New Release Review and Giveaway: Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek (Three River Ranch #4)

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Book Title: Resisting the Rancher

Series: Three River Ranch #4

Author: Roxanne Snopek

Release Date: 4/14/14

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Synopsis:

Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother Zach’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being wrongfully blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

Jonah is happy to help little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan. And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known.


Oh, this one was so much fun! I love older-brother’s-best-friend stories (why my parents only gave me a younger brother I will never understand), as well as childhood crushes all grown up and back with a vengeance, so this story was like catnip for me. Or would Beckynip be a better description? Either way, it was a guaranteed win.

Add to that Celia’s propensity towards wearing novelty work-related t-shirts (Veterinary Medicine: Because People are Gross) and the most brilliant t-shirt related proposal scene ever (the fact that it’s the only t-shirt related scene I know of is irrelevant), and you’ll understand why I’m typing this review while literally giving the book two thumbs up. It’s not easy, but totally worth the sacrifice.

The chemistry between Celia and Jonah absolutely sizzles in this book–so much fun to read! You could feel her frustration at wanting to be seen as a grown woman by the guy she worshiped as a kid as well as his shock at finding her all grown up–and the hands-off-she’s-Zach’s-sister vibe that came along right behind it. It all made for some delicious tension, especially since circumstances kept putting them together.

Circumstances, and some fabulous secondary characters.

Des, Celia’s almost-sister-in-law, played a part, giving our heroine a much-needed push into the girl zone after years of trying to blend in with the boys. Even if nothing sticks beyond the pretty underwear and girl-sized jeans, she will have accomplished much, as I’m sure Jonah can attest.

But my favorite secondary character here is Anne-Marie, Jonah’s paralegal. She alternately tries to mother and bully him into becoming the man she knows he can be, attempting to fix him up with dates when she’s not trying to guilt him into helping out at a local camp for at-risk children. Fully half of the passages I highlighted in this book had her in them, like this one:

She stood up abruptly, took a small step forward and slapped him on the face, not so hard as to leave a mark, but hard enough to give him a jolt.

“Wake up, Jonah! Love doesn’t come with the risk of pain. It carries a guarantee of pain. Of course, you’ll hurt each other. Then you’ll force each other to change and grow into better people. You’ll become stronger, and more vulnerable at the same time. She’ll have more power over you than anyone else in the world and she’ll also make you feel like the greatest man who ever lived.”

“She already does.” Instantly, the pressure in his chest eased. It felt like a dam had burst, a plug had been pulled, a wall breached.

Anne-Marie pulled him to his feet and hugged him, hard. “There. That only took a year off my life, but it’s done and now we can move forward.”

“If I hurt her—”

“Shut up or I’ll slap you again.” She shook him with her small hands. “Now, you’ve got a best-man’s tux to try on. You can love her all you want, but it’ll have to wait until after Des and Zach’s wedding. What does the best lawyer in Lutherton have to say about that?”

“I’m the only lawyer in Lutherton.”

“See?” She beamed at him. “Not so dumb after all, are you?”

Love. Her.

I’ve got some lost time to make up for in this series–I read book one last summer, and now this one, but somehow none of the ones in between–because I really need to find out more about the family tragedy that’s still affecting both Cecelia and her family in this book. Clearly, my work is cut out of me. Oh, the sacrifices I have to make… ;)

Rating: 4 stars/ A-

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Roxanne Snopek has been writing professionally for more than two decades and her work has appeared in publications varying from The Vancouver Sun and Reader’s Digest to newsletters for Duke, Cornell and Tufts Universities. She’s done corporate copywriting on topics ranging from pet food for Iams/Eukanuba, to employee profiles for VersaCold to air-conditioner maintenance for Home Depot. (That’s right. Air conditioner maintenance.)

But she’s also had a bunch of other stuff published, including one mystery novel, a couple of literary short stories and a non-fiction series. One summer, she wrote video game dialogue and narrative forSilicon Sisters Interactive, a project that combined her two favourite genres – mystery and romance – with the world of casual gaming.

In 2012 she sold her first romance novel to Entangled Publishing. THREE RIVER RANCH made the Barnes & Noble Top Ten list, The Amazon Top 100 list and is now the foundation of a multi-book series. Recently, the first three books sold to France.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune

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Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune
Publication date: July 7th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past, and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.





Tiffany Daune doesn’t get why people want to grow up, or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand, and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn’t caught them, yet.

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Cover Reveal: Descent by Kallie Ross

Are you a fan of young adult fantasy? Here’s a new one to add to your TBR pile…from a fellow English teacher! Fun!

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We are over the moon excited about the cover reveal for Kallie Ross’ DESCENT! DESCENT is a Young Adult fantasy that comes out June 9th!

Add this one to your Goodreads TBR pile ASAP!

DESCENT Synopsis:

Seventeen year old Ollie Miller is ready to leave all of her hurt feelings behind, but moving on seems impossible while living next door to her ex-best friend, Mateo. When curious earthquakes begin to shake and rip open the foundation of her small town, the ground becomes as unsteady as her feelings for him. When they fall, they fall hard…

Ollie’s disastrous attempt to save Mateo’s brother from falling into a curious chasm results in their descent into a cavernous wonderland. Ollie, Mateo, Jesse, and Alexis search for a way back home, and encounter a mysterious tribe of natives. Gabriel, the next in line to lead his people, is granted permission to guide them to the surface. On their treacherous journey, an overzealous elder threatens all of their lives, because he can’t risk them exposing his people, or the power he wields. The group discovers ancient secrets, unexpected truths, and uncharted feelings. Ollie must find a way out or risk being stuck in the caves forever—or worse, dead.

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Matchmaking Blitz and Giveaway! Celebrate Jennifer Probst’s upcoming Searching for Perfect (Searching for #2)

The second book in Jennifer Probst’s latest series will be out next week! Enter to win some awesome swag below!

SearchingforPerfectSEARCHING FOR PERFECT by Jennifer Probst

Will be released Tuesday, April 29th

Series: Searching For, #2

Book Summary:

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . .

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?



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She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! Finding Haven by T.A. Foster (a New Adult romance)

Coming out next month–and such a pretty cover!

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Releasing May 15th, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb:

Power. Money. Control. Love.

He has all but one.

When movie star, Evan Carlson, discovers his girlfriend’s picture with another man splashed on the cover of gossip magazines, he decides he’s had enough of his fishbowl life and attempts to outrun the media frenzy his relationships have become. Driving until the road stops, he ends up on the remote and quaint Perry Island, where a heartthrob can blend in like the locals and be a beach bum as long as he wants. All that changes when Evan meets Haven Owen, aspiring songwriter and the girl he just can’t get enough of. A summer romance turns into something much deeper and Evan gets tangled in his own web of lies to keep Haven in his life. But when his ex tracks him down, Evan learns there are some things you just can’t outrun.

Is the cost of love, losing all control?






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T.A. Foster once spent a monthlong spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.
She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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New Release Review and Giveaway: Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman (Secret Wishes #3)

Robin Bielman’s Secret Wishes series is so much fun–and her latest is no exception!

Wild About Her Wingman
By Robin Bielman


Tagline:Playing it safe never felt so risky.


Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.



There’s so much room for fun when you’ve got a guy and a girl trying to play matchmaker for each other! You end up with scenes like this one, which occurs during the first date Troy sets up for Erin:

“I should probably let you two have dinner alone,” Troy  said. He started to stand.

Without thinking, Erin pressed her hand to his thigh to keep him right where he was. “Don’t be silly. You drove all this way, you should stay and eat, too.”“I should?” Surprise and indecision were etched around his eyes.

“Please,” she said, not lifting her hand. Bryce seemed nice enough, but there were no sparks. No flutters. She’d give him a chance, but would rather have Troy at her side when she did it.

“Uh, well, they do serve a mean fettucine Bolognese.”

“I love fettucine Bolognese.” She glanced up at the waitress. “I’ll have that, too, please. Bryce?”

Bryce looked a little flummoxed. “The eggplant Parmesan.”

Troy leaned over so his breath tickled the side of her neck. “He’s a vegetarian,” he whispered.

Erin lifted her shoulder to her ear.

“And while my leg is quite happy to hold your hand, I got the message.”

She discreetly pulled her arm back and hoped her cheeks weren’t turning red. Troy made her forget herself. He scattered her brain cells in a most uninvited way.

It was time to focus her attention on her date, Bryan. Bryce. She meant Bryce.


It was nice finally seeing Erin have a HEA–she spent the first two books sitting on the sidelines, cheering on her two closest friends as they find love. Sela and Kagan are both back in book three, helping Erin to get a clue this time. (Because, really. Having a hot, single paramedic be your wingman? Please. Such a waste. Obviously you should be giving the guy a different job!)

Troy is a fantastic hero. Not only does he have a drool-worthy uniform, but he’s got an absolutely adorable relationship with his four-year-old niece. Who doesn’t love to see that? He tries to find Erin a date, really he does–and not just because doing so will get him out of grocery duty for two months. He’s genuinely a nice guy who wants to help people, all people, whenever he can.

Too bad he’s also pretty clueless. I mean seriously, dude–when you can’t stop gazing into her eyes and getting distracted by thoughts of what you want to do to her? You’re probably not going to be terribly successful finding her someone else. Or be terribly satisfied with the result if you actually do  find her someone else.

Luckily for Troy, he has a (slightly) older (twin) sister to help set him straight on that score. ;)

I loved that Erin–the daredevil extraordinaire–is afraid of her own blood. It made for some cute scenes where she needed to be “rescued” (not that she’s a damsel in need of rescuing, of course not!) by a hot paramedic. And his trusty four-year-old sidekick, in one instance. Did I mention, absolutely adorable?

And speaking of adorable–the scene where Troy convinces Erin that they should be together is sigh-worthy. And it doesn’t hurt that her older brother Luke (yep–he’s back too!) has a behind-the-scenes hand in it as well.

Robin Bielman’s got plenty of room for more books in this series–yay! The youngest Watters sibling, Teague, suffers a romantic disaster in this one and so obviously needs her own happy ending. Troy’s work buddy Oliver (the lucky guy who ends up not having to suffer undue ogling at the grocery store for two months) clearly could use a HEA as well. It would be nice to see Bree, Troy’s widowed sister find love a second time, and…. See? Plenty of chances to revisit Cascade in the future. And I’ll be there for them all, believe me.

Want to come along? :)

Rating: 4 stars/ B

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Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

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Release Day Spotlight and Giveaway: East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye (Hearts of the Anemoi #4)

We are so excited it’s release day for Laura Kaye’s EAST OF ECSTASY! EAST OF ECSTASY is the final book in her Hearts of the Anemoi Series. See below for a note from Laura and an excerpt!

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East of Ecstasy Excerpt:

By Laura Kaye

You guys! I can’t believe release day for East of Ecstasy is finally here! This is the final book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, which includes: North of Need, West of Want, and South of Surrender. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greek associated with controlling the wind, weather, and seasons. In East of Ecstasy, hero Devlin Eston is the heir to the East Wind which has long been associated with unluckiness, misfortune, and, thanks to Devlin’s father, even evil. Devlin himself has been the victim of father’s evil, and thereby finds himself an outcast among his own divine family. In this scene, heroine Annalise Fallston—who gets visions that she’s forced to paint in order to quiet them in her mind—sees Devlin for the first time. Here’s what she says:

Forcing the chaos in her mind away, Anna dipped her brush into the gray and stepped to the canvas. Motion captured her attention from the corner of her eye.

The Dark Man, the subject of her recent paintings, stood in the doorway and leaned against the jamb.

Anna jumped and her pulse raced, but this time, anger flooded in instead of fear. “I will deal with you on my own damn terms,” she said, taking a perverse amount of pleasure from putting a figment of her imagination in its place. Because that’s all he was.

He didn’t move or speak. Not that he could, since, you know. Figment.Of.Imagination.

Anna rolled her eyes, done with being scared and so pissed to have to do this again that she was nearly out of her mind. “I’m doing your damn painting already. So just leave me alone.” She cut her gaze back to the expanse of white, but the desire to see if his image would still be there if she looked again drove her to distraction.

Finally, she gave in and…he was still there.

Completely still.Blatantly scowling.Totally unfathomable.

Was this a vision? Another image she’d have to paint?

Her heart tripped into a sprint, and she couldn’t look away from him. Like the compulsion that forced her to paint these images, Anna couldn’t help but return his stare and memorize his masculine features. The sharp angles of his face, the harsh set of his mouth, the dark shadows around his even darker eyes.Black eyes. Blades of black hair hung low over his forehead and just touched the hooded shirt he wore under his short, scuffed leather jacket. He’d crossed his arms over his chest, and the position caused his biceps to bunch up under the worn leather. In fact, everything about him appeared worn—the coat, the threadbare jeans, the scuffed boots. None of it struck her as the kind of shabby chic you could buy in some upscale store for a small fortune, either. The whole effect was rough. Dangerous.Deprived.

Deprived? What a strange way of describing him. But as Anna’s gaze swept over him again, the thought stuck. For his height, he seemed thin, with his lean hips, clad in old black jeans, a trim waist, and pronounced cheekbones. Her fingers twitched around the nearly forgotten paintbrush. What would it feel like to cup that harsh face in her hand?

Anna gasped and tore her gaze away. She had to blink to pull herself out of the haze of thoughts. Frustration surged through her and tensed the muscles of her shoulders and neck. She didn’t want to be working on another of these paintings as it was, so the last thing she needed was to lose a bunch of time daydreaming. Or would it be daynightmaring?

As she stared at the blank canvas, the image of the shackled man behind the prison bars filled her mind’s eye.

Definitely the latter.

Curiosity pulled her eyes to the left again. The doorway was empty.


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The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series…

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway: The Perfect Hostage by Misty Evans

New romantic suspense out now!


The Perfect Hostage
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Release Date: 4/21/14
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Synopsis: Lucie Morgan has finally found a man who doesn’t care she’s the daughter of a famous billionaire. All she needs is one weekend to convince him the crush she’s had since he rescued her from a terrorist has grown into much more.

Sergeant John Quick has seen the worst in life, both personally and professionally. He long ago decided loving someone comes at too high a price. But when the woman of his dreams “kidnaps” him for a weekend affair with no strings attached, he can’t resist.

The smoking-hot weekend turns deadly when John and Lucie are trapped during a blizzard and discover they’re not alone. Someone from their past has come hunting for revenge. Now John must become the perfect hostage in order to save Lucie’s life.

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New Release Review and Giveaway: Fiance by Fate by Jennifer Shirk

A brand new Bliss novel–out now!

Fiance by Fate

Book Title: Fiance By Fate

Author: Jennifer Shirk

Release Date: 4/14/14

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Book Synopsis:

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can’t refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…


Fiance by Fate is a really cute read. It features a fake engagement, a troupe which–when done well–can be a lot of fun.

Sabrina Cassidy has long felt as if her life was not in her control. Losing her parents at a young age, she bounced around the foster care system for years, yearning for a real family. As an adult, she still craves the type of stable family life she never had, and is sure that’s she’s found her big chance for one–with her fiance David. He’s a doctor. He’s handsome and has a family that has welcomed her in with open arms. All the signs needed to start her perfect new life are in place. Destiny is smiling down at her.

There’s just one tiny problem. David’s asked Sabrina for a short break. A hiatus, if you will, from their engagement.

Sabrina’s sure it’s just a blip; though she does head to a psychic to get confirmation from fate. The psychic’s no dummy–she (or is it he? Sabrina isn’t even sure) tells Sabrina exactly what she wants to hear–or at least tells her some vague reassurances that Sabrina’s more than happy to turn into the corroboration she’s looking for. Perfect–now all she has to do is sit back and wait for David to come back to her.

Except he isn’t. Maybe he needs a little push?

Enter Jack Brenner. He might be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. but he’s also Sabrina’s boss’s son and a heartless and self-centered playboy. When fate–darn it, Sabrina was sure that fickle entity was supposed to be on her side–puts the two of them in close proximity at work, Sabrina resigns herself to having to make the best of a bad situation.

Mr. Brenner’s been ill, and Jack has moved back to Boston hoping to lighten his load and take on more responsibility at the company. When his father tells him the promotion he wants is contingent on his showing more maturity in his personal life, Jack manages to convince Sabrina to fake date him for a while. It seems like the perfect plan–he gets a new job, she uses jealousy to get her fiance back. What could possibly go wrong?

(Yeah, I know. But luckily characters in romance novels never can see the glaring neon signs that are flashing the words BAD IDEA just above their heads. ;) )

Their early antagonism in the office reminded me a lot of this scene from The Cutting Edge:



Oh, yeah. Total foreplay.

And, just like in that movie, you know where these two antagonists are going to end up…but of course it’s their journey in getting there that’s so much fun.

Watching their relationship go from antagonistic to grudging respect to friendship to something more is like a guilty pleasure. You can’t help but root for these two to get their heads screwed on straight and realize that, hello, they’re perfect for each other.

If you’re looking for a fluffy and flirty story to pass the time with, Fiance by Fate might be just what the orthopedic surgeon ordered. ;)

Rating: 4 stars/ B-

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Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.


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New Release Review and Giveaway: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

 Tessa Bailey does New Adult–wow!




Tessa Bailey


Tagline:He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.

Blurb:  Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?


I really need to stop reading books that feature characters from earlier books I haven’t read yet. I dare you to pick this one up and not feel a burning desire to see exactly how Willa’s story started. THANK GOD  Protecting What’s His, Willa’s sister Ginger’s story, is available on audiobook. Guess what book I’m listening to next?

Willa’s story blew me away. It’s written in first person, so we can see directly into her broken, “unfixable” heart–and right through her tough-girl exterior. Readers have a front row seat first as she runs away from the breakup of a relationship that never should have been and later as she flat-out sprints away from the one she was meant to have all along. It’s glorious.

Willa and Shane have an antagonistic relationship from the start–she’s determined to get her old who-cares-what-anyone-else-wants-or-thinks self back, and he’s only hanging around his family’s pub long enough to sell it and get back to his real life. Neither one wants anything to do with the other–neither has room for or wants anyone else in their lives–yet they’re drawn to each other in a way that neither can deny.

Watching them fight is fantastic, because it’s that I-can’t-stand-you-let’s-just-do-it-already kind of fighting. Tessa Bailey builds up the tension nicely, ratcheting up the steam factor until the reader is almost as ready to scream as her heroine and hero are. When they finally do get together it’s with trademark Tessa Bailey steam, though perhaps tempered just a tad for the new adult market. Still, it’s wonderful.

Willa, of course, isn’t done running. Fortunately, Shane’s got her number. Plus, he’s not above tossing her over his shoulder to get his point across.


If you like witty banter, growly heroes, highly combustible sexual tension, and heartwarming family moments, then this is the book for you.

Rating: 4 stars/ A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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