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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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Sweet Home Alaska
(Northern Lights #5)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

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Mom took a sip of her tea. “Has Scott worked in Alaska before?” 

“No.” Volta gave a little laugh. “Why are you so interested?” 

Her mother shrugged. “I was watching you when you talked at the birthday party, and you didn’t look like two people who barely knew each other. If you’ve known him awhile, and he’s never been in Alaska before, where did you meet him?” 

Volta stuffed her mouth full of meat loaf to avoid having to answer that question right away, but her mother watched her until she swallowed. “This is really good. Do I taste rosemary?” 

“You know you do, because you asked that last time. Why don’t you want to tell me where you met this doctor?” 

Volta shrugged. “I knew him in Hawaii.” 

“Really? Was he in some of your classes?” Her mother’s eyes suddenly widened. “Wait a minute. Scott? Oh, Volta, was this the man who caused you to drop out of school?” 

“No one caused me to drop out. That was all on me.”

“But you were so sad when you came home. He broke your heart.” She stared at Volta’s face as though she could read her thoughts. “It was him, wasn’t it?” 

“Okay, yes. Scott and I were dating in Hawaii. And I thought it was getting serious. But he already had plans to join DEMA once he finished his residency. He broke up with me. It’s not that big of a deal.” 

“You were devastated.” 

“I got over it. I married Wade, and I had Emma. It all worked out for the best.” 

“But now you have to spend a lot of time with this man.” 

“So?” 

“I don’t want you to get hurt again.” 

“Yes, well, I don’t particularly want that, either. That’s why I’m keeping this relationship on a professional level.” 

“But he was at Emma’s birthday party.” 

“That was Emma’s doing, not mine. You know how excited she was about the reindeer farm. She ran into him when he was dropping me off and invited him.” 

“Why was he dropping you off?” 

“I left my keys— It doesn’t matter. The point is, I’m eleven years older now, and I hope wiser. Scott is doing important work with this study and I can contribute. He doesn’t know Alaska, and I do. After I introduced Scott, the people we interviewed yesterday opened up and gave him valuable information.” 

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” 

“I think I’m mature enough to work alongside a man without falling in love with him. Besides, it’s only for a couple of weeks.” Volta laughed. “What could go wrong?”

If I had to give out my best book of the year award right now, it would be this book.  It is that good.  This isn’t my first book by Ms. Carpentar and she never disappoints.  Ms. Carpentar also brings emotional depth to her stories but also, I feel like I’m in Alaska.  Like Northern Alaska feels.  I loved that show.  You need to look it up.  Anyway.  Plus, her characters are always phenomenal.  And, there is a child involved but Emma is her own character and I loved her.

This is a great second chance romance from the heart.  I completely understood the commitment issues that Scott had from the beginning.  His family life growing up wasn’t the best but he did what he thought he had to do in Hawaii with Volta.  Volta is guarded when it comes to Scott and she has every right.  And then her daughter, Emma, takes a strong liking to Scott and in time, Scott to her.  I loved their relationship and it woke something in Scott that he never thought would happen.  Volta is a strong woman.  Fierce when it comes to her daughter and loyal to her job and patients.  What I didn’t like was how she let her sister in law talk to her that way about her late husband (her brother) like that.  Sure, I understood that she missed her brother but I would have put her in her place.  It grated on my nerves a bit but hey, it’s just me.

Their love story is a sweet one but a very slow build.  Like I said, a second chance at romance but they still had a lot to work out between them and within themselves.  Trust, commitment are some of the issues that they have but the love has never died.  Communication this time around is the key to their romance and it works.  I especially liked how Ms. Carpentar showed Volta’s relationship with her own parents and her in-laws.  While her parents weren’t exactly thrilled, they didn’t judge her decision but listened to her and the concerns they had.  Emma is cute and I understood her frustration when Scott.  Her relationship with him bloomed and I loved watching it.

Peeps, you really need to read Ms. Carpentar and this series.  She brings emotional depth, humor, great characters, and a setting to die for.  I recommend Ms. Carpentar to anyone that will listen to me.  And yes, this is a series but each book stands alone.

 

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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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Release Day ARC #Review of Save the Date (Dating Series #1) by Monica Murphy! @MsMonicaMurphy #contemporaryromance

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Save the Date, an all-new standalone contemporary romance in a new series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!

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Caroline Abbott loves her job—helping engaged couples pick out the perfect save the date cards and invitations for their dream wedding. Working at Noteworthy means she has to deal with the occasional bridezilla, but Caroline’s always up for the challenge.

Until one particular bridezilla walks into the stationery store who’s fiancé happens to be the boy Caroline shared her first kiss with. Alexander Wilder is all grown up now, helping run his family’s successful luxury hotel chain, and is somehow even better looking than she remembers.

When Caroline just happens to catch Alex’s fiancée half naked with another man well, of course, she has to tell Alex. Of course, he breaks off his engagement.

And of course, the ex-bridezilla has gone completely bonkers.

At least Caroline has her friends to save her from crazy ex-fiancées. But she also has the sudden interest of…Alex? Caroline knows they share a connection, but is he on the rebound? Or after seeing her all these years later, does he really want something more?

 

 

 

Yall, this book.  As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of her YA/NA series, Friends.  I mean, come on, #CuddlewithTuttle.  It had been a couple of years since I read one of her straight contemporary romance books.  She did not disappoint at all.  In fact, reading this book is liking sitting down over a coffee or beer with an old friend.  Catching up, laughing, crying, swooning and promising to visit more often.  This book left me with that feeling and I can’t wait to see what happens in this series.  The girls have already been introduced so I’m very intrigued.

I love a childhood friend to lovers story.  Caroline and Alex are perfect for each other; once when they were teenagers and now, even better as adults.  Ms. Murphy doesn’t rush the romance between them either.  She lets them become friends again without the awkwardness that they both experienced as teenagers.  Watching them build their romance is breathtaking.  Its the little things that happen between them that are priceless.  There are too many scenes that I could recite back to you but you really need to read them for yourself.

Another thing that I loved about the book is that Caroline is not hapless, hopeless or in danger.  She’s a great character that you want to hang out with and order your save the date cards from.  At least I would have.  The relationships that she has with her friends and even her boss are great.  There’s no angst amoung then at all.  Of course, she has to deal with Alex’s crazy ex at times and it s truly funny, too.

Alex is a dream.  I know I say that about a lot of heroes but here in this book, he truly is.  He’s the character that has the most growing up to do in the book.  A workaholic to the bone but when he finally stands up to his dad about his childhood and why he is today is awesome.  Just the right amount of drama but very necessary for Alex to finally see the light and understand that something’s gotta give if he truly wants a relationship with Caroline in the end.

Overall, this is a sweet, somewhat sexy romance between two childhood friends that shared their first kiss and meet up later in life and fall in love.  Is there a conflict?  Yes, very relatable and plausible.  If your boyfriend is rich. 

 

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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