A Secret Design by Heather Reed

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Life in Rock Valley is nothing like Paris, with its fashion shoots and runway shows, and that’s just how Angela Kensington wants it. Five years after she left to become a famous clothing designer, Angela can’t wait to come home and relax. She’s made enough money in Europe to buy her dream home near her family’s ranch and go into business with her sister. But her past catches up to her in the form of ranch foreman Marcus Leary.

Struggling to fulfill his grandfather’s last wish–to find his family’s buried treasure–Marc doesn’t have time to deal with this new-and-improved Angela, or his reawakened feelings for her. He’d once been strong enough to turn her away, but he’s not sure he’ll be able to do it a second time.

But they have to work together to find the legendary Leary treasure before a crazy cowhand beats them to it. And what they’ll discover between them is more precious than gold.

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Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery – Review

Review by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

A sweet, fun adventure, Before We Kiss is the second book in Ms. Mallery’s 2014 Summer Fool’s Gold Trilogy. While all her books can be read stand-alone, once you start the series you’ll be eager to read the next installment and that was the case for me with former pro-football Sam Ridge and event planner Dellina Hopkins’ story. Set in Fool’s Gold, their journey into love is one of hilarious misunderstandings and sweet attraction. Ms. Mallery outdid herself with this one as it’s filled to the brim with the characters we love, the festivals, the friends and the situations that force the residents to look for love even when they may not be ready for it.

Dellina Hopkins is the responsible older sister, she’s raised her sisters and is now ready to start living her life more for her. But who would have guessed storing some bridal gowns for a friend would cause her ‘fling’ to race out the door? And why would he? Because said ‘fling’ has had extremely bad luck with females. From cheaters to those who seek the spotlight, Sam has seen it all. And he’s more than gun shy because of it. In the end, love will prevail and two uncertain hearts will find their way!

If you’ve read any of my other Mallery reviews, you’ll know I’m a fan. I find her writing to be fresh even when you often recognize that you’re reading the same situation over and over. It’s her characters and their development, the interactions of the friends and support of the community. Her knack for pulling out the stops to get two unlikely pairings together and the twists and turns getting there that make reading each of her novels a must for me. And finding a bit skeptical, a bit leery Sam Ridge falling for the normally responsible and cautious Dellina Hopkins was a joy. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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Until We Touch by Susan Mallery – Review

Review by Larissa M.
Rating: ★★★★☆

Romantic and sweet, Susan Mallery never fails to make my heart sigh…while throwing in a touch of irony and humor to make the story feel like real life. In Until We Touch, Larissa and Jack find they can’t ignore their attraction…especially if Larissa’s mom has anything to do with it!

The Fool’s Gold series is romantic, engaging and often times predictable. Each of the stories from this series (generally separated into smaller sets of three or so) are unique in some ways but often have such a familiar tone that they feel like you’re reading the same story but with different characters. In this installment, though, I didn’t feel that. While reading I often had a smile on my face. The two are so cute working their way through the working relationship/friendship on to love that you are routing for them. Even when you want to tell them their decisions aren’t wise…

Larissa Owens is the heroine who believes in charity and causes, she’s Jack McGarry’s assistant and the two have a great working relationship. All that changes, though, when Larissa’s mom steps in to lay it all out there. But Can Jack put his past behind him enough to focus on the future with Larissa? If you’re a Mallery fan you won’t want to miss this one!

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Come Home to Me by Brenda Novak – Review

come home to me Review by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Dramatic, emotionally engaging, and somewhat heart-wrenching, Brenda Novak’s Come Home to Me engaged me from the first page and hung on long after…but maybe not in the way I’d hoped!

As with most all of Ms. Novak’s Whiskey Creek novels, I’ve had mixed feelings at first. From the fabulous When Snow Falls, the sweet When Lightening Strikes, and the heart-wrenching When Summer Comes, I’ve pretty much always loved her work. Even with When We Touch, Home to Whiskey Creek and Take Me Home For Christmas not being my favorites due to various reasons, in the end, I’ve enjoyed the stories and eagerly awaited the next in the series.

But from the moment I read When Snow Falls I’ve wanted to see what happens with Preston and Aaron. Both are strong, deeply wounded characters. Both fed each other’s addictions. So I wondered if they could ever make it work and move past their problems to a future that was positive. Now I no longer have to wonder. Drawn together by circumstances and family, I feel like the two got the much needed second chance to be positive for each other instead of destructive. The glue that ties these two is strong, though I wondered if it was often demented or maybe just obsession. In the end, however, I believe with the support of friends and family they can overcome the past and make a wonderful future together for their child. Maybe.

The thing about this installment of the series is that it didn’t really add much to the well being of the series. What I mean is that it was pretty disappointing to me that some of the characters that I’d loved didn’t stay lovable. In fact, they seemed to become deranged and unlikeable, definitely not trustworthy. And they took what I’d wondered if would turn into a MAJOR issue between Cheyenne and Dylan at the end of their story, When Snow Falls, and turned it into a totally unacceptable betrayal. Honestly, I had wondered how Cheyenne and Dylan would survive her keeping such a huge secret from him (if you’ve read the story you’ll know what I’m getting at), but that is nothing compared to the soap worthy betrayal she performed in this story. In fact, I’m sick over it. I LOVED how these two were together in their story. Dylan was magnificent. Cheyenne was strong and finding herself in an impossible situation made the best of it, if not the best choices. But instead of making amends and working through her lie with her husband, she compounded the issues and brought out some new ones in this book.

If you’re a fan of the series you’ll want to read this one just to keep up…or maybe you won’t. Because the change in the characters wasn’t at all inline with what you’ve come to expect from them. In fact, if I didn’t like Eve I’d be tempted not to read her story because I’m afraid of what will be added about Dylan and Cheyenne. Why, oh why couldn’t Ms. Novak of given a little happy drama to their lives instead of making it negative? Find another sub-plot to add texture to the overall community feel of this series. Bring in something fresh. At any rate, be warned. You may not like how this one goes. 

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Book Description:

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.

There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine

perfectkindoftrouble-chelseafine Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father’s protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she’s forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla’s seen his type before. But Daren isn’t who he seems to be…

Struggling to make amends for his family’s mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He’s beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner’s princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she’s just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla’s dad could have left them . . . was each other.

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Island Peril by Jill Sorenson – Review

islandperil-jillsorenson‘…hot new read, Island Peril, may  short but it packs a romantic punch!’

Reviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★★

Jill Sorenson’s hot new read, Island Peril, may  short but it packs a romantic punch!

What started out as an outing for Ella, Abby and Brooke turns into an adventure of a lifetime for Ella and Pual. Pual is sweet, sexy and noble. He’s really a teacher, but in the summer months takes on a job as a guide at the Channel Islands State Park. When Abby and Brooke turn back, Ella agrees to continue with Paul. Only their sight seeing trip turns into a race for their lives…and a chance at exploring the chemistry that’s flared between them.

While I enjoyed Island Peril a great deal, I would have loved for it to have been longer. I almost felt like Paul and Ella’s feelings were such that they might or might not have that happily ever after because of how rushed everything felt. They had no time to really explore. Though this book in essence sets up Abby’s story (remember her in Aftershock), I still would have liked Ella to have had more. Because she was a great heroine—smart, funny, practical. She held her own. And didn’t appear to come in second too much to our hunky hero. But since I am ‘prepped’ I’m off to read the next in this series!

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Official Description:

It started as a girls’ outing to California’s beautiful Channel Islands State Park. When Ella Hammond embarks on a kayaking trip with sexy adventure guide Paul Dawson, sparks fly—but so does gunfire from a boat of drug smugglers.

Now Ella and Paul are on the run, soaked and stranded in a rocky hideout. Ella feels like she’ll never be warm again. Until Paul shares his body heat—igniting a fire between them that’s nearly too hot to handle!