Jillian Logan loved the years she spent in Arizona, honing her skills in massage therapy and alternative healing. She has a real gift and hopes to op Jillian Logan loved the years she spent in Arizona, honing her skills in massage therapy and alternative healing. She has a real gift and hopes to open a business of her own where she can make a difference in people's lives. Family responsibilities following her mother's death have brought her home to Florida where there are fences to mend with her younger sister and decisions to be made regarding the family business before Jillian is able to pursue her own dreams. She's recently accepted a job in the spa at the Casa Blanca resort where, as Baxter puts it, "The good fortune gods had cracked open the skies and poured sunshine and rainbows all around Jillian Logan." The good fortune has a name: Sam Hartman. He's her new client, an injured soldier she's sure she can help if only she can get him to stop hitting on her long enough to focus what she can do for him...out of bed!
Sam Hartman is at a crossroads. Seriously injured in Afghanistan, he's out of the military with no idea of what is ahead. The wealthy mother of the soldier whose life he saved has gifted him ten days at Barefoot Bay's exclusive spa. He's envisioning good booze and hot women. What he gets is a gorgeous, no-nonsense massage therapist who is forcing him to face the fact that his wounds are more than skin deep. Sam's not ready to admit that he's suffering from PTSD or that Jillian may be able to help him heal. Yes, her massages are beginning to reduce his pain but he'd rather coax her into his bed and lose himself in sex than open himself to her "voodoo" methods of therapy. It's a classic battle of wills with both of their futures on the line.
When You Touch Me is a well-constructed story of healing and hope set within the Kindle World of Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay. Baxter's characters are multi-layered and fully developed, with real-life issues to which I had no difficulty relating. And it's clear the author has done her research regarding PTSD and the issues facing soldiers returning from duty in the Middle East. Fans of St. Claire's Barefoot Bay series will enjoy cameos by some of her characters, especially Jamaican dynamo and Casa Blanca housekeeper Poppy, though readers new to the setting will lose nothing by not having read St. Claire's books first. When You Touch Me flows well, eliciting both laughter and tears, and left me with "full book" satisfaction even though it is a novella of only 117 pages. The secondary characters add to the richness of the story without detracting focus from the main characters and I'd love to see more of them. I'm especially intrigued by Jillian's sister and also by Sam's brother. I'm hoping Marilyn Baxter has plans to write more stories set within the Barefoot Bay Kindle World. I can't be the only one who wants to read them! ...more
Robin Bielman is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I love the passion, banter, sass, and sizzle that she brings to her boRobin Bielman is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I love the passion, banter, sass, and sizzle that she brings to her books. But I especially enjoy her multi-layered characters, well-constructed stories, and the emotional depth she brings to both. Falling for her Bachelor utilizes one of my favorite romance tropes: falling for your best friend's big brother. Growing up, I always wanted an older brother with a hot friend I could crush on so I find an extra bit of satisfaction reading about it in my romance novels. Cassidy and Nick are a terrific pair. Both are at a crossroads in their individual careers. Both have had heartbreak and trauma in their pasts. Both are surprised by the sizzling chemistry between their grown-up selves. And both need to confront their fears before they can move on to a relationship. Bielman guides them through all obstacles with humor, passion, caring, acceptance, and forgiveness. And I was right there with them every step of the way. I highly recommend Falling for her Bachelor. If you're like me, you'll probably fall for Cassidy's bachelor right along with her! 4.5 Stars ...more
I enjoyed Bachelor for Hire, my first book by Charlene Sands. Second-chance romances have always been one of my favorite romance tropes and Sands doesI enjoyed Bachelor for Hire, my first book by Charlene Sands. Second-chance romances have always been one of my favorite romance tropes and Sands does a good job with this one. She's created complex, likeable characters in Cody and Hayley and layered in a suspense thread with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. The secondary cast adds to the richness of the story with Cody's Uncle Brand being a particular favorite. While there were times that I felt the story lagged a bit, all in all, it was an enjoyable read that will have me seeking out this author again. ...more
This was my first book by Julie Johnstone. I have no idea how her books have escaped my attention up to now but I can assure you it won't happen againThis was my first book by Julie Johnstone. I have no idea how her books have escaped my attention up to now but I can assure you it won't happen again. Set in medieval Scotland, When a Laird Loves a Lady is a fast-paced, action-packed story filled with intrigue and betrayal. It's also a passionate, poignant romance between a bold, loyal, and loving young Englishwoman who yearns for a family that will love her and not view her only as a political pawn and an honorable Scottish laird who buried his heart with his late wife and has no intention of ever loving again. Put it all together and you have a story that grabbed me from the beginning and kept me flipping pages until I reached the final, sigh-worthy, conclusion, long past my bedtime.
Ms. Johnstone has a gift for bringing her characters and the time in which they lived to life in vivid detail, immersing readers into a world filled with joy, despair, and danger. The intrigue, the battles, the deep emotion; I experienced it all right along with the characters. Johnstone has assembled a rich cast including many supporting characters who are fairly begging for their own stories to be told. I don't know how many books Ms. Johnstone has planned for her Highlander Vows series but I can assure you that however many she writes, I'll be first in line to buy them!
I just turned the final page of this compelling story at 1:46 AM and have now added a new book to my keeper shelf. Wow, what a story! It grabbed me frI just turned the final page of this compelling story at 1:46 AM and have now added a new book to my keeper shelf. Wow, what a story! It grabbed me from the first page and refused to let me set it aside. I missed dinner, the dog's evening walk, the college basketball game I had planned to watch and my bedtime. This story would. not. let. me. go. It pulled me through an emotional wringer though the end did leave me with hope in my heart. If you enjoy dark, Southern Gothic suspense with complex characters, enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end, and a touch of paranormal realism, then you'll want to lose yourself in T.M. Causey's THE SAINTS OF THE LOST AND FOUND. I have a feeling that it will be quite some time before I'm able to stop thinking about it....more
When her beloved husband is killed at Waterloo, Lady Fenella Deerham tucks her heart away and devotes her life to their young son. Five years later, hWhen her beloved husband is killed at Waterloo, Lady Fenella Deerham tucks her heart away and devotes her life to their young son. Five years later, her friends drag her back into London society but none of the men she meets threaten her self-imposed, emotional cocoon...until one night when a brawny, angry stranger charges into her drawing room, demanding to know what she's done with his nephew.
Successful, rich, and recent guardian to his orphaned, eleven-year-old nephew, Anthony Townsend is well-liked and well-respected by many of Lady Fenella's peers, even though he is not one of them. Out of his mind with worry when his nephew, along with Lady Fenella's son, goes missing from school, he races to her London home, certain he'll find the two boys there. Instead, he finds a beautiful, delicate, strong-willed woman who turns his world upside down.
Bristling like two barnyard cats at their first meeting, the undeniable electricity between Anthony and Fenella gradually changes to a spark of a different kind as they set off in search of the missing boys. Will they accept this new life direction that fate has handed them?
Anna Campbell is an auto-buy for me and her novellas are quickly finding places among my all-time favorite short stories. Emotional, poignant, and sprinkled with rapid-fire banter, sparkling humor, and a healthy dose of sizzle, Tempting Mr. Townsend hit all the right notes for me. At 150 pages, it's a quick read but with the character development, complexity, and emotional depth to give this reader the satisfaction of a full-length novel.
I don't typically start recommending a book three and a half months before it's release date (31 May) but HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, Julie Anne Long's conI don't typically start recommending a book three and a half months before it's release date (31 May) but HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON, Julie Anne Long's contemporary debut (after years of writing stellar historical romance) is one you do not want to miss. Oh, the feels. A hero and heroine I absolutely adore. (I love that they're a bit older and have some life experience. JT has just turned 40 and Britt has a difficult marriage in her past). Intriguing secondary characters (I hope we get their stories!). Humor. (I stopped counting the number of times I laughed out loud about halfway through the book.) Emotion. Exquisite writing. So much love for this wonderful story.
I'm clearing a space on my Best of 2016 book list for HOT IN HELLCAT CANYON!
*Advanced copy of book received from publisher in exchange for honest review. ...more
Readers first met Gabriel Rossi when he appeared as a secondary character in Roxanne St. Claire's Guardian Angelinos series. The mysterious CIA agentReaders first met Gabriel Rossi when he appeared as a secondary character in Roxanne St. Claire's Guardian Angelinos series. The mysterious CIA agent set hearts a'flutter and left us begging for more of the sexy, smart-mouthed, bad boy of the Rossi clan. It took a few years - and a move from Boston to an island off the coast of Florida - but he's finally back with a story that is all I could have hoped for...and more.
There is nothing easy about this book and that's what makes it so wonderful. It's deep, complex, heartwarming in places, and heart-stopping in others. Gabe Rossi is struggling to come to terms with the fact that the woman he loved and has searched for for years is dead along with the child he believes was his son. Like a wounded animal, he just wants to be left alone. Then an unknown woman approaches him with a story too unbelievable to be true. Or, considering his CIA background, a story just unbelievable enough to actually be true. Experience has taught Gabe to be wary of trusting women. He's given his heart to two women. One betrayed him and almost got him killed. The second, his beloved Isa, left him to disappear deep undercover. Dare he risk giving his trust to this woman who claims to be Isa but looks, sounds, and acts nothing like his beloved?
Lila Wickham is a tormented women. The former CIA agent is on a mission, a personal one this time, to reunite Gabriel Rossi with his son. Then she plans to disappear. It's the only way she can keep the pain that ravages her body at bay; the only way she can keep the people she loves safe. Her mind knows this. Her heart has other plans. Will fate give her another chance with the man she loves? Will the danger that has followed her to Barefoot Bay foil her plans? And just who is Lila Wickham? Is she really Isadora Winter...or someone else entirely?
Barefoot With A Bad Boy is one of those stories that reaches into your soul and doesn't let go. The suspense is riveting (I gasped more than a few times) with St. Claire throwing in enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the very end. While deeply emotional, there is also plenty of humor sprinkled throughout. Characters are fully formed and realistic and her descriptions so vivid that I could almost smell the tropical breezes and hear the waves gently splashing the shore of Barefoot Bay. But it's love's journey that makes this book so special for me. The love between Gabe and his beloved grandfather. The love of a father for the son he believed buried in a grave in Cuba. The love of a Jamaican housekeeper for the nephews she works tirelessly to bring to the U.S. The slowly evolving love between a man and a woman that must overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles for a chance to grow. And my love for this exceptional story that I've already read twice and will undoubtedly re-read many times in the future. ...more
At 12:45 AM this morning I resigned myself to the fact that Carey Baldwin had done it to me again. There was no way I was going to sleep until I reachAt 12:45 AM this morning I resigned myself to the fact that Carey Baldwin had done it to me again. There was no way I was going to sleep until I reached the end of Baldwin's newest suspense thriller, NOTORIOUS. When fellow FBI agent Dutch Langhorne's high-profile, society wife is brutally murdered, forensic psychiatrist Caitlin Cassidy and FBI profiler Atticus Spenser are sent to Dallas to make sure their fellow agent gets a fair shake - if he's innocent - or is held accountable, if he isn't. Thus begins another intense, tightly woven, psychological thriller that took this reader on a roller coaster ride of twists and turns until arriving at the stunning conclusion. The characters are complex and fully formed. Baldwin, with her doctoral degrees in psychology and medicine, brings a chilling authenticity to the twisted minds of her villains that usually has me checking the door and window locks several times while reading her books. The darkness is nicely balanced by the banter between Cassidy and Spense as well as the emotion of their evolving romance. (this is the third book for this continuing couple) A superb secondary cast of characters moves the story along and leaves the reader with several choices of possible villains responsible for the murder as well as reasons for the crime. There were more than a few moments when I was certain I had it figured out only to be thrown another twist or turn that took me in an entirely different direction. One of the things I most enjoy about Baldwin's writing is that she keeps me guessing and once she grabs my attention (usually within the first ten pages), she holds it to the very end of the book. I highly recommend NOTORIOUS as well as the two earlier books in this series, FALLEN and JUDGMENT....more