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A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss by Stephanie Rowe

A Wyoming Rebels book

4 1/2 HockeyStyxxx

Steen Stockton had put in his time but after 4 years behind bars he wasn’t prepared to deal with not only the pain in his side from saving a young man from the knife that was intended for him but the lack of breath he felt when he faced her again…. The one girl who had changed his outlook on life so long ago.

 

Helping her friend Josie with her vet practice while she was off in Chicago dealing with family matters,  Erin Chambers never imagined more than a few weeks back in Wyoming would bring her face to face with the one man who she not only crushed on but had dreamed of as the one man who would always be there for her.

The last few years had been hell but Erin had made it through and in the end the working vacation had given her the one thing she had wanted her whole life.  Steen Stockton.  Being with the man who had looked beyond the rich girl everyone else saw and recognized that she was a scared lonely girl who only wanted to be a vet and help the animals she had always loved.  Her parents and her ex were only reminders that she had never lived up to their standards but Steen was something else.  He was the one man she knew would accept her as she was.

10 days to be with the one girl…the one woman who kept him going through the last 4 years of being in prison.

Steens’ stint in prison had left him torn and ready to run and hide but finding a connection with Erin again…. And the girl who he knew by hearing her voice alone after all these years.  He couldn’t risk telling her the truth and lose the one thread of hope that had kept him alive when the doctors had left little hope.

Wow.  OK I love Stephanies work.  Always have but I am loving this series even more every step of the way.  The Stockton brothers are victims.  Victims that have banded together through their upbringing and the vows they made to never let a woman into their hearts and homes that would give them the chance to repeat the horrors they faced as kids.  Steen had one of the hardest shells of all after being betrayed by a woman and paying with his freedom because of her lies but with a few spoken words he opens up and not only allows someone in, he allows the one girl who he knew deep in his heart would never hurt him.  If only he could promise her the same.

Erin had battled her whole life but in a way that was so far from the life Steen had dealt with it was hard to believe they were both victims of parental abuse.  Fighting to make a career for herself in a field she loved was hard especially when her ex was not only a carbon copy of her father with his neglect but threw his infidelities in her face. Erin held on by a thread to a dream of a man that would always had her back when she needed it the most.  If only he could see that she needed more from him than he was ready to give.

This story was very emotional.  Sexy romps intertwined with two people fighting to grasp on to something neither believes they deserve makes it a hard book to put down but watching as they make decisions that have the potential to break them apart forever tugs at the heart strings.  Believe me.  Their story is one that will have you in tears by the end…. Tears of both heartbreak and joy that you have to read for yourself to fully understand the struggles of holding on to the love of your life despite the consequences.

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Cowboy-Knows-Wyoming-Rebels-ebook/dp/B00XUPYSI2

Good Cop:Heroes of Henderson Book 1 by Liz Kelly

Good Cop:  Heroes of Henderson Book 1

Good Cop:
Heroes of Henderson Book 1

4 1/2 Hockeystyxxx

Lolly Duval has plans to make it big as a designer but before she finishes school there are a few things she wants to get a step up on while back in Henderson for the summer. The plan was for those two things to be modifying the new athletic cup she had been working on and the other was her own designs for the upcoming show. Instead she finds herself caught in between two handsome police officers and it isn’t a bad place to be! Sexy and stalwart, and all around good guy, Brooks Bennett had been more than a crush of hers forever but the sinfully delicious bad boy Vance Evans could certainly turn her head if her heart wasn’t already taken. Agreeing to help them both was full of good intent but when the lines get crossed and the summer heat escalates she needs to make a stand and let them both know who owns her heart.

Brooks Bennett, good cop, stand up guy, and Golden Boy of Henderson had major plans of his own. Getting Henderson on the map as one of the best places to live in America was up there along with his plans to run and win the mayoral race next election. Having the right woman by his side was a part of that dream and for as long as he could think Lolly DuVal had been the “right woman”. Taking a leap when he heard she was going to be back in town for not only his sisters engagement party but the summer he made sure he had her on his arm for at least the party if not many more nights during the summer. If Vance had not had his hands on her feet the first time he saw her again things might have been less complicated but of course, the seducer of Henderson, the bad boy himself, was involved and thanks to him Lolly would be part and parcel of both their summers. He needed to step up his game and play by the other book if he hoped to win the heart of the girl who stole his years ago.

Vance Evans was not only the “Bad Cop” he was the epitome of the bad boy! Women were an easy conquest of his but once they were bed he didn’t want anything to do with them. Why couldn’t he just like a woman? He wanted the whole package. He wanted a wife and kids, especially now that he had hit the ripe old age of 30 but he had never been able to like a woman let alone fall in love with one. Lolly was a perfect fit for his plan. Hanging out, playing sports and learning how to appreciate a woman as a friend was just what he needed to get on the right track but when he finds that he wants to cross the line with her and become more than just friends he might lose everything else he cherishes along the way.

My procurement of this book was not totally on the up and up…well that is if the inscription is to be believed. “Shell, thanks for stealing my Good Cop!” To be honest, the book was just sitting there waiting to be claimed and I did qualify to pick it as my prize, I just skipped the line because it was the last one on the table! LOL I am so glad I did! But if you want to send one of these handsome cops after me bring on the cuffs! I loved the sexy and fun banter between Lolly and her guys! Lolly is fun loving, cute and has a smart sassy attitude that I loved! The guys are uuuunnnnnffff! Yummy! Sexy! Fun! And I was honestly back and forth in my dedication between them throughout…. and TBH was really looking forward to a little threesome action! Bennett is just…. well I can’t seem to say, he was awesome, more than awesome! And Vance is… gah! You know… I still am torn. This is why it was such a good book! I know who I wanted to win Lolly’s heart but I to this day continue to waver back and forth! On top of this was the secondary romance of two characters that gave the reader a little more spice since our “Good Cop” was adamant about making things perfect for his love. Yeah. Maybe that’s it! Bennett was perfect! Vance was perfect! OK that didn’t help! Buy this book and help me figure it out! Oh and BTW…. I would totally steal both the Good Cop again….and the Bad Cop too!

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Hidden Prey by Cheyenne McCray

5 Tombstones

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

DHS Agent Landon Walker had been hiding from the world for too long. Dealing with the loss of his fiancee over a year before he knew he had to come back to the living. He needed to start building the relationships with his friends again that he had left neglected for so long. Walking out of his grandmothers house he opens his arms to help a woman running from the demons chasing her and soon finds that her courage and strength is the balm he needs to help heal him.

Tori Cox needed to get away from the abusive relationship she was in. Going home to Bisbee and her parents was the first step in breaking the hold her boyfriend held on her. Walking down the street to find she remembered almost everything from her youth growing up there was helping her accept that she had finally done the right thing despite leaving her belongings behind. Stumbling into a murder in progress she runs for her life and finds herself in the arms of a tall dark stranger….a stranger she needs to protect her from all the people hunting her down.

Stepping away from the attraction he felt for Tori wasn’t an option despite the dangers to both of them. She needed his help, he needed to help her and together they needed to prove to themselves that they deserved to fight for each other. The dangers threatening them are very deadly and there is nothing more important in their fight than to trust in the love they share.

My very first stumbles into the world of Cheyenne McCray were Chosen Prey and Moving Target and with them I was hooked into her books and devoured as many as I could get a hold of. When I heard that the new series, Lawmen, was a part of this same world I was hungry to get my hands on the book! Thankfully I wasn’t kept waiting too long and in a day I had fed my appetite with this hot sexy read. Landon is still recouping from an accident that changed his life but is ready to emerge from his self preservation world of too much work and too much alcohol. The tall, sexy and brooding DHS agent gets more than he asks for when Tori runs into his life. Literally! Tori’s world had always been her music and sharing it with the world but after her relationship runs sour she needs to start fresh. Starting over never was supposed to come with threats to not only her life but the lives of everyone who she had ever cared for. Ms. McCray is brilliant as she wraps you up in Tori’s flight for her life and Landon’s re-emergence from his self inflicted exile from the world. This suspenseful romance is a brilliant ride from start to finish with emotional twists and turns that this reader never saw coming as they fought for their lives, their love and their future together.

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With her new novel, HIDDEN PREY, New York Times best selling author Cheyenne McCray returns to steamy romantic suspense with a high-octane thriller about a woman running from a Mexican cartel and the man determined to protect her.

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Hidden Prey from Cheyenne McCray

Danger

Tori Cox, a talented and sought after musician, heads back to her roots in a small southwest town in Arizona as she flees an abusive relationship. When she arrives in Bisbee, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time—and witnesses the execution of a Federal agent by none other than the son of El Demonio, the head of the Jimenez Cartel. Tori and everyone she loves is now in danger as the cartel comes after her before she can testify.

Desire

Landon Walker, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, rescues Tori when he sees the beautiful woman running from members of one of the most ruthless cartels in the world. He sets out to protect her, but soon protecting her isn’t enough. The fire between them makes him want her in a way that he’s never wanted another woman, despite his wounded heart.

Death

Diego Montego Jimenez will do everything in his power to kill the young American woman who threatens his business and family. No one lives to testify against the Jimenez Cartel. Landon isn’t about to let the cartel get hold of Tori. He’ll go to the ends of the earth and back to protect her—and show her he’s never letting her go.

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Angie Fox has long been a favorite of mine and her biker witches series totally is an addiction I cannot live without! Now they are back… all the crazies Lizzie Brown, her sexy shape shifter hubby and Pirate too as they descend on Beverly Hills. Book six in the series is available now…. check out the links and get yours today!!

All that glitters is not gold…

All that glitters is not gold....

All that glitters is not gold….

Demon slayer Lizzie Brown isn’t exactly a diamonds and champagne type of girl. But when an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills, she realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. There’s a demon involved…and Lizzie’s not on the guest list.

She goes in undercover, along with her sexy Greek shape-shifter husband, her biker witch buddies, and a dog that is way too fond of free appetizers and the red carpet lifestyle. Between dodging detection and uncovering ancient secrets, Lizzie has her hands full. And when the demon manages to hook his claws into Lizzie’s eternal soul, she’s afraid she may be stepping out for her final event.

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Married to the Job

A new release from Cynthia Racette, Married to the Job is a romantic look at love at first sight and the the struggles of juggling a long distance releationship.

Blurb:

Dr. Miranda Perry is a workaholic whose job is everything to her. When sexy, smart, and suave Dr. Russell Rogers visits Palomar to give a seminar, he blows her world apart.

It’s love at first sight for Russ, and he uses every trick in his arsenal to convince Miranda to go out with him. In the short time they have together, sparks fly and sexual attraction burns up the sheets.

After Russ returns to his job in Boston, the two arrange hectic, emotion- and sex-filled moments, but the liaisons in the Midwest don’t cut it and a choice must be made. With each of them committed to prestigious jobs on opposite sides of the country, will they let the fire burn out because each is married to the job?

A couple of Excerpts for you to enjoy:

“I know we just met, but I want to kiss you,” he murmured, his nose in her hair. “There’s a dark corner over there. Come on.”
She shivered at his words, eager to feel his lips on hers. It seemed as if she’d waited forever for that touch even though it had only been a few hours since they met.
He led her across the floor to a dim space around the end of the bar. Pressing her into the corner, he brought his mouth down to hers, gently at first and then with more firmness. His arms closed around her waist and pulled her to him. Her body responded to the pressure of his, contouring itself around his shape. He nibbled on her neck for a few moments and then he brought his lips back to hers, insistently persuading hers to open widely in passion. Soon, they were both plunging their tongues into each other’s mouths, angling their heads for better access, frantic to get as close to each other as they could.
Heavy breathing filled the small space, and it emanated from both sides. This is so not good. She wanted to eat him alive, but they were in a public restaurant, and, if they didn’t restrain themselves soon, people would start to notice. If they hadn’t already. She stepped back, breaking his hold, and hating to lose his warmth, but they she knew they had to stop.
Slowly, as she dragged her lips from his, then leaned her forehead against his chest, she tried to calm her breathing and her heart. His lips touched her hair and then he set his cheek on top of her head. Finally, their breathing almost back to normal, they broke apart and drifted back to their chairs. She glanced around. No one appeared to be looking at them. She didn’t really care what other people thought, but still, she didn’t want to create a spectacle.
“I suppose I should apologize for that,” he said quietly as he pulled his chair in. “Except I’m not sorry about what happened at all.

And another taste….

They were both ready to come together when Miranda panicked. “Wait, Russ. I’m not sure we should be doing this. I’m not into one-night stands. I don’t do that sort of thing.”
“I don’t either.” Along with the heat and passion, his face showed determination.
“You’re leaving tomorrow. How can it be anything other than a one-night stand?”
“I may be leaving, but I’m not getting on that plane until I’ve made utter and complete love to you. And, whether I leave tomorrow or not, we’re not severing this relationship. Not if I have anything to say about it.”
She lay for a moment, staring up at him, stunned. He could tell no one had ever said anything like that to her. He didn’t want to let her go. Did that mean he wanted something permanent? Geez. He was afraid to go there yet, but just as much, he was afraid not to.
His heart fluttered and hot zings flew through his body. He watched Miranda simmer and burn, feelings settling at her center, where warmth and moistness and firing nerve endings invited him to explore.
Their gazes met and hers blazed with intense fire, like a conflagration started by two suns colliding.

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New Release by Cassandra Carr

New Release by Cassandra Carr

I would say I can’t wait to read this one but since I was able to read this one in its early stages I will instead say that it was a great read! Pick this one up! It touches on a subject that is very current and very important topic that demands to be discussed. Cassandra Carr is always a favorite of mine and if you haven’t taken the chance yet make sure to pick this new release up as well as her extensive backlist. Hiding in Plain Sight releases through Loose ID on February 11.

http://www.loose-id.com/safe-harbor-2-hiding-in-plain-sight.html

Blurb:
Vladimir Gusev exists in a living hell. A year ago in the Olympics he was forced to use a homophobic slur during a game, and guilt is eating him from the inside out. Not only is Vladimir not a homophobe, but in the aftermath of the Olympics, he was finally able to admit his true nature to himself. Yet he’s been taught homosexuality is a sin, so he tries to push away his feelings, but to no avail.

Joe Bufford is an out gay man and an ex-Delta Force member who was medically discharged after an injury to his hand leaves him no longer able to perform his duties. His job as a mechanic at the airport is hardly a long-term career choice, but Joe has no idea where he can utilize the skills he learned in the Army.

Vladimir and Joe meet, and Joe instantly recognizes Vladimir as a terrified closet case. Before he knows it, Joe is offering to help Vladimir figure out what he is and what he wants. As time goes on, Joe begins to hope more and more that the answers to those questions lie with him.

Price: $5.99

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Review: Sharing Hailey by Samantha Ann King
Posted: October 24, 2012 in Books, Carina Press, Reviews
Tags: 4 Hockeystyxx, Carina Press, Reviews, Samantha Ann King
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Sharing Hailey by Samantha Ann King

4 Hockeystyxxx

Hailey Anderson had been in love with her brothers’ best friends forever but she could neither choose between the two or let one or both of them go from her life. Even though she had dreamed of being more than a “kid sister” to them for years she could not stop herself from wanting both men. Mark Allen and Tony Adamo had waited for Hailey while she stumbled in and out of relationships and inevitably came to them each time they fell apart. Waiting forever it seemed for her to step up and make a choice between the two, they had both loved her for far too long to wait any longer. This last breakup only pushed them further especially when the man threatened her. They had had enough and they were going to make her see that she needed to make a decision because two men who loved her were through waiting. They couldn’t chose and if she didn’t well then they would just share.

The problem is they had neither Tony nor Mark had any idea it was going to truly be a threesome relationship. Shocking both of them as much as they had ever been with the level of intimacy between themselves when they found pleasure in her bed. Daniel, her ex, isn’t finished though and his attacks are escalating but with bringing the cops in on it there are some questions that need to be answered. When they are forced to extremes to protect themselves they must find a way to deal with the aftermath, face the truth of their relationship and re-evaluate the connection that they share.

This book brought the heat. I was totally wrapped up in this story and screaming for more! I loved their intimacy, feeling the emotion as they explored their feelings for each other and struggled to make sense out of their hearts craving for a more permanent connection between the three that they had never entertained before. I wanted more of the Mark and Tony explorations but my one disappointment was that I was left hanging in that department with only a taste to whet my appetite instead of a grand buffet of M/M/F intimacies. If you want to explore this genre a little further and are just testing the waters it is a delicious choice for biting into a ménage for the first time and one that kept an open to anything reader like me captivated as well.

I received an ebook copy through Net Galley from the publisher, Carina Press, for my unbiased review.

Carina Press: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/C7E5CEEC-9618-4568-B6D8-0CAC03EC3011/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=5322776B-4C29-40F6-9CD1-904B964CCBEF

Kindle Copy: http://www.amazon.com/Sharing-Hailey-ebook/dp/B00814K01Q

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This is a repost from my original blog. This is my own work.

BLURB:

The Best Man’s Baby A Red River Series Book by Victoria James

Florist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she’s adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later, things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime

Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook’s daughter pregnant wasn’t part of any life plan, but he won’t run from his responsibilities. He’ll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn’t have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close, because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn’t with anyone–the truth and his heart.

The Best Man’s Baby by Victoria James

4 Hockeystyxxx

Claire Holbrook had been the middle of the sexy Manning brothers’ sandwich all through her best friends’ wedding to the third tasty Manning specimen but there was only one that she wanted to have a taste of. Jake Manning had always been the one she crushed on since she was a teen and to see him there in a tux was enough to send her reeling into fantasy land. Not that he had ever noticed her. Not that she would know what to do if he did.
Jake had wanted the sexy curvy Claire for a long time but he knew he would never be good enough for the Reverend Holbrook’s daughter so he could look but not touch. His bad boy reputation may or may not have been earned but the truth about himself was enough of a reminder that he had to keep hands off.
This was another emotional read. Claire’s unexpected pregnancy was revealed in one of the most hilarious methods I have ever read but the upheaval of their lives once the cat was out of the bag was pure romance! I loved how they both opened up their insecurities and scars from the past and let themselves heal thanks to the love that bloomed and grew between them. The blossoming of their love was fodder for a great read as they worked backwards from pregnancy to a wedding proposal to falling in love. Quite an exceptional read that brightened a gloomy stormy summer day.

Information:

Title: The Best Man’s Baby (A Red River Series Book)
Author: Victoria James
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
Length: 182 pages
Release Date: August 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-175-6
Imprint: Indulgence

I just finished this book and can’t wait to tell you what I think…. read the blurb and I will tell you why this book made me cry below!!!

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Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden

Up-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother’s best friend–the same man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she’s been fooled once by this player, and she’s not going there again.

To pro rugby player Caleb, Judith has always been Kryptonite, but his former playboy lifestyle is the last thing she wants to be involved in, and he can’t blame her. In the midst of her brother’s threats to back off, and the deal of his career sending him far away from her, he knows he’s playing with fire. And this is one game he’s going to lose.

Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden

4.5 Hockeystyxxx

Judith Ashton loved her new sister inlaw but her idea of a fun wedding and anyone else’s was not the same. Who chose to set their wedding up as a live video game with guests playing laser tag? And how was she going to get through the night with the one man she had given her heart to standing up beside her. Getting closer to the sexy as hell Caleb was not her plan. They had once been friends and then more than friends before he broke her teenage heart. She couldn’t let her desires come in to play again no matter how much she wanted just one more chance to win his heart.
Caleb Steele had no qualms shooting Jude in the back. Well in the game anyway. Truthfully hurting her before had been the one regret he still carried with him to this day. But being close to her again and now back in New Zealand, after playing rugby in England, he missed teasing his sweet babycakes. No, she could have been his, but he knew hurting her that morning after they had been together was the best thing to do for them both. Getting her to shoot the charity calendar was not an easy task but somehow even with their history she said yes but on her terms. Terms that both of them had a hard time accepting.
Rugby players! Yummmmmm. There are not enough books with sexy hunky rugby players so when given a chance to review this one I was prepared to tackle whoever I needed to in order to get my hands on it. For fans of romance who are not ‘sportys’ no worries. There is not a lot of technical sports jargon within. (For me I wish that there had been more!) Jude has been hurt by this man before. Although she doesn’t come out and say it I think that he is the only man she let get close enough to her to cause pain or to even touch her. Caleb has his reasons for the pushme-pullyou connection with Jude but it is when he pushes her aside and her subsequent pleas for clarity that this story totally broke me down to a blubbering idiot. I admit I do not always pick up a contemporary read as my first choice but I was more than pleased with this book. Well done!

Information:

Title: Talking Dirty With the Player
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
Length: 182 pages
Release Date: August 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-176-3
Imprint: Indulgence