Author: Marsha

Butterfly Harbor

Posted February 6, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion / 0 Comments

There are times when I simply don’t want to leave an author’s world, that’s usually when I’ll binge-read a series.  And that’s exactly what I’ve done with Anna J. Stewart’s “Butterfly Harbor” series.

The stories in the “Butterfly Harbor” series flow into each other just as naturally as the ocean waves hit the beach.  Without intending to I’ve spent most of this week lost in a small California coastal town with real people with real troubles who find honest, trustworthy solutions… and perhaps fall in love along the way.

Two things are a constant here the ocean’s beauty and the splendor and magic of the Monarch butterflies who fill the eucalyptus groves with their beauty.  Each plays a part in every story, necessary secondary characters to this world.

Over the next week or so I’ll be posting my reviews of the titles in the “Butterfly Harbor” series.  Frankly, I didn’t want to stop reading long enough to write up the review of each book as I finished it – now that’s not wanting to leave a world for long! ** Well, as often happens in life… life got in the way of doing the fun stuff, like getting those reviews up which will be taking place this week.  *shrugs* Life Happened in February**

If you haven’t discovered this series I would highly recommend it.  Yes, there are those guaranteed happily ever after endings, but each person is unique, has a solid story and an issue to be dealt with.  You’ll become entwined with the people of this small California town and come to need to know more.  I hope you’ll give the series a try and get lost in this amazing world.

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Cowboy Under Fire by Lena Diaz

Posted January 28, 2021 by Marsha in Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

A Justice Seeker known for getting answers is about to face the ultimate test…

With his black Stetson and nose for the truth, former cop Dalton Lynch is the perfect addition to the Justice Seekers organization. Then a case lands in his lap that puts him right in the line of fire—and has Hayley Nash leaning on him for answers in the death of her friend.

They might share a tense past, but Dalton pushes that aside to do what he does best: get the facts. The only problem is, with their history, Dalton finds working with the spirited web expert to be an exercise in restraint—especially when it comes to keeping his hands to himself.

Titles in The Justice Seekers series include –Cowboy Under Fire – Agent Under Seige – Killer Conspiracy – Deadly Double-Cross –

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The Marine Makes Amends by Victoria Pade

Posted January 27, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 Reading Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Special Edition, Owned, Series / 0 Comments

Micah Camden ruined Lexie Parker’s life.

That might have been years ago, but now that she’s back in Merritt to care for her grandmother—who was hurt due to Micah’s oversight—she has no plans to forgive him.

But the former marine knows that he made mistakes back then and hopes to make amends with Lexie, if only so they can both move on from the past.

Everyone says Micah’s changed, but it’s going to take more than someone’s word to convince her…

Titles in The Camdens of Montana series include –  The Marine Makes Amends –  The Marine’s Baby Blues (May 2021)

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What Happens At The Ranch… by Christy Jeffries

Posted January 27, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 Reading Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Special Edition, Owned, Series / 0 Comments

Their attraction is anything but by the book.

Looking after journalist Tessa King should have been a simple assignment for Secret Service agent Grayson Wyatt.

But a family tragedy, and a social media faux pas, force the vice president’s famous daughter to hide out at her family’s Wyoming ranch—and forces Grayson to play cowboy to blend in.

Their attraction breaks every protocol—and threatens to expose Tessa’s deepest secret. Worse, the media’s chasing a story that could put everything the couple is fighting for at risk…

Titles in the Twin Kings Ranch series includeWhat Happens At The Ranch… – Making Room for the Rancher (March 2021) –

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K-9 Defense by Elizabeth Heiter

Posted January 26, 2021 by Marsha in Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

To help a desperate woman’s search,

he’ll have to brave treacherous territory.

In the wilds of Alaska, grieving former marine Colter Hayes shuts out the world…until he and his combat tracker dog become Kensie Morgan’s last hope of finding her long-missing sister.

The improbable mission starts to rekindle Colter’s desire to rejoin the world–while saving Kensie from a killer unsettles his heart. Can they find all they are searching for before it’s too late?

Titles in the K-9 Alaska series include – K-9 Defense – Alaska Mountain Rescue –  K-9 Cold Case – K-9 Hideout –

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A Breath of Relief ~ A Sense of Hope and Determination

Posted January 23, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion / 0 Comments

In some ways, 2021 started out worse than 2020, if that’s even possible given what we’ve experienced last year.

For me, January 6, 2021, brought all of my fears to the surface and I, quite frankly, fell apart that day.  Despair, anger, frustration, and such a sense of bewilderment at how we as a country had come to a day like that.

Then came January 20, 2021.  A day that I cried tears of relief, tears of joy, and even laughter from the deepest part of my heart and soul.  Oh, I know the exit of one despicable President isn’t the ending of all of my country’s problems.  But with this new President, a President that I believe in, that I trust has the nation’s and its people’s best interests at heart gives me hope for a future that has been sadly lacking in recent years.  An awesome female Vice-President is simply icing on top of a very unique cake.

Add to that sense of wonder and hope is the fact that I and my son qualify for the COVID vaccine and are setting up those appointments as quickly as possible — and my sense of renewal, sense of purpose, and a need to get back to the things I love (the things that I’ve somewhat neglected recently) has overtaken my imagination.  I feel alive again – and that, my friend, is an amazing feeling to rediscover.

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Homicide at Whiskey Gulch by Elle James

Posted January 3, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 Reading Challenge, Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series / 0 Comments

Someone murdered his father.

He’s home to set things right.

The moment he learns his father has been murdered, Delta Force soldier Trace Travis knows he must return home. But finding resourceful Lily Davidson, his high school sweetheart, helping his mother in the wake of the tragedy leaves him shaken.

As old desires and deceits come flooding back, Trace partners with Lily to find his father’s killer—and overcome the circumstances that have always kept them apart.

Series – The Outriders = 1. Homicide at Whiskey Gulch 2. Hideout at Whiskey Gulch –

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Joining the 2021 New Release Challenge at (Un)Conventional Bookworms

Posted January 2, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 Reading Challenge, Discussion / 2 Comments

I’ve joined the 2021 New Release Challenge over at (Un)Conventional Bookworms – and you can go check it out through this link or clicking on the graphic.

I love Reading Challenges, they help keep me focused on those goals I made back at the beginning of each new year.  I also know that not remembering to go back and link up reviews is a major downfall for me.  So, this year I’m making Goodreads Shelves to keep me updated and easier to link up at each Challenge’s host website.

In the past, I’d joined Linda and Brandee’s New Release Challenge with an older established blog of mine (Keeper Bookshelf) for many years and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of it (but again, that linking up does me in every year).  With Happily Ever After Romance, I wanted a place where I could focus on only Romance in all its various genres and tropes.  Now, I know, without a doubt that I’ll be purchasing new releases each and every month from Harlequin.  More some months than other, but I hit Amazon like clockwork on the 1st of every month to get my Romance fix in once again.

Since my 2021 Goodreads Challenge is 100 books, I’m going for the same 100 books here.  Sounds rather daunting doesn’t it?  But I’m addicted to romance novels in any shape or form so I believe I can hit that number by December 31, 2021.  Guess time will tell. 🙂

It’s January 2, 2021 – I’ve made my monthly purchases (new releases) – so now it’s time to get reading.  If you’ve joined as well, I wish you good luck and enjoy yourself because this all is supposed to be fun – we’ve got enough stress out there in the world as it is. 🙂

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