Category : Contemporary Romance

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I Don't Want To Talk About ItTitle:  I Don’t Want To Talk About It
Series:  Yorkshire Romances #5
Author:  Jane Lovering
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 31, 2015
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen?

Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the ‘twin thing’ going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong …

And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose – but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice.

She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there.

But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart – because Dan knows something about Daisy…

Read on for my thoughts on I Don’t Want To Talk About It.  No true spoilers, promise.

Opposing the CowboyTitle:  Opposing the Cowboy
Series:  Hometown Heroes #2
Author:  Margo Bond Collins
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Bliss
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Yoga teacher LeeAnn Walker has no desire to see the unspoilt beauty of her grandmother’s ranch violated by a greedy oil company. But unless she finds the paperwork confirming she owns the mineral rights, that’s exactly what could happen. The worst part? The guy spearheading the whole mess is none other than the hot and sexy stranger LeeAnn just kissed to make her ex jealous.

Jonah Hamilton thought his day was looking up until he found out the gorgeous blonde who kissed the hell out of him is the same stubborn woman he came to town for. And she’s not too happy to find out she might be forced to allow drilling on her land.

But Jonah has a job to do, even if LeeAnn tempts him to turn his professionalism into something much more personal.

Read on for my thoughts on Opposing the Cowboy.  No true spoilers, promise.

And Then ForeverTitle:  And Then Forever
Series:  Fortune’s Island #1
Author:  Shirley Jump
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2015
Publisher:  TKA Distributions
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
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Love is an extravagance Darcy Williams can’t afford. She prefers the simple life, which includes waitressing at The Love Shack and avoiding temptation. But when a forbidden part of her past steps off the ferry, her safe, guarded existence is turned upside down.

Kincaid Foster has never gotten over his first love. When he sees the wild, beautiful blonde again, dancing her way around The Love Shack, the memories of Darcy’s soft skin, gentle touch, and heated kisses come rushing back. As the privileged son of a wealthy family, Kincaid was too young to stand up to his overbearing father when he and Darcy were together. Now, he’s back on the island—free of the family shackles—and the chiseled, big-time lawyer wants a second chance.

But, Darcy made a promise to keep a secret from Kincaid—a secret that is now a six-year-old girl who looks just like her daddy. If Kincaid finds out about their daughter, Darcy could lose everything. But, she can’t resist the man who stole her heart all those years ago. And it doesn’t take long before both of them realize that anything can happen on a hot summer night.

Read on for my thoughts on And Then Forever.  No true spoilers, promise.

Her Stand-In BoyfriendTitle:  Her Stand-In Boyfriend
Series:
Author:  Kelly Jamieson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Select Contemporary
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

This boyfriend business is about to get a whole lot more personal…

Event planner Lexi Mannis has a busy life in Chicago—too busy to have a boyfriend. For special occasions, she has her Stand-In Boyfriend, Mac Northrop. Mac offers (almost) all the perks of a real boyfriend—furniture assembly, a date to big events, and someone to cook for. But they’ve never been “with benefits”…until one wickedly hot night crosses the line.

Mac’s been in love with Lexi for ages. He knows he should probably end it, but dammit, he just can’t. When things get deliciously down and dirty, Mac is certain that he’s made the leap out of the friend zone…until Lexi decides she wants to remain friends. With benefits.

What Lexi doesn’t know is that she’s running out of time. And if she won’t promote Mac to Real Boyfriend, she might just lose her Stand-In Boyfriend to someone else.

Read on for my thoughts on Her Stand-In Boyfriend.  No true spoilers, promise.

A Touch of ChardonnayTitle:  A Touch of Chardonnay
Series:  Love In Wine Country
Author:  Pamela Gibson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Bliss
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Cultural archeologist Lindsay Reynoso is in a small seaside town in California to evaluate an old mansion. When the home’s owner shows up to “help” the evaluation along, Lindsay is furious. Especially as the owner is former bad-boy tennis star Christopher Brandt…her one-time fling and the father of Lindsay’s son. Only he doesn’t know it.

As far as Chris is concerned, the old mansion is tied to a past he’s better off leaving behind. He’d rather bulldoze the thing and move on. If only his gorgeous consultant would let him. Even while fighting over the demolition, the chemistry that once brought them together is smoldering stronger than ever.

But honesty is very important to Chris, and Lindsay has an eight-year-old secret.

Read on for my thoughts on A Touch of Chardonnay.  No true spoilers, promise.

Mackenzie FireTitle:  MacKenzie Fire
Series:  Shine Not Burn #2
Author:  Elle Casey
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2015 (original June 2014)
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.

Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.

The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.

Read on for my thoughts on MacKenzie Fire.  No true spoilers, promise.

Shine Not BurnTitle:  Shine Not Burn
Series:  Shine Not Burn #1
Author:  Elle Casey
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 28, 2015 (original July 2013)
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Andie Marks, known as “Party Girl” in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad break-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once.

Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life cowboy with a winning hand and an irresistible body. They get lucky in the casino and luckier back at the hotel, a hot night of passion that was definitely not part of Andie’s life plan.

By dawn Mack is gone and all she has to remember their one-night romance is a hangover and a pile of casino chips. Or so she thinks…

Read on for my thoughts on Shine Not Burn.  No true spoilers, promise.

seaside duetTitle:  Summer Beach Bride:  Seaside Duet
Series:  Summer Beach Romance #5
Author:  H. Y. Hanna
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  July 25, 2015
Publisher:  Wisheart Press
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When Natalie rescues Ben Falco at the beach, she never expects to fall in love with the sexy American rock star. But how can she find happiness with Ben if she can’t even face the demons from her past?

Meanwhile Sara Monroe is looking forward to a beautiful beach wedding with TV heartthrob, Dr Craig Murray. However, with the paparazzi hounding her and a jealous ex-boyfriend on the scene, things are not looking good for her perfect day…

Life in the seaside town of Summer Beach, Australia is about to get exciting!

* This is the 6th book in the Summer Beach Romance series. EACH BOOK CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE, or read them in order for more fun! Characters you loved from past books often return to delight again in this sweet romance series set in Summer Beach, Australia.

Read on for my thoughts on Summer Beach Bride Seaside Duet.  No true spoilers, promise.

Not Quite MineTitle:  Not Quite Mine
Series:  Not Quite #2
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Gorgeous hotel heiress Katelyn “Katie” Morrison seems to have it all. But when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott – the only man she’s ever loved – at her brother’s wedding, Katie realizes there’s a gaping hole in her life. After the ceremony she gets an even bigger surprise when someone abandons a baby girl on her doorstep. Determined to keep the newborn until she learns who her mother is, Katie has her hands full and doesn’t need Dean snooping around, especially when his presence stirs feelings she thought were long gone.

Dean Prescott knows Katie is lying to him when he discovers a baby is living with her. He shouldn’t care what the woman who broke his heart is up to…and he most certainly shouldn’t still be aching for her. Yet Dean can’t ignore the need to protect Katie – or the desire to be near her every chance he gets. But when he and Katie solve the mystery surrounding the baby, their second chance for happiness could be shattered forever.

Read on for my thoughts on Not Quite Mine.  No true spoilers, promise.

Not Quite DatingTitle:  Not Quite Dating
Series:  Not Quite #1
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 13, 2012
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist.

As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all.

Read on for my thoughts on Not Quite Dating.  No true spoilers, promise.

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