Monthly Topic: Favorite Romance Tropes/Themes

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As a part of The Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge, here’s March’s Monthly Topic:

Favorite Romance Tropes/Themes

Check out some of mine:

Sports

Second Chance Love

Rock Star

Military

Brother’s Best Friend/ Best Friend’s Brother

If you haven’t signed up for this challenge, you can check some information I shared about it HERE and you’ll find the links to sign up.

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Happy Release Day #7

Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Release Date:  December 1, 2015

Series: Hope #5

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-by-Play series delivers a new novel about how love sometimes has plans of its own.  

Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay—the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he’ll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he’s drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.

Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she’s reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn’t what she’s looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.

Two people with different goals couldn’t possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.

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Happy Release Day #2

Wild About The Wrangler by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Wild About The Wrangler by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Release Date:  November 3, 2015

Series: Sexy Texans #2

Publisher: Signet

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of Crazy for the Cowboy ropes another sexy Texan in a novel of untamed, passion-filled romance in the Panhandle.…
 
Expert rider Mac Foster’s got it bad for Anastasia Bickford, but he’s fighting it. Not only is she a friend—she’s his boss’s sister, making her the last person he should be lusting after. To make matters worse, she’s creating a name for herself as an artist, and it’s only a matter of time before the world comes knocking at her door.
Though Anastasia has a growing reputation for her vivid drawings of a legendary wild stallion they call the Ghost, she’s never seen him. A secret fear of horses has forced her to rely only on photos. Since no one knows the Ghost better than Mac, he can help her overcome her fear by teaching her to ride. But in order to get closer to the stallion, she’ll have to get closer to the man.

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Untamed by SC Stephens

Untamed by S. C. Stephens

Release Date:  November 3, 2015

Series: Thoughtless #4

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author S.C. Stephens brings us the next book in her Thoughtless series!

The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes it burns.
Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight. Anna tells him to be patient, that his talent will win out. But Griffin is through waiting for permission to shine.
Without warning, Griffin makes a shocking decision and takes the gamble of a lifetime. Suddenly he’s caught up in a new level of lights, cameras, and chaos. One that pushes his relationship with Anna to its limits. Anna has always found his unpredictable behavior sexy, but lately he’s seen an ache in her eyes–and it has his soul in knots. Just as the recognition Griffin seeks is finally within reach, the thing he loves most in life could be slipping through his fingers…

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Review: Rolling Like Thunder by Vicki Lewis Thompson

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Rolling Like Thunder by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Series: Thunder Mountain Brotherhood #3

Release Date:  July 21, 2015

Publisher: Harlequin

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Synopsis

The last cowboy…
All work and no play makes Finn a dull cowboy. Since his divorce, Finn O’Roarke has put all of his time into his Seattle-based microbrewery, unaware that back in Wyoming, his foster parents are on the verge of ruin. Now Finn and his foster brothers are trying to save Thunder Mountain Ranch–and only one woman can help them turn it all around.
Marketing guru Chelsea Trask has had a thing for the gorgeous brewer for ages. When they work together at Thunder Mountain Ranch, however, she starts to see Finn’s cowboy side. And it’s irresistibly hot. Best of all, the attraction that’s been sizzling beneath the surface has erupted in some very sexy situations.
But is Chelsea falling for the real Finn…or for the cowboy he used to be?

Review [possible spoilers]:

In book 3 of Thunder Mountain Brotherhood series, we finally get Finn’s story. I was waiting, rather impatient, for his story since Vicki Lewis Thompson introduced Finn in book 1. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Finn and Chelsea have been attracted to each other for years. But Finn is definitely all work and no play. He’s a highly driven business owner and his background story, along with his divorce, explains why he works hard to keep his dream, his brewery, successful. He is fiercely loyal to his family, stunningly sexy especially with his cowboy hat on and he has a heart of gold. Easy to fall in love with Finn, right?

Chelsea is definitely my favorite character in this series. She is refreshingly honest with who she is and what she wants. She is, like Finn, a highly driven business owner with a huge talent in marketing but she also knows how to balance perfectly her busy moments and her fun moments. I love how she walks, dresses, teases Finn and how she becomes fiercely loyal to Finn’s family even before she met them. Hard not to fall in love with Chelsea!

So, they travel together to the Last Chance Ranch to  to raise more money to save Thunder Mountain Ranch, and then they continue their trip towards Thunder Mountain Ranch where Chelsea meets Finn’s family and his brotherhood.

Even though Finn fights his attraction to Chelsea from the first moment they meet, Chelsea does’t fight it at all. She teases Finn and never hides her feelings for him. Except when he was married. But this trip, along with a few years of buildup, brings them closer and closer until Finn finally can’t fight it anymore. And it’s a perfect, steamy, hot roller coaster with this two.

Pure romance in a memorable series about loyalty, family, passion and love.

I received a copy of this book from Harlequin via NetGalley.

Rating:  cup  cup  cup  cup 

Review: Thunderstruck by Vicki Lewis Thompson

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Thunderstruck by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Series: Thunder Mountain Brotherhood #2

Release Date:  June 16, 2015

Publisher: Harlequin

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Synopsis

The lone cowboy… 

Damon Harrison never gets too involved. A cowboy at heart, Damon has turned his commitment phobia into a living-flipping houses. The only exceptions to that rule? His foster family at Thunder Mountain Ranch. And now those “exceptions” have talked Damon into working on a new project with a carpenter named Phil….

Only, “Phil” is a nickname for Philomena Turner. She has a wicked way with carpentry and an even wickeder way of turning Damon’s head. And the chemistry is like a lightning bolt of lust. But Phil wants a family and a home, and no hotshot cowboy-even a tantalizingly sexy one-will change that. All she can steal are a few nights of sizzling passion before she has to set this lone cowboy free……

Review [possible spoilers]:

I’ve been counting the days to read the second book in this series. Vicki Lewis Thompson did a great job in the end of the first book and really piqued my curiosity about Damon and Phil’s story.

Damon and Phil are going to work together on a new project that will take place in Thunder Mountain Ranch, so they start exchanging e-mails regarding the project but they only meet in person when Damon returns to the ranch.

Damon has his demons, just like Cade and Finn, so he keeps things simple in his life. He loves his job, he’s a loner and a commitment isn’t really something he ever wanted or needed.

Phil is a independent, strong and beautiful woman who also loves her job. Due to her choice of career, some men (weak men) are intimidated by her and she hasn’t met her match. Until Damon.

Rosie, Damon’s foster mom, thinks Phil and Damon are perfect for each other and she’s right. As soon as they meet, sparks are flying everywhere. Their relationship started a little too fast but it kind of made sense because they have an explosive chemistry and they bond over their love for their jobs in the construction industry. But there comes a point where Damon has to choose if he needs or wants a commitment with Phil.

I loved both Damon and Phil. I really liked the way they interacted with each other and with all the secondary characters (there’s new additions and I’m hoping that some of them might get a book too!). All of them are really special and I think that’s what makes this series so perfect! It goes without saying that I can’t wait for Finn and Chelsea’s book!!!

Thunderstruck can be read as a standalone because there’s enough background to dive into the story without reading the first book, but I definitely recommend both books in this series. I’m definitely, irrevocably in love with Thunder Mountain Brotherhood Series.

I received a copy of this book from Harlequin via NetGalley.

Rating:  cup  cup  cup  cup