Thursday, April 11, 2024

Nine Month Contract by Amy Daws

Nine Month Contract (Mountain Men Matchmaker #1)
Author: Amy Daws
Published: April 2024
Publisher: Amy Daws
Format: BETA/eBook
Pages: 358
Rating: 5/5
Summary:

Help Wanted: Grumpy Mountain Man seeks baby momma. Job is an incubator position only. Surrogate must be impervious to grunting in the form of communication and nosey brotherly neighbors. Rustic mountain range housing available upon request.

I wanted to pummel my irritating brothers when they posted their own version of a wanted ad to help me with my life.

But I can’t fault the results once the right woman lands on my lap.
Becoming a single father is not a decision I made lightly. In fact, it’s the biggest decision of my entire life.

Which is why when I interview Trista, I know she’s perfect.

She’s wild, she’s opinionated, she wears cowboy boots. Even my pet goat loves her…

She’s the exact type of person I was holding out for.

And to my great horror, I realize on our first night of attempting this baby making dance…when the lights are low, the cheap wine is flowing, and the home insemination supplies are laid out on the kitchen counter…

I want to do a lot more than just make her my surrogate.

I want to make her mine.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Heartless Monster by: Rachel Leigh

Heartless Monster
Author: Rachel Leigh
Published: March 2024
Publisher: Rachel Leigh
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 314
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
Rome Cromwell isn’t just football royalty in our town.

He’s a heartless monster out for revenge,

And I'm the ordinary girl with his target on her back.

One year ago my knight in shining armor stepped out of the fog and rescued me.

With a simple thank you and an “I owe you one”, I was on my way.

Little did I know, that was only the start of our deranged story.

Now our parents are married and we’re living under the same roof.

Rome presents himself as a masked villain with strikingly good looks and a hypnotic appeal.

Girls want him.

His friends want to be him.

But I only want to run from him.

I see beneath his cracked facade into the heart of the beast.

He blames me for the fight that left his football career in shambles.

And he hasn’t forgotten I’m in his debt.

Now his claws are digging in so deep, I fear I won't survive.

Rome no longer wants to save me.

He only wants to own me.

To break me.

Piece by piece by piece.

The Plays We Fake by: Brooke O'Brien

The Plays We Fake (Braysen U Series #2)
Author: Brooke O'Brien
Published: March 2024
Publisher: Brooke O'Brien
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 284
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
I've heard the rumors about the football players in our small town. Trouble always has a way of finding them, and the girls can't get enough of their wild ways.

Hayes Carver has the bad-boy reputation down to go with his scoring records and good looks.

Everything changes after the game that destroyed his image and painted him as a dirty player. From the press and social media to his coach and teammates, the pressure is building, and he can't seem to escape the constant scrutiny.

When his limits are tested, Hayes turns to me for a way out.

He proposes that I play along as his fake girlfriend in hopes it changes the narrative and takes the pressure off him.

The rules are set in stone. Faking a relationship with him won't be easy, and falling for him is out of the question.

Yet the more time we spend together, the more the lines between what's real and fake begin to blur.

Hayes needs me to help save his reputation, but to do it, I'll have to risk my heart.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

If You Give a Single Dad a Nanny by: Anne Einerson

You Give a Single Dad a Nanny (Aspen Grove #1)
Author: Ann Einerson
Published: March 2024
Publisher: Ann Einerson
Pages: 373
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: 4.5/5
Summary:
A swoon worthy, single dad/nanny, he’s grumpy, she’s sunshine, banter-filled, spicy small town romance.I, Marlow Taylor, need to stop fantasizing about the hot, single dad next door.

Should I have agreed to nanny his cute six year old who loves my dog Waffles? Absolutely not.

But her dad seems to think he can do everything himself. ( no one can)

3 reasons why I absolutely cannot fall for Dylan

He’s grumpy and doesn’t seem to like me very muchHe lives next door – literally next door to my perfect pink house There are no secrets in a small town I’m an optimistic artist, never living in one place for too long.

He’s a cynical billionaire, trying to raise his kid on his own like a “normal” person.

Since I’m not going to fall for Dylan Stafford, it shouldn’t matter that he shovels my driveway or looks at me like he could devour me.

One kiss later – I, Marlow Taylor, am completely screwed.

If You Give a Grump a Holiday Wishlist by: Ann Einerson

If You Give a Grump a Holiday Wishlist (Aspen Grove #0.5)
Author:
Ann Einerson
Published: December 2023
Publisher: Ann Einerson
Pages: 149
Format: E-Book
Rating 4.5/5
Summary:
Should I have trusted my tyrannical boss when he promised he’d get me home for the holidays? Absolutely not.

He gassed up his private jet and decided he’d be joining me so we could close this massive deal before the new year.

There are three conditions to him coming home with me:

1. My family can’t know that he’s my boss (See note above about him being a tyrant)
2. I will absolutely be getting a big fat raise
3. He has to help me with my holiday wishlist

What’s worse than my boss stealing Christmas? Him pretending to be my boyfriend.

Since he’s faking being in love with me, my mom put us together in my childhood bedroom with just one bed to share.

When the mistletoe comes out, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if my hot as coal boss and I were underneath.

Jack Sinclair is nothing but determined to get everything he wants this Christmas and it looks like I’m at the top of his list.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Unending Love by: Stacey Lynn

Unending Love (Kelley Family #1)
Author:
Stacey Lynn
Published: March 2024
Publisher: Stacey Lynn
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 264
Rating 4.5/5
Summary:
A Sexy, Small Town, Secret Baby, Sports standalone romance from bestselling author, Stacey Lynn.

Everyone knows who Caleb Kelley is. I’m at the top of my game, known all around Colorado and beyond for not only my elite skills in professional hockey, but also my family’s ranching heritage. For this reason, I trust very few people as I’m used to strangers and so-called friends trying to get close to us for a piece of fame.

But when I receive a letter from a woman I slept with years ago, letting me know I’m a father – I implicitly trust her. Emily Russo is forever ingrained in my memory, and is the exception to every rule.

That one night I spent with her was unforgettable. I still remember the feel of her lips and the way her body moved under mine. For years, I’ve regretted not leaving her my phone number because if I had, I wouldn’t be seeing the first glimpses of my son in glossy pictures. Instead, I would've held him in my arms the minute he was born.

Now, I not only have to get to know my son, I also have to convince Emily that the spark that once burned between us is still smoldering, ready to burn even hotter a second time around.

But it’s not only hanger-ons who follow me. There are others who want to see this golden boy tossed off his throne. Too bad they don’t know what lengths I’ll go to protect what’s mine. I’ll do anything for Emily and my son. My love for them is unending.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Where We Belong by: Ashley Muñoz

Where We Belong (Stone Riders MC #2)
Author:
Ashley Muñoz
Published: February 2024
Publisher: Ashley Muñoz
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 304
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
They call him the Wolf.

His club, his brothers, and even my best friend Callie.

I didn’t really care what they called him, not when the only name I had ever called him was, coward.

Because three months ago he snuck under my resilient heart, like the thief he is, and stole it.

Then he broke it.

Going home wasn’t an option, not when I promised Callie I’d stay. She swore I’d eventually feel like I belonged in this small town.

The club ensured I had a job, and a place to live which reluctantly earned my loyalty.

Until I discovered their little caveat.

The apartment technically belonged to the new president.

I was welcome to stay…as long as I understood it meant sharing.

And my new roommate?

The very man who turned avoidance into an Olympic sport.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Pretty Rings and Broken Things by: Kat Singleton

Pretty Rings and Broken Things (Black Tie Billionaires #2)
Author: Kat Singleton
Published: February 2024
Publisher: Kat Singleton
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 364
Rating: 4.5/5
Summary:
Pretty rings can’t always fix broken things.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop powerful men from trying. Which is why instead of getting the wedding I’d always dreamed of, I was forced to marry the heir to our rival company and join a family that we’ve hated for generations.

An arranged marriage to make our problem disappear.

Then again, I’m the one that snuck around behind my father’s back and ended up at the center of a scandal that could ruin my family’s reputation.

Now the only person who can protect me is the cold and calculated billionaire, Archer Moore.

The marriage was only supposed to be for show, but Archer can be very convincing. He’s demanded we move in together. That we kiss. That we make it look—and feel—real. He’s a man who is obsessed with getting what he wants—and I’m starting to think what he wants is me.

But the closer we get, and the less we pretend, the more I question if the grudges between our families are too much to overcome for a marriage that was built on pretty rings and broken things.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

A Hurt So Good by: Erin Trejo

A Hurt So Good
Author: Erin Trejo
Published: February 2024
Publisher: Erin Trejo
Pages: 366
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: 4/5
Summary:
Ayra’s life was perfect. She had a job she loved, a wonderful boyfriend, and enough money to finally buy her dream home. When he ripped it all away, she had no choice but to go and stay with her mother and her new husband.
As she settles into living in her stepdad’s house, Ayra is introduced to her three stepbrothers. Even though she’s never had siblings, she’s pretty sure you shouldn’t be lusting after them. As they become closer and their relationships develop, Arya cannot deny her feelings or attraction to them anymore.
This isn’t the first time Denz, Harlon, and Warren have met a new stepsister. However, it is the first time that one has lit a fire in them, and their protective instincts are out of control. With the three brothers all wanting Ayra, they decide it’s only fair to share her.
When Ayra’s dark past comes knocking, the men in her life will have to make a decision, one that could change all their lives forever.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

If I Could Give You Christmas by: Lynn Plourde

If I Could Give You Christmas
Author: Lynn Plourde
Published: October 2021
Publisher: LB Kids
Format: Board Book
Pages: 24
Rating: 5/5
Summary: 
This sweet story about animal parents and children reminds readers of the best part of Christmas—sharing beautiful songs, special stories, fun games, and favorite treats with the ones we love most, big and small.

Skating on a frozen pond, decorating the fanciest gingerbread house ever, rereading a favorite story.... These favorite tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of the holiday come to life as parent and child mice trim the tree, birds warble carols, rabbits share hugs, and more. Wintertime celebrations are the perfect time to be together!

Join these adorable animal parents and children as they share joyful moments with each other and discover the most wonderful, lasting gift of all.

Last Chance Books by: Kelsey Rodkey

Last Chance Books
Author: Kelsey Rodkey
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 368
Rating: 3.5/5
Summary: 
Don’t you just love the smell of old books in the morning?

Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt.

Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down.

Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but Jasper, the guy who works over at Prologue, seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute.

But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) wars.

Winning the Cowboy by: Kennedy Fox

Winning the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #6)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Published: August 2021
Publisher: Kennedy Fox
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 224
Rating: 4/5
Summary: 
Working on the ranch and settling down is all Grayson’s ever wanted in life. When he meets the woman who could make that a reality, he learns she hates him with every fiber of her being.

He knows she’s being unreasonable since their bickering is the hottest foreplay he’s ever had.

Mackenzie Bishop’s an elementary school teacher and can tolerate a lot until it comes to Grayson. He may act like he doesn’t remember what he did, but Kenzie will never forget. Not when the memory of that night still lingers in her mind years later.

She denies her attraction, but she can’t hide it forever, especially when there’s no escaping him.

Although she refuses to give him the time of day, they form a truce and everything changes—just not in the way he expected.

**Winning the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Meant for Me by: Tay Marley

Meant for Me
Author: Tay Marley
Published: February 2024
Publisher: Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 312
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
Sometimes you have to run away to find yourself

Reeling from the sudden loss of her older sister―her only family―Addie May flees Los Angeles without a plan or a destination, and ends up in Georgetown, Texas. Lost and alone, she’s taken in by some kind local ranchers, and there she meets farm hand Zac Ryan, who starts to cut through the grief and pain and show Addie that she has something to live for.

But the small town holds more than just a fresh start for Addie. Fate has brought her face-to-face with a piece of her past, and she can no longer ignore the parts of herself she thought she’d left behind. Without knowing what’s on the horizon, Addie must find the strength to move towards her dreams. Because healing happens when you let love in, and life happens when you start living it.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Ashes of You by: Catherine Cowles

Ashes of You (Lost & Found #5)
Author:
Catherine Cowles
Published: February 2024
Publisher: Catherine Cowles
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 401
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
Five years ago, I nearly lost everything. But there was a glimmer of hope on that darkest night. There was him—a stranger I could never forget.

Now, I’m finally getting the fresh start I’ve longed for. But when I show up to interview for a nanny position in the small mountain town, the single dad has startlingly familiar blue eyes.

Eyes that have haunted my dreams for the past five years.

Lawson Hartley is everything I know I can’t have. Older, handsome, and my boss. Not to mention the shadows in his eyes that tell me he has demons, too.

Still, he seems to understand me better than anyone I’ve ever met. So gentle and careful of my scars, yet somehow making me believe I’m stronger than I ever thought possible.

And when his lips touch mine, I’m lost.

We find what we've been missing in each other. But the terrors of my past aren’t done with me yet, and this time, Lawson might not be able to save me...

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Bourbon Bargain by: Adrian R. Hale

 The Bourbon Bargain (Southern Gods #2)
Author:
Adrian R. Hale
Published: February 2024
Publisher: Adrian R. Hale
Format: ARC E-Book
Pages: 373
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
Paige Southern Belle, Heiress, Virgin No More…

I fell for the devil, but our happily ever after is a tarnished thing that’s difficult to come by when the fates are involved. I thought my worries were over when I married the ruthless king of the corporate underworld—until he stole my legacy and crushed my dreams of running the hotel empire that’s been in my family for generations. Heartbroken, I managed to get away. Just when I’ve given up hope of a happily ever after, he’s after me, demanding we give our shattered marriage a second chance. I don’t think my heart can take another catastrophe of the Hayes magnitude. He will always be business first, and I deserve so much more than that. I don’t know if he is capable of changing something so ingrained in his nature, not even for love.

Hayes Disgraced Businessman, Dream Killer, Utterly Obsessed With His Wife…

I finally found a woman worth fighting for, but my boundless greed ruined everything. As my world crumbles with the unwanted separation from my wife, a devastating industrial accident puts me and my brothers in the hot seat, and the return of a business rival threatens to destroy everything we’ve built. Paige and I have a shot at building something beautiful together—if I can just convince her I’m worth all the risk that comes with it. This will be my greatest challenge yet, and she’s worth every painful step to show her I can change.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Body Check by: Teagan Hunter

Body Check (Seattle Serpents #1)
Author: Teagan Hunter
Published: Sept 2023
Publisher: Teagan Hunter
Format: E-Book
Pages: 263
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
I have two goals this
1. Be named captain of the Seattle Serpents.
2. Stay single.

I’m right on track…until she happens.

Auden Sinclair.

We’re stuck together for a night when our plane is forced to make an emergency landing, and that’s all the promise we make—one night, then we go our separate ways.

Except she pops up again.
Then again.

Suddenly, she’s everywhere. In my head and in my bed, completely taking over my life and ruining all my plans with her quippy comebacks, her smarts, and a body that fits against mine just perfectly.

The problem? Auden is off limits. Forbidden. Strictly in the DO NOT TOUCH zone. She goes against all the rules, but never have I wanted to bend them as badly as I do when it comes to her.

This might be one battle I’m not going to win…

BODY CHECK is a standalone hockey romance novel. It contains a one-night stand, a billionaire heroine, a hot hockey player, obnoxious yet loveable teammates, goofy text threads, wit, plenty of steam, and a happy ending. This book does reference the death of a parent off the page.

Monday, January 22, 2024

The Deal by: Elle Kennedy

The Deal (Off-Campus #1)
Author:
Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Bloom Books
Published: February 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 390
Rating: 4/5
Summary:
She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy... Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice...even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date. ...and it's going to be oh so good All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Face Off by: Teagan Hunter

Face Off (Seattle Serpents #2)
Author: Teagan Hunter
Published: January 2024
Publisher: Teagan Hunter
Pages: 320
Rating: 5/5
Summary:
I have two goals this season:
1. Stay single.
2. Get Rory Sinclair to admit she doesn’t completely hate me.

When I find a stray dog roaming the streets of Seattle, the last place I expect to end up is in the office of a grumpy veterinarian—the one woman who can resist my charm. Twin to my teammate’s girlfriend, Rory is full of fire, but I’m not afraid of her flame.

It doesn’t take long for me to realize that the more time we spend together, the more I want it to last. But no matter how hard I try, Rory only sees me as a playboy, refusing to take me seriously.

One weekend trip to a cabin later, I think I have my in…but only if I can get her to admit her feelings toward me aren’t all bad.

Only one of us will win this face-off, and I intend for it to be me.

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