Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan

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Blurb:

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

Review:

Wow just wow I LOVED Quinn’s story. It was a “I can’t put this book down” kind of book and I flew through it. This is a second chance book and normally there not my favourite type of books but yeah this was the bomb!

Quinn is a sassy not afraid to tell you how it is leading lady and I’m a sucker for these. Tate is a Hot, sexy doctor who knows what he wants and it’s time to get it. Like the first in the series The Lost Rider this book has great secondary characters that make the story so great!

Kiss My Boots is a must read, you won’t regret it!

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Etching Our Way by Abigail Davies and Danielle Dickinson

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Wow just wow! I was so lucky to get an advanced copy of Etching Our Way by two amazing authors Abi and Dani. This is the first co-written book with these two authors, I’ve read their individual books and loved them. I was looking forward to this read and intrigued.

This book starts with heartbreak and this continues throughout the book. At points I wanted to hit Tristan across the head and tell him to wake up and open his eyes. But on the other hand my heart broke for him and his family. Harmony was just a strong woman that in real life I feel I could be good friends with.

This book was amazing, I was hooked from the first chapter. It was such a rollercoaster of emotions and I found the tears falling at points throughout. I felt Both Tristan and Harmony’s heartbreak. There was fab secondary character’s which is a must for me and we will get more in this series from these authors which has me very excited!

A must read, pick it up you wont regret it!

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Vigilante by Jessica Gadziala

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Since day one of hearing about Luce I’ve wanted his story. I’ve wanted to know what was behind the dark, sexy vigilante. This story was fantastic, I couldn’t put it down. I just love when Jessica goes Dark, and dark she went with Vigilante!

This is a standalone story, but like most of Jessica’s books we get glimpses of Navesink Bank. Which is always enjoyable. The storyline blew my mind and it was all go from the first one word of this book. Ev’s is a kick ass character. She is fearless and one thing I love out of my leading ladies is a strong fearless woman!

Yes, pick this book up you won’t regret it!

5 Summer Romances to Watch Out For

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Beard in Mind
(Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid

Release Date: 01/08/17

Keep it simple.
Easy.
Fun.
That’s Beau Winston’s motto.

Another favorite, There’s plenty of fish in the sea, because Beau loves everything about fishing. Keeping it simple has worked well for him. He is everyone’s favorite Winston Brother, and that’s a fact.
Well… it used to be a fact.

Before her.

Before his brother hired this human-porcupine hybrid to work at their auto shop. Shelly Sullivan would rather converse with her foul-mouthed parrot and cuddle dogs than interact with an actual human being. It doesn’t take long before Beau wants her antagonistic bird and her prickly personality gone, simple as that.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers keeping it simple might mean missing out on what matters most.

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Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan

Release Date: 18/07/17

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

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Suddenly Engaged (Lake Haven #3) by Julia London

Release Date: 25/07/17

Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that’s exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.

Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots—and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce—zero strings attached.

But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily—or has love become a preexisting condition?
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The Beauty of Us (Fusion #4) by Kristen Proby

Release Date: 22/08/17

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.

Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

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Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

Release Date: 08/08/17

 

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

 

 

Pickup Men by L. C. Chase

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First LC Chase book for me, and I really liked it.

Martin Fairgrave is a rodeo pickup man and in a relationship, and in love with, World Champion bull rider, the closeted Tripp Colby. What follows is a relatively straightforward but detailed and likeable romance.

Marty is fed-up of being Tripp’s little secret and after Marty is in an accident in the Rodeo, and Tripp doesn’t even check on him, Marty’s had enough, and dumps him. This sets the pair of them on a voyage of discovery about themselves and each other.

Liked Marty and Tripp’s story, and the very plausible romance between a main and a secondary character – it even had me wondering if perhaps, they’d go off together instead of the main characters. The secondary characters are well drawn and the book well-written, giving a real flavour of Rodeo life. Looking forward to reading the next two books in the series (Let it Ride and Pulling Leather) which look very intriguing from their synopses!

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You can reserve a copy online from South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher

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Blurb:
Isaac Morris has devoted his life to preaching against the sin of homosexuality. But when his sister proposes a documentary to demonstrate once and for all that it’s a choice—with Isaac choosing to be gay as proof—he balks. Until he learns his nephew is headed down that perverted path. Isaac will do anything to convince the teenager he can choose to be straight . . . including his sister’s film.

When Isaac’s first foray into the gay lifestyle ends with a homophobic beating, he’s saved and cared for by Colton Roberts, a gentle, compassionate bartender with a cross around his neck. Colton challenges every one of Isaac’s deeply held beliefs about gay men. He was kicked out by homophobic parents, saved from the streets by a kind pastor, and is now a devout Christian. Colton’s sexuality has cost him dearly, but it also brought him to God.

As the two grow closer, everything Isaac knows about homosexuality, his faith, and himself is called into question. And if he’s been wrong all along, what does that mean for his ministry, his soul, his struggling nephew—and the man he never meant to love?

Review:

I loved this.

I read the blurb and the premise intrigued me. I knew that in other hands it could be campy and unbelievable but that in Miss Witt’s hands it would work. And work it did.

I loved Colton and Issac, Colton more so (which is understandable considering where you start with Issac, with him shouting abuse at people at a Pride parade).

Both characters were really well-drawn. I really liked the supporting characters too; Ruth, Griffin, Issac’s family, Pastor Mike.

This book isn’t as steamy as L A Witt’s other stuff, and in the context of the story, it totally works, in fact, proper L A Witt sex would seem totally out of place here. It also (and this probably goes without saying) is very heavily about religion given Issac’s family and Colton being heavily involved with his own, more liberal, church.

An interesting, modern story of a man struggling with himself. What I liked was even after they (inevitably, it is a romance after all) Issac still had a lot of doubts.

I loved this. I loved the pacing, how it progressed. When the shit hit the fan, it was 3am and I had to put it down and couldn’t get back to it for, like, 18 hours, and I spent the whole time wondering what was going to happen next.

Even the ending, which could seem a little easy, wasn’t. Well-paced, thoughtful, meditative and romantic, I highly recommend this.

 

367 Days by Jessica Gadziala

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Blurb: 

I’m not crazy.
It’s not amnesia.
But I somehow lost a year of my life.

When the cops and doctors think you’re out of your mind, but you still need answers, where else is there to turn but a private investigator?

Sawyer is nothing you’d want in a friend- a little detached, cool, sarcastic, cocksure. But he’s everything you’d want in a private investigator- calm, capable, experienced, and just jaded enough by the darkness he’d seen to take a chance on some random girl who insists something more sinister must have happened to her than simple memory loss.

But thrown together, trying to get to the root of my mystery, feelings that were most definitely not client/professional start to emerge.

Review:

This story starts out with Riya waking up behind a dumpster. She is completely lost, confused and in pain. She doesn’t know how she got there or what happened to her. She then figures out she has lost the last 367 days of her memory. Fate brings her to the doorstep of a brooding investigator, Sawyer. Where she asks him to figure out what has happened to her and hopes he doesn’t think she’s crazy!

367 days was great, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved Sawyer and his crew. They where funny and likable. I always love a good secondary Character myself! This was hot, funny and yet series. I was kept guessing which is very unusual,  I normal guess who did it within the first few chapters.

Defintely recommend reading 367 Days!

Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

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Blurb:

They’ve spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?

Anita Martin doesn’t expect much from life. Growing up on the street, bouncing from one foster home to another, she learned to rely only on herself. Even after she finally found a loving family to take her in, she was still an outsider-something Abraham, one of the family’s older sons, never let her forget.

Abraham Evans doesn’t know how Ani always manages to get under his skin, only that’s she’s been doing it since they were teens. She is-and always has been-undeniably gorgeous. But he’s never met anyone as pissed off at the world as Ani.

For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can’t stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another’s arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani’s life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him..

Review:

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After reading Unbreak My Heart recently, I knew I needed Bram and Anita’s story. This series just keeps getting better and better. Nicole Jacquelyn has never done any wrong in my eyes I love her books and this one was no different.

This book pulled me in from the first chapter I couldn’t put it down. It was such an emotional roller coaster and it had me bawling like a baby through most of it. But this didn’t stop me totally devouring it and not putting it down until I had it finished!

This series is a must read and I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

Author Bio:

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Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Fleeting Moments by Bella Jewel

 

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One single moment changes everything

In one breath, you can have it all

A split-second later, it can all disappear

Vanished forever

That was me

I had it all

Then in a cruel twist of fate, it was taken from me

A beautiful life gone in a flash

But he was there

He was there to pick me up when I fell

To protect me

My savior. My rock.

He was just a stranger

Just a selfless stranger with a face I’ll never forget

Can’t forget

Won’t forget

And like everything else, he just disappeared

As if he never existed

I have to find him

I need to find him

He has to know that he saved me

He has to know that in that one fleeting moment, he was all I could see

Review:

“One moment. One breath. One incident. One unbreakable connection. All it takes is one moment for your entire life to change. All it takes is one person to completely wreck your world. All it takes is on instance to alter your life and lead you down a new path.”

Although Bella Jewel has never let me down in the past, I was a little unsure going into this book at the start. It ended up surprising the hell out of me and I dove into it and couldn’t put it down. I read it so fast and if life hadn’t gotten in the way I would have read it in one sitting! Damn Life haha!

“He makes me feel okay again. Like the strongest drug, like the most beautiful lie.”

Fleeting Moments flowed so well and had great depth. The plot has lots of twists and turns, so I don’t want to say anything to spoil it but I absolutely loved it and its probably one of the best books I’ve read recently. And I’ve read a lot of great books lately!

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Author Bio:

Bella Jewel is a self-published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved by the Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

Unbreak My Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn

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Blurb:

What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?

If you’re Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane’s in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.

After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel’s death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.

Shane’s been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too – for sleeping with his wife’s best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate’s ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.

Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate’s only choice is to fight for the future she deserves – with or without Shane. . .

Review:

This book gutted me so badly! I woke this morning with a Book Hangover, I just couldn’t put it down. I cried my ass off and had a consent ache in my heart throughout. But that just made this book even better. It sucked me right in.

“For the past couple of nights when I’d lain down beside her, after she’d fallen asleep and I knew she couldn’t hear me, I’d promised her that she’d never have to forgive me again if she could do it one last time.”

If you’re questioning picking this book up to read, don’t! Pick it up and read it! It was one of the best reads so far this year for me and I’ve read some great books this year let me tell you!

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Author Bio:

Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.