Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Release Day: Playing with Fire (Hot In Chicago series Book 2) by Kate Meader


From popular romance author Kate Meader comes the second novel in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

As the only female firefighter at Engine Co. 6, Alexandra Dempsey gets it from all sides: the male coworkers who think she can’t do the job, the wives and girlfriends who see her as a threat to their firefighter men, and her overprotective foster brothers who want to shelter their baby sister at all costs. So when she single-handedly saves the life of Eli Cooper, Chicago’s devastatingly handsome mayor, she assumes the respect she’s longed for will finally come her way. But it seems Mr. Mayor has other ideas…

Eli Cooper’s mayoral ratings are plummeting, his chances at reelection dead in the water. When a sexy, curvaceous firefighter gives him the kiss of life, she does more than bring him back to the land of the living—she also breathes vitality into his campaign. Riding the wave of their feel-good story might prop up Eli’s flagging political fortunes, but the sizzling attraction between them can go nowhere; he’s her boss, and there are rules that must be obeyed. But you know what they say about rules: they’re made to be broken…

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Playing with Fire is the second book in the Hot in Chicago series by Kate Meader. I am a big fan of this series and this book is great!

Firefighter Alexandra (Alex) Dempsey is the sister in the Dempsey clan of adopted sibling firefighters. She feels that she has always had to prove herself and her skills as one of the few female firefighters in the Chicago Fire Department. She has also had a hard time with dating and relationships.

Eli Cooper is the mayor of Chicago. We have seen him in the first book of the series, Flirting with Fire. He doesn’t have a great relationship with the Dempsey family. Eli frequently locks heads with Alex and they constantly insult each other whenever they are together.

After a fire where Alex helps rescue Eli, their relationship shifts. They decide to start a “fake” relationship to get more support for Eli’s upcoming election. What they don’t count on are the real feelings they are developing for each other.

Alex and Eli have instant chemistry from the first time they meet. There is a sizzle between them that explodes when they finally get together.

The relationship Eli and Alexandra embark on is a beautiful one. Eli is always supportive of Alex, her feelings and wants to help her feel better about herself. Eli also shows Alex that he is willing to change his life after Alex learns circumstances of his past that upset her.

You will not be disappointed with this story. I highly recommend reading it and the other book in this series! I loved it and am looking forward to reading Alex’s brother Wyatt’s story which is next in the series.

About Kate: 

Kate MeaderOriginally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

Release Day: Falling For Her (A K2 Team Novel) by Sandra Owens


Known to the K2 Special Services team as “Saint,” Jamie Turner lives by his own strict rules to compensate for his past sins and the two-ton boulder taking residence in his heart. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He never swears. And he only dates nice, safe women until he meets Sugar Darling, the fill-in receptionist at K2. She’s as sweet as her name, but this wild woman is definitely trouble, with something to hide. He knows he should avoid her…but can he?
Sugar isn’t hiding something—she’s hiding everything. And K2 seems like the perfect place to lie low, thanks to the big, protective guys who work there. The drop-dead-handsome Saint makes her heart race, yet he keeps his distance. When Sugar’s traumatic past rises up to haunt her again, she desperately turns to Saint for help, and he has to decide what’s more important: playing it safe or risking everything for love.

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Falling for Her is the third book in the K2 Team series by Sandra Owens. I am very fond of this series and loved this book like the first two.

Jamie (Saint) Turner has been an intriguing character in the first two books of this series. In this book we find out why he always tries to stay cool, calm and collected including trying to not use profanity or drink alcohol. He is this way because of tragic events in his life that occurred ten years earlier which he blames himself for.

Sugar Darling (Hannah) has her own past that she has been running from. She starts working at K2 and even though Jamie tries not to become interested in her it doesn’t work.

The story turns suspenseful when the people Sugar has been running from find her. Jamie and the K2 team organize a plan to help her rid herself of her trouble.

I really liked this story. Seeing why Jamie is the way he is, you can’t help but have empathy for him. He also relates to how Sugar feels about her past problems. They really are great together at working things out.  

I am looking forward to reading the Ryan (Doc's) story which is the next book in the series!

About Sandra:                                                

Sandra lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Most days, you can find her with her fingers on a keyboard, her mind in the world of her imagination. It’s a land where romance and happy endings exist, a land where anything is possible.
A few highlights of Sandra's life she fondly recalls are jumping out of a plane, flying upside down in a stunt plane, and riding her Harley in the mountains of Southern California and along the coast of Maine.
Although those events in her life were great fun, nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction she gets from writing her stories.
Sandra is repped by Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. and is a member of Romance Writers of America.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Undone By His Kiss (Regency Charms, Book 2) By Anabelle Bryant BLOG EVENT and contest to win an eBook


UNDONE BY HIS KISS: BLOG EVENT   Monday, September 21 – Monday, October 5


A most delicious challenge…
Experience has taught Emily Shaw that men are best avoided, so she’s determined to take her place in society alone and unrestrained by marriage. Renting a room in the heart of London, she establishes a Women’s League to promote equality between the sexes and teach women to be independent.

Jasper St. David isn’t looking for distractions, but he’s fascinated by beautiful, fiercely opinionated Emily when she moves into the office above his. And when he learns of her determination never to succumb to male charms, he can’t help but see it as a challenge! After all, Jasper’s always found nothing more tantalizing than the thrill of the chase...

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Excerpt 1

She was a beauty, no doubt. All fluster, indignation and tempting female. Her nose tipped up at the end and the fitting observation caused him to smile. Miss Shaw struck him as a female who turned her nose up on a great many things.

He was an easygoing sort. Why he’d become obsessed with a stranger who appeared as relaxed as a wasp’s nest proved baffling. He had more important subjects to consider and the distraction of a lovely female was the last thing he desired, never mind he’d had trouble chasing her memory from his thoughts all day. Still, she fascinated him for some illogical reason. He’d watched her mouth form every word, captivated by her lips, perfectly heart-shaped, plump and kissable, and instead of comprehending her message, he wondered of the taste of her kiss, the feel of tongue.

Terribly done of him, really. Miss Shaw appeared less than interested. Her back had been rigid, her shoulders squared, yet she really was all soft skin and feminine curves.

Excerpt 2

His mouth found hers with uncompromised precision, lost in the glory of her adamant return. Her fingers slid through the hair at his temples, locking him to her in an expression of eager participation that made his heart pound and his cock ache. She tasted like a dream, an ambrosial combination of feminine sweetness and forbidden fruit, the freedom he yearned for and the divine fantasy he’d conjured, united in the hot slick rub of her tongue against his, the petal-soft press of her mouth against his jaw, his chin, his cheek. She rasped some delicious little noise, a murmur in the back of her throat, an entreaty for him to pleasure her, and he supplicated with fervor, dragging his mouth across her cheekbone to find the delicate shell of her ear where he whispered all the wicked thoughts kept buried in his heart.

She stilled. Perhaps he’d revealed too much, offended her refined gentility. His pulse hammered, while he waited, his breath hard and fast. Then her lips found his, her tongue next with a timid caress of his lower lip, licking, tasting his mouth to continue their kiss until all thought became impossible, obliterated by the thrum of passion and urgency and need. He pressed her against the velvet bolster, his shirt against her dress little barrier to the soft skin she hid beneath. Her fingers twined in the braces at his shoulders, as if lifelines to anchor her, the threat of their passion enough to sweep them away.

He wanted to strip her bare, discover every inch from neck to navel, to tell her she’d answered the silent prayer he hadn’t known lived in his soul. To drive into her delicate honey-sweet sex and make her his alone. He fought the desire with all the strength he owned.


Undone By His Kiss is a wonderful historical romance by Anabelle Bryant.

It is the first book that I have read by Ms. Bryant and I loved it.

Emily Shaw has been hurt very badly in the past. It has forced her to put up walls against any relationships. It has also made her evaluate how she wants to live her life. She strives to be completely independent and rely on no one but herself for happiness.

She has even started a group called League of Virtuous Equality, where women get together to discuss how they can be more equal to men.

Jasper St. David is the second son of an Earl. Knowing he must make his own way in life, he starts an investment business called Inventive Investments.

Emily and Jasper become interested in each other after meeting at the building where their two businesses rent space.

I enjoyed reading about the various investment opportunities that Jasper had to offer as new inventions of the time that are used today.

This was a beautiful story. It shows that you should have confidence in yourself. It also shows how you can count on the people that you most often might not.

I look forward to reading more of Ms. Bryant’s books. 

About the Author:  

About Anabelle

Anabelle began reading at age three and never stopped.  Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born.  Happy to grab a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey.  Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn't want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?
Though teaching keeps her grounded, photography, running and writing, counterbalance her wanderlust.  Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle earned her Master's Degree and is completing her Doctorate Degree in education.  Thrilled to be an author for Harlequin's Carina line, Anabelle's historical romances are character driven.  She strives to provide a heartfelt connection between her hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond.  Clever secondary characters and lively conversation keep the pages turning.
Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn't provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do.  She enjoys talking with her fans.  Follow her on Facebook and join her mailing list for the latest news concerning her upcoming novels.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Release Day: Protecting the Colton Bride by Elle James


With his ranch in financial trouble, cowboy Daniel Colton makes the perfect proposal to Megan Talbot—a marriage of convenience to save his business and ensure she receives her inheritance. But spending night after night with the strawberry blonde beauty tests all boundaries of Daniel's self-control. And when a killer targets his new bride, vying for her estate, it sets off all of his protective instincts. Daniel refuses to trade his honeymoon for a funeral. Now it's a race against the clock to track down the culprit and protect the wife who's starting to be so much more to him than just a business partner.


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Daniel Colton swept the brush over Rider's black coat, comforted by the scent of animal hide, manure and fresh-cut Bermuda. With every swish of the horse's full black tail, hay dust sparkled in the air, reflecting the afternoon sunlight streaming through the open door of the Lucky C breeding barn.

This was home and there was nowhere else Daniel would rather be.

"Are you about done brushing Rider? Halo's practically champing at the bit to get outside for her afternoon run."

Daniel lifted his head and stared over the black quarter horse stud's back at the woman on the other side. She was brushing the beautiful palomino mare, one of Daniel's many successes in his quarter-horse-breeding program at the Lucky C Ranch.

His chest tightened and his breath caught. It wasn't the horse he couldn't take his gaze off. It was the halo effect the sun gave Megan Talbot's strawberry blond hair. The palomino's registered name was Angel's Golden Halo, but the woman deserved the moniker more than the animal. For the first time in the four months since Megan had come to work for him, she'd worn her hair loose. Normally those long, curly locks were twisted into a braid, pulled back from a face sprinkled lightly with freckles. Some would call them flaws in her pale complexion, but Daniel found each freckle adorable and hard to resist.

A light breeze blew through the door, lifting Megan's hair, making it dance in the sunshine. The horse shifted nervously and Megan patted her backside. "Shh. We'll leave soon." She turned and smiled at Daniel with her bright green eyes. "Ready to saddle up? I don't know if Halo can wait any longer. She's more hyper than usual."

Daniel jerked his attention back to his horse, reminding himself that he was the boss, Megan worked for him and he had no business staring at her hair or any other part of her perfectly shaped face or lithe, athletic body.

"Let's saddle these two." He was ready to get out of the barn and gallop across the pastures of his father's ranch. Working around the animals, training, feeding and riding, he was more at home than at the big house with the rest of the Coltons.

Big J Colton was the patriarch of the Oklahoma Coltons and the owner of the Lucky C Ranch. As his bastard child, Daniel had grown up with his half brothers and half sister, accepted by everyone except his stepmother, Abra Colton. Because of her antagonism toward him and the fact that Big J had taken in a child who wasn't hers, Daniel had never felt he quite fit in with the others.

Megan was first to the tack room. When she emerged, she carried a blanket. "Is Greta back from Oklahoma City?" she asked.

"Not that I've heard. Why do you ask?"

With a shrug, Megan threw the blanket over the mare's back and followed Colton into the tack room. "I thought I saw her earlier. I might have been seeing things. With a wedding to plan, I doubt she has time to go back and forth between Tulsa and Oklahoma City often."

Daniel snorted. He grabbed his saddle and a blanket and squeezed by Megan in the confines of the barn. The scent of strawberries wafted in his direction from Megan's hair hanging down around her shoulders. Why did she have to be so darned beautiful? If she wasn't also so efficient and helpful, he might reconsider her employment at the ranch. She was a distraction and growing more distracting every day. "Don't know what takes so long in planning a wedding. All you need is a bride, a groom, a preacher and a ring."

Megan laughed as she lifted her own saddle. "I'm with you. If you know you love someone, why all the fuss, anyway? Married is married whether you have a big wedding or stand in front of a justice of the peace, say I do, sign the papers and call it done."

Daniel chuckled. "And I thought all women were romantics."

Megan's pretty coral lips twisted. "I think it's just me. My parents tried to convince me to earn an M-R-S degree, but I was too busy studying genetics and cell biology to be interested in the boys on the UCLA campus."


Her brows rose. "You know. Mrs. someone." She shook her head. "They wanted me to marry well, be a social butterfly on the arm of my husband and stop playing in yucky stuff like parasites, tissues, and horse and cattle semen." Megan tossed her saddle up onto the mare's back with little effort.

Strong and beautiful, and she knew what she wanted out of life. In Daniel's mind, that was a killer combination. Why waste brains and talent by making her some man's arm candy?

He threw the blanket on Rider's back, followed by the saddle. "Didn't you grow up on a ranch? You know your way around horses like you've been doing this all your life."

Megan reached beneath the horse to grab Halo's girth, threaded the strap through the ring and tightened it. "My parents own a nice spread in California," she answered, pulling hard. "But they didn't let me work with the animals. I was barely allowed to ride. They were afraid those big ol' horses would hurt little ol' me." She laughed, the sound brightening Daniel's day.

Daniel frowned at how he'd grown used to the sound and looked forward to it. As he cinched Rider's girth and looped the leather strap, he concentrated on sticking to facts, not emotions. "You're an excellent rider."

"I didn't get that way because of my parents, but more in spite of them. What they didn't know was that I'd go to my room, saying I wanted to read for a while. Once there, I'd slip out the window, climb down a tree and race off to the pasture. Because I didn't want to get caught, I rode bareback and without a bridle."

An image of a gangly young woman with long strawberry blond hair riding bareback across the hills of California flashed in Daniel's mind. "No bridle? How did you get the horses to go the way you wanted?"

Megan lowered the stirrup and patted Halo's neck. "They could feel the pressure of my legs and responded accordingly. I also bribed them with apples and sugar cubes."

"I'm impressed." Daniel adjusted his stirrup and slipped the bridle over Rider's head. "Your parents didn't know what they were missing. You're very good with the horses."

"They didn't need the help with their horse-breeding program. We had a staff that managed the animals on the ranch." Megan sighed. "I'd love dearly to bring my horses out here someday."

"Why don't you?"

"My parents haven't forgiven me for moving to Oklahoma. Every time I speak with them on the phone, they ask me when I'm moving back. Remember last month, when I went home because my father was sick?"

Daniel nodded. She'd been gone an entire week, and he'd missed her more than he cared to admit. "You could have brought your horses back with you then. We have room here on the Lucky C for them."

Megan gave an unladylike snort. "Don't you think I would have if I could have?" She shook her head. "My father is using them as leverage, threatening to sell them if I don't move back to California."

Daniel shot a glance her way. "And are you?"

Megan blinked. "Am I what?"

"Moving back to California?"

She laughed. "Oh, heavens, no. I love it out here. I love my parents, but they stifle me. I've been calling my father's bluff about selling the horses. I hope he has a change of heart and lets me have them. Besides, I have no desire to live their lifestyle. It's not me."

Grabbing his stallion's reins, Daniel asked, "And what lifestyle is that?"

Megan's mouth twisted. "Servants to do everything for you, smiling at people you don't know at social events you don't really care about. Wearing skirts, heels and makeup all the time. Never getting your hands dirty or breaking a nail."

Daniel studied her fresh, makeup-free, freckled face. With her light red eyebrows and blond-tipped eyelashes, she was beautiful just the way she was. He wouldn't change a thing.

Tearing his gaze away from her, he led Rider out of the barn. He walked away from the woman who was far too often in his thoughts both at work and at night when he lay in bed, trying to sleep through a growing hunger that had nothing to do with food.

Behind him, he heard the sound of hooves pawing the ground and then thumping against the hard-packed dirt.

"Whoa, Halo," Megan said, her voice tight.

Daniel glanced over his shoulder.

Halo, normally calm and gentle, reared, her front hooves pawing at the air.

Daniel took a step back into the barn, his hand still holding Rider's reins.

Megan held on to Halo's bridle, talking softly, soothingly. When the horse came back down on all four hooves, Megan chuckled shakily. "You really are raring to go, aren't you?"

"Need a hand?" Daniel asked.

Her mouth firming, Megan frowned. "I don't need your help. I'm perfectly capable of handling Halo."

A smile tugging his lips, Daniel led Rider out of the barn. "Touchy, are we?"

"I'm not fragile like my father and mother seem to think. Haven't I proven that?" she demanded.

"Absolutely," he said, unable to fight the grin spreading across his face. "If you didn't look so good in your jeans, I'd mistake you for one of the guys."

Megan's frown deepened for a moment, then cleared. Her lips quirked upward along with her brows. "You like the way I look in jeans?"

Daniel was saved from responding by Halo rearing again, jerking Megan up off her feet for a second.

"We'd better get going before Halo takes off without you." Daniel jammed his boot in the stirrup and mounted Rider. He had to remind himself Megan was his employee. He couldn't flirt with the staff. It wasn't right. He leaned down and opened the gate to the pasture, rode through and waited for Megan.

She stuck her boot in the stirrup, but before she could sling her leg over the top of the saddle, Halo spun.

Megan held on, managing to get her leg over the top. "I don't know what's got her riled, but she's not acting right."

"You want to take another horse?"

"No," Megan grunted, fighting to control the horse and aim her toward the open gate. "She needs to get out and run."

Daniel waited for Megan and Halo to pass through before he closed the gate.

Megan released one hand from the reins to pull her hair behind her and tuck it into the back of her shirt. "I should have braided this—"

Before she finished her sentence, Halo reared, tossed her head and yanked the reins from Megan's hands. Before Megan could reach out to retrieve them, Halo leaped forward and bolted across the pasture.

Daniel dug his heels into Rider's flanks and raced after her, his pulse pounding as fast as the horse's hooves. At the speed Halo was going, all it would take was a quick change of direction or halt and Megan would be thrown.

Rider's hooves thundered across the ground. Daniel leaned forward to decrease wind resistance, slapping the reins behind him against the horse's hindquarters, urging him faster.

The stallion's eagerness to be first in the race would have made him move faster even without Daniel's bidding.

Halo had a good head start, but Rider slowly closed the gap.

Megan held on, bending over the horse's neck in an attempt to grab her bridle, without success.

As Daniel rode up beside her, pressing Rider against Halo's side, he yelled, "Grab on!" Reaching out, he looped his arm around Megan's waist.

She grabbed around his neck and held on as he lifted her out of the saddle and slammed her hard against his chest.

His legs clamping tight around the horse, Daniel adjusted his balance for Megan's weight and pulled on the reins. "Whoa, Rider."

The horse strained against the command, determined to catch up and overtake Halo.

His grip loosening around Megan's waist, Daniel's breath caught and held. If he didn't get Rider under control soon, he'd drop her and she could be crushed beneath the horse's powerful hooves.

Megan clung to Daniel.

Rider had been just as spooked by Halo's behavior as she had been. In his mad dash to catch up to the other horse, he was ignoring Daniel's one-handed attempt to bring him under control.

She was deadweight on Daniel. If she could get her leg around to the back… Swinging her leg behind her, she couldn't quite reach the back without Daniel losing his grip on her. The front was closer and had a better angle.

"Whoa!" Daniel yelled at the crazed horse.

Megan made the decision to go for the front. She looped her leg over the saddle horn and straddled Daniel's lap, facing him.

Daniel immediately released her and reached around her to take the reins in both hands.

Trying to make herself as small as possible, Megan pressed her face into his chest so that he could see over her. Daniel's thighs tensed beneath her as he dug his heels into the stirrups and pulled back hard on the reins. Rider slowed, whinnying his protest, as he settled into an agitated trot.

Daniel let off on the reins just a little.

Rider took that as an invitation to leap forward. He was instantly brought back by a sharp tug on the reins.

The horse reared.

Daniel leaned forward, his chest pressing into Megan's, his breath stirring the loose hair at her temples.

Her pulse hammered in her veins, but she kept her cool and held on until Rider stamped to a complete stop, pawing at the dirt.

When she was certain Daniel had the horse settled, she lifted her head, her face inches from Daniel's. Adrenaline spiking through her system, her breaths coming in ragged gasps, she was hyperaware of every point of contact between her body and his, from her legs resting on his muscular thighs to her chest pressed against the hardened planes of his. She could barely breathe.

His arms still around her, holding on to the reins, Daniel breathed out a long sigh. "You had me scared."

Megan let go of a nervous laugh. "You? I could do nothing to stop her. That was stupid of me to let go of the reins." The wind lifted her hair and blew it across her face. Before she could shove it behind her ear, Daniel reached out and did it for her.

"You couldn't have known Halo was going to take off like she did." Daniel's fingers curled the hair behind her ear, and he dragged the backs of his knuckles across her face, tracing a line from her ear to her jaw. "Watching her fly off like that with you on her back the reins dangling."

Mesmerized by his gentle touch, Megan couldn't move away, nor did she want to. Daniel had never made a pass at her, nor had he indicated any attraction toward her in the four months she'd worked for him. Oh, but she'd been attracted to him from the day they met, when she'd interviewed for the job of his assistant.

Now, with her heart racing for an entirely different reason, her breath lodged in her throat and held as she waited for him to make the next move.

Daniel's gaze shifted to her mouth. He cupped her cheek, and his thumb brushed across her lips. "You don't need makeup."

"My mother would disagree. She hates my freckles," Megan whispered, her breath mingling with his.

"I think they are one of your best features." He leaned forward and touched her freckled nose with his lips. 

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This is the first book by Elle James that I have read and I absolutely loved this book!!

Even though it is the 4th book in the series, it can be read as a standalone book and isn’t a cliff hanger.

From the beginning, you are interested in the characters.  Daniel Colton is busy working on his new horse breeding business in Oklahoma. His assistant Megan Talbot is given an ultimatum by her father to come home to California or he will sell her horses. Needing money to buy the horses, she suggests they get married to get her inheritance. It will also help Daniel with the new breeder he wants to go into business with.

There are several dangerous situations that Daniel and Megan are faced with, including attempts on Megan’s life. They need to find out who is doing it and why. I had thought the culprit was one character when it was actually another.

What begins as a marriage of convenience for both of them evolves into a wonderful love story. The scene at the wedding chapel was great. I was so interested in the story that I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day.

I would definitely recommend this book and other books written by Ms. James. She is a wonderful writer!!

About the Author:

Elle James

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Elle James, spent twenty years livin' and lovin' in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn't wrangling cattle, she's wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she's not at her computer, she's out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new adventures in stories.

Release Day: Brave The Heat by Sara Humphreys

The only fire he can't put out...

Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin Maguire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.

Is the torch he carries for her...

Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

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What a great start to a new series contemporary series by Sara Humphreys!!

Jordan McKenna had left home 15 years earlier to get away from her abusive father. She also had left her best friend and love Gavin McGuire. In the time she has been gone Jordan had gotten married and has two young girls. It turns out that she married a man just like her father, is divorced and brings her girls back to Old Field to live and start a new life.

When Gavin sees that Jordan is back in town he wants to know why she left the way she did. He also wants to have a “do over” as he tells her, since he has never gotten over her. They work on rebuilding their relationship, but there are bumps along the way.

They have to deal with Jordan’s now sick father, her ex- husband, and the arsonist who is starting fires in town as well as a few other issues.

I loved this story with the way Gavin and Jordan’s relationship blossoms and Jordan’s two girls are adorable. Not only does Gavin get his girl back, he also gets a family.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I would like to see how the relationship with the other characters develops including Gavin’s brother Ronan and Jordan’s friend Maddy.

About the Author:


Sara Humphreys is the award winning author of the Amoveo Legend series. The third book in the series, UNTAMED, won two PRISM awards--Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. The first two novels from her Dead in the City series have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Sara was also a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

She loves writing hot heroes and heroines with moxie but above all, Sara adores a satisfying happily-ever-after. She lives in New York with Mr. H., their four amazing sons, and two adorable pups. When she's not writing or hanging out with the men in her life, she can be found working out with Shaun T in her living room or chatting with readers on Facebook. 

For a full list of Sara's books and reading order, please visit her website: http://novelromance.net/

New Release: Navy Justice (Whidbey Island #5) by Geri Krotow

Navy Justice  (Whidbey Island #5)

Undercover lover 

A quiet, civilian life on Whidbey Island sounded great to navy lawyer Joy Alexander. But when navy SEAL-turned-FBI agent Brad Iverson shows up on her doorstep bruised and bleeding, she realizes it's not so easy to leave the past behind. Even harder to forget are the feelings she once had for Brad. 

Brad's on an undercover operation, one that's targeting potential terrorists…and unintentionally bringing danger to Joy. They'll have to work together again, except this time it's not only justice they're after—it's survival. If they make it that far, they won't waste a second chance at love.

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This is the first book that I have read by Geri Krotow and it is a great book!!

Joy Alexander has left her job as a Navy lawyer and starts a job at a private law firm. Former Navy SEAL  and undercover FBI agent Brad Iverson, comes to her house when he is  hurt after an explosion.

Brad and Joy have always had feelings for each other but haven’t been able to act on them because they were co-workers. Now that they no longer work together, they are able to act on their attraction to each other and start a relationship.

Even though it can jeopardize her new job, Joy helps Brad try to solve a domestic  terrorism case. This case also puts both their lives at risk.

From the beginning you are intrigued by this romantic suspense story. There are different twists and turns in the story. You won’t put it down.

I look forward to reading more stories written by Ms. Krotow!

About the Author:

Geri Krotow

A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Naval Intelligence Officer, Geri left her Naval career to pursue a writing career. She has travelled the world, living in such far-flung places as Whidbey Island, Washington State and Moscow, Russia. Geri enjoys creating love stories that stand the test of time, and with settings that she has personally experienced. She's lived it, now she writes it!

New Release: Broken Play (Birmingham Rebels #1) by Samantha Kane

The first in THE BIRMINGHAM REBELS series by Samantha Kane: BROKEN PLAY


Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.

Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.

Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win. 

Broken Play is intended for mature audiences.

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Broken Play is the first book in a new football romance series called Birmingham Rebels and I liked it very much!!

Marian Treadwell is the new Assistant Offensive coach of the Birmingham Rebels. She knows that she has a lot of pressure in her job to make the team better. It’s pre-season and she is working on getting the team to work together as a unit.

Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are two offensive linemen on the team. They are best friends and are always together. She’s seen a video of Beau and Cass together and can’t stop thinking about what she had seen in the video when they are together. The last thing Marian needs is to start a relationship with any of her players.

In addition to not wanting to risk her job, Marian doesn’t want to get involved because she had a bad experience in college with football players on her father’s team.  

Beau and Cass are attracted to Marian and work on “breaking down” her walls to show her that the three of them can be good together.  Their relationship progresses, including helping her live a fantasy that she has had for a long time.

This is the first football themed book I have read. I loved that the team has a female Assistant Coach.

This is a hot, sizzling story. Not for reading at work on your lunch break.

It’s a great start to a new series and I’m looking forward to reading about the other characters we met in this book.

About the author:

Samantha Kane

Reviewers have called Samantha Kane "an absolute marvel to read," and "one of historical romance's most erotic and sensuous authors." Her books have been called "sinful," "sensuous," and "sizzling." She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA's erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio. She has a master's degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

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