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Losing Game (Winning Ace #2)

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Can love overcome betrayal, or are some things broken beyond repair? 🖤LOSING GAME🖤 by Tracie Delaney is #LIVE! Grab your copy now, #FREE with #KU!
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Synopsis ~
Can love overcome betrayal, or are some things broken beyond repair?

Too hurt to look into who might have sent photos of Cash Gallagher kissing another woman, Tally McKenzie flees to a secret hideout in Brighton and tries to forget her lover.

Stubborn to the last, Cash tracks Tally down and wins her back by confessing his darkest secret. Now he can only hope his demons don’t become headline news and threaten his role as the reigning bad boy of centre court

Can Cash and Tally’s deepening relationship survive all the challenges, or is the hot tennis ace about to discover that the prospect of losing his precious career is the least of his woes?

*Please note this novel is written in British English and includes British idioms.

Losing Game is the second novel in the Winning Ace series. To have the best reading experience, the books are best read in order.

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Excerpt ~
“Hello, Natalia.”
The sharp pain in her chest couldn’t have been any worse if someone had cracked open her ribcage, reached inside, and torn out her heart.
“Leave me alone, Cash,” she croaked to the man she’d adored since she was fifteen.
“I can’t do that.”
She tightened her grip on the door handle, certain if she let go she’d crumple to the floor. “Don’t you think I’ve been hurt enough?” she whispered.
Cash bowed his head, and his shoulders drooped. “I don’t want to cause you any more pain.”
“Then go away.” She turned her back on him and opened the door.
“Please, Natalia. Can we go inside and talk?”
She rested her forehead against the doorframe. “No,” she said in a wavering voice. Tears pricked behind her eyes. She dug her fingernails into her palm as she swallowed past an uncomfortable lump in her throat.
“I can explain,” he said, his hand lightly touching her arm.
She spun out of his reach but kept her back to him. “I said no.” Her chin trembled, and she clenched her jaw to stop the involuntary movement. “I’m not interested in anything you have to say.”
“I know I’ve fucked up. Please, let me inside. I’ll tell you everything. About Gracie, about my mother and father. Everything. It’s what I should have done already.”
“Cash, please.” She faced him then, her voice cracking as the tears she’d desperately tried to hold back spilled down her cheeks. “Why are you doing this?”
“Oh, baby,” he said, reaching for her again.
She staggered backwards and stumbled over the step. Her ankle twisted as she tried to save herself. Cash shot out an arm and pulled her against his chest. This time, she didn’t have the energy to resist. She slumped against him as he dug around in his pocket.
He produced a crumpled tissue and wiped away her tears. “You’re freezing. Let’s go inside and get you warmed up.”
Before she could protest, he ushered her through the door and into the tiny hallway. He walked straight ahead into the kitchen like he owned the damned place and then flicked the kettle on.
“Go and get a shower. I’ll have the tea made by the time you get out.”
She wanted to tell him no, that she could make her own bloody tea, but the words wouldn’t come. She trudged into the bathroom and locked the door. She wouldn’t put it past Cash to follow her, and she craved control even as she sensed it slipping out of reach.
She’d thought Brighton would be a refuge, a place to heal, but he’d found her so easily. Once she’d showered and dressed in clean clothes, she would be able to deal with Cash. She would listen to what he had to say and then politely ask him to leave.
And then she was going home to London.

 

Review ~
Losing Game (The Winning Ace Trilogy Book Two) by Tracie Delaney
• Challenges
WOW!!! Challenges DEFINITELY describes what Tally and Cash have to deal with within this story. However it’s exciting to see how things change, you’ll have to read LOSING GAME to find out what… I don’t want to give anything away….. But you might want to have some tissues handy, just in case!! UGH I can NOT wait for Grand Slam Book 3 (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017 to be released!! This doesn’t end with a HEA (yet) nor is it a cliffhanger, but it DEFINITELY leaves you ready to read more!! As a debut writer, this is an AWESOME series!
Losing Game is the second novel in the Winning Ace series. To have the best reading experience, the books are best read in order
Winning Ace is the first novel in an overarching three book series and as such does not have an HEA.
Winning Ace (Game – Catching Cash)
Losing Game (Set – Holding Cash)
Grand Slam (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. This book uses British spellings/British idioms and contains language and sexual situations not recommended to be read by those under 18.

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ABOUT TRACIE DELANEY🖤
Tracie Delaney is the author of the Winning Ace trilogy. She loves nothing more than immersing herself in a good romance, although she sometimes, rather cheekily, makes her characters wait for their HEA.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.
Tracie studied accountancy, gaining her qualification in 2001. Her maths teacher would no doubt be stunned by this revelation considering Tracie could barely add two plus two at high school.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband. They both share a love of dogs, travel and wine.

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Winning Ace (The Winning Ace Trilogy Book One) by Tracie Delaney

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Synopsis ~
When the opportunity arises for journalist Tally McKenzie to meet tennis ace Cash Gallagher, she grabs it without hesitation. Desperate for a killer story to advance her career, she’ll have to betray her idol and her own morals into the bargain if she is to succeed.

Renowned bad boy Cash wants one thing; to remain at the top of his game. He’s fought hard to get there, and he’s not about to lose his crown, especially over a woman.

When Cash divulges personal information, Tally seizes her chance and writes an explosive article. Incensed, Cash sets out to get his revenge. Except the darling of centre court gets more than he bargained for—a passionate affair with a woman he should detest.

But Cash is a man with secrets—secrets that could destroy his career. Dare he take the risk? Or is the cost too great, even for his perfect match.

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Review ~
Winning Ace (The Winning Ace Trilogy Book One) by Tracie Delaney
• Secrets
Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop! What an amazing start for a series, and an absolutely awesome debut novel for Tracie. I cannot wait to read LOSING GAME to find out what happens next. Secrets don’t stay secret forever, but when they’re hidden they hurt too many people. To find out what happens between Cash and Tally you’ll have to read WINNING ACE. This doesn’t end with a HEA (yet) nor is it a cliffhanger, but it DEFINITELY leaves you ready to read LOSING GAME….. Which I’m of to do right now!!!
Winning Ace is the first novel in an overarching three book series and as such does not have an HEA.
Winning Ace (Game – Catching Cash)
Losing Game (Set – Holding Cash)
Grand Slam (Match – Keeping Cash) Releasing October 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. This book uses British spellings/British idioms and contains language and sexual situations not recommended to be read by those under 18.

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Thieves 2 Lovers

Thieves 2 Lovers (Book 3) by K Webster and J.D. Hollyfield

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Synopsis~

Best friends aren’t supposed to kiss.
But these best friends did.

He can’t get the taste of her lips off his mind.
She can’t let go of the guilt from her mistake.

He wants to be good enough for her.
She wishes life were different.

He’s the bad boy reject.
She’s the girl next door.

When opposites attract, they collide and create an explosion that can’t be ignored.
Is it possible to be madly in love with your best friend?

Love follows no rules because love is a rebel.

Her: We should talk about what’s happening…
Him: It’s about damn time.

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Review ~
Thieves 2 Lovers by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield
• Family
Another amazingly written rom-com by a spectacularly funny duet! When Webster and Hollyfield get together you know it’s going to be a hoot. But always be prepared for the unexpected cuz you never know what’ll happen when these two awesome authors join forces together, except a spectacular story of course! Linc and Regan are best friends who ended up kissing which made things awkward. Regan’s in a relationship with someone else and Linc’s not good enough for her, he’s the bad boy. It’s time to talk about their kiss. They miss each other but can’t stop thinking about their shared amazing kiss. Is what they feel for each other love or just a paying moment? Regardless Linc promises he’ll always be there for her, he’s get best friend. You’ll have to read Thieves 2 Lovers to find out what happens between these two. It’s funny, but remember life isn’t all always just fun and games. (Author’s note that I agree with) It is best if you’ve read Text 2 Lovers and Hate 2 Lovers so you’ll understand the dynamic of the characters in this story. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on all the fun of the first two books! Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via the author via and IndieSagePr by bookfunnel for an honest review.

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About the Authors
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part time superhero…

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

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Text 2 Lovers, Book 1
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Review ~
Text 2 Lovers Book 1 by K Webster and J.D. Hollyfield
•Unexpected
What a hilarious combination these two authors came up with, it’s awesome! I had a hard time trying to keep my laughs in while hubby tried sleeping next to me. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
Dani just caught her boyfriend well ex now, with his tongue down his “neighbors” throat. So while slamming drinks at the bar with her best friend Andi she ends up sending a bunch of angry texts to him. However she accidentally sends them to a wrong number instead. The guy that ends up receiving them actually makes her smile and laugh so they continue texting, as well as begin talking at night too.
Ram has been in a slump ever since being set up by his ex, which cost him to lose his job. To top it off, his brother is the one whom had to fire him. Now he’s trying to start his own advertising company, but has had a mental block at what to use for the clients logo. That is until he’s drunk texted by some random lady that actually makes him laugh. After she uses a Princess Bride movie quote it helps him figure out what to use for his client. Ram wants to get to know this person Carrie better and in person, but she’s not ready for that. After the way her ex treated her Ram understands, but texting isn’t enough so he calls to hear her voice and make sure she’s a real person.
The circumstances that align for their unexpected first meeting is hilarious! You’ve got to read TEXT 2 LOVERS to find out how it happens as well as the roller coaster ride of life these two experience. I am sooooo looking forward to more from these two authors together! These two took an approach I haven’t seen or read before, but oh was it wonderful to read. One author wrote the heroine’s POV while the other took the hero’s. You’ll have to read the story to figure out which author wrote which, because trying to figure it out is part of the fun. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book. via IndieSage through bookfunnel in exchange for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passage ~
~ Get ready, Buttercup. I’m playing for keeps.

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Hate 2 Lovers, Book 2
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Review ~
Hate 2 Lovers Book 2 by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield
•Worry

Note from authors~

We hope you enjoy Andie and Roman’s story! Writing together is an absolute joy for us and we hope that shows! As with Text 2 Lovers, one of us took the hero’s POV and the other took the heroine’s POV. If you read the first book, you’ll remember! We’ll also tell you at the end. It is best if you’ve read Text 2 Lovers first though because you’ll understand the dynamic of Andie and Roman better…plus, you don’t want to miss out on all the laughs from book one! Enjoy and we’ll see you on the other side! K Webster and J.D. Hollyfield
OMG, I started laughing from the first page…. You’ve GOT TO READ THIS STORY!!! Another story I couldn’t put down until I finished, lots of our looks from people at the Dr’s office since I couldn’t help but chuckle. However I do agree with the authors, it’s better to read Text 2 Lovers first… You will NOT be disappointed!!! It gives an insight into Roman and Andie’s relationship. The titles to each chapter are so hilariously funny, you can’t wait to read the reason she named it that way. Now I CANNOT WAIT for Thieves 2 Lovers to come out next!!! These two authors are awesome, but together they’re spectacularly awesome!!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passages ~
~ “Please don’t kick my ass,” Chase says with a nervous chuckle. “You’re like twice my size, and I really like your sister.”
~ Is a rocket launcher too much?
~ But with the help of the man I am about to marry, I realized that true love conquers.

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Landry Family Series by Adriana Locke

SWINK (Landry family #5) by Adriana Locke
• Fight
Yet another AMAZING Landry family story! Adriana sucks you in to every story she writes and makes you crave for more! We finally get to meet who Camella has been holding back from her family. It’s not all roses even it finally happens but if it’s truly what you want them is work the fight to get it. Dominic isn’t what Camilla usually goes for, he’s from the other side of the tracks. Is it temporary or does she want more? What about his past? What does Dom want? What will get brothers say or do when they find out? You’ll have to read SWINK to find out.
Although this is book #5 in the Landry series, it can also be read as a standalone story. However if you read the complete series you’ll get the background information all the family…. It’s SO worth reading them ALL!!!
Read more about the Landry family:
Sway (Barrett)
Swing (Lincoln)
Switch (Graham)
Swear (Ford)
Swink (Camilla)
* Sienna Landry will kick-off a brand new series, The Gibson Boys. (I canNOT wait to read the new series!!
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via the author. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passages ~
• A little zest for the best can make up for a lot of the rest.
• “Yeah. I smelled like gym floors.” “As long as you don’t smell like gym whores,”
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SWAY (Landry family #1) by Adriana Locke
•Insecurities
Sway is WOW no other way to put it other than WOW!!! I absolutely loved it! I was on the edge of my seat wondering how Barrett’s gubernatorial election would turn out, as well as how Alison would continue to react to it with the issues of her past. Once again Adriana weaves another story that you cannot put down, let alone turn pages fast enough to see what happens next! Now we sit and wait for her next installment of a wonderful, albeit sexy, hot as hell, loving family that goes ALL IN with everything they have in them not only as an individual but as a family….. The TOTAL PACKAGE! I canNOT wait for SWING, Lincoln’s story.
Barrett Landry the Mayor of Savannah (aka the Most Eligible Bachelor) is running neck and neck in the gubernatorial race against Homer Hobbs. He’s trying to play the game against people who have no rules. He makes women swoon over him without even trying he’s just that sexily hot. Politics equals power, but it also equals fortune, a bit of fame, and a lot of women, and these men take full advantage of it all, including Landry. That is until he meets Alison, the one woman who wants to run from him instead of killing each other to get a chance to be with him.
Alison’s a single mother who’s working two jobs to take care of her son, but also going to school for journalism. After working her ass off to pay her now ex husbands way through school, he said she was nothing and beneath him as soon as he became a judge. She’s determined to support her son on her own, she won’t be swayed by any man. Then she’s face to face with Barrett Landry, who’s this crazy mix of power and sexiness, it almost makes her high. His smile makes her knees go weak, the air between them crackles, his voice’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket, but his touch makes her body shiver. Alison tries to remind herself he’s only a man, but he’s still another politician!
But when they’re alone he’s different, he relaxes. It’s like he TRUELY sees her. But is he sincere or is it all to advance his political career? How will Alison’s son be affected by this, what are his thoughts? You’ll have to read SWAY to find out, but it’ll be worth the time you take to read it! Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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SWING (Landry Family #2) by Adriana Locke
• One step at a time
Lincoln definitely met his match with Danielle, and she with him. I love their back and forth banter from the get go. You just can’t help but laugh along while reading. All the baseball analogies and innuendos are hilariously funny, BUT with a seriousness too!
Adriana weaves yet another story that you cannot put down, let alone turn pages fast enough to see what happens next! Now we sit and wait for her next installment of a wonderful, albeit sexy, hot as hell, loving family that goes ALL IN with everything they have in them not only as an individual but as a family….. The TOTAL PACKAGE! I canNOT wait for SWITCH, Graham’s story that’ll be next. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older.
Favorite Passages~
• I follow her, like a puppy looking for someone to play with. At least I’m not drooling . . . I don’t think . . . but I probably am panting. I need played with. What can I say? (Oh SOOOOO Lincoln!)
• Like when we aren’t together, the world is ending. Because if we aren’t together, maybe it has.”
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SWITCH (Landry Family #3) by Adriana Locke
• Vows
Another amazing Landry Family story. The emotion throughout will keep your fingers itching to turn to the next page to read what happens next….. Talk about the wedding of a lifetime… Make sure tissues are at the ready (it’s awesome), but I’m not saying who’s wedding it is…. Sorry that’s give up too much info, but it’s SOOOO worth the time to read it to find out!
This may be the 3rd story in Landry Family series, but it could be read as standalone story. I prefer to read them in order to find the hidden gems within each new story,o and oh boy are they in each one…. Definitely worth it to read the entire series so far….I cannot wait to read SWEAR (Ford’s story). I don’t know how Adriana does it, but I’m glad she does and can’t wait for what’s next.
Graham focuses only on work… Well he did until his sister sets him up with a friend from high school for as new executive assistant that he desperately needs. Mallory knocks his world off kilter, something he’s DEFINITELY NOT used to. Mallory on the other hand needs a fresh start… This job seems like the perfect solution, until she stumbles into the office later her first day. Can they figure out how to work together? Gotta read SWITCH to find out. Due to explicit sexual content and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older.
Favorite Passages ~
• “Desperation is the name of the game.”
• …I have no plan for this. I have no clue how to navigate this minefield.
• “You can get up every day and decide what you are going to accomplish, what goals you’re going to work towards. Think about that. Every morning is an opportunity to change what you aren’t happy with.”
• …Do something that your soul tells you to.”
• “You little rascals. I don’t care if you’re married or not. We’re going to talk about this!”
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SWEAR (Landry Family #4) by Adriana Locke
• 2nd Chance
When you read SWEAR… Me oh my….. It’s an amazing story of second chances and family…. Well what can you say about the Landry boys… This is Ellie and Ford’s story (with the rest of the family thrown in for an added bonus of course). Ford broke her heart almost 10 years ago, will she ever let him in again? Ford finds out Ellie is back in town thanks to his brother Graham’s Mallory’s meddling (setting him up on blinddates), but once he learns she’s back…. Game on….. Well if she’ll allow it! You’ll have to read SWEAR to find out. Just remember you’ll need tissue toward the end….. But OH SO worth it!
Adriana has done it again, this story just keeps pulling you in farther and farther. Now I can’t wait to see when SWINK will be available…… Another hook, line, and sinker, I’m snared in the net….. And love it!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via the author. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passages ~
• “Come hell or high water, I’m going to make her mine again. Just you wait and see.”
• “Who you are and whose you are”
• …hallmark of a strong family, Ford, is one that allows its members to grow and learn. And not just when they’re babies. Sometimes the hardest life lessons are learned when we’re adults.”
• “Just how I need to remember that when storms roll in, how beautiful the rainbow is going to be.”

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Deuce:
The first moment I stared into Ally’s tortured blue eyes, my subconscious knew I’d never escape her. She called to the darkest part of my soul and made it impossible to ignore the strange pull I felt towards her.
Some things are just meant to be.
As long as we were both breathing, my heart would do time with hers. Like the famous outlaw lovers, Bonnie and Clyde, Ally and I committed the perfect crime. I claimed her heart, and she stole mine.
I only meant to save her.
To heal her.
Now, my past threatens to ruin her.
Wanted dead or alive, I’ve got her by my side and together we’ll ride.

Ally:
I thought the world forgot me.
That I had died at fourteen.
But, I never knew life until I knew him.
Rescued and healed, I found love in the face of an outlaw.
Whether he fails or flies, I’ll ride until I die.
I’m his Bonnie and he’s my Clyde.
A love as strong as ours will never die.

***NOTE: Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, offensive language, and mature topics. This book deals with sensitive subjects, such as kidnapping and human trafficking. Please be aware of these triggers and keep them in mind while reading. Through the sensitive subjects, the storm passes and the sky clears….there is a happily ever after waiting on the other side.***

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Excerpt ~

Admitting I haven’t tried Sushi makes me realize there are plenty of things I missed out on experiencing. That’s not saying I would have necessarily wanted to try different things or even liked them once I had, but I never got the chance to make those choices or decisions.
Aside from different foods, I missed out on a bunch of firsts too.
“Hey, are you okay?” he asks, tilting his head to the side as he stares at me. “If you don’t want Sushi we get something else…”
I shake my head.
“It’s not that.”
“Then what is it?”
“I just realized I’m twenty-six years old and not only are there so many things I probably haven’t tried but there are things I never got the chance to experience. Things I pushed out of my head because I told myself there was no point in dwelling on it. Now that I’m free, it feels wrong, if that makes any sense. I mean I know I lost twelve years and everyone keeps saying I’ve got a second chance to make a life for myself, but all those things I missed…I can’t get that back. I can’t replace all the miserable moments with what should’ve been. I guess what I’m trying to say is…I can’t trade my painful firsts for the firsts I dreamed I’d have.”
“Says who?”
My brows knit in confusion and I blink as he turns fully, propping his leg on my bed.
“Name one first you wish you could change.”
“Why? You can’t change them.”
“Maybe not all of them,” he says with a shrug. “But if we can manage to change a few that should count for something.”
Biting down on my lip, I think about his suggestion.
“My first kiss is something I wish I could change,” I say honestly, lifting my head to meet his expressionless face. “Papa,” I mutter, cringing as I say the name. “That’s what he made me call him,” I explain, watching Deuce’s jaw go rigid.
“Rush?”
I shake my head.
“Yankovich,” he growls.
For as long as he kept me, I never knew his real name. Hearing it now sends chills down my spine as I recall the first time I was kissed and how Yankovich’s lips felt against mine.
“It was rough and not in a good way,” I confess. “It wasn’t done in a way to make me feel desired but in a way where I was scared of what would happen if I didn’t oblige. So, I kissed him back and hated myself afterward.”
Muttering a curse, Deuce runs his fingers roughly through his hair before turning back to me.
“Close your eyes,” he directs.
“What for?”
“I won’t hurt you,” he promises, evading my question. A foreign feeling erupts inside of me, one I can’t quite place and I find myself closing my eyes, not because he ordered me to but because I trust he won’t hurt me.
Seconds tick by before I hear Deuce’s exasperated breath. Then I feel the mattress dip and as I continue to keep my eyes closed I subconsciously lean forward. His hands lift to my cheeks and the next breath he releases brushes gently over my lips.
Then it happens.
Deuce lays his mouth over mine.
For a moment neither of us move as our lips stay locked on one another. Slowly, he then moves his mouth, taking my lower lip between his and giving it a gentle tug. Sucking softly, he parts my lips and a small gasp spills from my mouth into his.
My heart pounds against my chest as he applies more pressure, making our kiss rougher in all the right ways. I’m not scared or trying to drift away. I’m right there with him, flying high on sensation and adrenaline. His tongue touches my lips, prying them open. Following his lead, I part my lips. He pushes his tongue into my waiting mouth and glides it over mine, tasting me—teaching me that some firsts can be rewritten.
Pulling back slightly he pecks my lips once more and I open my eyes. Keeping his eyes fixed to mine, he licks his lips and drops his hands from my face.
“There you go,” he rasps, as if what just happened didn’t shake the ground beneath us. Unsure what to say, I lift my fingers to my lips and watch as he leans his elbows on his knees. Silently, he stares into space before he slowly turns to me. His eyes immediately dart toward my mouth but quickly lift to my eyes and I wonder if he liked it as much as I did.
“You still got those matches I gave you?” he asks suddenly.
Biting my lip, I stare at him for a moment then lift my hips and reach into my pocket. Pulling out the book of matches my cheeks flush and I turn my palm over to display them. His lips quirk slightly as he slaps his hands against his thighs and rises to his feet.
“Let’s go,” he says, reaching for the hoodie I draped across the back of a chair. “Is this all you took from Reina?” he asks, tossing it onto the bed and crossing his arms as he leans against the wall.
I didn’t know I wasn’t going back there,” I reply, taking the hoodie from the bed. “Wait, where are we going?”
“To get food.”
“Raw food?” I question, slipping my arms through the hoodie before getting up from the bed. “No way.”
“Won’t know if you like it unless you try it,” he retorts, raising an eyebrow “Gotta strike the match, girl,” he adds, tipping his chin toward the book of matches I’m still holding.
“Are you daring me?”
“Maybe,” he says with a shrug. “You accepting?”
Licking my lips, I shove the matches back into my pocket and take a deep breath. If trying Sushi is anything like my new first kiss, then joining the land of the living might not be so bad. It might be scary but it’s a leap I’ve got to take.
“Under one condition,” I say, stepping closer to him. Continuing to lean against the wall, he raises an eyebrow as amusement flickers in his eye.
“You have to get me ice cream too.”
“You like ice cream?”
“We’re going to find out,” I tell him as I brush past him and walk into his room.
Grabbing the keys off the table, he follows me toward the door and reaches around me to open it.
“With manners like that it’s a wonder your room is a mess,” I tease as I walk outside.
“My room isn’t a mess…it’s lived in,” he argues, slamming the door shut behind him.
“I don’t have to wonder if you wear boxers or briefs,” I call over my shoulder as we head toward Wolf’s truck. “However, I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed.”
“Yeah, why’s that?”
Pulling open the door, I climb inside and turn to him.
“I took you for a commando type of guy,” I tell him before shutting the door. Standing in front of the car, he braces one hand on the hood and peers at me through the windshield with a dumbfound expression on his face.
Something amazing happens then.
Something genuine and natural.
Something so unfamiliar to me but common to others.
I smile.
Then he smiles too and I decide Deuce has a great smile, one that if you stare at it long enough it can become an addiction. Isn’t that funny? I never knew a person could crave something so simple like someone else’s smile. I wonder if too much of someone’s smile can be bad for another person. I’d like to think not but what do I know—I’m the girl who never thought she’d smile again.
“Looks good on you,” he comments as he slides into the truck.
“What does?”
“A smile.”
“Yours isn’t so bad either,” I point out, realizing I’m still smiling. His lips quirk again as he pulls out of the lot and I find myself staring at him while he drives. The first time I saw Deuce, I didn’t think much about him. I don’t know if it was the drugs or something else, but at the time he was just another person. When you’ve spent most of your life surrounded by animals, you don’t take notice of people. They all look the same. They all act the same. You’ll expect them to hurt you and take from you. You give up hope that there are still people worth knowing. You give up on the good folks and lump everyone into one category.
In the days since I was rescued I’ve been noticing things. I’ve been noticing people, and right now I’m noticing Deuce. I’m noticing there is a twang hidden underneath that raspy voice and every now and then it becomes more prominent.
“Where are you from?”
He looks at me out of the corner of his eye.
“Caught that, huh?”
“Were you trying to hide it because you’re not very good at it,” I reply.
“Texas.”
Not expecting that response, my eyes widen at the admission but I quickly recover.
“Is it true everything is bigger in Texas?”
Another quirk of the lips.
Yeah, I was addicted.
“I’m not touching that one,” he quips.
Realizing the innuendo, I slap his arm and attempt to call him a jerk but I get distracted by the size of it.
Things are huge in Texas.

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Review ~
Roamer (Nomad Series #3) by Janine Infante Bosco
• Missing Piece
Although this is the 3rd story in the series, it’s the first one I’ve read (so far). I have book 1 in my library and will be going back to read soon. With that being said, when I started reading this story, I didn’t feel as though I came in the middle of a story and had to stress about what I missed in the previous books. While each story is its own standalone story it still deals with the same people, I cannot wait to read not only the previous books, but the next one in the series. There strong emotions and situations these main characters have to face, but will Ally and Deuce finally get the HEA they both crave but don’t think they’ll ever have or deserve? You’ll have to read Roamer To find out. It’s intense and action packed but full of love all around as well. All around great read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSage for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual and adult situations this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older.
Favorite Passages ~
• Whether he fails or flies, I’m riding with him side by side. Because we got that ride or die love. The kind of love the whole world wants.
• The unexpected romance, the one you never see coming, the love that lights your whole world on fire, well, the flames may perish but the love burns with no end.

 

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Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.
She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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Stryker”
I’m a drifter.
A man born to ride through this world alone.
There used to be a time when I thought I was the rescuing type. I enlisted in the Marines and made it my duty—I was going to save lives.
I was going to be a true American hero.
But God had another plan.
Or maybe Satan did.
For everything I touch finds mortality.
I’m no hero.
I’m nothing.
I’m a veteran biker, a former nomad who survived war only to live in hell.
Now I ride with the Satan’s Knights of Brooklyn and I’m drifting into a different kind of chaos.
The kind that revolves around a pretty girl with intoxicating green eyes.
A girl who has the power to turn me inside out.
A girl who doesn’t need anyone to rescue her because she’s her own savior.
Until she’s not.
But a man plagued by war and the devil inside him can never be her hero.

Gina Spinelli
Strong. Independent. Fierce.
They are the three things I strived to be.
But sometimes being successful can be lonely.
Sometimes a girl just wants to be a girl and have someone take care of her.
Maybe even love her.
Sometimes the strong become vulnerable.
Or worse, the victor becomes the victim.
Sometimes we lose control or in my case it’s stripped from you.
Defeated. Broken. Haunted.
They are the three things I have become.
In my darkest hour I admit defeat.
In my darkest hour I need one person.
I need him.
Stryker.

 

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Cobra
I’ve lived two lives.
One full of innocence and one full of sin.
I mourned the perfect life I was born into and made it my duty to chase the phantom who stole it from me.
Revenge, mayhem and loss are all I know.
I am the lone man—I am the wanderer.
The former nomad—now, Satan’s deadliest soldier.
The two worlds were never supposed to collide. Innocence and sin aren’t made to coexist yet somehow my past bleeds into the present and I find myself facing my biggest regret…I find myself face to face with her—the girl who got away.
The girl I let go.
The woman I’ll ruin if I stay.

Celeste
Our young love was marred by violence.
Our guilt destroyed us, fate tempted us but, it was he who broke us.
They say time heals all, but all time did was dull the ache of his abandonment.
Now, dressed in leather, covered in ink the boy I mourned is now a man—a man tormented by his demons.
In another life we were everything to one another.
In this life we’re strangers.

 

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Dating the Wrong Mr. Right

 

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Pepper Watson has lost everything–her job, her fiancé, and the future she’d so carefully planned. Now she’s back at Wishing Bridge trying to figure out her next step. Her new plan does not include the ever-so-sexy Ben Cooper. Nope. She’s getting her life back on track, and getting out of this little town as fast as possible.

Ben Cooper is doing his best to build his business and help his parents. The last thing he needs is the distraction that is Pepper Watson. She might be prickly every time he’s in her presence, but he sees another side of her. The side that has set aside her dreams to help her sisters. And then there’s the fact that kissing her is pretty much the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

He’s putting down roots. She’s running away. It’s going to take more than a wish for these two to find their happily ever after.

 

💜ABOUT AMANDA ASHBY💜
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Library?s Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

 

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Review ~
Dating the Wrong Mr. Right (Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #3) by Amanda Ashby
• Perfect Day
I absolutely love this series!! From thinking they’ve lost everything as kids to finding their one true love, of course the are lots of bumps along the way… But hey that’s life and Amanda has made this series come to life, each character you could imagine either living next door to you or imagine living within their small town. Life throws choices at you and then fate adds her fickleness and you’re left to pick, but will your original dream be enough? Or do you now wish for something you never expected? That’s what’s happening within this story for Pepper and Coop, to see what their ultimate choice is you’ll have to read Dating the Wrong Mr. Right. Although each of the stories within this series is its own standalone story, the all coincide around the Wishing Bridge Farm. You could read them in any order, I recommend reading them in order so you get all the little details. It’ll be worth your time to read all 3 stories. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley for an honest blog tour review.
Favorite Passage ~
• But whatever it is, I want to find out where it ends.

 

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Review ~
The Wedding Planners Baby (Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #2) by Amanda Ashby
•Love
Because she knows she needs help, after finding out she’s pregnant Bec runs for the hills or back to Wishing Bridge Farm ~home as it may be, where she vowed to never return to. She never expects the father, Lincoln (an English Lord~ which he hid from her) to show up on her door step. She thought she had more time to tell him, but such as life in a small town word travels even to an outside visitor. So what’s gonna happen now? You’ll have to read wedding Planner’s Baby to find out how it plans out. Another amazing emotional Wishing Bridge Farm story!! I can’t wait to read what’ll be in store for Piper next!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review.

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Review ~
Falling for the Best Man (Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm #1) by Amanda Ashby
•One Perfect Night
Two years ago they had a weekend fling, now as wedding planner and best man they’re stuck staying at the farm together. No big deal right…. Yeah right, it’d be that way if they both didn’t still want each other! The universe obviously has other ideas. Christopher needed a pretend girlfriend for the producers to launch a travel TV show about his travel adventures. Now he just needed top find the right kind of girl to convince the producers. Emmy is determined to make the family farm’s new vintage wedding venture a success—so she could convince the bank manager it was a viable business, so she could buy her sisters out. To see how this amazingly funny but serious 2nd chance love story plays out you’ll have to read FALLING FOR THE BEST MAN. I for one am waiting to read more about the Sisters of Wishing Bridge Farm. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review.

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Falling For the Fake Fiance

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Jill Michaels prides herself on one thing: being independent. That is until her daughter gets into an elite school, and she needs money more than ever. It seems her fairy godmother—aka her deceased Grammy—has granted that wish in the form of one-fourth of her estate. The only catch? She must be married by her thirtieth birthday. In two months.

Aaron Collins is fresh out of the army and back in town to help his father’s failing business. When he runs into Jill at a hotel where she’s attending a single’s mixer, he makes sure she doesn’t make it past his room and into another guy’s arms. When he hears about her predicament, he has a plan: they’ll get married and keep it a secret. And maybe have a little sexy fun until he leave towns for his new job.

But letting go of the woman of his dreams may be harder than Aaron could have ever imagined.

 

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Synopsis ~

As an Air Marshal, I have two rules: keep everyone safe and always remain professional. But when I take a seat next to the hot blonde in 7B, I can only promise one of those things.

Abby Winters and her uptight librarian attire are more than a little distracting. And when she grabs onto me during turbulence–all bets are off.

A mile-high hookup is great, but what happens when we land and neither one of us wants to walk away…

 

💛ABOUT JENNIFER BLACKWOOD💛
Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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Excerpt ~

What a weird feeling—she sat across from someone she’d seen every day in high school, and yet the man in front of her was a complete stranger. One with blue eyes so dark they looked like whorls of ink. Ones that were subtly undressing her, if she was reading the situation right. She took another sip from her glass. Was it getting hot in here? Because, man, was she thirsty. Better to focus on things she could control. Like the tasty wine. Yes, this wine was fantastic. Maybe if she focused enough on her drink, her body would stop tingling from the heated glances Aaron kept throwing her way.
With shaky hands, she placed the glass back on the table. It’d been a while since she’d been in the company of any guy she was actually interested in, but she forced down the nerves. “What do you have lined up now that you’re out of the military?”
“I’ve been rooming with a buddy up in D.C. He did me a solid and found me a job at a private security firm he works for. I’ll start it as soon as I’m finished helping my dad. What have you been up to?”
Oh, you know, getting wild and crazy with Netflix binges of Paw Patrol and worrying that she’d get some type of lung disease due to accidentally inhaling too much mac and cheese dust. Her life was glamorous. It might have qualified as pathetic that she enjoyed dentist appointments and even routine check-ups just for the sole fact she could get a minute to herself. Her AARP card was due in the mail any time now. “Same old, same old. Nothing really changes in our town.”
“Besides the fact that you’re now attending singles mixers. When did that start?” He took a long sip of his beer, watching her with an intensity that made her skin tingle.
“Tonight. It was silly, really.” The last thing Jill wanted was for Aaron to know that she’d gone out in search of a husband, because how desperate did that sound? One bad haircut stood between her and Brittany Spears circa 2007.
“I don’t know how long I’ll be in town, but I’d be more than happy to take you out.”
His forearms flexed as he gripped the pint glass, and she mentally shook her fist at the fact the sleeves of his flannel weren’t pushed farther up his arm. Maybe Kate was onto something. Broad shoulders, dark eyes, lips that she should have noticed were kissable years ago, because whoa.
The next time she glanced down at her cell, they’d been talking for hours, catching up on everything from crazy stories from his time in the military to her latest run-in with a very involved dance mom. For real, those ladies were scary.
She peered around the room and realized that they were the only occupied table, besides a few stragglers at the bar. “I should be getting back to my room. It’s getting late.” This was the best dinner she’d had in months. No, years. When was the last time she’d actually enjoyed the company of a man, one whose deep voice was a warm caress down her spine? By her calculation and the fact she could call herself a born-again virgin thanks to the lack of action…it had been a freaking long time. Maybe it was the wine. Or maybe it was the muscly, drool-worthy man in front of her, but dammit, she wanted one night of fun. Screw the whole search for a temporary husband—it wasn’t going to happen. But she could be happy for a few hours in other ways.

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Review ~
Falling for the Fake Fiance (Snowpocalypse #2) by Jennifer Blackwood
• Friends
What a difference a decade and a will can make upon your life. Secretly hidden love promps Aaron to do anything for Jill, although he’s only supposed to be in town for a cost time. Jill needs help, but is always talking care of someone else first. You’ll have to read Falling for the Fake Fiance (Snowpocalypse #2) to find out how these two work out their problems. This was a fun read during the summer heat. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSage through NetGalley for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!

The Right Ranger

The Right Ranger
The Men of At Ease Ranch #3
By: Donna Michaels
Releasing June 12, 2017
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Blurb
Haley Wagner’s life just got a lot more complicated. As if turning her struggling ranch around isn’t tough enough, she’s forced to call him for help. With his hard eyes and even harder body, Cord is an irritatingly sexy contradiction of hot and cold. How can she possibly hide her embarrassing secret when just looking at Cord is a combustible event?

Former Army Ranger Cord Brannigan has a secret, too. He promised his fallen teammate he’d protect the tempting, fiercely independent Haley from a distance, but now they’re stuck together for three weeks. Alone. Keeping his hands off will take every ounce of control he can muster. And that control is slipping…


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Donna Michaels is an award winning, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. Her hot, humorous, and heartwarming stories include cowboys, men in uniform, and some sexy, primal alphas. With a husband in the military fulltime, and a household of nine, she never runs out of material to write, and has rightfully earned the nickname Lucy…and sometimes Ethel. From short to epic, her books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even being hand drawn into a Japanese translation. Now, if only she could read it.

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Excerpt ~

As soon as he cut the engine outside the barn, he heard a large crash from inside followed by a slew of curses.

Haley.

With his gut knotted tight, he crossed the yard and entered on a sprint. “Haley…Jesus,” he muttered, finding her underneath a pegboard and a pile of tools. Sharp ones. Shit.

“Now you show up,” she scoffed.

He hoisted the peg board and tossed it aside. “What the hell happened?”

“Had a fight with a wall and lost.” A smirk twitched her full lips and gleamed in her whiskey gaze.

“That’s not funny.”

“Damn straight.” She frowned. “It hurts like a bitch.”

He ran a hand through his hair. “How the hell did you manage to knock this over?”

“Quite well, actually.”

Smartass.

He knelt beside her and leveled his gaze on her. “That’s not what I meant, and you know it.”

“Did I?” She tipped her chin and narrowed her eyes. “Hard to tell underneath all that accusation and condemnation dripping from your tone. I’m not one of your Rangers, Warlock. That hard stare of yours won’t work on me.”

Christ. He didn’t need this shit.

She made to get up, pushing a few tools out of the way, and that’s when he noticed the blood dripping down her arm.

“Stay still,” he ordered, grasping her unharmed arm to hold her steady. “Let me have a look.”

A quick inspection deemed it deep but not stitch-worthy, thank God. He yanked off his shirt and wrapped it around her arm, ignoring her gasp as he tied it tight until he could get her in the house for some proper first aid. But he didn’t want her moving until he examined the rest of her body for injuries.

With his training kicking in, he ran his hands over her, noting a small cut on her cheek, another on the back of her hand, and a bruise on her other wrist, no doubt from covering her face.

“You okay?” he asked, staring into her dazed eyes. “Are you hurt anywhere else?”

She blinked and focused her gaze on his face, then shook her head after she opened her mouth and nothing came out.

Christ.

His insides twisted when he took in the mash of clippers, hammers, screwdrivers, and pliers scattered around them. She was lucky. So damn lucky.

After helping her to her feet, he bent to scoop her in his arms.

“W-what are you doing?” She wiggled as he carried her across the yard, trying his damndest not to notice the soft curves brushing his chest.

“Taking you inside to fix your arm. Stay still.” Awareness already spread through his body, waking up parts that had no business enjoying the feel of his dead friend’s widow cradled against him.

Haley grunted. “I can walk.”

“Good to know,” he replied, but continued to hold her as he stepped onto the porch. “Get the door.”

With a loud sigh, she reached out and twisted the knob. “Okay, you can put me down now.”

“Where’s your first aid kit?” he asked, ignoring her protests.

She closed her mouth and stared at him, her eyes twin pools of pissed-off brown. God, she was gorgeous. And damn, he did not need to have his arms full of her hot curves.

He muttered an oath. “You can keep quiet all you want, but I’m just going to stand here and hold you until you tell me.”

Even if it killed him.

 

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Review ~
The Right Ranger (The Men of At Ease Ranch #3) by Donna Michaels
•Trust
Another GREAT At Ease story, I cannot wait to read what comes next. No matter what is going on as soon as I get my grubby hands on one of her stories I can’t wait to sit back, kick up my feet and read what’s happening with the guys on the ranch, they all deserve their happily ever after. Each story is its own standalone HRA love story but each one builds a bigger picture while you get individual backgrounds of one specific couple. I haven’t read any of Donna’s other series yet but just by the titles they make me want to jump right in and see how hot they are. This is Cord and Haley’s story, two people whom want the other but are afraid to act upon their attraction because of Drew….. The one ranger who didn’t make it home with them. You’ll have to read The Right Ranger (The Men of At Ease Ranch #3) to find out their story, oh but it’s MORE than worth the time! I cannot wait for the next At Ease story. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!

 

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Her Secret Ranger (The Men of At Ease Ranch #2) by Donna Michaels
Secret Cowboy
Another awesome story about the men of At Ease Ranch! This is the first series that I’ve read by Donna, but it won’t be the last. With the way the story unfolds one you start reading you cannot put it down until you reach the finale. Beth has returned to where her former Ranger brother has made a home for himself at the At Ease Ranch, for work and get best friends wedding. Being just one town away means she gets to see him more often than she has for the last few years. Now that she’s back she ended up meeting up with her weekend hook-up from a few weekends ago, whom she had a fabulous time with. But she had a feeling he’s former military so she doesn’t mention him to get over-protective brother. While getting to know Brick outside of the bed she finds out he’s a former Ranger, which means her brother and him have something in common and it might work in their favor, but then again Cord is very overly-protective of her. But do Brick and Cord have more in common than Beth knows? You’ll have to read Her Secret Ranger to find out. I loved this story as well as the series, I cannot wait to see what happens next and get MORE Men of At Ease Ranch. Each story is it’s own standalone story of the men on the ranch, you won’t be lost if this were there first book of the series you decided to pick up. But with that being said you’d miss some background information from book about another couple who found their HEA. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this HEA via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passage
~ “Can’t. It’s ingrained in me. Guess it’s a cross you’ll have to bear.”

 

 

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Review ~
In A Ranger’s Arms (The Men of At Ease Ranch #1) by Donna Michaels
•Changes
Stone Mitchum, his brother Brick and their buddies Vince and Cord all former Army Rangers are building At-Ease Ranch *to give returning veterans a purpose, a reason to exist, and a place to stay on their ranch, if needed.(*direct book quote), in Joyful Texas. Besides running the ranch, they have Foxtrot Construction as well as renting out downtown storefronts to help bring in fund to help those returning veterans.
Jovy was sent to this cattle town by her grandfather, to set up a successful business as a contest between her and her cousin. So he could decide which of the two would be the next CEO so he could retire. However there’s a major twist….. These beef eating cowboys are not going to want to eat at a gluten-free, vegan café. This is a huge obstical, however how in the world is she going to get this done with the instant attraction that sizzles between her and her landlord Stone Mitchum? The attraction zinging between them could start an electrical storm with a raging fire in the pouring Derain. Absolutely nothing could’ve prepared her for the memorable event of their kiss!
To see what happens between Stone and Jovy you’ll have to read In A Rangers Arms. I absolutely loved this story! It deals with some PTSD issues that could be troublesome to some that are sensitive to those issues. What a great story!! I received an ARC via IndieSage through NetGalley in exchange for an honest blog tour review.
Favorite Passages~
~ all business and no play makes Stone a very dull rock.

 

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Tasty Q&A with Donna Michaels

•Describe yourself in five words or less.

I love to entertain readers.

•Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

My cellphone. Yep, I’m one of them. But only because I am usually waiting for an email or message from an author, publisher, editor…etc, and need to multitask my personal life errands into my day, too.

•What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

My favorite scenes to write are the sparring scenes between the hero and heroine. When the hero has met his match, or vice versa . There were several of those scenes in The Right Ranger.

•Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Yes, there are several characters I’d love to go back to, but shhh…don’t tell my other ones. The two that immediately come to mind are Kit Katt and Pierce DeVein from my humorous paranormal, The Spy Who Fanged Me. They are agents from different departments. She’s a black panther shifter and he’s a vampire and they’re forced to work together to bring down a dangerous gnome. Kit was by far the most fun I ever had writing a heroine. Between her can do attitude, her capabilities, and the fact she has catlike tendencies that get in the way at the most inopportune times, I would love to write another mission for her and her man/vampire. 😊

•Can you tell us about your upcoming book?

Right now, I’m writing book 4 in The Men of At Ease Ranch series. This is Vince’s book. He’s been the easygoing happy guy throughout the series, and longs to have a relationship like his buddies have found. But, it’s like they say, be careful what you wish for. He’s discovering that his idea of the ideal significant other is flawed, relationships aren’t always easy, and they come when you least expect it. He is definitely one of my fun characters to write.

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