Friday, December 4, 2020

Book Tour for The Best of Us by Kennedy Fox (REVIEW).......

 Two people who've always rubbed each other wrong find themselves seeing each other in a different light after becoming trapped in a cabin during a blizzard that turns up the heat surrounding them.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Best of Us by Kennedy Fox, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this second installment in the Lost in Isolation series to your bookshelf too!



What happens when the biggest blizzard of the year hits and you’re trapped in a cabin with your best friend’s brother? You take every opportunity to spend time together and make him fall in love with you.
The Best of Us is a best friend's brother, opposites attract, and snowed-in together standalone romance.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Into the chaos of the world that COVID has been causing I wasn't sure I was in the mood for a book that dealt with a pandemic...but it turns out that I was in the mood as I found this a delightful story with sizzle as well as heart and soul.  Kendall and Ryan have known each other for years, been enemies too for most of those years, but a weekend trapped in a cabin by a blizzard gives them the chance to REALLY get to know each other and explore the combustible connection that's always surrounded them.  From the first page to the last it's an entertaining journey with a few bumps along the way that charmed me a time or two as well as giving me a few blush-worthy moments.  Light-hearted exchanges were balanced with a few serious moments to leave a lasting impression that had me cheering and ready for the next book in this series.

Ryan's a great hero in every sense of the term!  Sexy, caring, with a strong work ethic makes him drool-worthy.  He comes from a family of wealth but chose a career that actually means something in the world...a doctor.  In a story set a year after a pandemic, and the release of a vaccine, readers are shown a Ryan that's struggling with all that came before.  He's mentally and emotionally struggling with all the deaths he witnessed and couldn't stop and it was a heartbreaking sight to see.  Despite all the pain he still loves being a doctor, but can this workaholic be able to balance the play he so richly needs alongside his work?  It's a bumpy balancing act to get to the answer in this sweet and sensual journey to HEA.

Kendall's an appealing heroine, but she hasn't found her place in the world yet which adds to Ryan's belief that she's nothing but a pretty face.  He's never bothered looking beyond the facade she shows the world to be the smart and sassy young woman she reveals herself to be here.  She's a kindhearted young woman, sweet, with big ideas for what she wants her life to be like and as she and Ryan engage in heartfelt talks she shows a deeper side to herself that was immensely likable.

Kendall and Ryan have been adversaries for years, but when it comes down to just the two of them the attraction brewing between them can no longer be ignored.  Their time in isolation is teeming with sexual tension, deep talks that put their hearts on the line, and though they seem like opposites they fit together beautifully.  It was an enjoyable journey to HEA between these former enemies, a journey that pulled at my heartstrings while endearing themselves to me wholeheartedly.  Along with getting deeper insights into this main couple, readers get an update on the couple from the previous book, a couple whose lives intersect with this story's couple.  Cami and Eli are getting ready for their next life step, still going strong together, and with a tantalizing event late in this story, I'm looking forward to what comes next in a well-crafted series I highly recommend!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed!

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Book Cover Reveal for FLOW by Liz Crowe.......

 
It's a blast from the past as second chances are given when a woman is reintroduced to her unrequited high school crush...a man who wants a do-over for the hurt he caused her long ago in a sizzling connection that has them waging battles on the ice and off.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of FLOW by Liz Crowe, then start counting down the days until this second installment in the Detroit Sports Network hits bookshelves on December 17th too!

When Emerson Tyler’s unrequited high school crush crashed into her first group meeting of the DSN’s social media department, it was strange to say the least. When she learned that her crush wasn't as “unrequited” as she’d always believed, things got even stranger.
She'd sworn on the day Bryce Nordlinger crushed her teenaged heart--not to mention ruined her reputation in order to save his lady-killer status--that she would never trust him or any man ever again. And she had no intention of breaking that oath, no matter how much more tempting he’d become as a grown up NHL star.
Bryce had always wanted Em to be more than the smart, snarky high school girl who helped him with his terrible English essays. But he’d been busy burnishing his rep as future jock stud, and when his fellow hockey bros caught him skating with her alone in a deserted rink, he’d chosen the easiest path--one that left her hurt in a way he never thought he’d be able to heal.
His complete shock at seeing her, all grown up and more beautiful than ever in the meeting room at DSN, morphed into a steel-plated resolve. He would win her back and make up for the mess he’d made of her high school senior year, while dragging the once-proud Detroit hockey program out of the dumpster fire and back to prominence at the same time.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.
Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).
With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Book Release Blitz for Playing for Keeps by Alley Ciz (Review & GIVEAWAY).......

 Picking up right after the cliffhanger ending of Game Changer, readers will be ready for more of the combustible connection between the sassy, rainbow-haired heroine and the caveman hero we've come to know and love.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Playing for Keeps by Alley Ciz, along with getting my impressions of this snarky and sensual New Adult romance.  In honor of this third installment in the U of J series make sure to visit the link below for the chance to win a signed set of books and a $10 Amazon GC too!

@𝗨𝗼𝗳𝗝𝟰𝟭𝟭: 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗰𝘂𝗳𝗳𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝘅. #𝗜𝘀𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱#𝗗𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸 #𝗞𝗮𝘆𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗮
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒚 𝑪𝒂𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒗𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏.
𝗠𝗲: six foot five, two hundred and fifty pounds, collegiate football player.
Protected by my pint-sized girlfriend.
Comical. Ridiculous. 𝗕𝗥𝗢𝗞𝗘𝗡.
She tackled my heart, but 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 want the rest of me.
𝑴𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝑵𝒐𝒗𝒂 𝒊𝒔...𝑴𝑰𝑵𝑬.
Gossips 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 drama. Anything to up their likes, especially when 𝘸𝘦’𝘳𝘦 the story.
Enough is 𝗘𝗡𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛.
I stopped hiding and paid the price...even have the 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘴 to prove it. It’s time to control 𝘮𝘺 narrative.
I’m taking a page from my boyfriend’s playbook to prove he’s 𝘯𝘰𝘵 the only one playing for keeps.
***PLAYING FOR KEEPS is book 3 in the U of J Series and cannot be read as a stand-alone. It picks up right after the epic cliffhanger in GAME CHANGER threw you off of. Our rainbow-haired sass queen is out to prove her Caveman isn’t the only alpha in their relationship to win their #HEA***


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

After surviving two previous cliffhangers I was more than ready to reach the end of Kayla and Mason's journey, a journey that held me captive while pulling at my heartstrings.  With the crushing end to the previous book there was nowhere to go but up and this book definitely ended on a high note with a conclusion that was both satisfying and empowering. For a couple who appeared to be polar opposites from the very start, these two have shown themselves to be a formidable couple who support each other through every high and low.  Through witty banter, sizzling interactions, and a connection that defied the odds I was wholeheartedly rooting this couple on as they really came into their own throughout this story.

Mason might've been a bit frustrating at times early on in the series, but here he left me drooling.  He's definitely book boyfriend material, particularly when flexing his caveman muscles and by showing Kayla through each subtle word and deed how much she means to him. Showing his love for her on the largest playing field was a romantic high point and sealed his book boyfriend status.  Kayla too stood strongly on her own two feet, putting her love and support of Mason out there for all to see in a tale that filled me with joy.  Surrounding this delightful main couple was an immensely appealing cast of secondary characters, larger than life friends who've quickly come to feel like family. The interactions between them, Mason, and Kayla were entertaining while bringing a smile to my face and a glimpse at what the future may bring as there are a few secondary characters who I'd love to see take center stage.

On a whole this was a quick read, one I hated to finish as I was in a dreamy haze of love and joy while reading about Mason and Kayla.  The previous two books broke my heart by the end but this book was just the band-aid I needed as this tale showed a couple utterly devoted to each who fought every fight to be together.  It was an uplifting story, a sexy one with bits of humor, as well as exhilarating scenes set on the field of college football.  These scenes immersed me in this world even more strongly, had me gobbling up this story more fully, and I applaud Ms. Ciz for her talent and skills in crafting such a memorable romance with unforgettable characters!

My rating for this is an A.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Alley Ciz is an indie author of Contemporary/New Adult, Rom-Com, Sports Romances. She's a stay at home mom to 3 amazing and crazy mini royals, a 95lb lab, and let's face it on some days her hubby is her 4th kid...But to be fair she totally loves him a lot.
When she's not corralling her crazy mini royals she can be found writing the stories the voices in her head tell her. Caffeine is a staple in her daily diet since she does most of her writing late at night when the rest of her house is asleep, usually with her trusty dog Buke (short for Beukeboom reluctantly named after a NY Ranger even though she's a NJ Devils fan all the way. Is it any surprise she writes sports romances?
Pizza and mac-n-cheese are major food groups and she is a proud Potterhead and superhero buff.
She is a complete romance junkie and can always be found reading or listening to a book.



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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Sourcebooks Casablanca Christmas Spotlight Tour (GIVEAWAY).......

Readers have reason to celebrate courtesy of this wonderful assortment of flirty and festive reads from the authors of Sourcebooks Publishing!  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of these books set in the country and the city and get extra tidbits to tempt you even more.  In honor of all these holiday-inspired reads make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a bundle of books too!

The Best Cowboy Christmas Ever by June Faver
Enjoy a down-home Texas cowboy Christmas!

When handsome town sheriff Derrick Shelton meets Angelique Guillory and her young daughter at the Garrett ranch, he is immediately drawn to the woman who seems to desperately need a true family Christmas. Determined to erase the shadows from her eyes, he decides to give her the best holiday she’s ever had.

Angelique Guillory is a woman with a past, haunted by violence and searching for the family she never knew. When she and her little daughter find their way to the Garrett family and meet Derrick, she hopes to have finally found a safe haven.

But Angelique is still looking over her shoulder. Despite her doubts, with a little Christmas magic and the warmth of the Garretts, Angelique may find more love and acceptance than she ever thought possible.


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AUTHOR INFO:

June Faver loves Texas, from the Gulf coast to the panhandle, from the Mexican border to the Piney Woods. Her novels embrace the heart and soul of the state and the larger-than-life Texans who romp across her pages. A former teacher and healthcare professional, she lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country.

Blue Sky Cowboy Christmas by Joanne Kennedy
There’s no place like home…
Weary from a long deployment, Griff Bailey has been dreaming of a quiet Christmas on his father’s ranch. But all his hopes of peace are upended when he finds his one-time fling, Riley James, has moved in.
Riley swore off dark, dangerous men a long time ago, but Griff’s emotional scars pull at her heartstrings, and she desperately wants to help him heal despite their complicated past.
It’ll take a miracle for these two stubborn former lovers to open themselves up again, but isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

EXCERPT:

The snow globe on the dashboard rocked and sloshed as Griff Bailey’s Jeep dropped off the pavement onto the dirt road that led to his father’s ranch. The music-­box base tinkled out a few hesitant notes, but they were lost in the racket of icy flakes clattering on the windshield.
Griff had picked up the globe at an airport gift shop, remembering how his sister loved Christmas kitsch. He’d set it on the dashboard in an effort to inspire his own Christmas spirit, but it was just making him sad. There was Santa, the most senior of senior citizens, frozen forever with one foot in a chimney and a heavy pack slung over one shoulder while phony snowflakes swirled around him. It was obvious the bag wasn’t going to fit down the chute, and the jaunty, tinkling rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” was just plain rude. This Santa wasn’t going anywhere.
Neither was Griff, in the long run. Like Santa, he’d flown halfway around the world only to find his life shaken and stirred by unseen forces.
As the wipers thwacked out their restless rhythm, he saw a light burning in the distance.
Almost home.
He was surprised to find his heart lifting at the thought. His sole ambition from boyhood had been to escape the everyday sameness of ranch life, with its early mornings, late nights, and chores that were never done well enough, soon enough, or fast enough.
So why was he coming home?
Simple. The last place he wanted to go was now the only place that would have him.
At least, he thought they would. As far as his family knew, he was still deployed. His dad and stepmom were on an RV trip in the Southwest, while his sister was honeymooning in California. He wasn’t sure how long they’d be gone, but he was hoping for a couple weeks of solitude so he could shake off the dark memories that had smudged his bright military future. Bit by bit, day by day, he would become the man he’d been before.
Before what?
Ghosts of the past rattled their chains in the back of his brain, threatening to rise and walk, but he knocked his head with the heel of his hand and sent them skittering back to their caves. He’d deal with them later. Right now, he needed to concentrate on the road.
As he nudged the Jeep around an icy curve, he laid eyes on his father’s house for the first time in four years—­and slammed on the brakes, sliding sideways, feeling the tug of a snowdrift hauling him into the ditch. White-­knuckling the wheel, he spun right, then left, and lurched to a sudden stop that slammed his chest against the shoulder harness.
Breathing hard, he stared at his childhood home. He’d expected to feel reluctance, nostalgia, even a surge of relief at the sight of it—­but all he felt was shock.
The entire front wall of the house was demolished, with beams and boards scattered like matchsticks in the snow. He might not be a fan of ranch life, but the Diamond Jack was the one safe, unchanging place in his world. And it had exploded.
Unbuckling, he opened the door and fell to his knees. A low buzzing began inside him, blind bees bumbling for a way out. They were with him every day, simmering beneath any emotion he dared to feel, pushing for release in a roar of rage, a howl of fear, a savage strike at something, anything. But releasing them would make the outside world match the darkness inside him, so he held them in.
The docs ought to give him some credit for that. They ought to let him go back. They would if he could control it, so he followed their advice.
Breathe.
As he drank in the cold air, the buzzing faded and died.
Surprised, oddly empty, he rose to his feet and trudged toward the house through snow up to his thighs. It was slow going, but that gave him time to assess the situation.
There were lights on in the upstairs bathroom, his sister’s bedroom, and the kitchen. That was all wrong. Nobody was supposed to be home. And what was that weird shape in the wreckage? Had it moved?
Holy crap. What is that?
It looked like an animal—­one with beaming yellow eyes that reflected the Jeep’s headlights. Had he started hallucinating now?
Apparently not. The creature proved itself disturbingly real by launching itself from the wreckage and loping toward him with an awkward, lolloping gait. Feet like paddles flung snow all around, and its drooling jowls flapped as it ran, revealing long, white teeth that gleamed in the starlight. Those teeth were the last thing he saw before it leapt up and knocked him to the ground.
Pressing Griff’s shoulders into the snow with paws the size of dinner plates, the beast dripped a cold string of drool onto his cheek as its amber eyes burned into his with a passion for...
For pats, probably. Because it was just a dog. A big, weird-­looking dog, but a friendly one. As a goofy grin spread across its slobbery face, Griff heaved it off his chest.
“Who the heck are you?"
The dog sat back and presented its paw as if introducing itself. Confused, Griff shook it, glancing around, and noticed a pickup in front of the barn.
“Shoot,” he mumbled. “I didn’t think there’d be anybody here."
The dog shimmied close and leaned hard against him, tossing its head back and almost clonking Griff in the nose. It gazed adoringly into his face, and he suddenly felt better than he had in a year.
It might be nice to have a dog around. Trouble was, dogs generally came with people, and he wasn’t ready for people.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Joanne Kennedy is the RITA-nominated author of ten contemporary Western romance novels. The first book in her Decker Ranch trilogy, How to Handle a Cowboy, was named one of Booklist’s “Best Romances of the Decade.” She lives with her retired fighter pilot husband in a secret mountain hideout on the Wyoming border.

Joy to the Wolves by Terry Spear
Meet the shifters of the Red Wolf pack…
Close quarters make for a cozy Christmas…
As Christmas approaches, red wolf shifter Brooke Cerise unexpectedly inherits an antique shop in Portland, Oregon. But when a missing reindeer calf turns up on her property, she becomes embroiled in a kidnapping case and the primary suspect of far-too-intriguing shifter Detective Josh Wilding.
Josh doesn’t intend to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, but Brooke gets under his skin from the moment they meet, and he can’t help his instinct to protect her. These red wolves are both on the hunt for love, but there’s a mystery to solve before they can enjoy their holiday happy-ever-after.

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AUTHOR INFO:

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over forty paranormal romances. Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing was a Romantic Times Top Pick. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears. She lives in Spring, Texas.

Smokin’ Hot Cowboy Christmas by Kim Redford
Have yourself a Smokin’ Hot Cowboy Christmas
It’s been one fiasco after another for newcomer Belle Tarleton since she began trying to turn her ranch into an arts center. Local workers seem determined to ruin her Christmas party plans, and she hopes bringing in down-on-his-luck Rowdy Holloway to help with renovations will get things back on track.
Rowdy is the unluckiest cowboy in the whole of Wildcat Bluff County, Texas, and things are not improving this holiday season. Sure, he’s the object of many local women’s drool-worthy fantasies, but the town has decided he’s the man who should stop Belle’s renovation plans.
It started as a simple mission, but now Rowdy’s so twisted up he doesn’t know whose side he’s on. With only days until Christmas, Rowdy and Belle need to tap into their fiery personalities and off-the-charts chemistry if they’re ever going to find a way to thaw the ice on this reluctant town’s heart.

EXCERPT:


Life had taken on the magical quality of Christmas that Rowdy enjoyed every year. As he drove down Wildcat Road, he thought about the fact that the county was only two days out from the annual festivities centered in Old Town, Sure-Shot, and Wildcat Hall Park. Out-of-towners were starting to arrive and fill up Twin Oaks B&B, Wildcat Bluff Hotel, Cowboy Cabins, and every other available space for rent. It was fun and exciting, but everybody was running to get last-minute details completed so everything rolled out smoothly for those who came to relax and enjoy the holidays.
Well, not quite everybody was involved in supporting the festivities. At Lulabelle & You Ranch, Belle had created her own little island of holiday happiness. She wasn’t involved in the county’s affairs, so she was focused on her clothing line, the horses and cattle on the ranch, and the pigeons in her barn. He smiled at another thought. She also put a little focus on him because he spent evenings at her house.
He turned off the road, rattled across the cattle guard of Belle’s ranch, and drove up to her house. He parked in front on the circle drive. He shook his head in disgust at the shingle stacks. They were a glaring reminder of what he—and nobody else—hadn’t done for her, but at least most of them were there. If she had a leak on her roof, there’d have been no question about reroofing her house, but upgrading could wait until they were past the holidays…at least he hoped she saw it that way.
He’d make up for the shingles today because he was arriving with gifts in the back of his one-ton pickup, sort of like Santa Claus with gifts in the back of his sleigh. Horsepower and reindeer-power got the job done.
She knew he was coming, so she opened the front door, raced across the lawn, and threw herself into his arms just as he stepped out of his vehicle. She felt good like she always did…and so right with him.
“Did you bring my gifts like you said?” She grinned at him, excited like a little kid on Christmas morning.
“Look in the back of the truck."
She started to run back there but stopped and looked at him. “You could have waited until Christmas."
“I want you to enjoy my gifts now. Besides, aren’t you going to your family’s ranch for Christmas dinner?"
“I always do, but this year…"
“Family is important. Tradition is important."
“But we’re important, too."
He pressed a soft kiss to the tip of her nose. “Let’s table that for today. I want you to have what I made."
“Made?” She opened her hazel eyes wide in excitement.
He tugged her to the back of his truck.
“Oh my! You made furniture for my new patio?"
“Remember, I told you I did a little woodworking as a hobby. I hope you like cedar. It’s perfect for outdoors."
“It’s gorgeous."
He was pleased with the two chairs, love seat, and table he’d created for her. He lowered the tailgate and hopped up into the bed of his truck. He set each piece on the ground and then picked up a big sack and handed it to her. He leaped back down and closed the tailgate.
“What’s in here?” She hugged the sack to her chest. “It feels soft."
“You need cushions for your furniture, don’t you?"
“Wonderful! You thought of everything."
“I wanted you to have it all for Christmas."
She peeked into the open sack. “I can hardly believe it. You matched the color of the new trim on my house."
“If I’m going to do something, I do it right."
She gave him a little self-satisfied smile. “Yeah. I can give testimony to that fact."
“Come on. I’ll carry your new furniture around back and set it up."
“I’ll help."
He picked up the love seat and headed for the backyard. She kept right up with him, lugging the sack of cushions. When they got there, he set down his piece of furniture near the metal set. The old patio set looked insubstantial, almost whimsical, in comparison.
“Where do you want me to position your new furniture?"
“I’m not sure.” She set the big sack on top of the old table.
He checked the flagstone patio under his feet, looking for any problems that might have occurred since he’d finished installing it. No issues so far, but he didn’t expect any because he did meticulous work. He liked the big size of the patio. It stretched the length of the house just outside the long bank of windows, so the patio served as an extension of that room, melding outdoors with indoors.
He was as proud of building the patio as he was of making the furniture. He’d worked hard to bring her vision to life…and he’d succeeded. He realized now that when something was made for someone out of love, it turned out not just beautiful but special as well. He could easily spend a lifetime creating wonderful things for her just to see her face fill with happiness as it was at this moment. He’d learned that was part of what love was all about.
“I want to center the set just outside the windows so when I’m inside I can see how beautiful it looks outside,” she said.
He tugged her close, feeling his heart swell with happiness. “Perfect. Now let’s get the rest of your new furniture back here."
Soon they had the cedar pieces arranged on the patio with the cushions in place. It looked good, even better than he’d imagined when he was making it.
“Rowdy, I love it.” She set the crimson-silk-flower holiday arrangement he’d included in the sack on the center of the table and then plopped down in a chair and stroked long fingers across the smooth, varnished tabletop.
“Merry Christmas.” He sat down beside her, feeling as if he’d come home for the holidays.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Kim Redford is a bestselling author of contemporary Western romance novels. She grew up in Texas with cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, and rodeos. She’s a rescue cat wrangler and horseback rider—when she takes a break from her keyboard. Kim Redford currently divides her time between homes in Oklahoma and Richardson, Texas.

Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler
How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.
Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.
And really…how hard could it be?
The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Geologist and lifelong science nerd, SARAH MORGENTHALER is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance set in far-off places, Sarah can be found traveling with her husband, hiking national parks, and enjoying her own happily ever after. Sarah is a two-time Golden Heart Finalist and winner of the NOLA STARS Suzannah award.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Book Tour for My Brother’s Roommate by Kendall Ryan (REVIEW)......


A stoic and serious hero finds himself giving into his unexpected attraction to his roommate's sister in this fun and flirty romance of a weekend of forbidden words and deeds, a romance dealing with a painful past and the bright promise of the future.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of My Brother’s Roommate by Kendall Ryan, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this second installment in the Frisky Business series to your bookshelf!

There are a few things you should know about my brother’s roommate.
Wolfie Cox is...complicated. Terminally sexy, and more importantly, he has an impressive stick lodged so far up his ass, he’s about as emotionally available as a chinchilla. Actually, that might be an insult to the chinchilla community.
So, naturally, I want to ride him like a bicycle.
He thinks I hate him. Mostly because I’ve led him to believe this. It’s easier than admitting the alternative.
And while Wolfie is about as soft and cuddly as a fork, I’m the opposite. A good girl. Reliable. Conscientious. Oh, and completely panicked about an upcoming work conference.
Wolfie’s usually allergic to altruism, so when my brother volun-tells him to help me out by escorting me to said conference where everyone else will have a plus-one...I say thanks, but no thanks. Surprisingly, Wolfie is unflinching about this. And that’s the story about how I got stuck in a hotel with my brother’s hot (grouchy) roommate.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
In all seriousness, this isn’t a game to me, and hormones aside, I need to impress my boss this week so the promotion I’ve worked hard for doesn’t get handed to his spineless nephew. But with Wolfie and me sharing a hotel bed, things get confusing quickly.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

When it comes to fun and flirty reads, with surprising depth, I can always count on Ms. Ryan to give me exactly what I need.  This latest dive back into the world of the Frisky Business series was yet another winner and it's all because of Wolfie...friend, roommate, business partner to Connor, whose sister soon becomes a delightful distraction in his life.  When a work retreat for Penelope requires a plus one it's Wolfie who gets volunteered for the job of fake boyfriend, but as the two spend more time together readers learn about what makes Wolfie tick while watching the heat get turned up between this burgeoning couple.

From the moment I saw Wolfie I was in love!  He's a serious young man, broody, with a guarded nature fueled by a difficult childhood that is slowly revealed throughout his weekend with Penelope.  It's a past with an alcoholic parent, as well as an absent one, which led to him raising his sister and souring on love and commitment from a young age.  As an adult he doesn't do relationships, isn't willing to make himself vulnerable, which makes him the safest choice Connor can find to help his sister.  A weekend spent with Penelope takes an unexpected turn though when a long-hidden attraction between them combusts and leads to scorching encounters and heartfelt talks.  It's an unexpected complication that weighs on them as they work through these new feelings in a pairing that was very entertaining.  Wolfie's talks with Penelope gives readers some truly funny banter as each gives as good as they get.  There's tons of sexual tension surrounding them too as their chemistry was off the charts once they finally admitted their feelings.  Their heartfelt talks were my favorite moments though as it showed a different side to Wolfie, one that I found very endearing and one that had me wanting to hug him.  His past explained so much about why he is the way he is now and I applaud Ms. Ryan for addressing it in the respectful and realistic manner she did with things never getting overly dark but not sugar-coating them either.

Penelope's a likable heroine but unfortunately she didn't leave as strong of an impact on me.  She's smart, focused, and career-driven which left little time for anything else in her world.  Being the lone female in a male-dominated job meant never showing weakness, never being anything but the best, so she needed the work retreat to go well. Up until their weekend together Penelope always appeared aloof when around Wolfie, hiding an attraction to the man who might distract her from her work.  Being in close quarters though meant not being able to keep secrets anymore, not hiding behind the walls both of them erected.  Penelope pushed Wolfie into seeing all of his wonderful qualities after years of him not feeling worthy enough.  She gave him unconditional love and support and both of them showed real growth as the story progressed, both of them becoming more self-assured as each balanced the other out.

On a whole this was a sweet and steamy read with witty banter full of heart and soul. Wolfie was a drool-worthy hero, a complicated man who finally found the healing power of love, one with a past that will have readers cheering him on to HEA.  Penelope is a good match for him as she's a strong-willed heroine more than capable of helping him deal with the demons of his past while fighting her own fights. Together they're a formidable pairing!  Alongside this appealing main couple were lots of moments spent with Connor, brother to Penelope and friend/coworker to Wolfie, as he has to deal with some big changes himself.  The latter half of the book spent much time on him...which I would've loved to have spent with Wolfie and Penelope instead.  But with him taking center stage in the next book in this series I was definitely left intrigued by the groundwork laid here and am now breathlessly counting down the days until we learn even more about the changes to Connor's life.  Readers looking for a quick yet satisfying read can do no wrong when picking up a Kendall Ryan book...so don't wait any longer!

My rating for this is an A-/B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.