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.
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.
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.
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.