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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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Sweet Home Alaska
(Northern Lights #5)
By Beth Carpenter
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
July 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Some sparks last forever.

But once burned…

World traveler Dr. Scott Willingham is known for being calm and levelheaded—except where Volta Morgan is concerned. In the ten years since they parted, Scott still can’t forget her. Now he’s come to Alaska to find Volta and finally let her go, only to find their attraction is stronger than ever. Can Scott leave her behind one last time…or has he truly found a place to call home?

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Mom took a sip of her tea. “Has Scott worked in Alaska before?” 

“No.” Volta gave a little laugh. “Why are you so interested?” 

Her mother shrugged. “I was watching you when you talked at the birthday party, and you didn’t look like two people who barely knew each other. If you’ve known him awhile, and he’s never been in Alaska before, where did you meet him?” 

Volta stuffed her mouth full of meat loaf to avoid having to answer that question right away, but her mother watched her until she swallowed. “This is really good. Do I taste rosemary?” 

“You know you do, because you asked that last time. Why don’t you want to tell me where you met this doctor?” 

Volta shrugged. “I knew him in Hawaii.” 

“Really? Was he in some of your classes?” Her mother’s eyes suddenly widened. “Wait a minute. Scott? Oh, Volta, was this the man who caused you to drop out of school?” 

“No one caused me to drop out. That was all on me.”

“But you were so sad when you came home. He broke your heart.” She stared at Volta’s face as though she could read her thoughts. “It was him, wasn’t it?” 

“Okay, yes. Scott and I were dating in Hawaii. And I thought it was getting serious. But he already had plans to join DEMA once he finished his residency. He broke up with me. It’s not that big of a deal.” 

“You were devastated.” 

“I got over it. I married Wade, and I had Emma. It all worked out for the best.” 

“But now you have to spend a lot of time with this man.” 

“So?” 

“I don’t want you to get hurt again.” 

“Yes, well, I don’t particularly want that, either. That’s why I’m keeping this relationship on a professional level.” 

“But he was at Emma’s birthday party.” 

“That was Emma’s doing, not mine. You know how excited she was about the reindeer farm. She ran into him when he was dropping me off and invited him.” 

“Why was he dropping you off?” 

“I left my keys— It doesn’t matter. The point is, I’m eleven years older now, and I hope wiser. Scott is doing important work with this study and I can contribute. He doesn’t know Alaska, and I do. After I introduced Scott, the people we interviewed yesterday opened up and gave him valuable information.” 

“Are you sure this is a good idea?” 

“I think I’m mature enough to work alongside a man without falling in love with him. Besides, it’s only for a couple of weeks.” Volta laughed. “What could go wrong?”

If I had to give out my best book of the year award right now, it would be this book.  It is that good.  This isn’t my first book by Ms. Carpentar and she never disappoints.  Ms. Carpentar also brings emotional depth to her stories but also, I feel like I’m in Alaska.  Like Northern Alaska feels.  I loved that show.  You need to look it up.  Anyway.  Plus, her characters are always phenomenal.  And, there is a child involved but Emma is her own character and I loved her.

This is a great second chance romance from the heart.  I completely understood the commitment issues that Scott had from the beginning.  His family life growing up wasn’t the best but he did what he thought he had to do in Hawaii with Volta.  Volta is guarded when it comes to Scott and she has every right.  And then her daughter, Emma, takes a strong liking to Scott and in time, Scott to her.  I loved their relationship and it woke something in Scott that he never thought would happen.  Volta is a strong woman.  Fierce when it comes to her daughter and loyal to her job and patients.  What I didn’t like was how she let her sister in law talk to her that way about her late husband (her brother) like that.  Sure, I understood that she missed her brother but I would have put her in her place.  It grated on my nerves a bit but hey, it’s just me.

Their love story is a sweet one but a very slow build.  Like I said, a second chance at romance but they still had a lot to work out between them and within themselves.  Trust, commitment are some of the issues that they have but the love has never died.  Communication this time around is the key to their romance and it works.  I especially liked how Ms. Carpentar showed Volta’s relationship with her own parents and her in-laws.  While her parents weren’t exactly thrilled, they didn’t judge her decision but listened to her and the concerns they had.  Emma is cute and I understood her frustration when Scott.  Her relationship with him bloomed and I loved watching it.

Peeps, you really need to read Ms. Carpentar and this series.  She brings emotional depth, humor, great characters, and a setting to die for.  I recommend Ms. Carpentar to anyone that will listen to me.  And yes, this is a series but each book stands alone.

 

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Once upon a time …

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

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From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes an uncomfortably hilarious Mystery with a heaping help of sexual frustration, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Three. (Yep! It’s a STAND-ALONE. But why not read them all because…fun!)

FALLING IN LOVE WITH A LIBRARIAN JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD…

Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college student.

In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. She is, after all, his biggest weakness.

With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic frightens her.

With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her. Without her knowing.

Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?

I have to admit something.  I almost didn’t finish this book.  Oh, I got pissed off about more than halfway through it and had it put it down.  That’s why the review is late.  I’ve read this series from the beginning and fell in love with it.  But Ms. Mimi did something that I felt didn’t need to be in the book and bam…pissed off a reader.  Now, a couple of chapters later, all is forgiven and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Let’s talk about this series, shall we?  There is a NEW mystery in every book.  It is SOLVED by the end of the book.  Is the romance the overall arc of the book?  Absolutely.  Ms. Mimi has written a paranormal, cozy mystery with romantic elements that is the best that I’ve ever read.  Period.  The book makes me laugh, swoon, tense up and keeps me flipping the pages to see what in the heck is going to happen next.

This book is truly the top of the arc for me.  It wraps up some looser threads but opens up other possibilities with past characters that I can’t wait to see what happens with them and Michael.  I have really warmed up to Miriam.  I love her now.  She is harboring a HUGE secret in this one and I was just floored.  FLOORED!!!!  I wish I could share but that’s a huge plot point in the book and you will just have to read it to find out.  Ms. Mimi has pulled off a brilliant plot twist that had some great dialogue between her and Michael that is spot on.  Oh and the romance FINALLY heats up in this installment.  Again, ABOUT TIME!!!  Listening to Michael moon over Miriam and never acting on it was frustrating.  Not just for Michael for this reader as well.

This is one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year.  Ms. Mimi just keeps getting better and better with this series.  And Nice makes an appearance or two and he is hell-bent on the book series Fanged Love and it’s a hoot and a half.  Please, please give this series a chance.  It’s PG-13 at best but more PG.  The characters are well rounded, the romance is plausible, if not frustrating and the mystery is fabulous.

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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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