Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Book Cover Reveal for Maverick by Brenda Rothert......

 The queen of hockey romances returns with a brand new series of a hockey player starting over whose attraction to a poker player trying to build her winnings leads to endless temptations.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Maverick by Brenda Rothert, then start counting down the days until this first installment in the Sin City Saints Hockey series hits bookshelves on August 24th!

The Vegas heat just kicked up a notch with the arrival of ice hockey’s newest expansion team – the Sin City Saints.
Maverick Hagen’s fall from grace was more like a crash landing. His record-breaking career ended after a fight with an opponent over a woman left him with a broken leg, or so the pundits thought. Returning to the sport he loves as the captain of the league’s new expansion team, the Sin City Saints, his lucrative contract comes with just one rule—no romantic distractions.
Gia Ford also makes her living playing a game—poker. The rounder has hit her stride in Vegas, quietly building her bank account one casino at a time. She’s got a score to settle, and nothing will get in her way—not even the sexy hockey player who’s willing to lose money just to see her in action. Maverick attracts attention, upsetting Gia’s under-the-radar game.
Maverick and Gia can’t afford to give in to their magnetic attraction, with his career rebounding and her winnings growing. But the hotter their chemistry burns, the harder it is to deny. So will they or won’t they? In Vegas, there’s only one way to settle it—a bet, of course.




Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


Book Release Blitz for Kitty Kitty by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW).....

 A man who sacrifices everything for a woman he's loved from afar finds her watching over him while he's in prison before he's released to become part of a group of men devoted to helping those who need help most.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Kitty Kitty by Lani Lynn Vale, along with getting my impressions of this steamy and fast-paced story, then add this fifth installment in the Souls Chapel Revenants MC series to your bookshelf!

This is the story of a man falling in love with a woman.
A man that was supposed to be a role model, and a woman that was just barely twenty-one.
A man who should’ve known better, and a woman that didn’t know that she was destroying his career word by word, innocent touch by innocent touch, smile by smile, until it had already imploded.
The world collapses around Absinthe ‘Sin’ Solomon, and the only thing he can do is try not to take her down with him.
The moment the inevitable happens, and the gavel bangs signaling that he will spend the next nine years in prison for attempted murder, Sin tries to let go. But Blaise Mackenzie has never, not ever, been one to give up without a fight.
Her military career might be over, but her career as a prison guard is just about to get started.
And her favorite prisoner? A pissed-off older man, a drill sergeant dishonorably discharged from the Army that tells himself daily that the new ‘Kitty Kitty’ female prison guard is not for him.
After following him around for years, watching over him from afar in any way she can, Sin is released early. And the first person that he’s going to see? A stubborn little blonde-headed female that should’ve known better than to trust a man like him.




Ms. Vale keeps me coming back for more with yet another fast-paced story set in the MC world!  This read starts with an unforgettable event that binds two people together for years, putting them through the wringer, before letting them work their way to HEA.  Add in a bit of suspense surrounding the human trafficking of little girls, along with some super steamy encounters for the main couple, and you end up with an exhilarating tale that kept me glued to the pages!

Absinthe "Sin" Solomon had a difficult childhood courtesy of a controlling and abusive father and a timid and kowtowed mother.  The one bright spot was his close knit connection to his brothers, a connection that engendered a strong sense of loyalty in him, along with a successful career in the Army.  It also made him a strong and protective man who didn't like to see a woman woman in particular.  From the moment he saw Blaise Mackenzie in basic training he became her guardian angel, saving her when she needed help most but getting himself put in prison for years and ending his military career.  With his time in prison starting to harden his heart, her presence became more and more of a temptation that ultimately led to a clandestine encounter that changed everything between them.  The chance to get released early in exchange for working with a secret organization that handles things the law can't puts him and Blaise in close contact with readers getting to watch them deal with all the changes to their lives as well as the dangers taking over their town.  Sin's a delicious hero, a sexy giant of a man with a hidden heart of gold.  He has a tough exterior, is rippled with muscles, but behind his tough exterior is a man just wanting to be loved and have a family of his own.  Once he claims Blaise as his he's willing to do and say whatever it takes to win her over in scenes both sweet and erotically-charged, talk that is both naughty and heartwarming.

Blaise Mackenzie is a tough woman brought up in an MC family, taught at an early age how to protect herself.  Her entry into the Army was fueled by her family's many years of service and the success they achieved.  Her commitment and strong will though was no match for the sadistic drill sergeant who ended her career before it even began.  It did however introduce her to the tempting Sin who she couldn't walk away from after all he did for her and for the instant (and out of control) attraction she feels for him as she follows him from prison to prison while watching over him.  A clandestine encounter soon changes the course of their lives, pushing them to discuss their feelings and their futures, all while dealing with the dangerous human traffickers taking over their town.  Blaise is a likable heroine, one who can give as good as she gets.  She's not afraid to jump into a dangerous situation, but listens to reason when things get truly tense.  She and Sin have a crackling connection, one that starts off sweet but is clearly full of sexual tension waiting to explode.  They're a formidable pair whose journey to HEA kept me glued to the pages while fanning my flushed cheeks a time or two.

Ms. Vale has crafted another delightful couple whose journey to HEA was a hard-fought one when it came to his dealing with the dangers of prison, to the emotions and fears they both had to deal with while deciding what they saw for their futures.  Through their growing connection I fell more and more in love with the sexy Sin, who was a definite temptation.  Alongside this appealing main couple was an equally entertaining cast of secondary characters, a large cast that we've seen in previous books along with some new faces that have me excited for the future.  I'm drawn to Sin's brothers, a playful and loyal group of men who are just as sexy as Sin, brothers who are definitely drool-worthy.  The gritty prison scene involving fellow prisoner Deke also left a lasting impression on me as he's a book reading giant whose banter with Sin during the dangerous riot had me actually laughing.  He'd make a fine addition to the group Sin now works for, and they'd make a great team, which is where I hope Ms. Vale takes the character next.  When it came to the mystery, like most of Ms. Vale's books, it was secondary to the romance.  It was touched on once or twice during the story, with rather obvious clues of whodunit, before being quickly wrapped up at the end.  Another storyline involving the parentage of one of the missing girls was also thrown in at the end to make for an overcrowded conclusion.  Despite these small quibbles I still found this to be another sexy and satisfying tale, a quick read that made for an enjoyable afternoon of steaminess and suspense that has me looking forward to Ms. Vale's next new release!

My rating for this is a B.

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


Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading. Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.


Book Cover Reveal for Alpha CEO by M. Robinson........

 A hard working man who's finally on top of the world finds himself in close quarters with a woman from his past...a woman he desperately wants a second chance with in this contemporary billionaire romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Alpha CEO by M. Robinson, then start counting down the days until this second chance romance hits shelves on August 24th!

I came from nothing and made something of myself. I’ve only ever loved two things. Cars and her.
I took that passion and built an empire. Now I’m the CEO.
The alpha.
On top of the world.
I’m not the carefree man she once knew.
That was the problem with being one of the richest men in the world—everyone thinks they know me, but they only know what I want them to.
I’m demanding. Arrogant. Controlling.
My company thinks they can change me. Soften my image. Make me more appealing to the public. Little do they know, the woman they hired was my best friend’s little sister, and the last time I saw her...
I broke her heart.




M. Robinson is the Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author crowned as the "Queen of Angst" by readers around the world. Dive into her visionary world that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and leave you wanting more. She writes everything from contemporary to suspense romance and is best known for her novel, El Diablo.
When M isn't in the cave writing her next epic love story, you will find her shopping and living on a boat in Florida with her real life pirate, her lobster, her husband Bossman. Sipping on Starbucks and hanging out with their two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a gordito Wheaten Terrier reading a good book. Or spending time with her family, who she is extremely close with.
Above all, M loves her readers more than anything and loves to connect with them! She is on all social media platforms but you will find her in her happy place the most. Her VIP Reader Group on Facebook or her second favorite happy place, Instagram.


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Book Release Blitz for My Lucky #13 by Piper Rayne (REVIEW)......

 A hockey player down on his luck finds his game improving after meeting a woman who wants nothing to do with players, but his hopes of his luck returning hinge on winning her to his side in this fun and flirty romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of My Lucky #13 by Piper Rayne, along with getting my impressions of this first installment in the Hockey Hotties series, then add it to your bookshelf!

The one adjective used to describe my entire hockey career. I prefer to call it hard work, at least I did until my game went to complete crap. I haven’t scored in eight games and my team owner is talking about trading me.
I’ve never believed in superstitions. Never needed one. I suppose I was “lucky” in that way. But now the best way to refer to me is desperate. I’d wear the same socks for an entire year just to be the high-scoring center I used to be.
Imagine my surprise when after spending New Year’s Eve with a woman, I score a hat trick in the next game—that’s three goals in one game for you non-hockey lovers. Now, I have to track her down and bribe her to do it again before every game. Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m not talking about it.
I find her and when I get to know her better, I end up spending more time thinking about her than my game, but she’s made it clear she wants no part of me. She’s going to learn that I didn’t become a professional hockey player without having to fight for what I want.


BUY LINK here.


After all the emotionally intense books I've read this week, this one was a breath of fresh air!  It was charming, with a bit of humor that put a smile on my face, along with a bit of steam to melt the wall between Aiden and Saige.  After an unforgettable beginning readers will find themselves glued to the pages of this slow-burn romance that's a satisfying series starter.

Aiden Drake's a star hockey least he was until a recent losing streak took over his career and his future.  With talk of him being traded he's desperate to get back in a winning groove.  That winning groove though rests with the woman who threw a glass of wine in his face.  It will take a lot of begging, and a lot of charm, to keep her in his life as his lucky charm as what starts out as a means to an end for him soon becomes something more.  Aiden's devoted to hockey, can't picture his life without it which makes his slump all the more stressful.  Besides hockey, he has a strong love and support of family that made him almost too good to be true.  He's a gentleman when it comes to women but he's still more than capable of talking dirty when it was called for.  He's everything you expect your book hero to be and was just part of what made this a fun read.

Saige is an equally likable heroine, one full of sass who's more than capable of sticking up for herself...hence the wine in Aiden's face.  She's sweet but has a tough exterior, one needed when working in the world of athletics.  Her job though has tainted her perceptions of athletes, as has her recent break-up with an athlete.  It's left her leery of relationships, especially any involving athletes, and is the first hurdle Aiden must overcome in his plan to make her his lucky charm.  In a relationship that starts out as friends, it soon becomes a slow and steady journey to something so much more.

This was a satisfying series starter, one with an appealing main couple, and a charming romance that warmed my heart.  What started out as a friendship, with moments that had them growing closer together through heartfelt talks, soon saw them fighting their obvious attraction to one another in a slow-burn romance that led to sizzling encounters. While much of their journey was entertaining I found much of this tale a bit cookie-cutter with a storyline that was familiar.  That shouldn't deter readers though as this story was ultimately a sweet and sensual feel-good read.  And with delicious secondary characters like Maksim and Ford, I'm looking forward to more stories set within the Hockey Hotties series!

My rating for this is a B+

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


Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" ( caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Book Cover Reveal for Rainbow by K. L. Savage.......

 A man who devotes himself to fighting fires longs to find something else worth living for when he discovers an attraction to a paramedic, an attraction to a man for the very first time, in this emotional and angsty m/m romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Rainbow by K.L. Savage, a tale set within the world of the Ruthless Kings MC: the Baton Rouge Chapter - a Ruthless Underworld novel, then start counting down the days until this book hits shelves on July 20th!

Fire is the reason why my life changed.
And I'm the reason why fire doesn't stand a chance.
I'm a smoke jumper.
I save those who can't be saved.
But somewhere along the way, smoke has blinded me.
I've forgotten there is more to life than saving lives, but I can't press pause.
A category five hurricane heading straight toward us changes everything I ever thought I knew about myself.
For instance, Ryan Hathaway.
Paramedic from Vegas. Sexier than sin. Sassy. A man.
I've never wanted a man.
But I want him.
And he makes me feel the hottest I've ever felt.
Fire can't even compare to him.
Only thing is, he doesn't do straight guys. It's his rule. What I love about rules is that they are made to be broken.
And I'm going to make him rewrite everything he thought he knew.
Nothing is ever black and white, though.
It's the details that live in the shades of grey that we need to watch out for.
The hurricane dislodges one of my MC brother's hate and hits us harder than the storm does. Wind. Rain. Blood. Death.
The storm is far from over and our lives are at stake.
I live my life to the fullest and I won't die with regrets.
Ryan is the blaze I never want to fight.
If we go down, we will burn together.
Extinguishing us is not an option.
Because after a storm, there's always a rainbow.
I'll be damned if I don't finally see what's at the end.




K.L. Savage writes about gritty, alpha males, sometimes their dark sides, and the women they love. If you have the same itch, their alpha males should fix that.

Book Cover Reveal for Funny Business by Kayley Loring......

A single dad and the nanny he hires to care for his son, find a sizzling and complicated romance while he's performing a cross-country stand-up tour where she's his biggest critic, in this charming contemporary tale.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Funny Business by Kayley Loring, then start counting down the days until this first installment in the Brodie Brothers series hits bookshelves on July 15th!

A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar… They’re all Owen Brodie.
It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.
Dear Ms. Hogan,
I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is—things could get complicated. For reasons.
Let me know if you want the job.
With great reluctance,


Dear Mr. Brodie,
Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.
I can assure you—things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.

Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.

Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,






Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got a BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn't allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment she’s happily getting used to.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Book Release Blitz for Good Boy by Megan Lowe (REVIEW)......

 Readers will find themselves drawn to this emotionally intense m/m contemporary coming of age romance of bullies, to heartbreaking decisions, to traveling on a rocky road to growing up.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Good Boy by Megan Lowe, along with getting my impressions of this first installment in the Good Boy/Bad Boy Duet, then add it to your bookshelf!

GOOD BOY (Book 1)
Connor Siddell is a good boy. He’s a nice guy, always wanting to see the best in people. So when he meets James on a dating app, things are looking up.
But when Connor inadvertently catches the attention of Windswept Academy’s resident bad boy, Cavanaugh McLaughlin, not everything is smooth sailing.
With James pushing Connor away, and Cav’s dislike hitting outrageous levels, is Connor’s good nature enough to keep him safe?
Is it enough to keep the good boy from going bad?
*Good Boy finishes on a cliffhanger.


BUY here.


This was a tough read from the very first page, an angsty read full of poor decisions, misunderstandings, and all the usual difficulties of growing up.  What added even further to the angst of this story was Connor's open homosexuality, the hiding of other's sexuality, and all the heartbreaking decisions made that frustrated me one moment while pulling at my heartstrings the next.  And just when you think you know where things are going Ms. Lowe pulls no punches in her jaw on the floor cliffhanger ending.

Connor Siddell is in fact a good boy, someone with a kind and protective heart.  He's new in town after living through tragic events, trying to start over while living openly as a gay young man.  He luckily discovers someone to help ease his heart and soul on a dating app which leads to lots of romantic drama.  The one dark spot is Cavanaugh McLaughlin, fellow classmate who shows a lot of anger and hatred towards.  Though Connor doesn't understand what fuels Cav's rage, it definitely complicates things from the very start and ends up being just one piece to the cliffhanger ending.  Cav's a complicated character, one I didn't really care for at the start.  He's a Senator's son whose life is decided for him.  He's a popular bad boy with the tattoos to prove it while he commits deeds of bullying that made him occasionally unlikable.  There's a lot of pain hiding behind his hurtful behavior though, lots of stories about him, about his friends, and it all leads to inner conflicts about what he wants his life to be and who he wants to admit to being.  Things take a big turn for him once Connor discovers the truth about Cav and the attraction Cav feels for him.  It's a sizzling connection between them but one that doesn't go smoothly as Cav fights the truth of his feelings in a journey that broke my heart.

Cav and Con are a compelling main couple whose connection is put through the wringer in a tale that pulled at my heartstrings.  There was never a guaranteed HEA for these two as there was a lot of push/pull between them which left me on edge the entire time I saw them together.  Surrounding this larger than life main couple was a cast of intriguing secondary characters like Jase, Connor's brother who was loyal and loving, someone who becomes a surprisingly strong support to Cav as the story progresses. Cav's friend Thomas was someone who left me enraged as his supposed friendship often saw him being manipulative and hurtful while constantly getting between him and Connor.  His actions scared me and his presence ultimately fueled the painfully jaw-dropping ending.  I'm now left waiting for a resolution to that tragic cliffhanger, waiting in breathless anticipation to a powerful tale that packs an emotional wallop!

My rating for this is a B-

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

BAD BOY (Book 2)
-releases July 17th
Cavanugh McLaughlin is a bad boy. He’s tried to be the good boy, the good son, but it’s not him. Then Connor Siddell came into his world and changed everything.
For a chance to be with Connor, Cav is willing to change.
But in the wake of a life-threatening accident, Cav is forced to face his truths.
Is the accident enough to turn this bad boy good? Or is it too late, for both of them?
*Bad Boy is book two of the Good Boy/Bad Boy duet and must be read in order. Bad Boy contains a depiction of suicide.




As a lost Journalism graduate, I struggled to find a job in that field. When I started hearing characters talk to me, I decided to write them down. Those stories quickly became my life. I aim to write books with a spin on the traditional, or the usual.
Whether it's a spin on a well-loved trope, or a sport you may not be familiar with, I want to write it!
I write mainly mature YA (high school with all the good stuff!), New Adult, Contemporary, and MM romances, because we all need a bit of love!
I'm a total sports fan, avid reader, and excited traveller. Based in Australia, my heart belongs to New York.
You can find me either curled up, reading a book, yelling at the TV to get my boys home, or somewhere where no one knows my name!

Book Release Blitz for Cipher's Code by Quinn Ryder.....

 A man on a mission finds himself torn between brotherhood and duty in this suspenseful and sensual tale set in the MC world.  Add in an attraction to a woman who's part of this world and things become even more complicated.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Cipher's Code by Quinn Ryder, then add this second installment in The Devil's Armada MC to your bookshelf!

Brotherhood vs. Honor.
There’s a difference between right and wrong, and I crossed that line the moment I swore in as the newest member of the Devil’s Armada MC. My job was simple: Infiltrate the Armada, get the intel, and burn the whole club to the ground.
Loyalty and Dishonor sometimes walk hand in hand, because I never anticipated the sacrifice I would make in the name of brotherhood.
Now I’m on the frontlines among men who I’ve grown to respect, even though they have no idea there’s a snake in their grass.
I was supposed to be already gone, but the second I met Daisy and her lips of corruption, I couldn’t stay away. Now, I’ll do anything to get her back, even working alongside the enemy in order to find her—an enemy that’s even more tempting than the woman I’m hell bent to find.
My heart is a divided mess, and if picking one woman wasn’t hard enough, I must also decide where my allegiance lies...
On the shoulders of my new brothers or within the code I choose to live my life by.

BUY here.


Quinn Ryder lives in a fantasy world full of badass bikers, feisty heroines, and chrome that's twitching to rumble between your legs.
She's been in the business for five years, so this author is no stranger to written words, but she must admit that the MC world is a bit new to her. Tempted by the corruption and chaos that follows the open road, Quinn created the Armada after one burly biker refused to leave her head until she finished telling his story. Now, Specter and all of his brothers are ready to suck you in with their rough exteriors, foul mouths, and hearts full of steel and chrome.
Are you ready to dive into the world of the Devil's Armada? Come join Quinn Ryder and her men of steel and be prepared to hang on for one hell of a ride!
Quinn Ryder, creating worlds full of danger and intrigue, while riding the road one word at a time.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Book Cover Reveal for Crazy In Love by S.L. Scott......

 Two people who thought they'd never see each other ever again find their reunion just as scorching as their unforgettable one-night stand in this tale of second chances.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Crazy In Love by S.L. Scott, then start counting down the days until this book hits shelves on July 8th!

One night will never be enough.
We made a pact. One night.
No strings.
No attachments.
No numbers exchanged.
I caved and gave Harrison Decker my number anyway. He just chose not to use it.
Four years later, his job brings him back into my world looking more handsome than ever and now making an effort to befriend me. Is my heart willing to take another chance on that man?
Call me crazy or crazy in love. Either way, I’m not falling for him. Again.




Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling, avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist.
Scott writes character driven, heart-racing, and swoony romances to suspense that will leave you glued to the page. Her stories are regarded as emotion-filled and soulful. With stories ranging from light and witty beach reads to heart wrenching and heart healing, Scott has a story for all readers. Her books are more than escapes for the voracious readers of today. They are journeys of the heart that always come with a happily ever after reward at the end.

Book Blitz for Distracting the Deputy by Shanna Hatfield (GIVEAWAY).......

The town sheriff beloved by all finds himself drawn to the mysterious woman he finds in a wheat field in a small town romance of sensuality and suspense as time is ticking for her dangerous past to arrive.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Distracting the Deputy by Shanna Hatfield, then add this charming and romantic tale to your bookshelf.  In honor of this fourth installment in the Summer Creek series make sure to visit the link below for the chance to win a decadently delightful prize pack too!

Trouble is coming, but for whom?
When he’s not evading grabby-handed octogenarians, mentoring troubled teens, or rescuing rascally youngsters from disaster, Deputy Knox Strickland can be found upholding the law in the eastern Oregon region he patrols. He avoids making plans for tomorrow, focusing instead on doing his best today. Then one chance encounter with a beautiful woman in a wheat field turns his world upside down. Knox is left questioning what secrets she’s hiding, and how hard he’ll have to work to scale the fortress she’s built around her heart.
Zadie Redmond isn’t like most women. A life spent looking over her shoulder has destroyed the promising future she’d once envisioned. Her days are spent leading hunting and fishing adventures or teaching tiny ballerinas the proper way to pliĆ©. She fills her evenings with do-it-yourself projects while worrying about the day her past catches up with her. In an unexpected moment, the local deputy swoops into her world like a storybook hero and she knows nothing will ever be the same. Zadie will do anything to keep Knox safe from the danger lurking in the shadows, even if it destroys her chance at love.
Will Knox convince Zadie she can trust him with her secrets and her heart?


He could tell the moment Zadie realized she wasn’t alone. Unlike most people who would have been embarrassed and made excuses for trespassing, she opened one eye to see who had dared interrupt her moment of solitude in the fading August sun.
“I know I shouldn’t be out here, Deputy Strickland, but the wheat field called to me, and I had to answer,” she said with a sassy grin.
“Called to you?” He spoke in a hushed tone. Something about this evening warranted whispers, maybe even a few secrets.
Rather than answer, Zadie closed her eyes and returned to brushing her fingers over the beards of wheat in a light caress. For a fleeting moment, Knox wondered what it would be like to feel her touch against his skin.
“What’s going to happen next?” he asked in mock seriousness. “Is the hayfield over there going to serenade you?”
Zadie laughed softly. “No. Don’t be absurd. The scrub jays have done a superb job of that.”
He stood perfectly still, listening with his heart as much as his ears. Birds sang to each other. Water chink-chinked out of a pivot. The breeze wound through the wheat, making it almost sound like a pair of brush sticks scratching across a drum.
Absorbed in the moment, he finally turned his focus back to Zadie. “For the record, I’m off duty, so I suppose that means we’re both trespassing.” He gave her another long glance. “What are you really doing out here?”
Zadie opened her eyes and turned to face him. “I’ve never walked through a field of ripe wheat. It seemed like a great evening to cross that experience off my list of things I want to someday do. It’s magnificent, like the breeze and the birds and the land make their own music.”
Uncertain what to say in response to a statement both poetic and peculiar, Knox merely nodded.




USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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