I might be a country girl from the same small town of Sweetwater, Texas, as horse wrangler Roarke Frost, the girl next door who knows him like few know him, but I didn’t know enough to save my heart.
3 1/2 stars
I love small town romances AND second chance romances, so put those two together and I’m all in. While I liked this book, I sadly didn’t love it.
Hannah left the small town of Sweetwater, Texas and moved to Los Angeles to became a photographer. After losing her job, she returns to the same small town in Texas and immediately runs into the man who broke her heart – Roarke Frost. Roarke has never stopped loving Hannah, and that’s evident at their first meeting.
Hannah believes that Roarke has cheated, and honestly, it was a pretty flimsy thing that led her to this conclusion. I didn’t buy that part at all. In reality, these are two people who never should have been apart in the first place.
I found Hannah kind of immature (there is a five year age gap between her and Roarke) and found Roarke to be very mature and reasonable. She was holding on to a lot of anger early in the book and it was a little to easily forgiven, in my humble opinion.
I also didn’t love that most of this book was told from Hannah’s POV. I would have loved to have heard more of Roarke’s thoughts. Did I add that Roarke’s a man who loves animals (swoon).
There was a bit of drama thrown in, but there were also some nice moments and very nice characters, so it made for cute story overall. I would recommend it.
Getting pregnant after a booze cruise hookup was not what any parent wanted to hear, so I picked up my entire life and moved to Paris to start over. Six years later, I was ready to go home.
Natasha Madison has quickly become one of my very favorite authors, and I’m very bummed that I missed the two books preceding this one. That will soon be rectified.
You can read what the book is about above – two people who hook up, don’t exchange last names, find each other again six years later and try to make it right.
Eliahn (which I have no idea how to pronounce – Eli or Elli) gets pregnant on a booze cruise and runs away to Paris with her son for six years (this made no sense – why would you move to a strange city to raise a child on your own, but I digress). She decides she misses her family, and comes home to a party thrown by her very rich lawyer father.
While at the party, she is reunited with her hookup – who is also her son, Aiden’s, father. Luca is stunned to look into eyes that are identical to his, but honestly, the guy jumps in feet first and gets right into being Aiden’s dad. He decides he’s wasted enough time not seeing his son grow up and that ends now. It turns out that Eli and Luca also live right next door to one another, which makes co-parenting their son much easier.
As I said above, I’m not sure why Eli decided to move to a foreign country to raise her baby. That part of the story made so sense, but it certainly didn’t take away from the story.
Luca was a really amazing character. He really wanted to be a part of Aiden’s life, from the minute he met him. It was so sweet and endearing. He stepped up to the plate and wasn’t backing down.
Eli was a really good mom, and she was a likable character. There are some laugh out loud moments in this book. Luca’s friends are really hilarious. Both sets of parents were great.
I love a single parent story, especially when there is a great kid involved, and Aiden – he was a great kid. This kid was really funny, and personally responsible for one of the funniest scenes in the book.
This was a great second chance romance story and I loved every minute of it. I would highly recommend it.
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3 1/2 stars
I’ve been a big fan of Teagan Hunter for a while now, so when I saw this book, I was excited. Her books normally contain a lot of funny banter and text messages, but this one didn’t really have either. It was a much more serious book.
Drew is a single mom to an infant who is struggling to make ends meet. Her best friend’s brother, Winston, whom she hates, offers to taker Drew, and her baby Riker, in after he finds out her heat has been turned off. Drew reluctantly accepts Winston’s help.
Winston was in a very bad car accident a few years back that turned him into a very different person. A person that nobody recognized. He wasn’t a very nice person, and he said some pretty awful things to Drew.
I generally love TH’s heroes, but I really struggled to like Winston. He was a jerk from go. To be honest, I almost gave up reading the book because I didn’t really like him. Luckily, I liked Drew enough to power on, and I’m glad I did, because I ended up liking the book and really in the end, liking Winston (but not loving him).
I love strong female characters, and Drew was one of those. She was also a person who put others first. I saw myself in her a little. Even when she was having a tough go, she was always willing to lend a hand or go the extra mile, and that made her a very likable character.
As I said, I didn’t care for Winston for most of the book. Around the last 20%, I came to see who he really was and had a change of heart somewhat, but it was a little too late.
There were some really great characters in this book, including Winston’s roommate Sully. He was so great with Riker and an overall nice guy. I missed the first book in the series, but the two main characters are back in this book.
This book is a REAL slow burn. Real slow. The whole “I hate you” aspect went on a little too long in my opinion as well. I also felt that there were some plot lines that didn’t really get the closure they deserved (aka didn’t love the epilogue, but was glad there was one).
I would still recommend this book though.
“Friends to lovers at its best– a sweet indulgence I couldn’t put down!” – R.S. Grey, USA Today Bestselling Author
Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!
I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family’s curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.
No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.
Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.
The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She’s the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I’ve ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can’t.
Because when we met, she didn’t need true love. She needed a best friend. And that’s what I’ve been to her… for five years.
But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.
If I can’t get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.
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“Besides, this is my best friend perk. Shouldn’t I get perks in baked goods?”
She cut me a look. “You’ve been getting those perks for two years, Buchanan. Don’t even pretend you didn’t put on a solid ten pounds that first year I started baking.” Quite pointedly, she looked at my stomach, which we both knew was covered in muscle.
“That’s rude,” I mumbled under my breath. I flexed my bicep. Nero licked my elbow since it was right in front of him. “Yeah, ten pounds in my left arm maybe.”
The noise she made roughly translated to you are ridiculous. She made that sound at me a lot. Of course, the sad truth of the matter was that I was ridiculous.
Not once in the past five years had my feelings lessened for her. I had just learned to live with them. In my junior year of undergrad, I was taking a class on brain pathology in injuries, and a man came to talk to us about how he learned to live without his right arm after it was amputated.
He told us about how, even years after he lost his arm, his brain still triggered sensations to the limb that was no longer there. The adult brain, in particular, struggled to reorganize after the loss of a limb, and given that four out of five amputees suffer from phantom pain symptoms, some of which were incredibly debilitating, it was a lesson that stuck with me.
I wasn’t fool enough to think that me loving Jocelyn was on par with a man who’d lost his arm, but something about the way he talked plucked at a chord inside me. Sometimes my brain struggled to remember that we were just friends.
She’d never dated, never even hinted that she wanted to. She’d never given me a longing glance. Never stared at my mouth like she wondered what it tasted like.
But my hands never, not once, stopped wanting to reach for hers. My fingers always, always itched to dig into her crazy hair and see what the curve of her scalp felt like.
My brain knew what this relationship was, but sometimes, the signals it sent to the rest of my body didn’t always match up with the truth of our situation. We worked out together a lot, Joss and I, and when she got frustrated with the limitations of her body, I always wanted to wrap my arms around her.
I wanted to pull her into the curve of my body, absorb her dissatisfaction into my skin, and carry it for her. That was the irony when she made noises like that.
She had absolutely no clue how ridiculous I really was.
About Karla Sorensen
Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. And considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn’t take much to keep her happy…a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Now she stays home, writing and mommy-ing full time (this translates to almost every day being a ‘pajama day’ at the Sorensen household…don’t judge). She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two exceptionally adorable sons and big, shaggy rescue dog.
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“Lexi Blake has set up shop on the intersection of suspenseful and sexy, and I never want to leave.”— Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author
Long Lost, an all-new sexy and action packed installment in the Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, is coming February 4th and we have the steamy cover!
A stolen past
The only thing Tucker remembers of his past is pain. Used in a doctor’s evil experiments, his memories and identity were erased, and his freedom taken. He believed his nightmare was over when he was liberated by the men and women of McKay-Taggart, until he heard the name Steven Reasor. The idea that he could have been involved in the terrible experiments that cost his “brothers” everything crushed him. A desperate attempt to force him to remember the truth almost cost him his life. Now his world is in chaos and his only path to finally uncover the truth and atone for his sins leads to Veronica Croft.
A painful present
Veronica “Roni” Croft knew Dr. Steven Reasor was bad for her, but she also saw a side of the man that no one else knew. Even as she began to believe their employer was hiding something sinister, she was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Their affair was passionate and intense, but also fraught with danger. When he disappeared under mysterious circumstances, she took her first chance to run and never looked back. She has stayed hidden ever since, running from forces she knows are too powerful to overcome. But now the man she believed was dead, the man she mourned, has returned and needs her help.
A dangerous future
As Tucker and Roni unravel the secrets of his past, a dark force rises and threatens to destroy them. Their only chance for survival will require them to join forces with the Lost Boys’ worst enemy. Only together can they finally unlock Tucker’s past. But as Tucker’s memories begin to come back, will it free them both or tear them apart forever?
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
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What’s worse than hating your boss? Falling in love with him….
Hard Truth, the much anticipated conclusion to Hard Place by Emily Goodwin is LIVE!
The first time I met Alexander Harding, I yelled at him for taking my parking spot. Rich and powerful, I saw him as nothing more than my new coldhearted boss. I hated him once but now…now things aren’t that simple. There’s a man beneath the beast, and the more I get to know him, the more I fall in love with him.
Though just as I’m able to envision a future together, the past comes back to haunt us both.
Six years ago, my life changed forever when I found out I was pregnant. The last thing I expected was to see Michael Cooper again, but now he’s here and is ready to make up for lost time. He wants to be involved in his daughters’ life. My life. And it’s making me question everything.
I never thought it was possible to be in love with two men at the same time. One from my past, and one I want in my future. My heart is completely torn in two, with each half going in a different direction. I’d give them each half if I could.
But then I would be left with nothing.
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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
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