Fast Track by Julie Garwood – Review

“…interesting, suspenseful, intriguing, heart-wrenching, heart-warming and oh, so sensual.”

Rating: ★★★★★

Fans of Julie Garwood’s contemporary series romances are in for a real treat with her recent release of Fast Track! The long awaited story of Aiden Hamilton Madison—oldest brother and ultimately the family patriarch—and the sweet, uber smart Cordelia Kane—best friend to Aiden’s sister Regan (see her fall for Alec Buchanan in Murder List)!

I’d like to start this review by saying I’m a huge fan of Julie Garwood. Pretty much anything she’s written from her historical romances to the latest contemporaries I’ve never been let down…or led astray. But the back cover copy for this one was a little misleading. I imagined a whole different book from what I received. Now, I’m not complaining. Not in the least. This one was SO much better than what I’d imagined. But there was something of a little disappointment as I imagined a whole push/pull scenario where Aiden was concerned for Cordie’s safety because of something to do with him. And an admission from Cordie about how she’d been in love with him for years. But what I received was interesting, suspenseful, intriguing, heart-wrenching, heart-warming and oh, so sensual. The two have been meant for each other from the beginning. Though I had some issues with parts of how this one played out, those issues were my personal failing as I’ve had way too much time to imagine this one since it’s been so long since Fire and Ice was released and the stories in between weren’t really involving the three friends or the Madison brothers.

Ultimately, though, I fell in love with this romance. From Aiden, who’s the perfect hero. He’s the alpha and always has been so responsible. Maybe a little too involved in everyone’s life but we see he’s changed some over time and is willing to spread the responsibilities around and doesn’t shy away from stepping back to enjoy life some. To Cordelia, who despite being smart is just a shade naive in a good way. The whole story—from the characters to the plot—played out really well. From Cordie making up her mind (with a little advice from her dying father) to move on and forget the childhood infatuation she had with Aiden, to Aiden realizing he wanted Cordie in his life forever. The two had a few obstacles from the outside, but not a whole lot of angst or struggle internally. Might have liked a little more there and Cordie sticking up for how she feels/has felt, but overall not disappointed with how it worked itself out. The supporting characters were wonderful as always. I enjoy visiting old characters to see what they’re up to. And since that is one of my favorite things about all Garwood romances—how the book stays centered on the main couple—I know this is one I’ll keep and re-read over and over.

I’m not sure where Ms. Garwood will go next but I can say I’ll have it on auto-buy!

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The Hearts of Christmas by Brenda Novak

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Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn’t have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that’s what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.

Eve’s worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There’s no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve’s definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve’s happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she’s counting on the best Christmas of her life!

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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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It’s on sale at Amazon for $1.99 Kindle Version!!! (-;

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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.