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Heart’s Desire
(Shores of Indian Lake #2)
Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 191 pages
August 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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His homecoming is bittersweet…for both of them

Café owner Maddie Strong is finally ready to take her burgeoning cupcake business to the next level. With the help of handsome businessman Alex Perkins, her future’s all mapped out. Until her first love comes home.

At seventeen, Maddie adored Nate Barzonni with her whole heart and soul. But when he asked her to elope, she’d said no—she couldn’t let him throw away his dream of becoming a doctor. Then he vanished from her life for eleven years. Now the cardiac surgeon has returned to Indian Lake asking for a second chance, and Maddie has to choose between her new life…and the man she never stopped loving.

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I know, I’m back with another Shores book by Ms. Lanigan.  This is the second book in the series and somehow I missed it.  Good for me that I was asked to review this book.  And it’s perfect timing since this book was made into a Hallmark movie airing on March 17th.  As most know, I don’t watch the Hallmark channels at all or Lifetime (the women in peril channel is what I call it).  Hallmark movies, for me, tend to be so sugary that I need to brush my teeth.  Remember, I love my sweet books, just not the movies so much.  However, I will be recording this movie.  Unfortunately, I will be on my cruise so hopefully, the Hopper won’t punk out on me.

I really loved getting to know Nate and Maddie.  I read Nate’s brother’s, Mica, books and loved that book.  I honestly can’t remember if we get an update on Nate so a re-read is in order.  In fact, I haven’t read the other two brothers books so I’m a bit behind on the family dynamic.  Speaking of family dynamics, I’m not sure what to make of Nate’s father at all.  I totally understand why Nate felt like he had to just leave and be gone for all those years and when your girl tells you no, it’s time to move on.  I really enjoyed seeing Maddie’s anger subside when she realizes the mistakes that she made in regards to that proposal and the fallout.

Nate is a dream.  Dedicated, swoon-worthy and the perfect person for Maddie.  My only issue with Nate is that he can be forgetful and Maddie doesn’t need to feel abanded.  I would have also liked a bit more of the family dynamics explained when it came to his parents.  Hopefully, in the other brother’s books, it is better.  I also liked that Nate was his own person away from his family.  He didn’t go into the family business and made his own way in terms of career.

Do yourself a favor and read this series.  I can not recommend it higher.  I can’t wait to watch the movie because the character of Alex is going to be a trip.   And yes, I felt a bit sorry for him in the end.

 

 

About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE (2018) and MY RACING HEART (2019).

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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. 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. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com. Visit her at www.catherinelanigan.com, on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter@cathlanigan.com, Pinterest, Goodreads and Google+.

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Little Angels
by Amy Romine
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
ebook, 256 pages
November 18th 2016 by eXtasy Books

What if saving little angels meant becoming the monster?

When Special Agent Nick McFarlane receives news that his partner of eight years is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate. Throwing himself into a deep cover operation to expose and shut down The Micahs, a child trafficking ring, Nick enters, unprepared for the reality that awaits.

Special Agent Meredith Richards took the assignment fully aware of the consequences. Leaving her life behind, she knew she wouldn’t be able to get out with her life until she shut the Micahs down for good.

When Meredith’s informant is murdered and her contact inside the organization starts to lose control, Meredith is forced to make choices she can’t take back. On the edge of sacrificing herself, her principles, and her life, she begins to wonder if she will survive the case, or if she even wants to.

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Falling for the Brother
(Where Secrets Are Safe #14)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Superromance

A brother’s secrets, a brother’s love

Head of security Harper Davidson is shocked when her ex’s grandmother becomes the newest resident at The Lemonade Stand shelter. The suspected abuser? The woman’s own grandson, Harper’s ex-husband. None of this makes any sense. And yet she knows his brother, Mason Thomas, would not make these accusations lightly. For her daughter’s sake, Harper agrees to help Mason uncover the truth.

Clouding the investigation is the attraction that still lingers between her and Mason—a temptation Harper won’t give in to again. Harper’s loyalty and emotions are divided once more. And when past secrets come to light, she’s not sure who to trust…

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Yall this series.  I know that I say that every time I review a book in the series but seriously?  If you are not reading it, you are totally missing out.  A couple of things though.  Don’t expect a bunch of sex.  It’s not needed here.  Since the running thread is abuse in all forms, sex is one of the abuse themes in some of the books, it is not necessary.  Is it discussed?  You bet?  But if anything happens, it’s behind closed doors.

What makes this book special is that it deals with elder abuse, mental abuse, emotionally abuse and manipulation in all forms.  But what really drew me in were the tropes that Ms. Quinn used.  Secret baby (that was a twist I never saw coming), in love with the wrong brother, and second chance.  Most times in this series you don’t get the tropes but Ms. Quinn takes them, spins them and they work.  I know this is typical Harlequin but the twists that are used here aren’t typical.

Mason and Harper are so good together right from the start.  They have a long way to go when it comes to trusting each other again.  Bruce, her ex and Mason’s brother is a piece of work.  He really worked them when it came to them even talking to each other much less, Bruce and Mason talking for almost 5 years.  Isolation is the key term that I kept reading about in the book.  I also liked that Harper, Mason, and Bruce were cops so they were smart and actually talked to each other when it came to the investigation.

About 3/4 in the book is where it took a turn that I NEVER saw coming.  The deception, lies, betrayal…it’s all there in spades.  I never expected the things that were happening in the end with Bruce.  I almost felt sorry for him but in the end…nope.  Mason and Harper deserved to be happy.

Again, peeps.  Read this series.  I know that the line, Superromance is going away but this series won’t go away.  Harper and Mason might be my favorite couple.  Next to Chantel and Colin.  🙂

 

 

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Amy Romine has always wanted to be one of the good guys. From playing Charlie’s Angels in the backyard of her Macungie, PA home as a child to the pages of her unending projects, Amy has always dreamed of adventure and romance. Her need to make the characters truly deserve their happiness takes us on many a twisted journey. From serial killers to demons, Amy holds nothing back in the name of true enduring love.

A mother of three, Amy has spent the past fifteen years as a Service Delivery Manager for Ricoh America’s Corporation. She is an avid movie fan, and enjoys books, television, theater, her dog Pip and all things romance.

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

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Title: For the Sake of His Heir
Series: The McNeill Magnates #6
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2018

 

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When a marriage of convenience is the only answer…things get inconvenient.
Gabe McNeill is done being manipulated. By everyone from his ex-wife who abandoned him and their baby to the grandfather forcing him to remarry. Now the only way Gabe can ensure his son’s inheritance is if Brianne Hanson agrees to be his bride. They’ve always kept things strictly business and this is no different…until she falls into his bed and all bets are off!

 

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The curtain of hazy snow and steam around them gave the sense that they were all alone in the world, a veil of cold mist separating them from everything but one another.
Or maybe the wine was going to her head. She felt a sweet happiness all over to be with Gabe. It was dangerous, perhaps, to feel that way. But she’d never been with a man like him, someone strong and noble, kind and warm hearted.
And so very sexy.
Her eyes dipped to the top of his chest above the water as he drained his glass and set it aside, his triceps flexing in a way that made her want to take a bite. 
“I certainly didn’t expect a wedding gift.”

He shook his head, a wry smile kicking up one side of his mouth. “We’ll have to make our own rules for this marriage since the regular conventions aren’t going to apply.”
“Like tonight, for example.” She hadn’t meant to say it out loud, but there it was, floating on the cold breeze before she could take it back. Drawing a steadying breath, she explained herself. “I don’t need to worry about your expectations because—” 
“Because there are none.” He cupped her shoulders with his hands, a warm weight that anchored her in the swirling water. “I thought we deserved this time together to get to know each other as more than friends, but I will be glad just to talk to you tonight. To learn how to make you happy.”
“I know that.” She wanted to close her eyes and concentrate on how his hands felt on her. To soak up all the sensations of being with him. “You never made me feel like you brought me here for more than that, but still…it’s a wedding night. I can’t deny I’ve been thinking about the possibilities of what that means.”
His thumbs skated a slow circle over the tops of her shoulders, a subtle touch that set the rest of her on fire. 
“I’ve been doing plenty of thinking of my own,” he admitted. “But that doesn’t mean we have to act on it.”
If he kept touching her, though, the possibility of her launching across the hot tub to kiss him was very real. 
“When I said I wasn’t all that experienced, I didn’t mean to suggest I’ve never been with a guy. Of course I have.” Though she had kept her virginity longer than any of her friends, haunted by her stepmother’s taunts long after they should have lost their power to hurt her. 
“I just don’t feel like I ever got high marks. You know?”
“Sex shouldn’t be a graded assignment.” He said it with one-hundred-percent seriousness.
But she laughed anyway, because it was a strange conversation for a wedding night. “Right. I get that.” She flipped a damp piece of hair out of her eyes as she warmed to the discussion. “But when I decided to lose my virginity, I think I was probably…too determined. I did some research and felt well-prepared, but in the end—epic fail.” She shook her head, remembering the expression on her boyfriend’s face afterward. It hadn’t been blissful pleasure.  More like being shell-shocked, maybe.
“The thought of you researching to the point of being over prepared is going to animate some very good dreams for me.”

He never stopped touching her. His thumbs trailed down the satin straps of her bra in the back. Then in the front. Over and over. “It’s my turn to be intrigued.”
“I think I was studying techniques that were too advanced for a beginner.” She shrugged, the water around her splashing with the movement. “But I don’t like looking foolish, and I’d waited so long to give sex a try that I put a lot of pressure on myself not to make it obvious that I was a first-timer.”
“What about afterward?” Gabe’s knee grazed hers under the water and she didn’t skitter away because it felt too good. “Didn’t things get better once the first time was out of the way?”
“I wasn’t keen to repeat the experiment at the time.” She retrieved her wineglass and took another small sip. “But now, I think maybe I’d like to.”

 

Guys!  That scene above.  I don’t think I’ve EVER read a heroine tell the hero about the lack of her experience and not feel bad about it.  Brianne was very upfront and honest with Gabe and his reaction to it was spot on.  He didn’t mock her, make her feel bad but did try to understand.  Of course, I’m not going to tell you what happens next.  *wink*
This is the “last” of the Liam McNeill’s sons and I’m sad.  I’ve grown to love each and every one of them but I will have to say that besides Cam, Gabe is right up there with him.  I like a man that can actually work with his hands and look sexy in a suit.  My husband comes to mind.  Gabe is a bit more blue collar than the rest of them but he knew what he had to do to ensure that his son was protected from his mother.  Don’t get me started on Gabe’s ex.  She’s a piece of work and she does make an appearance but bless the “other” cousins, Scarlett and Maisie they are right there for Brianne when she needed it.  Speaking of which, I can’t wait to meet the Wyoming cousins.
Back to the love that I have for this book.  Essentially this is a friends to lovers story with the hero fighting for his son and his place in the family.  Gabe never really bad talked his ex but he made it clear that she would not use their son as a prop and when it was convenient.  Brianne got that but of course, Gabe made a mess of things.  Another thing that was so wonderful about Gabe and Brianne is that they actually talked to each other.  Sure the black moment was there but in the end, they always communicated well with each other.  Every relationship has some form of communication problems and Ms. Rock handles it well.  Her characters are adults and act as such.
The secondary characters are wonderful as usual.  Rose is a complete trip and to find out that she and Malcolm shared a history and then to see them have a relationship via social media.  I was giggling.  I can’t wait to see if their relationship is explored in future books.  They were a trip.  I have always liked Malcolm.  While is methods aren’t conventional, his heart is in the right place.
Again, I am sad that this part of the series is over.  Gabe is such a sweetheart and Brianne is perfect for him.  I’m glad that they both realized that in the end.  Partnerships and love are built on friendships and they had part of their relationship in spades.
Please, do yourself a favor and pick up this series.  You can start anywhere and be fine.  I, of course, read them in order and while I missed some of the cousins in this one, I was happy to meet the new ones.  Plus, a hot tub while it was snowing.  Central Park in the snow.  And a blue box with an engagement ring.  *swoon*
Author Bio
Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty 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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