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#Review of No Cowboys No Angels (The Mystery Angel Romances #1) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @petieauthor #mystery #suspense

No Cowboys No Angels

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

A cozy romantic mystery with suspense, Book 1 from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book . . . it’s up to the reader to figure out who.

In No Cowboys No Angels, Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper—one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel!

Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.

Unfortunately, Kellen can’t seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.

Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel . . .

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Excerpt Two:

Luke’s jaw muscles flexed hard, and his eyes narrowed. “Well, that settles it.”

“Settles what?”

“You’re not going to the mill ever again.”

“What?”

“You heard me.”

She turned sideways in her seat to make sure he could see her glare. “You can’t tell me what to do.” She didn’t want to go anywhere near the mill, but she wasn’t going to let him boss her around.

“I can and I just did.” His jaw clenched again. “You’re not going to the mill, and that’s final.”

She crossed her arms over her chest in a huff. “I’ll go over there if I want to.”

But, I don’t want to.

“No,” he yelled.

“Yes,” she yelled right back.

He slammed on the brakes and turned to give her a glare of his own. She happily returned it. In a breath, he was across the narrow gap, his mouth closing over hers before she could mutter a reproach. Not that she wanted to. The kiss was long and deep, the pressure of his hand tight against her neck as though he would never let her go. She melted into his kiss and could feel the depth of his fear for her safety.

His hands cupped her cheeks as he broke the kiss, so she couldn’t get away. “Do not go to the mill,” he whispered huskily, “please.”

Dazed, she stared into his amazing chocolate-dark eyes. “Sure, whatever you say.”

She caught a quick breath. Her mind reeled in a jumble. Fearful he’d only kissed her to get his way, she needed to find out. She tugged him to her, wanting to kiss him again with an urgency she had never felt before. She could feel the fear in his last kiss. He had let her in behind his carefully constructed barricade.

Luke hesitated, his lips close enough to hers the connection was almost imagined. She could feel the heat of him against her cheeks and chin. His lips brushed hers once and then nuzzled her cheek. Her heart stuttered a beat.

Full disclosure, this is not my first book by Ms. McCarty.  She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Just saying…

This book, y’all.  There is so much that I absolutely loved about it.  Its got romance, mystery, suspense, action, small towns, two very wounded characters, the mob, guardian angels and a horse named Windsor.  Yes, there is a horse.  At times, I swooned, gasped, laughed and generally had a great time reading Luke and Kellen’s story.  Please be advised this a sweet romance and I hate to use sweet because you can feel that if these two had the opportunity, they would jump each other but Ms. McCarty doesn’t write like that.  There is a slow building romance between them, once they get past all the misunderstandings at the beginning of the book.

I didn’t know what to think of Luke from the start but in the end, he definitely won my heart.  I can totally understand why he did in terms of the town and his dad.  His secret is pretty big but once you understand why he did it, it makes sense and your heart will melt at the same time.  His story is part of the mystery that will just melt your heart.  The suspense part is the mob and I just loved how Ms. McCarty wrote this plot point.  I laughed, cringed and in the end, it made me think about things.  The henchmen were laughable but well thought out.  And trust me, when all is revealed in regards to the mob, I was shocked.  The web was much bigger than I thought.

Kellen has a right to feel like she does when she goes back home.  Growing up with her brother and mother wasn’t easy.  I’ve been to the Appalachian Mountains on a mission trip in high school and I totally got it.  I saw firsthand the poverty and the lack of funds for most people.  Yes, I used an outhouse because it was all they had.  I learned to appreciate what I had back home; so I understood what she, Joey (her brother) and David went through growing up.  The other characters like Sally, Vera, Rick, Hank, Corazon, Nuvida, and even Falcone were just awesome.  Each one had their own part in the book and were very well written characters.

Lastly, there are guardian angels in the book.  Duh!!!!  Trust me, you will NEVER figure it out.  And no, it is not Luke.  Even though, he pulls Kellen out of enough jams throughout the book.  Ms. McCarty has written a book that had me from the beginning and never let up.  I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is about.  Yes, I’m that invested in the series already.  She had me at guardian angels and a cowboy on a horse named Windsor.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels at Christmas coming April 2019.

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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#Review of Navy Seal to the Rescue (Aegis Security #1) by Tawny Weber w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TawnyWeber #harlequinromsuspense @HarlequinBooks

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Tawny Weber will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Injured in the line of duty, navy SEAL Travis “Hawk” Hawkins retreats to paradise. But R & R takes a turn when he runs smack into a beautiful blonde who just witnessed a murder. Travis offers to help, only to find himself equally taunted and titillated by irresistible Lila Adrian. Can the wounded warrior protect Lila and take down a deadly crime ring?

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Sun, surf and sex.

Once upon a time, Travis Hawkins would have called that heaven.

Now?

Now, he was convinced it was hell.

He strode out of the silken warmth of the Caribbean, his feet sinking in the wet sand. Wincing, he adjusted his stride when the sand turned to powder, taking the weight off his throbbing knee.

He noted the sexy little blonde standing on the edge of the beach. She’d poured her petite curves into a pair of white pants that stopped short of her ankles and a silky red tank that fluttered intriguingly in the light breeze. With her hair clipped up and back, he couldn’t tell its length, but he was imagining it was long. Mostly because he had a thing for long blond hair.

Just like he had a thing for confident women. He could tell this one was just that from the way she stood there, dangling her shoes from one hand while the other shaded her eyes. The better to check him out, he supposed. No harm there. He was checking right back.

And what he saw was intriguing.

But he wasn’t in the market to be intrigued.

He was in the market to decompress. To make decisions. To figure out the rest of his damned life.

Once upon a time, he’d take the blonde up on the obvious interest on her pixie-like face. He’d have strode on over for a little conversation, a little flirtation. He’d gauge the ground, assess the heat level and if it felt right, he’d have swept her off her sexy little feet and into his bed.

But his sweeping days were over. Hell, all the fun was over.

I’m a life long fan of Ms. Weber.  I cut my teeth on her Blaze books.  No one can write SEAL’s like her.  I’m excited that she is writing for the suspense line for Harlequin.  I think that the two will fit just nicely together.  That said, while I loved the overall book itself, I felt like that there wasn’t enough suspense until the very end.  Let me explain.

There was no gunplay in the book.  When you mentioned kidnapping and a SEAL, I want some gunplay.  Maybe a fight scene or two but with this one, we don’t get any of that until the end.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a bunch of nonsense when it comes to anything violent but watching a stakeout isn’t for me.  I wanted some more action in the book.  The overall actual suspense element was great.  I never figured it out.

Travis is a great hero.  SEAL’s are supposed to be overprotective, overbearing and used to running the show but he also had a softer side to him and that was Lila.  And not just in his bed.  He genuinely liked her.  Got to know her but in the end, was an idiot (aren’t they always).  I especially liked how he didn’t placate her in the end either.  He actually talked to her, understood her concerns and reassured him of his intentions.

Now Lila was a bit more interesting to get to know.  I liked her but at times felt like she really did a babysitter.  I’m all for NOT letting a man tell me what to do but at times, she didn’t listen.  Let’s hope that she really did learn from it.  I didn’t think that she was a true damsel in distress but I can understand her need for protection.  The scenes with her dad and brother, Lucas, were great.  She finally grew a spine and told them no.  Speaking of Lucas, that was an AWESOME twist.  I especially liked the “talk” before the op.

While Ms. Weber is known for her hot scenes, in this line, it is toned down a bit.  Ms. Weber still delivers the goods but don’t expect a Blaze scene.  I did enjoy the romance between Lila and Travis.  It is slow building but in the end…*swoon*.  Overall, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.  Lucas’ book should be a doozy when it comes out.  He’s got some issues, I’m sure like his sister, that hasn’t been told.

 

 

About the Author:

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty books, Tawny Weber loves writing about sexy heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. Her sassy, emotional romances are filled with men dedicated to being the best—and women determined to have the best. Tawny credits her ex-military alpha husband for inspiration in her writing, and in her life. The recipient of numerous writing accolades, including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and in addition to the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Tawny has also hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

A homeschooling mom, Tawny enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs in her Northern California home.

You can find Tawny on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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Excerpt and #Review of No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks @PrismBookTours #romanticsuspense @smshackelford #inspirational


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No Safe Place
By Sherri Shackelford
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense

He lives by the law.

She’s running for her life.

After forensic accountant Beth Greenwood uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she’s forced to rely on homeland security agent Corbin Ross’s protection—even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement. Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper—and keep them alive?

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EXCERPT THREE Chapter One

There was a bullet hole in the hood of his car, and the woman sitting next to him had become a liability to a terrorist cell laundering money. Corbin didn’t know the extent of her knowledge, and he wasn’t letting her out of his sight.

She raised the canister once more. “All right. But I have the pepper spray, remember?”

“I’m not likely to forget.” That stuff was potent. Residue had both their eyes watering in the confined space of the car. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I did save your life. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.”

He considered his original cover story. Considering the shock she’d had, he doubted she’d read too much into his earlier conversation. The less she knew at this point the better. He had a greater chance of inspiring her confidence if she didn’t see him as a threat.

“I’m sorry.” She ducked her head. “But I don’t trust anyone from Quetech Industries right now.”

“Why not?”

“I have my reasons.”

SQEEE!!!  A new author to me in one of my all-time favorite lines by Harlequin.  Yes, I read the Love Inspired Romantic Suspense line.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.  Romantic Suspense is my favorite thing to read.  I cut my teeth on the genre.  Thanks, Mom.  Anyway, let me tell the ways I just fell in total love with Corbin and Beth.

  1.  Both of them are lonely people.  Beth has lost her only parent and doesn’t really participate in life much anymore.  Work, left all of friends, church everything due to her mentor dying and a bad relationship.  Corbin is still trying to atone for something that happened to him in the Army.  It’s not that it’s sad or depressing, its just their lives right now.  Through the course of the book, they actually realize the mistakes that they have made in regards to this and resolve to finally fix them.
  2.  Corbin is a dream.  He is definitely going on the book boyfriend shelf for me.  Even with his guilt, he is strong, knows he’s NOT perfect and has a huge capacity for love, compassion, and honor.  *swoon*
  3.  Beth is just one of those heroines that you truly root for in a book.  Smart, self-aware and realizing what is missing in her life and not making the same mistakes twice.  Yes, she is no damsel in distress considering her circumstances.  You must read it to see what I mean.
  4.  The plot itself is revelant, very fast paced (love), realistic and interesting.  Yes, interesting.  Ms. Shackelford has done her research on Homeland Security, cyber crimes and forensic accounting.  You don’t need to be a geek to understand it all.
  5.  While this is a romantic suspense book, there are inspirational moments that are nicely woven into the story.  Its just little things that mean a whole lot in the end.  Plus, the romance in the book is a very slow burn and actually takes a backseat to the story as a whole.  But when it does happen, I was grinning from ear to ear and fist pumping.
  6. I will have to say there is a bit of humor in the book, too.  I just can’t seem to forget the two goons that seem to pop up.  Complete morons but when the truth finally came out, I actually felt sorry for them just a bit.
  7. The climax of the book was a shocker.  I NEVER figured it out, which is a good thing.

Overall, I really loved this book.  Corbin and Beth stole my heart and I have a new author to read from a beloved Harlequin line.  And I totally got Beth’s addiction to good chocolate and makeup.

 

About the Author

A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She’s authored more than a dozen novels for Harper Collins publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.

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Labor Not in Vain
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Faithfully Bookish
Locks, Hooks and Books
Among the Reads
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EmpowerMoms
Wishful Endings
Author Loraine D. Nunley
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Tell Tale Book Reviews
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Min Reads and Reviews
Remembrancy
January 19th:
Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will win “A Little Bit More Romance Box,” which includes the following items in a Decorative Box (pictured):
– Romance Bubble Bath
– Classic Cover Harlequin Notebook
– Collectible Addition Book of Romance Poems
– Romance Bath Bomb
– Scented Candle
– Fuzzy Socks
– Books: No Safe Place and His Substitute Mail-Order Bride by Sherri Shackelford, and Undercover Memories by Lenora Worth

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