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Winning the Cowboy’s Heart
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #5)
By Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 379 Pages
February 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Jewel Cade wants two things—

One is Heath Loveland

The Rocky Mountain cowgirl has her heart set on becoming range boss of the Cade ranch. But first she has to accompany the son of her family’s longtime enemy—and her off-limits secret crush—on a cattle drive across Colorado. Discovering Heath shares her attraction only makes for a rockier road. Because Jewel has a sneaking suspicion that if she drops her guard, the cowboy might ride off with her heart.

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You have no idea how I almost emailed Ms. Rock in regards to this book.  I was upset, wanted to seriously slap a character or two in the book and generally just at my wit’s end while reading it.  I knew that I should trust Ms. Rock and her storytelling and I eventually put the book down and didn’t read it for a day.  Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t because I didn’t like the story, I did but some of the things that the characters did were just…just…I don’t know to describe it to you.

Being mad at Jewel for the first 5 chapters of the book would be an understatement.  I almost gave up on her.  It wasn’t until Sierra got a hold of her that she began to grow on me.  I was introduced to Jewel at the beginning of the series and I liked her then but she is one tough nut to crack.  On one hand, she had some hard misconceptions about her father that she has had to deal with her whole life, losing the one brother, Jesse, still hits her hard and then dealing with her older brother James and is the unwillingness to even try to change and see things from other people’s point of view is a bitter pill to swallow.  Again, once she and Sierra hook up and start shaking things up, do I actually like her again.

Heath, oh my Heath.  He is probably my favorite cowboy next to Cole.  Speaking of which, I have to admit that I was confused with what was going on with Cole in this book because I forgot that his book coincides with Jewel’s.  There were parts of the book that my heart sank because I thought what the heck?  That didn’t happen to him and Kaitlynn, right?  Then the lightbulb came on and it made sense in the end.  I swear I’m not blonde.  I’m fully gray-headed now and I was a brunette before.  LOL!  Heath, in my opinion, is the forgotten person on both sides of the family.  No one really expects much from him except to sing and that is sad.  I learned a lot from him in the book and about him.  Talk about a mess with his mother.  But what really sets him apart from both sides of the family is his willingness to really listen to other people.  The feud isn’t personal anymore.  He truly believes that everyone should just move on and act like adults.  Sad thing is that no one but Jewel will listen.

Their romance is a slow build and don’t worry about them being step-siblings.  It is not weird and Ms. Rock does a great job with that aspect of their relationship.  You just keep rooting for Heath and Jewel to finally see what is right in front of them.  True love, everlasting love and respect from each other that haven’t gotten a lot of from their families.  Yes, you will learn just how much the Cades and Lovelands really didn’t “see” Heath and Jewel from who and what they are as people.

One of the best things in the book is when James (!!!!!) finally, yes finally has to admit something to both Jewel and Heath and to both families.  I’m sorry Ms. Rock but I waited a long time for that.  Sophia said it best though but I won’t spoil it and she just solidified why I fell in love with her from the beginning.

Okay, I still haven’t told you why I loved the book.  Simple.  Ms. Rock wrote it and I love the Cades and Lovelands, warts and all.  With this story, my emotions and reactions were all over the place and I love her for it.  She made me stop and think about it.  I’m writing this review the night before its due and I finished the book over a week ago.  Yes, I’m still thinking about it and my emotions are still strong.

Of course, this is a Heartwarming book, so I won’t repeat myself about my love for the line.  However, I will tell you that Ms. Rock just plain ROCKS this series.  I can’t wait to read the next one and it should be a winner also.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.

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1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card – Open Internationally
1 winner will receive signed, print copies of the first four books in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series (Christmas at Cade Ranch, Falling for a Cowboy, Bad Boy Rancher & A Cowboy’s Pride) – US Only
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#Review of The Marine’s Return (From Kenya, with Love #6) by Rula Sinara w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @PrismBookTours @RulaSinara @HarlequinBooks


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The Marine’s Return
(From Kenya, with Love #6)
By Rula Sinara
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He can’t be her hero…

But he made a promise to keep her safe

Wounded marine Chad Corallis just wants to be left alone. Until he discovers his best friend’s very pregnant widow is in danger. A dedicated nurse, she refuses to leave her Serengeti medical clinic when it’s threatened by poachers. Chad is honor-bound to protect her, but who will save him from falling for his best friend’s wife?

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Full disclosure on my review.  The first book that I have read by this author; last book in the series;  the setting is in Africa, and I really didn’t know what to expect.  Well, let me tell you this book surprised me in ways that I never saw coming.  Seriously.  I read a lot of Heartwarming books but this one just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.  It is a very fast paced book.  Most books in this line take their time but Ms. Sinara didn’t write it like that.  The book covers about a month if that.  I’m fine with that because sometimes I will put down a book if the plot is drawn out too long.

Ms. Sinara does a great job of getting me invested into the characters right away.  Chad is not the loner that he thinks he is.  In fact, he is quite the opposite.  If you read the first book in the series, he is one of the children in it but sadly, I didn’t read it.  In the author’s note at the beginning of the book, she mentions it.  But what I really loved about him is the honor that he brings not just to his family but to the clinic, Lexi and even for the thief.

Lexi has some chutzpah.  Personally, promise or no, I couldn’t do what she is doing.  Pregnant, no family, and regardless of being a nurse, a nice hospital to have the baby in.  But hey, that’s just me.  But her chutzpah is her greatest strengths.  Let’s just say the birth is OMG!!! and I will leave it at that.  She never backs down, dedicated and doesn’t pity Chad in the least.  I would love to explain more about him but then I would spoil most of the book.  She gives it to him in spades and he deserves it, most of the time.

These two are just meant for each other.  Truly.  Don’t let the whole dead best friend’s wife scare you.  It will be explained in the book.  Trust me on this one.  I can’t end the review with a few thoughts on the setting of the book.  Africa.  Not a place that I have high up on the bucket list but a country that I would love to see in my lifetime.  On a safari.  Not in a tent.  I’m not that brave like Lexi is.  I liked how Ms. Sinara explains the places that she takes us to, so I really felt like I was really there.  And yes, I love elephants.  🙂  What she DIDN’T do was give us a lot of details on the actual characters in the book.  Personally, I loved that.  I really don’t care what color their eyes/hair are or if they are tall/short/thin/curvy, etc.  I just want to read a really good story that gives me characters that I can care about and in the end, feel satisfied with the ending and how I felt at the end.

Ms. Sinara wrote an epilogue, which I appreciated but since I didn’t read the other books, I was kinda lost.  However, I really need to read the first book, Chad’s father’s story to fully understand most of the “elders” in the book.

I tell you this every time I read a Harlequin Heartwarming story, please read this line.  Its character heavy, sweet/slow building romance that anyone can read and in the end finish with a smile on their face.  I do every time and this time, I’m still thinking about it.

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National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she’ll ever admit to. Rula’s writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. You can discover more about Rula at her blog A Writer’s Rush, on Twitter, on Facebook as RulaSinaraAuthor or on her website www.RulaSinara.com, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

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The Power of Words
Deal Sharing Aunt
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E-Romance News
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Book Reviews & More by Kathy
Remembrancy
Locks, Hooks and Books
February 1st:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Reading Is My SuperPower
Hallie Reads
Wishful Endings
February 2nd:
Grand Finale

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1 WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
– Autographed print copies of the first three books of the ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series – The Promise of Rain, After the Silence and Through the Storm.
– A set of three, 15x15in canvas tote bags featuring the first 3 covers of the ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series.
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– A ‘Teenie Beanie Baby’ (TY trademark) elephant named ‘Peanut’
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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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January 7th:
Launch
The Power of Words
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January 8th:
Hearts & Scribbles
Jorie Loves A Story
January 9th:
Colorimetry
Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 10th:
Simply Kelina
Labor Not in Vain
By The Book
January 11th:
The Barefoot Reader
Heidi Reads…
January 14th:
Faithfully Bookish
Locks, Hooks and Books
Among the Reads
January 15th:
Book by Book
The Becca Files
January 16th:
EmpowerMoms
Wishful Endings
Author Loraine D. Nunley
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Tell Tale Book Reviews
Harlie’s Books
Two Girls and a Book
January 18th:
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
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– Books: No Safe Place and His Substitute Mail-Order Bride by Sherri Shackelford, and Undercover Memories by Lenora Worth

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