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RETURN TO HOMECOMING RANCH by Julia London

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RETURN TO HOMECOMING RANCH by Julia LondonReturn to Homecoming Ranch by Julia London
Series: Pine River #2
Published by AmazonEncore on 2014-07-22
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life
Reviewed by Miranda

Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby's sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.”Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Afraid of backsliding, he lives in the mountains and keeps his distance from people. Yet he never forgot Libby, his former colleague at the sheriff's office whose charm and cheerfulness always warmed his days. Now Libby's back, ignoring the townspeople's whispers (and her ex's restraining order) while desperately trying to make Homecoming Ranch a successful event destination. She keeps causing trouble for Sam, but he finds her smile more beautiful than ever…and his touch gives her thrills she's never felt. Could these two lost souls mend each other's broken hearts?

Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Sam is the strong silent type keeping to himself trying to protect his sobriety. Before he let alcohol take over his life he was working his way up in the Sheriff’s department. Now he is happy to have his small town job as a deputy.  Things are usually nice and quiet letting Sam lead a solitary life on the mountain but one woman is determined to try his patience.

 

Libby Tyler used to be known as a sweet and giving woman. She was always put together nicely and working for local causes.  However, everything changed when she took a golf club to her ex’s truck.  Now, Libby’s ex Ryan has a restraining order against her. She is having a lot of trouble staying the required distance from Ryan and his children which brings Deputy Dog, Sam onto her path. 

 

Libby is the most frustrating creature Sam has ever met.  While he should agree with the masses that a little more time in the loony bin would do Libby some good Sam can’t stop wanting to help her. Homecoming Ranch heats up as Sam attempts to bring Libby back down to earth and Libby attempts to bring Sam out of his shell once again.  Will all be well at Homecoming Ranch or will these two do more harm than good?

 

Julia London’s Return to Homecoming Ranch marries contemporary, complex characters with dark humor creating a meaningful and memorable romance.  This is my first book in the series and it can be read as a stand-alone.  When I read the synopsis I thought it was going to be a funny romance but it didn’t take long for me to realize that Return to Homecoming Ranch is a very serious romance. 

 

Sam and Libby are two characters that have been through dark times.  Sam is ahead of Libby on the recovery road. He is two years sober while Libby is right in the middle of her trauma.  She is in denial at the beginning of the story. Libby doesn’t see what is wrong with the way she is thinking.  There were times I wanted to shake her so bad.  She was frustrating but I understood her. I wanted to punch her ex, wait…that is not severe enough. I may have thought of many different ways to murder him. Every woman has unfortunately come across a man like him before. 

 

Sam made me melt. This is the type of man I hope to one day marry. He has flaws, he acknowledges them and works to improve himself and help others.  He is always going the extra mile for people.  There are lots of great scenes between Libby and Sam. At first they are filled with humor and sometimes sadness but things heat up swiftly.  I really felt like I was on the outside looking in at a couple falling in love. I was right there with them for every moment of their journey.  London’s excellent prose allows the reader to go on an in depth and up close journey with the characters. 

 

London delivers a homerun with Return to Homecoming Ranch’s humor, emotion and characters that leave you wanting more.

TEXAS TANGLE by Leah Braemel

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TEXAS TANGLE by Leah BraemelTexas Tangle by Leah Braemel
Published by Carina Press on 2010-06-01
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 188
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

Thanks to her cheating ex-husband and her thieving brother, all horse breeder Nikki Kimball has left is a bruised heart, an overdrawn bank account and an empty home. When sex-on-legs Dillon Barnett and his brooding foster-brother Brett Anderson start showing more than just neighborly attention, Nikki is intrigued...and a little gun-shy.Dillon and Brett have a history; back in high school, the two friends fought a bitter battle over Nikki. Now, ten years later, Brett still longs to be the man in Nikki's life, but he's determined to stand back and let Dillon win Nikki's heart.Society says Nikki must choose between the two men she loves. Is Nikki strong enough to break all the rules in order to find happiness?73,000 words

Nikki Kimball has just been robbed. As if her life wasn’t bad enough, she comes home to find out her brother has left and her house is empty. She thought what her ex-husband did to her was heartbreaking, but the fact that she was swindled by family leaves her aching. Thank goodness she has Dillon Barnett – he has been a rock she can lean on…a very sexy one. Dillon has told Nikki more than once that she is welcome to be with him as long as she needs. It goes without saying that he is hoping she stays because the longer he is with her, the more he cares about her. And the best thing? His foster brother, Brett Anderson feels the same way. Now all they have to do is convince Nikki to take a chance on them. 

Goodness gracious, but wow. Texas Tangle by Leah Braemel is one hot western ménage! Both male heroes are lean, loyal, and smoking hot. Their treatment of Nikki and the love they have for her shows in every touch and breath they take. The love scenes sizzle on each and every page. 

For a truly great ménage read, Texas Tangle is the book for you. I couldn’t get enough of it and had to read it twice, okay – three times!

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

BLACK AND BLUE by Gena Showalter

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BLACK AND BLUE by Gena ShowalterBlack and Blue by Gena Showalter
Series: Otherworld Assassin #2
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2013-10-22
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Miranda

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s pulse-pounding paranormal series continues with an electrifying story about the ultimate warrior and his prize: a beautiful woman he will do anything to possess. HE IS EVERY WOMAN’S FANTASY . . . Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent . . . and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue. SHE BECOMES HIS ONLY OBSESSION . . . Evangeline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breached her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he’d rather die than live without her. . . .

JoyfullyRecommendedCorbin Blue is a talented man. He is a star football player, a playboy and wealthy.  Unfortunately, it appears someone wants him and his team dead.  After a bomb nearly kills him, Corbin must seek out help from the last person he ever expected to need.  His boss’ daughter is sexy as sin with an attitude that rivals his but only she has the skills to save his life.

 

The last thing Evangeline Black expected to find in her bed is an almost dead Corbin Blue.  Corbin has always been her least favorite person—well, that is what she tells herself to fight the attraction.  He is one of her father’s men; she is determined not to cross that line but as she finally gets a glimpse of the real Corbin Blue, Evangeline finds it hard to say no to him.

 

If Evangeline and Corbin want to find out who is behind the bombing they will have to learn to work together.  Corbin finds himself admiring Evangeline’s skills but she provokes his most protective instincts.  He soon realizes that if he wants to keep her safe he will have to leave her.  Good luck! Evangeline is not a push over.  Will Corbin and Evangeline make it out of danger alive?

 

Gena Showalter’s Black and Blue is a fantastic addition to the Otherworld series.  I cannot get enough of Showalter’s brilliant writing.  Ms. Showalter writes with incredible depth making her world and characters come to 4D life on the pages.  I would absolutely love for James Cameron to bring the Otherworld series to life on the silver screen!

 

I’m so excited about Corbin’s story! His character is a striking one.  I couldn’t wait to learn more about what makes this sexy playboy tick.  Some of his scenes are so striking.  I could feel the immense pain he was feeling after the bombing that almost killed him.  And let’s not forget how great the scenes are where he attempts to be protective of Evangeline.  This playboy becomes serious really quick!  Evangeline has always seen Corbin as his reputation dictates.  But she learns quickly that he is serious when it comes to her.  However, she has been taking care of herself for years.  I love that Evangeline is smart and capable of kicking some butt.  These two make a great team in and out of the bedroom! Their chemistry is powerful and off the charts.  I could read stories about them forever they are so dang interesting!

 

Black and Blue sizzles in all the right places.  I’m Joyfully Recommending it!  This is one of those novels that combines fantasy and romance giving the readers a phenomenal read! Black and Blue hits the spot!

HER PERFECT MATE by Paige Tyler

HER PERFECT MATE by Paige Tyler

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HER PERFECT MATE by Paige TylerHer Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler
Series: X-OPS #1
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-05-06
Genres: Paranormal, Suspense
Pages: 320
Reviewed by Miranda

JoyfullyRecommendedSpecial Forces Captain Landon Donovan isn’t exactly happy when he is pulled away from his team in the middle of a mission for a secret assignment.  When he learns he is to be teamed up with a woman he finds sexy as sin, he feels a little better about this assignment. After seeing the beauty fight, Landon is downright excited.

Female shifter Ivy Halliwell isn’t happy to be teamed with another Special Ops guy.  She’s had several partners and none of them have respected her natural talents.  She learns quickly that Landon is different.  He is happy to use her extra gifts to hunt down the bad guys. The only problem is that Ivy can’t stop wanting to jump his bones!  Ivy and Landon will be tested as a major bad guy emerges, putting them in danger. Will they survive long enough to test their feelings for each other?

Paige Tyler has a purrrfect hit on her hands with Her Perfect Mate.  I have been craving a shifter romance that burns the pages and Ms. Tyler’s Her Perfect Mate is brilliantly satisfying.  I absolutely love Her Perfect Mate it has everything you need in a paranormal romance…action, suspense, desire, sizzling chemistry and a romance to die for!

Tyler creates an intriguing world for her phenomenally layered characters.  Landon is your sexy military guy with a hardened exterior but his heart shines through and proves he is much more.   Ivy is exasperated with her partner situation as all of the ones in the past have disregarded her and her skills.  Landon is a delightful change for Ivy and I love how he throws her off balance with his willingness to work together.  They share some intensely sexy scenes.  These two are hot, hot hot! There is one scene that I love and it involves a pizza guy! I could not stop laughing it was totally adorable.  Her Perfect Mate is a movie in the making!  The end was action-packed and so thrilling!  I was holding my breath in anticipation!  You do not want to miss out on this blockbuster read!

Her Perfect Mate is definitely on my Best of list for 2014!

JAGUAR HUNT by Terry Spear

JAGUAR HUNT by Terry Spear

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JAGUAR HUNT by Terry SpearJaguar Hunt by Terry Spear
Series: Jaguar #3
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-06-03
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Miranda

Two deadly predators... As a feline Enforcer, Tammy Anderson has one objective: locate the missing jaguar and return it to the States. She doesn't have time for distractions, and she definitely doesn't have time for sexy shifters with more muscles than sense. One hot mission... Everyone and their brother has warned JAG agent David Patterson that Tammy is Ms. Hands-Off...which only makes him more determined to get very hands-on. But things heat up in the steamy jungles of Belize and their simple mission gets a whole lot more complicated. Now it's going to take everything David's got to protect the gorgeous she-cat who somehow managed to claw her way past his defenses...and into his heart.

JoyfullyRecommendedEnforcer Tammy Anderson has a reputation among her fellow enforcers as a one woman show.  Tammy likes to leave her partners in the dust.  Her latest case involves a missing jaguar.  She is all set to head to Belize to find the jaguar when she discovers she has been assigned a partner for this mission.

 

JAG Agent David Patterson has heard a lot about Tammy.  None of that prepared him for the insane chemistry and protective feelings she arouses. She manages to get away from him once but as they arrive in Belize they both realize having a partner may be a good thing.

 

The case of the missing Jaguar becomes more complicated than either Tammy or David anticipated.  Danger stalks their every move as things heat up in the jungle.  Tammy and David ache to explore the intense feelings between them but they may not get the chance as it seems someone wants them dead.

 

Terry Spear makes the pages of her latest Jaguar book catch fire with her steamy characters and suspenseful storytelling.  Jaguar Hunt takes us from Texas to Belize and back with one hell of a plotline and plenty of passion.  Tammy and David are the perfect pair; it was exciting falling in love with them as the story unfolded.  Tammy is such a strong and crafty character. She is definitely capable of taking care of herself but she has forgotten what it is like to have someone take care of her.  David is smitten with Tammy right away. He really can put her in her place and come out all innocent.  I just love the teasing banter they have throughout the story.

 

Ms. Spear does an excellent job of creating a visual of the jungle setting for the reader.  The entire zip line scenario made me want to vomit and that is actually good because I felt like I was experiencing the happenings with the characters.  I do love the Belize setting but I could really do without the snakes!

 

Jaguar Hunt takes the reader on a wild adventure…one they won’t want to end!

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ME AND MRS. JONES by Marie Rochelle

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WILD HORSES by Asha King

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UNCOLLARED by Nona Raines

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PROTECTIVE HEAT by Tami Vinson

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