Category : This one’s a Keeper

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The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .

From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn’t a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry–just a few no-strings dates while he was in town.

Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously–how could she not, when she’s rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he’s just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love…for real. And Deacon can’t help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it’s the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who’s become Deacon’s favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?

There goes the groom . . . 

For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings, she never imagined being left at the altar. In the aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would – she swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.

Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie’s better off without Brandon. But Laurie’s father – and Andrew’s boss – isn’t going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And he’s made it Andrew’s problem to solve. So Andrew decides to make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of “dates.” After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging Laurie to take him back. But Andrew’s plan works a little too well because suddenly he’s the one falling for Laurie — and planning a proposal of his own. 

Tot;es om the Chapel of Love series include:  A Fairytale Bride – A Christmas Bride – All I Want For Christmas – A Small Town Bride – Here Comes The Bride

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?

Titles in The Embraced series include:  How To Tame A Beast In Seven DaysSo I Married A Sorcerer – Eight Simple Rules For Dating A Dragon –

Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that’s exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.

Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots—and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce—zero strings attached.

But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily—or has love become a preexisting condition?

Titles in the Lake Haven series include:  Suddenly In Love – Suddenly Dating – Suddenly Engaged –

Sadie Becker is not herself. A 40-year-old, divorced mother of two, Sadie wakes up one morning and realizes that she looks and feels like she did in her twenties. Suddenly she’s unable to walk around in her new town of Cougarville without men falling at her feet. Confused and alone, Sadie isn’t sure who to turn to…except answers to her problems might reside with her broodingly handsome reclusive neighbor, Mathis.

An alpha shifter, Mathis lost the love of his life, and he knows he’ll never find another mate. But his innocent new neighbor clearly doesn’t know the danger she’s in, and he’s the only one who can save her.

But when the attraction pulls too strong, will Mathis’ animal nature be unleashed and claim Sadie for his own?

Titles in the Cougarville series include:  Buck Naked – Cougar Bait –

The hero we’ve all been waiting for…

Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes

Former Navy SEAL

Underground operator for Black Knights Inc., the covert government defense firm disguised as a custom motorcycle shop.

In a black-on-black international mission that went seriously sideways, Ozzie was badly injured—now he’s stuck at BKI headquarters in Chicago, champing at the bit to get out into the field again. To his disgust, he’s tasked with distracting Chicago Tribune ace reporter Samantha Tate, who’s been trying to dig up the dirt on BKI for years. Turns out Samantha’s beauty, intelligence and sense of humor are a seriously big distraction, and Ozzie’s losing his desire to keep her at bay.

Ozzie’s tired of hiding, and Samantha may be the best-and worst—person to share his secrets with…

Titles in the Black Knights, Inc series include:  Hell On Wheels – In Rides Trouble – Rev It Up – Thrill Ride – Born Wild – Hell For Leather – Full Throttle – Too Hard To Handle – Wild Ride

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.

Lord of the IslesTitle:  Lord of the Isles
Series:  International Billionaires #8
Author:  Caro LaFever
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 4, 2016
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When Lilly Graham visits her father in Scotland, she finds the villagers are close to rebellion against the new lord. Disturbed to hear the man has locked himself in his castle with a stash of liquor and guns, she won’t let him hide. She lost a good friend to depression and can’t be party to letting another soul lose the fight and die.

Iain McPherson avoids meeting anyone or any expectations about being a hero. He shouldn’t have been a Royal Marine and he shouldn’t have been given authority to lead. Disaster happened, leaving him a broken man. All he wants is to be left to his drunken self.

But a pesky, persistent lass won’t let him off the hook and no amount of bellowing or baleful threats will drive her away from his castle. Iain can’t escape from the past and he’s no longer sure he wants to escape from the present. Or the lass.

International Billionaires series—books that take well-loved stories and place them in exotic locales… you could liken Lord of the Isles to the classic Beauty and the Beast

Moment of WeaknessTitle:  Moment of Weakness
Series:  One Moment #1
Author:  Toni J. Strawn
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Published:  October 13, 2015
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

The rules of engagement are clear: it’s all-out war. And their hearts are on the line.

It’s not that Abby Harkness’s ex cheated. Hell, it’s not even that he did the dirty with her own sister. The worst part? Everyone—even her own mother—knew about it before she did.

These days, Abby’s nomadic job makes it easy to stick to the rules that protect her heart. Rule number one: Never stay in any man’s bed more than one night. But when a carefully planned tryst falls through, she finds herself stranded in a boardroom—naked—with the one man who makes her body scream danger.

Three hours of mind-blowing sex later, Marcus Brookhein walks out of the boardroom feeling like he just lost. That doesn’t sit with someone who lives and breathes competition. Next time, he’s making the rules. Starting by getting her assigned to work side by side with him.

Abby is desperate not to repeat a night of pleasure that left cracks in her carefully constructed defenses. But four long weeks of close proximity loom before her. And Marcus has a lot to teach her about playing dirty…

This is an 18+ novel – with lots of hot and heavy sex, explicit sex, amazing sex.. so yes there is sex in this one.

Read on for my thoughts on Moment of Weakness.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Billionaire's Final StandTitle:  The Billionaire’s Final Stand
Series:  Billionaire Bachelors #7
Author:  Melody Anne
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  October 4, 2012
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

When the head of the Anderson family, Joseph, gets into a life-changing automobile accident, his family struggles to find a way to survive if he doesn’t come out of the coma the accident has placed him in.

Austin Anderson is used to being single, but slowly he’s watched his siblings and cousins find true love, leaving him the final Anderson without a spouse. That’s all about to change when he meets Kinsey, who has him chasing her all across town. This couple has passion, love, and excitement, and both are determined to make it on their own, though, they are so much better together.

Listen to the heartfelt reminiscing of Katherine as she tells the story of her romance with Joseph as she sits by his bedside, never losing faith that he’ll come back to her.

Laugh along with the large family as they turn the tables and start plotting
against George as he tries to hide his growing feelings for Esther.

This final chapter in the Anderson family will leave you laughing, crying, and on a roller coaster of emotion as you once again step back into the world of the Anderson’s.

Read on for my thoughts on The Billionaire’s Final Stand.  No true spoilers, promise.