Review: BRAVE THE HEAT by Sara Humphreys

When Jordan McKenna ran away from home as a teenager in Brave The Heat by Sara Humphreys, she left behind her high school sweet heart. Jordan has returned to Old Brookfield,  now a divorced woman with 2 young daughters. Her old flame, Gavin Maguire is now the fire chief of the town. Gavin can’t believe that Jordan is back after all these years. He’s ready to pick up where they left off but Jordan is skittish after her failed marriage. Can these two find their way back to each other or has too much time passed?

24497331I think every town needs to have a fire fighter like Gavin. Holy cow! This character is super potent. He loves his parents,  he’s loyal to his friends,  and his interactions with Jordan’s daughters will melt your heart.

Jordan’s character was great as well. She had left Old Brookfield to flee her abusive father,  only to be trapped in a marriage with an equally abusive husband. She was so hesitant to fall in love with Gavin,  putting her girls needs ahead of her own.

This is the first book in a new contemporary romance series. It’s a great read with something for every romance reader : some suspense,  good love scenes,  and a hot guy in a uniform  (yum!). The story was extremely well thought out with great characters throughout the book. If Gavin ‘ s other brothers are anything like him, the rest of this series is going to be beyond awesome.

Reviewed by Candy

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About the Book:

Title: Brave The Heat (The McGuire Brothers, #1)

Author: Sara Humphreys

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Borrowed from the Library

Book Summary:

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.

Review: SHOULD’VE SAID NO by Tracy March

Happy sigh. Should’ve Said No by Tracy March is a charming, sexy contemporary romance story. The plot is original and the characters are amazing. I am such a character-driven reader and Should’ve Said No definitely met that interest of mine. Carden (hero) and Lindsey (heroine) are easy to read about. They had their flaws but you instantly liked them without thinking they were over-the-top perfect. Lindsey is so inspiring and I love when characters can do that for me.

25051866March created Thistle Bend as a town where everyone wants to live. Yes, there is a family feud that Lindsey is tasked to get to the bottom of as part of her job, and the town has it’s struggles but it sounds so lovely. The descriptions of the stores and houses are done so well that I could visualize the colors and vibrancy easily. I could practically taste the food that the characters were eating, too! I was constantly hungry while reading this book for ice cream and pastries.

The pacing of the story was spot on as I found myself turning pages quickly. The romance between Carden and Lindsey was compelling. It was easy but it wasn’t. It had the typical do-we or don’t-we aspect but it was written well because I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to play out. The intimate scenes in the story were passionate, fit the story and characters well and the only downside was that there weren’t enough of them! However, while I wish there were more, it would have upset the flow.

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Review: BLOOD LAW by Jeannie Holmes

In Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes, Jefferson, Mississippi is undergoing a lot of changes. Nearly half of the population is made up of vampires and not everyone is happy about this.. Alexandra Sabian, an Enforcer for the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigations (FBPI) is assigned to keep the vampires in line. For the most part, she spends her days busting up drug rings until a serial killer makes his presence known. Alex is suddenly investigating the murder of several vampires in the once sleepy town. The cases grab the attention of her boss and he sends her ex-fiance and fellow Enforcer, Varik Baudelaire to help out. Can Alex and Varik stop the killer? Will they be able to put their past aside and rekindle their love?

6803525It’s been several months since I read any vampire stories. This book has been on my TBR list for a very long time. I am sorry I didn’t get to it sooner as this is an excellent urban fantasy romance. Alex’s character was very interesting. To the world she presented a very tough exterior, which she has to have in order to deal with the prejudices of the town. In private though, she was still reeling from the murder of her father and the betrayal of Varik.

Varik and Alex have an intriguing relationship. In their professional one, Varik is content to let Alex take the lead on the investigation until their boss forces his hand and puts him in charge. In private, it was very obvious that the two were still very much in love. Varik patiently waited throughout most of the book waiting for Alex to realize it instead of forcing the situation.

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Review: SHADOW by Maureen A. Miller

Some books just stay with you even when they are closed. Shadow by Maureen A. Miller is this type of book. It has all of the characteristics I expect of a book from author – great story line, well developed characters, and a great balance of romance and suspense. Shadow had me engaged from the first page and looking over my shoulder until the very end. And yes, I mean literally. I was out one night when it was dark and wondered if the Shadow was out there somewhere. I love it when books come alive and affect me even when I am not reading them!

24356692In Shadow we meet Sophie who is trying like crazy to move on with her life after her boss up and left the counseling firm she worked. While dealing with unemployment she also has a stalker who she has nicknamed The Shadow that follows here around all the time. Even when she moves to London! She is fiesty and strong and everything you want in a heroine. The hero of the story, Glenn, is not at all what I expected after my first impression of him. He is so broken and still so very kind and thoughtful. His story brought tears to my eyes and my heart ached for him. All I could think about was how good it is that he has Sophie in his life.

Sophie and Glenn are an unlikely pair, which I loved. The chemistry was pretty hot between them and when they weren’t solving crimes I loved getting lost in their intimacy. Despite the circumstances under which they met, their romance was very sweet and makes you realize that you never know where you will find your true love.

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Review: A HOME BY THE SEA by Christina Skye

In A Home By The Sea by Christina Skye, Grace Lindstrom, a food historian, isn’t looking for love. She lost her fiance in a plane crash and afterwards found out that he cheated on her numerous times, even fathering a child. Leaving a party one night during a horrible snow storm, Grace hears some abandoned kittens crying in an alley. Unable to just walk away, Grace and handsome stranger Noah McKay rescue the momma and babies. Noah works as a bomb technician for a top secret government group. His job doesn’t leave him time for a relationship, especially when he is on call virtually all the time, but there’s something about Grace that he can’t just walk away from. When Grace moves back to Oregon to care for a sick relative, will their fledgling relationship survive the distance?

11444136One of the things I most enjoyed about this book was the slow build up between Grace and Noah. Nothing beats a good anticipated love scene and Skye certainly delivers in this book. Skye hints that Noah had been a bit of a player prior to Grace but he is nothing but a gentleman towards her, even courting her from across the country.

The other part of this book that I loved is that Grace is a knitter. She actually takes Noah to a yarn shop at one point. When Noah mentions his mom used to knit, Grace helps him pick out some yarn as a gift. There is a whole wonderful discussion about how knitting is therapeutic. Noah is also a smart guy because while in the yarn shop he pays attention to what yarn Grace is in love with and mails it to her when she moves to Oregon (if a guy sends a knitter cashmere yarn, he’s definitely a keeper!).

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