Genre: Contemporary

ROCK HARD by Nalini Singh

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ROCK HARD by Nalini SinghRock Hard by Nalini Singh
Series: Rock Kiss #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Charlotte Baird was always very shy, but she was feisty when needed. After a viscous attack in a place that she should have been safe, now she is shy and scared. In fact, Charlotte has nick-named herself “Charlie-Mouse.” Because even the thought of having to interview for a new job can give Charlie hives, she has allowed herself to be taken advantage of at work. Charlie’s normal day at work could get even more interesting, as new CEO is coming, and he is known for taking no prisoners.

 

Gabriel Bishop was known as “the Bishop” on the rugby field and as one tough competitor. When an injury took Gabriel off the field, he walked into his second love—bringing companies back from the brink of ruin. The challenge of turning a shrinking business around and making it profitable gives Gabriel the same type of rush that racing down the rugby field did. Gabriel is once again stepping in to help an established and world renowned business to take its place back in the world of elite retail shopping.

 

To say that when Gabriel and Charlie first met it was all but a disaster might not be strong enough. But Gabriel has always used the assets he finds to their best advantage, and Charlotte is definitely an asset for the company. Now, if he can only find a way to bring out the feisty woman he sees in her eyes when they are together instead of the timid and scared mouse, they will be an unbeatable team. Charlie doesn’t care what Gabriel’s nickname might have been before, but she has the perfect one for him now—T-Rex. As the months go by, it’s a fun loving battle between a Charlie-Mouse vs. T-Rex. It’s one that is peppered with passion as respect turns into friendship and that turns into feelings that cannot be denied. When Charlie is once again threatened by a nightmare from her past, Gabriel is going to show just why he was so good on the rugby field, and this is one T-Rex that knows how to protect those he loves.

 

When a quiet and timid woman with a core of feistiness meets a man known to chew up and spit out incompetents, the outcome is a book you just can’t put down.  Charlotte and Gabriel have quite a journey that will encompass everything from a shaky first meeting to friendly workmates to a romance that rocks both of their worlds in Rock Hard. I just can’t tell you how many times I laughed and cheered both Charlie and Gabriel on while I watched their relationship progress. I also really loved the chapter titles that showed up, because then I couldn’t wait to see how the title was reflected in the chapter itself. But mostly, I felt for Gabriel as he helped Charlie regain the parts of herself that had been lost to violence. Charlie’s inner strength and determination will totally have you cheering for her to kick butt on her fears and grasp every element of the love between herself and Gabriel. Rock Hard is a wonderful story about beating the odds with an adorable couple that I just want to hug now that they have it all. Before reading about Gabriel and Charlie, I only wanted to see the rest of the band have their books, now I not only want that, but I also want to see Gabriel’s two single brothers find their happy endings too.

RISKIER BUSINESS by Tessa Bailey

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RISKIER BUSINESS by Tessa BaileyRiskier Business by Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line #.5
Published by Entangled Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMiranda

Ruby Elliott is finally on the right track and more importantly happy.  She has left her life as a con and pool shark behind for the sexy NYPD Detective Troy Bennett.  For Ruby and Troy it was lust at first sight.  It may have seemed like a match made in hell in the beginning but in the end they fit together perfectly like two matching puzzle pieces.

 

Their happiness is about to be tested.  Ruby and Troy face the return of her father.  The man that taught her how to cheat and steal for a living is back with an offer she cannot refuse.  If Ruby plays one last game and wins her father will tell her the identity of the mother she’s never known.  This drives a wedge between Ruby and Troy because he doesn’t want her to have anything to do with her father.  However, Ruby can’t let this chance pass her by and Troy sees that as her not trusting him.  Will Ruby and Troy let the test drive them apart or bring them closer than ever?

 

We last saw Ruby and Troy in His Risk to Take from Ms. Bailey’s Line of Duty novels.  Unfortunately, their HEA didn’t last very long which I makes sense because there was a lot from Ruby’s past left unresolved.  Ruby has spent most of her life conning people out of their money with her father.  When her father walks back into her life asking for a favor Ruby is conflicted but resolved. Ruby and Troy are a couple with staying power and it’s a good thing because they are being pushed to their limits in Riskier Business.

 

Ruby is still tough as nails but I like seeing her lean on Troy a bit.  They still sizzle in and out of the bedroom but its the emotional scenes that stick out. I look forward to reading more in Bailey’s new Crossing the Line series.

MINE TO TAKE by Jackie Ashenden

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MINE TO TAKE by Jackie AshendenMine to Take by Jackie Ashenden
Series: Nine Circles #1
Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Gabriel Wolf has thought of nothing but revenge against the man who ruined his mother’s life, his own father. Now the time is finally here. But in order to finally make him pay he is forced to use his father’s step-daughter. Honor St. James isn’t stupid, she knows that Gabriel is a ruthless man but that doesn’t stop her from falling in love with him. What is unexpected is that Gabriel finds himself falling for her too. When it comes to down to a choice will Gabriel chose Honor and the love she offers him or the revenge he’s been planning forever?

 

This is my first book by Jackie Ashenden but she’s going on my “must be read” list right now! Wow! Gabriel and Honor’s story kept me turning pages, wanting them both to get over the past and accept that they were meant to be together. Add to this the other members of the Nine Circles and Jackie Ashenden has reeled me in!! Mine to Take should be every romance lovers list of books!

BROKEN OPEN by Lauren Dane

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BROKEN OPEN by Lauren DaneBroken Open by Lauren Dane
Series: Hurley Boys #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Tuesday Eastwood has hit the highs and lows in her life by finding the love of her life in college and marrying him and then losing that same love to a horrible death of cancer. Now she is trying to rebuild her life in an Oregon town with one of her best friends. Tuesday has kept her relationships to friends only and sex is just that, sex. But that was before her best friend fell for a rock star who has a moody and sexy brother—one that just calls out to Tuesday.

 

Ezra Hurley is a rancher and a rock star who fell long and hard and had to fight his way back. The hard love of his family helped Ezra find his way again and now he only records with this brothers and the band and doesn’t travel with them any longer.  Instead, he has taken over running the ranch that they all grew up on. Ezra also is the lode stone that his brothers always lean on when they need help. Having let them down once before, Ezra is not about to let any of his family down again.

 

Tuesday knows that being anything else but a friend to Ezra might just be the thing that finally breaks her, and yet once they share their first kiss, she can’t seem to stop herself.  Ezra was also affected by that kiss and can’t seem to get Tuesday off his mind.  Ezra has made a decision to try two live shows with his brothers now that the tour is coming to an end.  This is especially scary for Ezra since it was touring that helped Ezra lose his way not all that long ago.  Tuesday is also going through a bad time, but not from her family or even Ezra’s. This attack is coming from a place that should be in the past or at least from where she is learning to go on as she has had to. Tuesday and Ezra might be falling in love in slow motion, but the emotions are just as deep and the potholes are just as ragged as when you’re young, stupid, and falling fast.  Tuesday and Ezra also learn, along the way, some of the day-to-day issues both face, including a racism situation that shocks everyone. When the last pothole is covered and what appears to be the last hurdle has been dealt with, will Tuesday and Ezra have conquered all in the name of love, or will they be the ones conquered?

 

A most unusual rock star love story to say the least, and yet Tuesday and Ezra show us just what a deep love and friendship can achieve in Broken Open.  After meeting both Tuesday and Ezra in the first book, I wasn’t surprised when they were the main couple in the second book.  They just seemed to click and I could see they had such potential to steam up the ranch, and boy was I correct.  Tuesday’s story came close to breaking my heart, and I had to cheer for her when she still let herself be caught up in the budding attraction with Ezra.  Ezra showed me just what determination and family strength meant as I read what he had to overcome, even if it was self-imposed. As a couple, they smoldered and steamed up the joint, and as individuals, they were each people that I would have been proud to call a friend had they been real.  The highs and lows of Tuesday and Ezra’s book made it one I couldn’t put down once they grabbed me, and it really didn’t take that long for them to do that. Two brothers down and one to go, and I do believe he just might have the hardest time of all three of them—I can’t wait.  Tuesday and Ezra have a joint star that might be a bit dented, but it still shines so brightly it could blind you.  Broken Open wraps you up in strong emotions, while taking you along on a journey that proves everyone deserves a second chance no matter what happened to make a second chance necessary.  I couldn’t put it down, and I’m guessing you won’t be able to either.

THE COLLECTOR by Nora Roberts

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THE COLLECTOR by Nora RobertsThe Collector by Nora Roberts
Published by Putnam Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyJo

Lila Emerson has what she believes is the perfect life; she is a professional house sitter and a writer. By constantly moving and seeing new pieces of all the lives around her, Lila is allowed to dream and put her own context into what she sees. Part of that is her obsession of using binoculars to look in open windows from every house she sits. Lila knows that she has a lively and interesting mind and that the subplots she gives to those she observes isn’t reality. But when she witnesses a murder happen right before her eyes, Lila knows that reality has hit hard. Lila also knows that she must call the police and tell them what she witnessed.

 

Ashton Archer is part of a huge and extremely dysfunctional family. Ashton is an artist who tries to separate himself from the day to day lives of his parents, steps, siblings and half siblings, and all of their so-called troubles and worries. When Ashton receives a call that his brother has been found dead in an apartment of the woman he was seeing and that she was also found murdered, Ashton drops everything to take the front in finding out what was done and making all of the arrangements. The story of what happened is confusing to Ashton from what he knows about his brother and what his parents have been telling him. When Ashton sees the only witness, it seems like a logical step to talk with her and find out if she can fill in the missing pieces.

 

Lila and Ashton become an unstoppable team determined to find out just who killed two young people that day and why it appears that Lila is now on the hit list. Lila immerses herself into Ashton’s life and uses all the skills she has gained in her years of mixing with the wealthy families that live and work in the same circle as Ashton’s.  As each clue leads them closer to a murderer, the danger also becomes closer until it appears to be a race on what will happen next. They need to find the true murderer and that person’s boss and bring them down before an unfortunate end to Lila and Ashton’s search and hot romance is arranged by those same people. It appears that the love of Ashton’s brother and his girlfriend brought them together and the love that Ashton and Lila discovered along the way might just be the one thing that will help them survive.

 

A professional house sitter and an artist who make their professions by embracing fantasy and what their minds come up with learn that sometimes the best things happen in reality in The Collector.  I wasn’t sure about Lila’s lifestyle at first until I learned just what was behind it and how much of herself she put into each of the people she sits for and their belongings and pets. I could totally understand why Ashton tried to separate himself from his family and their upside down lives. Yet, I knew that nothing was going to stop the two of them once they teamed up to find not only a murderer but who was behind even that person. I wasn’t wrong, but I truly loved all the twists and turns that Ashton and Lila were forced through before they finally had not only the who’s, but the why’s behind the dual murders that brought them together in the first place.  I would dearly love to be able to peek into their lives a couple years down the road to see just how they were able to combine them.  I bet it would be one interesting lifestyle that was all theirs.  The Collector is a perfect mixture of suspense, deadly danger and a passion born of them which blossomed into a lasting love.

SPECIAL TEAMS by Charlie Richards

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SLEEPING ON THE JOB by Missouri Dalton

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LOVE COMES AROUND by Andrew Grey

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TAMED by Stacey Kennedy

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SCARLETT RED by P. T. Michelle

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