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Lindsay McKenna is one of the best military romance writers that I’ve come across and some of her books are immensely memorable and have revisited numerous times. Along with badass soldiers, she also writes some great badass cowboy stories.

Book 2 in the Wind River Valley series, “Wind River Rancher” is so much more emotional, heartfelt and there’s that sublime romance that added so much depth to the story. Discharged from the army due to PTSD, once a commanding officer, Reece Lockhart is on the streets, with no home or food. Arriving at Jackson Hole and hoping to find a job may very well be his last attempt to survive and Shaylene is his final hope.

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Army veteran Shaylene Crawford is no stranger to the trauma of the war and her Bar C ranch is her final salvation and her dream to make it a place where vets can slowly heal and make a life for themselves. Keeping her own personal issues at bay, she is literally an anger trying to keep the faith and give hope to the ones who have been disowned by the very country they had laid their lives for.

This was one emotional story of despair and trauma, support, compassion and empathy that gives these brave vets hope and faith that all is not lost in their fight to survive after war. This story is a testimony to the fact that there are people out there who care about others and who are willing to give unconditionally.

I loved this story more than her first one in the series. Lindsay McKenna gave more depth to Reese and Shay, developed their relationship with great insight as they battle through fears and insecurities, the care and support of the people around that gave strength to the entire premise of the story and the kindness and generosity that does exist to give back to the brave men and women.

Lindsay McKenna did a brilliant job weaving a love story around Reese and Shay as they look out for each other, rely on each other and finally find love that binds them with a common goal and solidarity.

“Wind River Rancher” will definitely hit right at the center of the heart.

Received an ARC from Kensington Books/Zebra via Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

Mary Kildare and Glen Fairchild may be “Not Quite Perfect” for each other but somehow they find themselves together to make a perfect future.

Therapist and a good friend, Mary Kildare has rolled with the punches that life had dealt her, and she has become a successful therapist and had made a life. Although the scars of abandonment and loneliness have taken permanent residence emotionally, she has come a long way in making friends and planting roots. Her quite and normal life takes the wings of a wild and passionate course when Glen Fairchild makes an appearance again.

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Wealthy businessman, playboy and pilot Glen Fairchild believes in non-commitment and is always on the course of playing the field. Yet Mary is never far away from his thoughts and when circumstances bring him back to Mary, he acts on the opportunity that fate has given him and so the romance starts.

Catherine Bybee always throws in a surprise and I really didn’t see that spark of danger lurking in Mary’s backyard! And Glen becomes the protector, savior and confident as they try to overcome the threat that shadows Mary. With sassy dialogues and flirty actions, with kind and caring people, pages of warmth and support, and appearance of previous characters only adds more magic to this love story as Mary and Glen try to make the best of a bicoastal relationship.

I love the way Catherine Bybee gives importance to the depth of relationships and the maturity of nurturing them with patience and love. She created Glen and Mary to perfection with their goodness, kindness and just two beautiful people who deserve to be together. Attention to details, the sequence of narration and the practical plot add more flavor and warmth to this fifth book in the “Not Quite Series” making it a brilliant read.

Received an ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley for an honest review.

Rachel Lacey, since her first book, has been one of my feel-good-go-to authors that I adore and love reading. Her new series, “Risking It All” had a rocking start with a short story “Rock With You” (Carly and Sam’s love story), and now the actual series starts off in the little town of Haven with “Run To You”.

As an Olympic gold medalist Ethan Hunter may have lived a celebrated life, but his soul and life belongs in his hometown of Haven. Starting “Off-The-Grid-Adventures” with his childhood friends Mark and Ryan and to make a success of it is his goal now, and of course taking care of his grandmother Dixie is on the top of his list. Saving a beautiful angel from a hornet of yellow jackets was definitely not on his agenda nor is the first stirrings of attraction in his heart.

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Gabby Winters stay in Haven is supposed to be a little slice of heaven and a safe haven to take charge of her life and rediscover herself. Getting swarmed by yellow jackets and landing on her ass in the lake, and getting rescued by a hottie was not even part of her wildest dreams. Yet here she was, not only being rescued by Ethan Hunter, but ends up being in the charade of dating him to make his ailing grandmother happy.

Gabby is one of the most helpful and kind women that we come across, and Ethan as the doting grandson and a boyfriend is the kind of guy you want on your side. Rachel Lacey does a brilliant job of creating these two characters with so much care and love, you can’t but help falling in love with these two, as they struggle to overcome their fears and insecurities, pain and loss, separation and heartache.

With a barrage of helpful Haven citizens, supporting friends, and magical touch adding that extra oomph and charm “Run To You” is a great beginning to Rachel’s new series. The extra attention to details and the very small touches of warmth, self talks and thoughts spanning the pages, this is one love story you want to have a happy ending.

Received an ARC from Forever (Grand Central Publishing), via NetGalley for an honest review.

 

“Wanting It All”, the second in the Naked Men Series is my first read of Christi Barth and boy did I not enjoy it to my heart’s content! As unusual as the concept of six high school friends defying death and keeping their relationship alive and well into their present life is temptation reading right there. And add podcast and live telecast of their feelings and thoughts, as naked as the can be, is just pure pleasure reading.

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Knox Davis is the savvy computer genius, billionaire business magnate and a charmer of women in all the United States of America barring three states. Having grown up poor and seeing his mother struggle to give him a decent education and live, he’s made a vow to become so rich for many lifetimes to come, and keep his mother in a lap of luxury and he’s succeeded and more. He lives for his friends and would die for him. So when resident of Alaska Ms. Madison Abbot literally gets saved by Knox, little does he realize that forget about adding Alaska to his list of conquests, it’s his heart that needs all the protection in the world.

Madison Abbot comes to DC with a mission to find her partner for life a stepbrother that she hadn’t even existed until recently. Getting saved by Knox was not on her list of tourist attractions, yet she keeps him in her list of Mr. Right probable. Spending time with him threatens her heart and the attraction that sparks the fire between them sure takes them on a roller coaster ride of passion, insecurities and fears. But Madison is one stubborn and determined woman, and making Knox her life partner and to have a family that she never had is her mission now.

I must say that this book caught me off guard with its humor and wit, the strong and unbreakable relationship of six brothers that cheated death and lived to become heroes, the immense strength and support for each other is the foundation of the Naked Men Series, and Christi Barth did a super brilliant job of achieving that chemistry in the story. I had to go buy the first book “Risking It All”, after reading Knox’s story and am just as charmed and captivated with the plot and narration.

I am totally hooked line and sinker into the Naked Men, and cannot wait to read the stories of the others as they find the love of their lives. And the covers are gorgeous!!!!

Received an ARC from Random House Publishing Group –Loveswept, via NetGalley for an honest review.

 

 

I finally caught up with Marina Adair’s romances and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed them and she has become a permanent fixture in my library of authors. “The Eastons” is a brand new series from her kitty and we get to read the trials and tribulations of these siblings as they manage the course of heartache and love.

Starting off the chase in this series is “Chasing I Do”, as the Easton sibling Gage Easton has the daunting task of making the wedding arrangements for his client/brother and surprise, surprise takes him right to the door step of his late brother’s fiancé, Darcy Kincaid, owner and planner of the venue. Regret and guilt have him question the arrangement, but friendship, attraction and redemption keeps him in Darcy’s eyesight. And shock and surprise at finding the little four-year angel right next to Darcy seals his fate.

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Darcy Kincaid was brave enough to run away from a marriage that could have been a mistake laced with betrayal and pain. Yet she believes in happy endings that had made her a successful wedding planner. The responsibility of a baby gives her the courage to single-mindedly and single-handedly make a fresh life for them, without depending on anyone. Coming face to face with Gage was not on her agenda, yet seeing him brings back the pain of loss and what once could have been hers.

With family dynamics, truths untold and the unexplored attraction between Gage and Darcy lighting a match, “Chasing I Do” makes one captivating and an emotional read. I’ve cried a few times as I followed Darcy to her happy ending, praised Gage for his relentless pursuit for the truth and his support for Darcy, the loyalty between the siblings and second chances of finding a large family.

Marina Adair penned a heartwarming story so full of love and care, good people and friends, courage and strength to make choices in life, and grabbing those second chances with faith and hope, you can’t but help fall in love with Darcy and Gage. She did a brilliant job of choreographing the emotions in the right place at the right time.

A great start to another fabulous series I’m sure of and a great addition to the library.

Received a gift from the author via Amazon for an honest review.

 

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