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Genre: Contemporary

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!

WILD HORSES by Asha King

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WILD HORSES by Asha KingWild Horses by Asha King
Published by Mundania Press LLC on 2012-06
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 198
Reviewed by Nikita Steele

Popular blogger Danyiah Jackson is known for finding the humor in anything--until some of her fan mail turns threatening and a stalker makes it clear he's been watching her. She grudgingly accepts the advice of a threat assessment expert and disappears from the online world, taking temporary refuge at a family friend's quarter horse ranch in the country. Head horse wrangler Adam Cooper isn't thrilled about the smart-mouthed young woman suddenly living and working at the ranch--even if she's drop-dead gorgeous. But their verbal sparring sets his body ablaze and gets his heart racing, and he's drawn to her despite his misgivings. However as Danyiah and Adam fight their attraction, her stalker draws near, putting not only their fledgling love, but their lives on the line.

Eminent blogger, Dani Jackson, aka Dani-Girl, is use to receiving fan mail; however, when one of her fans becomes a stalker and continuously sends her hostile and frightening messages, reluctantly Dani decides to follow the advice of a threat assessment expert to temporarily put her blog on hiatus and more importantly to leave the city for a while with hopes of smoking out her stalker.  Now, Dani is stuck on a family friend’s remote ranch out in the middle of nowhere, working as a ranch hand.

 

Adam Cooper cannot believe his bad luck.  His boss tells him that as lead horse wrangler, he must teach Dani Jackson the lessons of the daily ranch life.  With her stunning, dazzling looks, polished nails, ridiculous city footwear and smart-alecky mouth, Adam knows that his life is about to be miserable.   But, to Adam’s surprise, Dani is a quick learner and easily keeps up the pace, which only infuriates him more because now all he can fight against is his growing attraction towards her.

 

When Adam discovers the true reasoning behind Dani’s living at the ranch, will he do whatever it takes to protect her or will anger and the feel of betrayal steal his heart and cause Adam to turn away from Dani?

 

Asha King’s Wild Horses is a hoot!  As someone from the city, Dani has no idea what is like to live on a ranch.  Boy, did Dani have a quick, course study lesson in learning that high heels, manicure nails and cuties hats were not the fashion for ranch life.  The waiting to be published blog posts on Dani’s ranch happenings that sporadically pops up in between chapters are hilarious and are wonderful additions to the narrative.  The only drawback I have with Wild Horses is the relationship between Dani and Adam takes too long to develop and when it does, it seems as if the conclusion happens too quickly before I could completely enjoy their passionate togetherness in bed.  I also wish the storyline would have been much longer in length.  Based on the ending, I am under the impression that this is only the beginning for Dani and Adam with the possibility of another featured story for them.  With that being said, I still enjoyed reading Wild Horses.

UNCOLLARED by Nona Raines

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UNCOLLARED by Nona RainesUncollared by Nona Raines
Published by Loose Id Genres: BDSM, Contemporary
Reviewed by Nikita Steele

In the blink of an eye, Mia Manetti’s world takes a tumble for the worst when out of the blue her Master uncollars her.  Devastated beyond belief, as a submissive, Mia is at a loss after losing her very first Master without an explanation.  After weeks of wallowing in self-pity, hesitantly Mia agrees to play with another Dom – Master Chess.

 

Since the first moment he laid eyes on her at Club Restraint, Chess Ryan has secretly lusted after Mia Manetti.  But, due to his friendship with her Master; Chess only admires her from afar.  That is until his friend uncollars Mia and then proceeds to deviously manipulate Chess into exploring his sexual fantasies with Mia.

 

Neither is expecting their lust for one another to quickly turn into something more meaningful; will Mia and Chess take their relationship into the next permanent level or will each allow hurtful secrets from their past to tear them apart?

 

Uncollared is a heartfelt storyline filled with lots of unearthing happenings that will have you reaching for a few tissues.  I really liked how author Nora Raines allows the reader to feel the true pains and pleasures of Mia as she deals with the numerous curveballs that life has thrown her way.  Under the masterful control of Chess, Mia is able to blossom into the submissive that she is meant to be. And, let’s not forget about the BDSM play action within the novella.  Wow!  Talk about mega hot, fanning face sexual interaction!  After her first night with Master Chess, it becomes apparent to Mia that her previous Master had not really introduced her to the full blown joys of BDSM foreplay.  It is no wonder Mia has a hard time keeping her feelings for Chess in check. Uncollared is truly an enjoyable read.

PROTECTIVE HEAT by Tami Vinson

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PROTECTIVE HEAT by Tami VinsonProtective Heat by Tami Vinson
Series: Heat #2
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Self Published on 2012-12-12
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Interracial
Pages: 168
Reviewed by Nikita Steele

All is not what it seems...Beautiful actress Vivaca Carlton had everything she'd ever thought she wanted. Her talent had acquired her enough fame and fortune to leave the roots of her broken childhood behind and make her a star. But she's coming to learn that fame and fortune mean nothing without love.Hired to protect the actress, Quinn Thomas is prepared to be professional and get the job done despite his past distrust of women in the industry. But when he sets his eyes on Vivaca, he knows that guarding her body will be anything but professional. From sizzling to burning hot, they will both break the bonds of their pasts to claim a love that is worth protecting.

Actress Vivaca Carlton thinks the threats made against her life are meaningless and due to an overzealous fan. Yet, her agent sees things differently and hires a personal body guard.  Unhappy at first with a bodyguard shadowing her every step, Vivaca is glad have Quinn Thomas around as her protective safeguard when the threats towards her take a turn down a deadly path.

 

Security expert, Quinn Thomas is determined to successfully complete the assignment he is hired to do regardless of the fact that it lands him smack in the middle of a situation that he has avoided for a number of years – celebrity limelight.  One look at his new client, Vivaca Carlton, Quinn knows that is going to difficult to maintain a strictly professional relationship between them.

 

With an obsessive, crazed fan stalking Vivaca, will Quinn be able to keep her out of harm’s way?  And, more importantly, will Quinn be able to get past his bias hiccup of women in the film industry to have a meaningful, lasting relationship with Vivaca?

 

Fans of Tami Vinson’s Protective Heat series will not be disappointed by Protective Heat.  This storyline is just as exciting as the first installment, Winter’s Heat.  The heat between Vivaca and Quinn instantly sizzles to a scorching height and does not burn out one bit.  Add in the very dangerous and deadly stalking element and you have an exciting, thrilling tale that will successfully hold your attention until the very end.  Protective Heat is book two in Ms. Vinson’s Protective Heat series and can be read as a standalone novella.

TROUBLE IN THE MAKING by Lissa Matthews

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THE DUNGEON by Velvet

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REUNION SUBMISSION by J. B. Brooks

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BODY OF WORK by Karla Doyle

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MISPLACED HANDS by Lexxie Couper & Mari Carr

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