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Title: Unexpected Arrivals
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Coming of Age/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Blurb
It had to be a joke.
Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
But nothing happened.
The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.
Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.
That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a
handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.
My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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Wow.  Just wow!  This is one of the best books that I have read this year.  And yes, I read a lot but I haven’t given out tons of 5 Harlie’s lately.  Lots of 4.5 but not 5’s.  This one is definitely a 5.  I’ve read Ms. Walls before (Girl Crush is hilarious and one of my top 10 this year) and with each book she just gets better and better.  She writes with such emotional depth with her characters and just when you think that you have things figured out, she throws a curveball or two at you.  There are many curveballs in this book but they are definitely worth the swing.  None of them are misses.  Just pure, OMG in the sense that they make you appreciate certain characters more later in the book than you did when they appeared earlier.
Don’t let the blurb give you the sense that there is cheating in the book.  I hate a cheater but *spoiler* there is no cheating.  They broke up for a couple of years.  Trust me, this book starts off when they are in high school and continues until they are adults.  Ms. Walls takes her time letting you get to know Cora and James (Carp) throughout the book.  They are not perfect by any means and are products of their upbringing but on the flipside, they are very grounded.  I loved how we really get to know these characters throughout the book.  Each has some growing up to do and yes, even to the last page.  *sniff*
This book does not have the angst that you would think that a YA/NA/Adult book would have.  It’s about redemption, true love, second chances, and long-buried secrets that affected many of the characters that have long-reaching consequences.  Cora and Carp are wonderful separately and together.  Yes, they broke up for a bit but it was necessary for their character growth and of course, the child to be conceived.  Chelsea is such a wonderful character.  Seriously, I just loved her and she was exactly what Carp needed during his time awhile from Cora.  He realized that he could have a friendship with a woman that wasn’t based on sex and she really helped him when it came to Cora in the long term.
I would be remiss to not talk about the secondary characters.  Neil and Hannah are the perfect friends that Cora and Carp need during the story.  They have a story, too but it doesn’t overshadow theirs.  Carp’s parents and Gwendolyn/Dottie are great, too.  They add the needed wisdom when Cora and Carp need it the most in the end.  The secrets that revolve around Chelsea, Cora, and Dottie are just…OH MY.  Never saw it coming and I really cried for Chelsea and Cora at that point.  They would have been great friends with each other.  Plus, then there is the child.  I won’t go into a lot with the child but the child isn’t stupid.  Chelsea made sure of that.  Dottie, too.  The child MAKES the story.  And yes, Cora never wanted any children but once she realizes that she can truly help him through his grief and the child through hers, she’s a goner.
I usually don’t recommend a book that runs the gammet of emotions.  Swooning, laughing, crying, cheering for characters and overall, just loving everything about a book but this is one of those rare treats that a reviewer lives for.  I hated to see the story end.  I was sad but the ending couldn’t have been more perfect.  Or Promised.  *wink*
Author Bio

 

Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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Protecting Her Secret Son

by Regan Black

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GENRE:  Contemporary  Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Shannon Nolan thought she’d escaped a nightmare world of ruthless crime – until her son is kidnapped! With nowhere else to run and no one else to trust, she puts her life in the hands of her boss, firefighter Daniel Jennings.

 

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Excerpt Two:

In her back pocket, her cell phone buzzed, belting out the old-school ringtone she used for unknown calls and text messages. She set aside the paint cup and pulled out her phone, swiping the screen to view the text.

No words, only a picture of her son. He was strapped into a car seat, his shirt rumpled, his pale blond hair windblown, and his cheeks and eyes were red. His lashes were spiked with tears and his lower lip thrust forward in a pout.

What had happened? Then she realized what she was looking at and her heart thudded in her chest. Staggered, terrified by her worst fears, she dropped the phone as she doubled over, clutching her stomach as if she’d taken a punch.

Daniel caught the phone and steadied her with a hand at her elbow. “Shannon? What’s wrong?”

“I—I’m not sure.”

The ringtone sounded as another text came in and she grabbed the phone from Daniel.

If you want to see your son again, tell his father to cooperate.

Her stomach clenched and she clapped a hand over her mouth. Whoever was behind this had chosen the wrong leverage. She’d never had any influence over Aiden’s father. Naturally, the sender’s number was blocked, but she hit the icon to call back anyway. It rang and rang, and no one answered.

“I have to go,” she said.

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What can I say about Regan Black and this series?  I love it for one.  Second, her characters come to life and third, Ms. Black knows how to write action/suspense scenes like no other.  True.  When the bullets start flying, you feel like you are there.  My heart pounds, my pulse quickens and then I’m left breathless in the end.

The Escape Club is back in action again.  I love Grant.  And that he plays the drums.  Plus, I just love how Grant just knows what to do.  Plus, he respects the people that he is trying to help.  He doesn’t dumb it down for them.  Shannon goes through a lot in the book and Grant is always patient and kind.  But I digress.  Daniel is right beside her, too.  He was also patient and kind, too.  In fact, what really sold me on the romance side of the book was that they already a relationship as work colleagues.  Shannon is no TSTL woman but trust me when I say, she has gone through a lot just to get to the point in her life before Aiden is kidnapped.

Daniel, I felt like was just kinda floating through life until Aiden is kidnapped.  He’s a great guy, fireman, and contractor but was kinda directionless in a sense.  Shannon gives him purpose but also just confirms what he really wants out of life and with whom.  *swoon*  I loved that he had some family issues, too.  It made him human and also brought to the for front about his working with dad and in some degree, Shannon in the end.  Plus, I just loved his mother, Tess.  And yes, his dad could be a toot but in the end, he just wanted his son to be happy.

The suspense in this book is top notch.  Bullets flying, kidnapping, fires, and killings.  Oh yes, there is a killing and I kinda lost it for a moment.  It was sad but also sweet at the same time.  I felt bad for Shannon losing the only person that really tried to be good for her at the end of marriage…I won’t say anymore because I would definitely spoil it for you.  I figured out fairly early the “who” but the journey to the end of the book is breathtaking.  You just don’t know what is going to happen until it does.  That’s awesome romantic suspense.  Ms. Black always puts me through the wringer but the end is of so satisfying.

I can not enough about Ms. Black and this series.  Great writing, characters that relatable and situations not too “out there” and romance that rings true.

 

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Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

 

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WATCH OVER by Amy Reece
The DeLuca Family #1

Melanie Blythe has a house, a career, and a cat. She doesn’t need a man.

But she isn’t the only one who’s noticed the gorgeous cop down the street. When her faithless cat prances home from the cop’s house with a note tucked in his collar, it might be the beginning of something beautiful…or it might be Melanie’s death warrant.

Detective Finn DeLuca is stuck at home recovering from a hit-and-run accident, and has plenty of time to wonder about the woman two doors down. There’s something mysterious about the beautiful brunette, and he’s determined to get to know her.

But someone else has other plans.

As the two grow closer, someone is watching—and waiting. Sooner or later, their chance will come.

And the two lovebirds will never see it coming.

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 Of all the stories about the family, this one is the cutest.  CJ, the cat, is just too much in the book.  I loved, just loved the notes that passed between Finn and Mel in the beginning.  It’s how they kinda got to know each.  Plus, there is Fluff, the dog.
I really enjoyed watching their relationship blossom.  Mel has some issues to overcome like self-image, having a true relationship with a man, sexual feelings and then being overwhelmed by Finn’s family.  She’s never really lived up until she meets Finn.  Mel is the one person in the book that had the most character growth to achieve.  Ms. Reece wrote her beautifully in that sense.  You get to watch her get out of her shell and live a little.  Plus, it helps that Finn’s sister, Cara (LOVE HER, LOVE HER) is right there to help.
Finn is a dream.  He’s not as heavy-handed as Hugh but protects what’s his.  Mel is his and he won’t let anyone stand in his way.  I especially liked how we met him.  He’s had a string of bad luck but he is not one to dwell on it.  He picks himself up and works through it.  His relationship with his partner Chris is great, too.  His family is hilarious.  Loving, honest and funny but at times can be overwhelming to anyone, not just Mel.
I NEVER saw the suspense element coming.  When all is revealed, I was shocked.  I kinda had an idea but I just couldn’t figure out the “why”.  I love when an author does that to me.  Bravo, Ms. Reece.
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SAFE GUARD by Amy Reece
The DeLuca Family #2

Hugh DeLuca wants to settle down and start a family. But the only woman he wants—the one he can’t get out of his mind—doesn’t seem the family type.

She’s Christine Hart, a tough-as-nails police detective, and she happens to be investigating a mob murder at one of his construction sites.

As Chris’s feelings for him start to show, Hugh struggles to keep his distance. He’s afraid the savvy cop will break his heart, that she’ll choose her career over him—or worse yet, her deadly job will take her away forever.

Little does he know, he’s the one who will break her heart…and turn the murder investigation upside down.

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 OH.MY.GOSH!  This book.  It has all the feels for me.  Strong heroine, strong hero.  Great plot and a bit sexier than the rest.  In fact, I will admit that Hugh and Chris are my favorite couple so far in the series.  Sure, sure, I liked the others but there is just something about this couple that had me from the get-go.  I liked the dancing around that they did in the beginning with the does she like me/does he like me.  I know, it sounds a bit junior highish but trust me, it’s great.
These two have met previously as Chris or Chrissy as Hugh calls her, is Finn’s partner.  I liked her in the first book and LOVED her in the second.  She’s strong, stubborn and will not take Hugh’s heavy-handedness or over protectiveness in stride.  She fights for her job and also her love for Hugh.  Sometimes, I just had to giggle when it came to her getting all copish on Hugh, too.  Another thing is how she gets along with the girls in the book.  There is a true friendship with Izzy, Cara, and Mel.
Hugh is just terrific in the book.  He loves Chris to distraction and he’s oldest sibling protectiveness gets in the way of their relationship.  But that makes Hugh who he is.  Once he finally figures out that Chris needs a partner in life, not a protector its perfection.  It takes him awhile but he finally gets there.  And let’s not forget that he uses his dog, Bob in his wooing of Chris.
The suspense element in the book is great, too.  We really get to see the partnership between Finn and Chris grow.  Plus, she’s just a bad**s!
Do yourself a favor and pick up this book.  You won’t be disappointed.

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The DeLuca Family #3

Isabelle DeLuca is capable of juggling her family obligations and her career as co-owner of DeLuca Construction. What she can’t do is reveal the huge secret hidden in her past—not even to her best friend or her own mother.

But when that mystery man suddenly appears again in the flesh, she’s forced to face the truth she’s tried so hard to hide.

Then, while looking into a lead on a business associate, she stumbles across something big—big enough to get Homeland Security involved—and soon finds herself embroiled in an investigation of possible domestic terrorism.

Who knew love—and bookkeeping—could be so hazardous?

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What a tangled web we weave.  I loved this story.  The thread about Janey’s paternity and Izzy’s reluctance to reveal who it was is great.  Mac is a guy to die for.  Really he is.  And Izzy?  I really felt for her in the end.  Such a strong woman and raising a child on her own.  How these two reconnected is awesome!!!!  I mean, in a mall of all places.   I would have freaked out but Izzy didn’t.  Oh no, not our Izzy.
Izzy is the sister that is a mystery up until this book.  I like how Ms. Reece kept her a bit of secret until now.  Izzy is subtle in the other books, but she is so much more here.  Her dynamic with Hugh in the business is at times humorous but also strong.  They play off each other perfectly.  Ms. Reece also does a great job with letting us know how Izzy feels about being a single mother.  It’s hard.  At times, frustrating but Izzy will do anything for Janey.
Mac just cracks me up at times.  The second chance at love trope here is perfection.  Ms. Reece does a very nice job of getting them together early but uses some real-life obstacles to get in their way of true happiness.  It’s real life.  Getting to know a person again.  Finding out you’re a father and balancing a new career while wooing the woman that you love.  Ms. Reece does an excellent job of weaving it all together.
The suspense element is great in the book.  You get Finn, Chris, and Mac working together and at times, it has its problems.  Finn isn’t too thrilled with Mac being in Janey and Izzy’s life and it spills over to the job at hand.  I get that and we see Chris getting them to play nice in the end.
I would be remiss not to mention the DeLuca family has a whole.  I LOVE this family.  Every last one of them.  If I had to pick, Cara is my favorite and we don’t even have her book yet.  She’s a teacher, strong, very opinionated but I sense a vulnerability there that I hope Ms. Reece explores.  She’s been burned before in love and I don’t think she has quite gotten over it.
Don’t miss this series.  I will be the first one to pre-order the next book when it comes out.  You should, too.
The whole series. Trust me.

MEET THE AUTHOR:
Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. She is the author of The Seeker Series (YA paranormal) and The Way to Her Heart (YA Romantic Suspense).

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