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48 Hours 'Til Christmas

48 Hours 'Til Christmas - Stephany Tullis
Our story takes place in Smoothville, Georgia just in time for the highly anticipated Christmas Extravaganza. From the pews of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church to the halls of the mayor���s office, it felt like anything but Christmas.

A recent mayoral election had broken up the solitude of Smoothville and left the townspeople at odds with one another. Friendships had been tested, trusts had been broken, and there was more finger-pointing than they knew how to handle. With Christmas right around the corner, it was believed a celebration was in order to help unite the citizens and bring peace and order to their community once again. But, there was a Scrooge in their midst and they needed to stop him before their Christmas celebration was ruined.

In the true fashion of Christmas spirit, the townspeople work to come together through forgiveness, family ties, and community.

I easily identified with the unique characters brought to life by this author, and I found myself cheering for them every step of the way.

I loved this story, and I think you will too.

The Prince's Son

The Prince's Son - J.C. Valentine "When it was Father���s turn, he stepped forward with a cruel sort of smile on his face. ���You play a mean fiddle, son, but you ain���t got nothin��� on me.��� Then, with a hard pull at the strings, he started to play."--The Prince's Son by JC Valentine

What a fun read! Reminiscent of Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with fun, crazy, and quirky characters.

As the author says, this isn't her typical romance that we're so familiar with. But I'm here to tell you, it's a whole lot of fun to read all the same.

Pick up your copy soon. It's a limited-time offer and then it's going away.

Sizzling 7: Super Sexy New Adult Romance Boxed Set

Sizzling 7: Super Sexy New Adult Romance Boxed Set - Cari Quinn, Brenna Aubrey, M. Malone, Suzan Butler, Marie Hall, Molly McLain, Violet Vaughn More to come to this review. For now, I can share the one book I've been able to read so far. I believe the others in this collection will be just as great.

"Can't Shake You" by Molly McLain

For readers 18+

"He resisted the urge to roll his eyes, happy that she at least
continued after him, her flip flops slapping against the unfinished
floor like pissed off little penguin feet."

I really, really liked this book, and I couldn't stop reading once I started. This is a sweet romance with a touch of mystery as well as some laugh-out-loud moments that I found completely entertaining. The characters are unforgettable, and I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

Carissa Brandt and Josh Hudson had a one-night stand three years ago. After he deployed to Afghanistan she began to date his oldest friend, Reed Fletcher. But Reed never knew about Carissa and Josh's hook-up. Shortly after Josh returns from Afghanistan, Reed and Carissa break up.

Both Carissa and Josh carried the memory of that one night in their hearts for three years and they haven't been able to shake the undeniable feelings they have for one another.

When Carissa's contractor was discovered to be cheating her on a summer renovation job, Josh offers to lend a hand and take over the contractor work. Their attraction is re-ignited, but because of a man code of "don't look twice at a woman a friend has dated" Josh tries (and fails miserably) to deny his feelings for Carissa.

This is a story of second chances, familial redemption, and learning to follow your heart. Give this book a read. You'll be glad you did. I know I am.

Going All In (Heat Wave Novel #4)

Going All In (Heat Wave Novel #4) - Alannah Lynne "Kiss me like you mean it."

I loved this book! I think it's my favorite in this series so far.

Wade is all alpha male, but he has a great heart in spite of himself. Callie is a "former" pampered princess who so desperately wants to make it on her own.

Both Wade and Callie have past hurt that will either make or break their relationship. It's not always easy to let go of the past and be able to move on when your future is staring you in the face.

Another hit by Alannah!

Layers Crossed

Layers Crossed - Lacey Silks
I have loved Lacey���s writing since reading the first book of her Layers series where we meet the Cross brothers, the owners of Cross Enterprises, for the first time.

Now it���s several years later and little Emma Cross has grown up into a beautiful young woman. She���s still as tenacious as ever and determined to impress her brothers enough that they���ll give her a case of her own, instead of the cheaters cases they���ve had her working.

The story begins with Emma about to strip in a dive of a bar as a result of losing a bet to her best friend. During her performance, she catches the eye of a handsome cowboy, Eric Waters. Her brothers show up unexpectedly and she leaves with them before getting the cowboy���s name or phone number.

The next day at work Julian and Tristan tell her they have a case they want her to work on and ask her to meet the new client who turns out to be none other than her handsome cowboy.

Will these two be able to stay focused on business and avoid pleasure? This is a story of intrigue and mystery where lies have been told and deceit could be the undoing for all involved. Oh yeah, and a bit of sex and romance as well.

This is a must read for lovers of a good mystery romance. I highly recommend for readers over 18.

Finding Parker

Finding Parker - Scott Hildreth, SD Hildreth Review to follow


Lead - Kylie Scott This third book in the series cemented it for me--I love this author and her Stage Dive guys.

This book had a lot of the laugh-out-loud moments the other two books had, but I was a bit more weepy with this one. There's something about Jimmy that really got to my heart strings.

Another winner for me by Kylie Scott.

I'm very much looking forward to the fourth book in this series.

Defender's Blood Alex's Destiny

Defender's Blood Alex's Destiny - A.K. Michaels ***I received a copy to read and review from the author.***

Very good story. It has all the supernatural beings you could hope for, and I like how the author wove the characters together.

Good read and I recommend it to all who love this genre.

The Call of the Deep

The Call of the Deep - Tracy  Lane This copy was provided to me by the author for review. I rate it at 4.5.

I just discovered this is the author's first novel, and I'm amazed at how well written it is.

This is a fast, fun, and romantic read. The characters are so well developed and the way their stories are seamlessly woven together really impressed me. It held my interest throughout and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

It's a different twist on a coming-of-age story, and I found it to be a very refreshing read. You will fall in love with Mericle Edwards and her mentor/teacher, Mat. I think these two need to be together. Maybe in the sequel?

I won't get into the story line because I think if you put too much out there, then why read the book?

Thank you, Tracy, for sharing your writing talent with us. I will read this book again for sure. I highly recommend it to all. Anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Burlesque! Le Cirque D'Amour

Burlesque! Le Cirque D'Amour - Michelle Fox 4.5 stars

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author to read and review. I love Michelle's writing; she has a very unique way of bringing out the best imagery in characters--be they good or bad.

Ruby Palmer is a seamstress for Le Cirque D'Amour. Blake Cannon is the magician. They spend one incredible night together and the magic really begins. But sometimes life will throw in a monkey wrench at the most inopportune time. Trouble is not far behind waiting for them both.

Ruby and Blake are both seeking their happily ever after. Will they find it? You have to read to find out!

Although the book ends with a cliffhanger, book two follows right behind. I finished the first book and quickly moved on to the second one. I hope you'll enjoy this story as much as I did.

Thank you, Michelle, for introducing me to Ruby and Blake.


Knockout - J.C. Valentine ***I received a copy of this book from the author to read and review.***

Five big stars from beginning to end.

Jamison Weston and Alyson Blake share a past connection that neither can forget. She holds close her last memory of him being dragged away in handcuffs. After many years, their paths cross again.

���������And now, ladies and gentlemen, in front of a packed house, the time has come. Fighting out of the blue corner,��������� he said, his voice growing louder as he pointed to the man in question, the one Alyson couldn���������t seem to tear her gaze from, ���������this man is a jiu-jitsu artist. Standing at six-feet three inches tall and weighing in tonight at two-hundred and five pounds, he has a professional record of twelve wins and zero losses. Fighting out of Columbus, Ohio, please welcome Jamison The Juuuuuuuudge Westonnn!���������
As the roar of screaming fans hit its crescendo, Alyson sat in complete silence, too stunned to move a muscle. Holy hell, it was him. Jamison Weston, the boy from her past, the boy���������literally���������from her dreams, had returned. Beside her, Olivia was joining in the frenzy, shouting out cat calls and making idle threats to Jami���������s opponent as the announcer introduced him.
Through it all, Alyson stared straight ahead, at the boy turned man, the person she owed her life to, and the last person she should want to see. -- from Knockout by J.C. Valentine

This was a page-turner from the very beginning. I felt an almost-instant connection to the story of Jami and Ally. Jami is a gentle giant whose need to protect Ally shines throughout. Ally is a protector in her own right due to circumstances that haunted her childhood.

There's a lot of sexual tension between these two--the kind I've become accustomed to in J.C.'s writing. Many times I was brought to tears as I could relate to and feel the pain in the hearts and minds of Jami and Ally--the sign of a great writer. A side plot or two within this story serves to thicken the plot. It has a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but one I can live with until the next book in this series comes out.

I loved the choice of music referenced throughout. (I actually downloaded some of the music to listen to during my second reading.)

I LOVED this book. I think you will too.

Never Surrender

Never Surrender - Susan Vaughan Good beginning to this series. I will definitely look for the next one.

As You Wish

As You Wish - Cathy Jackson A great story of love, hope, and second chances. A must read for those looking for an inspiring HEA story.

I will read more of Cathy's work.

Highly recommend.

Breaking Hammer

Breaking Hammer - Sabrina Paige
This is the third book in this series, and I loved it equally as well as the first two--maybe better. The story is darker and deals with the issues in about the only way you can--straightforward in revealing the hell that is sex trafficking.

Hammer is grieving over the loss of his wife, April, and believes if he looks at or has feelings for another woman that he is betraying April. He runs into Meia at a time when he wasn't expecting or looking for a relationship. Meia has deep, dark secrets and Hammer wants to know what they are. But, will finding out those secrets be their undoing?

Beneath Hammer's rough exterior lies a big, cuddly teddy bear of a man who will go to the ends of the earth to be with the woman he cares about. Meia is a victim, but strong and determined. I think you love them both.

If you loved the first two books in this series, you have to read this one.

Tragically Broken

Tragically Broken - N.J. Danner I was given a copy of this ARC by the author to read and review. I really like this book, but I deducted star points because it was poorly edited and was redundant in some areas of the story.

Having said that, though, the story itself was very good.

I have a new book boyfriend.

I would recommend for those over 18.

Archer's Voice

Archer's Voice - Mia Sheridan This book was recommended to me by a friend. What can I say? This was an incredibly great read. Full of love and angst and passion. I can't get enough of Archer and Bree.

I highly recommend this book. Have the tissues handy--you're going to need them!

Thank you Mia for such an excellent read.