Genre: Contemporary

THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah Creech

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THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah CreechThe Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech
Published by William Morrow Genres: Contemporary


 

Joanne Lover is an up-and-coming country music singer.  She longs to be among the legendary ladies of the genre.  She has her whole stage persona laid out, and she tries to maintain that mask for all intents and purposes.  However, when J.D. Gunn, her first love, crashes back into her life and forces her to work with him, all bets are off.

J.D. Gunn’s road to success took a different route than Joanne’s path, and some would say he sold out for glory.  But now J.D. wants to return to what he holds value in and one of those things is the sassy Joanne Lover.  Joanne is proving to be more stubborn than an ass, but J.D. won’t give up without a fight!  When secrets from Joanne’s past threaten to see the light of day, the former lovers need to rally together and keep them covered but, in the end, would it really be so bad?

The Whole Way Home is a novel that gripped me from the opening pages and made me want to discover exactly what was going on with Joanne and J.D.  I wanted to know what secrets they held, why they broke up, and I wanted desperately for J.D. and Joanne to work for the happily ever after in The Whole Way Home.  Sadly, I was left wanting.  I found the secondary characters’ relationship more interesting, and J.D. and Joanne’s story left some holes and some dots that weren’t connected at all for me in The Whole Way Home.  I expected Joanne to be that feisty singer that she pretended to be, and I thought J.D. would be more giving and less wrapped up in himself in The Whole Way Home.  The big reveal and secret revelation by someone didn’t make any sense to me, because they didn’t really reveal anything. It was an assumption that was not published in a tabloid where the lines of fact and fiction are more fluid, but in a magazine that should have been more credible.

 

WHISKEY SHARP by Lauren Dane

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WHISKEY SHARP by Lauren DaneWhiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane
Series: Whiskey Sharp #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary


 

Maybe Dolan moved to Seattle in order to help her older sister recover from a job-related event that changed her life.  Maybe left her family to go and live with her aunt and uncle as soon as she possibly could.  That move gave Maybe the chance to grow into the person she was always meant to be.  To say that her relationship with her parents is strained just doesn’t cover it, yet Maybe is willing to put up with her parents for her sister.

 

Alexsei Petrov is part of a very close Russian family in Seattle.  Alexsei owns a barber shop that is building a great reputation, so when a woman appears saying she was sent by his aunt and that she wants a job as a barber in his shop, he knows that if nothing else, he has to give her a try.  That was one of his better decisions as Maybe is now one of his shops favorite barbers—heck, he even insists she does his cuts and shaves.

 

Maybe was attracted to Alexsei from the beginning, but when his move came, it kind of surprised her at first.  Alexsei soon learns that while Maybe is confident in her abilities as a barber, she has very little confidence in other areas of her life.  Alexsei also learns just what Maybe has overcome as their passion moves forward.  While his family loves her for just being her funky self, it is very clear that her parents not only don’t love her, but actively seek to undermine her.  Maybe is willing to put up with her parents’ abuse in order to let her sister grow and heal, but even she has a limit, and when that is hit, Maybe learns just how much Alexsei loves her and how many other people love her just as she is.

 

When love comes knocking, sometimes you need to kick the door down instead of waiting for it to be answered.  Alexsei learns this as he begins his journey to love with Maybe in Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled.  There were many places that I just wanted to reach out and hug both Maybe and Alexsei.  I loved watching as they went from friends to lovers while keeping a working relationship during it all.  I also loved Alexsei even more as he showed Maybe just what love means as he uncovered just what she had grown up with.  Maybe is no shrinking violet, but after years of doubting herself, it was great to see her bloom even more and stand up for herself.  Even the secondary characters had me engaged, although it was the relationship between Maybe and Alexsei that had me from their first meeting.  Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled is no light read for sure, but there is so much texture and feeling in the relationship between Maybe and Alexsei that even when it hurts, you just want to turn the page to see what happens next. This is a great start to a new series, and I can’t wait to see the next peek into this world.

 

GIVING CHASE by Lauren Dane

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GIVING CHASE by Lauren DaneGiving Chase by Lauren Dane
Series: Chase Brothers #1
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary


 
Maggie has always been the overlooked Wright sister.  All through high school and beyond, her beautiful sister had overshadowed her, making her feel invisible.  She’s stunned when Sheriff Shane Chase, one of the four gorgeous Chase brothers, takes an interest in her and asks her out.  But Shane has issues from the devastating blow dealt to him by his ex-fiancé, so when he realizes that Maggie is someone he could come to truly care for he dumps her as quickly and as coldly as he can manage.  Shane’s mistake is just the opportunity his brother Kyle has been waiting for.  When Kyle realizes that Shane is not going to apologize or try to make things right with Maggie, he quickly seizes his chance.  He has wanted Maggie from the start but had been willing to step aside because he thought that Maggie would be what Shane’s wounded heart needed.  Now that Shane’s messed up, he’s decided to go after what he’s wanted.  Maggie’s hesitant to go out with Shane’s brother, not to mention a little shocked that another Chase brother is interested in her but decides to give him a chance.  As time passes Maggie discovers that she was dating the wrong Chase brother the first time around.  Maggie and Kyle’s relationship deepens and they begin to fall in love.  But another man is obsessed with Maggie and his anger has slowly built from watching her date Shane and when he sees that she and Kyle are getting serious, his rage explodes.  Can Kyle protect the woman he’s come to love?
I’ve long been a fan of Lauren Dane, grabbing whatever she writes as quickly as I can.  In my opinion Giving Chase has to be the absolute best book she has ever written.  Maggie is a heroine who is spunky and independent while Kyle is just the kind of to-die-for hero that I love to read about.  Lauren Dane has crafted not only the sensuous passion between them, but also the deepening emotional bonds, in such a way that I became enthralled.  Add to this the knowledge that each of Kyle’s three yummy brothers are slated to have books of their own and Giving Chase is a book that should be on the top of every romance lovers list.

DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina Dodd

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DEAD GIRL RUNNING by Christina DoddDead Girl Running by Christina Dodd
Series: Cape Charade #1
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


I have three confessions to make:
1. I've got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.


Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There, amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another.

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past, could the killer be staring her in the face?

Author Christina Dodd begins a new series with Dead Girl Running. This is the first full length novel in the Cape Charade series which is a spinoff of Dodd’s popular Virtue Falls series.  There is also a novella available, Hard to Kill.

Dead Girl Running is an intense story that moves at a breakneck pace.  Dodd does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing. The characters are incredibly unique.  I loved the thrilling suspense Ms. Dodd built throughout the story with these characters.  Her creative blend of misdirection had me thinking everyone had a motive for murder at one point or another.

My only complaint was that there is not enough romance for me.  I went into this a bit blind. I didn’t know Dead Girl Running was the beginning of a series until the head-splitting cliffhanger left me with an incomprehensible desire to know what happens next! I am looking forward to romance in the next novel! The chemistry between Kellen and a certain man is riveting.

Author Christina Dodd creates a chilling tale set in the middle of a picturesque resort.  Dead Girl Running is a killer read for lovers of the modern whodunit mysteries.

ALL WE KNEW by Jamie Beck

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ALL WE KNEW by Jamie BeckAll We Knew by Jamie Beck
Series: Cabots #2
Published by Montlake Romance Genres: Contemporary


 

Sara and Hunter Cabot have loved each other for a long time. But the years of trying so hard to become parents have taken a toll on their marriage. The strain has been added to by the time Hunter devotes to the family’s international tea business. The love between them is as strong as ever but with Hunter under siege at work from his manipulative step-mother and Sara feeling as though he’s never around, things seem to be falling apart. Can they find a way to stay together and move past all the obstacles pulling them apart?

 

The first time I read about Sara and Hunter in the first The Cabots book, Before I Knew. Hunter and Sara had issues that real life couples face, making in turns heartbreaking and uplifting. Jamie Beck penned a story of two people who love each other with true depth but have a marriage that is failing from different stresses. Watching them find their way back to each other made for great reading.  The Cabots series is not to be missed and I’ve just loaded up the third book in the series When You Knew and I can’t wait to get started.

THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory

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NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT by Kristan Higgins

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EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

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WHISKEY SHARP: UNRAVELED by Lauren Dane

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UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

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WIRED by Julie Garwood

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STEEL TRAP by L. M. Somerton

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NEVER THE GROOM by Samantha Cayto

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SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

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ROYALLY RUINED by Nora Flite

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BEFORE THE DAWN by Cynthia Eden

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RUGGED TEXAS COWBOY by Lora Leigh

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THE BILLIONAIRES: THE STEPBROTHERS by Calista Fox

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THE BIG, BAD BILLIONAIRE by Jackie Ashenden

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NAUTI ANGEL by Lora Leigh

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