Chain of Command by Helenkay Dimon

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Retired marine Sawyer Cain can’t forget all he’s seen and lost, but he can try to start over. Opening a gun range with his closest friends is the first step toward a new life—one where he finally buries the guilt he can’t seem to shake. So much depends on the property he needs to buy…and the gorgeous but completely frustrating woman who refuses to sell it.

Hailey Thorne is done—with loss and with anything military, after the closest thing she had to an uncle died in Afghanistan. When Sawyer shows up on her porch he has military written all over him. He’s one more in a long line of people who wants the land she inherited, and suddenly he’s everywhere she goes. Hailey can’t get the broad-shouldered, dirty-talking, dead-serious man out of her head. Or her life.

Sawyer’s not above using his skills in the bedroom to try to convince her to sell, and Hailey is more than willing to let him. Their pleasure-only arrangement works…until emotions get in the way. But Sawyer has a secret he’s convinced will have Hailey hating him forever, and Hailey’s not willing to risk loving anyone she could lose.

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Island Escape by Viv Daniels

islandescape ADAM
Luxury yacht, tropical seas, babes in bikinis…dream job, right? Wrong. The passengers are rich jerks who treat the crew like garbage, when they aren’t pretending we’re their whores. The best day was when that cokehead heiress Kalina tried to fire me just for doing my job. I swore I’d never go back home to my parents and their crazy fundamentalist ranch in the desert, but nothing could be worse than this.

And then the pirates attack.

KALINA
Luxury yacht, tropical seas, billionaire boyfriend…dream trip, right? Wrong. After catching my man getting "extra services" from the maid, I know I’m the laughingstock of passengers and crew. Every time I lay eyes on that quiet, handsome deckhand Adam, I can feel him judging me. I want to die, and when the pirates show up, I think I’m going to.

But Adam… he saves me. Now we’re alone together on a lifeboat in the open ocean. Adam thinks we don’t have a chance, but thanks to him, we’ve made it this far.

And then, in the distance, I spot an island…

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Small-Town Redemption by Beth Andrews – Review

smalltownredemptionReviewed by Casey B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Continuing with her Shady Grove series, Beth Andrews gives us Small-Town Redemption—E.R. nurse Charlotte Ellison and bar owner Kane Bartasavich’s story. You met these intriguing characters in What Happens Between Friends Charlotte’s sister Sadie’s story. You might recall that Charlotte believed she would marry Sadie’s best friend James in that one. Only James didn’t think of her that way. He’d always loved Sadie. When Charlotte’s heart and pride was hurting, she pretty much threw herself at Kane. And that’s where this story begins. You’ll get to experience that part again if you haven’t read it before. Only Kane is honorable and he doesn’t take what’s offered. But honorable or not, he doesn’t handle the rejection well and Charlotte proceeds to keep to herself for a time as her pride is still stung. Then Kane ends up in her E.R. and their adventure begins!

Another emotional, small-town story from Beth Andrews! Interesting and full of surprises, this story has about all you could want in a romantic redemption story. Even the ending was handled well. You finally feel like Charlotte has matured and she and Kane might have a future. A definite must-read!

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About the book…

E.R. nurse Charlotte Ellison has her life mapped out, including a happily-ever-after with the perfect man. Sure, that disastrous night with sexy badass Kane Bartasavich wasn’t in the plan. He’s the opposite of perfect, and forever isn’t in his vocabulary. What was she thinking? Still, she simply has to stay away from him and everything will be on track.

But avoidance is impossible when Kane lands in her E.R. All of Charlotte’s protective instincts come out when she sees him in pain. She knows firsthand getting involved with him is a bad deal. But this attraction might be too deep to ignore.

Whisper to Me by Christina Lee – Review

Reviewed by Alex C.

Rating: ★★★★★

As you’ve come to expect with a Christina Lee young adult, Whisper to Me is well written and filled with angst and sexual chemistry. Two broken characters trying to escape the past and pressures of the future, Kai and Rachel are friends. Only at different points they both want more, but aren’t sure how to make their relationship take that turn. Time and a lot of emotion bring them to the place they need to be…but the trip there is like riding a roller coaster!

Christina Lee is a master storyteller. She has the ability to draw you in from the beginning, hit hard topics like suicide, drugs, sex, etc. and bring you out the other side with a strong romance. Each character is thought out and has such a compelling back story you immediately feel a connection even if you disapprove of how they cope. Reading this type of story always takes a toll on me. I become emotionally invested in the characters and when written well I feel their emotions as if they were my own. This story was no different. Enjoyable and a perfect addition to this series!

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About the Book…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…

Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.

A Seal’s Secret by Tawny Weber – Review

asealssecret Reviewed by Zara B.

Rating: ★★★★★

Super sexy, interesting, perfectly written…all words I’d use to describe A SEAL’s Secret by Tawny Weber!

As far as I’m concerned, this was not your average Harlequin Blaze. The characters were well thought out, the plot interesting, and the characters weren’t average. They were also perfect for each other. While the chemistry was certainly there, so was the likable factor. Livi Kane—also known as The Body Babe for being a fitness expert—is ready to enter the next phase of her career. But before she moves on to the next project she is taking some time to recharge. And what better way than to hook up with a sexy SEAL?

The SEAL? Mitch Donovan. Career military, military family, smart and goal oriented. His life is mapped out. Or it was until he met Livi. Now everything seems to be shifting around him and his only thoughts are about when he’ll talk to her or see her again. In the end, there are plenty of obstacles and old insecurities to keep them apart, but love and fate have other plans.

I’m eager to read the next story by Ms. Weber. Hopefully it will be Livi’s friend!

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Snow Angel Cove by Raeanne Thayne – Review

Reviewed by Alex C.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Raeanne Thayne’s Snow Angel Cove is a super sweet romance you won’t be able to put down!

When Eliza Hayward gave up everything to come to a small town and manage the only hotel there, she never dreamed tragedy would strike and she would be without not only a job but a place to stay the very day she showed up! And to make matters worse, she is hit by Aidan Caine’s car while crossing an icy road!

Aidan is a fast-paced computer genius who is facing some serious life changing issues. He’s drawn to the small town after he purchases several pieces of real estate from a friend. He decides to give his family an old fashioned Christmas and sets in to restore Snow Angel Cove to it’s former glory. Only time is running out, so when he hits Eliza and realizes she needs him as much as he needs her expertise, they strike a deal…that benefits them both!

I have loved the Caine men in each of Raeanne’s books. They are strong, family oriented and are generally good guys. This one was no different. Aidan was strong, often more than he should have been, and just what Eliza needed. There was one part that I felt was forced and a convenient situation, but I’d rather keep that as a surprise for when you’re reading. It didn’t detract too much from the romance, but it did make me think what a coincidence this element was. Eliza was also what Aiden needed, and at the perfect time in his life. An enjoyable read to be sure.

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