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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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Single Dad to the Rescue
(City by the Bay Stories #4)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He offered her help

And he found love

Her home destroyed by a wildfire, Brooke Ellis finds temporary shelter at the home of paramedic Dan Sawyer and his young son, Ben. With the addition of Brooke and her lively fur family, Dan finds his carefully planned routine delightfully turned upside down. And his carefully guarded heart daring to trust in love again. When his ex-wife suddenly reappears, will it be Brooke to the rescue?

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Dan smoothed out his smile and concentrated on Brooke. Her purple headband held the dark strands away from her face and emphasized her round deep brown eyes. Eyes he could fall into if he wasn’t careful and alert.

Brooke spoke, her voice hesitant. “Sophie called this morning.”

Dan pulled back. “Is Archie okay?”

Brooke blinked and focused on him. “He’s stable but Dr. Porter needs to keep Archie at least another night. Sophie called about Rex.”

Dan stumbled over his relief for a cat. Who was Rex? He had an image of a dog curled in the back of the kennel, more eyes than body.

Ben jumped up, worry flashing across his face. “What happened to Rex?”

“He isn’t doing well.” Brooke touched Ben’s shoulder. “Sophie had several more arrivals last night. Dr. Porter and Sophie think Rex needs to be someplace quieter, where he’ll feel safe.”

“He’ll feel safe here.” Confidence puffed Ben’s chest out.

Ben’s absolute certainty softened Dan. That was all he’d ever wanted to give Ben: a safe home. One without chaos. One with stability and love.

Brooke shifted to look at Dan.

Again, her dark brown gaze pulled him in. Her wide soulful eyes called to him. Made him want to learn everything about her. Made him want…

 

Yall, I have to admit that this is the best book in the series.  Yes, I’ve read the others but this one has all the feels.  I really connected with both Brooke and Dan.  And also with Ben.  Poor kid.  I’m a diabetic so can I understand Dan’s concerns but at times, his inner dialogue got to me about how “safe” Ben needed to be.  I deal with it on a daily basis and I know children at my school that do too.  But I digress…

Ms. Webb deals with some serious PTSD with Brooke.  I can’t even imagine what she went through with her house burning.  Not to mention the trauma that she went through beforehand.  It is pretty bad, too.  She is a widower but I won’t tell you why.  I really liked how Ms. Webb handled Brooke’s emotional state throughout the book.  She had her two cats and one dog.  And eventually got another dog.  Pet rescues play a HUGE part in the book and it’s great to see Sophie and the Pampered Pooch back in this book.  I really liked how Sophie is able to make Brooke feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation with Brooke.  It’s Brooke’s first true friend and I liked their friendship.

Dan is quite the hero in the book.  Again, he is very protective of his son, Ben but at times it got on my nerves.  That said, when his ex, Valerie, shows up, he goes all Papa Bear with good reason.  And then he has to deal with his brother, Jason, too.  I won’t tell you why but its a doozy.  Jeez…Dan does have a heart when it comes to Brooke and her animals.  At first, I didn’t think so but when the 3 legged cat started budding up to him, my heart melted a bit.  He was patient with Brooke and didn’t push her into anything that she didn’t want to do.  Quite the opposite.  And its fun to see Ava push all of Dan’s buttons, too.  I missed her. 

Their relationship is steady and slow.  Watching them fall in love and dealing with Valerie has adults is refreshing.  Ms. Webb does a great job with Valerie.  You will understand why they broke up and why she back in their lives.  Sad, really but I can somewhat understand her motivation.  Even if I thought she was the villain in the story.

Again, another awesome Harlequin Heartwarming.  This line just keeps getting better and better.  Again, this is my favorite of Ms. Webb’s in the series.  I just really connected with everyone in the book.  I can’t wait to see what Ms. Webb does next.

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Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Reunited with the Cowboy
(Heroes of Shelter Creek #1)
By Claire McEwen
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She can save his ranch…

But can he forgive her?

Maya Burton knows she’s the last person rancher Caleb Dunne wants to see. After all, she survived the crash that killed his sister, and then left town. Now she has to convince the stubborn cowboy that she can help him save his ranch. But once she earns his trust—and his heart—will she be able to walk away?

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“Why don’t you just tell me what to do? Don’t you have some literature or something you can give me?” He didn’t want to spend more time with her. Didn’t want to see the way the growing sunlight lit up strands of gold in her hair. Didn’t want to think about how no other woman had caught his attention for long, since her.

Except part of him, that boy he’d been when he’d loved her, did want her here. It was ridiculous. Some ancient fantasy of happily-ever-after that his brain was revisiting.

“I have literature, yes. And I’ll leave you with some. But the best way I can help you is if we walk around your ranch together and talk about what you can do to prevent any further attacks.”

As if on cue, Hobo leaped onto Caleb’s shoulder, startling him so badly that he jumped a couple of feet to the right. “Jeez, Hobo!”

Maya burst out laughing, the sound ringing like a pretty bell in the quiet. “Wow! That is one agile cat!”

This was great. More indignity to add to the morning. Caleb’s face warmed and he resisted the urge to bat the cat off. But it wasn’t Hobo’s fault that Caleb was an idiot who’d passed out on his porch last night. Or that Maya had found him there.

Plus Hobo was stubborn. He’d probably just jump right back on anyway. Best to play it cool. “Yeah. This is Hobo. He likes to hang out with me when I’m working.”

“I see.” Maya’s lips quivered as if she wanted to laugh again, and Caleb got it. He must look quite the fool. The big, hungover, grumpy dude with a small orange cat along for the ride.

Hobo stuck his head under the brim of Caleb’s hat and shoved, knocking it askew.

“Hey!” Caleb set his hat to rights and moved Hobo off his shoulder, tucking him under his arm instead. Darn cat. Except he was pretty cute, the way he was snuggling up into Caleb’s chest. It was hard to stay mad. Which was strange because Caleb was pretty sure that mad was the main emotion he’d felt ever since he’d come back to Shelter Creek.

 

Ms. McEwen has been a favorite of mine for a while and I love the beginning of her series for the line.  What really grabbed me from the start was Maya’s grandmother and her friends, The Book Biddies.  They always had Maya’s back from the start and it was funny but also endearing.  They knew what the real story was no matter what the rest of the town thought.  Oh yes, Maya survived the crash but her friend didn’t.  All I’m going to say is that once people, especially Caleb FINALLY listen to her and understand the circumstances, no one is the same afterward.  Powerful and emotional, and somewhat life-changing for Caleb.  All that resentment towards the one person that was actually trying to help.

I loved the second chance at romance aspect of the book.  Caleb and Maya are the perfect counterparts to the other.  Maya is exactly what Caleb needs in his life and his farm.  Regardless of the actions of each other when they were teenagers, Caleb needed the kick in the backside from her when it came to the mountain lions.  The scenes where they are able to capture one, you could see Caleb at this turning point in the story.  And no, I didn’t spoil it but it is powerful in its message and how it all plays out.

When Maya left, she basically became a loner; not letting anyone get too close and I really understood her reasoning for that.  I also totally got why she never came home.  Would you if the town hated you for something you DIDN’T do?  Yep, I’d be gone too.  She is smart and only trying to help her fellow ranchers and most of them are grateful.  How she works her magic on Caleb is slow but beautiful.  In some ways, he was too stubborn for me.  But then when he was grumpy Caleb, he was funny.  Plus, Hobo his cat, is just too much for me.  It’s like he had a designer dog that just wouldn’t leave.

This book is about redemption and forgiveness.  Maya is looking for redemption and forgiveness for something that she really didn’t do and Caleb is looking for redemption in his treatment of Maya all those years ago.  And maybe some forgiveness, too.  These two had a lot to do go through before they could even see eye to eye about their relationship.  I loved that Ms. McEwen didn’t make it easy for either one of them.

I really enjoyed Maya and Caleb and I hope to see them again.  I really go into Maya’s research on them and I would like an update on the center in later books.  Again, give this line a chance.  You won’t be disappointed.

About the Author

Claire McEwen writes stories about strong heroes and heroines who take big, emotional journeys to find their happily-ever-after. She lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When she’s not writing, Claire enjoys gardening, reading and discovering flea-market treasures. She loves to hear from readers! You can find her on most social media and at www.clairemcewen.com.

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