Review: HER FORBIDDEN COWBOY by Charlene Sands

In Her Forbidden Cowboy  by Charlene Sands, Jessica Holcomb has just been jilted by her fiance.  As in, at the church about to walk down the aisle jilted.  Unable to deal with the gossip in her home town of Beckon, Texas, Jessica flees to her brother in law’s place in California. The Zane Williams is a country superstar but when he lost his wife and unborn child, Zane lost his spark for life and is just going through the motions. A stupid accident has him laid up with a broken foot and wrist, which is making him even more crankier. Can Jess make grumpy Zane come out of his shell? Will Jess and Zane ignore the sparks flying between them?

I was a little worried when I signed up to do this review because I know nothing about country music,  but the blurb sounded too good to pass up. Despite my Southern background,  as I have mentioned in another review, my musical tastes are more along the lines of rock and metal. The great thing about this book is that you don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy it. The story line focuses more on Jess and Zane ‘ s healing process and his fame is only a side note.

It was very interesting to watch Jess evolve through out the story. Not only does she physically change her appearance (California Makeover!!!) but she becomes a stronger woman. Towards the end of the book, Jess definitely takes a stand against Zane and does what is right for her.

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Teaser Tuesday & Giveaway: SMITTENED by Jamie Farrell

Are you all ready for another Teaser Tuesday and Giveaway? Today’s excerpt is from Smittened by Jamie Farrell. It is currently part of the Snowy Days, Steamy Nights anthology through March! Jamie is giving away a copy of the anthology to one lucky winner today!

About the Book

 

Title: Smittened 

Anthology: Snowy Days, Steamy Nights

Author: Jamie Farrell

Release Date: January 2, 2015

Category: Contemporary Romance

Book Summary:

Dahlia Mallard is determined save her ice cream shop by getting country music superstar Billy Brenton to attend her risqué flavor-tasting event. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond. The more she gets to know Mikey, the more she wants to save him from his bad boy ways. When he discovers she’s using him to get to Billy, will she still be able to have her ice cream and eat it too?

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Review: AN IMAGINARY HOUSE BY THE SEA by Cecily Gates

In An Imaginary House by the Sea by Cecily Gates, Dawn Campbell had it all: the high profile job, the swanky apartment,  and the hot boyfriend.  In a blink of an eye, it’s all gone and Dawn retreats from the city to her parents home to lick her wounds. When she gets back home,  she discovers her childhood friend and crush, John has moved back home. Despite being married,  John and Dawn have undeniable chemistry but John refuses to do more than kiss Dawn. Deciding to confront his wife, Dawn marches over one day only to discover that perfect Marguerite isn’t so perfect after all. The two women become unlikely friends and that friendship changes the lives of everyone they know.

22565408When I first started reading this book, I assumed this was going to be a sweet romance. Dawn would convince John to leave the shrew known as Marguerite,  and they would get a HEA. The story is about so much more. It’s about friendships,  loss, choices made, and redefining yourself.

Dawn was a difficult character for me to like. I think mainly because it was due to her penchant for married men. She knew John was married (as well as her ex boyfriend in the city) and yet she still kept after him.

Gradually, Dawn grew on me as she changed.  Her friendship with Marguerite, though strained at first,  made her into a better person. Suddenly Dawn wasn’t as selfish and self absorbed and it made her more like able.

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Review: UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

In Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, Tate Collins has just gotten out of a relationship. She’s not looking for love but lust is okay.  When she meets her brother’s friend, Miles Archer,  their chemistry is undeniable. Miles and Tate agree to a no strings relationship that involves just sex and nothing else. At least that is what they keep telling themselves. Can they stick to their rule or will love find a way into their hearts?

I am not sure how to even start this review. It was such an emotional roller coaster. I actually peeked at the ending of the book about halfway through just to make sure that Miles and Tate got their HEA. I never ever do that when I am reading!

The thing about Miles Archer is that he knows love isn’t all rainbows,  hearts and sunshine. He has experienced the dark side of love. Love ripped his heart out, stomped on it, and drop kicked it to the curb. He simply doesn’t feel like he can love again or that he deserves to love again after what he endured.

Poor Tate. She tried so hard to follow his rules but she just couldn’t do it. She needed to be his friend, confident, and lover like she needs air to breathe.  Every time Miles threw up a road block, Tate found a way around it and kept coming back for more.

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Teaser Tuesday & Giveaway: SHADOW by Maureen A. Miller

** Winner Update – congratulations to Mary C for winning a copy of Shadow!

 

Are you all ready for another Teaser Tuesday? This one is from author Maureen A. Miller and her new release Shadow! To celebrate, Maureen is also giving away a copy to one luck winner!

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About the Book

 

Title: Shadow

Author: Maureen A. Miller

Release Date: January 19, 2015

Category: Romantic Suspense

Buy Link: Amazon 

Book Summary:

The Shadow was watching her again. Sophie Diem could not see him. She could not prove he was there. She could never prove that he was there. But she constantly felt his eyes.

Sometimes he would approach. On those occasions she tried to run. Running was pointless, though. He would always return. And he would always ask the same question−over and over and over…

Where is Nathan Bethard?

Sophie’s boss has skipped town, abandoning their counseling firm. Now a stranger is stalking her. In an attempt to flee the man, she seeks a new job…in London. Surely crossing the Atlantic will be enough to deter her shadow.

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