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A mix-and-match mock engagement? 
THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE
The McNeill Magnates #1
Joanne Rock
Releasing April 4th, 2017
Harlequin Desire


A mix-and-match mock engagement? Ballerina Sofia Koslov’s career is on the line when she’s accosted at the airport by a rich, reckless playboy who thinks she’s his mail-order bride! But the playboy’s levelheaded brother, Quinn McNeill, solves the media snafu with a switcheroo. He’ll pretend to be her legitimate fiancé to protect her reputation—and to protect his family’s business deals from her father’s wrath.

Sofia’s one condition: they’ll share the spotlight as a loving couple but won’t share a bed. But soon Quinn’s gentlemanly ways strike a chord, and Sofia’s dying to renege on that condition and have a real fling…


“I never would have guessed your brother would spend a small fortune on a ring for a woman he never met.” She edged out of his grip. “I thought he was a romantic, not completely certifiable.”

Quinn’s smile faded. “I assure you, Cameron is neither.” He set the ring on the steamer trunk beside her. “I’ll let you decide whether or not to wear it in the morning. And in the meantime, I’d better let you get some rest.”

He rose to his feet, leaving a priceless piece of jewelry balanced on last month’s Vogue.

“Quinn.” She stood to follow him to the door then reached back to grab the ring so she could return it. “Please. I don’t feel right keeping this here.”

He turned to face her as he reached the door, but made no move to take the glittering ring.

“If you were my bride-to-be, I would spare no expense to show the world you were mine.” His blue eyes glowed with a warmth that had her remembering his kiss. Her breath caught in her chest and she wondered what it might be like for him to call her that for real.

Mine.

“I’m—” At a total loss for words. “That is—” She folded the diamond into her hand, squeezing it tightly so the stones pressed into her soft skin, distracting her from her hypnotic awareness of this man. “If you insist.”

“It’s a matter of believability, Sofia.”

“It’s only for one month.” She wasn’t sure if she said it to remind him or herself.

“We’ll work out the details tomorrow.” He reached to smooth a strand of hair from her forehead, barely touching her and still sending shimmers of pleasure along her temple and all the way down the back of her neck. “Sleep well.”

She didn’t even manage to get her voice working before he was out the door again, leaving her alone in a suddenly too empty apartment.

Squeezing the ring tighter in her fist, she waited for the pinch of pain from the sharp edges of the stones. She needed to remember that this wasn’t real. Quinn McNeill had only agreed to this mad scheme to clean up his brother’s mess. Any hint of attraction she felt needed to be squashed immediately, especially since Quinn was cut from the same mold as her father—focused on business and the accumulation of wealth. Her world was about art, emotions and human connections.

Her mother had taught her that people did not fall into both camps. In Sofia’s experience it was true. And since she wanted her own relationships to be meaningful bonds rooted in shared creativity and ideals, she was willing to wait until she had more time in her life to find the right partner. Romance could not be rushed.

“It’s only for a month,” she said aloud again, forcing herself to set the engagement ring on the hallway table.

Surely she could keep up her end of a fake engagement for the sake of appearances? She’d made countless sacrifices for her career, from dancing on broken toes to living away from her family on the other side of the globe to train with Russian ballet masters.

Ignoring the sensual draw of Quinn McNeill couldn’t possibly be more difficult than those challenges.

Yet, even as she marched herself off to bed, she feared she was lying to herself that she could keep her hands off the man anywhere near as easily as she’d set down the ring.

 Ms. Rock…welcome back to Desire.  I’ve missed reading your alpha’s and the women that tame them.  Yes, I know that you have written other books and yes, I’ve read them but there is something about a Desire from you.  You just “get” the line.  You put a loveable but somewhat dimwit (when it comes to women) alpha and a very strong female together and you make magic.  Plus, you don’t put filler in your stories.  You get right to the point and then let the characters take over.  
Quinn just cracked me up from the beginning.  Trying to save face for Cam and then realizing that Sofia was truly the one that needed his skills.  I also liked that the arc with her dad isn’t over.  It isn’t resolved and I found that intriguing because I’ll get more of Quinn and Sofia in future books.  Quinn isn’t your typical Desire hero either.  He’s not a total douche that needs to be redeemed but he does need to realize what is more important to him and for that he needs Sofia.
I loved Sofia.  I must see pictures of her capes.  With fur.  Yes, fur.  I love fur and come on, she’s Ukrainian (like me) so it’s totally appropriate for her to wear.  Plus, she is a ballerina and she can totally pull the look off.  I really liked the scenes dealing with the ballet.  I’ve always loved the ballet and the end with the idiot choreographer.  *Growl*  I’m glad that she did what she did.  Too bad she told Quinn to NOT hit him.  I would have loved to have seen that.  
But truly this book is about two people that meet under the strangest circumstances and it somehow works.  They try to resist but in the end, the pull is just too great.  I loved watching them fall in love and then fight and then love again.  Again, Ms. Rock knows the line and doesn’t fill it up with a bunch of filler that you skip through.  This story is about a lonely ballerina that misses her mom and therefore her passion is life is gone and the man that reignites that passion in her.  I can not wait to read Ian and Cam’s stories.  

 



Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career.
She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her
favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 

 

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#Review of Sheik’s Rule by Ryshia Kennie! @ryshiakennie

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Sheik’s Rule – March 2017

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He’s an investigator on a mission, but it’s impossible to ignore the brilliant woman helping him complete it… 

His sister’s life is at stake, and despite his wealth and power, Sheik Emir Al-Nassar feels helpless. At least heading his family’s security agency provides him with resources to track down her kidnappers. But when the ace profiler he’s sent turns out to be K. J.—Kate—Gelinsky, Emir is furious. Finding the kidnappers’ desert hideout is dangerous enough without the distraction of a beautiful woman.

But K.J. is unlike any woman he’s ever known. Her fearlessness and incisive mind inspires Emir’s admiration. And her compassion breaches his guarded heart. Still, rescuing his sister is a perilous mission. And allowing desire to cloud his focus could endanger them all.

 

Excerpt from Sheik’s Rule:

 

“You’re the new agent?” he asked, the words heavy with disbelief. “You’re the one Adam recommended?”

“Yes,” she said brightly. “I’m K.J.—”

“This won’t work,” he said. His thoughts were clouded with anger at the thought of what Adam had done, of how much time might be wasted, and of Tara whose life would be fur- ther endangered now that there was no help forthcoming.

Her wide, smoky-blue eyes narrowed. “By ‘this,’” she said slowly, “you mean me?” She took a step forward. Now she was in his face.

He frowned. If she were a man that would have been a mistake. But she was no man.

“That’s what you were meaning, wasn’t it?

I’m not a man so…” She let the remainder of the sentence hang.

He paused long enough to take a breath to control the anger that made him want to lash out at someone, anyone. “You need to get on the first flight home,” he said through clenched teeth.

“Give me a chance.” There was no hesitation in her voice or in her stance as she faced off with him, her head up, her eyes sparking as if enjoying the challenge.

“It’s not me that’s the problem or needs to give you a chance,” he said. All he could feel was the pressure of an invisible clock ticking and the betrayal of a friend thousands of miles away. Adam knew the customs, the inherent sexism that still wove through the ancient tra- ditions of the desert tribes. He knew it all and, still, he had sent her.

“I know,” she interjected. “It’s the customs, the tribes outside the city, the—”

“It won’t work,” he interrupted, thinking of the desert and where he suspected Tara’s kidnappers were hiding. He’d always been an equal opportunity employer and supported his sister, Tara, in her fight for change. It was a man’s world. It didn’t matter how much he disliked the fact, it was a truth that, for now, wouldn’t change.

“Look, I know what I’m getting into. I’m qualified,” she said, her bag swinging from her shoulder, her eyes bright with passion. “I specialized in Middle Eastern studies—an exchange student.” She waved one delicate, well- manicured hand at him.

Just looking at that hand confirmed every doubt he had. It wasn’t just about customs, she was female and because of that and so many other things, she was the wrong person for the job.

“I’ll help you find your sister. You just need to trust me.”

“No!” The word came out with all the pent- up fury that had built since the fateful call from Tara’s kidnappers and now the full im- pact of it sparked in his eyes as his temple pounded and his fists clenched.

“No,” he said with less edge but with no room for negotiation. He was wasting time, had wasted time, first waiting and now in a senseless airport run. “I don’t care what you specialized in. You’re a woman and because of that you’re going home,” he said bluntly. “I’ve wasted enough time. I’ll speak to the pilot and we’ll get you out of here.”

“You’re not being fair.”

“I’m not being fair,” he repeated, emphasizing each word. If she’d been a man he would have had her by the collar up against the wall, his face in hers. But she wasn’t and that was the problem. “You’re useless to me. I’d have to watch out for both you and me. That’s a distraction. Look at you—you couldn’t swing a punch or…”

One minute he was seething, glaring at her, and the next he was flat on his back.

“You bloody flipped me,” he snarled, leaping to his feet.

Okay, let’s just look at the cover.  Feel free to lick your screens.  I have.  Don’t judge.  I’ll let you in a dirty little secret of mine.  Sheiks are my catnip.  I discovered them years ago through Harlequin Presents and I devour them at every chance I can.  There is something about the total alphaness about them.  Normally, I don’t like the alpha hole but with sheik’s…I’m hooked.  They bark, don’t bite too hard and are totally devoted to their family and the women that they love.  *swoon*

When Ms. Kennie sent me an email to see if I would review this series, I jumped.  Another dirty little secret, Harlequin Intrigue is my all time favorite line from them.  I have no shame.  I admit it and I own it.  So that said, put sheiks and Intrigue together and I’m a goner.  Why did I absolutely love this book?  First off, Emir.  Go back and lick the cover;  I’ll wait.  Secondly, his total devotion to his family.  Third, that Kate literally throws him on his butt at the airport.  Adam knew what he was doing by sending her to help.  He He!  Fourth, that growing up in two different worlds, he didn’t know how to handle Kate in the beginning and also to keep it together when it came to his sister, Tara.

Let’s talk about Kate.  We don’t much of her background but I loved what I saw.  I hope in future books, we get a glimpse at her again.  I see her still working for the security firm and being a really good friend of Tara’s.  But what made her special to me was the fact that she understood Emir’s culture and respected it.  She didn’t feel the need to butt in when it wasn’t warranted but got the needed information when she needed.  Plus, she is the calm in Emir’s world.  He knew it and his brothers knew it, too.  I loved the line that Zalib (I think) said, “Father fell in love with mother in less than 24 hours.”

Now to the intriguing part…I never saw it coming.  I thought that Ms. Kennie did an excellent job of putting two different plot points together and letting it play out.  The villain is creepy and so mental that at one point I really thought Tara was not going to make it.  She is one tough cookie and I can’t wait to get to know her better in the other books.  Ms. Kennie takes her time with suspense plot but also brings a newness too.  Gun fights!  Oh my…loved it.

If you are looking for a new writer, love mystery/suspense, a sheik that is lovable and intense, a heroine that doesn’t hold and is smart then this book is for you.  I can’t wait to read the other brothers books.  And of course, that means more covers to lick.  Your welcome.  😉

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Ryshia Kennie is the award-winning author of her city’s writing award and a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. There’s never a lack of places to set an edge-of-the-seat suspense as prairie winters find her dreaming of warmer places for heart-stopping stories.  Settings with deadly villains threatening intrepid heroes and heroines, who battle for their right to live or even to love, in a place that neither – or both, may call home.  www.ryshiakennie.com

 

 

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ARC #Review of Protecting the Single Mom (Shores of Indian Lake #7) by Catherine Lanigan w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Cathlanigan


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Protecting the Single Mom
Shores of Indian Lake #7
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Getting involved shouldn’t be this dangerous…

Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She’s kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.

Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he’s more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there’s something he’s not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he’ll trust himself with her heart.

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Oh my gosh.  Stop what you are doing now and buy this book.  Don’t put it on the TBR pile.  Pour yourself a glass of wine, or ice tea, get comfy and spend a couple of hours in complete bliss with Trent, Cate, and Danny.  You will thank me later and you’re welcome.  Of course, since this is my first book in the series, I need to go and get Sophie’s and Katia’s books.  Yes, this book is that good that I want to read the other books.  I’m a series reader.  Yes, I admit it.  And even though, Ms. Lanigan does a great job of letting us know about the other characters in town, I really want to read their stories, too.

So getting back to the story of Trent (*swoon*), Cate, and Danny.  I’m not sure where to start when it comes to this book.  It grabbed me from the beginning and never let go.  I know, I say that often, but seriously, this book never really lets up.  The suspense element is present throughout the story.  The romance aspect and the romance just sneak up on you and then you realize that you are reading a very good romantic suspense book that doesn’t involve a bunch of violence, sex, and filler that doesn’t need to be there.  The suspense is realistic, the romance slow and real and the emotions that Cate and Trent fight and eventually lose are real, too.  These two fight the feelings that they are feeling for each other but for different reasons.

Trent has PTSD and feels like he doesn’t deserve to be loved and Cate, she’s been running from her old life and protecting her son, Danny, that she never thought that she could actually have the love of man in her life.  Her ex is just a piece of **** that I can honestly understand where she is coming from in that respect.  I really felt like she could have that with Trent.  Its all about trust with these two.  I’m talking the ultimate in trusting.  With your life, your son’s life and everything that you have built.

The secondary characters are great.  Mrs. Beabots is a hoot.  For some reason, I expected her to pull out her gun but sadly she didn’t.  Thanksgiving…oh my.  And her Christmas tree?  A Jackie tree?  The other secondary characters are good, too.  Alice and Danny?  Who knew at that age.  The residents of Indian Lake will take hold you and not let you go.  You want to know them, be friends with them and live among them.

The climax of the book is exciting, scary and beautifully written.  I really felt for Trent and Cate has they finally realized that they were truly in love with each other and would sacrifice whatever they could to be with each other.  The romance is slow and beautiful, the suspense is real and terrifying and you have characters that have real problems but don’t realize that they need each other to work through them and feel whole again.

Again, buy this book, read this book and try, just try to disagree with me.  You’re welcome.  And now I’m hungry for a tuna salad sandwich with an avocado spread.  😉

Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom

This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. – Susan Sewell for Readers’ Favorite

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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published seven novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path. Protecting the Single Mom pubs April, 2016. She has recently contracted for two more in the series: Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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Tour Schedule

March 26th: Launch
March 27th: Thoughts of a Blonde Katie’s Clean Book Collection
March 28th: Rockin’ Book Reviews Book Lover in Florida
March 29th: Rainy Day Reviews & Zerina Blossom’s Books
March 30th: Hearts & Scribbles & Harlie’s Books
April 2nd: Hardcover Feedback & Reading Is My SuperPower
April 3rd: Mel’s Shelves & Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews
April 4th: underneath the covers & Wishful Endings
April 5th: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium, Heidi Reads… & Singing Librarian Books
April 6th: Nicole’s Book Musings & Becky on Books
April 7th: Grand Finale

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 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie’s Path (US only)
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