Riding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson

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There ain’t a rider that can’t be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O’Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancée with his best friend. Now he’s starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn’t perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble….

Lily King is the queen of anti-structure. Turns out, that makes running a horse sanctuary a challenge. Regan’s help is exactly what Lily needs—not to mention the seriously sexy sparks that are flying between them. Now she just has to convince this fallen cowboy to dust himself off and get back in the saddle…and into her bed!

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Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos

“…will give me a better foundation based on…being a woman…”

Review by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Eat Like a Woman by Staness Jonekos and Marjorie Jenkins is an interesting take on a ‘diet’ book. Not only do you get the recipes you expect but interesting information on why this method will work. While a few of the recipes look promising, I’m not sure they all work for me. But what does is the step-by-step week program. It helps you get an understanding of what it takes to make a woman’s body respond to food and exercise. It helps you understand your body. It’s a comprehensive study and guide that gives some of my own theories credence and helped give me a better understanding of them.

For instance, this ‘diet’ or theory is based on a three-week, three-step program that allows you to take your body and mind into your own hands. The first step (though I won’t give everything away here…you’ll want the book to get the full gist) is to figure out what stage of life you are at; what is going on with your body; what type of eater you are or want to be. The next is to start working on emotional health. And the last involves exercise. Now, don’t freak on the last part. They aren’t pushing you to do hours in a gym. They have really cool ideas that anyone can do without much thought.

Overall, I’m engaging in the book’s recommendations now. I’m hoping for good results, but ultimately, I feel like they will give me a better foundation based on my being a woman rather than those that delve into more ‘male’ based information. Well done Ms. Jonekos! Thank you.

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Up in Flames by Lori Foster – Review

“…Lori Foster never fails to fulfill all your romantic needs…”

Reviewed by Sara M.

Rating: ★★★★★

A master storyteller, Lori Foster never fails to fulfill all your romantic needs with her stories. If you’ve missed any of her older Harlequin’s, you’re in for a treat. They seem to be releasing them again. In her latest, Up in Flames, you’ll get to revisit Body Heat and Caught in the Act.

In Body Heat, Melanie Tucker finds herself trapped on a party boat with Adam Stone…and then ultimately stranded with her sexy nemesis!

In Caught in the Act, undercover cop Mick Dawson follows his gut instinct to protect Delilah Piper rather than arrest her. Only Mick’s instincts are also screaming he wants more from the sexy mystery writer.

Both stories are well written, very fulfilling and leave you wanting more. I loved each character. They were mutli-dimensional and engaging, relatable. The situations were realistic. I felt a connection with each heroine and loved that they weren’t plastic, cookie cutter types. I love Lori Foster’s books—and reading Body Heat for the first time and Caught in the Act again only cemented why she’s an automatic buy for me. I look forward to more of her stories.

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The Promise by Robyn Carr

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Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it’s time to move on from his loss. But as the town’s only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician’s assistant applies for a job at his clinic.
Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She’s already been burned by a man with kids, and she’s come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she’s used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She’s willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options.

Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn’t enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.

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Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

untilwetouch-susanmallery After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length—a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California.

Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed…by her mother!

When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

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Risk Taker by Lindsay McKenna – Review

“…characters were well developed and likeable.”

Reviewed by Cara M.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Lindsay McKenna’s latest book in her Shadow Warriors miniseries, Risk Taker, gives you another look at life in the military. Medevac pilot Sarah Benson is fearless in the face of fire when it comes to using her helicopter to save the men and women fighting in Afghanistan. Her rescues have given her a legend worthy reputation. Only that same reputation forces her to endure the curiosity and advances of the men on base who are intrigued by her beauty, and often times the derisions of her fellow pilots and commanding officer. So it’s no surprise when she’s attacked after leaving the bar. What is a surprise is her reaction to Navy SEAL Ethan Quinn when he comes to her rescue.

Ethan’s immediate attraction to Sarah is unquestionable. His strength and tact in handling the attraction, his feelings for Sarah, and the situation shows his character and what makes him worthy of her.

Lindsay Mckenna has a unique way of showing you a glimpse of life during active duty. While most of the situations in the story were very believable, there were a couple near the end I found hard to believe. For instance, would a SEAL commander allow a SEAL to bring in his girlfriend into their compound and make her part of their ‘family’ when she’s actually under another’s command? That seemed unreal to me. I couldn’t imagine it being that easy to have your girlfriend moved closer to you??? Anyway, other than that and possibly the ‘overnights’ the two managed for various reasons that seemed contrived, the story was solid. But because of those things that pulled me out of the story time and again I couldn’t give the book a better rating. Though I would give another book by Ms. McKenna a look because the characters were well developed and likeable.

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