Riding Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson – Review

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Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Finishing up her recent Sons of Chance trilogy, Vicki Lewis Thompson gives us Jeannette Trenton’s story. Some of you may recall Jeannette from the last two books, Riding High and Riding Hard. She was engaged to Reagan, and then slept with his best friend and business partner, Drake.

Needless to say I was skeptical if I’d even finish this book—and am sad to say it took a lot for me to do it. I know the main reason is that I have strong feelings about unfaithfulness…even for a ‘decent’ reason. Though I believe in second chances, I’m wondering how realistic this situation could be and if the people involved would really forgive and move on.

Ultimately, I was torn. I found the ‘cheater’ heroine sad because the hero Zach Powell is pretty much fabulous, and he certainly deserves more because while I felt the heat and chemistry I had issues believing their would really be a forever after. Seriously, could Jeannette ever really be trusted not to have cold feet or feel trapped? Or would she learn from her past and do the right thing and leave the other person before committing such a betrayal again?

Since I adore Vicki Lewis Thompson, I finally finished this story. As I mentioned I liked Zach a lot. And I enjoyed Jeannette when I could forget she’d hurt Reagan. But as with Riding Hard I found it hard to not feel as though the entire story was a bit contrived in order to add a story to the set. Does that mean I won’t read the next Chance story…no. In fact, I already have! I reviewed A Last Chance Christmas and found it awesome! So if you’re ready for a good VLT you may want to grab that one!

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About the book…

Perfect is good.

Imperfect is even better…

City-slicker lawyer Jeannette Trenton is about as welcome at the Last Chance Ranch as a rattlesnake at a square dance. She’s there to atone for one major mistake. But Jeannette’s pretty sure righting her big wrong does not include thinking lustful thoughts about the ranch’s new cowhand….

Zach Powell knows Jeannette’s type—a wound-up-tight perfectionist with one eye on her email at all times. Heck, that used to be him. She needs to shake it loose, face her imperfections and allow herself to make mistakes. There’s definitely no mistake about the wickedly sexy vibe between them. This gal is gonna have to "cowboy up"…or miss the ride of her life!

What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte – Review

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Reviewed by Larissa M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Marie Harte’s final book in her super sexy McCauley Brothers series, What to Do with a Bad Boy, fittingly ties up this series…but is a bit of a disappointment. Not as fabulous as the previous books, this one still gives you an interesting romance by bringing together widow Mike McCauley and spunky Delilah Webster.

In her previous McCauley books, Ms. Harte paired together each of the McCauley brothers with the love of their lives. A fitting female to match them. So I was a little worried about how she would tie together the diehard widow Mike. If you’ve read the other books, you know he had his ‘soul mate’ and lost her during the birth of their son. And he was very adamant about never loving again. Now a single father, Mike is more than a little guarded about dating and being set up. In this story however, he finally gives in to his mother’s attempts and goes out with a neighbor of his mothers who is just like the woman he lost. He also ‘dates’ Del. Only he doesn’t really do much more than sleep with Del through most of the book. There were times I wanted to smack him up side the head for stringing her along and using her. But when the light dawned he was the McCauley type man we know and love. Unfortunately for me it felt like it should have come sooner. My lack of enthusiasm wasn’t so much a struggle with Mike falling in love, but he was stupid about it. He hurt Del and I’m not sure I would have forgiven him as easy as she did. But ultimately, Del was awesome. She had her own personal issues, but she got through them and let herself fall for Mike and when she did she gave him everything. She was near perfect even when dealing with the spiteful other woman.

All-in-all this was one that I wouldn’t have wanted to miss if reading the whole series. But standalone it wasn’t as great as the others. As with the other books, though, I did enjoy seeing a glimpse at where the other couples were in their lives. It’s neat to see how they are still going strong.

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About the book…

Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He’s sick of it…until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foulmouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he’s not sure he can handle…

USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte writes erotic romance and has over ninety titles in print and digital format. A caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, Marie is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for Fortune 500 companies before becoming a full-time writer. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, Harte is constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.marieharte.com and fall in love.

Served Hot by Marie Harte – Review

Reviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★★

Following up on the super fabulous first book, Served Cold, Marie Harte gives you the second book in her Best Revenge series. Served Hot will keep you on edge wondering just how Dexter will win Maya over…and just why Maya is fighting him so hard!

When three friends get together for their weekly wine night, they make a pack to get revenge on the boys (now men!) who did them wrong in high school. For Maya Werner, she really wants to get back at Dexter Black for blackmailing her into being his prom date. Only what Maya really wants is to know why he did it in the first place!

And when award-winning photojournalist Dexter turns up back in town to open a small studio, it seems like the perfect time to get started. Only fate often has the upper hand, and when Dex witnesses Maya doing something that could get her into trouble…again!…he has the upper hand. He uses it to once again blackmail her into dating him!

Ms. Harte has written a warm, moving story that makes you laugh at the same time as it makes you sigh. Her characters are so well written. Dex is the hunky, smart and definitely drool worthy hero. He also has no trouble following his feelings back to the one girl he always crushed on. And he knows Maya so well. Her prickly, independent nature doesn’t put him off. He knows exactly how to manipulate her into being where they both belong. Maya is a little harder to like. She is prickly, almost to the point of being selfish or off-putting at times, but she’s loyal to a fault. Her endearing quality is what redeems her. She has a soft center. Her prickly shell hides it. But it’s there. So all-in-all these two are well suited.  A definite must read!

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Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

cover50597-medium Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she’s not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza’s hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.

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A Last Chance Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson – Review

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Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★★

Continuing her Sons of Chance series, Vicki Lewis Thompson offers you a fabulous little romance with your holiday spirit!

Ben Radcliffe had one goal in mind when he delivered a custom saddle to the Last Chance, get paid and possibly some referrals. But when Jack Chance invites him to stay for a few days to see his saddle revealed, he can’t pass up the chance. Just like he can’t pass up the chance to engage in a little flirtation with academic Molly Gallagher—a Chance cousin.

Molly is at the ranch working on a genealogy project for the Chance/Gallagher family. More comfortable with her computer and old journals, she’s surprised at the attraction between her and Ben. And even more surprised when she acts on it!

Ms. Thompson has a winner here. While not intricate or all that ‘busy’ plot wise, I enjoy the book immensely. More so than even her last set of Sons of Chance books. I felt Molly was mousy but interesting. She wasn’t really a pushover but not exactly brash. Almost clueless about her appeal. It was fun to watch her and Ben interact. Ben was a hunk. He was modest and very sweet. All of his interactions with others showed a vulnerability and possibly a yearning to be part of something he’d never had before…family. The book did set up a future book, and I found I’m eager to read the next installment!

About the book…

A Christmas kiss from a cowboy…

Ben Radcliffe reckons it’ll be a cold day in hell before he considers a serious relationship or family of his own—with good reason. When he delivers a "secret" present to the Last Chance Ranch, however, Ben catches a glimpse of what family could be. And suddenly this lone cowboy finds himself under the mistletoe…planting one heck of a kiss on a stunning woman!

Genealogist and academic Molly Gallagher is all about family. And even if Ben’s secrets make him as skittish as a wild mustang, there’s nothing Molly loves more than an enigma. Especially a ridiculously sexy one! But the magic of Christmas—and the Last Chance Ranch—might not be enough to wrangle a cowboy who can’t trust himself…

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New Year’s Resolution: Romance! by Christie Ridgway, Leslie Kelly and Tanya Michaels

cover55236-mediumMidnight, January 1: time for a big change. Time to make a New Year’s resolution to find romance—or else!

Say Yes by Christie Ridgway
Cautious florist Ashley Walker is excited to embark on her "Year of Yes" no matter what happens. But accepting a surprise job offer leads to an awkward discovery: she’s hot for her millionaire boss, Chase Bradley!

No More Bad Girls by Leslie Kelly
Scorched by a string of nightmare ex-girlfriends, Lex Rollins resolves to date only nice women…then is lured by siren Lia before midnight! But Lia is really Amelia, a good girl playing naughty for a night. Can a blind date as their real selves uncover their true desires?

Just a Fling by Tanya Michaels
Shy, insecure Erin Cross makes two bold resolutions: (A) get on a plane, and (B) have a fling. In pursuit of Option A, she’s mistaken for a key witness in a mob trial and whisked away by a sexy FBI agent! Which just leaves Option B…

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