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Happy Release Week & #Review of Dating the Wrong Mr. Right (a Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #3) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authoramandaashby @entangled_publishing @entangledpub

Dating the Wrong Mr. Right

by Amanda Ashby
Publication Date: June 19, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Bliss, Contemporary, Romance

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Pepper Watson has lost everything–her job, her fiancé, and the future she’d so carefully planned. Now she’s back at Wishing Bridge trying to figure out her next step. Her new plan does not include the ever-so-sexy Ben Cooper. Nope. She’s getting her life back on track, and getting out of this little town as fast as possible.

Ben Cooper is doing his best to build his business and help his parents. The last thing he needs is the distraction that is Pepper Watson. She might be prickly every time he’s in her presence, but he sees another side of her. The side that has set aside her dreams to help her sisters. And then there’s the fact that kissing her is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

He’s putting down roots. She’s running away. It’s going to take more than a wish for these two to find their happily ever after.

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“So, about the kiss. Thank you for going along with it.”

“That’s it?” Coop growled. It wasn’t the first time he’d encountered Pepper’s steel wall, but right now he wasn’t in the mood. “You have a secret fiancé—”

“Ex-fiancé,” she corrected, and then a hint of color rose to her cheeks. It was part of the enigma he’d been trying to unravel ever since he’d known her. That she could be cold and warm at the same time.

And that it can turn me on so much.

“Fine. You have a secret ex– fiancé.” Not that he should be surprised. After all, she’d already achieved the first thing on the damn plan of hers—to get out of Sunshine and back Seattle. No doubt marrying a rich douche named Paul was number two. It shouldn’t piss him off but it did. “And you pretended we’re a couple in front of him. Not just manhandling me—”

“Manhandling?” He watched her nostrils are. “Please, I held your hand and kissed you.”

“Without my consent,” Coop said, as some of his annoyance was replaced by amusement. Pepper was clearly uncomfortable. Baiting her was a game he’d long played since she had no idea how sexy she looked when she was pissed off. He folded his arms and sat down, stretching out his long legs, just like he’d done a hundred times in the past. It’s just normally when he did it, Pepper was nowhere in the vicinity. She was off following her dreams and forgetting about everyone she’d left behind. “I was just innocently standing there.”

“You’re never innocent.” Pepper folded her arms, mirroring his own. It was a dance he knew well. Bulls locked horns, he and a Pepper locked arms. And yet there was something about the dance that was irresistible. A switch he couldn’t help but press. For better or worse, Pepper was the only woman who had ever made his heart pound when they spoke.

“And neither, it seems, are you. Why are you angry? Is it because you secretly enjoyed the kiss? I certainly did.”

And some.

He’d always suspected that underneath Pepper’s buttoned up shirts there was a fire burning. Now it was confirmed. It was also why he’d had so much trouble getting over his damn crush. Somehow he didn’t think that the kiss was going to make it any easier.

“That’s because you’re a serial flirt who’d probably enjoy kissing anyone,” she retorted, her checks coloring. “And I’m annoyed because now you know about Paul, you’ll tell Bec, who will tell Emmy, and then it will turn into drama.”

“Ah, and your image as an unflappable perfect Seattle lawyer will be destroyed,” he said before narrowing his eyes. “Hell, Pepper. You got engaged and didn’t even tell your sisters. Why?”

What can I say?  Bliss is my second favorite line from Entangled.  I love sweet romances as much as the steamier but I also like that Bliss stories are centered around family.  The family is always first and it should be.  That said, there is one sister in this book that I really wanted to bonk upside her head at times.  Of course, I haven’t read the other two books but at some point, I thought that maybe Pepper would tell her off.  Or maybe even Coop.  *sigh*  It never happened though.

What I did like was the somewhat enemies to lovers trope.  These two grew up together but Coop is best friends with her sister, Bec, and Pepper and Ben’s twin were friends.  It is like they avoided each other on purpose as teens so it was fun to see how they couldn’t avoid each other as grown ups.  And they really couldn’t be more suitable for each from the start.  The stubbornness from Pepper is great.  I could relate to wanting to never coming back home.  When I got married, we only lived in my hometown for about 2 years and have lived in East Texas since 2006.  Plus, with some much loss, again, I could understand.  That said, why or why did she EVER hook up with Paul.  What a douche.  In fact, why didn’t she really slap him for all of his dirty dealings?  Anyway…

Coop, I loved from the start.  He has happy for the most part.  Sure, he was trying to get his parents out of debt but his life was on the farm with his friends.  It was his happy place.  A safe place.  His best friend was there.  What made him endearing to me was that he knew from the start that Pepper is his perfect match.  It just took a little longer for Pepper to finally figure it out.  Their dialogue is relatable, funny and emotional.  I liked that he made Pepper actually talk to him.  It was refreshing that our hero had to do that.

Overall, I loved Pepper and Coop.  Pepper had the most growth in the book and at the same time, the most to lose.  She’s the one that finally had to figure out what was most important to her and what home means.

 

ABOUT AMANDA ASHBY

Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Library?s Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

She also runs writing workshops and loves to speak to people about Buffy (er, she means writing). See her Website for more information.

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#Review of Only A Viscount Will Do (To Marry a Rogue #3) by Tamara Gill w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Tamara_Gill

Only a Viscount Will Do

by Tamara Gill
To Marry a Rogue #3
Publication Date: May 22, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance

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Lady Alice Worthingham never conforms to Society’s norms. Ever. She loves adventure, new experiences, and approaches life with a sassy attitude Society can take or leave. But even for her, robbery by a highwayman is a bit much.

Lord Arndel, Lady Alice’s neighbor, is playing a dangerous game—acting the proper viscount by day and the Surrey Bandit by night. And to brazenly steal from the woman who’s captured his attention is no mean feat, or the wisest of moves.

When Lady Alice learns the truth, the viscount finds that when a well-bred woman seeks revenge, she’ll make a gentleman thief pay for his crimes with everything…including his heart.

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She pulled back and stepped out of his arms altogether. Callum let her go with regret and consoled himself with the fact that her eyes looked heavy with desire and, if he wasn’t incorrect, a little awe.

“I shouldn’t have done that.”

“Why not?” He shrugged, the action in some way releasing his taut muscles. “You’re not worried about your reputation, are you? I thought you were a highwaywoman and nothing else.”

“I am, but I’m also a woman who should not have done that.”

“Are you a woman of rank?” Callum watched are her eyes darkened in warning. He smirked. “Preferably, I would like you to come back here and do it again.” Her mouth opened on a gasp, and he strode up to her, clasped her face, and kissed her hard, quick, and deep, before pulling back and bowing. “I hope we see each other again.”

Alice nodded and walking over to her horse in what looked like a daze, mounted quickly, and joined her sister. “I’m sure we will, Lord Arndel, and sooner than you’d like, if you continue this type of thieving lifestyle. Do I make myself clear?”

“Very,” he said, watching as the women turned their mounts and cantered down the road before turning into the trees. Callum swore, running a hand through his hair. For all his teasing of the little minx, she’d still run off with his portable blunt and now he would have to send word to London and notify those his deceased cousin owed money to, that the debt would not be paid. Not with the jewels that had been required, at least. Damn it!

What is there NOT to love about this book?  It has the voice of a contemporary, set in Regency England.  I know, it sounds confusing but read the book and you will see what I mean.  Our heroine, Alice has no problem shoting a gun, wearing men’s clothes and all around being very unconventional.  I really liked her from the beginning.  The start of the book was funny.  She didn’t back down with Surrey Bandit, even when she found out it was Callum.

Callum, in the beginning, is very much the tease.  I loved how he knew, as the Surrey Bandit, that Alice was Alice and the guilt that he put on himself for putting her in that position.  He had morals regardless of what he was doing to his neighbors.  It was a tough thing for him to reconcile.  And he never once thought that Alice would figure it out, much less exact her own plot to make him an honest man.

The banter between them is delicious, sweet and sexy.  Ms. Gill never misses a beat with them.  If I had one complaint, it took like forever for them to get together.  LOL!  The buildup is smooth, the what ifs perfection, too.  And having Alice confide in her sister was brilliant.  Of course, we had to have a true villain but they are not revealed until almost the end of the book.  And the climax of the book?  NEVER saw that coming.  Ms. Gill once again shows us that a historical writer can keep a reader guessing until the very end.

I can not recommend this book any higher.  It’s pure perfection.  Funny, sassy, sweet, sexy, and relatable.  I need to go back and read the other two books.

ABOUT TAMARA GILL

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentleman in the making, a future lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

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Happy Book Birthday to Her Secret Ranger (The Men of At Ease Ranch #2) by Donna Michaels w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Donna_Michaels

Harlie here:  I read the first book in this series and LOVED it.  Sadly, I’m on a wishlist through Net Galley to read this one.  Great series.  Funny, sexy and the At Ease Ranch should be made into a reality.  Thanks Ms. Michaels for the great idea.

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