New Release Review and Giveaway! FOR JOY’S SAKE by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets are Safe #12)


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For Joy’s Sake
(Where Secrets Are Safe #12)

by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

There’s something about Julie

Hunter Rafferty is committed to two things: his bachelor lifestyle and his career as an event planner. But working with Julie Fairbanks on a fund-raising gala is quickly becoming the best part of his day. He can’t stop thinking about the mysterious beauty—despite her refusals to have dinner with him.

Everything changes when seven-year-old Joy comes to The Lemonade Stand, a shelter for victims of abuse. To help Joy overcome her trauma and the mystery surrounding it, Hunter and Julie push beyond their boundaries, confronting their own past pain…and feelings for each other.

Review:

Oh, this series!

Once again Ms. Quinn has given us a story that is intense–all three main characters: Julie, Hunter, and little Joy–have significant issues that are keeping them back in some way so that they need to work through to get their lives back. Though Hunter has been attracted to Julie since before the book’s beginning, the romance is very much a secondary part of the story–Julie’s earlier trauma, combined with Hunter’s issues with his own self worth, mean that neither of them is ready for a full romantic relationship for much of the book. Watching all three characters grow and heal, though, definitely gives us enough story that we don’t mind romance taking a bit of a back seat. The incorporation of Julie’s children’s books into the healing that all three do adds to the magic of the story–absolutely loved it!

<i>For Joy’s Sake</i> would work okay as a standalone, though if you’ve read Julie’s brother Colin’s book (Love by Association) you’ll already know and love Julie–honestly, though, it doesn’t take long for you to be 100% in her corner even if this book is your introduction to her 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series:
(Books released as of July 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)

About the Author:

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

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Tour Grand Finale and Giveaway! THE FIREMAN’S SON by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets Are Safe #11)


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Book Tour Grand Finale for
THE FIREMAN’S SON
By Tara Taylor Quinn

We hope you enjoyed the tour and getting a look at this author’s 80th release with Harlequin! If you missed any of the stops, go check them out…

Launch – Note from the Author

The Fireman’s Son is a story particularly close to my heart. I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that women suffer as Faye did more often than you’d ever expect. I can also say, unequivocally, that with love, kindness, and the right man, women like Faye do find pure joy again. Abuse is horrible. But that doesn’t mean the other side of abuse has to be. The world is filled with survivors. Women who know and value their strengths. Who reach out to other women who’ve been where they’ve been and are struggling to get where they are. Women who care.

Please, come on in to The Lemonade Stand. Join us. As a collective group, we’re going to make the world a beautiful, safe place. One heart at a time.

underneath the covers – Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE, Part 1

REESE BRISTOW WOULD not normally race to the scene of a small fire on the beach in the middle of the night. He was the newly appointed Santa Raquel Fire Chief. One truck of junior firefighters could handle the call half asleep.

Still, there he was, in jeans and a T-shirt, racing up the beach behind men in full gear carrying hoses he hoped they wouldn’t need to use.

deal sharing aunt – Guest Post

In The Fireman’s Son, one particular part came from a very particular place. Faye Walker is a paramedic. I’ve never been a paramedic. I couldn’t just become one. So I married one. Ha, ha, not really. I mean, I really did marry one, but not to write Faye’s story.

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“Emotionally raw and gut wrenching! You feel sorry for the child for what he’s been through, and as secrets and questions unravel, you find yourself feeling so sad that such little things caused such a monumental life change for all of them. Really connectible characters who we hope can find the peace they all need.”

Brooke Blogs – Guest Post

Love is the most powerful force. I’ve always known this. I believe it still. Love will be the final victor – no matter what. It’s the best part of us. The deepest and strongest part of us. If we could all just let love work its magic, trust that which we can’t see, and be able to mute the world’s interferences and cerebral messages, mute the greed and jealousy and insecurities, love would deliver us to the happiness we all crave.

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads – Review

“This story was far by more the most intriguing story I have read, it deals with so much of what is going on in our society then normaly does in a book.Reese Bristow is in a conundrum now, the woman who broke his heart in college is now back and is his new EMT. There are more surprises in the book that, leave you speculating how this will unfold…”

Nicole’s Book Musings – Guest Post

Faye and Reese have to stay in shape to do their jobs. They have to pass physical fitness tests. And when they’re at the station, on call, they can’t get what they need by skating around the trucks. With them, I had to go back to the treadmill, the weights – the dreaded gym. It’s at the firehouse. So…I did what I had to do…I mentioned that they went there – and I left them at the door – skating off and coming back to get them when we were both done. That’s why you won’t find any scenes in this book written inside that gym. I apologize ahead of time…

Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE, Part 2

“I thought you’d at least call,” she was saying. Making no sense at all. “I wouldn’t take the job until Brandt assured me that you’d seen my file and approved the employment…”

Last he’d heard, Faye Browning had been in her second year of a four-year nursing program at UC Berkeley.

He’d been at Southern Cal in LA.

“You did know, didn’t you?” Her voice trailed off.

His horror must have been showing.

Celticlady’s Reviews – Guest Post

We just passed tax time and my preparer once told me, everything in my life is deductible because it all goes into my books. She reads my books. And while I don’t deduct even close to ‘everything’, her statement stuck with me because she’s right. My life goes into my books.

Becky on Books – Review

“All three of the main characters here–Faye, Reese, and Elliott, Faye’s eight-year-old son–have been through so much before the story even begins. Watching them deal with the implications of the past, not to mention the new tension and drama that their present brings them, makes for a truly engrossing read. I literally couldn’t put this one down until I’d seen them get to their HEA!”

beck valley books – Excerpt

Book Excerpt – CHAPTER ONE, Part 3

SO…THAT WENT WELL. Faye’s sarcasm rang loud and clear in her mind as she trekked across the beach with her brand-new coworkers.

She was on a mission. Had a very clear plan. She’d considered every step in-depth prior to implementation. She’d allowed for every eventuality. Taken measures to ensure that nothing went wrong.

Kindle and Me – Review

“This story just breaks my heart! And I wanted a happily ever after for all of them! If you like real stories of families with abuse issues and children of those abused, shelters, fires, firemen, great counselors, second chances then this might be for you!”

Book Lover in Florida – Guest Post

In The Fireman’s Son, in a particularly difficult scene, Reese can’t take Faye inside. He has to head out to his own little paradise in his backyard. His piece of nature includes the beach and the ocean, but the physical effects to him are the same. It could be that as the author of the book, I took him out there because it was where I’d need to be. One could be a practical thinker and insist that that was the case. One might even be right. I don’t believe it, though. I think that nature is a natural healer, purposely there for all of us to draw upon.

Harlie’s Books – Review

“Overall, Ms. Quinn tackles a hard subject and hits it head on. She doesn’t sugarcoat it with her characters but let’s her characters speak for themselves. This series is fast becoming one of my all time favorites. Her stories in this series just keep getting better and better. I can’t wait to see in future books how Elliot is doing and how the Lemonade Stand is and the characters that surround it. Bravo, Ms. Quinn. You did it again.”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways below, if you haven’t already…

Her Secret Life
(Where Secrets Are Safe #11)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Secrets are burning out of control

After she broke his heart in college, Faye Walker is the last person fire chief Reese Bristow ever expected to see again, especially as his new EMT. But that’s not Reese’s only surprise. Faye has an eight-year-old son, Elliott, whose counseling at The Lemonade Stand shelter is her first priority.

It’s nearly impossible to accept that she had a child with another man—and married that man—right after their breakup. Trusting Faye won’t be easy. Especially when she reveals a secret about the boy that might tear them apart for good.

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Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
(Books released as of March 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)



About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

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New Release Review and Giveaway! THE FIREMAN’S SON by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets are Safe)

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The Fireman’s Son
(Where Secrets Are Safe #11)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Secrets are burning out of control

After she broke his heart in college, Faye Walker is the last person fire chief Reese Bristow ever expected to see again, especially as his new EMT. But that’s not Reese’s only surprise. Faye has an eight-year-old son, Elliott, whose counseling at The Lemonade Stand shelter is her first priority.

It’s nearly impossible to accept that she had a child with another man—and married that man—right after their breakup. Trusting Faye won’t be easy. Especially when she reveals a secret about the boy that might tear them apart for good.

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Review:

What an emotional ride!

All three of the main characters here–Faye, Reese, and Elliott, Faye’s eight-year-old son–have been through so much before the story even begins. Watching them deal with the implications of the past, not to mention the new tension and drama that their present brings them, makes for a truly engrossing read. I literally couldn’t put this one down until I’d seen them get to their HEA!

My only real…issue? I don’t want to say “complaint” because it’s definitely not that strong…is that their issues were so real and so all-encompassing that the romance part of the book is really only the last less than ten percent of it. There’s angst galore throughout, of course, given their pasts and the secrets that they’ve both been keeping for so long, but seeing Faye and Reese together doesn’t really happen until the very end, and when it does, it comes really quickly. I would love to see more of them (and Elliott!) as they navigate through the no-doubt not-always-smooth waters that lay ahead for them.

So hopefully they’ll make some longish appearances in future series books? 🙂

The Fireman’s Son, like the other books in this series that I’ve read so far, would work fine as a standalone. Other series characters play a role here, but if you haven’t read their stories (yet!) you’ll do just fine.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
(Books released as of March 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)

  
  
   

About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

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Tour Schedule

May 6th: Launch
May 7th:
underneath the covers
deal sharing aunt
May 8th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Brooke Blogs
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
May 9th:
Nicole’s Book Musings
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
May 10th:
Celticlady’s Reviews
Becky on Books
beck valley books
May 11th:
Superromance Facebook Party, 7 PM EDT/4 PM PDT
Kindle and Me
Book Lover in Florida
Harlie’s Books
May 12th:
Harlequin Junkie
May 13th: Grand Finale

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Grand Finale Blitz and Giveaways! HER SECRET LIFE by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets are Safe #10)


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Book Tour Grand Finale for
Her Secret Life
By Tara Taylor Quinn

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…

Launch – Note from the Author

If you’ve never read a ttq novel before, you’re just on the cusp of getting your first introduction. I love glitz and glamour, but it’s not enough for me. My stories look behind the larger than life things that happen in life. They go deep into the messy part of living. The feelings that we all experience, but so often shy away from. The emotions that are confusing. Sometimes threatening. And yet…if we can find a safe place in which to explore them, we can often times find that elusive happiness we’ve been seeking.

The Lemonade Stand is Kacey’s safe place. I hope my books can be one of yours.

—TTQ

Brooke Blogs – Looks (Guest Post)

In Her Secret Life, Kacey and Michael had some things to tell me about looking good. I don’t know that any of us came up with any answers as to why our looks effect how we feel – is it just societal, or is it more than that, a sense of knowing that if we do our best to take care of ourselves, we perform better? But what helped me was to know that when the chips are down, surface beauty really is only skin deep. And that what is underneath is what we need, what turn to and what we draw from, even within ourselves, when challenges face us.

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Mike Valentine listened unabashedly to the half he could hear of his lunch companion’s phone conversation the first Monday in March.

“I know. Mmm-hmm.” Her tone was more flirty than not. Glancing at Mike, Kacey rolled her eyes. And then mouthed, Bo.

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads – Excerpt

Mike could hear the other man’s voice but couldn’t make out the words as Kacey sat forward in her seat again. She was smiling. And hung up shortly afterward.

He raised an eyebrow at her. She could talk. Or not.

He was good either way.


Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“Another great book revolving around volunteers at the Lemonade Stand women’s shelter in Santa Raquel. Many of you will recognize Kacey from her twin sister Lacey’s story a couple of books ago. It was great to get to see Lacey, Jem & Levi doing well! With this book, we have a story about two unlikely people to become the very best of friends … and how they adjust when the love they feel for their friend starts to turn into more.”

Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Hollywood (Guest Post)

They say to write what you know. I’ve never been a soap opera star. I’ve never even knowingly met one. But when I wrote Her Secret Life, starring soap opera star, Kacey Hamilton, I knew a little bit about what I was getting into.

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

The women she helped—all victims of domestic violence—benefited from the gentle way she showed them how to enhance their outer beauty with fashion and makeup advice, makeovers and impromptu fashion shows. But they’d been surviving and healing for years without her.

Celticlady’s Reviews – Privilege (Guest Post)

In Her Secret Life Kacey had a blessed life. Her dreams came true and continue to come true. She’s got a job she loves and thrives on it. She loves her condo in Beverly Hills. But when her twin sister gets married, she finds out that the love she’s created for herself is lived largely on the surface. She has things. Ways to spend her time that she enjoys. And in the dark of the night, in the quiet times when her heart has a chance to speak to her, she is…alone.

Deal Sharing Aunt – Excerpt

As owner of MV Cyber Solutions, a successful-beyond-his-imaginings private IT investigative firm with clients in law enforcement—meaning they offered investigative work involving computers and the internet to law enforcement and lawyers—Mike was his own boss with trusted employees. And he could pretty much always squeeze an hour out of his day for Kacey.

He read the email warning her of something that had popped up on the internet over the weekend.

Beck Valley Books – Family Tragedy (Guest Post)

As has happened many times during my career, I found myself inside a book that was going places completely unexpected. All these emotions, from every member of a family…Different emotions. Intense emotions. And a young man who was taking every single one of them upon himself. Wow. I had no idea what was going to happen – where the book would go

Becky on Books – Review

“Sigh…Kacey and Michael–so, so good together! Even if it does take them forever to finally get there. . . . They were so clearly meant to be together, it was painful to read. Yet delicious at the same time.”

underneath the covers – Domestic Violence (Guest Post)

Where Secrets Are Safe, my current series with Superromance, is fiction. It’s entertainment. It’s larger than life. And yet…it’s also a voice. And a lesson plan. It revolves around a resort like women’s shelter set off the coast of California. The Lemonade Stand – Where Secrets Are Safe. The Stand is fiction. The characters and stories are pure ‘Hollywood.’ Many of the avenues for help and change are not. The laws are not. The love that heals, that gives hope for a future that includes real happiness, pure joy, is not.

Kindle and Me – Excerpt

She shook her head but didn’t seem ready to take off, like she needed to sit with a friend she could trust for a second.

Part of him wanted to give her that. So he stayed. This wasn’t the first time someone had posted something derogatory about her. That came with the territory. They weren’t dealing with life and death.

So why did it feel like they were?

Harlie’s Books – Review

“You are fooling yourself is you are NOT reading this series. It’s powerful, emotional, romantic and just so well written. Ms. Quinn tackles the subject matter with a deft hand and also, with compassion for the victims. Bring on the next one.”

Make sure you check out Tara’s visit to Harlequin Junkie on March 8th, the giveaway of His First Choice on Goodreads, as well as the Domestic Violence Shelter Drive and the giveaways below…

Her Secret Life
(Where Secrets are Safe #10)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

It takes courage to choose love…

Internet security expert Michael Valentine knows his place in Kacey Hamilton’s life. The soap opera star lives in two worlds: glamorous Hollywood and small town Santa Raquel, where she volunteers with him at The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter. The key to their friendship is maintaining boundaries. And after an accident years ago left him badly scarred, he won’t expect anything more. But when threats against Kacey escalate, Michael will stop at nothing to protect her. Even if his investigation means confronting more than just her attacker as Kacey’s interest in him starts to go deeper than friendship…

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Tour Schedule

March 5th:
Brooke Blogs
Nicole’s Book Musings
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
March 6th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
March 7th:
Book Lover in Florida
Celticlady’s Reviews
Deal Sharing Aunt
March 8th:
Beck Valley Books
Becky on Books
March 9th:
underneath the covers
Kindle and Me
Harlie’s Books
March 10th: Grand Finale
March 18th: Harlequin Junkie

Other Books in the Series
(Books released as of February 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)



About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

New Release Review and Giveaways! HER SECRET LIFE by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets are Safe #10)


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Her Secret Life
(Where Secrets are Safe #10)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

It takes courage to choose love… 

Internet security expert Michael Valentine knows his place in Kacey Hamilton’s life. The soap opera star lives in two worlds: glamorous Hollywood and small town Santa Raquel, where she volunteers with him at The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter. The key to their friendship is maintaining boundaries. And after an accident years ago left him badly scarred, he won’t expect anything more. But when threats against Kacey escalate, Michael will stop at nothing to protect her. Even if his investigation means confronting more than just her attacker as Kacey’s interest in him starts to go deeper than friendship…

Review:

Sigh…Kacey and Michael–so, so good together! Even if it does take them forever to finally get there 🙂

I was thrilled to find out that Kacey Hamilton, Lacey’s (from His First Choice ) identical twin, was finally getting her own story–and not just because we’d get to see Lacey, Jem, and Levi again 😉 Kacey has been making a lot of changes in her life–putting others first (after a lifetime of even their own parents always saying her name before her sister’s), slowing down on her alcohol use, and teaching classes at the Lemonade Stand women’s shelter. It’s been great for her–she’s closer than ever to her sister, has new purpose in life, and has a fantastic secret mentor and just as secret male best friend in Michael Valentine. The only problem? She’s living two separate lives, one where she’s a successful daytime soap star and another when she’s a “regular person” in Santa Raquel.

And sooner or later, you just know that’s going to run into a major snag.

In the meantime, though, we get to watch Kacey and Michael be absolutely adorable together. Even though by midway through the book I was all but shouting, but you love each other, you dolts! Just give in already! I completely understood why they weren’t. Kacey was so firmly entrenched in her two-different-worlds lifestyle, and Michael had his own issues that made being a part of her other life basically his worst nightmare. But still. They were so clearly meant to be together, it was painful to read. Yet delicious at the same time. Clearly, Kacey isn’t the only one who’s split in two, here…

Interwoven with their relationship storytline are not one but two mysteries, and some added drama with Michael’s family–so many reasons to keep those pages turning! Everything was skillfully handled in the end, with the whodunits resolved believably and a warm fuzzy and hopeful feeling where their families are concerned. It would have been nice to have seen Kacey and Michael spending more time as a couple, but they were honestly so darn cute even before that it’s hard to mind too much. Plus, that gives us more to look forward to in later series books…

Her Secret Life is the tenth(!) book in the Where Secrets are Safe series, but it would truly work fine as a standalone. Some other series characters do make an appearance here, most notably her twin Lacey, but if you haven’t had a chance to read their stories yet you’ll still do just fine. Though there’s definitely enough teasers to make you add Lacey and Jem’s story to your TBR pretty darn quickly…you have been warned.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

Other Books in the Series
(Books released as of February 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)

  
  
  

About the Author:

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

New Release Review and Giveaways! THE PROMISE HE MADE HER by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets Are Kept #9)

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The Promise He Made Her
(Where Secrets are Safe #9)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Superromance

A man of his word

Dr. Bloom Freelander thought it was safe to breathe again when Detective Sam Larson put her abusive ex away for good. She’s been moving on, running a private practice and providing psychiatry services to The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter. But now that her ex is a free man, she’s in danger once again.

Forced into protective custody, Bloom can’t help but fall for her protector. But she has every reason to doubt the handsome detective’s word. Sam broke his promise to her once. Who says he won’t break it again—along with her heart this time?

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Review:

Such a good read!

I really enjoyed Sam and Bloom’s story (even though Bloom’s name drove me bonkers. I kept forgetting that was her name, and it gave me a jolt every time. It’s just so awkward…) It’s definitely a slow burn romance–it pretty much has to be, given Bloom’s situation and the mindset of both of them–but, oh, it’s such a delicious one! I highlighted so many passages–and they’re about 50/50 between angsty scenes where one or both of them wants the other one but feels they can’t have them or LOL ones where one or both of them still wants the other one but has a WTF moment at the same time.

“I have a burning desire to have sex with you.” For come-on lines it might have worked in a wh*rehouse. He wasn’t sure. He’d only ever been in one to make arrests.

“Okay.” Bloom hadn’t even blinked.

Seriously. That just blurted out of him mid-conversation. Igave a shocked giggle, but Bloom was all casual about it. I love these two.

I’ll admit, most of the LOL/WTF ones were from Sam’s POV–I adored the guy’s inner monologue. Though Bloom’s thoughts regarding her inner voice (i.e.–“She wanted to tell that voice to shut the hell up”) were pretty darn amusing too. Honestly, I just loved Ms. Quinn’s writing here. It had it all–swoon-worthy romance, LOL moments, hand-wringing suspense, and completely believable and relatable characters who I could have spent another couple of hundred pages with without complaint.

Plus, Lucy. Another awesome fictional dog–and Sam’s relationship with her (he almost always thought of her as “his girl” or “girl” instead of “dog”, which was lovely) was just so darn adorable. It made me love him even more…and then when she tried to give Bloom comfort…sigh

Like the romance, the suspense portion of the story ratchets up slowly as the book continues. The reader definitely shares Sam’s frustration over not being able to quite grasp what’s going on, and it’s easy to second- and third-guess right along with the characters. Everything comes together nicely in the end, but there’s some really tense moments along the way.

I’m late to this series, but already had the first 7 books in my TBR before I was halfway through with book 8, ( His First Choice ) and had bought more than half of them before I even started this one. I just can’t say enough good things about the Where Secrets Are Safe series and the fantastic characters that are involved in the Lemonade Stand and the Santa Raquel High Risk Team–they’re a must-read!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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

Other Books in the Series:

Love by Association His First Choice (Where Secrets are Safe)

About the Author:

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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New Release Review! HIS FIRST CHOICE by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets are Safe #8)

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His First Choice
by Tara Taylor Quinn

Synopsis:

The best decision they’ll ever make 

Lacey Hamilton is used to living in the background. Overshadowed her entire life, she stepped out of the Hollywood limelight and into the role she’s meant to play: a counselor, part of the High Risk Team started by The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter in Santa Raquel.

Her caseload leads her to the doorstep of Jeremiah “Jem” Bridges to rescue a little boy. She’s not supposed to fall in love with the rugged construction worker and his adorable son. Love and duty, though, don’t always agree. Especially when a truth is uncovered that neither she nor Jem is prepared to face.

 

Review:

Ohmygoodness–such a good book!

I was so invested in the lives of Lacey, Jem, and Levi by the end of this one I didn’t even want to acknowledge that I had a life outside of the book. And only a teensy part of that was because of the work I still had to finish this weekend for end of semester 😉 Most of it was just…This. Book.

I was right there with Lacey as she struggled to figure out who was the real threat to Levi…and gasped out loud (sorry Mini Moe #2! Mom really needs to stop reading when you’re driving, honey!) when she and (her twin) Kacey found out from him what had happened to cause the bruising his preschool teacher had seen on his torso. I was right there with Jem, nodding along as he justified his ex-wife’s behavior over and over again…until Lacey (with not a little bit of help from the crazy sauce that is Tressa herself) made me see just how toxic and manipulative she really was. And fearing that Jem was never going to really see it? Made my heart break just a little.

But then we get to the ending, which is SO GOOD. Seriously. There were tears over here. Lots of them.

Happy sigh!

I have to admit it took me until I was at about 50% before it finally clicked with me where the title came from–up until then I was scratching my head, musing First choice? But he was married before…what do they mean “first choice”? and then it hit me, and I swear I melted, just a little bit. That Jem. (dramatic sigh…) The cover, though. That is definitely not the silhouette of a four-year-old standing in between the man and the woman. But I can’t deny that it’s pretty, so I’ll just pretend I didn’t notice from here on in.

Besides, have I mentioned my love for what’s behind that cover? 😉

How is it I’ve never read Tara Taylor Quinn before? (Quickly adding rest of series to TBR…) Please tell me Kacey’s getting her own book someday, because that girl definitely deserves it, and not just because of her stellar babysitting skills… 🙂

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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

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New Release and Giveaways! HIS FIRST CHOICE by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets are Safe #8)

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His First Choice
(Where Secrets are Safe #8)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2016 by Harlequin Superromance

The best decision they’ll ever make…

Lacey Hamilton is used to living in the background. Overshadowed her entire life, she stepped out of the Hollywood limelight and into the role she’s meant to play: a counselor, part of the High Risk Team started by The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter in Santa Raquel.

Her caseload leads her to the doorstep of Jeremiah “Jem” Bridges to rescue a little boy. She’s not supposed to fall in love with the rugged construction worker and his adorable son. Love and duty, though, don’t always agree. Especially when a truth is uncovered that neither she nor Jem is prepared to face.

Excerpt

JEM COULDN’T BELIEVE his eyes when he pulled into Uncle Bob’s on Saturday, glanced toward the beach and saw Lacey Hamilton in double. In both forms his fantasies had taken. One was drably overdressed, and the other rather undressed. He skipped over the version with long, tanned legs exposed, and stared at the one with loose black cotton shorts that hung to her knees.

He much preferred taking his time to unwrap his own package, not have it arrive out of the wrapping. He’d always been weird that way.

But her hair…it was the first time he’d seen those blond locks down in real life. It fell almost to her waist and he…

“Come on, Dad!” Levi’s little feet kicked the back of his seat and he heard his son unfasten the belt in his car seat. “We haveta eat.”

They were a little late for lunch. He’d taken Levi to work with him as he always did on Saturday morning and had been occupied much longer than planned getting through the list of problems his foremen had planted on him during their weekly meeting. Nothing he couldn’t handle, though. A straight driveway that was now going to be curved. Some wiring that had blown when a drywall screw had missed a stud. Windows that didn’t fit. And roof tile that had been delivered in black rather than the rust brown the customer had ordered.

Keys in hand he got out of the truck, opened the backseat door to help Levi down and watched surreptitiously as the two women made their way slowly toward the beach parking lot that was adjacent to Uncle Bob’s.

He wasn’t going to call out to her. He didn’t ever want to see her again.

 

His First Choice (Where Secrets are Safe)

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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