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#Review of Par for Cinderella (the Cinderella Romances #3) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @authorpetie

Par for Cinderella

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Billionaire Aidan Cross longs to escape his life of celebrity and become a regular guy, if only for a brief time. His chance comes when his yacht breaks down near quaint Cypress Key, Florida—the site of his planned five-star golf resort. The golf resort no one in town wants.

Casey Stuart has given up her dream of escaping to the big city. She refuses to desert her uncle, even when he hires the new stranger in town to replace her at their golf course. Casey vows to steer clear of the stranger called Aidan and the danger their inescapable chemistry provokes. Aidan’s stay is temporary, and falling for him promises only heartbreak.

When Casey discovers Cypress Key’s mayor is making underhanded business deals, she ends up on the wrong side of the powerful autocrat. Aidan steps in to rescue her, but secrets from his past threaten to bogey their new-found relationship.

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Excerpt Three:

“I haven’t thanked you properly for saving me.”

“Well, you did at the clinic, but you were pretty out of it. I admit I’m curious what you mean by thanking me properly.”

Casey couldn’t get enough of those warm, dark eyes that now twinkled with mischief. Definitely, mischief.

She tried a smile. “You tell me.”

“Weeelll.” He drew out the word as he rubbed the stubble on his chin with his free hand. The arm braced on the back of the couch allowed him to hover close.

She could feel his warm breath on her cheeks and tried to memorize his scent for later after he was gone. The strange urge left her disconcerted since she’d never responded like this to a man before. At least, never this quickly.

Must be the concussion. Had to be the concussion.

“I’m thinking a kiss would be a proper thank you.”

Her heart skipped over one full beat in its rhythm. And she tried one more smile. “Maybe—”

Hunk grimaced. “I know what you’re going to say.”

“Um, yes.”

“What?”

He’d been whispering all along in deference to her headache, but now he barked. The stab of pain in her skull came and went with the single word. His eyes widened.

“Maybe yes,” she repeated in a whisper.

His eyes narrowed. “No teasing?”

She shook her head, immediately winced.

“Sorry,” he whispered. “I should kiss it and make it better since I caused it.”

She inhaled sharply.

“Here.” He placed a feather-light kiss on her forehead. “And here.”

Another kiss brushed across her right eye. “Then here.” The other eye.

Pulsebeats sprinted and blood whooshed through her veins.

Could that be good for a concussion?

Oh, who cares?

“And definitely here.” His voice had gone hoarse, as his lips caressed hers lightly with one smooth stroke.

No, no, no. Come back. That was too fast.

He chuckled low and deep. “I’m not done.”

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Yall, this book.  This series.  Yes, I’ve read all of the books but this one is my favorite by far.  I’ve had a soft spot for Aiden since Rhett’s book and Ms. McCarty delivered a sweet, funny, emotional romance with a bit of suspense and golf (woot!).  I was hooked from the first page and this is definitely a re-read for me.  Oh yes, a must.  I’ll be honest, I don’t re-read a lot of the books that I review for this site but this one…I will definitely do that.  Plus, I fell in love with a certain Scotsman named Ian that I’m praying she writes next.  Sorry, I love time travel, too but I must read Ian’s story next.

For me what makes Aiden so different from all the billionaire’s in disguise is that he really is a nice guy.  He sees wrong and tries to fix it.  He’s not doing it for the glory but for the sheer joy that he brings to other people.  He sees an injustice and wants to fix it/help someone.  Little did he know that fixing things would lead to jail, a town that is owned by a true villain, arson, an evil stepmother/stepsister, a godmother with a hidden agenda and a town that he is ready to call home with the most beautiful green eyes that mesmerized him from the start.  *swoon*  I was seriously swooning for Aiden throughout the book.  I just can’t explain it.

Casey is a good girl from the start.  Her past and future are tied to the town and she sees no way out except to fight the mayor and the mayor’s son every chance she can.  Plus, dealing with the stepmother and stepsister from hell and making sure her uncle doesn’t have to take a “loan” from the mayor.  The baseball references that she and Aiden make about anything sexual is cute but not overly done.  This is a sweet romance with plenty of kisses but you can feel the undercurrent just waiting to bubble over between these two.  Ms. McCarty writes a beautiful romance that anyone can read but makes it so swoon-worthy, not only with Aiden but you’ll swoon for Ian, too.

Did I mention that there is golf in the book?  I love golf.  I used to work PGA and LPGA tournaments when I was in my 20’s and living in Dallas.  My husband plays golf.  Personally, I’m awful at it but I’ll drive the cart, buy the drinks and make sure everyone else is having a good time.  Golf is central to the story and I love how Ms. McCarty doesn’t overuse golf metaphors or terms that most people wouldn’t understand.  She did her research and it shows.  I hate when authors use sports as a backdrop to the romance and they don’t have a clue.  She does and it shows.

The secondary characters are too long to list but there isn’t a bad one in the bunch.  From the mayor, sheriff, Belle, PJ, DeeDee, Evelyn, and the scrimp captains to the rest of the townspeople, they all tie into the romance and intrigue in the story.  I really can not say enough about how Ms. McCarty was able to weave the romance, golf, dirty deals, suspense and swoon-worthy moments in this book.  There is never a dull moment and I hated that it ended.  If I had one complaint is that I was hoping that Aiden would have been able to deal with his dad on some issues.

Again, this book.  This series.  You seriously need to read it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

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About the Author: Christine Bush is an award-winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.

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The Mistletoe Bachelor Auction by Milou Koenings, USA Today bestselling author. When a supermodel with a string of bad news boyfriends “wins” a volunteer firefighter at a charity bachelor auction, Rose and Ryan might both discover they’ve found their perfect Christmas match. A fun and romantic holiday tale set in the fictional town of Green Pines, Illinois.

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Christmas In Paris by Roxanne Rustand, USA Today Bestselling Author. Kindergarten teacher Heather thought all her dreams were coming true—until she was jilted by her fiancé three months before their Christmas wedding. Since the honeymoon to Paris is already paid for, Heather determines to go sans groom and have a great time, no matter what. Love is not part of her travel plans, but when a handsome young doctor literally runs into her on the street, the magic of Christmas in Paris may cause a change of heart.

About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.

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Second Chance Christmas by Kristin Wallace, USA Today Bestselling Author. Ten years ago, Mia Reynolds and Win Barrington spent one magical Christmas together—until lies and manipulation tore them apart, and left Mia to raise a daughter all on her own. Now, both are back in their hometown of Palm Cove, Florida just in time for the holidays. Once they uncover the truth about what happened, can Mia and Win rediscover love and celebrate a Second Chance Christmas with their daughter?

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Ghosts From Christmas Past by Mary Alford, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author. She was the love of his life, until a tragic accident on Christmas Eve left Charlotte Swenson in a coma. For eight years, Sheriff Dylan Parker of Bitter Creek, Colorado has held on to the hope that somehow his love will find a way back to him. And when Charlotte opens her eyes, just days before Christmas, Dylan can’t help but believe a holiday miracle may grant his every wish.

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Christmas Pizza To The Rescue by Jean C. Gordon. When a freak winter storm strands them alone at the Team Macachek barracks in Central New York, champion motocross racer Royce Evans and out-of-work investigative reporter turned pizza deliverer Samantha Linder strike a bargain that benefits them both. But when it appears Sam has broken the agreement, will the spirit of Christmas be strong enough to save their blossoming holiday love?

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The Love Clause by Liwen. Y. Ho. He needs a fake girlfriend to advance his career. She needs a pretend date to keep her mom off her case during the holidays. The solution to both of their problems? A contractual relationship with one clause: neither of them can fall in love. A Christmas tale set in romantic San Francisco that will cause this reluctant couple to rethink the “no love” clause.

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Happy Release Week to A Cowboy’s Pride (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #4) by Karen Rock w/an excerpt & #giveaway! @karenrock5 @HarlequinBooks @PrismBookTours


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A Cowboy’s Pride
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #4)
by Karen Rock
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Old wounds run deep

Only the truth can heal them…

Rancher Cole Loveland has no interest in dredging up the past, but his ex-fiancée, Katlynn Brennon, has other plans. To save her struggling TV show, she’s come back to Colorado to investigate the infamous Cade-Loveland feud. Trusting Katlynn again isn’t easy—she’s already chosen her career over Cole once. But he’s beginning to realize that true love, like legends, never dies.

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EXCERPT

“I forgot how beautiful it is up here!” Katlynn called down to Cole, pausing to watch the sun’s golden orb break across the pink horizon.

Fingers of light probed the valley at their feet. Rays gilded the majestic peaks in the distance and illuminated the sea of trees waving below. There was a magical quality to a Colorado Rockies’ sky that stirred something in her. The sky was bluer than blue, the air fresher. Cleaner. She’d forgotten how heights like this exhilarated her. At this elevation, the weight of her life, her troubles, her worries, dropped away, sandbags cut from a rising balloon.

“I haven’t.” Cole lowered himself onto the thick branch, his back against the trunk. Gripping her hand, he guided her down in front of him so their legs dangled in the air, swinging. His strong arms wrapped around her. They made her feel feminine and safe against his powerful breadth.

She angled her face and caught his stare. “You’re not even looking at the view.”

“I’m looking at you. There’s nothing else I’d rather pay attention to.”

She planted a kiss on his lightly stubbled chin. “It feels so good to be back home.” The wind flowed more briskly up here, swaying the smaller branches overhead. “And didn’t we used to climb higher than this?” she asked.

Cole peered up. “Yep.”

“Guess we were more agile then.”

“Or had less sense.”

She laughed. “True. But I like this spot. Let’s carve our initials in it. Leave our mark.”

He swept her hair from her shoulder and dropped his chin to it, snuggling her close. The warmth of his body seeped through the thin cotton of her shirt. “You’re so beautiful. I haven’t been able to think of anything but you since you came home.”

Her cheeks flushed as he lowered his lips to her neck and trailed kisses to the sensitive skin just beneath her ear.

She ran a hand through her hair. “I’m sure I look a mess. I didn’t have a chance to brush my

hair, put on makeup—”

“You look like heaven to me, Katlynn.”

The sound of his deep, raspy voice sent her heart careening in her chest. She closed her eyes and gripped his knees. “You called me Katlynn.”

His mouth was working magic on the curve of her neck, sending goose bumps down her arms.

“Watching you at work, seeing your professional side,” he murmured against the hollow at the base of her throat. Her pulse throbbed. “It’s impressive. You’re good at your job. Guess I’m getting used to Katlynn.”

“Can you care for her?” She twisted around to better see his face.

“I love her,” he said simply. He looked down at her with a smile so genuine and full of emotion that it stole her breath.

“I—I love you, too.”

Joy exploded on his face. “You make me so happy.” He took her in a needful kiss, leaving her weak-kneed and giddy. Her mind spun a dozen ridiculous what-if fantasies.

What if they got married like she’d wanted? A big wedding, full of friends and family, one where they’d broadcast their love, not keep it only to themselves like he’d wanted… And then what if they had kids? Two. No. Three. And a dog… Cole would ranch and she—she’d do what? Her happy thoughts wobbled. Raise children? Keep house? Those were important responsibilities, and extremely rewarding, but somewhere, deep down, a sense of claustrophobia squeezed the thought. Would such an insular world be enough?

“God, I missed you,” Cole murmured against her temple when their lips drew apart. “Every day you were gone was a drop down a dark well.”

Years of longing and regret brewed in her belly. “I missed you, too.”

“We’re soul mates.” He rested the side of his head atop hers when she faced forward again. “Destined to be together. The only question is how?”

I have to admit that I’m conflicted when it comes to this book.  On one hand, the romance was a bit bland for it being a Loveland book but the mystery is brilliant.  Let me explain.

  1.  Mystery – Perfection.  Finding out about the feud once in for all and seeing the conclusion was exceptional.  Did it fix anything?  Not really but at least we know the what, why, when and how to it and I can’t wait to read in future books the repercussions and how it will all work out.
  2.  Second chance romance – There are two in this book.  Joy Cade and Boyd Loveland, the ill-fated couple from the past to their rekindling romance and marriage.  OMG!!  Their love story is epic.  To finally hear what exactly happened to them when they were younger just broke my heart.  I had tears and after all the books before, I really wanted to slap every one of their children for the treatment of their romance.  These two never fell out of love with one another but their children were just too caught up in the feud to see that.  The second romance is Cole and Katie Lynn.  This one felt a bit flat for me.  Why?  Because of Cole.  I really wanted to not just slap him but hit him in the face.  I get the whole she left but he never quite got the “why” she left.  It wasn’t about him but her.
  3. Katie Lynn – She had so much growth to go through before she could truly be with Cole in the end.  Body issues.  Career issues.  Somewhat ashamed of her upbringing but in the end, she finally decided what she really wanted out of life and it was touching.  The interactions with her family were great.  She needed to see that despite what she thought, they were proud of her and what she had accomplished in her life.
  4. Cole – Again, this man.  Ooooo!  He really needed to get over himself and in a hurry.  He almost let the best thing in his life walk out AGAIN!!!  In the end, though, I liked him but he still has some growing to do.  Especially with his own family.  And that’s all I’m going to say.
  5. History – OMG!  Finding out about the stone and where it had been all this time.  Wow!  Just wow!  Ms. Rock did an excellent job with this aspect of the story.  I really felt sorry for Maggie and how she was treated not only in the past but also in the future.  Someone needed to pay and I believe they did.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Just because we find out the mystery and how it was solved by Katlynn, doesn’t mean its over.  There is so much more than the feud over water.  What’s going to happen now that both families know about it?  What is going to happen if a Loveland marries a Cade?  And no, I’m not talking about Joy and Boyd.  There is definitely a couple that has been brewing since the beginning.  Ms. Rock has done it again with the Loveland’s and Cade’s.  I can’t get enough of them.  Just don’t wrap it up too neatly.  I believe there are still more mysteries to solve.

 

 

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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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