Puppy 3I am so happy to introduce this beauty.  She doesn’t have an official name just yet – we’re going to get to know her personality a bit before giving her that forever name.  But I’ve been referring to her as Bella or Baby Girl because she is a beautiful baby girl puppy.

She’s a Shetland Sheepdog or otherwise known as a Sheltie… actually she is definitely a mini-collie. in looks  🙂

Sheltie’s are natural herders – and we have a 20 year old cat and a 3 year old cat… so this is going to be interesting.

She is the pup of championship dogs, but since she has a slight under-bite she could never be shown or expected to win.  How sad is that?  But that’s fine, it simply means that she gets to come to us for a forever loving home.

We get to pick her up tomorrow – and I cannot wait to get my hands on that fluffy bit of cuteness.

Come on – look at that face is she not adorable?  *grin*

Puppy

Wild HeartsTitle:  Wild Hearts
Series:  Hamilton Stables #2
Author:  Melissa West
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 2, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Lyrical Shine
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Charming, reckless, and restless, youngest brother Alex Hamilton has a reputation for sweet talking his way into any woman’s arms—and failing at anything to do with the family business. So when he commits to managing their new breeding operation, it’s under one condition: he’ll focus on work and nothing else—no distractions, no fun…no women. But just when Alex has promised to keep his hands to himself, sweet, sexy Kate Littleton gallops away with his heart…

Kate knows Alex isn’t the long-term type—he proved that in a lot of delicious ways when they first met more than a year ago. But seeing him blazing with new dedication to Hamilton Stables, she can’t deny that he’s miles ahead of any other man who interests her. The attraction between them is electric right out of the gate, but it will take an unexpected loss to put them back in the race and headed for a passionate future together…

All the stories in the Hamilton Stables series can be read as stand alone books.  The series included:  Racing Hearts, Wild Hearts, Silent Hearts (so far)

Every Little Kiss 1Title:  Every Little Kiss
Series:  Kissed by the Bay #1
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 3, 2015
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  Purchased, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that if Wendy sells it, she must put it on the market herself “in person.”

As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to keep the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.

But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.

Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.

No true spoilers, promise.

Turbulent IntentionsTitle:  Turbulent Intentions
Series:  Billionaire Aviators #1
Author:  Melody Anne
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 9, 2016
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

The Armstrong brothers are wealthy, wild-at-heart bad boys—until their father’s will demands they prove themselves and marry in order to inherit their fortune.

Eldest brother Cooper channels his reckless spirit into becoming CEO of his own airline. The only thing better than the adrenaline rush of flying is his one-night stand with a stunning stranger. At first he doesn’t recognize the fiery barista he clashes with years later at an airport coffee shop. But when Stormy Halifax turns up as his new house sitter, Cooper knows she’s his Cinderella. And he doesn’t just want her in his mansion. He wants her back in his bed.

Stormy can’t believe she’s living under Cooper’s roof. Gorgeous and arrogant, he’s convinced she’ll surrender again—and he’s right. But just as Stormy is succumbing to a world of pleasure, her trust is shattered. And the biggest challenge Cooper has ever faced will be proving he wants Stormy, now and forever, for all the right reasons.

Turbulent Intentions was originally published as Below the Radar – The Billionaire Aviators. This edition has been completely edited and revised, including significant plot changes.

Shadow RiderTitle:  Shadow Rider
Series:  Shadow #1
Author:  Christine Feehan
Genre:  Paranormal Romance-Suspense
Published:  June 28, 2016
Publisher:  Jove
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Purchased Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her.

Read on for my thoughts on Shadow Rider.

You And Only YouTitle:  You And Only You
Series:  Blessings, Georgia #1
Author:  Sharon Sala
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 22, 2016  (Original February 4, 2014 different title)
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  3.5  stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

It’s never too late
Mike Dalton has secretly loved LilyAnn Bronte since they were all children together in the small town of Blessings, Georgia. But one fateful day T.J. Lachlan roars into town and starts showering LilyAnn with his charm, and Mike feels his dream of them being more than friends slipping away.

To find the love you missed
LilyAnn, as anyone in Blessings will tell you, let herself go after her fiancee was killed in Iraq. The attention of the handsome new guy shocks her into a revelation: she’s ready to live again, and maybe the best is yet to come. The thing is, everybody in Blessings is sure it’s Mike and LilyAnn who belong together-and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make LilyAnn realize the love of her life has been by her side all along.

Read on for my thoughts on You and Only You.  No true spoilers, promise.

Reckless In TexasTitle:  Reckless in Texas
Series:  Texas Rodeo #1
Author:  Kari Lynn Dell
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Cowboy Romance
Published:  August 2, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that’s what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she’s got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family’s struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Rough and tumble, cocky and charming, Joe’s everything a superstar should be-and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’s way out of Violet’s league.

Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he’s pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own.

Read on for my thoughts on Reckless in Texas.  No true spoilers, promise.

Random Acts of MarriageTitle:  Random Acts of Marriage
Series:  Wedding Favors #2
Author:  Boone Brux
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 8, 2016
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing – Lovestruck
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

A wedding. A playboy. And a week he’ll make sure she never forgets.

Kinni Corbet is the perfect bridesmaid. She’s efficient and has a to-do list for every occasion. When the bride-to-be adds “relax and have some fun” to Kinni’s schedule, Price Lyons seems to tick all the right boxes. He’s guaranteed fun, and it’s only for one week—what can it hurt?

Playboy hotel owner Price Lyons has wanted to break down Kinni’s walls for years. Her plan to relax for a whole week is the perfect opportunity to get to the one person he’s never been able to charm. And this time, she seems…receptive to his advances. Unexpected, but he’ll take it.

There’s just one problem. Kinni’s allergic to spontaneity, and the only thing predictable about Price is his unpredictably. There’s no way they’ll last beyond the week, and Kinni’s going to make sure of it.

sunset over waterI’ve known for a few years now that this day was coming.  I kept telling myself that it would get better, that it was just a one time fluke – but the only one I was fooling was myself.

Sounds like a break-up speech, doesn’t it?  In many ways it is.  I’ve finally mentally said goodbye to an author that I’ve enjoyed for decades.  Yes, decades.  And it hurts just like breaking up with my best friend would as well.

Today I did something I never thought I’d do.  I went and read the reviews for a new release.  Surprising since I’m a “for the fun of it” reviewer?  Maybe.  But you see, for myself I want to be surprised by a story – that is the fun of it.  I don’t want to know everything before I crack open that first page.  The journey, the discovery is the enjoyment of reading to me.  But today I did read reviews.  And I found that I am not alone.

I don’t know what happened in this author’s life.  Something did.  When I’m more excited at reading a story that was published twenty years ago, one that I somehow missed rather than grab the newest release tells me that the spark is gone.  And it was with regret that I closed out the Amazon page for that newest story.  I no longer want to see the magic disappear with each new book.  I would much rather go back and re-read my collection and re-live the wonderment of those earlier works.  Because that is the author I loved and looked forward to each new release.  Sadly, that author no longer writes… at least not the stories that I want to read.

No, I’m not naming them – that would be unfair and rude.  But I know who is gone from my automatic excitement, don’t even read the blurb before hitting that buy button.  And it hurts.  And I know I’ll be tempted to try just one more time – I’ll talk myself out of it but the hurt will resurface.  I often wonder if authors understand just how much a part of our lives they become by letting us into their created universes.  It truly feels like I’m turning my back on my best friend – right after they walked away from me.

RuthlessTitle:  Ruthless
Series:  True Brothers MC #1
Author:  Gillian Archer
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, MC Romance
Published:  April 12, 2016
Publisher:  Random House Publishing – Loveswept
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

After dinner with the most arrogant man in the world, Jessica Miller is shocked when her blind date tries to maul her in the parking lot. Enter “Zag”: the brooding, bruising alpha male who jumps off his motorcycle and teaches the jerk a lesson he won’t forget. After getting one taste of a bad boy who lives on the edge, Jessica’s hooked. Zag’s willing to give her the ride of her life. But she needs to wrap her arms around his powerful chest and hold on—tight.
 
Zag knows firsthand that the True Brothers MC isn’t for the faint of heart. He only intends to show beautiful, innocent Jessica a few cheap thrills to satisfy her curiosity. But the more he lets her in, the more Zag comes to depend on her gentle touch to help heal the wounds that he’s been denying for so long. Now, a rival gang has set its sights on Jessica, and Zag must step up once again. He just hopes he can go the distance to protect the woman he loves.

Series Includes:  Ruthless, Rebellious, more to come

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