’t evident. Her mother and father hadn’t been in love when they married. Yet they had grown to love each other and built a successful life together. Olivia believed that she could do as many other women had done before. Marry with purpose. Marry to achieve goals. Marry, not for love, but for compatibility and future hopes.

Still on the historical romance kick.  But then again, I love Holly Bush.  I read about her Crawfords and now I’m on to the Gentrys.  However, I have NOT read Matt’s book which I have already bought.  I did read the prequel/parents story and loved it.  I missed old Beau in this book but he is Olivia’s mind at all times.

What I really liked about this book is the family.  They rally around each other and it’s good to see healthy relationships between everyone.  Including Annie, Matt’s wife.  She’s a sweetheart and the relationship that she has with Olivia is spot on.  Married or not, Annie is still a woman and talks to Olivia has one, not as Matt’s wife.  Plus, Eleanor Gentry, the matriarch of the family is a force to be reckoned with.  She treats her children with respect, love, and friendship.

Jim Somerset.  I wanted to slap him most of the time in the book.  Talk about stubborn, hard-headed and so much in love with Olivia that it hurts.  Plus, he thought the bro code was still in place.  Communication or lack of is Jim’s biggest problem and at times it was maddening.  I realize that is the point of the book but honestly, I got tired of it.  But I didn’t give up on him.  His blind devotion to Olivia and the Gentry’s is endearing.  Plus, I loved his family.  They never let up on him when it needed.  Now, I will say that I swooned when he FINALLY went all caveman on Olivia.  I know, I know.  It sounds backward but when he did it, I literally swooned.  It was his moment to get the girl and he did it the only way he knew how.

Olivia might seem to be a strong woman but actually, she’s has been burned before when it comes to men, so I could understand her reluctance when it comes to men.  The senator’s aide is an ass and I’m glad that she saw that but then she…oh wait…I can’t say that.  I really liked her from the start and honestly, she was the only one of them that actually communicated.  Even when she was with Josephine, she communicated.  Let’s not forget about the train ride either.

Overall, I loved the book.  Once Jim decided that he just had to have Olivia, with some physical confrontation with Matt.  I can’t wait to read about Adam next.  This book has some humor, lots of love and two people that fell in love with each other has children.  Love a childhood friends story and this story has it in spades.

 

About the Author:

Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and an occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Checky Royal (Royals Undercover #2) by Nana Malone! @givemebooksblog @NanaMalone

Title: Cheeky Royal
Series: Royals Undercover #1
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2018

 

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All they want is everything they can’t have.
 
Penny…
 
Yes, yes, I’ve heard the rumors. The prince is royal, and cocky and has a—well never mind about all that. The problem is, he’s also my job. When the King called on me to retrieve the wayward prince, I was ready to walk away. Then I caught my boyfriend cheating—and suddenly leaving never felt like a better idea.
 
Sebastian…
 
I never wanted the throne.
When I left behind my gilded cage of a palace, it all sounded so simple: find my long-lost brother & make him the prince so I don’t have to rule the kingdom like my father expects. Then I meet my new neighbor, and quickly realize I’ve found the queen of my heart—and bed. Just one problem, I can’t let her find out who I really am.

 

 

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Guys!  This book.  Seb and Penny are just too much for me right now.  Talk about a different spin on the whole royals sub genre.  I will admit that the only reason I read the book is because of Ms. Malone.  She is an auto buy/go-to author for me.  Throw in a royals story and I’m even further in.  What I did expect is the romance and slow build that these two have in the book.  Yes, Ms. Malone takes her time getting these two to fall into bed together.  In fact, it doesn’t happen until, maybe the 70% mark on my Kindle.  I know, I should be floored but in the case of this story, their relationship doesn’t need to be rushed.
Penny and Sebastian are two people that are more alike than they realize.  I loved watching them become friends and then lovers.  It was also nice that while they had outside influences, it wasn’t to break them up.  Oh no, both of them had some really complicated family issues to deal with that I can’t wait to see play out fully in the sequel.  Michael and Robert need to be shot, and Aston is just an as* that I don’t think we have seen the last of him.
I will give you a warning though.  Do yourself a favor and read the free prequel.  I know that some people complain because its NOT complete but trust me, it explains a lot of what Sebastian goes through and in a sense, Penny, too.  It also sets up what I’m sure is going to be better explained in the next book.  Plus, you get see Seb and Penny has children.  What I thought was ironic is that never one of them has STILL put two and two together.  They have honestly gotten to know each other has individuals and not has the world has seen them.
Honestly, the last page of this book just FLOORED me.  Actually the last 3 pages.  I know that Ms. Malone has her reasoning for it and I can’t wait until I get my hands on Cheeky King.  Did I mention that the guys from Blake Security show up???  O.M.G!!!!  Ms. Malone if I could give you a kiss, I would.  I big wet one.  I miss Noah, the Viking God Oskar, and Matthias.  No fair either because I’m still waiting for Matthias’ book.  Maybe Ariel?  I loved her and she kept Matthias on his toes.

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

Want to hit me up? Just email me: nana@nanamaloneromance.com

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