Genre: Contemporary

LONG FOR ME by Shiloh Walker

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LONG FOR ME by Shiloh WalkerLong For Me by Shiloh Walker
Series: Secrets & Shadows #3
Published by Macmillan on May 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 80
Reviewed by Jo

In Long for Me by Shiloh Walker, Christina Bell remembers what it was like to be part of a loving family. The youngest of the Bell children, she simply cannot believe that her dad, or anyone else she loves, had a hand in her mother’s disappearance. She’s looking forward to moving on and spending more time with her sexy best friend, Guy Miller, who she is starting to see in a whole new light.Their attraction sizzling and love deepening, Christina feels confident in her life and ability to handle what comes her way...But when Nichole’s body is found—and the mystery of her death slowly reveals itself—Christina is left not knowing who to trust. What if Guy, her one true desire, proves to be her biggest danger?

Christina Bell, a florist, is the youngest of the Bell siblings and the one who has always believed that whatever happened to their Mother, Nichole, she was not harmed by anyone that Christina knew and loved.  Now that her Mother’s body has been found and they finally are able to put her to rest, it’s leaving an even bigger question – who killed her and why?  Christina knows that several people in town believe that she lives in her own world more often than not, but Christina knows that she has a very good hold on her life even with all the knocks life has given her.  Christina’s one non-family person who has always been there for her is her best friend, Guy.  And just when did he get so sexy?

 

Deputy Guy Miller has had it bad for Christina, his Tink, and he knows that she needs him more than ever now that her Mother’s body has been found.  The hard part is that Guy wants Christina to need all of him, not just her best buddy.  But Guy is holding a few secrets of his own and he isn’t sure that when all the answers come out about what happened to Nichole that he will ever get what he wants most – Christina in his arms forever, just like that one stolen night when their passion came to life.

 

Christina knows that Guy will protect her without over doing it like her brother and sister are apt to do.  Guy totally understands her and maybe, just maybe it’s time to explore the passion that Christina tried to forget and that Guy never could.  While Guy and Christina are working at overcoming the self made barrier that keeps their passion from flaring, the investigation on Nichole’s death is gaining speed and the clues are leading Guy to an answer that he hoped was very wrong.  Guy knows that he has to find out if his fears are correct and goes to speak to the one man who can tell him, but doing so just might be the one thing that will tear Christina from Guy forever.  The Bell siblings have finally overcome the disappearance and death of their Mother and have found love.  But once Guy tells them the final answers and just what had to be done to get them, will that destroy the love that Christina and Guy have finally accepted and are learning to cherish?

 

A young woman who has let flowers and her best buddy ease her from a frightened and scared girl into a loving woman and the deputy who wants that same young woman for his own find a way to have it all in Long for Me.  Christina lost so much as such a young age and that was only part of the reason she would rather deal with her sketches and flowers than people.  Guy has protected and been what Christina has needed for the majority of his life and just when it looks like he might get it, a horrible truth about his past just might tear him apart from his friendships and his love with all the Bells.  I have to say I alternated cheering, smiling and shuddering as I read about the journey that Christina and Guy traveled.  So many times I wondered if their happy ever after would actually happen and when the final answer on what actually happened to Nichole came clear and it was Guy who had to tell the Bells, I was sure heartbreak was in the pages.  Yet the long time friendship and passion between Guy and Christina was more than enough to overcome even that.  Long for Me was heartbreaking in several places and still filled with passion and just the right touch of suspense to keep things moving along to the best ending.

 

I am so happy that now all of the Bell siblings have been able to let their pasts go and have found that golden ring filled with love.

DOGWOOD HILL by Sherryl Woods

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DOGWOOD HILL by Sherryl WoodsDogwood Hill by Sherryl Woods
Series: Chesapeake Shores
Published by Mira on January 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Melissa

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods tests the strength of the beloved O'Briens and proves that love and family can always triumph! When former pro football quarterback Aidan Mitchell comes to Chesapeake Shores to take a high school coaching job, he's embraced by the town—especially the O'Briens. But Aidan has a secret that could alter all their lives. For wounded Liz March, who's trying for a fresh start after a devastating betrayal, taking a chance on Aidan may be more than she can handle. Her heart, however, refuses to listen to her head. But just when forever seems within reach, Aidan's secret threatens to change everything. Does this tempting stranger who's made her feel alive have the power to convince her to look beyond the past and reach for the future?

Aidan Mitchell is the new high school football coach. As a former pro football quarterback he’s warmly welcomed by the town. It doesn’t take long for him to meet Liz March and know that she is someone he definitely wants to get to know better, much better! But Aidan has secrets, secrets that could affect the O’Briens, a family that is much loved in the town. As he and Liz get closer and closer he holds off telling her. Liz wants to trust Aidan but betrayal in her past makes it hard. When Aidan finally comes clean with the secret he’s been keeping, will it pull them closer together or push them farther apart?

 

Dogwood Hill is a welcome addition to Sherryl Wood’s Chesapeake Shores series. Both Aidan and Liz have things in their past that gravely affect their future together and keep you involved in the story. Add to this a welcome chance to visit the O’Briens and you have a winner with Dogwood Hill. A perfect choice for your holiday reading list!!

SWEET HARMONY by Luann McLane

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SWEET HARMONY by Luann McLaneSweet Harmony by LuAnn McLane
Series: Cricket Creek
Published by Signet on October 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Reviewed by Melissa

Cricket Creek, Kentucky, is no Nashville—it’s a sweet, small town outside the big-city limelight. But here, two headstrong country music stars will need to rely on their Southern roots and explosive chemistry to top the charts together. When Cat Carson drops her record label and signs with an independent label based in Cricket Creek, it’s a huge upset in the music world. But the residents of Cricket Creek are thrilled to have a real country music star in their midst. Everyone except Jeff Greenfield, that is—a local rising star himself, who’s been asked to record a duet with the stunning beauty. Jeff grew up on a farm, but his smooth, soulful country style is starting to get him noticed outside Cricket Creek. And while a duet with Cat Carson could send his career skyrocketing, he doesn’t want to lose touch with his roots—or lose his head. Because sparks are flying every time he and Cat hit the studio. And it’s more than a little distracting....

Country star Cat Carson is ready for a change. She switches music labels, a move that brings her to Cricket Creek and Jeff Greenfield. Jeff is not a big fan of Cat’s brand of country music, he’s all about classic country. Now their label wants them to do a duo together. From the moment they meet it’s a case of opposites attracting and being forced to work together is not what either had anticipated. But as they spend more and more time together the differences between them seem not to matter any longer.

 

Sweet Harmony is the first Cricket Creek novel that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I found myself giggling several times at Cat’s clumsiness and wanting to shake Jeff for his stubbornness. I enjoyed myself so much that I am now forced to find all of the other Cricket Creek books to read. Thank you Luann McLane!

NAUGHTY BITS by Joey W. Hill

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NAUGHTY BITS by Joey W. HillNaughty Bits by Joey W. Hill
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on January 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

To better serve the customers of her lingerie shop, Madison must explore the pleasures of giving up control . . . After inheriting her sister's North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, Madison jumps at the chance to dump her boring finance career and try her luck down South. But even before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott recognizes a submissive when he sees one. And what he sees, he wants. He presents her with three very tempting gifts--handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to start her sexual training. She has to accept. After all, how can she hope to sell fantasies to lingerie customers without embracing her own? Now, she's about to discover just how far her fantasies can take her--and how far Logan will go to make every one of them come true.

Madison leaves her high paying job when she finds herself the owner of an erotic lingerie store after her sister’s passing.  Knowing she is out of her element, but unwilling to admit defeat quite yet, Madison tries to settle in, not realizing that there is more to running an erotic business than she could ever have imagined.  Madison wants the shop to continue to be a success but needs guidance on how to help her customers make their buying choices. If she can’t trust her own desires and fantasies, how is she going to sell the fairytale to her clientele?

Logan Scott is ex-military and can spot a submissive from a mile away.  Meeting his deceased friend’s sister, Madison, is like a breath of fresh air – she is definitely submissive and Logan is well, Logan is most definitely dominant.  With just three gifts, Logan hands Madison what she needs – the question is, will she trust herself and Logan enough to explore all those dreams she has and take a chance on being exactly what they both need?

Wowza! Just. Wow.  With Naughty Bits, Joey W. Hill once again takes her readers on a roller coaster ride of sensual proportions.  Naughty Bits is the combination of a series of novellas captured into one sexy, stimulating, and carnally charged book.  I was able to watch Madison’s entire world change when her fantasies came to light with the help of dreamy and dominant Logan.  Who, by the way, was hot enough to scorch the pages of this racy read!  Definitely grab some ice, maybe a fan, and prepare to be engrossed from beginning to end – after all, this is a book by Joey W. Hill!

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgeway

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgeway

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MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie RidgewayMake Me Lose Control by Christie Ridgeway
Series: Cabin Fever #2
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa

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Shay Walker likes to hold herself apart from others, never fully opening herself to anyone or anything.  She even manages to not completely reveal herself to her many students that she tutors.  However, a chance encounter with a stranger at a bar, who becomes more than a one-night stand, soon has her dealing with things from her past and desperately trying to fill the cracks her walls are revealing.

Jason “Jace” Jennings doesn’t know how to connect to anyone, especially his teenage daughter who has only him to depend upon after the death of her mother, Jace’s ex-wife.  Maintaining his control over his feelings, he is shocked to discover the identity of his one-night stand, and so he scrambles to remedy the situation of both his daughter’s attractive tutor as well as the care of his daughter. Will Shay and Jace realize that making one another lose control is just what they need to find their HEA, or will they stick with the easy route and walk away?

Make Me Lose Control is a baggage filled, heartwarming read, that completely touched me as Shay and Jace navigated their way through their tale.  I found several scenes that somehow reached out and grabbed me, showing that some innocuous events from the past have a lasting effect on an individual’s future.  Make Me Lose Control even proved the point that an individual tends to remember the bad more than the good of situations.

 

The author’s voice in Make Me Lose Control was light and fun loving as each character was thoroughly fleshed out.  Jace and Shay seemed well rounded and approachable, as though they were everyday people with their own problems trying to navigate this wide big world in Make Me Lose Control.  On the surface, it seemed that Jace and Shay weren’t so different, but I completely enjoyed the fact that their circumstances, though not the same, managed to shape some of their perspectives and protective natures the way that they did.  It was as though there was different ways to end up with the same results in Make Me Lose Control.  I also felt that there were similarities between Shay and Jace’s daughter that enabled her to connect with her the way that she did in this story.

 

Make Me Lose Control is a story that came across as completely realistic in its characters, and the shaping of them with their baggage from the past, that it managed to tug several tears from this reader.  Because of the heart-tugging believability of Make Me Lose Control, I Joyfully Recommend this tale!

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