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Heart of a SEAL

by Dixie Lee Brown

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GENRE:  Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

They’re brothers in arms, Navy SEALS risking their lives for their country . . . and the women they love.

This is Luke Harding’s story.

Six months in a desert hellhole taught Navy SEAL Luke Harding things he never wanted to learn about life and death. Only tender memories of the beautiful brunette he met a few weeks before his deployment helped get him through the torturous days and nights. Back in the States after a perilous rescue, physically and emotionally damaged, Luke’s about to plunge into a new kind of war. In a seemingly bucolic Idaho town, Sally Duncan faces real—and unpredictable—danger.

All Sally ever wanted was a safe place to raise her nine-year-old daughter. Her identity hidden behind a façade of secrets and lies, can she trust Luke—a man she barely knows—with the truth? Even as they give in to long-denied passion, a killer with a personal vendetta is setting an ambush that will leave them praying for a miracle and fighting for the future they may not live to see.

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Screaming wasn’t really Sally’s style. The best she could do at the moment was crawl out of the reach of the enraged lunatic and hope he came to his senses.

“Go ahead. Touch her again and see what happens.” The suggestion, coming from the darkness behind Emmett’s vehicle and delivered with steel-edged composure, took her completely by surprise.

Sally swung toward the new player, forgetting Emmett for the moment. The voice was all too familiar, stirring unwelcome memories. Eyes watering from Emmett’s blow, she squinted to see the man standing in the darkness just beyond her yard.

“Luke?” Sally staggered to her feet, clenching her teeth against the sick feeling that swirled in her stomach.

It couldn’t be him. Not the man she’d fallen hard for before he deployed with his SEAL unit over a year ago. Not the man who’d refused to see her when she hurried to the hospital in Bethesda after hearing he’d been rescued from a terrorist prison. Rushing to his side because she’d thought they meant something to each other, she’d quickly learned the truth of the matter. His disregard had let her know, in no uncertain terms, that the feelings had been one-sided. That man had no reason—or right—to show up at her door.

Sally searched the shadows near the street, where the voice had originated. When she finally made out his silhouette, her breath caught in her throat.

Luke didn’t spare her a glance.

“Who the hell are you?” Emmett turned to face him.

“Does it matter?” Luke’s words contained a dangerous warning that Sally had never heard before.

As he stepped from the shadow of the SUV, his military fatigues and the duffel he carried reminded her of the homeless people who’d camped on Elk Creek last fall. A knife in a leather sheath hung at his side. His face was etched with lines of exhaustion, and he might have carried himself stiffly, but otherwise he was the same man she remembered. Light brown hair, longer and a bit more disheveled than the last time she’d seen him, always tempted her to run her fingers through it…even now.

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Ms. Brown, I’m so very sorry this is late.  I loved this book.  Every ounce of it.  This just reminds me of why I love romantic suspense so much.  When we meet Sally and Luke, we don’t have to worry about them getting together because this is a second chance story.  We did have to worry about it is the “who is trying to kill us”.  And of course, I NEVER saw that one coming.  I was sure I had it figured out but no.  You had to throw the curveball.

Peeps, this book is fast.  The action never stops.  Like ever.  Even with the smexy times, it moves at a fast pace so you need to pay attention and don’t start it at night.  Why?  Because you need to pay attention.  Ms. Brown writes a suspenseful romantic thriller with just a dash of humor to keep things from getting too dark.  There are some dark issues that both Luke and Sally went through to get where they are in the book and Ms. Brown does a fantastic job with that.  Even with Sally’s daughter, Jen in the mix, she even has her own little “trouble” thrown in there.  Don’t worry though, its necessary to the whole book.

Travis, Daniel, Matthew, and Garrett (must read his book), are wonderful additions to their story.  Plus, I can’t wait to read their stories.  Matt’s story is next and yes, I pre-ordered it already.  Plus, the setting of the book is wonderful.  No one sets anything in Idaho.

Folks, I can’t praise Ms. Brown enough with this book.  Strong characters, an ending that I NEVER saw coming, and a strong family unit among friends that is unbreakable.  She reminds me why I romantic suspense is my favorite genre.

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Dixie Lee Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by gorgeous scenery and at least three hundred sunny days a year. Having moved from South Dakota as a child to Washington, Montana and then to Oregon, she feels at home in the west. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who are currently all the responsibility she can handle. Dixie works fulltime as a bookkeeper. When she’s not writing or working, she loves to read, enjoys movies, and if it were possible, she’d spend all of her time at the beach. She is also the author of the Trust No One romantic suspense series, published by Avon Impulse.

 

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Happy Release Day and ARC #Review of Leading the Witness (a Conflict of Interest novel, #4) by Chantal Fernando! @givemebooksblog @ChantalFernando

 

Title: Leading the Witness
Series: The Conflict of Interest Series #4
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Blurb
New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando “turns up the heat” (RT Book Reviews) in this steamy standalone novel when a divorce lawyer finds himself stuck
between his client and the woman he desires—and soon he’ll be forced to choose sides.
Hunter Brayze doesn’t always like his clients but as the divorce attorney for Bentley & Channing Law, he doesn’t have to. So when he meets his latest client, even though he can’t stand the guy, let alone understand how any woman would ever marry him, he is still determined to win his case. But he never expects taking this client would turn his entire world upside down.When he comes face to face with his client’s soon-to-be ex, he’s shocked to see Riley McMahon, owner of his local pub and the woman he’s wanted ever since he first laid eyes on her. He didn’t even know she was getting a divorce, and now he’s stuck defending the man who wants to screw Riley out of everything. Feeling like he’s betraying her, Hunter vows to settle this case as quickly as he can by any means possible. Because after months of flirting with Riley at the pub, and now knowing that she’ll soon be free, Hunter is determined to make her his.But as the proceedings get messier and secrets are revealed, Hunter’s running out of tricks to keep both parties happy. And when someone sets Riley’s pub on fire, he can’t help but suspect his own client. Torn between his professional code of ethics and his intense connection with Riley, Hunter finds himself at a crossroads wondering whose interests he’ll ultimately protect.

 

 

 

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I know that yall get tired of me reviewing the same authors but let me tell you.  Some are worth reading over and over.  Ms. Fernando is no exception.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the cases and relationships at Bentley & Chaney.  Believe me, I swear Jaxson got a woody in this one when it came to the malpractice suit filed.  I just loved him.  Heck, I loved all of them but Hunter is probably my favorite.  We meet him in the first book and it was fun getting to know the real Hunter in this book.

Plus, he has a beard.  *swoon*  And Riley makes note of it at times.  What really stood out for me was that once the divorce stuff was done, we got the romance.  Ms. Fernando takes her time with Hunter and Riley.  This is definitely a friends to lovers book and it’s done quite well.  We get to know their thoughts and fears before they get together and trust me, I totally understood Riley’s concerns.  Not to mention Hunter’s reputation in the previous books.  What was really interesting to me was how Riley really went for it with Hunter.  Read the last teaser and that explains Riley in a nutshell.  *wink*

There is a small mystery about Riley’s Pub and I NEVER saw that resolution coming at all.  Bravo Ms. Fernando.  Genius!  And the malpractice suit was genius, too.  I just reading Jaxson’s reaction to it.  He’s such a bad*ss.  That said, I really wanted Riley’s to get more than a slap on the wrist.  He needed to be slapped upside his head but Hunter, Tristan, and Jaxson.  I would have brought popcorn.  Riley’s co-workers are a HOOT!!!  Callie needs her own book.  I won’t say why she just needs one.  Preston…I want that man pouring my drinks.  Just saying.

I hope that this is not the last book in the series.  There are other players.  Callie, Yvonne…just name a few.  We get updates from the previous couples and yes, stopping saying Medusa.  I loved when Callum went off on them about them.  Keep writing Ms. Fernando and I’ll keep reading.

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New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia. Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon’s Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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#Review and Excerpt for Expecting a Scandal (a Texas Cattleman’s Club novel) by Joanne Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks @JoanneRock6 @joannerock 6 @jrockauthor

 

Five months pregnant and on her own. Even so, she can’t resist this rugged rancher…

 

Solely responsible for her unborn child, Abigail Stewart is desperate for the art commission at Royal Memorial Hospital. Winning over the sexy Texan on the board seems impossible, but Vaughn surprises her with his response. And his attention. And a sizzling connection that defies all logic. But even if he can accept her baby, will Vaughn’s dark past tear them apart?

 

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Excerpt from Expecting a Scandal by Joanne Rock

April 2018

 

“Detaching isn’t a problem for me,” Vaughn admitted, unwilling to confess how deeply he wrestled with the fallout from that skill. “Sometimes that makes me far too abrupt, as you witnessed firsthand in today’s committee meeting.”

He watched Abigail’s face, locking on her expression before he continued. “Were you venting negative emotions about that when you drew the picture of me?”

Perhaps she’d been expecting the question, or maybe she’d simply been more prepared to revisit the topic after her initial embarrassment about the sketch. She lifted a brow, her gaze wary, but she didn’t flush with discomfort this time.

“You noticed that and didn’t say anything?” She shook her head with a rueful laugh and leaned up against a built-in counter with cabinets below and shelves overhead. Paintbrushes in every size imaginable hung on a rack over the shelves. “I guess you are good at detaching. If I saw someone had made a picture of me, I would have been quick to ask a hundred questions about it.”

His gaze traveled her body, where her position drew all the more attention to her curves.

“I was curious.” He shoved his hands in his pockets to combat the urge to touch her. “I just didn’t think it was the right moment to ask.”

“Truthfully, yes, I felt frustrated about the meeting when I returned to the studio. I didn’t have any preconceived idea of what I would draw. I just sat down to blurt out anything that came to mind.” She met his eyes directly. Openly. “I was surprised when I saw you take shape on the paper.”

He wanted to think he’d ended up there because they had a connection. An undeniable spark.

Because the longer he lingered in Abigail’s sunny studio, the more he felt his normal boundaries crumbling. And while he wanted that—craved following up on the attraction simmering between them—he wasn’t sure how he would handle anything beyond simple lust. The realization made him edgy.

She filled the silence that followed with a sudden question. “Would you like me to finish the drawing?”

His throat went dry. The question had gotten complicated in the space of a moment as he started to recognize that Abigail wasn’t going to be the kind of woman who would be open to a purely physical relationship.

“I wouldn’t want to keep you from your work.” He couldn’t think of a more eloquent retreat with Abigail moving toward him. Touching him again.

“Not at all.” She took his hand briefly to lead him toward a chair near her painting spot, her touch fanning the flame inside him, making him think about so much more. “Have a seat and I’ll finish up. You can see what it’s like to watch an artist at work.”

In the space of five minutes, Vaughn realized he’d somehow used up all his emotional reserves today. All of his ability to detach. Because that simple touch from Abigail sent all the wrong messages to his brain. He hadn’t given himself the outlet of a sexual relationship since he’d returned from Afghanistan. And now, the consequences of that had him on sensory overload, when he’d already battled the aftermath of a hellish surgery this morning.

A perfect storm of too many emotions without enough time to process them. He should have taken the time to go home and pick up Ruby before he came here. Having his dog beside him would have helped.

But he was already sitting in the seat Abigail had shown him when she returned with a heavy pencil in one hand and her half-made sketch in the other. She set both on a low table nearby, then moved closer to him, her gaze all over him. Studying him.

Seeing inside him somehow.

“Do you mind if I position you just a little?” she asked, already setting aside the folder he’d been carrying.

He wasn’t sure if he’d agreed or not. His forehead broke out in a sweat. Warning heat blasted up his back. He wanted her.

“Here.” Abigail set her hands on his shoulders and gently shifted them toward her.

She stood close, her knee brushing his thigh as she moved him, her breasts at eye level. She smelled like cinnamon and oranges, a spicy, tangy fragrance that would be burned into his memory forever. Sunlight kissed her face as she lifted his chin with one palm, her eyes taking a critical assessment of his features while he battled lust and a whole knot of other things he couldn’t come close to naming. Hunger for her gnawed at him. Hot. Persistent.

“I’ve got to go.” He clamped a hand on her wrist. Too hard at first. But then, realizing his responses were all out of whack, he gentled his hand. Released her. “I’m sorry, Abigail. I forgot that I said I would—” He rose from the chair. Sidestepped her. “Upload my notes on a critical care patient after some—” His brain worked to come up with something vaguely believable before he did something stupid. Like kiss her until they were both breathless. Senseless. “Technical difficulties at the hospital.”

His voice rasped drily as he grappled for control.

“Of course.” She nodded even though she appeared as perplexed as he felt. “I’m sure I’ll see you at the hospital when I start work on site.”

“Right.” He didn’t reiterate his offer for her to come by his ranch. He needed to get his head on straight first. “I’m sure you will.”

Backing out of the door, he lifted a hand in a quick wave.

“Thank you for coming by. I couldn’t be more excited about the project,” she called after him.

But Vaughn didn’t answer. He was down the steps and seated in his truck in no time, slamming the door behind him while he turned over the engine and blasted the air-conditioning on his overheated body.

He didn’t know what the hell he’d been thinking, pursuing this sudden attraction he was clearly not ready to handle. Maybe some other day, when he wasn’t already depleted from a surgery that had brought back too many memories. But for right now, he needed to put some distance between him and a woman who stirred a surplus of emotions. No matter how much he thought he had mastered detachment, Abigail Stewart made him realize he’d only succeeded in getting damn good at lying to himself.

 

 

Guys this series.  Yes, I’m talking about the Texas Cattleman’s.  I love this series.  I’ve been reading it for like ever and I loved Ms. Rock entry.  Of course, now, I have to found out how it will all play out with Will.  That said, you don’t have to read all the books to catch up.  The series is centered around a town called Royal, Texas and the club is like a country club for the wealthy in town.  Grandfathers passed down to fathers and now fathers to sons.  Vaughn is one of its members, along with his dad.

Vaughn is just a delight.  I know, probably a bad choice of words but he is.  He isn’t alpha, a douche but an all around good guy.  He is dealing with some issues that he brought back from his tours and Ms. Rock treats them humanely and realistic.  In fact, his therapy dog stole my heart when he kept looking for Abigail in the bedroom.  *sigh*  What really made me like Vaughn was his approach to Abigail in the beginning.  Sure there is a bit of insta going on but it made sense in the end.  Vaughn knew his demons and didn’t want Abigail to get too involved.

Abigail is a strong woman.  In most Desire’s they can be a bit for me but not her.  She took her situation and didn’t dwell on it but just continued to move forward.  What she didn’t expect was Vaughn and his love in the end.  These two had a lot to get through and watching their friendship and then love relationship grow was a treat.  Ms. Rock moved the story forward at a quick pace and the mystery element running through it was perfect.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next Cattleman’s book to see how this is all going to play out.  Did he really die or is going to come after Abigail once he realizes that he is a daddy?  Plus, it’s a blast to come back to Royal and the Club to check up on everyone.

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About Joanne Rock:

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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