Review: Back to Buckhorn by Lori Foster

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Back to Buckhorn by Lori Foster
Series: Buckhorn Brothers
Release Date:  June 2, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin
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Book description:

For odd-girl-out Zoey Hodge, the best thing about Buckhorn, Kentucky, was leaving it behind. And now she’s back—at least until she can nurse her mother back to health and hightail it out of there anew. But there’s one person she doesn’t mind seeing again. Garrett Hudson was one of the few who was always kind to her. Now he’s a firefighter—still one of the good guys, but with a sexy alpha charm that’s tempting her inner bad girl.In school, Zoey was smart, witty and unafraid to be herself. Garrett fell hard back then, and he’s falling even faster now. As far as he’s concerned, there are all kinds of reasons Zoey should stick around. Her pet grooming business. Her mom. And the chance for him to prove that he can be her real-life hero in every way that matters…

Review [with spoilers]: 

The first books I read, written by Lori Foster, were exactly the first two of the Buckhorn Brothers series, I couldn’t help to read the whole series and to fall in love with every single one of her characters, even though Morgan was always my favorite. So, it was no surprise when I totally fell for Garrett too. One of the things I love about Lori Foster is how she totally manages the readers to love the characters she creates, it’s really, really hard not to, despite the fact the book was a little too short. I just wanted more and more!

Zoey’s arrival at the airport was absolutely hilarious, her relationship with Garrett was very steamy, I really liked that Garrett just couldn’t resist her and how sweet they were together. I loved, loved, loved that we got a little bit of Morgan in the book too and I felt hooked with the sparks flying between Amber and Noel.

Just can’t wait for Amber and Noel’s story!

I received a copy of this book for free, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: cup  cup  cup  cup

Review: The Texan’s Baby by Donna Alward

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Testing the Limits by Donna Alward
Miniseries: Texas Rodeo Barons, book 1
Release Date:  June 3, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin
Page Count:  224
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Book description:

Unexpected Consequences 
As a powerful Dallas oil executive, planning is what Lizzie Baron does best. But she certainly didn’t plan on getting pregnant following one memorable night after a rodeo in Fort Worth. Now she needs to figure out how she’s going to raise a baby with a man she barely knows. 
Aspiring bronc rider Chris Miller always hoped he’d see Lizzie again, though not quite like this. The pregnancy is a surprise—and so is finding out she’s a member of the powerful Baron clan—but the more Chris gets to know Lizzie, the more he realizes he wants to be with her. When Lizzie learns Chris works for a rival company, she feels betrayed. Can two perfect strangers trust each other enough to become the perfect family?

Review [with spoilers]: 

“He was bothered especially by the fact that he should be more upset about it than he was. And yet he wasn’t. Somehow being here tonight, with a pastry box of tiramisu, felt strangely inevitable.”

I loved both Lizzie and Chris. Lizzie is a strong woman that just needs to escape all the pressure of being a Baron and to forget her family’s expectations, especially her dad’s, so she does forget it for one night with… Chris. I have to say I really liked the way the book started with Lizzie taking the pregnancy test, very original, I also liked that Chris thought she was going to tell him she had an STD and he needed to be tested, it felt realistic, I mean if a guy wears a condom, they usually don’t think about a pregnancy even though it is possible, right? Lizzie’s fear about not being a good mother also felt realistic due to what her own mother did and the fact that she couldn’t stop thinking about her mother’s reasons, to behave that way, added more depth to her fear.

The story was well paced and didn’t feel like it was rushed. I enjoyed the way Chris and Lizzie tried to overcome their issues and fears. But I think the main story of what (or who…) the Barons will be facing ahead was given away too soon, it’s totally guessable and that takes away the suspense of it.

Anyway, I recommend this book and I’ll be looking forward to the next one of this miniseries. Go, Barons!

I received a copy of this book for free, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: cup  cup  cup  cup

Review: Testing The Limits by Kira Sinclair

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Testing the Limits by Kira Sinclair

Release Date:  May 20, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin

Page Count:  224

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Book description:

Wanting him was wrong, but it felt so right… Social worker Quinn Keller sees the best in people…and the worst. When she rescues a prominent businessman’s battered wife, Quinn is targeted by the woman’s violent husband. Her only option is to place her safety in the hands of Ranger Jace Hyland-tattooed, scarred, incredibly hot…and the brother of Quinn’s deceased fiance. An entirely different kind of dangerous! Quinn is the woman Jace has always wanted-and she’s strictly hands-off. But keeping her safe means taking her to his small apartment…and his bed. So for one unforgettable night, Jace will give in to the temptation he can no longer resist. One night of forbidden hunger. One night he prays will be enough to satisfy a lifetime of longing….

Review [with spoilers]: 

This was the first book I read written by Kira Sinclair and I have to say I loved it, so it probably won’t be the last.

First of all, let me just say that, in general, I’m not a fan of the angle of lust or deep feelings for the dead boyfriend/fiancée/husband’s brother. I usually don’t read this books because I always feel it’s very difficult for an author to pull this off. But Kira Sinclair totally did it! So, I’m happy I let my curiosity get the best of me and I can say that the cover played a big part in this (another first!).

The characters were strong and the story was captivating, I couldn’t put my kobo e-reader down after starting it. Jace’s guilty feelings were somewhat understandable but, when the author discloses how his brother died, his intense struggle made perfect sense. The fact that Quinn was being targeted for, basically, helping a woman who had an abusive husband, also felt realistic as well as all the details regarding her job.

There are two reasons why I’m not giving this book 5 stars: 1) the story jumped forward in a few moments that could probably benefit the story if better explored; 2) Quinn’s lack of common sense when she was threatened, I mean the guy was rich, well connected, suspected of being involved in shady businesses and she thought he was harmless? Her reaction just didn’t seem very realistic.

I totally recommend this book to all the readers that love a HEA.

I received a copy of this book for free, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review .

Rating: cup  cup  cup  cup

Review: Catching Hell by Mindy Klasky

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Catching Hell by Mindy Klasky

Series: Diamond Brides, book 2
Release Date:  April 10, 2014
Publisher:  Book View Café
Page Count:  174

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Book description:

Anna Benson is an eager “May” to Zach Ormond’s downright sexy “December.” At age thirty-seven, Zach is a veteran catcher in the last years of his contract, grateful for a no-trade clause that will let him retire a star in Raleigh. Twenty-five-year-old Anna has grown up in the Rockets’ front office; her grandfather has long groomed her to take over the team. When Zach finally realizes Anna is no longer a star-struck kid, their passion flares like a game-winning grand slam. But after a freak accident injures a young phenom and forces the team to land a new player, Anna must sacrifice Zach for the Rockets, convincing him to forfeit his hard-won no-trade guarantee. There’s hell to pay. He’s doing everything in his considerable seductive power to make her keep him-on the team and in her bed. How can Anna and Zach live happily ever after when their romance will destroy the team they love?

Review [with spoilers]: 

For a sports lover and a sucker romance like me, this book was PERFECT.

I love baseball so I really enjoyed Anna’s struggle to fix the team’s problems during the season. I also liked the main characters, both Anna and Zach were very solid and there was no unnecessary drama between them. The story was sweet and entertaining. I also totally loved Anna’s grandfather, the way he tried not to swear around her was hilarious, he became one of my favorite character’s right in the beginning of the book.

Unfortunately, and this is the reason why I’m not giving this book 5 stars, the ending seemed a little rushed. It’s not that I couldn’t understand Zach’s decision, he always said it wasn’t about the money and I think that decision showed his deep love for the Rockets, it just felt a little sudden.

Mindy Klasky managed to make me fall in love with the Rockets, so after finishing this review, I’ll buy the first book of this series that I haven’t read yet and I’ll be definitely keeping an eye for her future books.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this honest review in LibraryThing.

 

Rating:

cup  cup  cup  cup

Wishlist #1 – May 2014

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Finally, Forever by Katie Kacvinsky

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Release Date:  May 9, 2014

College baseball player, Gray Thomas, had to go far out into left field to find a girl like Dylan, the ex-love-of-his-life. More than a year later, literally at a crossroads, they find each other together on a journey that is a pause between a painful past and an uncertain future. In this sexy and offbeat summer read, Gray and Dylan discover that a destination isn’t always a place. More often, it’s a person. Now it’s time for them to finally decide, is this forever?

I have to say I fell head over heels with Katie’s cover!

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Giving In by Maya Banks

Series: Surrender Trilogy, book 2

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Release Date:  May 6, 2014

Read an excerpt here

Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she? Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.

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Rush too Far by Abby Glines

Series: Rosemary Beach, book 1.1

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Release Date: May 6, 2014

Fallen Too Far was Blaire’s story. Now it’s time for Rush to share his side.
Everyone in Rosemary Beach thinks they know how Rush Finlay and Blaire Wynn fell in love. But Rush is back to tell his side of the story…
Rush has earned every bit of his bad-boy reputation. The three-story beach house, luxury car, and line of girls begging for time between his sheets are the envy of every guy in Rosemary Beach, and Rush handles it all with the laid-back cool of a rock star’s son. All he needs are his best friend, Grant, and his sister, Nan.
Until Blaire Wynn drives into town in her beat-up pickup truck with a pistol under her seat. The Alabama farm girl instantly captures Rush’s attention once he discovers that the angelic beauty is his new stepsister, but he vows to keep his distance. Even if she needs his help. Even if he craves her.
Because Rush knows why Blaire is all alone in the world, forced to ask for help from the father who abandoned her three years ago. And he knows if he gets too close it will destroy Nan, who has a secret connection to Blaire.
He has every reason in the world to stay away from her. Find out why he doesn’t.

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Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Series: Pushing The Limits, book 4

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Release Date: May 27, 2014

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.
Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

Series: FBI/US Attorney, book 5

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Release Date: May 6, 2014

Read an excerpt  here

SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”
After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…
BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”
Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…