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Breakup in a Small Town
Slippery Rock #3)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

This isn’t the man she married… 

Jenny Buchanan never considered what “for better or for worse” meant when she married Adam Buchanan at nineteen. Six years and two little boys later, “for worse” arrives in the form of a tornado that ravages Slippery Rock and injures Adam. Now he’s a stranger to his family…and love won’t be enough to bring him back.

Only when Jenny asks him to move out does Adam become the husband she needs…but Adam isn’t the only one who’s changed. As their attraction sparks back to life, Jenny and Adam must learn what it is to grow up—and grow together—before this small-town breakup lasts forever.

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This is the second book in the series that I have read.  Trust me when I say when I read James and Mara’s story (major swoon and OMG! THAT BOOK), I was intrigued by Jenny and Adam that I couldn’t wait for their story.  And boy was I surprised at the depth of their story.  I know, I shouldn’t be because it’s Ms. Knight writing but Jenny and Adam have had issues for most of their marriage and the tornado and Adam’s injury just made it even worse.

I love married couples in books.  Not every marriage is perfect.  Adam and Jenny’s is no exception.  I loved how Ms. Knight made both of them couplable in the whole mess.  I know, usually, that doesn’t happen but “it takes two” in a marriage and you have to work every day for that marriage.  My own marriage isn’t perfect, nor should it.  That would be boring as hell.

A couple of other things that really rang true for me are integrated their boys, Frankie and Garrett, both sets of parents and MAJOR SWOON Aiden, Adam’s twin.  Oh yes, there is another and he’s MINE.  Sorry ladies, but I digress.  Each family member is that crucial piece of the puzzle that Adam and Jenny need to come to grips with in dealing with their marriage.  The most important part of the book was that Adam and Jenny still loved each other.  Deeply, they just started to resent each other.  Ms. Knight does not gloss over Adam’s physical injuries.  That’s Adam’s biggest obstacle in the book.  Jenny’s is that she lost herself along the way and wasn’t happy about it.

I just adored this book and this series is fast becoming one of all time favorites.  The characters are vivid, emotional, funny, realistic and it’s always fun to go back and see where the other characters are in the town.  And I can’t wait for Aiden’s story; whenever that may be.  Again, I just loved how Ms. Knight made the story so realistic, emotional, at times raw and I truly felt sympathetic to both characters.  I was cheering for them to the very end.  And what an ending it was.  *sigh, swoon, sniffles*

 

 

Other Books in the Series

Famous in a Small Town
Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.

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Rebel in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #2)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

He’s not giving up his family without a fight

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara’s timing couldn’t be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it’s always been. With him.

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And coming November 2017…

Christmas in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #4)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Running out on her wedding was the best decision ever!

A cheating fiancé sends Camden Harris fleeing to her grandparents’ home in Missouri. When her ex follows, determined to win her back, Camden makes a deal with neighbor Levi Walters: they’ll pretend to be in love and she’ll support his plan to buy her grandparents’ land.

The boy from her childhood has grown up into an impressive man. His charm, good looks and sweet gestures make it difficult for Camden to remember this is fake. And Levi’s kisses only confuse her more.

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About the Author

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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#Review of Undercover With The Heiress (Fitzgerald House seriesby Nan Dixon w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @nandixonauthor @NanDixonauthor @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinMyRewards

Undercover With The Heiress

by Nan Dixon

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance Series

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BLURB:

What’s behind her beautiful mask?


FBI agent Kaden Farrell is on a mission. He’s undercover at Fitzgerald House in Savannah, where a little girl is the key to his investigation. And that’s what he needs to focus on, not a down-and-out heiress whose jeweled eyes haunt his dreams. Courtney Smythe might be spoiled, but when Kaden notices her ease with the children at the B and B, he sees the beauty beyond her looks. Getting close to Courtney will help his case, and giving in to attraction is the right thing to do. Even if it means perpetuating a lie

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Excerpt Two:

Could Courtney be more alone? Her brother barely tolerated her. Abby wasn’t thrilled she was working at the B and B. Marion was mad. Kaden ignored her and Bess ordered her around. She sighed and headed to the first box. Maybe making beds was easier.

Courtney could barely see around the pink gerberas and bird-of-paradise arrangement she held. Small pompom-like flowers, resembling little alien beings, brushed her nose. Didn’t the bride know this combination was garish? She placed the first arrangement, sloshing water on the tablecloth. Whoops.

“Hang on,” Bess called. “I forgot the mirrors.” She glared at the water spot on the tablecloth. “At least that will be covered. Pick it up again—carefully.”

While Courtney held the flowers, Bess slid a mirror in the center of the table and Courtney set the arrangement down with a crack.

“Careful,” Bess barked.

“The damn vase was slipping,” Courtney snapped back.

“Just…don’t be so rough.” Bess chewed her lip. “Instead of the vases, why don’t you set out the mirrors?”

“Sure.” Everyone thought she was incompetent. Stupid ugly vase.

She shook her head, hoping her face wasn’t bright red. It didn’t matter what they thought. She wouldn’t be in Savannah long enough to care.

She snatched up a couple of mirrors and set them on the closest tables, making sure her back was turned in case a tear slipped down her cheek. She wanted to be where she knew the rules, where she wasn’t viewed as some sort of…liability.

 

I read a ton and I mean a ton of Harlequin books across the lines and I’ve never read a book from Ms. Dixon.  My bad and I will not make that mistake again.  This is the 5th book in a series and honestly, I never felt lost.  That said, I really need to read Abby and Gray’s book.  The reason I say this is because of what Ms. Dixon wrote in the beginning and things that were said between Gray, Abby, and Courtney.  I didn’t feel lost but I think it would have given me a better perspective on the relationships and even Courtney herself.

I could say that this is a story about a spoiled girl that grows up but I would be wrong.  This is a story about a girl that finds out what she is made of and uses it.  Never mind how awful her parents were and still are to her.  She is a piece of property to them and nothing more.  She never got the support that her brother, Gray got growing up; no matter how hard she tried.  She is better than her looks.  It just sickens me that this happens to old money children…especially the girls.  They do everything that they are supposed to do and for what?  Not even a pat on the head.  Courtney is beyond smart but was never given a chance to see her full potential until her daddy cuts her off.

I really liked how Ms. Dixon showed how the Fitzgeralds saw her in the beginning.  Courtney needed to see how other people saw her.  Good or bad.  At the same time though, she also saw exactly how her brother saw her, too.  He’s not mean to her but it isn’t until she comes to live with him that he realizes just how damaged her self-worth and self-esteem are as a result of their parents.  Maybe that’s why he doesn’t live in Boston anymore.  Again, I need to read his book.  🙂

The suspense element in the book is just perfect.  Kaden is a dream but at the same time, he really waited too long to tell her.  The black moment came about 2/3 of the book and it was perfect.  Do I condone violence in this line?  No, but after that moment, the story really takes off.  This is a fast paced read that never lets up.  At times it’s funny, heartbreaking and suspenseful.  Josh and Issy are wonderful in the story.  They aren’t props just for the sake of the story.

Overall, I really loved Courtney and Kaden.  Especially Courtney.  I felt for her and the journey that she took in this book.  Kudos for Ms. Dixon to write a character that could have been the same old same old, but didn’t.  Courtney is complex and loved getting to know her.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career.  She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist and award winning author, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson on the way and one neurotic cat.

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The Alaskan Catch

(Northern Lights #1)
by Beth Carpenter
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life’s currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…

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The Alaskan Catch: Excerpt 3

 

That evening, Sam and Dana sat with Ursula in front of the big fireplace. The three couples staying at the inn had turned in early after a full day of offshore fishing in Seward. Sam watched Dana struggling with a hook and a ball of yarn. Poor kid—she’d made the mistake of admiring Ursula’s crocheted afghans, not realizing it would lead to a crochet lesson.

Or maybe she did. She seemed to be trying to get it right. “So, down, loop, back through, and another loop, right?”

“That’s perfect. Now just keep doing that until you come to the end of the row and I’ll show you how to turn.”

Sam had purposely chosen not to reveal Dana’s last name yet. He wanted Ursula’s unbiased evaluation of her character first. And while he hadn’t talked to Ursula alone, it was obvious the two women clicked. It may have been when Dana offered to make the cornbread, or possibly when she complimented one of Tommy’s whirligigs, but at some point today, Dana had won Ursula over. He wondered if it would stay that way once Ursula knew her last name.

Dana held up the somewhat irregular row of stitches. “Look, Sam. A whole row.”

He nodded. “Looking good. Some mouse with a cold neck is going to love that scarf.”

She gave a little giggle, the sound almost like the tinkle of the wind chimes on Ursula’s deck. “I think I’ll keep going until it’s a pot holder.”

Kimmik repositioned himself on the rug and laid his head on top of Sam’s foot. The sun had shifted far to the northwest, peeping through the small upper windows along the west wall to paint diagonal stripes across the room. Sam leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. A stomachful of moose chili, a good dog at his feet and the sound of soft laughter as Ursula and Dana put their heads together over their project—tonight, Sam was content.

Can I admit that this gem of a book snuck up on me?  I got so caught up in the mystery surrounding Chris and his leaving, Dana trying to do right by everything, that the romance portion of the book just slapped me upside my head.  It took me awhile to realize that with everything that was going on, Sam and Dana were making a connection.  Each of the had some things to overcome but in the end, it leads them right back to each other.

What I liked most about Sam and Dana is their honesty with one another.  That and they actually talked to each other.  A novel idea, I know.  They took the time to get to know each other even though they had some obstacles to get through in the end.  Chris brought another dimension to their relationship because he wasn’t the over protective brother that most romance novels have.  In fact, it was nice that he didn’t interfere with them as a couple at all.

I loved how Chris, Dana and Sam’s past were intertwined.  I’m not going to say anything else because it’s the crust of the book.  Hats off to Ms. Carpenter for her originality.  Brilliant, actually.  And also, that not everything was done in Alaska.  Dana still had some things to take care off back home with her new found strength.  Oh yes, Dana had some growing to do in the book.  It was subtle but in the end, it was well worth it.

I can’t wait to see what Ms. Carpenter brings to the table in her next book.  Hopefully, it’s Chris’ book.  The scenery is a character all its own, too.  I’ve never been to Alaska but Ms. Carpenter takes you there and it’s beautiful.  And she talked about food.  Not fair.  Now I want my husband to cook salmon.

 

 

About the Author

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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Taste of Alaska Prize Pack (US only), which includes:

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