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#Review – The Double D Ranch: A Friends to Lovers Novel (A Fortuna, Texas Novel Book 1) by Rochelle Bradley

The Double D Ranch: A Friends to Lovers Novel (A Fortuna, Texas Novel Book 1)

Welcome to Fortuna, Texas where the men read romance novels. This spicy, heartwarming friends to lovers romance is set in the small town of Fortuna and is the first in the Fortuna, Texas series.

Longhorns and lingerie…

Much to the chagrin of foreman Josiah, Jessie Davidson wants a romance reduction. But the Double D Ranch hides a secret. Since inheriting the property, Jessie kept her grandmother’s hoard concealed, but now she’s found the courage to purge the unwanted items: steamy novels, thousands of them. Romance has to go! Donating the books is a good thing, right? Not when coupled with a dare.

The dare spirals out of control. The ante is upped when caches of the spicy books, left in barber shops, pool halls, and pubs, challenge others to join the fad. A perverted prankster runs amok playing on the town’s fantasies. Book clubs are formed. Plots acted out. In a town saturated with romance, Jessie finds her love life underdeveloped.

Keep Jessie safe. It’s the promise Josiah Barnes made to Jessie’s dying grandmother. He aims to honor it, even if it means protecting Jessie from himself. Failing her in the past has him on high alert when the Double D becomes ground zero for the arousal avalanche sweeping the town. As a full-support, silent partner, Josiah will do anything to augment the Double D. But when Jessie starts selling handmade lingerie, keeping his hands to himself is easier said than done…

Will she shelve happily ever after like a rejected novel, or open her heart and start a new chapter?

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Review by Kelly

The Double D Ranch is where the arousal avalanche started with the discovery of the provocative hoard of romance novels. Now all the big bad men are in book clubs learning the art of magic mouths while the women wait to be experimented on. LMAO! This is not all! There is a wonderful story about Jessie who inherited the Double D Ranch when her grandparents passed away. She is slowly but surely going through all their things when she happens upon the hoard of romance novels. And I use the term hoard very loosely. A bet is made and next thing you know the whole town is hooked on the romance novels! She uncovers a past about her grandparents that she didn’t know and realizes that her grandmother was a little feistier than she ever would have thought. I LOVE her grandmother’s story and the fact that her friend is still around to add fuel to the fire. Actually, there are a lot of things that go on in this story. I will be brief so not to give too much away but there is a town prankster, lingerie, an incredibly slow burn love story, crazy characters, and an intense backstory of Jessie’s. I must be honest that the slow burn part was killing me. There were times that I was like “just get it on already”! However, the crazy names, funny situations, the plethora of sexual innuendos and the witty banter had me literally laughing out loud! There is a great story, though a bit sweet and corny at times, kept me turning the page. This is a new author for me, but I definitely needed the tongue-in-cheek story. If you need something light-hearted and a bit on the slapstick comedy side, I’d recommend!

Rochelle Bradley

Rochelle puts an artistic spin on everything she does but there are two things she fails at miserably:

1. Cooking (seriously, she can burn water)

2. Sewing (buttons immediately fall back off)

But she loves baking and makes a mean BTS (Better than Sex) cake. When in observation mode she is quiet, however, her mouth is usually open with an encouraging glass-is-half-full pun or, quite possibly, her foot.

She is a Bearcat, a Buckeye, an interior decorator, and fluent in sarcasm.

In 2008 she decided to get the stories out of her head. Midway through her first novel, hurricane Ike (yes, a hurricane in Ohio) rendered the laptop useless with a nine-day power outage. She didn’t give up, but continued to pursue her dream.

Every November Rochelle takes on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org) where she endeavors to write 50,000 words in thirty days. You can often hear her cheering the Dayton, Ohio area Wrimos (those who join her in this crazy pursuit).

Rochelle shares her home with a big black cat, an itty-bitty orange tiger kitty, her daughter, her son, and her Prince.

She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Facebook (search for Author Rochelle Bradley), Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Visit Rochelle’s website to sign up for her newsletter to keep up to date about future novels and book signings (RochelleBradley.com).

#WOTR21 -A Heart Redeemed by Dawn Brower

A Heart Redeemed (Heart's Intent, #6; The Everyday Heroes World)

Dawn Brower’s A Heart Redeemed is a Suspenseful, Emotionally-Charged, Contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes Worlds.

Paige Morris has secrets…

Her life has been filled with darkness for too long. After a terrorizing experience with her daughter’s father she makes necessary changes. Redemption isn’t always possible, but she hopes in time she’ll achieve hers. When she is asked to foster a little girl whose parents were murdered she automatically agrees.

Alexander “Lex” Foster is battling demons of his own…

He has witnessed a lot of awful things in his life, but the gruesome murder he’s assigned to investigate tops the list. The little girl he finds cowering in a cupboard breaks his heart. Solving the case becomes his top priority. What he doesn’t expect is his instant attraction to the foster mother who takes in the victim’s daughter.

Deception, murder, and inescapable passion…

What could go wrong? As Paige and Lex grow closer, so does the killer. After several disturbing messages Lex moves in to protect the girls. Ensuring their safety is his priority. He cannot afford any diversions; however, his growing desire for Paige may be his undoing. When the psychopath makes his move he might be too late to save them.

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USA TODAY Bestselling author, DAWN BROWER writes both historical and contemporary romance. There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She raised two boys into productive young men. There is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby and she loves all genres.

She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To follow her or can find more about her check out her website for the pertinent information: www.authordawnbrower.com

#NewRelease #ReleaseDay- Great Pretender, Cocky Hero Club Book by Khardine Gray

Great Pretender (Cocky Hero Club)

He needs a wife so he can get his inheritance.
I’m up to my eyeballs in debt with a sick father who needs treatment.
When he offers me a million dollars to be his fake wife, am I supposed to say no?

Chad Holdsworth is one of the wealthiest football stars in the country.
We’ve been best friends since birth.
So his shenanigans are nothing new to me.
The idea of getting married should have been easy.

Until he kissed me.

We then forgot we were supposed to be pretending.
And broke all the rules.

I know better than to fall for a playboy.
Even if he is my friend.
But I’m so lost in him I can’t see my way back.
With that panty-melting smile and his bedroom baby blues, he could get a nun in trouble.
What chance do I have of resisting?

If you play with fire, you will get burned.
Loving this man might be a mistake I’m not prepared for.

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Khardine Gray is a USA Today Bestselling author who loves writing sizzling hot contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance.
She also writes under the pen names: Faith Summers for Dark Romance and Bella Fontaine for multicultural and interracial romance.
Her books have sexy, drool-worthy heroes who will make you melt, and sassy, fun loving, ambitious heroines.
She simply adores her readers and loves spoiling them xx

#WOTR21 #NewRelease – At Her Service, Book 1 of the Ryd Service by Michel Prince

At Her Service by [Michel  Prince]

Harrison Cordell knows the new ride app, RYD, created for those who work at AYS Protection, is a test from his boss. One that might bring him a huge promotion if he can woo the right kind of client.

When Mackenzie Turner’s delicate fingers tap on her phone, the line between client and lover will be tested.

Kenzie Turner is gutting out a boss from hell. Learning from one of the top CFOs in the country. When she’s asked to test out the new RYD app, she never thinks she’ll be picked up by a man she can only want, but never have.

There must be a way to get around the no-touch client rule; only she may need more than his touch when an outside threat puts her life in danger.

Will Harrison give Kenzie the ride of her life? Or will they stall out before they even leave the curb?

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Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. In 2013 she was awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and cat.

#WOTR21 #SeriesFinale #KindleUnlimited #kindleunlimitedromance #romcomreads #romcombooks #newbookalert #newbookrelease #onetimeatcamp #summerlovin #romancebookstagram #romancereaders – Under the Stars: Summer Loving Book Four by Amabel Daniels

Under the Stars: Summer Loving Book Four by [Amabel Daniels]

Summer Loving carries on!
Who’s ready to head to the woods?
⛺️ enemies to lovers
⛺️ dares
⛺️ water…sports

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Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, three adventurous daughters, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”

#Review – Finally Us (Next Generation Book 5) by J.M. Walker

Finally Us (Next Generation, #5)

-Vince-
She was perfect.
Her heart.
Her soul.
Everything.
I had been in love with Gigi Rodriguez for as long as I could remember. I had never been shy about my feelings toward her. Everyone knew how I felt. Except for the person who mattered most.
I needed her like I needed my next breath. Our souls called out to each other, entwining together to form a bond I had never felt with another person.
She was passionate.
Strong.
Mine.
Just when I thought I had her in my arms for good, an unknown force threatened to take away the only thing I had ever wanted…

-Gigi-
He was stubborn.
Obsessed.
Dominating.
Vincent Stone Junior was the very reason I danced. Every time I moved, I moved for him. He just didn’t know it yet.
It all started the night of his eighteenth birthday, but school got in the way and I didn’t see much of him for the next three years.
When he came home for good, I knew that he had one mission: To crack down the walls I had built.
I didn’t want to love him.
I didn’t want to need him.
But losing a piece of myself made me realize that I did in fact want those things. He taught me to love myself first and that he would be there, ready and waiting…
For me.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

There are some books that just stay with you. Vince and Gigi’s story is one of those. They are childhood friends but with a little age gap. Vince was basically everyone’s little brother. Both have “secretly” had the hots for each other, but as they have become adults, Vince knows that he must make Gigi his. And boy does he! Funny part to this is that everyone knows that these two need to be together.   Now, if you have read any of JM Walker’s books, you know that she can weave a very heart wrenching and extremely hawt tale. Well, let me tell ya, Finally Us is deeply passionate and full of emotion…like I said earlier, this one will stay with you. Vince and Gigi are completely relatable characters, almost as if they are real people that you actually know. You will feel for both of them and root for them right to the very end. It is a slow burn at first, but the wait is totally worth it because when they collide…whew! They truly ignite!

J.M. Walker

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

Find me: https://linktr.ee/authorjmwalker

#WOTR21 #NewRelease #Review #2ndChance – NOTHING BUNDT LOVE by Samantha Lind

Nothing Bundt Love by [Samantha  Lind]

Nathan Bailey was the one that got away…or so I thought.

After leaving our hometown of Sweet Valley, Tennessee, for college,
He never looked back….
Until ten years later, when he walked into my bakery.

The now billionaire tech-mogul is back in town and has his eyes set on me.

He’s no longer the boy next door.
Tall, dark, and handsome, he’s all man now.

His sweet-talking is impossible to ignore; it’s almost as delicious as my bundt cakes.

Can I take a chance on my first crush and hope he won’t break my heart for a second time?

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

So I have fallen in love with Samantha’s audio series for the hockey series she has out.  When I saw she was starting a new series and caught the name…sold!! I mean it sounded adorable and fat girl loves cake!!  LOL

One thing I do love about Samantha’s characters are how true to life they seem.  They have the flaws you and I have so I feel they are relatable.  Which makes it easier for me to be THAT girl in the story…and who didn’t wanna be THAT girl in this story because Nathan…HEEEY!!!!

Nathan is coming home to visit his grandma after being gone a substantial amount of time creating a business that is thriving.  When he comes home he sees HER…ya know the one girl….ya know….Harper.  He totally crushed on her and her him but nothing ever came of it.

Now that Nathan is back he is totally going after Harper.  The two need to talk and slowly trust but with all Samantha’s books she gets the characters where they need to be to move everything forward.

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music. You can connect with Samantha on her website, www.samanthalind.com.

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#WOTR21 #audio #review #Contemporary #ContemporaryRomance – Sweet Tea & Second Chances: A Boy Next Door Small Town Rom Com (Lovebird Café Book 1) by Dylann Crush, narration by Carly Robins and Aiden Snow

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The boy next door is about to rock my world… again.

There’s no room in my new life for an old flame. Especially not when the sparks still smolder.

But the only way to claim my big city future is by cutting ties with my small town past, and I find myself caught between a rock of regret and the hard planes of Robbie Jordan’s chest.

I only need to survive until he fixes up my grandparents’ house and I can cash out. But he’s got a truck full of tools and knows exactly how to use them. Not to mention the things that man can do with a hammer…

Snag your copy of Sweet Tea & Second Chances today and relax into Swallow Springs, Missouri, where a cocky rooster rules the roost and all of life’s problems can be solved while sipping on a nice cold glass of sweet tea.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased the audio and ebook combo from Amazon.

First up let me start with the narration….LOVED them BOTH!!  They both did a great job bringing the characters to life and hitting the comedy at the right time.  Audio can ruin any good book, but I think this combo did a great job bringing the story even more alive for me a listener.

Look I am a sucker for a good 2nd chance story and this one did not disappoint.  Now there were times when I was like “Girl Imma smack you” or even “BOOOOOYYYYYY” but that is a given in any good book right???

This is the story of young love that was destroyed through miscommunication…yeah let’s call it that.  The two are so in love and at the same time do not communicate so it caused issues for them as teens and again at times as adults.

Cassie needs money, and even though I felt she was a bit naïve with why she needed the money, she was going to sell her childhood home.  Her grandparent’s home.  The one with all her good memories.  The house needs a lot of updating and so she is stuck seeing HIM….Robbie.  The one who broke her heart in to a million pieces.

Robbie never understood why things went they way they did.  His life is at a crossroads.  He either marries his current girlfriend, who he is talking time away from to sort through things (no cheatin’ here people)  or he walks away and starts over again someplace else once his things at home are sorted.

Having Cassie return makes Robbie and Cassie start to remember the love they have but seems others just can’t have it.  We start to see some drama from ex’s and parents and everything else get in the way for the couple.

I did enjoy the story and love when people can find their way back to their better half or the perfect fit to their soul. Cassie and Robbie definitely are that for the others.

Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota.

Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a rescue mutt and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila.

You can find her at www.dylanncrush.com.

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#WOTR21 #Military #MititaryRomance #Military Fiction #RomanticSuspense #ContemporaryRomance #Disability #Verterans #Audio #Review – Embattled Hearts (Military Romantic Suspense) (Lost and Found Book 1) by J.M. Madden Narration by Eric G. Dove

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John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.

Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him.

When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased the ebook and audio deal on Amazon.

The narration is very different from any I have listened to before.  I didn’t dislike nor love the narrator, Eric G. Dove. At times I felt it was a little stiff and more essay style reading, but it could be because the story was in 3rd person.  So continuously hearing someone say/read the main characters names during the story pulled me out at times.  He did a good job changing up the different voices in the story for the multiple characters though.

The story is about a disabled military veteran who has not felt any love or inklings for attraction since he became “less than” as he feels.  When the new secretary starts work, he starts to feel more but knows an attractive woman like her would have no interest in a man like him.

Shannon has a long history and has had her fair share of bad boyfriends so when she starts to have a growing affection for her boss, John, she is afraid she will lose her job or have her feelings rebuffed.

When Shannon’s past “boyfriend” resurfaces, John is there to help her and soon their mutual attraction is undeniable for them much like everyone around them.  I enjoyed the cast of characters and their history together.  I loved the banter the guy had and gave each other.  I really enjoyed how John and his partner went above and beyond to help fellow military vets with anything they can.  Sometimes serving up truth about their mental wellbeing even when they do not want to hear it.

The twist of the who and why of Shannon’s story line was unexpected and I was shocked at everything as it unfolded as I did not see it coming.  But lets be honest I never figure out who the bad guys are EVER! LOL.

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between ‘combat modified’ military men and the women who love them. J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she’s at the computer, reading and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has several projects in the works. She also dearly loves to hear from readers! So, drop her a line. She’ll respond.

#WOTR21 #DoctorRomance #AudioBook #Doctor- Cocky Doc by Samantha Lind

Cocky Doc: A Hero Club Novel by [Samantha  Lind , Hero  Club ]

I was minding my own business at my new job as a child life specialist when the sexiest doctor in the hospital fell into my lap… literally.

He was every woman’s fantasy, the Adonis in a white coat was charming, not to mention brilliant.

Dr. Andrew “Drew” Montgomery was quite the catch, not the usual type of guy who I’d expect to fall for a woman like me.

The first man who saw past my wheelchair, Drew was also the first man I could see myself settling down with.

We started dating, and everything seemed fine, but something was holding him back, Drew was married to his job and he carried the weight of his namesake. A name I wasn’t sure I could live up to.

I meant to keep my guard up, but it was no use. I was in over my head the moment his gorgeous blue eyes thoroughly examined me.

I knew my body was in good hands, but could I trust my heart with the cocky doctor?

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this ebook and audio since the audio was on sale at the time.

I will say I LOVED Jacob’s narration for the story.  His voice for Drew and Megan were great.  He also did a killer voice for Drew’s best friend.  Lucy’s narration for Megan and Drew were ok.  It was a little too breathy at times and seemed to not flow as easy as Jacob did.  But it didn’t stop with my enjoyment of the story.

Drew is a total playboy.  He loves his job and loves to hit it and quit it with the ladies.  He isn’t looking for anything serious because he doesn’t think he has anything to give anyone. When he literally crashes into the new Child Life Specialist at the hospital, he soon realizes the best things can come in wheelchairs.

Megan is so excited to finally have her dream job.  Being wheelchair ridden she knows what it’s like being stuck in the hospital as a kiddo and wants to help others.  When she gets to work on her first day, she meets Lucy who soon becomes her best friend and job mentor.  When the hot doctor lands in her lap, she is stunned how polite and kind he is.  The two soon become friends and when they find themselves as dates for a hospital gala, the couple soon see each other in a different light.

The story is a great show of how when you find the right person everything in your life soon clicks and fits right!!  Megan is the best support system for Drew.  Drew is the best man for Megan in that he shows her everything she never thought would be possible.  I loved this story.  I loved how the couple are so perfect for each other.  They are the ying to the others yang.

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music. You can connect with Samantha on her website, www.samanthalind.com.

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