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Southern Desire: Southern Heart #2

By Kaylee Ryan

Synopsis

After experiencing heartache and loss, Whitney decides it’s time to move on and leave the past behind, while keeping the pain with her. Finding her way to Kentucky to be with family, she’s finally settling and feeling some happiness. She meets Aaron and he’s slowly showing her how to live again. But, what Aaron doesn’t know, is the deep secret she’s keeping from him.

Aaron doesn’t believe in spending time with women he doesn’t see a future with. Love, to him was black and white, until Whitney found her way into his life.

She’s his one and he’s her strength.

The overshadowing secret plaguing Whitney’s mind drivers her away, leaving Aaron and everyone she met behind.

Will Aaron find his way to Whitney again?

Or was their love something that most people desired and never found?

Review

Southern Desire starts with a bond between mother and daughter that reminds me of my own bond with my mother.  Then heartache happens because her mother has cancer and is taken from her.  Whitney’s mother’s dying wish was for her to find love.  Now Whitney has to learn how to love and live again.

Whitney who has poured everything she was into spending every last moment with her mother and then having to find out who she is now.  She moves to the only family she has left and finds her heart there.  She is learning to grieve and to bond with others.

Aaron is the brother of Witney’s boss.  He is a man who is trying to find the one girl who he would build a house for.  So far he hasn’t found a girl that he would spend more than one or two nights with.  He wants to find what his parents and sister have.  Once he met Whitney he found the first person he really wanted to get to know.

Southern Desire is a story of love, loss and the courage to live again.  For Whitney it’s about healing and staying true to who she is and allowing herself to grieve.  For Aaron, it’s about not letting his one get away even when she can’t tell him all her fears.  Whitney needs time to find herself again but there is a dark cloud that hangs over her that she has trouble telling Aaron. She’s afraid of ruining his life.  Instead of trusting the love that they have she gives into fear.

This story is beautiful in its relationships, between brother and sister, children and parents, and between friends.  It is also beautiful in how much heart is shown in each of these relationships. They may sometimes be messy but they always shine through in the end.

Southern Desire

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Healing a Heart

By Amy Lillard

Synopsis

The author of Loving a Lawman invites you back to the ranch…
 
As cowboys, the Langston brothers of Cattle Creek, Texas, know it’s easy to mend a fence. Mending a broken heart, however, takes time…
 
Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he’d never see the woman again. Four months later, though, she’s standing in his drive with a big surprise.

Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake’s family persuades her to stay for a while, she’s soon won over by their charms—and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they’re ready to take the leap to forever…

Review

Firstly I love the cover of this book, I just want to sit in that chair on that Texas ranch.

My favourite character of this whole book was Wesley, that girl captured my heart and to me was the intricate character to bring Jake and Bryn together.

This story flowed beautifully and jumped ahead at parts and I did not feel as if I missed out on where their relationship strengthened.

Jake’s mother’s story must continue into the next book as it was not resolved by the end.  I also have not read the first book of this series but we meet his brother and Jessie.

Now onto Jake, my only complaint is that we did not see him open up to Bryn about his hang ups until the 95% mark after she gives birth.  I really wanted him to open up to Bryn and I felt a bit deflated after the custody chapter with the lawyer, it did not feel resolved to me.

Overall a lovely romantic story that kept me turning the pages and gave me wonderful moments of love, family and new beginnings. 

Healing A Heart

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Branded

By Candace Havens

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Synopsis

I have my hands full taking care of my little sister and covering for my uncle as ranch foreman. The last thing I need is a Texas princess like Callie Llewellyn getting up in my business and messing with my head.

All I can think of is getting up close and personal with those curves of hers. And being on the edge of discovery makes our quick-and-dirty encounters twice as hot. And that’s all they are—quick and dirty—there’s nothing deeper going on here.

There’s only one rule to keeping my job and a roof over my sister’s head: stay away from the boss’s granddaughter. But I’m not always great at following the rules.

Review

Branded is a sweet story of two people who want to do the best for everyone around them.  It doesn’t take long for the reader to fall in love with Cole.  He has the right amount of wit to match his bad boy edge without actually being a bad boy. On the other side you have Callie,  she also has a good amount of wit to go with her good girl demeanor.

The prologue starts with Callie being found in county lockup.  Branded tells the story of the events that led her to that place.  We learn that there is a lot expected of Callie.  She is conflicted by the path that she is expected to follow and the path she wishes she could try. She finds out while she’s at school that she doesn’t have business mind but can’t bring herself to tell her loving grandparents that she isn’t perfect.  She can’t stand the thought of disappointing them.

Cole does have the weight of the world on his shoulders.  He takes care of his sister because their mother has passed away and their father is not in the picture.  He is also stepping in for his uncle at the ranch while he recuperates from an accident.  Cole needs this job.  It becomes very apparent from the beginning that he has a keen business mind and makes changes to the ranch so that it will run smoother.

Cole knows that if he tries to pursue the bosses granddaughter he would be thrown off the ranch.  So he tries to distance himself as much as he can from her.  Callie knows that she could be risking Cole’s future if she tries to start a relationship.

Callie isn’t what he expected her to be. Cole was expecting a princess with an attitude but what he got was a very passionate and compassionate young women who was trying to be what everyone expected her to be.  They decided that their affair was going to be short lived and a secrete. But secretes never stay that way.  And as much as we don’t want to be hurt the other person, someone always gets hurt.

I did find these characters enjoyable to get to know.  I felt that they had many layers.  We found out a lot about Callie but I think we were missing some details about Cole.  There was a side to his story that was missing for me that would have completed the novel.

Branded

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Wicked Bond (Wicked Horse # 5)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Bridger Payne is an enigma that no one can figure out. Wise beyond his years, eerily intuitive and sexy as hell, every woman in The Silo wants him. 

None can have him. 
Not the real man, anyway. 

He might wield the lash for you if you ask prettily, but he’ll get no gratification from it. He’ll definitely make you scream, but he won’t think twice about you when he walks away. 

Bridger carries the darkest of secrets. He’s filled with too much pain. 
He’s utterly untouchable. 

Until she came along. 

Review

Sometimes a series finale can be a hit, and sometimes it can be a miss.  WICKED BOND was definitely a hit.  It was a great ending to the series and I couldn’t put it down.

After reading Bridger’s epilogue in WICKED RIDE, it was obvious that his story was going to be rough.  If you haven’t read the previous book, you might want to look away now.  If you have read WICKED RIDE, you’ll know that Bridger was sexually abused by his stepmother as a teen.  That was just a taste, because in this story we learn everything he endured from the ages of nine to sixteen.  We also learn why he associates sex with pain and why he believes using his body for sex is an acceptable bargaining chip.  He has a few more sexual hang-ups that he can’t break free from…until Maggie.  He sees some of himself in her and because of that, he believes he can trust her with parts of himself that he’s never given to anyone by choice.

Maggie has also used her body to suit her needs and is not ashamed to admit it.  She’s a mother to an adorable two year old girl, and she’s willing to risk torture and death to protect her.  She shows Bridger how a mother should treat a child.  I got the feeling she’s wise beyond her years, and can see things in Bridger that most people don’t.  She knows when to push him, when to encourage him and when to back off.  She’s patient, giving Bridger the opportunity to open up to her on his terms, which is exactly what he needed.  I thought she was a perfect match for him.

WICKED BOND contains scenes where past rape, abuse and torture are thought about and/or discussed, which could be triggers for some people.  Take that out of the equation and the sex between Bridger and Maggie was hot.  Just hearing him telling her what he planned to do to her was hot.  There’s also a quick M/M scene involving Bridger, that meant nothing to him, but was still hot to read.  In short, the sex was hot.  WICKED BOND is told in dual POVs and is the final book in the Wicked Horse series that can be read as a stand-alone.  It ends with a lovely HEA where Bridger gets a life he never thought was possible.

Wicked Bond (Wicked Horse # 5)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Lone Wolf Lawman (Appaloosa Pass Ranch #1)

By Delores Fossen

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Synopsis

A Texas Ranger must protect the daughter of a serial killer from becoming his next victim…

Breaking into the home of the woman who shared his bed three months ago isn’t Weston Cade’s usual MO. But the Texas Ranger is on a personal vendetta to catch a killer, and Addie Crockett is the man’s biological daughter. The beautiful rancher also happens to be carrying Wes’s child…

Addie can’t remember her birth father, but she’ll never forget the lover who took her to bed — and then disappeared. Now she has to trust Wes with her life. And the life of their unborn baby. As desire reignites, Addie quickly discovers that with this lawman by her side, she just might escape the target on her back.

Review

A story full of alpha men who are Lawmen, Rangers and FBI, so if you love being surrounded by a sexy Lawman you will enjoy this fast paced read with lots of mystery.

This series has six books and I have read all the blurbs and the last book is for one of my favourite characters being Cord, Addie’s half brother.

No cliffhanger at the end of the book but you are left with more questions so to speak about the serial killer, Addie’s father.

Addie’s older brother, Jericho the Sheriff who instantly ignited the pages with his alpha hotness is book 2  so I am tossing up  whether to buy the next book and continue the with series?  I will tell you why – I did not feel the passion and connection between Addie and Wes. There was pockets of great moments but it took awhile and being a short book such as this the only thing that kept me going were the guys and the mystery of her father.  She was not as heartbroken as I thought she would be and with all the drama going on in her life I kind of wanted her to I don’t know perhaps cry and show a softness that Mr Alpha Texas Ranger Wes would come in and be her saviour. Don’t get me wrong he protected her and never left her side but I wanted a bit more softness – just my opinion – especially considering she was a hormonal pregnant woman.

Favourite part was simply all of Addie’s adopted brothers who are all Lawmen and alpha protective of their little sister considering they also know her heart was broken by one hot Texas Ranger and they simply made this story for me.

Lone Wolf Lawman (Appaloosa Pass Ranch #1)

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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The Stolen Bride (Hope’s Crossing #3)

By Cynthia Woolf

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Synopsis

Isabella “Bella” Latham’s callous father sold her into marriage to settle a gambling debt. Rather than face life with a cruel man more than twice her age, she runs from New York and becomes a mail-order bride. Bella’s dreams are simple. All she needs to be happy is a home, children and an honorable man to love her.

Alex Hastings lost his wife in a riding accident two years before. Left with two adorable but mischievous twin four-year-old daughters, he’s convinced they need a mother to take care of them. Alex knows he must marry, but vows he’ll never love another woman.

Bella’s tenderness and fire melts Alex’s stone cold heart. But when her jilted fiancé from New York sends men to capture Bella, will Alex be able to get back his Stolen Bride?

Review

This was my first ever Romance Western novel and I really enjoyed this, I think I picked well as it is not a long story but it flowed and kept my attention. I could imagine the era (it is set in the 1800’s) and the best thing for me was the sense of family and making new beginnings. I actually really enjoyed reading about their day to day activities and I want to make the cookies that are talked about in the book !!

There are some twists and turns, it actually jumps through time at the right moments especially when the Stolen Bride is returned to New York, I did not need to read about the two week return trip on the stage coach & train, so the author got it really right for a novice reader like myself.

Bella was a beautiful character, strong, resilient and probably true to the era of accepting your lot in life. She has such a need for affection and she was just a beautiful soul and immediately reached into my heart and grabbed hold until the last page. I so wanted her to get her Happy Ever After.

It was interesting to follow Alex’s struggles with opening his heart to a new woman and his actions I think were in tune with again the era I was reading about – they are real men in cowboy country and I loved it.

We meet characters from books 1 and 2 but it was easy to follow and they did not overtake the story as some returning characters do in other series books I have read. This can be easily read as a standalone.

A great novel if you are wanting to check out Western Romance for the first time!

The Stolen Bride (Hope’s Crossing #3)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire (Dead in the City Series #4)

By Sara Humphreys

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Synopsis

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he’s still a Texas good ol’ boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body…
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it’ll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota’s courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry’s not dead after all.

Review

Sara Humpheys has created a world that immediately pulls the reader’s heart strings.  It was an emotional journey from beginning to end.  She built characters that are so different but they are so perfect for each other.  This is a crazy coven that have bumps in the road but the pieces end up fitting together.

Trixie a city girl who is as tough as they come.  She took a hard road through life and still follows her heart in every matter even if that means she making really tough decisions.  She is feisty and uses every opportunity to sass everyone.  I found her interesting in the way that she has a sassy facade that covers her complete vulnerability.  I am really glad that I got to know her story.

Dakota is a cowboy vampire with a journey of his own to take.  He is completely loyal to being a sentry to the coven he protects. He seems to be a classic cowboy but he is also hiding a secret. He finds Trixie attractive but then he finds out that she is his bloodmate and that puts a new spin on their relationship and he has to face some facts from his history.  He is a all around good guy that wants nothing more than to fix old wrongs.

Quote:  A familiar voice pulled her from her thoughts as she strode down the stone hallways of the Presidium’s underground facility, buried deep beneath Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters in New York City.
“Well, smack my ass and call me Sally.”
“Okay, Sally.” Trixie rolled her shoulder and fought the buzz of attraction. “But you can smack your own ass.”

The Good, the Bad and the Vampire

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Colters’ Lady (Colters’ Legacy #2)

By Maya Banks

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Synopsis

Can their love give her the strength to overcome the tragedy in her past?

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When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he’s serving, he’s gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone. More baffling is the dark, possessive instinct that tells him she belongs to him.

For Lily Weston, home is a secluded nook in a back alley until Seth offers her a place to stay. She’s wary of his offer, but even one night out of the cold is too much temptation to resist.

Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface. The Colters never imagined they’d follow the unconventional path of their fathers, but they can’t ignore their mutual need to offer Lily their protection and their love. But before Lily and the brothers can forge a future together, they must heal the deep wounds of her past.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, multiple partners, menage a quatre, violence.

Review

This was fast paced and began along a similar scene to Colters’ Woman (Book 1) and yes I loved both beginnings.

I fell hard for these three boys when I read about them growing up in Colters’ Woman so I was really looking forward to seeing their journey of whether they would follow in their fathers footsteps. All three men had indifvual careers and lifestyles and it was interesting to see how it played out.

Lily is just beautiful and I did not pick her emotional wound, I knew it centred about children but was still surprised when her emotional outburst revealed her true pain and loss. How her path crossed the boys, the way she like Holly in Book 1 enriched their mens lives and strengthened their own personalities and individual charactericstics was a really great journey.

Again we are not deprived of hot passionate sexual menage scenes but then also individual emotional sex scenes between Lily and the boys.

I am really enjoying this series – now onto Callie’s story in Book 3, Colters’ Daughter.

Colters’ Lady (Colters’ Legacy #2)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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Colters’ Woman (Colters’ Legacy #1)

By Maya Banks

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Synopsis

Holly Bardwell is running from her past mistakes. Straight into the arms of the Colter brothers.

Colters’ Legacy, Book 1

Adam, Ethan and Ryan aren’t looking for women. They’re looking for a woman. One woman they know will share their lives and their beds. They’re losing hope they’ll find her, that is until Adam discovers Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin.

Adam knows she’s the one the minute he holds her in his arms, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact—and protecting her from the danger of her past.

* This book has been re-edited and revised. Includes an expanded ending and a new, never-before published short story sequel.

Warning: This title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a quatre, violence.

 

Review

This is going to be another great series by Maya Banks that I am going to devour. Maya knows to give you action, suspense, romance, mystery, passion and great family relationships, it’s why I love her books.

Three dynamic men and one strong willed female make a wonderful story which I could not put down.  Love, laughter, trust and resilience is tested in their relationship.

The passionate sexual scenes are brilliant and I loved the menage but then I also relished the individual loving and passionate encounters which each man that Holly enjoyed.

Holly’s history gives the story it’s mystery and suspense elements and it provided the avenue for the three brothers to be all alpha and protect their woman.

The best part we see how their relationship progresses, meet children which sets up for the next book which I downloaded right after reading.  I am about to start reading Colters’ Lady (Colters’ Legacy #2) – so excited.

Colters’ Woman (Colters’ Legacy #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Release Me (The Music Within # 2)

By Faith Gibson

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Synopsis

Fifteen Years…
For fifteen years, Cade Anderson, drummer for the world-famous rock band 7’s Mistress, has been in love with his best friend, the band’s lead singer. Even though it’s been years since they were lovers, Cade still wants the man. When his best friend falls in love with someone else, life as Cade knows it is over. The band breaks up and Cade has to figure out how to move on. 

Ten Years…
For ten years, Mal Wilson has hidden who he really is from the small-minded people of Arlo, Kentucky. The family farm is dwindling down to nothing, and the bar he owns is draining him dry. When it looks like he’s going to lose both, Mal has to figure out where to go from here. 

Three Months…
For three months, Cade has been drinking and f*cking his way across the country, trying to forget about his former friend and lover. When he finds himself at a redneck joint in the middle of nowhere, he is drawn to the handsome roughneck tending bar. Something in the man stirs Cade for the first time in years. 

One Night…
When Mal ends up in a hotel room with the handsome blond man who sat in his bar for hours, the man asks for one night together. When Mal wakes up, he knows that one night will never be enough, but it has to be. 

Two men…
One musician, rich and famous, out and proud of his sexuality. One cowboy, poor as the dirt under his boots, hiding who he is from the world. It’ll never work. Or will it? 

Release Me is a love story between a hard rockin’ drummer and a hard workin’ cowboy.

Review

Sometimes when I sign up to review a book, I look back and think to myself “Why did I sign up to this one again?”.  I’ll be honest, that was how I felt about RELEASE ME and I was worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy it.  I couldn’t have been more wrong because what I found here was an absolutely amazing story.  You have Cade, a famous rockstar who’s not ashamed of his sexuality and is wealthy enough to buy anything he wants.  Then you have Mal, who is his exact opposite; a lonely cowboy who’s hiding who he is after an attack left him hospitalised and who’s so broke he’s about to lose his family’s farm.

I absolutely loved RELEASE ME and Cade and Mal make an amazing couple.  There’s no fighting for dominance and no unnecessary drama between the pair.  They meet, they like, they fall in love, they have some problems, they sort them out, they get their HEA.  The supporting characters were also enjoyable to read; they weren’t in your face, but they weren’t so deep in the background that you forgot who they were when they popped back in again.

RELEASE ME is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It’s the first book I’ve read from Faith Gibson and I would gladly read more from her.  The only issue I have with the story is the number of times Cade makes comparisons to his previous lover, Tag.  I get that he had to realise that what he felt for Tag paled in comparison to what he was feeling for Mal, but it was just one of those things that was repeated one too many times.  Other than that, the romance was sweet, the sex was hot, the conflict was heartbreaking, and the ending was beautiful and tied things up nicely.  The story as a whole was very well written, flowed nicely and was enjoyable from beginning to end.

Release Me (The Music Within # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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