Stranded With The Rancher by Janice Maynard – Review

Reviewed by Lacey M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard is another installment for the Texas Cattleman’s Club: After The Storm novel series. The rancher in question? Billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell. A man who’s day starts with the usual argument with his determined neighbor, Beth Andrews. But within minutes, the two are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They two—who have spent the better part of a year or so bickering—call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss. But when the two emerge from their dark haven, will their passion be enough to move past the obstacles that have kept them apart…until now?

While mostly romantic, I found this book a bit slow and disjointed. I didn’t feel the characters meshed well (any of them) and their reactions were a bit off. The brothers (Jed and our hero, Drew) were the best of the lot and the only time I really enjoyed them is when they were with each other…not their women! I found the heroine, Beth, to be too emotionally stunted and unsure. She had too many contradictions and her interaction with Drew seemed more forced than I would have thought if the two had secretly liked each other for a long time before actually giving in to their feelings after a major disaster. I would hope the other authors helping to write this series did a better job bringing the characters to life and making you care about them. The most intriguing and memorable thing about this book is the pregnant girl who is now in a coma!

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Everywhere She Goes by Janice Kay Johnson – Review

everywhereshegoes-janicekayjohnson‘…a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present…’

Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Janice Kay Johnson’s Everywhere She Goes—the next book in her The Mysteries of Angel Butte series—is a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present for Cait McAllister. On the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Cait runs home to the brother who was always there for her as a kid—the same one she feared after her mother ran away with her at an early age. But deep down she trusts him and she needs him to feel safe.

But the past has a way of catching up with you, and Cait finds herself not only in danger from the abusive ex but a new threat that stems from the past. In the midst of her turmoil, she finds herself embroiled in a relationship with her boss!

Noah Chandler has emotional scars that keep him from believing in happily ever after. But there’s something about Cait that tugs his heart-strings and his protective instincts. Throw in a complicated relationship with her brother and there’s a lot going against these two. But love has a way of conquering even the most stubborn fears making way for the sweetest of futures.

I adore Ms. Johnson’s writing style. Her characters are always realistic and down-to-earth. She has a knack for intertwining a mystery into her romance that keeps you guessing and making her stories thrilling page turners. Everywhere She Goes encompasses almost all of her superb writing, plot and character development. It kept me wondering and on-edge. You felt for the heroine and her brother, the confusion over the past and the need to make a future relationship solid between the two, and you found the hero very appealing.

There were a couple of negatives in this one (that I’ve never had with her others). First, I despised how everyone referred to the hero as ‘ugly’ rather than ‘ruggedly handsome’ or some such. It is one thing for the hero to have some self-esteem issues and worry about something mentioned in his past, something that may have tainted the view he has of himself. It is so another to have the brother of the heroine basically say he is ugly. That wasn’t appealing as a reader and made me feel kind of negative to the brother (who is a hero in another book and very likeable). Then again the brother has reasons to despise the hero, so maybe it was born from that but still not something I liked reading. The other thing is that the heroine and hero walked a fine line in their relationship and were okay with basically lying about it while still sort of flaunting it. I realize the marriage statement near the end was real on the hero’s part but it was almost a shock to the reader because I didn’t feel like anything led up to that…but all is forgiven by the end because the hero and heroine and brother all make peace and there is so much that happens you can tell these two are meant to be together!

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About the book…

Standing between her…and danger

Returning to her hometown is Cait McAllister’s chance to stand on her own. That means taking a break from men and relationships. Then she meets her new boss, the intriguing Noah Chandler. As the mayor, he’s got bold plans for Angel Butte. As a man, he’s so tempting that Cait’s vow of independence is in jeopardy.

The most persuasive part of him, however, could be the way he looks out for her. Because when a threat from her past puts her in danger, Noah is there to protect her. And there’s no way she can resist a man who has so much invested in keeping her safe.

Her Secret, His Baby by Tanya Michaels – Review


“…a clean, quirky, emotion-filled [story]…Her Secret, His Baby.”

Reviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Arden Cade is the ultimate good girl. But one night when she’s seeking comfort and to forget the tragedies in her past, she finds herself giving in to impulse and a hunky cowboy attending a wedding she is photographing. Only her encounter with Garrett doesn’t go exactly as planned. And their one night together has lasting consequences…

Ms. Michaels has a clean, quirky, emotion-filled way of writing, and it shines brightly in Her Secret, His Baby. From the beginning you feel for Arden. She’s sweet, strong and so tragically wounded from all the loses in her life. So when she finds herself photographing a wedding on her deceased best friend’s birthday, she’s hurting. She’s in desperate need to forget the past if only for a little while. Enters Garrett Frost. Hunky rancher and friend of the groom, Garrett is drawn to Arden and doesn’t hesitate to give in to his desire for her. But when the morning comes and she leaves with only a note, he assumes she didn’t feel the pull between them he did. Only Arden did feel something, more than she felt was fair to Garrett, and really what kind of relationship could they have with him living so far away?

But several months later when Garrett gets some devastating news at the ranch, he needs time away and heads back to his childhood friend. And maybe he had the idea he’d run into Arden again! Only Arden has a secret…and that secret coupled with the betrayal he just left behind makes him hard and a little unforgiving.

By the end of the book, you feel sorry for Garrett but you waiver between that same feeling and a little confusion as to why Arden would feel the need to keep her secret. Definitely an emotional roller coaster between these two who are so cute together! And it has left me eager to read more by Ms. Michaels!

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About the book…

Surprise! You’re A Daddy!

Life’s been full of surprises lately for rancher Garrett Frost—and not in a good way. His mother has just dropped a bombshell about his past, so Garrett takes some time away to come to terms with family secrets. And who should he run into but Arden Cade, the beautiful photographer who shared a single night of passion with Garrett six months ago. He is even more shocked when he discovers she’s pregnant—and he’s the daddy.

To make matters worse, Arden hadn’t even planned on telling Garrett about the baby. Despite her lies, Garrett is determined to be a good father. He’s not the type to cut and run, and he can’t deny that he’s falling for Arden all over again. But he’ll have to find a way to forgive her betrayal…and make peace with that skeleton in the family closet.

Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard

strandedwiththerancher-janicemaynard For billionaire horse breeder Drew Farrell, the day starts with the usual argument with ornery neighbor Beth Andrews. But within minutes, he and the irritating beauty are huddled together in a storm cellar praying for their lives. They call a truce…and seal it with an unexpected kiss.

They emerge to a scene of utter devastation. Their passion to rebuild is only rivaled by the very personal passion they’ve just discovered…until Beth’s past catches up with her, and a very different type of storm erupts….

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‘Tis the Season by Robyn Carr

tistheseason-robyncarr ‘Tis the season for family, friendship and the thrill of a holiday romance…

Under the Christmas Tree
With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is shared—and a surprise left under the Christmas tree is about to bring two special people together!

Midnight Confessions
Holiday kisses don’t end with Christmas—there’s still the New Year’s Eve party at Jack’s Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown…and that midnight kiss.

So join us in Virgin River this year, where Robyn Carr’s trademark humor, warmth and sincerity will have you celebrating the festive season in your favorite mountain town.

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When We Met by Susan Mallery – Review

whenwemet“…another fabulous romance to her long-running Fool’s Gold series…”

Reviewed by  Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Susan Mallery’s thirteenth installment of her Fool’s Gold romances, When We Met, draws you deeper into love with the town of Fool’s Gold and the upcoming sub-series revolving around the new PR Firm. In When We Met Angel Whittaker goes after the woman he’s been drawn to from the first time he saw her, Taryn Crawford. And Taryn is more than willing to let him catch her!

Angel appears to be pretty perfect for her. He’s interested in a relationship without the love and happy ever after part. Just her style. Only is it? Can the two get past their tragic histories and make the leap to a love of a lifetime?

Angel struck me as dark and brooding from the first book he was introduced in (Just One Kiss). He was hot and unreachable. Then he catches a glimpse of the new PR lady in town and his senses go haywire. He isn’t interested in more than getting her into bed. Until he gets her there! His past is a hold up for him, but the feelings he has for Taryn overcome all hesitation.

Taryn is strong, independent, and has overcome a past nobody should endure. She’s intrigued by the sexy ex-soldier. And doesn’t hesitate too much in giving in to her desires for him. The two are made for each other on so many levels. And their connection is fantastic—explosive and sensual. But there’s an underlying sweetness to their romance that left me eager for more. I hope the two make many appearances in the upcoming series with Taryn’s business associations, the football players!

Ms. Mallery has certainly added another fabulous romance to her long-running Fool’s Gold series with Angel and Taryn’s story. While the plot isn’t all that unique, her handling of the situation and emotions involved are. It’s also nice to catch up with some of the town’s unique residents, and I eagerly await the next book!

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About the book…

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can’t be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool’s Gold, California, he’s cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he’s not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe-to-toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.