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Friday, January 29, 2016

"Granted Wishes" (Tanya Vought) ★★★.5 with GIVEAWAY!!!


TITLE – Granted Wishes
SERIES – The Granted Series
AUTHOR –  Tanya Vought            
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE –  Feb 24, 2015
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) -  234ish
PUBLISHER –  Booktrope
COVER ARTIST –  Shari Ryan 



A decision that will change her life forever.

After the loss of her husband, Gracelynn Calhoun has struggled with her life and career. Forced to take a four-week vacation or be fired from her job, she surprises everyone including herself and agrees to the vacation.

The owner of Antonetti Suites, Giovanni works hard and doesn’t have time for relationships or love. That is until he literally crashes into Gracelynn. She brings back all the feelings he thought he would never feel again.

With the odds stacked against them in every way possible, will they forge ahead together or will this be the end of the road for their newfound love? Will the whispers from above bring them together or will misunderstandings ruin what could be an amazing second chance at love?


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“Wow. You’re a vision, you know that?” He practically drools all over. She wears a pair of blue jeans and a low cut green sweater with a white scarf wrapped around her neck. Her hair is up, and she wears light make up.

She chuckles. “Like what you see?” She smirks at him, daunting him. The little vixen can come out and play when she wants and he is enjoying this side of the sexy Gracelynn.

He decides to play dirty himself. “Want to see how happy I am to see you?” He smirks back at her. “Let’s make a wager, shall we?” he asks competitively.

She grins at him. She intently twirls a strand of her hair that she left down by her face between her fingers, licks her lips and stares at him. She looks him up and down, making him even more drawn to her.

He gulps. The damn vixen knows how to play dirty.

“Well, what is the wager? Because if it is staring at each other all night, I could do that and then some.” 


"Granted Wishes" by Tanya Vought. This is a love story about two people that are both lost in their grief that end up finding each other.  I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Gracelynn and Gio.  It progressed at a slower pace than many romance novels,which isn't a bad thing but, unfortunately, at times it seemed a bit too slow.  I felt for both characters, knowing the pain and heartache they experienced in the past, and, it's always nice to see someone that is struggling move on and to find someone to do that with.  The story was a bit choppy for me - I suppose it was almost too descriptive at times for it to flow easily.  There was also the voices - that was a bit of a surprise and I wasn't quite sure what to make of them.  Ms. Vought worked to include some drama and suspsene amid the love story and I have to say, I was a bit on edge while reading those events.  Overall, this is an enjoyable read but for me, there was a few quirks that just didn't work.  I will read future works my Ms. Vought as I believe she is on her way.   (received copy for honest review)



What started as a lifelong dream became a reality when Tanya Vought penned and released her debut romance novel, Granted Wishes. She is a hopeless romantic who loves reading, writing and singing. You may know her as blogger "Tanya - The Book Obsessed Momma", where she's been a loyal supporter of authors and an active participant in the book community for several years. You'll find that Tanya writes stories that are sweet, sassy and unique--like her. When she's not inspiring others with her kindness, she's spending time with her husband and two imaginative children. She believes whole-heartedly that anything is possible. If you can dream it, you can achieve it! 




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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"Cree & Dawn - Short Stories Volume 1" (Donna Fletcher) ★★★★★ - NOW IN PRINT!!



Highlander’s True Love With the birth of the twins, Cree and Dawn have been busy and longing for some private time together. When it appears they just may finally have it, Cree is summoned to the Great Hall. He is not only angry that his time with his wife has been interrupted, but that a woman demands to see him. Cree grows more annoyed when he discovers the woman has a lad of two years with her and she claims the lad is his son. Is the woman telling the truth? Is the lad Cree’s son? If not, then who is she and what does she want with Cree? 

Highlander’s Promise Dawn nearly collapses when she receives word that Cree has been imprisoned, falsely accused of a crime. Sloan and Cree’s warriors will do their best to attempt to free him, but with Cree being held in an impenetrable dungeon the prospect of freeing him appears doubtful. Dawn’s heart breaks at the thought that she may never see her husband again. And so her decision is an easy one...she will go rescue him.

Highlander’s Winter Tale A blinding snowstorm forces some villagers to seek the safety of the keep and Old Mary entertains all with a tale—Winter Tale—that enthralls as much as it frightens. At the end of the tale, a stranger suddenly appears and peculiar things begin to happen in the keep. Could the tale be true? Did Old Mary release the evil of the Winter Tale upon the village? Cree will not hear of such nonsense, but when some in the keep begin to fall ill along with Old Mary and Elsa, the healer, Cree begins to wonder. And he knows it will not be long before his wife does as she pleases and searches for the truth, possibly placing herself in danger. Is the stranger a mere man who seeks shelter from the storm or the phantom of Winter Tale?


Ms. Fletcher's characters, Dawn and Cree, are two of my all time favorites!  I have read the trilogy that introduced them to us (Highlander Unchained, Forbidden Highlander, and Highlander Unchained) several times and will surely read them again down the road.  When Ms. Fletcher released the short stories telling of further adventures for Dawn and Cree, I was ecstatic. And, Yes - I have already re-read these as well.  Ms. Fletcher did not disappoint!   Although they are short stories, each one contains enough love, suspense and even some mystery to keep the readers involved and enchanted.  I hope Ms. Fletcher will continue with more tales of these two - I, for one, am hooked!  


Monday, January 25, 2016

"Evitable Destiny" (Izbela Monick) with GIVEAWAY!!!


Evitable Destiny
By: Izabela Monick

Released July 12, 2015



Since Chris's mother died when he was sixteen years old, he has lived for only one goal: seeking revenge on his mother’s ex-lover, Kevin.  Determined not to repeat his mother’s mistake, Chris vows never to fall into love’s seductive, deceptive clutches.

With Kevin’s business teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Chris senses his chance. He kidnaps Kevin’s stepdaughter, Julia, and sets a ransom—if Kevin cancels a company-saving business deal, then Julia will be returned. The scheme seems perfect—until Chris’s long-suppressed feelings for Julia bubble to the surface.  Julia, meanwhile, proves a resilient captive with a knack for pushing Chris’s buttons, even as her own feelings for her kidnapper become increasingly conflicted.

As the passion between Chris and Julia heats up, other forces come into play. Chris isn’t the only one who wants Julia, nor is he the only one willing to abduct her to satisfy his needs. Julia’s life—and perhaps Chris’s only chance at love—are in danger.



I panicked when I found that I couldn’t move my feet, and then I realized that they were tangled in a soft fabric, the same kind that was covering my shoulders. When I tried again, I was able to pull up my knees, and with them I also pulled up something like a comforter or a thick blanket. This made me think that I was in bed, but I had no idea why and whose bed it was. Confused, I opened my eyes—the room was spinning with unclear shapes, and at the same time a headache kicked in. After struggling to keep my eyes open, I gave up. Darkness gave me relief from the spinning, but the headache intensified. What had happened to me? Did I get so drunk that I couldn’t remember anything? I searched my memory but found nothing that would give me a clue to where I was. The door opened, and a tall brunette in her forties came in with a big smile. Her face looked familiar, but I couldn’t recall where I’d seen her before. What was she so happy about?
“Hello, Julia. Did you sleep well?”
“Where am I and who are you?” I needed immediate answers.
“You’ll learn everything very soon. Right now you need to get ready to meet your host. Go take a shower, and I’ll leave a dress for you on the chair.”
“And why do you think I’ll follow your orders? My head is pounding, and I’m not in the mood to play games with you.”
“Oh, I’m not one to play games. I’m only following my employer’s orders. If you want to meet him, you have to get dressed. You don’t want him to see you with ‘hangover’ written all over your face. You need to refresh yourself a little bit.”
“Why should I care? I don’t even know who he is.”


Izabela Monick is the author of the suspenseful romance novel Evitable Destiny. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. She works as an accountant during the day and as a writer at night. Since she was young, Izabela has loved both math and writing, but when she picked an accounting career to pay her bills, she still dreamed of becoming an author. Finally, she found the courage to sit down and write her own novel. Now, Izabela delights in shocking her readers with unexpected twists and turns while keeping her plots brimming with heated passion until the final page.



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Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Her Secret Christmas Hero" (Mallory Kane) ★★★

Her Secret Christmas Hero (Cherry Lake Christmas)

Do you believe in love at first sight? 

Allie McHale is spending this brutal Christmas Eve snowstorm in a barn in Marietta, Montana when suddenly she hears a horrible crash on the freeway near her ranch. She discovers a handsome lone survivor, a prisoner in handcuffs, and despite her apprehension about harboring a criminal, she rescues him anyway. 

Jacob Reeves, on his way to Seattle to testify against his organized crime family, is miraculously saved by the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on, who has every reason not to trust him, but getting through a freezing Christmas Eve forces them to work together to survive. 

During the long night, their chemistry is off the charts and Jake realizes that Allie could be the love of his life. But as soon as the storm is over, he’ll be gone. Is Jake destined to break both of their hearts, or will a Christmas tragedy end in a miracle?



"Her Secret Christmas Hero" by Mallory Kane.  I have been a fan of Ms. Kane's for a while but I have to be honest and say, I was slightly disappointed with this one.  I found it a bit incredible the relationship between the two main characters.  While I sympathized with Allie and even Jacob, the relationship just didn't work for me.  While I do enjoy tales of love at first sight and others about couples that fall in love quickly, for some reason, this one just didn't work for me.  I didn't feel the connection  between the two.  However, the story itself roped me in - bad snowstorm, stranded together, rescues, Christmas - all the makings of a romantic tale.  I liked both characters, even if Jacob had a less than stellar background, they were both good people and lonely too.  I would have liked to have a bit longer story and had them spend more time together before Jacob had to leave.     Not a terrible story, just a bit ok for me.  (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)



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"Must Love Cowboys" (Cheryl Brooks) ★★★

Must Love Cowboys by Cheryl Brooks


Book 2 of Cowboy Heaven
From established author Cheryl Brooks comes the second in a contemporary erotic romance series set at a Wyoming ranch chock full of sexy-as-sin cowboys.
When you find yourself in cowboy heaven, things can get hot as hell...
Shy computer specialist and amateur chef Tina Hayes travels to Circle Bar K ranch to scatter her father’s ashes in the Tetons of Wyoming. Once there, her father’s old army buddy and his cast of cowboy ranch hands persuade her to stay on as the ranch’s cook for a while. It’s not a hard decision, especially when she meets Wyatt McCabe, a man who makes her heart gallop like no one else. But with so many cowboys to choose from, can Wyatt show Tina that he’s the only one for her?
Cowboy Heaven Series:
Cowboy Delight (Novella)
Cowboy Heaven (Book 1)
Must Love Cowboys (Book 2)



"Must Love Cowboys" by Cheryl Brooks.  This story tells the tale of Tina and a bunch of cowboys!  Well,  really just one but there are quite a few in the tale.  Tina journeys to a ranch to deliver items  to her deceased grandfather's friend.  Events lead her to become the temporary cook and she discovers she might have found her niche.  For me, this book moved really slow. Many things were repetitive and I found myself skipping over parts.  Tina was a bit of a mystery to me - the author wrote her to be shy yet I never, ever found her to be so.  It felt as if throughout both the reader and Tina were trying to be convinced of that fact.  Her relationship with Wyatt (and Dean too!) also didn't sit well with me - especially if she was so shy.  I felt the story had promise - it just needed a bit more spunk.  I liked the characters, even Tina, but wanted more from the story.  (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)




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"On His Watch" (Katie Ruggle) ★★★★

On His Watch by Katie Ruggle

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...
Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he's the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.
Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it's too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face...
On His Watch is the pulse-pounding prequel to the riveting Search & Rescue series by Katie Ruggle.
Search and Rescue:
On His Watch (novella)
Hold Your Breath
Fan the Flames
Gone too Deep
In Safe Hands



"On His Watch" by Katie Ruggle.  This is a fairly quick read that kept me interested throughout.  I liked Derek, although he comes across a bit immature (typical male I guess! ), he is all business when it comes to his job.  Artie comes across tough and doesn't want to be seen as less than that, but underneath she's a caring sweet soul.  I enjoyed seeing them reconnect.  There is a bit of a sense of danger  - I would have liked to have seen that expanded on a bit more - I guess I'll have to read the next book in the series, maybe, to see what happens with that.   Overall, I enjoyed this read, would have liked to have witnessed a bit more of Derek and Artie, both before and after, but it was still good.   (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)



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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"Hot Protector" (Lynn Raye Harris) ★★★★★ - Available January 19, 2016!

Hot Protector

Lynn Raye Harris

Available January 19,  2016


Sometimes the forbidden is impossible to resist…
Special Ops soldier Chase “Fiddler” Daniels is just back from a dangerous mission overseas. He needs sleep and sex—and not necessarily in that order. When Sophie Nash arrives on his doorstep, he doesn’t recognize the stepsister he hasn’t seen in ten years. And when she spins a tale involving a Russian billionaire and secret files, he doesn’t believe her. Until someone firebombs his apartment with them inside…
Now they’re on the run, and grown-up Sophie is more compelling than he ever thought possible. But she’s off-limits, and Chase won’t cross that boundary—or will he?
Sophie Nash only wants life to return to normal. Get the files she mailed to Paris and find out what’s in them. Stop Grigori Androv from hurting anyone else. Live and let live. Except the stakes are high in this game of cat and mouse, and there’s no assurance she’s going to come out on top. Maybe that’s why she can’t quite resist Chase’s alpha magnetism.
Or why she finds herself falling for her very hot, very lethal—very forbidden—protector…
The 10th novel in the bestselling Hostile Operations Team series.


Coming January 19,  2016






Cat's Review

 "Hot Protector" by Lynn  Raye Harris.  This is the latest in Ms. Harris' HOT series and, although I have yet to read all the books in the series, I have read several and I think this one is my favorite thus far!  In "Hot Protector", we meet Sophie Nash - she is in trouble and calls upon her stepbrother, Chase.  Chase, a HOT operative, reluctantly helps her.  Sophie seems to be a spoiled, shallow person in the beginning - I wasn't sure how much I was going to like her.  Well, she proved me wrong and I love her!  She is sweet and funny and a bit sassy too.  Chase, being a true romance Hero, tends to be a bit of a jerk to her at times,  but I can forgive him being that he's one sexy guy!  Ms. Harris has written a tale that has a action and suspense, love and lust, and two characters that are meant to be together, despite the odds.  I certainly would recommend this book, as well as the previous works in the series - Ms. Harris has yet to disappoint me - I like her heroines - they are strong yet vulnerable and her Heros are uber HOT - and the stories keep me involved and enthralled!  Thank you, Ms. Harris, for another enjoyable ride!  
 (received copy from author for honest review) 



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"A Bramble House Christmas" (C.J. Carmichael) ★★★★

A Bramble House ChristmasA Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C #6)
by CJ Carmichael
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: October 24, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

All he wants for an answer

Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Fairchild is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

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"A Bramble House Christmas" by C.J. Carmichael.   This is the first book of the series I have read and had no trouble following.  We meet Willa and her son Scout traveling in a bad snowstorm and along the way, we are also introduced to Finn.  I liked Willa.  She's a single mom that is overly protective of her son - rightly so, we come to find out. Her life hasn't been easy as of late and when she meets Finn, she falls hard.  Finn is a good guy, despite the circumstances that bring them together.  He's funny and kind and great with Scout.  Overall, this is an enjoyable read that is smooth and flows nicely.  It's a feel good story and although there is a bit of tension at some spots, it's not overwhelming and Ms. Carmichael, keeping with the feel good aura, smooths it over quickly enough.  There isn't any action or adventure - it's a simple love story.   Willa, Finn and Scout are enjoyable and work really well together.  The other characters in the story are fun too - even Aunt Mabel!  For a story that isn't overrun with angst and that will make you sit and smile, I would say check this one out. 
(received copy from NetGalley for honest review)

CJ CarmichaelAbout the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author C. J. Carmichael has written over 45 novels in her favorite genres of romance and mystery. She has been nominated twice for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, as well as RT Bookclub’s Career Achievement in Romantic Suspense award, and the Bookseller’s Best honor.

She gave up the thrills of income tax forms and double entry book-keeping in 1998 when she sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance. Since then she has published over 35 novels with Harlequin and is currently working on a series of western romances with Tule Publishing. In addition C. J. Carmichael has published several cozy mystery series as an Indie author.

When not writing C. J. enjoys family time with her grown daughters and her husband. Family dinners are great. Even better are the times they spend hiking in the Rocky Mountains around their home in Calgary, and relaxing at their cottage on Flathead Lake, Montana.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

"A Seal Forever" (Anne Elizabeth) ★★★★ - AVAILABLE NOW!!

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A SEAL Forever by Anne Elizabeth

West Coast Navy SEALs, Book 3

ISBN: 9781402268960

Release date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca


Even a hero needs someone to believe in him...


Parkour instructor Maura Maxwell has always denied her attraction for her bachelor neighbor because she’s seen his revolving door of women and doesn’t want to become another notch on his belt. But the man who rescues her from a sudden storm isn’t the one she thinks she knows—he’s Master Chief Declan Swifton of SEAL Team Five, and he literally sweeps Maura off her feet.

Just as his teasing and tenderness start to work their way into Maura’s heart, Declan and his team are called in for a dangerous op in the Middle East. The man who returns is facing the toughest fight of his life, and he needs Maura by his side more than ever…


Master Chief Declan Swifton of SEAL Team Five rolled over the side of the Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat and slid soundlessly into the Pacific Ocean. The RIB took off without even a comment from the operator, leaving Declan to sink farther into the drink.

The temperature cooled as he swam away from the surface. Fish skirted the edges of his thighs, small shimmers of movement against his skin. He scissor-kicked his way forward. The ocean currents caught him, dragging him in the direction they wanted to go, toward shore. He lay with his arms at his sides, frog-kicking only. Above him, he could see the afternoon sunlight glistening and frothy foam chasing away the glassy surface. Down here things were different…calmer. Peaceful, in a way few souls would understand, and yet he knew that even he would have to surface soon.

His lungs would start to ache and burn, his gut would begin to feel as if it would cave in, and that would force him to either head topside or drink in the salt water. But there was still time. This was the water in front of Imperial Beach and the apartment he lived in. He knew it very well.

Scanning the ocean floor, he gauged it would be about thirty seconds until he reached one of the many rocky sandbars out here. He’d have to pull up before then, or the force of the current would smack him against the side.
As his body began to complain, he used both arms and legs to draw himself upward. Breaking the surface, he opened his mouth and drew in air like a thirsty man would gulp water.
The waves bounced him like a buoy. The tide was coming in and the wind was picking up momentum. Looking at the sky to the east, he could see that there would most likely be a storm today. Over his should, to the west, he spied a wave coming his way large enough to take him to shore. It would reach him in about thirty seconds.
Dec took a long, slow breath and appreciated the sun dropping into the horizon. The colors were extraordinary; orange and gold dappled the horizon as the blazing ball of light attempted to sink before the moon lifted higher in the sky.
His hands flexed, cupping the water. It had been a hot day, and the sun’s rays had heated the top of the ocean, making the surface feel like a warm bath, loosening his muscles. Three months ago, he’d been in waters so frigid, with actual ice caps—the memory still made him cold. But here, the Pacific Ocean off California’s Imperial Beach, was a slice of heaven.
Coming in from the east were some nasty-looking cumulonimbus clouds. Seeing the lightning arc way off toward the distant desert, he decided it was time to go in, and right on cue, here came a perfect wave.
Swimming at top speed, Declan pushed his way through another changing current, one that sought to drag him into faster-moving waters. He went over a higher sandbar, having no intention of going to Mexico today, and increased the reach of his stroke. With single-mindedness he worked his way into the more placid surf as he homed in on a large stretch of beach.
The SEAL felt a few sea lions swimming around him, and one nosed him in the gut and another in his back a few times, assessing whether or not he’d play. Not this time, my friends. He continued swimming without engaging. If he stopped to play, he’d be out there for hours.
Switching to the breaststroke, his arms protested. His platoon had switched their training this month to desert-warfare techniques, and he’d been sweating his balls off in the heat. He managed to learn a thing or two, even now, after all of his years in the Teams. But it felt good to be back in the ocean, his element. He’d live in the deep blue like a Jules Verne character if he could.

 "A Seal Forever" by Anne Elizabeth.  Despite being book 3 of the series, I followed along with no issues whatsoever. Declan, a Hot Navy SEAL, meets his somewhat shy next door neighbor, Maura ,through interesting circumstances.  Their relationship grows and blossoms from there.  Of course, I liked Declan - being the big, strong SEAL, however, I didn't necessarily agree with some of his choices throughout the story.  I grew a bit frustrated with him at times.  Same with Maura, overall I liked her - she was strong and knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to work hard, yet at times I didn't quite get her.  Together they were ok - the chemistry was there but it didn't seem to be exploding off the charts as it sometimes does with H/h's.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more angst at times - I have to say,  Maura's reaction when he returns home surprised me a bit and I found it a little odd, to be honest.  However, the story itself is a feel good one - despite not much angst (which sometimes is a good thing), it flowed well and Ms. Elizabeth did a great job of creating scenes that the reader could actually feel a part of.   I enjoyed the secondary characters and their interactions with Declan were humorous.  After reading this,  I am looking forward to checking out the other books of the series and to reading more from this author.  (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)

New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.

A Navy SEALs Fun Fact from Anne Elizabeth


Fear is just an indicator of something that needs more examination.