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Review Tour: Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne

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Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon and iBooks 
READY TO RUN
I Do, I Don’t #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 22, 2017
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The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

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My Review

“Small towns were different. They could reach inside of you and demand everything.”

I love, love, love, loved this book. Did I mention that I loved this book? Ready to Run was such an incredible and fun read, it’s honestly one of the most fun I’ve had reading in a very long time. From the moment I read the synopsis and got my hands on this book, I just knew this was going to be a fun and different read. The story-line is totally unique and I loved the idea of having a runaway groom. It was so refreshing and different. The plot sucked me in and I devoured this book in just a few short hours.

Ready to Run is a fabulous read from beginning to end. From an original plot to the small town setting. To the broody lead male and scorching hot chemistry. To the sweet, sweet romance, entertaining banter and just the right mix of angst, this book is the perfect summer read.

Ready to Run is the first book in the exciting new series I Do, I Don’t from author Lauren Layne, and I can tell you that she definitely knocked it out of the park with this one. Simply put, this book was a really enjoyable read and I am super excited to see where this series is going to go next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.
She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York
City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in
2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s
written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York
Times
, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

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Review: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life comes a novel about a young woman who reunites with a soulful artist after their magical one-night stand…only to be faced with an impossible decision.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink…and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.

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“There aren’t enough stars up there to match the reasons why I love you.”

“I wanted to believe him. I wanted to believe the stranger I had met on the street hours before wasn’t just playing me. I wanted to believe he was falling for me.”

“He was baring it all for me and I was going to do the same for him, even though I knew it would break me into a million pieces.”

Every once in a while you come across a book that is truly epic and moving. The kind of book that will leave you with one hell of a book hangover.

Wish You Were Here is a truly special book that will take you on the most incredible journey of love, missed opportunities, self discovery, friendship and family. The journey that Charlotte, Adam and Seth go on is profound, emotional and at times conflicting. With elements of insta-love, a deep and unforgettable connection and a love that will last a lifetime, their story will captivate your heart and pull you emotions in many directions.

This story has left me speechless and at a loss for words at the moment. I have fallen so deeply in love with the characters, their story and their friendships. I know I that I have just experienced something so precious, that my mind is at a blank, trying desperately to put my thoughts and feelings into words.

Wish You Were Here is beautiful and heartbreaking. It is brilliantly written and is a story that I know will be staying with me for a long time to come. This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2017.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Week Blitz with Review: Wolf’s Mate (Shifter Rogues #1) by Celia Kyle

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Title: WOLF’S MATE

Author: Celia Kyle

Series: Shifter Rogues, #1

On Sale: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Forever

eBook: $4.99 USD

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Danger shouldn’t be this sexy…

Cougar shifter Abby Carter always plays it safe. That’s why she’s an accountant–no excitement, no danger, and no cocky alpha males. She loves her quiet life, but fate has other plans. When Abby uncovers the shady dealings of an anti-shifter organization, she’ll have to trust the too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind werewolf Declan Reed… or end up six feet under.

Declan Reed is starting over. After two years with Shifter Operations Command, it’s time to put his past behind him. Now Declan is the only thing standing between the gorgeous Abby and an early grave, and if he’s going to have any chance of keeping her alive, he’ll have to embrace the darkness he’s fought to keep at bay. But first he has to convince Abby that there’s no safer place in the world than the arms of a big bad werewolf.

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“You. Are. Mine. You run, I’ll chase you. You hide, I’ll find you. You even think about another man, I’ll kill him.” “Everything that’s happened since I met you has been for you.”

Wow! Wow! Wow! Talk about a book that hits the ground running and doesn’t let let up!!! Wolf’s Mate is fast paced, action packed with some seriously steamy moments and a few twists along the way.

Told from multiple points of view, Wolf’s Mate follows the story of Declan and Abby. From the moment we meet Declan and Abby, you can just feel the chemistry and tension rolling off them. Their connection is instant and their romance, one of insta-love, but I gotta tell you, this is one of those books where the insta love just works. Abby was a total game changer for Declan. The moment he laid eyes on her, he knew he had to claim her as his. But, things won’t be easy for these two. No, fate is going to make them fight hard; not just for their lives, but for their love as well. With danger around every corner and not knowing who to trust, there certainly is never a dull moment for these two shifters.

Wolf’s Mate is my first book by this author and I know it won’t be my last. I easily devoured this book and couldn’t wait to see how it all was going to play out. I enjoyed every moment. From the danger, to the romance. To the sexier than hell alpha shifter and the shifters’ inner dialogue. Wolf’s Mate was a ton of fun and I can not wait to see where this series is going to go next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

There was nothing sexier than a man—half-naked and sexy as hell—in the kitchen.  Declan opened an upper cabinet and grabbed a pan, stretching to reach handle.  The move made his jeans drop just a hint, exposing more of those muscles she wanted to lick and nibble.

Her center clenched, clit throbbing with a surge of desire, and she bit her lip to keep her whimper in check.  Then… then he made it so much worse—better? He set the pan on the stove and went to the fridge, tugging on the door so it swung open.  It gave her a clear view of his back, of the play of muscles while he moved, the way they slid beneath his skin.  That was when he made it all worse.  He leaned down to peer into the space, attention firmly on the fridge’s interior.

Meanwhile her attention was firmly on his ass.  She wanted to bite and nibble him there, too. Okay, she wanted him everywhere, all of him.  Oh, she wouldn’t destroy herself in that way—Declan was dangerous, heartless—but that didn’t mean she couldn’t ogle. A lot.

“You done staring, yet?” Laughter tinged his words and she wrenched her attention from his ass. He remained bent over and peeked at her from beneath his arm. She met his teasing gaze for a split-second, his twitching lips enough to make her face flush, and then shot her stare to the ground. “Or should I go ahead and strip for you?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she mumbled.

“Liar.” His chuckle turned deep and dark, like smooth chocolate that lured her forward a step before she realized she’d moved. He straightened and turned away from the fridge, nudging the door closed with his foot.

His bare foot.

Could feet be sexy?

Abby’s cougar purred.  Apparently.

“Come eat.” He placed a carton of eggs and bag of shredded cheese on the counter.

“You keep trying to feed me.” She steeled herself for being so close to Declan without touching him.

“Because you need to eat.”  He didn’t give her a spare glance, just cracked an egg on the edge of the pan, a nice sizzle following the move. He tossed the empty shell in the sink and then focused on her, blue eyes intent. “You need to be prepared for what’s coming.”

“Coming?” Her heartbeat stuttered, her banked fear resurged and threatened to take over.

Declan’s eyes bled amber for a moment, flickered between man and wolf, and he refocused on the stove. “A team is hunting you on behalf of the director.”

“I don’t know what that means.” Or rather, she didn’t want to know.

He was quiet then, attention wholly on the frying pan as if his cooking decided the fate of the world. The longer he ignored her, the more nervous she became until she simply couldn’t take it anymore.

“Declan?” He didn’t make a sound, just flipped the second egg onto the plate and slid it across the counter

“Sweetheart,” he murmured, blue eyes back and staring deep into her soul. “Until we know more, you’re with me. Once we’re holding all the cards, we’ll figure out our play. For now, it’s just us.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Celia Kyle is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, ex-dance teacher, former accountant and erstwhile collectible doll salesperson. She now writes paranormal romances for readers who:

1) Like super hunky heroes (they generally get furry)

2) Dig beautiful women (who have a few more curves than the average lady)

3) Love laughing in (and out of) bed.

It goes without saying that there’s always a happily-ever-after for her characters, even if there are a few road bumps along the way. Today she lives in central Florida and writes full-time with the support of her loving husband and two finicky cats.

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Review: Wicked Bite (Realm Enforcers #5) by Rebecca Zanetti

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If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Tessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Tessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Tessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it . .

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My Review

“There ain’t nothing convenient about a mating.” “Possession is too tame of a word to describe what mating with me would carry with it.”

“Her limbs tinged with life–with energy. Every mating was primal, but mating with an alpha, an alpha shifter, took it to another level. She wanted this. For now, for today, she became lost in it.”

As a fan of the Dark Protectors Series, I have been dying and I mean dying to get my hands on the Realm Enforcers Series. Now, I should tell you that I have not read any of the previous books in the Realm Enforcers Series, but when I read the synopsis for Wicked Kiss, I just knew I had to dive in and read this book!!

One of the things that I really loved about this book was that despite the fact that I haven’t read any of the previous books in the Realm Enforcers Series, was that I could jump right in and read this book as though it was a stand-alone. Wicked Bite was very easy for me to read and I couldn’t help but devoured every single word. The world that this author has created is not only captivating, but is utterly consuming. The characters grab you from the very first page and will have you begging and pleading for more. I just loved it!

Wicked Bite has it all. From a fascinating and entertaining story-line, to strong and determined characters. To sexier than hell chemistry and exciting twists. To action and danger that only Rebecca Zanetti can deliver. This book does not disappoint and will have you blowing through the pages to see how the story will play out. I loved every second of this story and can not wait to dive into not only the previous books in this series, but I am also super excited to see where this series will go from here!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz with Review: Wrecked by JB Salsbury

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: WRECKED

Author: JB Salsbury

On Sale:  July 18, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $13.99 USD

eBook: $3.99 USD

Audio: $24.98 USD

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When Sawyer’s sister died, she had one wish: that Sawyer live life to the fullest. Now Sawyer is giving into her fate with the flip of a coin – heads or tails? Searching for her flight at the airport, Sawyer bumps into a handsome stranger…and suddenly fate doesn’t seem so scary.

Aden Colt is ticking time bomb. After leaving the Marines, unpredictable flashbacks, a hair-trigger temper, and paranoia make adjusting to civilian life hell. But he can’t seem to keep his distance from Sawyer. Even the best intentions can’t rid a soul of its scars, and between the two of them, Sawyer and Aden have more than their share of wounds…

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“Life is beautiful and terrifying.”

“His other hand comes up to cup my jaw and the touch is so innocent yet conveys a feeling of being cherished. Protected. Like I”m something valuable and breakable.”

“I’m drowning in her. In her touch, her effect, the way she looks at me as if she sees past the darkness in my soul to the man that I was meant to be. The honorable man I was before. God, how I want to be that man again.”

“I’ve let one too many suns set on my feelings for Celia without telling her what she mans to me, how she calms the war in my soul and silences the screams.”

Fate. Love. Family. Heartbreak. Just how far would you go in the name of love? Sawyer and Celia are twins, but couldn’t be more opposite. Fate can sometimes be a cruel bitch and Sawyer is about to learn just how cruel she can be. With Celia on her deathbed, she has only one wish; she wants Sawyer to pack up her things and give her friends the illusion that all is well with Celia, that Celia is just embarking on another adventure. Sounds easy enough. But for Sawyer, the task is harder than she ever imagined. How can she pretend to be her fearless sister? With Celia’s coin in her hand, Sawyer must allow fate to decide her actions and maybe just maybe she’ll find a little bit of peace and happiness….Aden hasn’t been quite right since the war. His PTSD has taken over his life leaving him to drown his sorrows in alcohol and women. He never saw Sawyer coming. She makes him want to be the man that he used to be. She makes him want to be so much more. Aden tries to stay away, but the pull is just too hard to ignore. Will Sawyer finally get out and enjoy life? Will Sawyer and Aden find their happily ever after? Will Sawyer’s truth destroy everything with Aden?? You’re just going to have to pick up this book and find out for yourself….

Overall, I really enjoyed Wrecked. I found Sawyer and Aden’s story to be compelling and wasn’t able to put it down. Their story is one that just pulls you in from the very beginning and has you devouring each page to see what will happen next. I really liked the idea of this story; honoring a dying woman’s last wish. You knew that nothing good was going to come from Sawyer pretending to be her sister, but how could she not do what her sister asked of her. There was so much good in Sawyer. She was patient and kind. She had so many fears, but overcame them in the name of her sister. Aden was a wonderful surprise. He was dark, moody and mysterious. He was broken and damaged from the cruel ways of war. He had so many demons of his own to battle and it was a joy watching him overcome those demons.

Wrecked is a complex and beautiful story. It is heartbreaking in the best possible way. This is a story of family and the love of sisters. It is a story of taking risks and chances. It is a story of finding yourself and heartache. It is a story of second chances–not just in love, but with life. This is a story of loss and finding love in the most unexpected places.

I will warn you that Wrecked does deal with some pretty serious and intense subject matter. I applaud the author for the way she handled these situations and how she stayed true to these damaged characters.

Wrecked took me by surprise in the best possible way. It was an emotional and beautiful journey. And I just enjoyed every single moment.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

Oh no, fuck no!

I thought he was kidding. I should’ve known better. Aden’s intentions with me since I stupidly boarded this boat have been my torment for his enjoyment. He loved watching me squirm over the bait tank and when I proved I wouldn’t shy away from a challenge, he pulled out the big guns. From his flirty smiles to his teasing touches, he’s discovered my weaknesses and is exploiting them for his own entertainment.

Now this? Raw fish probably still warm from fighting for its life.

And now I’m God knows how many feet above water sitting on a two-seater bench held up by rusty ladders and staring down a piece of glistening pink meat.

“You have to eat it, it’s a rite of passage.” He offers the meat to my lips and I quickly turn my face away.

“I’m really not hungry.” As if the idea isn’t enough to turn my stomach, watching him clean the fish before sectioning off enough for lunch wasn’t much of an appetite builder.

“Of course you are.” He brings the piece to his own mouth and takes a bite, closing his eyes with a moan as he chews.

I feel a rush of bile hit my throat, or maybe it’s beer, either way it’s warm and it burns. “That’s disgusting.”

“You’re telling me you don’t like sushi?”

My eyes widen. Sawyer would say she’s never had sushi. But Celia’s a different story. She ate a live cricket in the eighth grade on a dare. She didn’t even flinch. “I like sushi, just not directly from the…um…source.”

“Doesn’t get fresher than this.” He takes another bite and I can’t deny that his response to eating it does give it some appeal.

“I think I need soy sauce or that green stuff.” What’s it called?

“Just try it.”

“I really don’t want to.”

“Oh come on.” He smiles in that cute crooked way that makes my heart dip and dive. “Live a little.”

I chew the inside of my mouth debating the cost/benefit of taking a bite of this fresh-out-of-the-ocean fish. On one hand, I’ll impress Aden. That in and of itself is worth the ick factor. But what if I throw up all over his boat? Is the chance of impressing him worth totally humiliating myself? I groan when I realize what I’m doing, exactly what I swore I wouldn’t do. I’m making an internal pros and cons list. I close my eyes and steel my resolve and my spine. Don’t think, just decide. I pop open my eyes followed by my mouth.

“Yeah?” He stares at my parted lips.

I nod, hoping he’ll hurry before I change my mind.

Lifting the rose-colored flesh forward, he places it between my teeth. It’s a small bite so I close my lips around his fingers expecting him to pull away…but he doesn’t. For a moment I’m suspended in his gaze, totally stuck while his hot fingers rest between my lips. This should be grossing me out; after all, I watched him gut this fish with his bare hands and to wash off all the blood he merely dipped them into the ocean. But all the thoughts of raw fish and a stranger’s finger do nothing to stave off the warmth blooming in my belly. My tongue pulls the meat deeper into my mouth, brushing against the rough pad of his forefinger. He bites his lip but finally drops his hand.

He watches intently while I chew and swallow.

“How was it?” His voice is low and gruff.

Lost in the heated moment, I barely tasted it. “Good.”

His hand cups the back of my head and he pulls me toward him, stopping just short of our lips touching. “I can’t fucking take this anymore.” His breath is sawing in and out, bursting against my mouth with impatience. “Let me.” It’s a demand, not a question.

A kiss. I don’t need to channel Celia or flip a coin…I know what I want.

I lick my lips and close the slight distance between us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona

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Release Blitz with Review: Comeback Cowboy (Rocky Mountain Riders #2) by Sara Richardson

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Title: COMEBACK COWBOY

Author: Sara Richardson

Series: Rocky Mountain Riders, #2

On Sale: June 27, 2017

Publisher: Forever

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A WOMAN NEVER FORGETS HER FIRST COWBOY . . .
As a single mother, Naomi Sullivan is used to doing things on her own. She’s finally saved enough from working at the Cortez Ranch to buy a lovely home for her and her little girl. Life is going as planned. But when her high school sweetheart comes riding back to town, this self-sufficient woman feels something she hasn’t felt in years: red-hot, unbridled need for the handsome cowboy who left her behind.

Lucas Cortez doesn’t plan on being in town long. Yet when he sees Naomi again-the gorgeous girl he never stopped loving-he’s tempted to hang up his hat and stay awhile. He’s already charmed his way into her daughter’s heart, but he’ll need more than sweet talk and roses to convince Naomi to give them a second chance-especially when she’s hiding a secret that could change their lives forever . . .

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“Your words might be quiet.” “But they mean more than most people’s.”

Sometimes you just need a sweet second chance romance to get lost in and that’s exactly what Comeback Cowboy is.

Told from dual points of view, Comeback Cowboy follows the story of Naomi and Lucas. For Naomi, there has only been one love in her life and that was Lucas. He was her high school sweetheart, her everything. Their love was intense and like non other. All was going well until Lucas made a life altering decision. They say hindsight is twenty-twenty and in Lucas’ case there are lots of things that he regrets. The biggest, keeping Naomi away. Lucas never wanted to return home, but life had other plans for him. Because of his past, Lucas doesn’t plan on staying long, but when Naomi re-enters the picture, all of Lucas’ intentions go away. Life has given him hope and a second chance and he’ll stop at nothing to win back Naomi….

Overall, I found this book to be a quick and enjoyable read. I thought the story was well written and interesting. I am such a sucker for small town second chance romances, so naturally I fell in love with the setting instantly. I think the small town setting adds a lot to the story and is an interesting element for the characters to overcome. Living in a small town isn’t easy and when you have to deal with everyone knowing your business and judging you…well, that just really adds an interesting element to the story. I thought the characters were great and very easy to connect with. I admired Naomi a lot. It’s not easy being on your own, having to do everything. Add in raising a kid by yourself, and well, lets just say, Naomi is plain awesome. She is a devoted mother, hard worker and loves with everything she is. And Lucas…Oh, Lucas. He made a lot of mistakes as a young man and had a lot to make up for. I appreciated how thick his skin was and how he didn’t let the small town prejudices get to him. He worked hard to get where he is in his life and is honestly a good man.  I adored Lucas and Naomi together. They had amazing chemistry and I enjoyed their pull. I loved the way their relationship was re-built and grew. I think these two worked really hard to go after the things that they wanted in life and I couldn’t help but root for these two to find their way back to happiness.

Comeback Cowboy is my first book by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. This story hit all the marks for me, giving me a sweet and unforgettable second chance romance. I think this story had a wonderful message of hope, forgiveness, not letting others opinions rule your life and not being afraid to take a chance on love. Simply put, this was a wonderful story to spend the day getting lost in.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.*

EXCERPT

A yellow Volkswagen Beetle blitzed toward Lucas, picking up speed. Yep, he’d know that car anywhere. Naomi.

He watched her draw closer and closer, and just like it always did when Naomi got near, his heart picked up. Would she stop and give him a lift to the ranch? They hadn’t exactly been alone since he’d come back to Topaz Falls. She’d made sure of that.

As the yellow car sped around the curve, he lifted a hand to flag her down, but the car didn’t slow. Maybe she hadn’t seen him. Waving his arms, he stepped onto the shoulder…

Shit! The car was coming right for him! Adrenaline fired through him and sent him rolling into the ditch just as the car’s brakes screeched. The thing skidded and fish tailed, likely taking out half of the tires’ tread.

Breathing in the scent of burnt rubber, Lucas stared up at the sky. Well, that’d been one hell of a close shave.

The car door opened and out Naomi flew, stumbling down the embankment in her polished red heels, to where he lay on the ground.

“God, Lucas. I was so distracted I didn’t even see you.” Her delicate hands covered her face. “My god, I almost hit you.” She staggered a few steps.

That got him off the ground. “Hey.” He hurried over to her, brushing the gravel off his ass. “I’m fine.” He’d been through a hell of a lot worse than a tumble down into a ditch. “See. No blood. I’m good.”

She nodded, but seemed to be on the verge of hyperventilating. Which meant she was in no condition to get behind the wheel of that car.

“Why don’t I drive you back to the ranch?” He slipped an arm around her waist to support her, and he couldn’t resist drawing her close to him, closer than she’d been in ten long years. She still smelled like carefree summer afternoons—a subtle hint of lemon along with the coconut oil she used to use to soften her hands. That scent, the feel of her leaning into his body, roused a sudden overpowering greed. He’d never hungered as desperately for something as he hungered for her. To turn her fully to him. To feel those breasts he used to kiss so intimately against his own chest again. He knew that body, remembered every curve and bend, every fine detail…

“I’m okay,” Naomi whispered, shaking him off. “I can walk.”

Of course she could. But she did hand him the keys before hurrying to climb into the passenger’s seat without his assistance.

Lucas folded himself into the driver’s seat. “All right, then. We’re off.” He started the engine and backed up, then turned carefully out onto the highway.

He stole a glance at Naomi. Her soft lips twitched as he studied her. It wasn’t her full, bright, beautiful smile.

But it was a start.

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN RIDERS SERIES

HOMETOWN COWBOY, #1

COMEBACK COWBOY, #2

RENEGADE COWBOY, #3

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado’s rugged mountains. She’s climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons.

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Review: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


My Review

I have to say when I first picked up this book, I wasn’t exactly sure of what I was going to be getting myself into. However, the cover and synopsis grabbed my attention and boy am I so glad I decided to pick this book up.

Until It Fades follows the story of Catherine and Brett. I was captivated from the moment I picked up this book. I was intrigued by Catherine’s story and couldn’t wait to learn more. Catherine’s story is incredibly well written and will take you on one emotional and heartbreaking journey. Catherine’s life is anything but easy, and she will have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Her journey is confusing and beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Until It Fades is a unique coming of age story. I believe that Catherine’s character grows and matures quite a lot through out her story. Her story is one of young love and its consequences. It’s one of making mistakes and learning from them. Her story is one of hope and doing the right thing. It is a story about learning to not be so hard on yourself. But, mostly, it’s a story about forgiveness and second chances.

I admired Catherine so much as I read her story. I couldn’t fathom all the things that she had to endure all while living in a small town where your life is essentially on display. I admired her strength and the love she had for her daughter. I loved just how good of a person she was and how as an adult, she really thought about the decisions that she made. And Brett…I wasn’t expecting him at all, but I have to say, he came into Catherine’s life at just the right moment. He was kind and supportive. He took his time getting to know Catherine and never rushed or judged her. He was just the guy she needed in her life.

Until It Fades was a fantastic read. I was captivated from beginning to end. This story broke my heart, frustrated me and made me fall in love. There were twists that surprised me and had me holding my breath. I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I had to see how Catherine’s story was going to end. And in the end, the journey was so worth the ride. I am so glad I decided to check this book out.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*