Tule is a relatively new publishing company that offers a wide variety of book genres. The beginnings were in developing a small Montana town, Marietta, from the ground up, including its history and town fathers. Many of the Tule books center on Marietta or in the areas surrounding it. The company has branched into many other areas of interest-a honeymoon prize series, a princess series, a sheik series, and New York series to name a few.
Tule offers many well-known and promising authors to the reader. I find their books to be delightful on one hand and gritty on another. I have found many characters that have been merely introduced and later written about to be fun. Some of the books have soft or no sex scenes while others make you wonder what you may be missing.
The Rancher’s Secret Love
I really loved The Rancher’s Secret Love: the story, the characters, and the writing. It flows perfectly through the emotions and tense situations that arise for the main characters, Luke and Mara. Their initial meeting, their growing love and the hard situations they face blend into a fabulous novel.
Nothing But Trouble
This is a super cute story about bringing women back to a small dying town full of single men and of the romance that ensues between the woman promoting the events and a man set against them. CC is stuck in Credence because her bossy boss brought her there. She gets involved in a scheme to enliven the dead town with women and is striving to find and to promote ways to tempt single women to try out Credence. Wade, her bossy boss, is only back in Credence because his father has been ill and needs help on the ranch. He is dead set against the promotion.
There is so much tension between CC and Wade that they fail to see the chemistry there. But it is and on a grand scale.
Homecoming for the Cowboy
This is an absolutely terrific book. It has all the elements to create an absorbing read: tension, past promises, chemistry, internal and external struggles. The characters are excellently written to thoroughly convey their emotions and experiences. I loved it!
Her Texas Ex
I have loved the series that revolves around Last Stand, Texas. The stories have all been really great and each one touches on everyone in the small town.
In Her Texas Ex, a second chance at love brings together Amelia and Cal. She left him with no explanation when she was sixteen. Neither of them has forgotten each other nor the one night they spent together before she fled. Amelia and Cal are thrown together by a horrible accident and they find that the spark is still there waiting to ignite.
Lone Star Lawman
Wall meets wall in this delectable novel of sparring personalities fighting an undercurrent of possible love. Lily Jones, reporter, is out to prove the innocence of her deceased fiancé. She is persistent in hounding Chief Shane Hightower for the undisclosed police material that would prove his innocence. Lily is also the only one to burst Shane’s patience and calm, much to his chagrin. This creates a crack in his resolve-resolve not to fall for Lily and to remain steadfastly single.
The Perfect Catch
Two people with doubtful futures explosively combine, each knowing it can only be for two weeks at most. I was so engrossed in the story and in how Josie and Cal would be able to resolve their individual dilemmas while maintaining a relationship that quickly goes from beyond the two week limit. It is a very entertaining and fun novel with the right amount of tension.
An Irresistible Temptation
This is a hot and sizzling romance cast against a puzzling mystery. The Cavallo Brothers’ sexiness shines through the pages as yet another brother of four succumbs to the lure of real, true love.
Heart of the Texas Doctor
In this loveable novel of two unlikely people finding love, love is ready and willing to find them. Graham McBride is so not looking for a relationship lasting longer than a few dates. His divorce ten years prior took a toll on him that he is still paying. Bella is love shy after a cheating boyfriend ripped out her heart. When they are introduced by the local matchmaker biddy, it seems a perfect match for both of them: dates and fun without commitment. However, the heart knows what the mind refuses.
Piper Mahoney is running from heartache and misery when she lands a hotel job in New York. Not long on the job, she runs into Lucas, a could have been love and their joint journey to redemption begins.
It is a very stirring and touching story of personal hurts, fears and demons that require attention in order for love to survive.
Challenging the Cowboy
Head knocking, stubborn stand-offs, and dueling egos all combine to create this oh-so-entertaining and combustible story. Findley James and Zach Marvell both know what’s right and neither wants to concede. Chemistry says otherwise but Findley has a personal battle to fight first before she can truly consider anything with Zach.
What Happens in the Highlands
This is the perfect story of a vacation romance! It is full of blunders that lead to misunderstandings to complicate things. There are lovely descriptions of the Scottish highlands bringing beauty to the story of love that might be, only if.
Next Door Knight
Next Door Knight is a sweet and engaging novel that will tug at your heart on every page. Two people in need of saving find each other with the help of an adorable therapy Corgi. The sweet Corgi tempers the hard emotional troubles with a touch of matchmaking and tenderness.
Taming the Troublemaker
Choices and having to make them dominate in this novel creating a terrific storyline with creative, fun characters and captivating scenes.
Dylan receives and ultimatum from his parents: give up his womanizing ways for six months and he will get their ranch which he deeply desires. He thinks it will be a breeze until Beth enters the picture and throws him for a loop. She is sweetness and light and challenges Dylan’s ability to tow the line.
The Outback Brides of Wirralong series is back again with a whole new set of engaging and enjoyable books. First up is Lacey.
Lacey is a cute and engaging novel about fate taking control over and over. Both Lacey and Cameron are determined not to fall into relationships because of all the murk in their lives. Fate offers them the opportunity they need to face the future that awaits them.
You’re the One
This is a sweet story of complications, insecurities and past shadows. There is a lot of swear words and very sizzling love scenes.
Shot in the Dark
Intrigue, tension and danger await on the pages of Shot in the Dark. Throw in some sizzling, fiery love scenes and you have a book just dying to combust in your hands (or to blow up your device.)
This is a fast paced, page turner with questions of “Who Done It” in so many dangerous scenarios. It is a great blend of sexy romance and suspense.
I Got You Babe
There is a whole lot of crazy things happening in I Got You Babe, from a woman on the run from the law to the lawman who gets caught by her. I had to catch my breath reading all the adventures Renee Esterhaus creates while trying to escape jail and a likely prison sentence. She runs right into the arms of John De Marco, a cop on an enforced vacation, and the craziness begins to escalate. I kept wondering how the heck she was going to ever get out of the messes she creates and then how was John going to ever justify his actions and not get blown off the force. I have to say, Renee is a champion at escape and at being a strong, driven woman.
The Convenient Cowboy
The second novel in the Hansen Brothers series is a good one. It tells of the redemption of brother number two, Nate, from man whore, player to unexpected husband and father. All Nate really wants for his life is to turn the thing around by working hard and proving his worth to the people who only see his notorious past. Enter Joy Mitchell, a young widow with am eighteen month old son. She is desperately trying to hold onto her husband’s farm and keep her mean, bully father-in-law from getting his hands on it. Her plan involves a newspaper ad husband and Nate takes the job. Their battles with the in-law are not over. They are just beginning.
An Impossible Attraction
I have to say right off the bat that this novel ahs some sizzling scenes. They completely play into the ambivalent feelings that Zoe Sutherland and Dale Cavallo have for each other. The more they tell themselves, “No Way” the harder it gets to avoid the simmering underneath.
The book moves fast and has some mysterious elements to boot. I cannot wait the forth next Cavallo Brothers book to arrive!
The Cowboy Next Door
Cowboy Next Door is a heart touching, deeply moving novel set in rural Montana. It is far enough away from the crowded city that Claire Moon needs to escape the gawking and pitying stares of people at her burned face. When she encounters Wes McQueen, the handsome and rugged rancher next door, she is in for a sweet, honest surprise-one that could change her life if she opens enough to let him in.
A Dog Called Valentine
This is the cutest book! A sweet couple of people who have both said good-bye to love connect through a rowdy, rambunctious, mistreated dog. Lily is fostering poor, misunderstood Valentine. He has been through too much misery in his life but retains a sparky spirit. Shane lost his partner dog in a shooting tragedy and is never going to devote himself to another dog. Until Lily and Valentine enter his life and challenge his thoughts on dogs and love, that is.
Rookie in Love
Madeline Stone is finally taking the chance to live her life regardless of the plans her father and three brothers have for her. She has met and is falling in love with Jackson Rider, college quarterback and someone not from her rich life. He is everything she has needed and more. He is her friend and lover and gives her meaning. The big problem is that her brothers will not back off and let her make her own decisions. Maddy is determined to live fully and with Jackson, her brothers be damned.
Lone Star Protector
I have been anxiously awaiting the second installment of the Calamity Valley series and I am glad I got it! Magical and mysterious vibes flow every which way and create such a cute and fun story. I loved the fighting female of Lauren MacKillop who is fighting her gift and, Mark Sterrett, would be villain, who is enmeshed in his own quagmire and family dilemma. The story threads weave together artfully and create a yearning for the third novel yet to come.
Judd’s Vow is a touching story about a lone pilot and a love hurt woman who find a certain something in each other that cannot be denied, even with long held personal beliefs about themselves in the way.
There is heartbreak on the pages of Unsung Hero. Teenage love was split apart by a judgmental, unscrupulous father. Becca Howard had no idea what her father did or that the deed was the reason for Nio Reyes walking out of her life. He is back and determined to win her back but knows that one day he will have to tell her what transpired with her father and how it led him to leave her and their love.
Cowboy to the Rescue
Someone else’s expectations or even your own can turn and twist your life until you must finally decide whose expectations are what matter. Such is the dilemma Sadie St. Martin finds herself when she takes a temporary fill-in job at her mentor and friend’s office in Marietta. Her parents are charting a course for her that she does not necessarily want, especially after she comes to love the town and a certain hard scrapple rancher. His life is hard but simple: work to make his family ranch profitable while gaining respect in the community. He represents a different life to Sadie, one she longs for and yearns to have.
Cowboy to the Rescue is a wonderful read with characters you will come to love.
Blind Date Bet
Blind Date Bet is the first in Tule’s series, The Man’s Best Friend, and it is a great way to start! There are confused feelings, warring natures and chances for love throughout the pages. You will find yourself sympathizing with both the character of Isabella Knowles and of Ethan Masters because of their internal struggles to form a relationship. Both have credible hang ups about relationships that could get way too much in the way unless they can find viable solutions-viable for both of them.
Doctor for Christmas
A knowing Santa, a lost father and a caring nurse plus two children and two teens all combine to create an endearing (and sizzling at times) and touching Christmastime story.
Literally running into Santa and his sleigh with his car, Dr. Peter Davidson and his twins, Digory and Polly, begin their trip to Marietta to surprise his siblings. Getting a concussion in the wreck was not in his pans nor was meeting nurse Shelly Westbrook. She’s returning from a non-wedding to her lousy ex-husband.
The magic of Christmas and Marietta works wonders for the motley crew of Peter, Digory and Polly and Shelly and her teens. Always listen to Santa!
I simply loved this novel about second chances! The characters of Liam and Kate are relatable and well written. One can feel the hurt that both of them felt years ago and that still lingers.
Long ago and far away, young Liam and teen Kate fell in love on the coast of Ireland over a summer of dreams. Distance and time has kept them apart and their lives moves on but not the love they held and cherished. When Kate finally has the gifts of time and of opportunity, she returns to Ireland not knowing Liam lives in the village. Shocked at seeing each other, they recover and reconnect. But, distance and time still remain a constant in their relationship even though love runs deep.
A Marvell Country Christmas
I loved this emotional and engaging story of two people learning of how their young misperceptions about each other tempered and tainted their thoughts and feelings about each other. The two main characters had warped teenage views of each other’s lives and personalities that, as the views are inspected, each finds they do not really know each other at all. What proves to be really true leads the way to love.
Christmas Comes to SnowFall
This is such an engaging story that will delight to no end. Alden Marshall is bent on leaving his vet business in Snowfall because of a long time grudge that some people of the town have against his great grandfather and just will not let it go. Maggie Iverson has been hired to revamp the town’s website to spark renewed interest and draw back visitors. Their meeting and times together help both of them come to terms with the odds in their respective lives and solve Alden’s major problem.
Wedding at Mistletoe Chalet
I absolutely fell in love with this engaging, sweet touching story that draws people together at a mountain chalet. Kristen Benz has been hired to help out a couple of weeks at the Mistletoe Chalet. She meets charming twelve year old Sarah who is secretly planning a second wedding for her father and stepmother.
Finn Garrett was Kristen’s boyfriend until he broke up with her years past. He still remembers the sweetness and light that was Kristen. Handed the opportunity to see her again, Finn jumps on it not knowing he would spend a longer time reconnecting with Kristen and maybe reigniting a love long lost.
You will very much enjoy and love the story, too.
A Merry Mountain Christmas
Escaping something is the theme for Heidi and for Ben. Heidi has just been promoted at her work and is finally getting a well needed vacation. But, her boss is pestering her and cutting into her time of rest and relaxation. Ben McNamara has run his family’s Christmas store all his life. He desires escape from running the store as his life’s work. Intent on selling the business, he pursues a buyer and the relief the freedom will bring him. Enter Heidi and her love of all things Christmas. She is enchanted with the store and can see a myriad of things that could be done to promote the store year round.
As their relationship progresses with definite chemistry, her love of Christmas and his desire to leave it all behind must find a solution that brings their odds together in a workable and loveable way.
Christmas at First Creek Farm
Christmas at First Creek Farm has all the elements for a delectable story: wounded hearts, intense chemistry, interesting characters, and enough heated scenes to tantalize all within a sweet romance building quickly for Gib Donovan and Fia Shaw-Price. Throw in Gib’s young son, Gabe, and Gib’s sister, Tanna, and there is some fun and light added to the plot.
The Christmas Window
Melissa McClone writes books that I consider to be true romance: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy tries to get girl back. There is love beginning to blossom without the need to fall into bed with each other.
The Christmas Window is really about two people, Callie Andrews and Brandt Winslow, who need the balance they could have with each other if they can get out of their own way and let it happen. Her insecurities and his regrets temper their relationship and make this story endearing and captivating.
Christmas Lights and Cowboy Nights
Thrown together and vying for a ranch, Cal Marshall and Rosa Mercado find themselves falling in love while battling for their futures in this wonderful novel of romance and reconciliation. Cal has deeply hidden emotions that he rarely, if ever shares. He is smitten with Rosa but his reputation precedes him. Rosa struggles at a job with a racist boss but has no other recourse if she wants to pay her bills. Given the opportunity to own a ranch held by cantankerous Hank, Cal and Rosa love, fight and struggle to find the best solution.
A Small Town Christmas
Samantha (Sam) Hayes is burnt out from her career as a family lawyer. Connor Flaherty and his brothers are engaged in a battle for their family owned winery. They meet when he changes her tire on a long, lonely stretch of highway leading to the winery town. Little do they know that they are destined to work together to save the winery and to find peace and love with each other. There are challenges to be met for both of them making an engaging and endearing story for all readers.
No Ordinary Texas Billionaire
Tension, intense feelings, chemistry: all are playing havoc for Levi Chapman and Dana DeLong as they try to keep away from each other in this delectable, engaging book. There is a constant battle against chemistry when Levi and Dana join together to revamp his home for his injured brother. Should they take a chance on the impending love explosion between them or keep running away from it? They may lose the battle of the wills but win the war until a monkey wrench is thrown into the works.
The Rancher Takes a Family
Jake McGregor is struggling to create a stable and secure home for his sister’s three orphaned children with the help of his two brothers. He is at a loss as to what to do to reign in angry Mac and engage grieving Finn. The baby, Lydia, is a source of strength and joy for him. Teacher and high school sweetheart, Lacey Anderson, sees the struggle and need for assistance in Jake. She takes Jake under her wing to help guide him along the new parent path.
They have history of a bad break up that demands explanations and a love for each other that has not gone away over the years.
The Rancher Takes a Family is a touching story written with complexity and complicated emotions.
The Wedding Obsession
Man, oh, man! This is quite a book! The writing blew me away and drew me in completely. Ms. Ash has a fabulous way with her words in describing the thoughts, doubts, insecurities, and emotions of the characters of Emmie Morgan and Brandon Tan. It is a not to miss book and one that I will definitely reread.
Emmie Morgan gets a heart transplant and in a morphine haze, asks her best friend, Brandon Tan, to marry her. He deep down loves her and says “Yes!.” The next day, she recants and breaks his heart in the process. The problem is that Emmie now has an obsession with weddings that she never had before the transplant. Brandon leaves her and pursues his devotion to learning to cook in Barcelona. When he returns, Emmie knows she has to repair the damage she has done and admitting her obsession is one of the things she needs to do. Brandon is in the crosshairs but he refuses to ever say yes to her again.
This is such a great story and well worth your time.
Caught in the Current
Caught in the Current is the second offering in the Cape Cod Shore series. In it, Jason Hall, retired Marine, seeks out private investigator, Alexandra Macintyre, in the search for his kidnapped nephew. Jason and Alexandra have a short history and the chemistry between explodes as they race against time to find the nephew.
They do not know is what they have together is strong enough to be more than a short thing again. Alexandra has a past that haunts her of an abducted sister and Alexandra’s lifelong feeling of guilt over it. Jason will do all he can to help her understand and see that she was not the responsible one in the abduction. If she can overcome her guilt and remorse, she might be able to tear down the walls she has built and let Jason into her heart and life.
Ranger’s Pride is a moving story interwoven with Native American lore and wisdom at its core and in the relationship of Hunter Beavers and Tala Steele. There were in love as teens and engaged until she abruptly ended it and left their Montana town. Her leaving left Hunter wounded and unable to leave the pain behind. Tala’s return stirs up both their deeply held emotions. The terrible death of an elk by poachers draws them together through the Native American roots they both hold dear.
Cupcakes for Christmas
Kate Hewitt writes a series of cute and engaging books that take place in the Cotswold in the town of Wynchwood-on Lea. In this novel we meet Olivia James. She has taken over her mother’s tea shop and is creatively finding ways to bring in business. She meets Simon Blacklock who comes in late for a cupcake. As he comes and goes into her shop and life, she knows there is more going on that he’s let on. She puzzles that while trying desperately to cope with her mother’s sudden illness. Simon comes to mean a lot to Olivia but whatever he is hiding is holding him back.
Challenging the Doctor
Jade Phillips and Edmund Davidson meet on the highway into Marietta when he stops to ger his first view of the mountains and her errant dong jumps into his car. There is something that connects in the air between them-a strong pull of chemistry that neither is prepared to feel. Working together in the hospital draws them even closer but both their hidden pasts creates a barrier to love. Add in a criminal, erratic brother and there is a mix for danger.
If you are a Tule publishing reader, the bombshell at the end of the book will finally answer a lingering question posed in other Tule books. This book is not to be missed for you!
A Cowboy’s Kiss
This is a touching and tender novel that will leave your heat warmed and a smile on your face.
Dr. Roman McQueen spends hours at the bedside of unconscious Anna Kenner, reading to her and hoping she will respond. He remembers her from high school and becomes a mainstay in her recovery. Roman fights his feelings, wary of crossing the doctor/patient line, even though he is not her doctor. Anna finds herself falling for Roman but his standoffish behavior at times does not lead her to believe he feels the same way for her. It’s a conundrum they face that is something they must figure out.
The 75th Copper Mountain Series
The 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo series chronicles the lives of four rodeo men and one woman over the course of the rodeo and of the events that shape them. It is a great series with each book being able to be a stand alone. Characters from the other novels are interwoven in each book giving continuity and a nice blend of stories as each unfolds.
The Cowboy Meets His Match
A determined woman, CJ Cooper, breaking into the male dominated sport of bull riding finds an ally in Jesse Carmody, a competitor, in this novel in the 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo Series. It is hard hitting the in mean, sexist and cruel comments by another competitor that embodies all the negativity CJ has dealt with as she rose through the ranks. Jesse recognizes her talent and ability as part of her entire package, her external beauty and determination reflect her internal beauty and determination. Romance blooms but falters whenever Jesse’s protective nature steps in and over steps her own strength and competence to deal with adversity.
The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo
This is a great novel of determination, grit and romance. Shane Marvell has reached his last rodeo season, his last opportunity to earn the money he needs to stabilize his future. He meets Ella Etcheberry, sister to a rider who was killed and working on rodeo risk research. They form a relationship full of chemistry but fraught with personal problems and insecurities. Shane is beat up b the rodeo; Ella is beaten down by family expectations. Together, they are strong and determined.
The Bull Rider’s Return
This is such an engaging story involving a gift, a healing, an injury, heartache and a resolution. Cody Starr gives his huge winnings to a waitress with a very sick son. The money is enough for Kelly Reid’s son, Ricky, to have life saving heart surgery.
In her quest to find Cody and to thank him properly, Kelly finds a man whose past of being a bad boy follows him throughout his hometown and in his family. Kelly knows what they say is not who Cody is and her mission is to help him see the truth of who he really is.
Cowboy Come Home
Cowboy Come Home is a touching and lovely novel about a lost man struggling to find himself and not lose the girl her truly loves.. Boone and Piper meet on the beach in California and he is drawn deeply to invite her to join him on the summer rodeo circuit. They initially start as a romance for the summer but neither can stop the love that forms between them. He is torn by his need to be someone outside his successful family and on the edge of losing the one really crucial thing: Piper.
I loved the writing and the way Ms. Jayne described both Boone and Piper’s inner thoughts, struggles and emotions.
The Rodeo Cowboy’s Baby
Evie Donnelly writes a column for The Brooklyn Voice, Evie8, that has taken a downturn in popularity and readership. She is sent by her editor to Marietta to find a way to reinvigorate her column-with a cowboy romance! Evie meets a cowboy beyond her wildest dreams in Flynn O’Connell. Flynn lives and works at the same place Evie will be staying-her best friend’s boyfriend’s ranch. They both have met their match and have a weekend fling that could be much, much more. But, the Evie8 column burns the bridges both with Flynn and with her best friend and with the town! A very unexpected pregnancy, the damaging column and her return to Marietta bring Evie face to face with Flynn and with a reckoning.
Rescued by Christmas
Rescued by Christmas is a sweet and tender novel about three people: a rock star that wants to get away for Christmas, a vet and horse rescuer, and the vet’s six year old son. And there is a sick horse that might not make it but that the son, Oliver, is desperate to have heal. They all converge when the rock stat, Jackson Wilder, runs his rented SUV aground in the snow and is found in the barn-dressed in a Santa costume from a commercial he was working on. Oliver thinks he is Santa and mom, Miranda O’Keefe, is reluctant but goes along with the charade because it is making Oliver happy. The threesome form a bond but Miranda is not completely on board with her feelings for Jackson. What happens over his short time with them rescues them all.
Sweet Home Montana
Sweet Home Montana is just that: sweet. The story is wrapped around the hard reunion of an older half-brother, Wade, with his younger half-brother, Brent, who barely knows him. Their local chaplain suggests having Benton volunteer at a local ranch which works with kids who need to learn trust. Wade exited the family after his parent’s divorce and now has a ton of work to do in order to gain Brent’s trust and a relationship.
Working at the ranch is Erin, who not only catches Wade’s eye but also Benton’s (even though she is ten years older). Erin has her own story to tell that tempers her life. Brent stymies Wade and Erin’s budding romance but time can change everything.
The Scot’s Montana BRide
The Scot’s Montana Bride is and enduring story of determination and of love.
Can the hasty marriage of two people of seemingly polar lifestyles really work out? Throw grief, isolation and insecurity into the mix and for Kat Valentine and Jamie McKendrick, it spells the end. Maybe. Jamie may have a home in Scotland but his heart’s home is with Kat, wherever she is. He is determined to face his part in her departure from his homeland and help her to see, to feel, and to know his home is wherever she is.
Nobody Said It’d Be Easy
This is a winning story with touching and deep emotions from all the main characters. Ther is a true sense of the complexity of the relationship between Amelia (Lia) and Gabriel (Gabe) due to both their recent past experiences. Lia is fleeing from an ex-husband jerk who cheated on her and dumped her at her lowest. Gabe lost his wife, the love of his life, after ten years of marriage and four young daughters. His sole aim in life is to create and home with love, securaity and stableness. Lia needs to heal and move on. Their relationship is one of give and take, push and pull, and build and repair levels of trust.
It is a very enjoyable, lovely book.
In Too Deep
Dani Collins has created an engaging story involving a player, his recently discovered twelve year old daughter and her aunt. The story convincingly touches on the chaos of emotions, insecurities and fears of all three. Told with rotating perspectives, one gets a glimpse of the inner thoughts and turmoil that drive Trig, Wren, and Skylar as they try to navigate their new reality.
Tanner’s Promise (The Harlow Brothers)
I absolutely loved Tanner’s Promise because of the writing which evoked an attachment to Tanner and a desire to find out if things worked out for him as he struggles to come to terms with raising his half-sister and what all that would entail. He has decided to send her off to her aunt in Hawaii for a better situation that he could offer but he struggles with really have to let her go. It is his story through and through, sprinkled with a chance at romance with a former high school flame, Francie Tate. Francie comes to his rescue with his sister and she finds herself wanting to help Tanner solve his dilemma. Both Tanner and Francie see each other as how they were ages ago in high school and have to chip away at the block walls to see who they really are now.
Luke’s Gift (The Harlow Brothers)
The second book in the Harlow Brothers Series introduces Luke Harlow, returned home from the armed forces and working as a Marietta cop. He has seen too much sadness for families and children on his tours of duty that he feels compelled to make some Christmas miracles happen for families of Marietta. With the help of his half-sister, Maddie, they embark on a secret mission to make some Christmas joy for select families.
Meeting Mary Best, Marietta Courier journalist, may blow his cover. He feels so drawn to her that although it is hard, he will keep his secret even if it means losing Mary and her nose for news.
Luke’s Gift is an endearing story of two people meant to be if they can overcome their own problems and hang-ups.
Resisting the Rancher
A quiet, thoughtful rancher and a feisty, fighting horse trainer collide and begin to forge a quite possibly strong alliance if her fears and insecurities can be allayed by him.
Rusty Walker and Williams West get a short glimpse of each other through their truck windows. He is taken by her but she shuts him down fast. Their paths cross again when he learns who she is-the daughter of a rancher he wants to partner with. Circumstances throw them together and as his love for her grows, he is determined to destroy her barriers and find the way to her heart.
A Vicarage Wedding
The book is a tad slow on the onset, laying the ground work of describing characters and the main character, Rachel Holley’s, predicament but is good once all the initial details are done.
Rachel is dumped on the eve of her wedding to Dan because he knows she does not truly and deeply love him. She is left to rearrange her life because there will be no new husband and no new home. Luckily, and after enduring some time in her parent’s former home, she finds a flat to rent over a pub in the town. The owner, Sam West, finds himself in a new situation-guardian for his troubled third grade nephew, Nathan, who is also Rachel’s new student. She comes to Sam’s rescue several times becoming closer to both Sam and Nathan. Complications and troubles arise to put a monkey wrench in their relationship but it all has a chance to work out in the end.
Coming Home has a great premise: a professor threatened by social media, fearful for her life retreats to her sister’s home to try and regain her confidence and security. She meets and engages with the furniture mover and forma a possible long distance relationship.
For me, the book never really took off. There seemed to be too much omitted and too much undeveloped deepness of the main character’s fear. Because the actual threat is not fully explained, I could not fully grasp the nature of her fear. I also do not feel there was enough contact/dialog between the two main characters to believe there would be any type of later relationship formed.
The Runaway Princess Bride
Stolen kisses at a huge gala cause Aidan Castle and Cara Lamon to cherish the memory not realizing it could be life altering. She is running off for a secret wedding and his is beginning work on a new tech story for the Castle business. But, she runs away from her wedding after learning the truth about her intended and Aidan offer to cyber-divulge the guy’s deception. Up comes the simmering attraction and both Cara and Aidan try to diffuse the flame. He does not trust her to tell him everything she’s hiding and she is not ready to divulge. Something has to give is these two are going to trap her ex-fiancé and find freedom in each other.
His Best Friend’s Sister
A cute complicated story continues the series of the Devil’s Rock at Whiskey River trio of books.
The second of the three bachelor airstrip owners, Zach, finds himself enamored with the sister of one of the other guys. Zach has had a thing for younger Laurel but kept it under wraps. She is now a divorced mother and finding life difficult, with little money to spare and not the best living conditions for herself and her son. When Zach rescues her from a player, he declares his interest in her but she’s been drinking and is not sure of what he meant. Laurel has always had a crush on Zach and is now determined to investigate his feelings by being bold and taking the reins. However, there is her older, protective brother to contend with for both her and Zach.
Where the River Bends
This is a cool book that has a female ghost, Susan Mayer, that pulls couples together as she tries to fix unsettled business she left behind in South Africa.
Kalinda fled to Canada from South Africa after divorcing an abusive husband. Her work for the Anglo Boer Foundation has brought her back to investigate how well Canadian forces are being remembered for their effort in the Anglo Boer War.
On her drive to the town of Paardeberg, she encounters Susan, a ghost, scarring Kalinda half to death. The family she is staying with knows all about the ghost and fill her in on the events surrounding Susan’s death. For Kalinda, though, meeting their son, Zach, is an overwhelming thing and this is true for Zach. Theirs is an unsteady romance filled with doubts and insecurities on both sides and a ghost pulling them together in the middle.
The Outback Brides Series:
Maggie’s Run is the first book in the Outback Brides series and is a great start to four terrific books. This engaging book tells the story of Maggie and of her return to Wirralong, AUS and to all the hard memories of being raised by her unloving aunt Carmel. It also brings back together, Maggie and Max, the person who rescued her from her parent’s fiery car crash.
The struggles of Maggie and Max are wrought with memories of their past with a strong undercurrent of something close to love-love et to be uncovered and discovered.
Belle’s Secret is the second book in the Outback Brides series. It is a crazy good book-captivating, charming and engaging.
Belle’s secret is that she was married one night in Las Vegas and the next morning fled back to Australia. She never expected to see her husband, Harry, again. Harry never forgot Belle and searched for her to no avail, he never expected to see her either. Both their hearts yearned for the other for the year that passed. Coming to Wirralong, where unbeknownst to Harry is Belle’s home, was a mix of business and pleasure for Harry. He was there for his best friend’s wedding he is shocked to see the celebrant: Belle! Needless to say, Belle is shocked beyond belief and now her secret is going to be known. Harry brings a chance for divorce but is either heart willing to go that route? It sure seems like it…for a while at least.
I love when a romance brings a strong woman up against a strong man with baggage instead of the other way around. Elsa’s Stand, bookthree of the Outback Bride series, pairs Elsa O’Donoghue with Jack Hargreaves in rural Australia. He left the unforgiving town of Wirralong in the dust when he left for the solitary world of opal mining. He’s only returned for his beloved mother’s funeral, to find the fabled Strathroy sapphires, and to return to opal mining. Fate has a different path for Jack in the form of Elsa. She sees the deep sorrow in Jack’s eyes and the reprehensible attitude of some of the townsfolk. It is Elsa’s determination, coupled with their intense chemistry, which can change everything for Jack-if only he will believe.
The Outback town of Wirralong is the setting for the Tule Outback Brides series. Holly’s Heart is the last in the four book series and is just as great as the other three. In Holly’s Heart, a second chance for what could have been finds Dr. Holly Peterson and Dr. Ben Briery together in the same town after ages away. She’s a no longer practicing doctor working now to raise her deceased sister’s young boys. He’s the new GP in Wirralong, long ago smitten with his friend Holly but nothing ever came of it even though she felt the same.
Maybe, just maybe, the timing will be right for Holly and Ben.
Ranger’s Courage is a novel about a deep, emotional journey for a couple of hurting people both trying to overcome the odds and find love. Truly a touching and moving book.
A despot father, a young woman on the run with her baby and a warm, loving family combine in this captivating story. Charlie and her baby, Zoe, are on the run from her overbearing and demanding father. She has disgraced her NASCAR winning family name for the last time. Her father is determined to put a stop to her actions and adopt out the baby.
Charlie finds herself stranded in Bigfork, Montana, home of Calhoun car restorations. She meets the oldest son, Chase, when she is discovered hiding in their attic room. The Calhoun’s are a close knit family who grow to love Charlie (especially Chase) and they stand together as a force to be reckoned with against the schemes of her father.
A Marshall’s Promise
The Old West Montana is the setting for a lone widow fighting for her farm and a Marshal seeking a bandit game, combining for a whirlwind of romance, deceit and doubts.
This is a great portrayal of the trials of a widow trying to keep her farm from ruin by a ruthless land baron and the local sheriff. Paige Kelly has been trying to nail the person killing off her stock and receives no help from the sheriff. When she unintentionally shoots a US Marshal, Logan McCall, he decides to help her while he recovers at her farm. They cannot ignore the sparks and chemistry and, even though Logan has vowed to leave when the crooks are captured, Paige cannot stop her development of deep feelings for him. She is certain that her grit and determination will change his plans.
A Soldier’s Homecoming
Anger and hurt bring Lucas Talbot to Glacier Creek to investigate and spy on the woman that was in the car with his stepfather the night he crashed. Driven by a relentless and bitter mother, he seeks out India Cordoza, that very woman. Little does he know but she suffers from the accident and no 50 million dollar, house in the mountains was what she wanted.
As they fall deeper and deeper into something bigger than his anger and her sadness and fear, the truth looms heavy in the distance and becomes a burden neither can bear. The truth will likely destroy their developing love but hiding it would definitely do that.
Rebel Pilot, Texas Doctor
Travis Sullivan and Tobi Robinson were part of a foursome of friends through high school and kept contact into college. In her second year of college, Tobi ceased all communication with Travis, baffling him as to why.
In this sweet novel of love sparking and growing, Travis and Tobi admit their love but hers is tormented by the one big, hug phobia in her life: flying. Alas, Travis is a pilot. Tobi seems okay with his profession until a near miss sends her packing. Travis cannot figure out the deeper reason for her running away and until she comes to solid and real terms with her deeply seated fear, she would rather achingly and miserably harbor her love for Travis than live in fear forever of losing him to a plane crash. Anyone with a deeply rooted phobia will surely relate to Tobi’s extreme distress and hope for a viable solution to bring live back for Travis and Tobi.
Her Cowboy Prince
Her Cowboy Prince is an irresistibly charming story about a young woman in hiding and a man that wants to bring her out, not knowing the dire consequences if he does.
Melody Shaw is in the witness protection program sent to live in the beauty of Montana. He life is in danger from her diabolical, villainous stepsister with ties to the Ukrainian crime family. Melody lives a quiet life as a hotel maid, never drawing attention to her. That is, until the hotel boss asks her a question, “Can you help me on something?” Her brilliant ideas and abilities stemming from her past life slowly draw her into the limelight and into his heart. The trouble that ensues is life threatening and altering.
Lone Star Princess
Lone Star Princess, book two in the Castles of Texas series, is an enchanting book feuul of fashion and romance. The interactions between hunky security department head, Johnny Darrow, and Castle daughter, Annabelle, are perfectly attuned to the demons they both fight and to the chemistry they definitely feel. Johnny and Annabelle are thrown together by Eleanor Castle, Annabelle’s stepsister and Castle’s owner. They are sent to work on a new store outside Dallas. Both have been attracted to each other for ages and have kept their feelings under wraps. Being in close quarters threatens both. Eleanor knows better than both of them !
As I Am
This is a touching (and sensual) book about how humanity can go beyond the bonds of a crippling disease and show a kinder, loving face. As I Am brings together two characters both affected by juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Molly Sursock suffers from it and lives her life the best she can while dealing with unbearable pain on a daily basis. Brock Owens’ half-sister suffered with the disease until she could take it no longer. Molly and Brock meet when she falls in a busy intersection and he rescues her. From that point on, Molly’s world begins to change and her doubts about Brock’s motives creep into her thoughts-is he trying to find redemption from his sister’s suicide by helping Molly or does he truly feel something deep inside for her.
All he can offer is love, care and adoration for her-not to mention all the things she is unable to provide for herself on her meager income. Did I mention he is rich beyond dreams?
Road to You
This is a cute book about things backfiring from the get go. Gemma Wade is in Marietta, sent there by her newspaper after a story she wrote goes way south. Now, she is stuck in the personal interest column, writing about the epidemic of weddings and lasting love that has taken over the small Montana town.
Noah Mathis is in town for the wedding of a close armed forces buddy. He is also taking a break from his high profile family job and definitely not ever wanting any press about his life. Ba-bam! Enter Gemma and their secrets could ruin it all for them. She sees a story that should be told; he sees a life of covering up who he really is that should be revealed. But, not by her and not in the press. The backfiring begins from the moment they meet and hide who they are. The truth is , you cannot hide forever and somehow it will come back to bite you.
This, the last book in the Maclaughlin series is well worth waiting for! There are simmering to boil emotions and connections galore, plus a thief, a threatening bookie and an escape for safety. In the previous books, the undercurrents of something going on for Aleck
and Delonna have been hinted and their story is a great one especially since he fights it tooth and nail until she is in jeopardy. Then his protective instincts take over and all bets are off!
I think I loved this book best of all!
The Paradise Keys Series:
This is a fun, engaging four book series on second chances (or first chances) that take place on Paradise Keys, a small island in Florida. The woman in the story have all returned for the funeral of their best friend, Lilly, and find themselves reconnecting with past loves.
Summer Love Take Two
Book one in the Paradise Keys series brings together Lauren Webster and Carter Malone. This is another sweet story of second chances for two people meant to be together but young age and different pressures abruptly ended them. Carter wanted nothing more than to leave Paradise Key and become a successful businessman. He suddenly ended his relationship with Lauren and left for college and Chicago. A father’s heart attack brought him back and he found Paradise Keys to be much better than he imagined. When Lauren comes into town, he sees the chance to woo her back and never let her go again. Lauren, though, is driven by her own problems and remaining in Paradise Key is not on her agenda.
Love at the Beachshop
What a cute book! There is such a sweet premise of two people helping each other out of difficult situations and finding out they really love each other after years of being just friends.
Jenna Davis and Zach Taylor have been friends since forever along with her brother, Aaron. Zach is Aaron’s best friend and being so, never felt he could act on his long time crush on Jenna-best friend’s code and all. Jenna is a little older and she could see the developing man Zach was becoming but stayed far away from him as they grew older. Faced with a situation that Jenna created, she sees a miracle answer in Zach: he could pose as her boyfriend (one she made up to her besties) and in return offer him use of her shop while his is waiting street repairs. Oh, and he could live in the spare room of her apartment, too! Zach sees this as the opportunity to up his game and finally go after Jenna. He is guided by an article in the Redbook magazine he finds in her bathroom (funny idea) and utilizes all its information to sway Jenna to him. But, there’s a villain member of the small town that will use the information about Jenna and Zach to destroy everything if he gets his way. A cute, touching and fun book to enjoy.
Resort to Love
More tangled romance ensues in this Paradise Key book. This is an enjoyable book about a once been love, thwarted by outside influences and given a second chance to resume, thrive and reach its own conclusion.
At the heart of the story is an abandoned hotel-once a thriving business-for sale as is with two bidders: Sofia and Nathan. They were once very much in love and destined to be together until his rich family’s influence wielded by his father broke them apart. Their emotions remained simmering below the surface until Sofia made the final break, leaving Nathan to deal with all his failures and a shattered heart. It is up to Nathan to redeem himself and prove he is the man for Sofia.
Small Town Love
This is the fourth in the Paradise Key Series and it is just as good as the other three! I love the setting on an island in Florida and the interaction of previous characters with the two in this book. I loved how Evie could relate to the trouble Paxton was having with his twelve year old daughter because of Evie’s sad experiences with her own father after her mother died. Evie can see how Paxton want to relate to Samantha but is at a loss as to how to do it. But, Paxton also sees a way to get Evie to finally just talk to her father and clear up all the messes that their lack of relationship caused. You can see how lots of care and understanding went into writing the book through all of the interactions of the characters and through Paxton’s struggle to continue to connect with Sam as she grows into teenage territory.
Oh, boy! Talk about a book that heats up fast! There is an immediate thrust into instant chemistry that has to slow down for a moment when the main characters begin to struggle with their own demons and that put a stop to the intense pull they feel.
Amber Baum comes from a family of domineering, successful parents that want to rule her decisions and dictate her life. Garet Houle is the opposite. He grew up in a loving home with two sisters, his mother and his grandmother. A scary incident when he was a teen has caused him to be protective (ultra protective) of the women he loves but Amber wants nothing to do with that kind of behavior. She had that her entire life! Rough waters lie ahead for the couple that they will definitely need to navigate if there is to be anything more for them than heated nights and days.
The Fire Fighter’s Slow Burn
It is not often that I find a book that I just cannot get into at all. This is one of those books. It is not that it is not a good book, I am sure it is, but I found myself a tad bored with the story and just not feeling the attraction between the main characters. The idea of the book: a former firefighter finding himself attracted to a woman whose nephew caused a wild fire and the dilemma that would result is a good one. I am sure other readers will love the book but just not me. (I have read other books that I enjoyed by Karen Foley)
I really enjoy the McLaughlin’s series from Shelli Stevens. They contain wit and dilemmas surrounding the brothers and sister living in Washington and coping with the opportunity to love that each of them faces. In Top Shelf, it is Kenzie’s story of finding love, through a series of ups and downs created by a cautious, once bit Navy officer. Plus, Kenzie has a horrible experience in her past that truly thwarts her desire to reach out and connect. The story of how she and Brett finally connect is fraught with turmoil, misunderstandings and misconceptions.
You Send Me
This is an engaging book about two people finding and denying love due to emotional burdens they conceal, creating wariness and doubt. Jordan Velsor and Nick Rinaldi live in Compass Cove, a small town known for the compass that will indicate true love when held. Jordan has been hurt by her ex-fiancé who she caught cheating on the day before their wedding. Gun shy and wary of her developing feelings for Nick, she battles with them while he helps her recover from pneumonia and navigate her father’s terminal illness. Nick harbors a secret he does not feel he can share with anyone about the circumstances surrounding his injury in Afghanistan. This keeps him from fully engaging in the developing feelings he has for Jordan and causes her to back away because he does not trust her enough to open up.
Whiskey River Rockstar
This is a well written, engaging story and one of the really well done Whiskey River series. I have enjoyed the previous two books, Whiskey River Rescue and Whiskey River Runaway. This book does not disappoint. The references to the first two books are incorporated in a way to help the two main characters come to a better understanding of the pent up emotions and fears they harbor and add to the story in a brilliant manner.
If you read Whiskey River Rockstar first, I can guarantee you will want to read the others in the series, too.
This is a cute book about a seemingly flighty young woman who finds her true calling in Cherry Lake. She is supported by her sisters’ belief in her abilities and strong determination to finally prove herself to her parents. When she meets the buttoned up doctor next door to her store, she finds a man with a story she seeks to uncover.
The Rancher’s Secret Son
Isn’t it true how secrets can be discovered and change everything? This is especially true when the secret involves an unknown son sixteen years old. Piper Beauregard has kept her son, Tristen, a secret form El Merrick. She had never had any intention of telling him but fate has finally caught up with her. To confuse the issue more, she was Eli’s brother’s girlfriend just hours before her night with Eli.
Eli doe not take the news lightly and moves Tristen (and Piper) to the family home in Montana. His desire to to get to know, to bond and to form a relationship with his son. Underneath it all is the simmering to boiling attraction between Piper and Eli that they both try desperately to contain, pushing and pulling against each others’ wants and needs.
A Hot Montana Summer
This is an appealing story of determination fraught with the twists and turns that make up love. All that keeps Rachel McCafferty from seriously considering the chemistry between her and Jamie Coulter is the difference in age between them. Jamie doesn’t see it as anything to be bothered by especially since he’s been attracted to her since his teens.
At a lucky moment in time, he sees his chance to win her over, age difference or not. Her reluctance wavers in the face of their chemistry and maybe, just maybe, she will relent.
Resisting the Doctor
This is an engaging story of re-inventing one’s life decisions to include possible love. Drs. Lucy Davidson and Thomas McAvoy have a growing attraction in starts and stops as life, other relationships and misunderstandings interrupt what could be a loving future. Working and living side-by-side should provide ample opportunity but their pasts and its intrusion keeps a simple progression to live behind road blocks and detours.
Punk Rock Cowgirl
What I anticipated in this book paled in comparison to the writing, the story and the well developed characters. I felt swept into the longing of the characters for each other hampered by their distrust, insecurities and fears. Damian and McKenna belong together; they are soul mates separated by vindictive and intrusive relatives who deem McKenna unworthy for Damian, even though she is his wife and perfect for him. McKenna fled Damian and the town four years prior and is only returning for her unloving grandmother’s memorial and will reading. In the course of seeing Damian again, she knows it is time to confess why she left, not knowing if there is still love awaiting her. McKenna’s life itself is a mess and it is Damian that might be the one to pull things back together and upright their relationship.
Finding Her Montana Cowboy
This is a sweet, sweet book filled with great characters and believable back stories. I loved how both main characters, Wyatt and McKenna, are afraid to let anyone enter their hearts. They are totally unarmed when love really faces them, hard as they try to deny it.
Wyatt has had a world of struggles since a rodeo accident left him unable to compete any more. While he is recovering, a long ago girlfriend drops a bomb in his life in the form of a daughter. The girlfriend has decided she is not mother material and signs away Kaiti to Wyatt. Kaiti is withdrawn and very slow to get close to anyone, until she meets McKenna. Their bond is immediate much to Wyatt’s consternation. He met McKenna earlier and felt a chemistry but no way is he going to further mess up his and Kaiti’s lives by pursuing her. McKenna has been a free spirit, traveling the world looking for the next adventure. The loss of her mother has left a gaping hole in her heart that she tries to fill with travel. Finding herself back in town with her four older, settled sibling brothers causes McKenna to begin the process of re-evaluating her life and motives. Blocking her heart is a fear that loving equals losing. She is not prepared for the pull Wyatt (and Kaiti) have on her but it keeps roping her back to them.
Recipe for Disaster
This is a fantastic book chock filled with action, romantic mystery and twists. An innocent White House pastry chef suddenly becomes the prey for a ct-throat killer who is ruthless in pursuit of her. On her side is a gorgeous hunk of dimpled cheeks who is driven by his dedication to service and to her survival. The fact that she upsets his perfectly orchestrated world is priceless.
Wedding At the Graff
When two former close friends find themselves on opposite sides of a dilemma, what is there to do but fall in love? Maybe, but then again, how about finding a viable solution first? That is the spot Garrett Hawley has put Michael Donovan in: to get back a priceless ring that has wrought problems for Colleen Flannigan’s family and rightfully belongs to them. When she and Garrett got engaged, the ring was hers. Now that they have called it off, the rind is still hers. Michael is to get it back. The trick is to how to do it without alienating his true friend and love, Colleen.
Finding True North
Life has a way of not always following the same path we want it to follow and veers off into unforeseen places. This is what has happened to Paige-freshly divorced mother of two year old Nathan, finding herself where she never envisioned. A simple lie about her status jumbles what could be the start if a nice relationship with high school friend, Everett. He harbors his own secret-too recent and painful to voice. The question is whether her lie and his secret will eventually destroy everything for them.
Take A Chance on Me
Take a Chance on Me is a delightful novel with a strong lead woman who earned her independence through strong work and commitment. Amanda Wright grew up in the saddest of conditions on the wrong side of the tracks and has worked hard and long to bring her life into better light and strength. She found a true friend in Bette Justice, older woman who befriended Amanda and has helped her financially to establish her beauty salon. Bette is the supportive woman Amanda so needed in her life. Enter Ty James or Tyler James Justice, Bette’s grandson and skeptic of Amanda’s friendship with Bette. He is in Marietta only to persuade his grandmother to move from her home to Austin where he lives. He is not prepared for the reality of his grandmother: strong, independent, healthy, vibrant. In no uncertain terms is she moving to Austin and leaving her extensive network of friends and activities. In both Bette and Amanda, Ty has met his match. Plus, his misinterpretation of information on Amanda and his preconceived notions of what she is, makes for a long and hard road for Ty, especially when he cannot get her out of his mind!
In with the Tide
In with the Tide is a charming story filled with conflicting emotions and warring feelings. When two old friends intersect on a Cape Cod highway, life changes for both of them.
Lindsay Hunter saved Damien Trent many times when they were young and poles apart. He never forgot her sincerity and she never forgot him. When circumstances bring them together, a love erupts with its own volatility of insecurity and trust weariness. A lot has to happen to change insecurity to trust if the relationship is to survive.
I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Cape Cod Shore novels.
From the Top
It was a little slow getting into this next in the Blue Spruce Lodge series mainly because I am not a fan of repetition. Once It got past the repetition of emotional elements, the story took off and many passionate encounters happen, twisting complicating circumstances for the characters of Ilke ands n Matt. Many questions needed to be addressed and answered with viable solutions found in order for Matt and Ilke to find their way together. I did love the ending!
Valentines at the Graff
I just loved this story about three lost souls finding their way through each other. The writing is clever and brings the feelings of the character to life and leads to really caring about what happens to each of them together and individually.
Miranda Evans, Wittman Telford and young Petal have all suffered emotional upheaval and hurts from not fitting into their respective families. All three need the security brought by understanding, acceptance and love. Petal embraces it; Witt runs from it; Miranda yearns for it.
The blending of their relationships by a fate bigger than them creates a very sweet and appealing story.
This is a delightful story loosely based on the Cinderella fairytale: a shoe discarded, a prince searching for a young woman in hiding. All in a modern day setting with glamour, glitz, and romance. At the heart of the story is a crime involving the evil stepmother and it is more than just locking Cinderella away in her room.
It is an easy to read, fun and engaging story and one of the Castles of Dallas book series. I am looking forward to the next chapter in this set.
I am partial to Ann McAllister’s books because they are always fun, a tad spicy and written very well. This novella is all that and more.
The story revolves around a young woman, Jane Kitto, a long ago friend/love, Zach Stoner, and her charm bracelet. She has received charms since she was young, always thinking they came from her grandmother even after she died. The charms were so representative of the joys and trials of her life that it was a mystery of how that could happen. In this story are recollections of Jane and Zach’s past history which infuses itself into their current climate. It is a cute, sweet and enjoyable novella!
Straight No Chasers
The tales of the McLaughlin family continue with Colin McLaughlin and Hailey. It is an engaging story about how long held misperceptions and grudges can influence and restrain a possible relationship. Haley was long ago responsible for the heartbreak and devastation of Colin’s twin, Ian. Colin has no forgiveness for the actions of Haley and it is evident in how he represents himself to her. Haley knows what she did was wrong but Colin has no knowledge of her motives and the desperation she had found herself facing. The question is whether Colin can understand and forgive or will he continue to harbor deep seated resentment for Haley. When faced with the truth, can Colin make an informed decision?
What the Moon Saw
What an interesting and captivating story! Imagine being transported years back in history and having to come to terms with a society so vastly different from what you know. This is the case for Lucy Shaw when she finds herself not in 2016 but 1926 and everything is completely different. She has left a translating job with the FBI to find herself in a society that has few jobs for women, that has few protections for them and that treats the wealthy as gods. Plus, she is dependent on the man who rescued her, not sure if she can trust him.
It is interesting how her new struggles are portrayed and how she learns to cope with a new reality. Added to this is the intense drawing to the local sheriff who has his own story of time transport and of their connection to each other. And there is an element of suspense in the form of a case that she was working on for the FBI that has roots several hundred years prior and being investigated by the man who rescued her.
This is a charming story about finding love in the right place but at the wrong time. The main characters, Bella Moore and Jake Woods, are complete opposites. She is a TV chef, a whirlwind in constant motion and movement. He is a staid, calm man with a teenage son to look out for. For Bella, landing in Cherry Lake is a forced time of rest by her producer who is afraid she might burnout. She is not looking for romance or for a new home. Jake has been a widow for many years and has rarely dated or tried to fill his wife’s place in his life. Bella captures his attention and he cannot get away from the emotions and longing she stirs up in him. He does the same for her but Bella’s home is Seattle and unless she can perform a miracle, it will always be Seattle.
One More Round
One More Round is a captivating story about second chances revolving around deception, hidden motives and fear. Sarah Rawlings fell madly in love with Ian McLaughlin in high school. Planning to find a way to stay on Whidbey Island when her father was deployed to Japan, Sarah instead leaves Ian behind with hurting words. Being caught in bed with one of her good friends sealed his doom.
Eleven years later Sarah is back after her grandmother dies and leaves her a house. Sarah has no intention of seeing Ian but fate and his family have other ideas. She has harbored a secret those eleven years from Ian and even his sister, Kenzie, her still best friend does not know. Disclosure would bring trauma for everyone and Sarah only hopes her month long stay will never uncover her secret. But, a month is a long time.
Branded by Firelight
On the day of her sister’s wedding, Claire rand escapes to her car, riddles with emotion overflowing and removing the joy from the day. A year prior she gave up her infant daughter for adoption and seeing her birthday pictures is too much to bear. Ben Nichols finds her sitting alone and her sad, miserable state ignites a curiosity in him to uncover the truth behind it and the sadness that lurks in her eyes. Ben has his own demons to conquer when his long absent deserting mother shows up out of the blue and several years too late.
Branded by Firelight is a tender story of two people finding ehat they need in each other of of filling the empty spaces In their hearts.
I so enjoyed this often funny book with the engaging dialog, character thoughts and story. There is a sort of mystery to it that causes both main characters to trip up with each other, too.
It starts with the funny way Heidi Bluth and William Henry Charles Rutherford encounter each other: he’s caught in her rose bush thorns looking like a burglar or a stalker; she’s in the kitchen gaping at him and hits her head on the kitchen counter. He’s not a burglar or stalker and rather concerned about whether or not she’s hurt. Leaving his pants in the roses, he goes to try and see if she’s fine. She is fine but has a panic attack which he helps her out of. Crazy!
Heidi is an anonymous advice columnist. William found her to make her fix his life that her column ruined. He proposes that she goes with him to rectify her error. She agrees and finds herself o a four day trek to finish a bucket list. All along he proves himself invaluable to her and they begin to fall in love but the mystery holds them back.
It’s a crazy kind of story with all kinds of questions a normal person would have before embarking on a journey with a stranger but, hey, it’s a story and it all works together to make a witty, captivating read you might enjoy.
Her Forbidden Warrior
This is the second book in the MacClean series and is just as great as the first, His Big Mistake. I love the mental dialog and Her Forbidden Warrior has telling sections of what both characters are feeling, thinking and fighting.
Cora MacClean was cheated on by her fiancé, Brad, who absconded with their savings and with her family heirloom ring. He fled to parts unknown and Cora’s brother, Malcolm hires his best friend, Lucas Hart, to find Brad and get the ring back. Lucas runs a global business dealing in fraud and crisis response. Unbeknownst to Lucas, Cora has taken it upon herself to track down Brad when she learns where he is to get the ring and get a few things off her chest. She is unaware of the danger lurking around Brad and it’s up to Lucas to rescue her before it’s too late.
Underneath all the trouble is a closed off Lucas and off relationships Cora but both of them have had a thing for each other for forever. An unplanned vacation brings them together and their feelings surface but both consider it temporary until reality strikes.
Miracle on Chance Avenue
I’ll begin with one of my current favorites, Miracle on Chance Avenue.
This is a charming and, for me, a magnetic offering from the very talented Ms. Porter. The characters are complex in the levels of emotions they each experience and the haunting the male character feels from his family’s horror is powerful to the plot.
Sadie is yearning for a child of her own with no husband prospects and is determined to use a donor until Rory shows up. She has been in far away love with him since she was thirteen and has dreamed of him becoming hers.
Rory is finally finding himself coming to terms with the brutal deaths of his mother, father and three younger siblings. His life has been a dance with death as a bull rider, daring it to conquer him with every ride, if only to end the guilt and misery he lives with daily.
Sadie witnessed Rory’s serious injury and sees that his duels with death are never ending. Rory senses her in the stands every time she has been to see him but she is never around after the ride to meet her. It is a chance meeting that brings them together but a secret from her past could tear it all apart.
His Best Mistake
I loved this book! I loved all the angst, emotions, and problems from falling in love with forbidden fruit!
Jack Maclean is a closed off man emotionally due to his long time love & wife’s death. He travels to a remote cottage in Scotland to confront the woman who caused his sister’s fiancé to cheat on her and have an affair. What he finds instead is a woman he cannot resist and doesn’t.
Stella Grant, the wrongly accused woman, is beautiful and open. She gives and honest and truthful portrayal of the deception the fiancé which hurt her, too. Her honesty and innocence hit the fairness button on Jack, who begrudgingly believes her.
They try and fail to resist the magnetic pull between them and spend one night heatedly together. Jack sneaks away the nest morning and weeks later Stella finds herself pregnant. The rest of the story is a thoughtful telling of how two people can untangle knots and find a perfect solution.
Saving the Sheriff
This is a story about how the complications that hurt and trust bring can interfere with a relationship that should happen.
Holly Jensen has born feelings of guilt and remorse over leaving her teen siblings to foster care when she left for college.
Cash Hill is still hurting from the untimely death of his wife leaving him to raise their four year old daughter. He has thick walls closing off his heart for protection.
Both Holly and Cash have serious trust issues that prevent them from forming the relationship that lies in wait for them. Issues and complications arise that increase the chasm of distrust unless a resolution perfect for both of them can be found.
New Year’s at the Graff
This is such a sweet take on the Cinderella story that will simply charm the reader. The scene is Marietta where the New Year’s fund raiser at the luxurious Graff Hotel is happening. Cinderella is not there in a gorgeous ball gown but in regular clothes helping to run the fun game tables. The prince is a San Diego businessman in town to research his mother’s days there and where he was born. Brief eye contact earlier in the day jogged his brain into staring and meeting her later on is brilliant.
What transpires is a lovely tale of falling in love and of really wanting it to work.
On the Edge
Whoa! There are some serious scenes in this book-the kind that make you wonder what you’ve been missing!
The scene is a ski resort I dire need of renovation because of an avalanche. A father/daughter combination invest in the resort with brother/skier-snowboarder professionals. The daughter, Glory, resents being pulled into the renovation because she feels her father is wasting the money her deceased mother earned through romance novels. The older brother, Rolf, resents his brother’s involvement and is dragging their company into what appears to be a losing proposition.
There is spark and chemistry between Glory and Rolf that neither can resist, try as they might. Both of them are fighting their own demons which cause the resistance. But there is no denying such a strong pull toward each other.
As a cute note: within the book, is the story Glory is writing in her first stand alone try as a novelist. This story reflects the emotions swirling around Glory and showing her what she really wants deep inside.