Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning

Title: To Tame a Highland Warrior
Series: Highlander
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: December 1, 1999
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440234816
ISBN-13: 9780440234814

Only her love could gentle his savage soul...

A woman's tender touch

He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair. Yet even from afar he watched over her, and when her father sent an urgent summons, "Come for Jillian," he raced to her side—into a competition to win her hand in marriage.

A warrior's steely heart

Why had he run from her so many years before? And why return now to see her offered as a prize in her father's manipulative game? Furious, Jillian vowed never to wed. But Grimm was the man she loved, the one who urged her to marry another. He tried to pretend indifference as she tempted him, but he could not deny the fierce desires that compelled him to abduct her from the altar. She was the only woman who could tame the beast that raged within him—even as deadly enemies plotted to destroy them both...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Series: Highlander
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: March 9, 1999
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440234808
ISBN-13: 9780440234807

He would sell his warrior soul to possess her...

An alluring laird...

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

A prisoner in time...

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side...

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Review: Montana Born Bachelor Auction series

Title: Bound to the Bachelor
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author: Sarah Mayberry
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: February 20, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible—and elusive—bachelors.

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it—Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on—and winning—Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite...

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Title: Bachelor at Her Bidding
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author: Kate Hardy
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: February 27, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

How to win a girl in ten cakes...

When Dr Rachel Cassidy comes back to Marietta with a divorce under her belt, she doesn’t want to date, even if top pastry chef Ryan Henderson is a key part of the package. Ryan doesn’t have time for dating, either—he’s back in Marietta to look after his sick grandmother. But when the attraction between them flares, they both discover that they just might dare to love again.

Then tragedy strikes, pushing them apart.

Can Ryan possibly win Rachel back...with cake?

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Title: The Bachelor's Baby
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author: Dani Collins
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: March 6, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour of Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a main service will completely clean your home.

Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime...?

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Title: What a Bachelor Needs
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author: Kelly Hunter
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: March 11, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Your date with ski champ Jett Casey is an either/or deal. He’ll take you off-piste for the ultimate Montana ski adventure or he’ll put his handyman skills at your disposal for a week. Which one would you choose?

Single mom Mardie Griffin has a run-down old house in need of fixing and a memory of Jett Casey as her savior in a time of great need. So when her friends acquire Jett’s services at a bachelor auction and send him to fix up her house, she sets aside her mistrust of men and lets him in.

Elite athlete Jett Casey has the world at his feet and no desire for stability. But there’s one woman he’s never forgotten and if he can help make her safe this time, maybe she’ll stop haunting him.

No strings, no sex, no commitment. Just fix things. Surely it can’t be that difficult...

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Title: In Bed with the Bachelor
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author: Megan Crane
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: March 18, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Our latest bachelor has enough family in Marietta to qualify as an honorary native, but hails instead from Seattle, WA, which is where he’ll fly you for a glamorous weekend on the shores of the sparkling Puget Sound. Jesse Grey will treat you the way a local boy turned construction tycoon should: five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, and celebrated Washington wines. We just can’t promise he’ll smile much. Or at all.

Sold to the highest bidder!

Jesse Grey, notorious bachelor and one of Seattle’s foremost construction tycoons, has been roped into participating in the Marietta Bachelor Auction thanks to an expertly executed guilt trip laid out by his family.

Michaela Townsend already has a fiancé and certainly doesn’t need another man in her life. So when her family buys her surly, sexy Jesse at the auction and wrangles him into driving her from Montana to Seattle, she’s appalled yet disturbingly attracted.

As far as Jesse is concerned, Michaela is forbidden fruit. Even though he knows her fiancé isn’t all he seems, Jesse would never take what didn’t belong to him. But how long can he resist the one woman he shouldn’t touch?

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Title: One Night with Her Bachelor
Series: Montana Born Bachelor Auction
Author: Kat Latham
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: March 27, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued...and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: A Kiss From Kringle by Rhian Cahill

Title: A Kiss From Kringle
Series: Frosty's Snowmen
Author: Rhian Cahill
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Escape Publishing

For a man called Chris Kringle, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. But this year, there’s something about a certain elf that’s grabbed his attention in the best of ways.

Leah Ward didn’t start the day intending to be an elf in Santa’s Village, but to help her sister she’d do anything, including an impersonation and squeezing into a too-tight elf suit. But Leah didn’t count on the boss discovering her deception—or that he’d be enchanted by it. She certainly didn’t count on Chris deciding all his future kisses would belong to her.

A firm believer in Christmas magic, Chris knows the sparks that fly when he meets Leah are the once-in-a-lifetime kind, and he sees no point in wasting any time. All he has to do is convince a soft-hearted cynic that all magic is real—and that Christmas magic is the most powerful of all.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: Loving a Prince Charming by Danielle Monsch

Title: Loving a Prince Charming
Series: Fairy Tales & Ever Afters
Author: Danielle Monsch
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: April 18, 2013
Publisher: Romantic Geek Publishing

Once upon a Time, in a Kingdom that was just a little twisted (oh yeah, and kinda far away), Fairy Godmothers Rule! Elf Kings drool, and a Prince was betrothed to a somnolent Princess.

Too bad his heart was already lost to a fiery-mannered-and-maned bodyguard...

As the Prince of a large kingdom who desired his peoples health and prosperity, for Seth honor and integrity were more than mere words, and putting duty before desire was second-nature. If sometimes he looked at Kira—best friend since childhood and his personal guard—and regretted his betrothal to the Princess of a neighboring kingdom, well, that was the price he had to pay for his people's happiness.

Even if that Princess was cursed and given the nickname Sleeping Beauty.

With maybe a little help from a Fairy Godmother, Seth discovers the way to end the curse and sets off on a perilous journey to free Sleeping Beauty. Kira rides with him, by his side as always, but Kira's nearness represents a different type of danger... Only love can break the curse, but how can Seth keep his promise to wake the slumbering Princess when being with Kira makes his heart demand a very selfish Happily Ever After?

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Review: Hard Road by J.B. Turner

Title: Hard Road
Series: Jon Reznick
Author: J.B. Turner
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Jon Reznick is a “ghost”: a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he’s dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It’s textbook.

But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill. A man wanted by the FBI, and by a mysterious terrorist organization hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is determined to track him down, and to intercept whatever it is Reznick was sent to do.

When Reznick’s young daughter becomes a pawn in the game, he has to use more than his military training to stay one step ahead of those responsible. Meanwhile, he is the only person who knows the true extent of the threat to national security—and has the stealth and determination to stop it.

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