Category: 2022 New Release Challenge

Christmas Eve Cowboy by Diana Palmer; Delores Fossen; Kate Pearce

Posted September 28, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Christmas Romance, Modern Western Romance, NetGalley, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Snow is falling, and when it comes to love, so are these rugged, gorgeous cowboys, in a romantic holiday collection from three bestselling authors . . .

ONCE THERE WAS A LAWMAN * Diana Palmer
FBI agent Thomas Kincaid Jones has soured on love and Christmas, but Annalisa Davis could change all that. Except the lovely nurse isn’t looking to get involved with someone whose job requires a gun on his hip. And Tom has a case to solve that has nothing to do with love. Yet the spirit of the holidays just might spark a lifetime connection . . .

CHRISTMAS CREEK COWBOY * Delores Fossen
In Christmas Creek, Texas, folks go all out for the holidays, but Sheriff Calen Jameson is too busy commiserating about cheating exes with his best friend, Emmy Kendrick. Calen always thought their bond was too precious to risk, yet maybe it’s time to start making some changes . . . by firing up the heat with Emmy.

COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS * Kate Pearce
Lucy Smith thinks Santa has outdone himself when Caleb Erickson shows up at her B&B. In high school, Caleb was oblivious to her crush. But while they wait out a snowstorm, he’s discovering she may be the gift he never knew he wanted . . .

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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Savannah’s Secrets by Reese Ryan

Posted September 28, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Series Connection, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Falling for the boss has big consequences…

Savannah Carlisle has the perfect plan.

By infiltrating the Abbott family’s Tennessee bourbon empire as their events manager, she’d be one step closer to claiming half of the business they stole from her grandfather.

Now, she’s not so sure. Because sexy Blake Abbott, heir to it all, is simply intoxicating. He’s supposed to be the enemy.

But after one long, stormy weekend trapped with him, her defenses fail her and she gives into temptation.

Now she’s pregnant with his child….

Titles in The Bourbon Brothers series include — Savannah’s Secrets —♥— The Billionaire’s Legacy —♥— Engaging the Enemy —♥— A Reunion of Rivals —♥— Waking Up Married —♥— The Bad Boy Experiment —♥—

(There is a connection to a new series beginning in late 2022 — Valentine Vineyards — so keep a watch out for that.)

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 Cowgirl and the Country M.D. by Catherine Mann

Posted September 26, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Special Edition, Seasoned Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Will a winter fling on a ranch lead to the family of her dreams?

After putting her dreams on hold to care for her aging parents, Eliza Hubbard is finally ready to focus on her career.

A coveted job as a stable manager at a legendary ranch is just what the doctor ordered.

But pediatrician Nolan Barnett isn’t like any M.D. Eliza ever met.

Between sleigh rides, rodeo demos and animal puppet shows, the sexy widower and his two orphaned grandkids are melting her resolve. Even Nolan isn’t immune to the magic of moonlight…or a renewed desire to put down roots…

Titles in the Top Dog Dude Ranch series include — Last-Chance Marriage Rescue —♥— The Cowboy’s Christmas Retreat —♥— Last Chance on Moonlight Ridge —♥— The Little Matchmaker —♥— The Cowgirl and the Country M.D. —♥— The Lawman’s Surprise —♥—

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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Cowboy’s Christmas Heart by Leslie North

Posted September 26, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Booksprout, Christmas Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Never fall in love with a Grinch—especially at Christmas…

Taison has learned to shield his heart, by pretending he doesn’t have one. Ever since getting jilted two years ago, he’s built up walls ten hay bales high.

But Cassie won’t let him be the grump he wants to be—not when she needs his help to win a crucial scholarship. In exchange, Cassie will help his Christmas tree farm have its biggest season yet. But working with Cassie is driving him to distraction. And making his heart feel ten sizes too big…

Cassie solves problems. And right now, her biggest problem is trying to make Taison relax and enjoy the holidays. With Christmas right around the corner, she can almost see this sexy cowboy’s heart melting right before her eyes. But for some reason, the closer she tries to get to Taison, the more he pulls away.

Maybe Taison isn’t a problem to solve. Maybe, just maybe, he’s the solution to her lonely heart. Assuming she can get him to admit how he really feels.

Titles in the Carson Christmas Games series include — Cowboy’s Christmas Girlfriend —♥— Cowgirl’s Christmas Partner —♥— Cowboy’s Christmas 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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Sheriff in the Saddle by Delores Fossen

Posted September 18, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Modern Western Romance, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

To uphold the law

…will she take down her ex? 

The town wants her to arrest her former boyfriend for murder on his ranch­—but Sheriff Leigh Mercer refuses.

The newly elected law enforcer doesn’t have evidence against bad boy Cullen Brodie.

In fact, the search for the killer draws them passionately close again…and into relentless danger.

Not only could Leigh lose her job for not collaring Brodie…but they could both lose their lives.

Titles in The Law in Lubbock County series include — Sheriff in the Saddle —♥— Maverick Justice —♥— Lawman to the Core —♥— Spurred to Justice —♥—

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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Cowgirl’s Christmas Partner by Leslie North

Posted September 18, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

The Carson Christmas games are getting a little heated. And it’s not just the competition…

Sarah Carson is determined to win her rowdy family’s Christmas games this year. She’s made a bet with her big brother, and if she wins, she gets control over the Carson’s horse breeding business. All she needs is a partner who will ensure her victory…

Enter single dad Thaddeus Murphy. He’s a smoking hot handyman who just moved into town. And he’s perfect for Sarah’s plans—in more ways than one. Trivia, singing, sculpting, kissing… He’s a man of many talents. And Sarah can’t wait to discover them all…

Tad has to admit, that he and Sarah make a great team—even if the Carson clan is a little overwhelming. For some reason, helping the gorgeous Sarah win the games and gain the respect of her family is starting to make him feel things he hasn’t felt in years. He knows he’s getting in over his head. But there’s no way he can turn down Sarah.

Not when she just might be the best thing to ever happen to him…

Titles in the Carson Christmas Games series include — Cowboy’s Christmas Girlfriend —♥— Cowgirl’s Christmas Partner —♥— Cowboy’s Christmas 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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An Open Heart for the Cowboy by April Murdock

Posted September 17, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Closed Bedroom Doors, Contemporary Romance, Little to None Sexual Content (kissing), Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Lilliana’s ties to the Duncan family are strong. Losing her mother at a young age affected her deeply and she’s compensated for that loss by clinging to her women friends. The Duncan wives love her dearly and protect her when necessary.

Pete’s been away at school and life at the ranch has gone on without him. He’s come home to be the ranch veterinarian and he wants to contribute as much to the ranch as his older brothers do.

When Pete sees Lilliana at the family gathering, he wonders why she’s there. He wishes she hadn’t been invited. But more than that, he wishes she wasn’t so pretty. It would be easier to keep on disliking her if she wasn’t quite so perfect.

Lilliana has no idea why Pete’s so cold to her. She doesn’t even know him. He’s been away at school for years so why is being so rude now?

These two keep being thrown together and the sparks fly between them. They can’t get along, but the attraction is annoyingly present.

Will either of them ever be bold enough to figure out how to get past the animosity and embrace all the ways they’re connected?

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).

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In His Protection by Sandra Owens

Posted September 14, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, Carina Press (Harlequin), Harlequin, NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Every small town has its secrets…

Chief of police Tristan Church likes Marsville just the way it is. He has his job and his police dog, Fuzz, for company. He could have Sheriff Skylar Morgan, too, but she’s determined to keep him at arm’s length, even if the one night they shared was unforgettable.

When a kooky Marsville matriarch decides to reopen the town’s old UFO museum, everyone laughs—except Tristan. Inviting cranks and conspiracy theorists to Marsville is bound to be trouble. But he’s on the museum planning committee with Skylar, and he won’t say no to spending time with her…even if he thinks this is a bad idea.

But when their sleepy little town is suddenly full of dangers, Tristan and Fuzz are the only ones who can protect Skylar. And as the threat against her grows, so does the intimacy between Skylar and Tristan. With their lives on the line, can they trust their hearts not to break?

Titles in the K-9 Defenders series include — In His Protection —♦— Her Delta Force Protector —♦— To Hold and Protect —♦—

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 Powerful Boss She Craves by Joss Wood

Posted September 13, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Presents, Owned, Series, Sexual Content, Trigger Warning! / 0 Comments

Her compelling attraction…
…to the CEO she shouldn’t want!

South African event planner Ella Yeung is done with men who call the shots.

So when commanding Micah Le Roux requests her assistance in finding a last-minute venue for his sister’s society wedding, she can’t believe she’s even considering it…

Only there’s something about her steel-edged new boss that intrigues and attracts Ella beyond reason.

Yielding temporarily to the passion between them may help them both move on from the past. But the intensity of their connection tells a different—more permanent—story!

Titles in the Scandals of the Le Roux Wedding include — The Billionaire’s One-Night Baby —♥— The Powerful Boss She Craves —♥— The Twin Secret She Must Reveal —♥—

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

I’m going to put up a Trigger Warning because there are subjects discussed in this story that may be a trigger for some readers.

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A Vacancy for a Village Vet by Joanne Boden

Posted September 13, 2022 by Marsha in 2022 New Release Challenge, ARC, ChocLit/Ruby Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance, Standalone Single Title / 0 Comments

From big city high-flyer to little village vet …

Hannah and Daniel were teenage sweethearts, but then Daniel left their sleepy village of Middlefern and his grandfather’s veterinary practice behind for the bright lights of London.

Now, fifteen years later, the prodigal grandson has returned to temporarily take over the village practice with a veterinary qualification and his dog, Sammy, in tow.

Daniel is ready for rabbits with tummy aches, guinea pigs who’ve lost their squeak, plenty of cow complaints, and a whole lot of memories – both good and bad. But is he ready to see Hannah again?

Of course, a high-flying city vet like Daniel was never planning to stay in Middlefern for good – especially given his history with the place.

But could another, even more important, vacancy convince him to change his mind?

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