Author: Marsha

It’s The Most Wonderful Time…

Posted August 1, 2022 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Discussion / 0 Comments

Do you know what today is?  No?  Well, it’s August 1st, and… the Christmas Romance ARCs are starting to show up!

Yep!  Be still my grateful heart.  I can (and do) read Christmas Romance all year long.  So probably in late August or early September, you should expect to start seeing Christmas-related reviews here.

My problem is that I pick up so many Christmas Romances that I’m still reading and reviewing throughout January (at least)!

*happy Snoopy dance*

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To Be Loved by You by Debbie Burns

Posted July 29, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Contemporary Romance, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Every heart deserves a forever home:

  • Second chance romance
  • A hero passionate about helping young teens
  • A heroine with a big heart and growing yoga practice
  • A big, fluffy Bernese Mountain Dog that will never leave you
  • Lots of adorable animals looking for their forever homes

Jeremy and Ava have both been hurt by love in the past, but they discover that High Grove Animal Shelter is the perfect place for second chances.

Jeremy Washington couldn’t be happier running his therapy program for at-risk teens. Between weekend service projects and hanging out with his faithful rescue dog, Rolo, Jeremy doesn’t have time to date—which is fine with him considering the mess his early marriage turned out to be.

When he meets the new yoga teacher Ava Graham, Jeremy thinks the kids would really benefit from learning yoga, and Ava would be the perfect fit. Ava quickly finds herself falling in love with Jeremy’s unique world, but her big heart has been taken advantage of once before.

Can Jeremy and Ava let their walls down long enough to find the love they’ve been looking for all along?

Titles in the Rescue Me continuity series include — A New Leash on Love —♥— Sit, Stay, Love —♥— My Forever Home —♥— Love at First Bark —♥— Head Over Paws —♥— To Be Loved By You —♥— You’re My Home —♥—

(I have read most of the stories within this series and reviewed them on another blog of mine – but the Romances belong here, eventually, I’ll bring those other reviews over.)

 

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A Rare Beauty for the Cowboy by April Murdock

Posted July 29, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Closed Bedroom Doors, Contemporary Romance, Little to None Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Sam Duncan expects to win the ranch challenge that would put a cool fifty grand in his pocket.

Not lacking confidence, Sam works his parcel of land in the competition and is certain his win will be a slam dunk. What he doesn’t expect is that Whitney—the only woman ranch hand at Duncan Ranch—will give him a run for his money. He’s not happy about it and his disdain for her overflows.

Every time he turns around, she’s there. Doing her part and taking the competition seriously.

Whitney Wright works harder than any of the men ranch hands to secure her own future and she’s going to give everything she has to win the ranch challenge.

The chance for her to build up more of a nest egg for her future is a burning need for Whitney. She only has herself to depend on and she simply can’t let herself down. These opportunities come around only once in a lifetime for ugly duckling girls like her.

When she overhears a rude comment Sam makes, she’s hurt. She knows he doesn’t like her but to hear him say such mean things is more than she can bear.

When his curiosity gets the better of him, he tries to find out more about her. Will he learn the secrets Whitney has kept hidden from everyone? Will she finally be able to be the woman she never thought was possible?

Titles in The Brothers of Duncan Ranch series include — A Party Planner for the Cowboy —♥— A Second Chance for the Cowboy —♥— A Rare Beauty for the Cowboy —♥— An Open Heart for the Cowboy —♥—

This is a romance that includes no swearing, no violence, and no sexual content (beyond a few light kisses).

Booksprout ARC

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SEAL’s Beautiful Ex by Leslie North

Posted July 29, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Working undercover with his ex… what could go wrong?

The last thing Madelyn Franklin wants to do is pretend she and her ex, Charlie, are a couple again. But when a cartel leader begins to destroy local farms, the two realize they have a common enemy.

Former Navy SEAL Charlie Bronte is the hot-blooded, hard-headed, heart-melting man who Madelyn never really got over. Working with him to take down a drug lord is driving her nuts. Until they kiss… And suddenly their fake relationship feels all too real…

Deep down, Charlie knows he’s still attracted to Madelyn. But he never thought he’d get so carried away. Pretending to be her boyfriend is really getting under his skin. He’s worked undercover before, but nothing like this. And he never thought about settling down, until now.

But with the cartel getting suspicious—and dangerous—will he get the chance to let Madelyn know how he really feels… Before it’s too late for them both?

Titles in the Bronte Security Services series (trilogy) include — SEAL’s Pregnant One Night Stand —♥—  SEAL’s Fake Girlfriend —♥— SEAL’s Beautiful Ex —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Booksprout ARC

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Crossing Two Little Lines by Joss Wood

Posted July 28, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Just a little fling with the blue-collar billionaire?

What could go wrong?

Advertising executive Jamie Bacall is a woman who knows exactly what she wants: starting with a no-strings affair with irresistible, earthy real estate developer Rowan Cowper.

He’s on board, too—until Jamie gets pregnant. Now Mr. Independent wants something serious. 

Jamie’s history has her convinced that commitment is a four-letter word, but Rowan is determined to prove they really can have it all. 

Can he convince Jamie to cross one more line?

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Booksprout ARC

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The Cowboy’s Texas Sky by E. Elizabeth Watson

Posted July 27, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

They have a second chance at love…if they’re brave enough to take the risk.

Fifteen years ago, Skylar Rivers fled from home after her boyfriend’s Army unit was annihilated. Now, she’s a veterinarian who’s created a foundation to honor Travis and the dreams of a ranch they shared. When a car accident lands her and her foster son in the ER, Dr. Travis Dixon arrives—seemingly resurrected from the dead. Their chemistry still flares hot, but he’s changed, and she has a troubled teen to protect.

Travis Dixon has many regrets. Most notably, losing his best friend in a battle that took his foot and nearly his life, and then turning to the bottle during recovery. He hurt everyone he loved but is now a respected orthopedic surgeon determined to establish a riding program for injured vets. When the blonde beauty he never forgot throws his heart and his plans into a tailspin, he realizes he wants to reconnect with his roots and find a new place in Skylar’s life.

They’ve both run from their pasts. Can Skylar make room for Travis in her future?

Titles in The Dixons of Legacy Ranch series include — The Cowboy’s Texas Rose —♥— The Cowboy’s Texas Sky —♥— The Cowboy’s Texas Heart —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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A Colorado Claim by Joanne Rock

Posted July 27, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

She’s back to claim her land

but will her ex reclaim her heart instead?

Rancher Gibson Vaughn doesn’t know why his wayward ex-wife is in town, but the sizzling chemistry between them still blazes.

Lark Barclay needs to focus on fighting for her inheritance, not on a sexy former player.

Yet Lark is helpless when it comes to Gibson’s seductive kisses and soon falls into his bed.

But will the heartbreaking secret she’s carried since their divorce ruin their second chance at happiness?

Titles in the Return to Catamount series include — Rocky Mountain Rivals -♥- One Colorado Night -♥- A Colorado Claim -♥- 

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Cowboy’s Texas Rose by E. Elizabeth Watson

Posted July 21, 2022 by Marsha in ARC, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

They’ve found exactly what they weren’t looking for…

Archaeologist Rosalinda Morales is focused more on what’s in the soil and caves of the famed Legacy Ranch, rather than what’s on it—the sexy and charismatic cowboy heir. As a single mom to her special needs son, she knows what it’s like to struggle, so even though Toby Dixon has charm pulsing through his veins, she’s determined to resist.

Despite trying to mend bridges, Toby Dixon’s brothers have no interest in coming home, so he’s taken the reins of his family’s historic cattle ranch. Having vowed to his dying mother to settle down, he’s still considering how to move the company forward when Dr. Morales, armed with a sense of humor, a keen intellect, and a love for adventure, arrives with her team of students. Suddenly Toby begins to see more possibilities for his family’s ancient land and his future.

Toby can’t flirt his way into Rose’s life. He’ll need to up his game and earn the trust of the woman who isn’t just excavating his soil, but digging into his heart.

Titles in The Dixons of Legacy Ranch series include — The Cowboy’s Texas Rose —♥— The Cowboy’s Texas Sky —♥— The Cowboy’s Texas Heart —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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SEAL’s Fake Girlfriend by Leslie North

Posted July 21, 2022 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Danger and desire go hand in hand…

When her little sister Robyn is kidnapped, Rhianne Carlson promises herself she’ll do anything to bring her home safely. Even if it means reluctantly teaming up with private security agent and former Navy SEAL Eric Cruz.

Despite his smoldering good looks and undeniable talents, Rhianne has never trusted this sinfully sexy agent. And she definitely doesn’t like his plan to pretend to be a decadent couple, in order to lure out the organized crime syndicate who’s taken Robyn. Eric’s taking his role way too seriously. All that touching and kissing. It’s enough to drive a girl mad…with lust.

Eric has always admired Rhianne. And now that they’re working together, he finds his admiration turning into something more. They’re getting way too good at pretending to be a couple. Their kisses seem all too real. But the danger they’re in is real too. And even though he knows Rhianne can handle herself, he can’t help feeling protective of her.

Can they fight for their lives, while also fighting off their mutual attraction? And if they manage to survive, does their growing love have a chance?

Titles in the Bronte Security Services series (trilogy) include — SEAL’s Pregnant One Night Stand —♥—  SEAL’s Fake Girlfriend —♥— SEAL’s Beautiful Ex —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Booksprout ARC

Possible Trigger Warning: Because of the discussion of sex trafficking – just be aware of it even if there are no explicit details.

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How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Joss Wood

Posted July 5, 2022 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Continuity Line, Harlequin Desire, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Series Multi-Author, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

For her, the man in the tux spells trouble

in more ways than one…

After clashing with Jackson Michaels, sheriff’s deputy and law student Hayley Lopez doesn’t know whether to arrest the gorgeous billionaire developer…or kiss him senseless.

Sure, the second option presents obvious difficulties. She didn’t fight for independence from her powerful family to let this super sexy older man boss her around.

But when they fall into bed together, Hayley starts rethinking the whole mistress-of-her-own-destiny thing.

Can she handle a no-strings fling or is she setting herself up for heartbreak?

Titles in the multi-author series Texas Cattleman’s Club: Fathers and Sons include — An Heir of His Own by Janice Maynard – How to Handle a Heartbreaker by Joss Wood – Married by Contract by Yvonne Lindsay – From Feuding to Falling by Jules Bennett – The Rebel’s Return by Nadine Gonzalez – The Rancher’s Reckoning by Joanne Rock –

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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