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THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena Showalter

THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena Showalter

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THE CLOSER YOU COME by Gena ShowalterThe Closer You Come by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMiranda

Jase Hollister is an ex-con determined to start a new life with his foster brothers in the small town of Strawberry Valley.  His new life doesn’t include a steady woman though. He is completely content to fill his bed with random women each night never getting serious.  However, there is something about the beautiful Brook Lynn Dillon that has Jase all tied up in knots.  Perhaps, part of the problem is her refusal to be just another one-night-stand to him.

 

Brook Lynn has always had a difficult life.   She was born with a hearing problem that caused her to need surgery and implants to control her hearing volume.  Since the death of their parents Brook Lynn has been holding down several jobs and managing her sister’s wild antics.  It is her sister’s drunken behavior that lands Brook Lynn in the path of the latest rich and powerful man to move to Strawberry Valley, Jase Hollister.

 

Powerful sexual chemistry draws Jase and Brook Lynn together leaving them no choice but to try to purge the fire between them with one night of passion.  They soon find that one night will never be enough but can they deal with the truths that are about to come out?

 

The Closer You Come is an A++ romance! I cannot get enough of Jase and Brook Lynn.  These two strike so many emotional chords it was impossible not to fall in love with them! Jase is suffering from a rough upbringing and horrific acts that happened to him behind bars.  His past is blocking his romantic progress.  He feels that he is a bad bet when it comes to women.  Brook Lynn is so busy taking care of others and barely making enough to scrape by she has little time to think about romantic entanglements.  However, the closer these two come to each other the more difficult it is to ignore the potent feelings between them.

 

I also love the relationship between Jase, West and Beck. They have strong bonds holding them together. It is obvious how much they each care for one another and are willing to do anything to make sure they all end up happy.  Their scenes range from hilarious to deeply emotional.  Ms. Showalter packs her Original Heartbreakers with all the right kinds of emotion.

 

I’m still thinking about the characters of The Closer You Come days after finishing the book. One thing I have always loved about Ms. Showalter’s writing is her character development.  Jase and Brook Lynn both grow by leaps and bounds in the pages of The Closer You Come.  I became so immersed in their story that I felt a part of it.  I had the rare experience of being able to laugh, smile, love and even cry with the characters as they discovered what life could really offer them.  Showalter’s first full length Original Heartbreakers novel The Closer You Come is a Joyfully Recommended Love Story that warms the heart and soul.

THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena Showalter

THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena Showalter

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THE ONE YOU WANT by Gena ShowalterThe One You Want by Gena Showalter
Series: Original Heartbreakers #.5
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMiranda

The last thing Kenna Starr wants to do is attend the Engagement party for her mother and the man her mother’s been having an affair with since Kenna was a child. The people of Strawberry Valley never forget a scandal and Kenna has to live down two. The first being her mother’s choice of men and the next is a teenage pregnancy. While she would change her mother’s status she would never give up her precious daughter, Norrie.

 

Dane Michaelson is returning to Strawberry Valley to start a new chapter of his life.  However, he’s not keen on his father’s choice to marry his long-time mistress.  One thing he hopes to accomplish during their farce of an engagement party is an apology to Ms. Kenna Starr his soon-to-be step-sister for harsh words said in anger years ago. Dane never counted on the powerful feelings Kenna would inspire.

 

Kenna can’t fight her intense attraction to Dane but his womanizer history leaves her determined to keep him at arm’s length. Dane came by his rich and charming reputation honestly. He’s set his eyes on Kenna and plans to take her to bed or else! Will these future step-siblings find everlasting love or will small town reputations keep them apart?

 

Gena Showalter’s first Original Heartbreakers contemporary romance The One You Want smashes the competition bringing small town romances back on to my favorites list!

 

I felt an immediate connection to Kenna and Dane. I was drawn to their strong feelings about their parents, family, friends and each other.  I absolutely could not get enough of Kenna’s daughter Norrie. I love her to pieces! She is hysterical! She is the typical child that repeats everything she hears at the most inappropriate times. All of Ms. Showalter’s secondary characters are layered with interesting characteristics that leave the readers wanting to get to know them better.  I can’t remember when I have felt so excited about a new series. I can’t wait to begin the next novel in the series.

 

Kenna and Dane share an explosive chemistry that left me counting down the seconds until they gave into their feelings for each other.  I love the fact that Ms. Showalter manages to give the reader a full story where the characters are able to resolve their deeper issues in a novella without feeling rushed.

 

The One You Want gives you all the best S’s: sexy, sensitivity and supreme satisfaction!

SWEET ACHE by K. Bromberg

SWEET ACHE by K. Bromberg

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SWEET ACHE by K. BrombergSweet Ache by K. Bromberg
Series: Driven
Published by Signet Eclipse Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Hawkin Play is always covering for his brother, Hunter. Always doing what it takes to keep him out of trouble. Now he’s facing jail time for protecting him and the only way out may be to do a college seminar so that the judge can look good to other alumni. Quinlan Westin has enough on her plate without being the teaching assistant to the arrogant rock star. Quinlan’s obvious distain for him and Hawks obvious attraction to her leads to a bet between him and his bandmates on if he can seduce her or not. As Hawk and Quinlan spend more time together, they find more than just attraction, they find love. But can their love survive the truth of the bet and Hunter’s hatred of his brother?

 

HOLY COW!!!!!!!! Just…….HOLY COW!! Never having read K. Bromberg before, I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Sweet Ache. What I didn’t expect was a story filled with steamy scenes, heartbreaking moments and just the right amount of tenderness. I’m stamping JOYFULLY RECOMMENDED all over this book!

IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D. D. Ayres

IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D. D. Ayres

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IRRESISTIBLE FORCE by D. D. AyresIrresistible Force by D. D. Ayres
Series: K-9 Rescue Novel
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyTanya

Shay Appleton has not had an easy or calm upbringing.  But she has taken charge of her life and is now moving forward with plans for what to do next.  She has her Prince Charming (ok so he is a German shepherd) and has retreated to a place where she has always been able to think.  All she has to do is to get rid of her stalker ex-boyfriend (yet another mistake in her life) and back to work.  Prince is the best thing that has ever happened to her and she will do whatever she has to, to keep him when suddenly James Cannon shows up at her doorstep claiming she stole him.

 

James Cannon is former militaryman and has been searching for his best friend and partner for a month.  When he is lead to the secluded cabin where Shay is staying he knows he has found Bogart (Prince).  What he doesn’t count on is the woman who has him, or her accusations that he tried to have Bogart destroyed and abandoned him.  But, he definitely is attracted to her grit.

 

The more the two spend time together it is obvious that the dog isn’t the only thing drawing them together.  But, when suddenly Shay seems to not only have a stalker but someone who means to do bodily harm to her can they work together, and trust each other so they are stronger, or will the past come back to haunt one of them?  Danger seems to come from multiple sources in Irresistible Force but the author has done a fine job in showing how a growing love can conquer all.  Action packed with a cute canine and a hot alpha man, what more can one ask for in a story?  Therefore this is a Joyfully Recommended Read for me :)

 

A NEW HOPE by Robyn Carr

A NEW HOPE by Robyn Carr

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A NEW HOPE by Robyn CarrA New Hope by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point
Published by MIRA Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Ginger Dysart was finally beginning to recover from the loss of her child. She had been so lost in her grief that her family and friends had feared for her. Matt Lacoumette had his own demons to fight after a marriage gone terribly wrong.  When he and Ginger became friends it just seemed to work. Only the more time they spent together as friends, the closer to each other they became and before long friendship becomes something more. But can they both move past the wounds of their pasts to find a future together?

 

I love Robyn Carr, I don’t think that I’ve ever read one of her books that I didn’t like and A New Hope is no exception. Filled with emotion, Robyn Carr slowly builds the romance between Ginger and Matt. This is one story that pulls you along, making you crave the happy ending that Matt and Ginger deserve so much. A perfect summer read, this is a not to be missed addition to Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series!

RIDE STEADY by Kristen Ashley

RIDE STEADY by Kristen Ashley

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OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

OPENING UP by Lauren Dane

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NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND by Julie Moffett

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DIMITRI by Kym Grosso

DIMITRI by Kym Grosso

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WINGING IT by Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James

WINGING IT by Ashlyn Kane & Morgan James

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