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A Family for Jason
(Back to Bluestone River #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s not home for keeps

Unless he proves first love is forever

Bluestone River is a minefield of memories for Mike Abbot—all involving Ruby Driscoll. Twenty years after scandal divided them, they’re both back in their hometown. Ruby’s visit is strictly temporary. But as she uses her trauma expertise to help his vulnerable son, Mike faces what his heart has always known. Ruby’s still his one and only. This time, can he convince her to stay?

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He walked closer to the slide, waving to Jason, who sat at the top. Jason waved back, but then his focus seemed to shift and he hesitated for a couple of seconds at the top. When he let go of the handholds and slid to the bottom, he ran toward Mike, but then passed him. Mike spun around and saw a golden retriever straining on the end of a long leash. He smiled to himself. He got it. That dog was much more interesting than Dad.

His gaze followed Jason coming to an abrupt stop a few feet from the dog. He glanced at the woman holding the leash who was coming through the bridge and smiling at Jason. His stomach flipped as he froze in place.

Ruby. Ruby was on the other end of the leash. She leaned over to pat the dog’s side. Red-haired, brown-eyed, smiling Ruby.

Mike’s jaw slackened as the present moment gave way to flashes from the past. Seventeen-year-old Ruby running through the bridge and leaping into his arms, a college acceptance letter in her hand. Ruby in a purple dress lacing her fingers around his neck as they danced under the dim lights at their prom. A vision of them skipping stones at the riverbank flashed and morphed into the two of them in sweatshirts and jeans rowing under a full moon on a warm fall night.

He stared at Ruby, who stood twenty, maybe thirty feet away. Then she looked away from the dog and Jason, and saw him. Motionless, expressionless, she stared back across the patchy grass. Barely able to breathe, he forced himself to close the distance between them.

“Ruby…I’m, I don’t seem to…”

“I know,” she said in a faint voice. “What are you doing here?”

“I, uh, moved back.” He pointed to the ground. “I live here now.”

Ruby opened her mouth as if to speak, but no words came out. Instead, he heard a choking sob come from deep in her throat and her mouth disappeared behind her hand.

About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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Trusting Her Heart
(Meet Me at the Altar #3)
By Tara Randell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…

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Logan sat close enough that his shrug brushed against her arm. “Competitors. Mostly from his point of view.”

“In high school?” she asked.

“Yep. Gotta love memories from good ol’ Golden High.”

Curious about the handsome man beside her, Serena made a mental note to research Golden High School. She figured both men were in their early thirties, so she could narrow down the years they attended.

“Well, he seems invested in placing Golden on the map.”

Logan leaned closer and a trickle of pleasure danced over her skin. “How about you? Part of Team Golden?”

She shifted, widening the space between them. Put starch in her tone. “As long as I have a store here, yes.”

His gaze met hers again. The way he gauged her, as if trying to uncover all her secrets, took her breath away. Danger, Serena Stanhope, danger.

Panic rose and she sucked in air too quickly, almost choking. Logan reached over to slap her on the back as Deke and Grace sent curious glances their way.

“You all right?” he asked in between her coughing.

No, she wasn’t.

Logan’s knowing gaze unnerved her in more ways than one.

 

My apologies to Ms. Randel with the lateness of this review.  I started back to school this week and its been a rough one.  That said, I have to admit that I have not read the other books in the series, so my review is solely based on this book alone.  Do you need the other books in the series?  Honestly, I don’t know.  There is a mystery arc that is resolved in this one but I got the general idea of why Jasmine’s boys did what they did.

Logan and Serena were perfect together.  Ms. Randel wrote two flawed characters with some trust issues, family secrets that need to be resolved but overall good people that just needed to learn to communicate and listen to each other and pass judgment too quickly.  I fell in love with both of them from the beginning and I sighed at the ending.  I wish I had a cottage.  The secondary characters bring extra richness to their romance.  Logan’s grandmother is a HOOT!!!  She reminded me of my grandmother.  If I had a complaint, I didn’t like Deke too much.  I know, I didn’t read his book but at the same time, I felt like he was a little too harsh on Serena.

I don’t want to get into a lot of the book but you just need to read it.  Full of secrets, guilt, forgiveness and in the end love will conquer all.  It just takes longer for others to see what is right in front of them.  Logan and Serena show a bunch of growth in the end but I will have to say, Logan is the one that has to grow up more.  Serena had already been through so much because of her dad…

Overall, I just love Ms. Randal’s writing and stories.  She always brings the emotional, sweet and yes, heartwarming romances that I love.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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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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