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Review: The Friend Zone

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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I give a book five stars it's because I either couldn't put it down, or if I did put it down I couldn't wait to get back to the engrossing story. The Friend Zone caught me by surprise, but it was that kind of romance. At first I didn't think I'd be that wrapped-up in Kirsten and Josh's story after their "meet-cute" but as the relationship grew I came to appreciate that their obstacles were very real, not contrived, and it made their story one the reader could relate to.

I love being captivated by a new author's book and I'm looking forward to more from this talented storyteller.

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Review: Fix Her Up

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful (and hot!) summer romance about falling for the girl next door.

Georgette Castle's family doesn't take her seriously, and being a professional clown hasn't helped her force them to see her as an adult. I loved how Georgie embraced her inner clown, defying her family and choosing her own career path.

It takes Travis Ford, the hot former baseball player nicknamed "Two Bats", to help her move along to embracing all of her needs, her sexuality and her independence.

Travis has his own demons to overcome and while Georgie is on-board with his plans, he's the strongest obstacle to them finding their HEA.

This was a fun summer read and I look forward to reading more tales of the "Just Us League", the women who refuse to settle for anything less than what life has to offer them.

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Review: A Touch of Forever

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A Touch of Forever by Jo Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have few Westerns on my keeper shelves (it's mostly Regency), but one of the names you'd see multiple times is Jo Goodman. She writes wonderfully entertaining Westerns about people who would describe themselves as fairly ordinary, but their stories make them come alive. Town doctors and sheriffs and surveyors--ordinary people, the kind who'd welcome you in for a nice cup of tea and a freshly baked biscuit.

This third Cowboys of Colorado novel picks up the story of Lily Salt, mother of four and widow. Not the usual heroine material--she's older than the hero and in so many ways has much more life experience than Roen Shepard, but he's drawn to her, and when a nemesis from his past threatens him they become allies in a most unique fashion.

I loved this book and I would have given it five stars except for the abrupt POV shifts within a scene. I know "head-hopping" is more common, and maybe…

‘Fair Liberty's Call’—The War of 1812 and American Nationhood

“Jacob was an American who signed on with the Magpie after the war, and he called this ‘The Liberty Song.’” She hummed for a moment and then began to sing: —— “Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all, And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call; No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim, Or stain with dishonor America’s name.” —— Daphne sang two verses and the chorus before she realized Dr. Murray was staring at her, and the only way to describe the expression on his face—there was no way to describe the expression on his face. She’d never seen anything quite like it before.“There are more verses,” she said helpfully. “Miss Farnham!” He shook his head and started again. “Miss Farnham, that was the most treasonous piece of trash I have ever heard. Do you know what melody that is? Heart of Oak! Heart of Oak, Miss Farnham! I implore you, never, ever sing those lyrics around a navy man, for I could not answer for the consequences if you do.” --CASTAWAY DREAMS (High Seas,…

Review: Wolf Rain

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Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part of what I'm loving about this series is how Nalini Singh crafts her world building and character development. It's a true talent to be able to bring fresh material to a series that's 18 books in, and with Wolf Rain we get to see new characters with new abilities, but also revisit some of our favorites from previous books. I look forward to more Psy-changeling novels down the road, particularly because one or two maybe villains in this novel have the potential to carry their own stories.

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#FlagDay and a special offer!

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“You underestimate the will of the American people, Doctor,” he poked his finger in the air for emphasis. “When you push us, we push back. Hard. John Bull cannot bully America into surrendering now any more than you could 40 years ago. Have you already forgotten the lesson of Fort McHenry?”

He rummaged in his desk and pulled out a tattered newspaper, much folded and creased.

“My mother sent this to me with the letters, a newspaper from home. A Mr. Key wrote a poem about the battle, Doctor, titled ‘The Defence of Fort McHenry’. Look here–‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’. That’s America, Charley!"
---SEA CHANGE

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Review: When a Duchess Says I Do

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When a Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrowes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book so much! Duncan Wentworth is my favorite kind of hero--thoughtful, caring, overlooked by many but appreciated by the heroine who sees him for what he truly is: A stand-up guy you can count on.

Matilda is perfectly matched for him. Her intelligence shines through and while Duncan sees her as a damsel-in-distress, she's so much more than that. Their conversations are like little lightbulbs flashing saying, "Hey, this person gets me!"

I'm new to Ms. Burrowes' books and I look forward to checking out her backlist and adding future releases to my wishlist.

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Review: The Rose

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The Rose by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a continuation of the story begun in The Red, set a generation later. Like The Red, The Rose uses a framing element to set up various erotic scenarios. While the first book was based on scenarios enacting famous paintings, The Rose is about Greek Mythology.

Both novels have an element of the fantastic to them and I enjoyed the tales as they unfolded. It's a good introduction to Reisz's writing for readers who've wondered about her Original Sinners series, but want to try her stories in smaller bites.

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Review: Tempest

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Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you want the finest in Western historical romance, look no further than Beverly Jenkins. Ms. Bev has produced another winner with Tempest, the latest romance in her Old West series.

Regan Carmichael sets off for Wyoming Territory to be the bride of widower Dr. Colton Lee and care for his young daughter Anna. Unlike many other mail-order brides in historical romances, Regan's not doing it out of desperation based on life's circumstances. On the contrary, she's college educated, wealthy, skilled at a variety of trades and doesn't need a man, but Dr. Lee's ad intrigued her.

For his part, Colton Lee's never met anyone like Regan and she quickly upends his world, first by shooting him (in her defense, she thought he was robbing the stagecoach) and not being at all demure and biddable like his late wife.

Clearly, the stuffy doctor and the liberated lady are made for each other, and Jenkins brings their …

Review: Tightrope

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Tightrope by Amanda Quick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this novel, as I do all Amanda Quick/JAK books, but there was one detail that kept me from giving it a higher rating--the hero and heroine in the 1930s not only didn't use any birth control, there was never any discussion of the the consequences of sex in an age when birth control devices and options were sketchy, at best. Even a quick pull-out to make the point that someone was thinking about it would have sat better with me.

Other than that it's a good mystery/romance with a "whodunnit" that will keep people guessing up until the end.

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