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Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

Blurb

 

He’d protect her from any threat…But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.  
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

 

 

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Excerpt
“I was here a couple of years ago, but only for a day or two,” Anne told Zac, looking away. She had booked a room out of Oak Creek both times she’d dared come back. The thought of staying at The Mayor’s Inn had been too painful. She couldn’t even look at that hotel without feeling sick to her stomach.
And she’d avoided everyone—particularly Zac—as much as possible. Just in case his words about not coming back were still true. She tried to swallow the panic that threatened to overwhelm her. Maybe he still felt that way now, even though he hadn’t said anything at the hospital.
“There.” He pointed at her. “That look that just came into your eyes. I saw it at the hospital. It’s like you’re afraid of me, Annie.” He took a step closer and she instinctively one back. One of his eyebrows shot up, letting her know she’d proved his point. “Do you think I’m going to hurt you?”
“No.” Not physically. She’d never worried that he’d hurt her that way, despite having five inches and probably fifty pounds—all muscle—on her.
But he was right. She couldn’t continue living in Oak Creek with them ignoring everything that had happened that night. What had been said. What had been done. Maybe she would’ve tried to, and to avoid Zac forever, if he hadn’t ended up in her ER. 
But the truth was, there weren’t enough bushes in this town for her to jump into. She was going to run into Zac. A lot.
Sometimes all you could do was face the past.
She pulled a breath in. “I’m not scared of you. I mean, I know you would never hurt me physically. For crying out loud, you wrecked your motorcycle rather than hit a dog.” She’d meant for her laugh to seem breezy, but it just sounded stilted. “But yeah, I mean, we can’t pretend like that night never happened. The stuff we did. Stuff you…we said.”
His eyes narrowed. “That night we spent together after Becky died.”
“Yeah. That night.” As if they’d had another. “The bottom line is, I can’t leave here, Zac. No matter what you said then, or even if you feel the same way now.”
He shook his head, brows furrowing. “I don’t expect you to leave. You’re obviously a respected doctor, more than competent. Why would you think I wanted you to leave?”
Some of the tension she’d been carrying since his arrival in the ER began to ease. He was right. Something said in grief and anger six years ago didn’t necessarily hold true all this time later. She was silly for thinking it did. “Okay, well, it’s good to know you don’t feel the same as you did back then.”
He took a single predatory step closer, and she tensed again. “I said something that night to make you think you needed to leave?”
She stared at him, her mouth flopping open like some sort of fish. “You don’t remember what you said?”
Those words would be engrained in her memory forever.
Get out and don’t come back.
He rubbed his forehead. “That whole night is fuzzy for me.”
I can’t even bear to look at you. You just betrayed the only person in this town who ever wanted you here. 
Tossing her naked into the hallway before flinging her clothes at her. 
“What do you remember?” She forced the words past a throat that seemed to have dried up.
His hand moved to the back of his neck. “Honestly, not much at all. It’s sort of a blur.”
She retreated a step from him again. That night had been the most important night of her life. The best. The worst. It had changed the very fabric of her being. 
And it was sort of a blur for him.
A few things.  One, I love a good romantic suspense.  I’m a Harlequin Intrigue Whore.  Yes, I admit it.  I think I’ve read just about all the books in the line from BJ Daniels and Julie Miller.  I will admit that I’m new to Ms. Crouch and her writing.  I know, considering that I worship at the altar of Harlequin Intrigue, I’m having to backtrack and read her backlist.  So the chance to read a new series from her, I jumped at the chance.  Why can’t ALL the books be out NOW?  Like seriously.  Do I have to wait until the end of October for Finn’s book?  I cry BS.  *pouting*  And yes, I’m going to throw a small temper tantrum and normally, I don’t do that, like ever.  But this series has introduced me to some extraordinary men and a town full of characters that I instantly fell in love with.
Zac is such a sweetheart.  Truly he is.  I know that the above excerpt doesn’t like you know that but I felt his pain all those years from the death of his wife and son.  I won’t go into the why of that but it plays a huge part in the romance between Zac and Anne.  This is an excellent second chance at love blended with just the right amount of suspense.  Ms. Crouch has just a deft hand when it comes to the suspense element.  She knows her stuff and how much a reader wants.  In fact, in some respects, the suspense element takes a back seat to the romance in this one.
I really want to talk about Anne and Zac when they were teenagers but that would totally spoil the book for you.  But let me just tell you that I really think these two were destined for each other even back then; they just didn’t know it.  That is what makes this such a great second romance.  After reading the excerpt, I’m sure that you are completely confused but let me tell you it just gets better once hear the whole story.  It is heartbreaking to say the least.  At least, Zac realizes the mistake and tries to make it up to her.
What endeared me to these characters are that Zac and Anne no matter happened that night 6 years ago, they were grown up about it and moved on from it.  They lived in the now, not the past.  And also, the guys, Adien, Finn, and Dorian are just plain fantastic.  And Riley, Wally, and even Mia.  Again, this town and all the characters are just plain awesome!  This is six book series and I can’t wait to read about the other guys.  I just don’t like to wait.  And with this series, I could binge read this in a weekend.  And I will when all of the books finally come out.
Author Bio
USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America.
Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds. 

 

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Title: One Night Scandal
Series: The McNeill Magnates #9
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2018

 

Blurb
One night to remember with the perfect cowboy…
Or one step toward the perfect revenge?
Nothing in Hannah Ryder’s plot included a scorchin’-hot fling with a drop-dead sexy cowboy. Especially when her cowboy turns out to be Brock McNeill—a potential enemy with ties to the man Hannah wants to destroy. When an accident claims Brock’s memory, Hannah is caught in an intricate web of scandal. Falling dangerously for the one man she shouldn’t trust…

 

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The cowboy’s voice smoked through her, heating her insides and sending a shiver of awareness over Hannah’s skin. Did she want a ride? Her subconscious was going to have way too much fun tormenting her with that image in her dreams tonight. For now, she needed to stop fantasizing about sexy Brock, the rancher who turned her inside out with just a handful of words and a smoldering gaze. Her legs were still unsteady after whatever it was that had passed between them inside the barn. She’d had meaningful relationships in her past. Men she’d loved. And yet no one had ever given her the sizzling shock to the system that she felt from being around this stranger. Swallowing hard, she braced herself as she turned around to refuse his offer.
“That’s okay. I don’t mind walking.” Her voice was soft and breathless when she needed it to be firm and sure. “I, um, could use the fresh air.”
She could also use a new libido. One that wasn’t quite so susceptible to tall, muscular cowboys. It must be because of all the stress she was under with her sister. She’d latched onto a pleasurable distraction and now she couldn’t quite let go.  Brock folded his arms across his impressive chest. God, his arms were amazing, too. She wanted to skim her hands up the triceps and over his shoulders. Instead, she jammed her restless fingers in the back pockets of her jeans along with her phone.
“You’d probably be fine,” he acknowledged. “You must have walked over here in the dark in the first place, although the moon was higher at that hour, making the path a lot easier to follow than it will be now.”
 She had been thinking the same thing since she didn’t remember exactly where she’d broken through the brush to find the cabin. Nightfall in this part of Wyoming was
nothing like it was in Southern California. Here, there was no ambient light of any kind. Just deep blackness and stars.
 “I’ve got my phone,” she argued, although she was beginning to wonder what else might be out there in the wilderness surrounding the ranch lands. She’d heard wolves—or
some kind of wild dogs—baying in the distance on the walk over here. “The cabin I’m staying in is just through there.”
She pointed vaguely, trying to see any kind of trail.
“I’m not sure calling someone will do you any good if you meet up with a bear. Or an elk. Or some other wild animal that wasn’t expecting company at this hour.”
She didn’t want to be foolish. So, in spite of the out-of-control attraction, she figured the best thing to do would be accept the ride and get home as fast as possible. And put
this encounter out of her mind.
“Is your truck nearby?” she asked, peering around the barn. During the shoot, there’d been a couple of golf carts and two trucks parked there. A smile curved that hard mouth of his. Nodding, he relaxed his arms and walked past her, close enough for her to feel the warmth of his body, close enough for his  sleeve to brush hers.
“My horse is right this way.”
“Horse?” Her belly flipped. Not because she minded riding a horse. Only because it implied a proximity that… A shiver stole over her skin. Her nerve endings danced in anticipation of touching him. Something her brain knew was a very, very bad idea.
“I—” Her voice wasn’t even there. She licked her lips. Tried again. “I’m not sure—” 
“You’ll be fine,” he assured her, holding a hand out for her while he stood next to a dark horse with a glossy coat. “I’ll help you up.” He flipped the ring for her foot so it was easier for her to see. “Step into the stirrup and you’ll be home in no time.”
Her heart pounded a chaotic, fast beat. But stalling wasn’t going to get her home any faster. She understood that much. Willing herself to remain calm, she stabbed the toe of her tennis shoe through the foothold. Brock’s hands were quick and efficient as he boosted her up onto the saddle. He didn’t linger. But he might as well have been massaging her naked body for how her skin reacted under her clothes. Her thigh tingled. Her waist…She wanted his hands there again. Before she could gather herself or prepare for more, Brock swung up onto the animal behind her. His chest was against her back. Her hips tucked into the cradle of his lap, his strong thighs bracketing hers.
There was no space. No distance. And it felt so good she couldn’t have spoken if she’d tried. The only thing she didn’t like about it was that she shouldn’t like it so damn much…

 

Oh my lord.  This book.  This series.  I’m so sad that has ended but what an ending.  Ms. Rock never disappoints me but she blew me away with this one.  Let me count the tropes.  Amnesia, family secrets, billionaire, one-night stand, and revenge.  And that’s just to name a few.  But here’s the thing about those tropes, with Brock and Hannah they make perfect sense.  The beginning of the book is fantastic.  Their meeting, sexy time and then the whole amnesia thing with Brock is classic and priceless.  Why?  Because typically its the heroine with the memory loss, NOT the hero.  And the whole time, Hannah knows the truth.
But I digress.  What makes this story so special is the overall plot arc with Brock’s stepmother, Scarlett, and her boyfriend and finding out who is pregnant.  Let me just say that the Desire editors are geniuses when it comes to this when they semi-rebranded the line.  I loved that why the romance in each book stands on its own, the mystery element is not solved until the end.  Plus, we get an extra romance in the book with Scarlett and her’s is a second chance romance at that.  Woo Hoo!  I completely fell in love with Brock a couple of books ago and his romance with Hannah is believable and swoon-worthy.
Hannah is one determined heroine.  I won’t go into great detail about the revenge aspect but it ties directly into the whole mystery of Brock’s stepmother.  I read this book about a month ago and I’m still in awe in how Ms. Rock pulled it all together and made it so very relevant to today’s climate and how people react to it.  The scene with the Scarlett and her other grandfather made me cry but in a good way.  I’m glad that Scarlet was the one that finally put two and two together and just went for it.  But then again, she was my favorite secondary character in the whole series.
I can not recommend this series highly enough.  With 9 books, I got my fix on brothers, half-brothers, exotic places, billionaires, family secrets, strong women and even more tropes that I can count on both of my hands.  Plus, Ms. Rock just knows how to pull in a reader and doesn’t let go.  And no, you don’t need to read all of the books in order but I would.  I have my favorites within the series but this one…is just the cherry on top.  Again, I’m sad that my time with the McNeills is done but I can’t wait to see what Ms. Rock has in store for me to read next.

Author Bio

Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. 
When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 
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Title: Sheer

Author: Sarah Robinson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Sheer:

The long-awaited conclusion to the series that brought you NUDES (“passionate, emotional, and uplifting!” – #1 NY Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely) and BARE (“heartfelt and sexy!” – USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Meader), a young singer with stars in her eyes falls for a composer whose sordid background might strip them bare.

Grant Mercer is on the run from his secrets…

This was supposed to be an easy assignment—travel halfway across the globe and compose the musical score for an upcoming Hollywood movie by one of the biggest production companies in Los Angeles. One and done like dozens of times before. I wasn’t supposed to have my entire life crumble around me the moment my plane took off. I wasn’t supposed to meet her.

Intriguing and covered in ink, Simone enters my life like a storm, leaving only heartbreak in her wake. I should keep my distance. Hell, she should keep hers. Instead, we did the exact opposite.

Simone Reynolds is mending a broken heart…

Just months after finaling in one of television’s most watched singing competitions, I should be riding the high of my life. I should be celebrating starring in a musical film predicted to rock the box office. It’s hard to bask in my success when my family is suffering a loss we never saw coming. And then there’s Grant—brooding and rugged and an absolute pain in my ass as he messes with my movie.

He’s as broken as I am, but the perfect harmony is only a leap of faith away.

 

Let’s talk. I found Ms. Robinson by chance with her novel, Not a Hero and I fell in love with her. She writes emotional, heartwarming stories with characters that I can relate to. I know, most reviewers say that but with this series centering around Hollywood, these sisters could be you and I. They love, lose, lust, cry and bleed just like us. It is just a bonus what they do for a living.

Simone was a trip at times. Other times, my heart broke a little bit for her. Always taking care of everyone and everything but never herself, I could identify more with her than Aria or Teagan. When she challenged to finally take care of herself first, I cheered. Grant was the perfect partner for her. Despite the requisite non-communication about his secret, he was always challenging her in her personal life. That’s what makes this book and for that matter, Ms. Robinson’s books in general. Her heroines are fierce, smart and don’t need a man to complete them in any sense of the world. I just hated that Simone had to go through something near the end of the book. What a wench…

Grant is one that characters that I fell in love with from the start. He, being a Kiwi (sigh), I half pictured him as the baby between Chris Hemsworth and Karl Urban. I love/lust after Karl Urban but I digress. I just wish that he had been honest with Simone from the beginning. He had plenty of opportunities but since he is a male…. One enduring quality about him is that challenged Simone but she challenged him, too. The leotard and the silk work. OMG, I was howling.

This series is about family and the importance of it. Ms. Robinson wrote this book and the rest of the series with a mirror to our faces. Again, no matter what your profession is or how much money you have, to all boils down to the family. Ms. Robinson gets that and it shows in her writing. Teagan still cusses like a sailor and Aria is still the mother figure. I loved how Ms. Robinson brought them in the be there for Simone but they never pushed her. If I had one thing to say…I missed Reid.

If you read only one series this year, picked up this one, Exposed: Nudes, Bare and Sheer. It shows the power of love and family are the most important things to have. You will not be sorry.

***the epilogue is EPIC***

Sorry for the shortness but it’s hard to talk about this book without some spoilers. 😛

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Aside from being a Top 10 Barnes & Noble and Amazon Bestseller, Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in forensic and clinical psychology. She is newly married to a wonderful man who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiasts as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues including everything from mammals to reptiles to marsupials, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

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