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June 18, 2015 - Country Heaven by Ava Miles






When famous--and infamous--country singer rock star Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she's got him pegged. He's a bad boy Alpha male who indulges himself in all things, women included. But while she couldn't care less about country music or arrogant men, Rye makes her an offer she can't refuse when he asks her to be his private chef on his multi-city concert tour. The job is the answer to all her prayers: it will clear out her debt and finance the fresh start she desperately needs. 

Rye is certain his sassy new cook is the last woman who'd ever tempt him, but spending time with the wholesome girl next door will do wonders for his damaged public image, whether she likes being forced into the spotlight or not. Her food also happens to be the best he's ever eaten, both comforting and seductive. But spending time with Tory on the road shows him a new side to her--one that's as impossible to resist as her food. And when an emergency in his family whisks him home, he does the one thing he's never risked: he lets a woman into his heart... 

Soon the emotions Rye faked for the tabloids become all too real, but will the country heaven he's found in Tory's arms survive in the real world? (love story, beach read, contemporary romance, alpha males, heroes, billionaire, romantic suspense, mystery, women's fiction, falling in love)



April 15, 2015 - Highlander's Charm (Highlander Heat Book 3) Kindle Edition

by Joanne Wadsworth

 


Traveling through time…for a Highlander. 

Lila MacIan makes a wish upon a sixteenth century charm gifted to her by her missing grandmother, a wish that sends her traveling back into the past and to a warrior her charm has bound her to. With a vicious feud raging between the clans, she withholds her true identity from him, except he’s seen her grandmother and now she must do whatever it takes to find her. 

Highland warrior Calum MacLean is bound to a woman who holds an identical charm to his. Visions assail him, of the two of them intimately together, and as Lila escapes him for the enemy’s land, his soul demands he protect and aid her. 

Once Lila is reunited with her grandmother, she discovers she was born in the past to the MacIan laird, Calum’s arch enemy. Can she find a way to save the man her soul cries out for…set her past to rights and remain in her true time? 

HIGHLANDER HEAT SERIES 
Highlander's Captive #0.5 (Short story, 11,000 words) 
Highlander's Castle #1 
Highlander's Magic #2 
Highlander's Charm #3 
Highlander's Guardian #4 
Highlander's Faerie #5 
Highlander's Champion #6



March 18, 2015 - Emily's Vow by Betty Bolte






Emily Sullivan's greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she's thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father's raids on the British, and her accuser—a former beau—promises to recant if she will marry him.
Frank Thomson always loved Emily despite her refusal to return his affections. A patriot spy posing as a loyalist officer, when Frank learns of Emily's plight, he challenges her accuser to a duel.
Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer—the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.
A MORE PERFECT UNION SERIES, in order:
Emily's Vow
Amy's Choice
Samantha's Secret
ABOUT BETTY BOLTE
Award-winning author Betty Bolte enjoys writing strong and loving women, brave and compassionate men, and adding just a touch of paranormal.



3-15-15 -- A Highland Knight's Desire by Amy Jarecki



A Highland Knight's Desire (A Highland Dynasty Book) [Kindle Edition]

In 15th century Scotland, Sir Duncan finds himself rescuing Lady Meg from the clutches of the Earl of Northumberland, and he is knocked off guard by the sassy, redheaded lass. And aye, the tall, dark, and rugged Highlander challenges Meg’s piety with his every stare. 

Sir Duncan focuses on returning Lady Meg to her family and collecting his bounty before the lass can further sink her wiles into his heart. 

Lady Meg’s kidnapper, Northumberland, is plotting his revenge and is out to ruin them both. If Northumberland’s ruse is not exposed, Meg may end up becoming a nun, and Duncan a pawn in a deadly game.

Join us on this passionate adventure as Lady Meg discovers herself – and her desires.




3-14-15 -- Winner Take All by Denyse Bridger




When Dylan Coulter rides into Sparkling Springs, he discovers the woman who runs the local saloon is worth the risk of facing the hangman. Things get ugly fast when Dylan is accused of killing the only son of the richest rancher in the area. Unwilling to leave her behind, he takes Maggie along as he tries to dodge bounty hunters and a determined Pinkerton agent who just happens to be her old flame.




(2-18-15) -- Cursed be the Wicked by J. R. Richardson



Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.
The city represents nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets Finnley Pierce, a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.
By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future. 


(2-15-15) --  The Queen's Jester by Mishka Jenkins.



An exquisite wedding gift. A husband whom she loves. A Jester who she craves. A Kingdom in peril.
After receiving a beautiful emerald amulet at the celebrations of her wedding, new Queen Marie finds solace in the stunning, yet strange amulet. A warm comfort that fills the hole that her husband has left with his distance at her every affectionate touch.
That is until the Jester arrives, his presence fuelling in Marie an instant burning need.
The more she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic man, the quicker she realises he is anything but the fool.
Marie must make a choice, one that could affect not only her marriage and her life…
But her entire Kingdom. 
It is available through Amazon kindle.





(1-28-2015) -- Started reading Nobody's Angel (A Willow Park Romance) by Sarah Hegger


This is an ARC I received last week with an incomplete cover, but here is what it will look like on bookshelves come March - 


and, here is the working synopsis -
In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence -- and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right. Nine years ago, Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father -- and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.
Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long -- make that very long -- list of those she mistreated during her wild, younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made . . .
So far, so good!




(completed 1-27-2015) -- On my Kindle Paperwhite, Somewhere I'll Find You  (Capitol Theatre Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas - an historical romance set in Victorian England. 



Here is the blurb from the author's website:


All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet. The beautiful, enchanting actress is the toast of the theater world -- and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the incomparable leading lady guards a devastating secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention . . . and cannot love.
For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his unscrupulous parents wed him to without his consent. Wanting no more than to be legally rid of the foolish chit, Damon is shocked to discover his "bride" is the exquisite stage performer whom he intended to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's -- until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals . . . and the stellar lady's proud, independent heart.

and here is the Amazon link to buy.


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