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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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Landscape artist Alexandra Newborn dreams of a one-woman show at the Diamond Gallery. But the gallery owner dismisses her paintings as “old, tired, and dull. Lacking excitement.” Those words also describe Alex’s unhappy marriage.

Alex’s shocking reunion with her college art professor, Dominick “Nick” Anselmo—once a world-celebrated Italian artist, now a homeless lawn man—reignites their passion and fuels a creative spark for both, helping Nick recover from his wife’s death.

With Nick’s provocative sketches, art imitates life, but Alex doesn’t realize they reveal a dangerous liaison between her husband and the gallery owner. Without Nick’s knowledge, Alex arranges an art opening that includes his drawings.

When the torrid affair between Alex’s husband and his mistress is exposed, the seeds are sown for murder, mystery, and romance.

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The subject matter was unexpected and provocative. She’d thought that, in his new life as a lawn man, Nick might just draw a tree, or a garden, not a couple caught in a passionate embrace—her face against his cheek, his face buried in her neck to hide their identities and keep the world at bay.

He had captured them in a clinch that seemed to portray more lust than love. The sketch spoke of forbidden moments. The lines revealed movement, as if the couple had had to love and leave. All that sexual desire was combustible. And yet there was love there. Maybe not love between this couple, but Nick had obviously transferred his own feelings of lost love and longing onto the paper.

“Always leave something of yourself in your work.” That’s what Professore Anselmo had taught his students in college. And he had managed to do that brilliantly in this drawing. The passion was raw, and it exposed everything that was missing in her relationship with Mark. And everything that was missing in her art. Something vaguely familiar about this couple tugged at her memory, but she quickly dismissed it.

Alex knew great art could have that effect on your soul. It was similar to a writer who paints word pictures that draw you into the story and elevate the everyday into the sublime—word pictures that are often too close to home, too real to examine too closely.

About the Author: Marilyn Baron and Sharon Goldman are sisters. Groundwork for Murder won first place in the Suspense Romance category of the Ignite the Flame Contest, sponsored by the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Chapter of RWA.

Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. She and her sister even wrote a musical called Memory Lane.

She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. She was also The Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) in the Romance Category for her novel Stumble Stones, and The Finalist for the 2018 GAYA Awards in the Romance category for her novel The Alibi. Her novel The Siege was nominated for the 2019 GAYA Awards in the Romance Category.

Groundwork for Murder is her 24th work of fiction. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, she is chair of the Roswell Reads Steering Committee.

A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, with a B.S. in Journalism—a major in Public Relations and a minor in English (Creative Writing). She met her husband at UF and both of her daughters graduated from UF. Marilyn now lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband.

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Sharon Goldman is an award-winning artist whose paintings are in private collections and who has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout northeast Florida, including the Haskell Gallery in the Jacksonville International Airport.

As a native Floridian, Sharon strives to create work that captures the spirit of Florida. Her colorful palette, unique cropping, and background as a designer and art director help her envision her novel compositions, which she describes as painterly realism.

Sharon has taught art school in her home studio to more than 200 students in her community. Sharon has also written and illustrated a children’s book.

Sharon is on the Dean’s Leadership Council at the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library, where she gives monthly tours of one of the largest permanent art collections of regional artists in the state.

A graduate of the University of Florida in Fine Arts, Sharon had a long career in the advertising business. After having three children (now college graduates), she has more time to bring her ideas to light.

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Sexy Aliens/Sassy Dragons

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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