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ARC #Review of Ethan’s Daughter (Templeton Cover #7) by Rachel Brimble! @RachelBrimble @HarlequinBooks #HarlequinMyRewards

Ethan's Daughter

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There’s safety in solitude…isn’t there? 

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder!

 

Aug 2017

You are going to be disappointed with my review.  I usually fan girl all over Ms. Brimble but today I’m not.  Why?  Because I don’t need to anymore.  She is one of my all time favorite authors.  She always delivers the goods and I can say that since I’ve been reading her books from the very beginning.  So my question for you is, are you reading her?  If not, why?  She writes emotional, tender, at times snarky with characters that you can easily relate to.  Yes, relate, too.

Leah is a nurse and Ethan is a writer.  Daisy is his daughter and she is in school.  Nothing hard to understand about the characters so far.  Ethan was married before and the mother/wife left without a backward glance to her own daughter.  It happens.  Leah is a nurse and has friends there in town.  She is estranged from her family because of something that was done a while back, but then again, sometimes you need to back away from your family every once in a while.  I do and it’s not because I don’t love them but sometimes they can be stifling.  I need my space.  Ethan needs his space, too but didn’t count on Leah to keep pushing and pushing.  Daisy is a character on her own.  She’s not a plot device or overly cute.  She has wants and needs just like everyone else.

What separates this book from the rest of the books in the series?  A couple of things actually.

  1.  The suspense is racked up in this one.  It’s subtle but you can feel it.  Breathe it.  It’s palpable.
  2.  There are a couple of subject matters that are not for the faint of heart.  Domestic abuse, abandonment and somewhat of a mafia thread.  Anna, Ethan’s ex, is in way over her head.
  3.  I didn’t have to watch for the connection between Ethan and Leah.  It is there from the start.  🙂
  4.  CAT is back!  CAT is back!  See the book Finding Justice…just saying!  She’s still a badass to me.  And one of my all time favorite heroines.
  5.  Just when you think the book is finished, Ms. Brimble decides to throw you a loop and then BAM!  I was floored and I don’t easily get floored too often.

This is the 7th book in the series and yes, I’ve read every single one and I’ve loved each one in its own way but I have to say that this one of the best in the series.  It delivers for me everything that I like in a book.  Plus, Cat!  Anywoos…

I’m also very sad that this particular line is going away for Harlequin.  I’ve been reading it for too many years and I have many authors that I read because of it.  Ms. Brimble doesn’t have to worry about me NOT reading her but I’m sad that there is only one more book in Templeton Cove.  January 2018 can’t come any sooner.

Do yourself a favor and pick up anything that Ms. Brimble writes.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

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#Review of Rebel in a Small Town (Slippery Rock #2) by Kristina Knight w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authorkristina @PrismBookTours

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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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EXCERPT:

The checker hung up the phone and came over to the glass. She said something that sounded peculiarly like “Criminals deserve discomfort” before backing away to the safety of her check stand. As if Mara was about to draw a gun or something.

“Now I know what the goldfish at the office feels like,” she muttered, still holding her hands over her ears. She pushed one foot against the inner and outer doors, but neither budged.

Finally the beepers stopped and everything quieted. Mara took her hands from her ears and tried the doors again. They didn’t budge. She repeated her call through the thick glass.

“I’m here on a security check. I need to speak with Michael Mallard.” The clerk shot a glance behind her toward an area marked Employees Only. No one appeared. The crowd began to disperse, lessening the goldfish effect.

She tugged at her earlobe when a low siren began to wail. Was this some kind of second-tier warning system? The clerk crossed her arms over her chest as if in triumph. The wailing became louder, and it wasn’t coming from inside the store. Mara pressed her face against the outer door, looking left and then right.

“No, no, no. Please, no.”

The siren grew louder, and a few cars passing on the street pulled to the side.

“Let it be a fire. Let it be a fire.”

But it wasn’t a red fire truck that entered the parking lot. It was a big black SUV with Wall County Sheriff plastered along its side. She was definitely not making it to the B and B for snack time.

As the SUV came to a stop, she could make out the driver, a large man with brown hair and big aviator sunglasses over his eyes—eyes she knew would be the color of molten chocolate. This man had been interrupting her dreams since she’d hit puberty and began to figure out why male and female body parts were made so deliciously dissimilar.

“Crap, crappity crap.”

Secret baby, childhood friends to lovers, small town tropes, oh my.  Sign me up.  Not to mention the secret that is between them that the town still blames Mara squarely for.  This book has it all for me.  Plus, it has smexy times and what an opening to a book.  🙂  Ms. Knight shook up the mold when she wrote Mara and James.  One of the things in the book that keeps resounding with me is the way the town just hates Mara.  I really felt bad for her.  That’s where the secret comes into play and they way its handle is perfect.  It needed to come out and the forum for which it does come out is a doozy.

Mara and James just touched my heart.  Thier’s is NOT a sad story but actually a happy one.  Even if they don’t think so.  You have two people that are friends and somewhere along the way fall in love with each other.  When they got older, the booty calls started and for Mara that was good enough, but not for James.  I felt bad for him when I found out his story about the night in Nashville.  I liked how both of them had family issues that they could overcome.  I’m still not sure about James’s dad but I think in the following books, we will see the outcome of the sheriff’s race.

Oh and that’s another thing, CarlaAnn really needs to be slapped upside her head.  Hateful, just hateful and I felt like what Mara did to her at the store is classic.  Oops.  I was giggling.  I live in a small town and I know how judgmental and small minded people can be but come on.  People can grow up and be responsible human beings.  But that’s just the city in me from my upbringing.  Zeke is NOT a plot point but an interesting character in his own right.  The exchanges between Zeke and James are priceless.  I just wish that there had been more of them.

Overall, this book is not to be missed.  Ms. Knight is one of my favorite Harlequin writers and she never disappoints.  I can’t wait to read Adam and Jenny’s story next.  The after effects of the town’s tornado are still present in Mara and James story but I feel like the arc will be totally front and center with them.

 

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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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And coming September 2017…

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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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 Sheik Defense by Ryshia Kennie w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ryshiakennie @HarlequinBooks

Sheik Defense

by Ryshia Kennie

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea.  But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her.  He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared.  Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him.

Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her.  She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust.  The sheik’s embrace was familiar and enticing…and possibly even more dangerous.  How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn’t know could get them both killed?

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Excerpt One:

Ava Adams opened her eyes. Her head ached and something deep inside her hurt. That hurt was overshadowing the thumping that seemed to want to break her skull. Yet it wasn’t pain. Not a physical pain but something more emotional. Fear. Anger. She didn’t know what. Instead, she shivered. She was alone and she wasn’t on the yacht. Where was she?

The yacht was gone. She had no idea what had happened to either it or her father. It had disappeared while she’d slipped out of consciousness. She had no idea how long she’d been unconscious. Nothing held any relevance, not time nor space—nor anything that had happened. All of it was a frightening blur.

The breeze ran light, cool fingers across her damp skin and she shivered. She didn’t know how long she’d been unconscious, all she knew was that she was alone and there was no land in sight. Her head pounded and her vision was blurred. She couldn’t see clearly no matter how hard she tried. She was fighting to remain conscious so that she could make that promised call to get help. Her father was counting on her.

The thought made her prop herself up despite her shaking limbs. She tried not to look at the dark water. There was only a thin layer of rubber and canvas between her and it. She couldn’t think of it any more than she could contemplate the fate of her father. All she knew was that the yacht was gone and with it her father. She didn’t know when it had disappeared or if her father was on board or if he was even alive. She struggled to sit up and the world spun. She took a deep breath and passed out.

The next time she came to, she could see that the sun was higher in the sky. It was behind her and she guessed that she might be heading west. She had no idea what that might mean about where she would end up. Or if she would end up anywhere except maybe at the bottom of the ocean.

Fear threatened to overwhelm her even as her gut knotted along with her fists. Her head spun and she had to fight not to black out again. She needed to think and yet she was fighting not to lose consciousness again. She needed to get help not just for her but for her father. He needed her. He was alone.

That thought collided with another. Was her father alive? She’d heard the gunshot as the life raft had slipped away from the yacht, carried by the ocean current. There had been silence after that as she’d drifted farther away.

The gunshot had echoed long after the actual event. The haunting reminder was like an omen. She could die out here and her father could already be dead. Those scenarios were ones she couldn’t, wouldn’t consider. Not anymore. She refused to think of him as anything but alive—just as she was determined to reach land, one way or another.

She took a deep breath and again she fought to sit up. The life raft rocked, threatening what stability it had as water sloshed in the bottom. She wasn’t sure how it had taken on water unless it had been in those first moments as it had gone from the yacht to sea. The sea had been rough. It hadn’t calmed much since then. It was cloudy and the breeze was picking up, only a bit of sun peeked through the otherwise dreary sky.

She had nothing. She looked down. She was virtually naked. The skimpy sleeping outfit had been a bad choice. Fortunately, her father had thrown his jacket over her. Who would have known that a trip that had begun as a lark would end like this?

It wouldn’t end.

Determination shot through her chilled body. She had too much to do with her life. She had a new career that had yet to begin. Again she repeated that promise to herself and to her father. They would live. He would live. They had to.

Something cold pressed against her hip. She slipped her hand under the waistband of her panties and pulled out her father’s phone. She’d forgotten it was there.

Her heart stopped. She remembered that he’d handed it to her. It was a miracle that it had not dropped to the bottom of the dinghy, into the water that was gathering there.

She held it, the memory of her father handing it to her clear in her mind.

“Call Faisal.”

She knew, as did her father, that if anyone could help them, it was Faisal. He headed the powerhouse investigative company run by his family, Nassar Security. At least he was in charge of their Wyoming branch.

The phone slipped in her damp hands.

 

I won’t go into my secret love of reading about sheiks but let me just tell you that this series about the Al-Nassar sheiks has been nothing but brilliant.  I’ve loved all the brothers but I will say that Emir is still my favorite.  There is just something about the oldest in the bunch and how he just takes over in the book.  I also liked reading bits of an update between him and Kate.  I won’t spoil it for you.  However, I felt like that Faisal’s book is the best of the bunch, overall.

Let me explain.  This a great friend to lovers story that is wrapped up nicely in the mystery/intrigue that Ms. Kennie has written.  I loved the action in this book, too.  There is a lot going on but once again, Ms. Kennie doesn’t bog it down with a bunch of nonsense.  Ava is one of those heroines that you just knew that she could and can take care of herself.  Of course, this doesn’t sit well for Faisal during much of the book but it did make me chuckle a time or two.  I also loved that even though Ava went out on her own, Faisal didn’t go all alpha on her.  He appreciated that she did do a lot of the legwork herself.

But of course, it wouldn’t be a true romance if we didn’t get a peek at their lives when they first met and the “what ifs” and “what could have been” between Faisal and Ava.  Their romance felt true and heartfelt.  I would be remiss to tell you that the bad guys in this book are truly evil.  Again, this is what makes this book so special for me.  You know who they are but the motivation behind their actions is slow to build and when it comes to a climax…it’s a doozy.

I’m going to miss the Al-Nassars.  I’m hoping that eventually Tara, their sister, will get her own book.  She deserves some happiness considering what happened to her in Emir’s book where we are introduced to all the brothers.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born.  

In 2011 I won my city’s writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live. 

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.  

My website:  http://www.ryshiakennie.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ryshiakennie

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Author.RyshiaKennie/

My blog:  http://ryshia.blogspot.ca

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