Texas Heat, by Gerry Bartlett, is filled with the best things in Texas. Earthy, charming and down right sassy characters make this first book, in the Calhoun oil series, a winner. Gerry sets the stage with compelling secondary characters and subplots to spin the tail further in several books that follow. It checks all the boxes of what romance readers want and there is never a dull moment. If you love handsome, witty men with a salt of the earth presence and women who stand their ground, bringing equal terms to romance, this book is for you.
Fun, warm, witty and with a saucy parrot to boot! Author, Beth Carter, had me from the first page. When Pepper an Derek set their sites on a much needed vacation on Key Lime island, there is anything but romance in Pepper’s plan. After scrimping and saving all year, Pepper is on the fence about facing her fears to fly and boat her way to vacation bliss. Her loser boyfriend doesn’t help her feel secure and actually feeds her anxiety with his bad behavior. The recently out of work preschool teacher has nothing to stay in Nowhere, Arkansas for and could really enjoy a little sand and sun. After arriving in Paradise with the one ball and chain that you can’t wait for her to break free of, she finally goes ashore by herself to explore. What she finds is handsome, Ty, and he is trying to break free of a different nuisance. Pepper is the breath of fresh air he desperately needs. I love that this is not a formula romance. The author introduces characters that have real problems and make real mistakes. Though the book is a fun beach read, I hope it will send a message to women in terrible relationships that there is a way out, even if they don’t get to sleep with Elvis. Cute, charming and funny, I look forward to reading more from this author.
Love, art, intrigue and a curse that transcends throughout centuries is destined to destroy the current day lives of Alex and Angela. When a beautiful intern at the Getty meets a handsome art detective, more than sexual attraction sparks. Angela shares a past with this charismatic, knight in shining armor of the art world. Their mutual interest in a missing painting sends them on an adventure of many lifetimes. The answers lie in the mistakes of their past lives and the threat of another young life extinction. Dan Brown meets Diana Gabaldon in this heated adventure of art, history, and steamy romance. I loved the timeless descriptions of Italy and it’s beautiful architecture and the amazing culinary experience of Belle Ami’s characters. Don’t miss this sexy thriller that spans across centuries of history and culture.
I am totally bewitched by, Witch Wish. As an adult, I have enjoyed the light cozy read of a YA novel from time to time. Jacqueline Seewald has checked all the boxes for a warm read about two teen sisters with a good dose of sibling rivalry. What I found different about this story was the author’s ability to let the characters in this book take on a slight edge. The seemingly perfect family is not so storybook perfect. I hope that Young adults will find that they are not alone in their trivial day to day problems or their more intense issues. I especially liked the realistic ending and the message conveyed about family relationships. Without spoiling it for others, I will just say that it is well worth reading. I liken this story to popular teen books, such as Freaky Friday. The author covers all teen high school social status’…the jock, cheerleader, Geek, and less fortunate (invisible) groups. I really enjoyed Val’s spicy temper and her growth throughout the story. The 80’s setting made it easy to focus on the behaviors of teens and made me wonder how the author would write the same story today. One thing still rings true. Be careful what you wish for!
In Mollie Blake’s, Keeping You, innocent Suzy Harper is working in a bookstore advertising her skills as a freelance Translator. When stumbling into rich and handsome , Lawrence Bane, she is awed by the literal man of her dreams. He hires her to work for him at his impressive opulent home, The Sway, where he begins his intense perusal of Suzy’s innocence. This quaint British story is ooh-la-la and the heat level is smoldering hot! The author sets the tone when she mentions that no men were harmed in the writing of her story. A bit of bondage takes the stage in some of the steamy bedroom scenes, but consent is always clear for the reader. Behind the sexy tone of this erotic story, is a plot involving Lawrence’s not so innocent past. There is never a dull moment while he tries to straighten out the roadblocks in his life. Can he maintain his freedom and hold onto the only woman he has ever loved? This book is for the readers who love a strong male presence and a lot of sexy scenes. (Leave your prude cap at the door.)
Gypsy Souls, is the second book in the Gypsy Magic and it doesn’t miss a beast when it comes to mystic intrigue, handsome high school heart throbs and of course, witchcraft. Tonya Royston, has done it again. This entertaining web of mystery, that lies around this small Northeastern town, is covering up a secret coven of witches living there as ordinary citizens. Surprised that she is one of them, eighteen-year-old, Gracyn, is new to the area and trying to get her head wrapped around her new witchy status. Doing the normal teenage things and torn between the ever mysterious, Lucien, and smart, rocker boyfriend, Alex, Gracyn tries to balance the events surrounding her while seeking more from her guardian, Becca. But don’t think this is the end of all the excitement. If you read the book, you know that your in for all three books to learn the answers. If you like stories about witches and most of all, horses, then you will love this fabulous coming of age YA paranormal…even if you are grown;-)
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As a reader, I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover. After seeing the cover of Ruby, by Emily Mims, I decided to check out a sample. Realizing that it was a series, I decided to start on book one, Mist, during my vacation to Greece. I love to read everything, but a warm romance laced with some of my own bluegrass roots sounded like the perfect beach read. Emily Mims did not disappoint. Her characters were warm and funny, with real southern dialect, and her background in music leant reality to the main plot. She worked out a mystery that kept me in the story, which I finished reading in about three sittings. The Mist offers steamy romance, musical entertainment and a promise of more to come.
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Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little is an amazing story set during WWII. The collection of real and fictional characters weave emotion and tactical maneuvers into a compelling story about surviving Hitler’s siege. I felt like I was watching an old black and white film, starring Katherine Hepburn as Marbry. I love the rich history woven into the novel along with the very real dialogue. The author does a wonderful job of combining the thoughts and movements of her characters, and is careful to balance the fictional love story with the actual history of WWII. If you love Doctor Zhivago, you will love Little’s smooth flowing tale of a Virginia heiress, a champagne businessman, a French refugee and so much more.