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The stars are about to align in the newest Shaughnessy brothers romance!

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

Brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Owen Shaughnessy feels more connected to the cosmos than to people. He’s great with calculations, but when he leads a team of scientists to study a famous meteor shower, he doesn’t factor in his free-spirited artist assistant Brooke Matthews.

LOVE CAN DAZZLE YOU

Polar opposites in personality, the friction between them threatens to derail the project. But the beauty and mystery of the night sky draw Owen and Brooke together—and she’s going to surprise him in ways the stars never could.

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EXCERPT:

“That was…interesting.”

“I never thought I’d see those two mediums used together.”

“I may have to stab my own eyes out to make sure I never see it again,” Brooke said and then shuddered. They had just left the art gallery, and she waited until they were at the corner before looking at Owen. “I am so sorry.”

He looked taken aback by her apology. “Why?”

“That was horrible! Everything in there was offensive and tasteless and just…wrong! I can’t believe an art professor would recommend that to anyone!”

“Maybe he didn’t know exactly what kind of art was being displayed.”

Brooke shook her head. “He had to know. He raved about the whole thing—like he was familiar with the kind of work this guy did!”

“Maybe he’s into that kind of thing. There were a lot of people there who were praising pretty much everything they saw.”

Even though she knew Owen was right, she was still horrified. All of the pictures featured nudes in cages—and then there was wire caging coming out of the picture to give it a 3-D effect. Splashes of color looked as if they were just thrown onto the canvas, and all in all the exhibit had been fairly horrific to her. Brooke didn’t consider herself a prude, but these images were definitely not something she would have chosen to see.

Ever.

And now she was mortified because she had invited Owen along. To his credit, he didn’t seem the least bit fazed by the whole thing. It was possible he was trying to be polite and didn’t want to offend her in case she found the work interesting. But after the first five minutes of being there, Brooke had wanted to escape. Somehow, however, Owen had drawn her into conversation as they walked around the gallery and made several observations that had her wondering if he really didn’t see what was so…bizarre about the entire thing.

And that had been eye-opening for her. They stayed much longer than she’d imagined they would—especially after seeing the art—but they had talked the entire time, and after a while, she didn’t even notice their surroundings. She simply enjoyed the conversation, which turned to the architecture of the building rather than the show.

“So that was an art showing,” Owen said conversationally.

She nodded. “I really wish it had been a better experience.”

“Is this the sort of thing you want to do? Have your paintings displayed in one particular gallery?”

“I think so. That was one of the reasons I went to talk to Dr. Kennedy. I really wanted his input on ways to get my name out there to some of the local galleries. I was hoping he’d give me some insight into how to get started.”

Without commenting, Owen simply nodded.

“I don’t know about you,” she began, “but the thought of walking back to the pier is just a little exhausting. Would you mind if we grabbed a cab?”

“Not at all.” Walking to the curb, he quickly hailed one, and once they were inside, he instructed the driver where to take them.

“Thank you,” Brooke said, resting her head back on the seat. “I know I could have made the walk, but I’m just worn out.”

“It was a lot of walking,” he agreed. “I’ll have the driver drop you at your car and take me back to my hotel.”

“Oh.”

Turning his head toward her, he looked at her until she met his gaze. “What’s wrong?”

She shrugged. It was silly to be disappointed. Looking at the clock on the dashboard, she knew it was late—almost midnight—but she wasn’t ready for the night to end.

“I just thought I’d drive you back there, and maybe we could have a drink or something before we called it a night.”

He studied her for a moment, and she was afraid she had been too forward and he was going to turn her down.

“I’d like that,” he said, surprising her yet again.

“Good,” she said, smiling.

The ride to her car took only a few minutes, and Owen paid the driver and thanked him as they climbed out. Silently they walked to her car, and for the first time that night, she truly felt nervous. There wasn’t anything she could put her finger on, but for some reason Brooke knew it was a big deal that they were out together tonight and they were both unwilling to let the night come to an end.

Or perhaps she was seeing only what she wanted to see.

They stopped next to her car, and she turned to him. “I don’t think I know what hotel you’re staying at.”

“It would probably be easier for me to drive. That is…if you don’t mind.”

Brooke willingly handed him the keys, and they were on the move minutes later. Traffic was a little bit lighter than it had been earlier in the evening but still heavier than she would have expected for this time of night. Everything was lit up, and the sidewalks were still crowded, and she loved the energy of it all. They turned off the main road, and Owen pulled into an underground garage and parked.

“I was so busy people-watching I didn’t even notice where we are.” There was a possibility that was the wrong thing to admit to, but…

“That’s okay,” he said, taking the keys out and handing them to her. Neither made a move to get out of the car though.

She watched him for a moment—noticed how he was staring at the steering wheel and how he seemed to be thinking about something but she had no idea what. Turning in her seat, she faced him. “Owen—”

“I’d like to kiss you,” he blurted out.

Her eyes went wide, and her heart beat madly in her chest. “You…you would?”

Owen looked at her, his dark eyes so full of emotion. He shook his head. “I’m sure there was a more eloquent way to say that, but…I’m not very eloquent,” he added quietly.

Reaching out, Brooke took one of his hands in hers—relishing the warmth she found there—and marveled at how large it was. And there was strength there. He didn’t have the hands of a man who sat behind a desk pushing papers around, and the skin-on-skin contact was far more arousing than she thought possible. “You’re more eloquent than you think you are,” she said softly.

The look he gave her said he didn’t quite believe her. “I had a wonderful time with you tonight, Brooke, and I know we’re going to go inside and have a drink, and we’ll talk some more and…well…the longer we talk and the later it gets, it’s going to make me want to kiss you even more. It’s wrong for me to want to, but—”

“Why is it wrong?” she interrupted.

And there were those eyes that had her more than ready to crawl across the seat and into his lap. There was a vulnerability in his eyes that was almost her undoing.

“I hurt you. I know you didn’t say anything about it, but I know Howard probably talked to you and told you about Red Rock.” He looked away and shook his head. “It was wrong of me to do it like that. I should have talked to you myself. I’m sorry.”

“Owen, I’m not going to lie to you. I was hurt, and yes, I was pretty angry with you earlier. I know we haven’t known each other very long, but I thought we were at least becoming friends. I hated hearing about your decision from my uncle, but…I kind of understand why you did it that way. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision for you to make.”

“None of this is easy,” he murmured and then looked up at her again. “I’m not good at this sort of thing—playing it cool and pretending I’m not interested in you when in fact I am. So…I’d completely understand if you didn’t want to stay and have that drink or talk like we’d planned. You’re probably sitting there trying to figure out a nice way to tell me to get out of the car.”

Brooke was about to correct him, but Owen kept talking.

“I thought about hiring you, but I couldn’t. Not because I don’t want you on the trip, but because I knew I couldn’t handle working with you every day and having you close by while I’m attracted to you. And knowing you were only there because you wanted to paint and that you weren’t interested in me.”

Now she had to speak. Before he could get another word out, she squeezed his hand and got his attention. “But you’re wrong.”

He didn’t seem to understand what she was talking about.

“I do want to go on this trip to paint—I’m not going to deny that—but…Owen, I’m attracted to you too. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, and the more time we spend together, the more I want to spend with you. I was afraid maybe you didn’t want me on the trip because I wasn’t smart enough or—”

She never got to finish.

Owen closed the distance between them and cupped her face in his hands as his lips claimed hers.

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……And Brooke Mathews knows with every beat of her heart, it’s a breathtaking transformation and she is in love with this scientist turned lover!

So sets the tone for Samantha Chase’s latest intro to the fifth Shaughnessy brother Owen Shaughnessy. Acclaimed and accredited scientist Owen always was the quiet Shaughnessy sibling, brilliant in his field yet ignorant of the gossip of the world, comfortable within his family domain, yet shy in the social glares, but all it takes is one nymphet Brooke Mathews to throw all his science out the window as his heart loses control.

A scientist versus an artist, absolution versus imagination, analytical versus creativity, poles apart yet perfect for each other, Owen and Brooke make the most beautiful and favorite couples of the Shaughnessys.

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I remember chatting with a friend a few weeks ago before reading “A Sky Full Of Stars” and telling her that this story would be Samantha Chase’s shining star of the series and she doesn’t disappoint at all. From creating Owen and Brooke, to being so very eloquent of the feelings of a shy person, to detailing the dynamics of the Shaughnessy family, she has done a brilliant job with this story.

The entire conversation between Owen and his twin Riley is the highlight of the book for me –

“You are a rock star, bro. No different than me-just in a different field.”

“Or don’t you remember what Mom used to call us? “Superman and Clark Kent”

“We are the same, Owen. You are just my mild-mannered alter-ego.”

And if this doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, the heart-to-heart conversation between Owen and his father Ian Shaughnessy is just pure genius. Do not miss reading one single word of these two conversations – so very emotional, caring, supportive and wish for a family as close knit and dynamic as the Shaughnessys.

“A Sky Full Of Stars” deserves so many more stars than what the night sky would hold and Samantha Chase definitely is shining as bright as the Sirius with this story!

Received an ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for an honest review.

 

 

I’ve read Sharon Sala before and I like her books. Always based on faith and hope, and of small towns with their idiosyncrasies, care and support, her stories always leave my heart warm and content of an happy ending.

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“A Piece Of My Heart”, the fourth book in her Blessings, Georgia Series, is a story of second chances, tenacity and the willingness to open your heart to possibilities even in bad situations.

Having being shuttled from foster home to foster home, Mercy Dane finally becomes her own person as she becomes an adult, working in a bar. But a night of extraordinary circumstances take her to Blessings, Georgia to donate blood to a victim for a chance to live, and brings her face-to-face with her own sister separated during adoption. Having survived on her own for so many years, Mercy has some rough edges to smooth out and Blessings Police Chief Lon Pittman is the perfect complement.

Lon Pittman is after the biker who comes racing into Blessings, but comes face to face with a past that he could never forget. Having helped Mercy a long time ago and a night of unforgettable passion, fate seems to have given him a second chance to give him his heart’s desire and life mate. An honest and hardworking lawman, he would make sure Mercy is protected and given all the happiness she finally deserves.

Sharon Sala gives a really heartwarming story of two sisters reuniting, of a small town opening their hearts to new people and giving a chance for two people to make a future.

Received a copy from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for an honest review.

Samantha Chase’s latest release, “One More Kiss” takes the readers into the lives of the rest of the Shaughnessy band, as they dismantle trying to find their own place in the cutthroat world of music. Each fighting their own demons, personal as well as professionals, it’s a “Band On The Run”.

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Matt Reed had the world at his feet, before the alcohol and a Broadway disaster derails him professionally and personally. Riding out the storm by hiding at a friend’s place has an upside especially with Vivienne Forrester being his neighbor.

Vivienne Forrester always had feelings for her brother’s best friend and now living in close proximity only deepens her feelings. With her personal blog taking off and her love life getting on track, Vivienne is headed onto a life of high notes and low notes.

It’s a sweet love story from Samantha Chase as she takes the readers into the life of a rock star, his failures, fears and insecurities and the big role the media plays in making or breaking a person. And then you have the people who care about you supporting and encouraging as you try to find your way back with no guilt and regrets.

Received an ARC from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for an honest review.

Sara Humphreys is another writer that I enjoyed reading and will continue to do so. My first book of hers was “Brave The Heat”, first in her McGuire BrothersTroubleWalksIn-McGuireBrothers#2-SaraHumphreys-Aug2016 series and I totally fell in love with the McGuire brothers and her skillful narration of a love story.

In her second book, “Trouble Walls In”, Maddy Morgan is a big trouble with a capital T and she ends up in Ronan McGuire’s territory giving him sleepless nights. Occasional meet ups, long runs and talks with his once old flame is not enough and neither being in the friends zone. But Maddy is hiding from living life and Ronan needs to play his cards carefully to handcuff her to his side permanently. As a successful real estate agent, Maddy has made a safe life for herself after a painful loss but being friends and spending time with Ronan sparks a desire for more.

And as both explore their feelings for each other, there’s a serial killer targeting real estate agents and Maddy gets into the cross hairs of an evil hell bent on killing her. And it’s up to the K-9 cop Ronan and his dog to bring Maddy home safe.

A romantic suspense that warms the heart and keeps the suspense going, Sara Humphreys keeps the narration tight and strong. The dialogue and chemistry between Ronan and Maddy is penned with care, detail and charisma.

Received an ARC from Sourcebook Casablanca via NetGalley for an honest review.

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