Review: CROSSING HEARTS by Kimberly Kincaid

In Crossing Hearts by Kimberly Kincaid, Hunter Cross loves his hometown and running his family farm. When he aggravates an old shoulder injury, Hunter is put on light duty and referred for some physical therapy with none other than Emerson Montgomery, his high school sweetheart, who left for college and never looked back . Emerson is back home after leaving her job with a professional football team and she wasn’t expecting to run into Hunter so soon. As they renew their friendship, Emerson confides to Hunter why she left Las Vegas and swears him to secrecy. Can Hunter keep Emerson’s secret? Will Hunter and Emerson get a second chance at love?

I felt so sorry for Emerson in this book. Not because of her diagnosis of MS, which is horrible but because after the diagnosis she felt that she was no longer perfect and that she had never made her parents proud. It took a lot for her to tell Hunter not only about her medical condition but about her relationship with her parents.

The relationship between Hunter and Emerson was interesting. Hunter had proposed to Emerson before she left and she obviously said no. Now that Emerson has MS she doesn’t want to let Hunter get close to her at all. It takes a lot of persuasion from Hunter to get Emerson to see how good they would be together.

Another interesting part of the book is the dynamics within the Cross family. Hunter is one of 3 sons, all of whom work on the family farm. His other two brothers are constantly arguing to the point where I expected them to start trading punches. Hunter spends a lot of the time worrying about his brothers and trying to play peacemaker. I am looking forward to finding out more information on this sibling issue in the coming books. 

Crossing Hearts is the first book in the Cross Creek series by Kimberly Kincaid. This charming small town romance will have you smitten with the characters from the first sentence, especially Hunter and Emerson. Anyone who loves a second chance romance/contemporary romance would enjoy this book.

Title: Crossing Hearts

Author: Kimberly Kincaid

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Review & Giveaway: FATAL LOVE by Misty Evans

So Many Reads is excited to a blog tour stop on the Fatal Love Blog Tour! Today we have a review and giveaway for you all!

I am always in heaven when I read a Misty Evans book and her latest, Fatal Love took me even higher because there was a new baby that joined the Shadow Force International team! In Fatal Love we follow the birth of Callan and Beatrice’s baby, featuring Connor and Sabrina (some new SFI people) as well as a few appearances from characters from the other stories.

If you have read the other books in the series, you know that things don’t always go according to plan. And the birth of Cal and B’s baby is not different. Instead of just the adventure of a home birth where Maria (midwife) and Trace (another SFI member) help out Cal and B, they have to fend off a revenge-hungry terrorist with some cronies. Thankfully, this is a novella, so once you start the book and get sucked in, you have time to finish because you really won’t want to leave the characters for even a few minutes.

Speaking of the fantastic characters in the story, what I love so much about Callan and Beatrice is that Cal can tell B what to do when no one else in can. She doesn’t always listen to Cal, but she knows when he means business. The back and forth between the two of them is hilarious and so entertaining. Trace (hero from Fatal Truth) also played a big role in the story along with newcomers Connor and Sabrina.

It’s hard to describe too much more of Fatal Love without giving it all away, but if you read Evans’ SFI series then you will want to read this one. You will get the same smooth and easy writing, smart dialogue, edge of your seat action and a happy ever after that will leave a big smile on your face.

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Title: FATAL LOVE (Shadow Force, #3.5)

Author: Misty Evans

Release Date:February 1, 2017

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received by Author

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Book Blurb:

***Girl or boy? Find out what Cal and Beatrice are having in this Shadow Force International Worlds novella! And meet Connor and Sabrina – two SFI members who must overcome their inner demons in order to find love in the middle of chaos.

Once upon a time, former Navy SEAL Callan Reese risked everything to protect his estranged wife from the enemies who wanted her dead. Now reunited and expecting their first child, Cal’s past makes Beatrice a target once again.

When Beatrice is kidnapped by a desperate woman bent on revenge, Cal must put everything on the line in the most dangerous mission of his life to keep her and their unborn child alive.

Full of pulse-pounding intrigue and a whole lot of heart, FATAL LOVE is a passionate thriller that’s sure to keep readers riveted from the first page to the last.

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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Review: AFTER YOU WERE GONE by Alexis Harrington

In After You Were Gone by Alexis Harrington, eight years ago, Mitchell Tucker was convicted of starting a fire that killed a man. Having served his time, Mitch returns to Gila Rock, Texas seeking forgiveness from the widow, Julianne Boyce. Julianne doesn’t want to forgive Mitch because there is simply too much history between them. But Mitch is persistent and begins helping her around her store in hopes of paying her back for the damage he caused in her life. In the meantime, a series of escalating acts of vandalism aimed at Julianne begin to occur. Gradually accepting that Mitch isn’t to blame, Julianne tries to ignore her heart, which is falling in love with her high school sweetheart once again. Who is committing the vandalism? Will Julianne and Mitch become lovers again despite their turbulent history?

There is a lot going on in this book but it makes for a very gripping and emotional romance. First there is the romantic history between Mitch and Julianne. There is the story of him seeking forgiveness for the crimes he committed. There is also an ongoing family feud between Mitch’s family and Julianne’s. Harrington does an excellent job of weaving the different stories together and giving readers a very satisfying conclusion.

A lot of the book focuses on how Mitch and Julianne’s lives didn’t turn out as they planned. Mitch wanted to play professional baseball and was even scouted by several major league teams. But when that dream didn’t come true, Mitch also gave up in his dream of marrying Julianne. However, Mitch never told Julianne that he wanted to marry her and she instead married another man. The whole book really makes you think how one small decision can affect the trajectory of so many lives. The suspense part of the book involving the vandalism left me guessing until the end. Like Julianne, I first suspected Mitch, because he after all had a reason. When it was revealed who was actually involved, I have to say I was pretty surprised that one of the characters had a hand in it. 

After You Were Gone is a gripping, emotional romance that will stay with you long after the book is over. Featuring a heartbreaking story of love, loss, and redemption, this book is perfect for any reader who enjoys a gritty contemporary romance.

Title: After You Were Gone

Author: Alexis Harrington

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC via NetGalley

Review: TURBULENT WATERS by Melody Anne

In Turbulent Waters by Melody Anne, Coast Guard helicopter pilot, Nick Armstrong is good at what he does. Nick is a fearless pilot, who loves his job but when a devastating crash puts him on medical leave, Nick finds himself floating in despair. Angry and saddened by the loss of his crew, Nick channels his anger into pushing himself to get back to active duty no matter how much physical pain he has to go through. Chloe Reynolds is recruited by Nick’s uncle to get him back into shape. For the next six weeks, she will work and live in Nick’s house. Chloe’s family though blames Nick for the death of her brother and Chloe has been told by her abusive father to find evidence that Nick is guilty of murder. Neither one of them counted on the attraction they feel for each other. Will they give into temptation? Will Nick ever fly again? Is Nick responsible for the death of Chloe’s brother?

Chloe is an interesting heroine. A good chunk of the book, Chloe is swamped by doubt of Nick’s guilt and fighting her attraction to Nick. Her job as a physical therapist means everything to her and it’s important that she remain professional at all times. Even if her client is extremely attractive and a nice guy. Gradually Chloe can’t help but give in and with Nick’s help she even moves on from her abusive father.

Nick is a pretty open character. He loves women but since his accident he has been in a funk. Chloe brings out the devilish side of him and he is determined to win her over. Nick also has a huge heart as shown by his love for his family and his choice in a career. The attraction between these two characters is instant. From the moment Nick meets Chloe at the front door, it is apparent these two have chemistry in spades. Chloe fights Nick tooth and nail but in the end she just can’t resist him.

Turbulent Waters is the third book in the Billionaire Aviators by Melody Anne but it can be read as a standalone (although if you are like me, you will want to read about the other Armstrong brothers when you are done with this book). This novel features two interesting characters and a decent amount of heat. Anyone who loves contemporary romance should give this book a read.

Title: Turbulent Waters

Author: Melody Anne

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC VIA NetGalley

Review: COLD PERIL by Emily Jane Trent

Cold Peril by Emily Jane Trent was my first book by this author. I found her writing to be smooth, easy to follow with the right amount of description in action and love scenes. The characters in Cold Peril were engaging and interesting which kept me turning pages. Garrett from Stealth Security becomes Marlene’s (famous actress) self appointed body guard after saving her life at a public charity event. Oh and he is a complete stranger to her. However, he knows her more than he lets on.

I can’t say the celebrity bodyguard plot is a huge favorite of mine, however, Trent puts an interesting twist on the idea that I can’t really reveal without spoiling the story for you a bit. There were unexpected events in the story that made the story unique and different from others I have read in the past. I was a little ticked at Garrett for not explaining his connection to Marlene right away. As soon I read his thoughts about his reasoning for not telling her, I groaned out loud realizing it was going to get crazy when Marlene found out. I wanted to shake him.

Trent does a nice job of building up the romance between Garrett and Marlene without making it over the top. She sprinkles the thoughts, actions, and feelings, throughout the story which makes it more realistic to me. I enjoyed the moment that Garrett and Marlene finally gave into their feelings for one another. The loves scenes are hot and really fit the characters and the story.

Cold Peril is a story where the reader gets to see the villain’s point of view. These are always creepy to me and this one was no different. While typically I don’t like that point of view, having that in this story helped especially when things came to a very heated ending. If you are looking for a romantic suspense that is well written with a great blend of romance and suspense, give Cold Peril a try!

Title: Cold Peril (Stealth Security)

Author: Emily Jane Trent

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: ARC received from Author

 

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