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Trusting Her Heart
(Meet Me at the Altar #3)
By Tara Randell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…

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Logan sat close enough that his shrug brushed against her arm. “Competitors. Mostly from his point of view.”

“In high school?” she asked.

“Yep. Gotta love memories from good ol’ Golden High.”

Curious about the handsome man beside her, Serena made a mental note to research Golden High School. She figured both men were in their early thirties, so she could narrow down the years they attended.

“Well, he seems invested in placing Golden on the map.”

Logan leaned closer and a trickle of pleasure danced over her skin. “How about you? Part of Team Golden?”

She shifted, widening the space between them. Put starch in her tone. “As long as I have a store here, yes.”

His gaze met hers again. The way he gauged her, as if trying to uncover all her secrets, took her breath away. Danger, Serena Stanhope, danger.

Panic rose and she sucked in air too quickly, almost choking. Logan reached over to slap her on the back as Deke and Grace sent curious glances their way.

“You all right?” he asked in between her coughing.

No, she wasn’t.

Logan’s knowing gaze unnerved her in more ways than one.

 

My apologies to Ms. Randel with the lateness of this review.  I started back to school this week and its been a rough one.  That said, I have to admit that I have not read the other books in the series, so my review is solely based on this book alone.  Do you need the other books in the series?  Honestly, I don’t know.  There is a mystery arc that is resolved in this one but I got the general idea of why Jasmine’s boys did what they did.

Logan and Serena were perfect together.  Ms. Randel wrote two flawed characters with some trust issues, family secrets that need to be resolved but overall good people that just needed to learn to communicate and listen to each other and pass judgment too quickly.  I fell in love with both of them from the beginning and I sighed at the ending.  I wish I had a cottage.  The secondary characters bring extra richness to their romance.  Logan’s grandmother is a HOOT!!!  She reminded me of my grandmother.  If I had a complaint, I didn’t like Deke too much.  I know, I didn’t read his book but at the same time, I felt like he was a little too harsh on Serena.

I don’t want to get into a lot of the book but you just need to read it.  Full of secrets, guilt, forgiveness and in the end love will conquer all.  It just takes longer for others to see what is right in front of them.  Logan and Serena show a bunch of growth in the end but I will have to say, Logan is the one that has to grow up more.  Serena had already been through so much because of her dad…

Overall, I just love Ms. Randal’s writing and stories.  She always brings the emotional, sweet and yes, heartwarming romances that I love.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Excerpt from Loved by the Beast (Alcyran Chronicles #3) by Anya Summers w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @anyabsummers #PNR #paranormalromance

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Anna has plans for her life. This fall, she will be heading off to medical school, well on her way to becoming a doctor. But first, she and her besties head to Ireland to celebrate.

Nowhere did her future plans even include serious dating, let alone becoming mated to a man who can turn into a freaking beast with wings. Nor did she reckon with being sucked through a portal onto another planet while on her way home from a great night out.

Yet from the very first time her new mate touches her, Anna wonders if this could be the real deal – as in: the big L. The only problem is, her mate says his kind do not love; they protect, they pleasure, and they provide. Can Anna really kiss goodbye to all her plans for the future, and agree to spend the rest of her existence without love?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy paranormal romance, while the third in the Alcyran Chronicles series, can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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D’Vorak launched himself off the rooftop, took to the air, and sniffed the wind. He soared like a ghostly specter, blending in with the night. On the streets below, the people never glanced up as he glided above. Perhaps that was why they didn’t know their world was dying. They were too involved with what was right in front of them to view the larger picture.

Working with Rhiannon was risky. He understood the perils of trusting the Clovis wench. However, she had promised that if he succeeded in this task, she would sever his people’s ties with the Clovis. That must happen before the truth of the Gūla was discovered—the truth they had kept hidden, the weapons they had forged.

All he had to do was find the three women and take them to his planet. Three particular women whom Rhiannon indicated were descended from the original line of Clovis. Earth had been the home world for the Clovis before they discovered the wormhole to Destruna, another realm, another world where they weren’t persecuted and fled this one. The ancient lore of the Gūla described the first arrival of the Clovis on Destruna. At that time, the tribes had been primitive, living in thatch huts. It was the Clovis who taught them to build, to write, to read.

It was during that time, the true wealth of the Gūla was discovered. Warlords seized the mines filled with lunar crystals. When put together, they glowed, and were a power source unlike anything else on Destruna.

And from that power source they had created weapons capable of bringing down a Dráo, and protecting their realm. But the weapons created were too potent if they fell into the wrong hands. He shuddered at the thought of the Clovis with them. Queen Mona was already a power hungry wench with immense resources; she didn’t need more at her disposal.

His nose caught a whiff of sweetness on the breeze. The potency and flavor reminded him of dragonsbane wine. Being surrounded by the foreign stench, his beast wanted to roll around in the familiar scent.

Dang, this book is hot.  Seriously.  But just understand that it needs to be for Anna and D’Vorak to work its important.  I know, normally I don’t read the really hot stuff that much anymore but Ms. Summers is fast becoming a go-to author for me when I want it hot, emotional and having a wonderful, but hard-fought HEA.  Did I mention this book is hot?  It has BDSM elements in it so be forewarned.  I enjoyed getting to know Anna and D’Vorak.

No one writes a true Alpha hero like Ms. Summers.  At least for me.  There were times that I really wanted to hit him for his heavy-handedness with Anna but at the same time, it worked for me.  Anna was no slouch in the giving department but again, Ms. Summers can have D’Vorak do something that was really sweet and it redeemed it for me.  I also liked that D’Vorak was a gargoyle-like creature.  I love that creature in paranormal and not too many authors try to tackle it in their writing.  Plus, the dragons in this one are not nice.  Did I also mention that there are witches, spells, and an alien aspect to the book, too?  This book had a lot going on but it kept my interest from the beginning page and I didn’t want it to end.

Anna has no clue what is happening when she is pulled into the portal but I liked her spunk to her situation.  She did not want to fall in love with D’Vorak at all.  This is NOT a love at first sight.  These two had a lot to work out between them, even if the sex is hot.  Anna has forgiveness in heart, willing to compromise and refuses to settle.  She won’t hand over her friends to anyone.  At times, I really thought that it wouldn’t work out between them but Ms. Summers knows just how much to torture her readers and then pulls them back in.  Did I mention that I love Ms. Summers writing?

The book is full of wonderful world-building, an exciting plot, and breathtaking pacing.  It is full of adventure, thrills and fascinating characters.  I didn’t read the first two books in the series and I was never lost.  Ms. Summers does a great job of letting the reader know what is going on.  There were still a few things that I didn’t quite feel where finished so I hope that there is another book in the series.

Again, I really, really loved this book and Ms. Summers.  You will, too, if you give it a chance.

About the Author:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. (http://www.maggiemaegallagher.com/) A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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Falling for Her Bodyguard
(Grace Note Records #4)
By Amy Vastine
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She needs his protection…

But can he protect his heart?

Radio personality Kelly Bonner isn’t convinced she needs a bodyguard, especially one as intensely good-looking as Detective Donovan Walsh. Yet beneath Donovan’s tough-guy facade is a man struggling to raise his sister’s children. A man Kelly could care about…if he’d let her. Now she’ll have to find a way to convince her big, bad bodyguard that his family—and his heart—are safe in her hands.

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“I want to know how you feel. Even though you think feelings are stupid, I want to know what yours are.”

This was where Donovan always failed. He wasn’t good at sharing his feelings. Kelly might have thought he was good at everything, but this was his Achilles’ heel.

“I don’t know what I feel. I’m not thinking about my feelings. I’m thinking about catching this guy who wants to hurt you. I’m thinking about how Graham needs to do well on his finals so he can pass his classes this semester. I’m thinking about how I have to take Avery to the dentist next week. Worrying about how I feel is a luxury I can’t afford right now.”

“Ignoring how you feel doesn’t make it go away. How you feel about me and how you feel about what I just said impacts everything you do. You can’t hide from it. Just tell me.”

Donovan didn’t know what she wanted to hear him say. He didn’t have a laundry list of feelings like she did. Was she important to him? Sure. It was his job to serve and protect. If someone was in danger, it was important to protect them. Did he like being around her? Sure. She was a nice person. Nice people were pleasant to be around. Did he think about kissing her? He didn’t try to think about it. Had he ever thought about it? He had and it caused this strange sensation in his chest. It started in the center and emanated outward. It made him uncomfortable. Uncomfortable wasn’t how he wanted to feel.

“I want to help you,” he offered.

“I know you want to help me, but how do you feel about me?”

She was relentless.

Donovan turned onto his street and pulled into his driveway. There was only one way to prove that these feelings didn’t matter. He got out of the truck and walked around to her side. He opened her door and helped her out. He had her somewhat trapped between his body and the truck. He would move if she asked him, but she was silent.

“I’m going to kiss you to prove there’s nothing going on,” he warned her, waiting for her to protest. She didn’t. Her lips slightly parted and she stared deep into his eyes, making it hard to breathe.

He leaned down and pressed his lips to hers. Softly, gently. Convincing himself that this made him feel nothing was hard to do when it made him feel so much. His whole body felt like it was on fire and she was both the flame and the balm that would take away all the pain. His hand cupped her cheek and he tilted her face upward so he could deepen the kiss just a bit. Her arms snaked around his neck and held him in place.

The whole world dropped away and there was nothing but Kelly and this feeling—this feeling he couldn’t begin to label. All he knew was he loved it and hated it at the same time. He wanted to push her away and pull her closer. Nothing made sense. Instead of giving him clarity, he felt more confused than ever.

 

Let me count the ways that I loved this book.  First off, I love that it was a bodyguard story.  I’m such a sucker for those.  I love the reluctant cop that has desk duty and has to “babysit” someone when he would rather be doing ANYTHING else.  Donovan pulls off the “I’d rather do anything than this” better than any other hero with this going on.  Plus the fact, that he doesn’t have a clue when it comes to his nephew and niece.  The thing is about him, he owns it.  It admits it and doesn’t really apologize for his shortcomings.  He knows that he has a lot to figure out and it doesn’t help that he can’t really call someone for help.

Kelly is the type of heroine that I love in a sweet story.  She doesn’t hold back in her “I do not need a bodyguard” attitude.  I can’t even imagine being the daughter of two cops and being “watched” all the time.  I felt like that added to her naivety at times.  She admitted it to Donovan and he didn’t judge her for it.  He could somehow understand why she didn’t really want him around.  I also loved how she interacted with Avery and Graham, Donovan’s niece and nephew.  She treated them as people and throughout the story, they really added depth to the reluctant romance between Donovan and Kelly.  Oh yes, these two never saw the romance building between them so when it actually happened, I actually sighed out loud.

The suspense element in the book is very subtle but well written.  Ms. Vastine only drops breadcrumbs along the way and I never figured it out.  In fact, when the stalker is revealed I was shocked.  I figured it someone else.  Wrong again…not the first time.  The romance was something else that was subtle.  I really enjoy how Ms. Vastine never rushes her characters to fall in love.  Plus, she doesn’t use the big misunderstanding to break them up and then put them back together.  She treats the romance with the nod that they are grownups and have real issues for them to overcome as individuals before they can fall in love and admit it.

Did I mention that Boone is in the book?  *sigh*  That man…there is a scene at the beginning with him that’s hilarious.  Trust me…it is funny.  Graham is a character that really had the most growth in the story.  He is very important to the relationship between Donovan and Kelly.  I won’t spoil it for you but I just fell in love with that teenager.  Ms. Vastine, again, writes her secondary characters that enhance the book and then somehow sneak up on you and you just want to hug them.

Buy the book.  Read the book.  Fall in love with Donovan and Kelly like I did.  I dare you and come back to tell how much I was right.  I can wait.  Ms. Vastine has written another wonderful story about learning to trust, fall in love and believe in yourself.

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Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.

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