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A Hot Summer of Releases

Released The Summer of 2018

UNFORTUNATELY I haven’t been able to recap New Releases like I have in the past. Things like a new job and summer adventures just didn’t allow me spare time these past few months, but I’d like to take a moment to recap some of my favorite books that were published this summer, just in case you missed them the first go round.

One of the best series that I read this summer is full of laughter, sexy hot men, and meddling townsfolk (look back to the laughter comment once again) was by Vanessa Vale. Her Montana Small Town Romance series had it all. Adventure, laughter, steamy romance, and lovable characters that had me itching for each new book. Read them all and you won’t be disappointed.

Montana Small Town Romance series 

by Vanessa Vale

Small town romance with heat. This series is funny, sexy and just a super easy contemporary romance read.

Montana Fire
Jane West’s life is perfectly average. Perfectly boring.

Until Ty Strickland—Grade-A, smoking hot firefighter—moves in down the street. Then things get a little exciting, and not in the good, panty-melting sort of way. Not only does someone want her dead (seriously), she has to wrangle her out-of-control desires where the new neighbor is concerned, and convince her boss at the small town’s only adult toy store—who meddles in Jane’s love life—to leave the new hose-wielding hottie off her matchmaking radar.

But it’s not all chaos and pancakes. There’s Ty. And his smoking hot body. Smoking hot kisses. He’s burning the walls around her heart to nothing but ash. And she just might be falling in love…if she can stay alive long enough.

Montana Ice
It may be below zero, but Jack & Veronica heat things up.

Veronica Miller is a plumber on a mission—buy out her dad and the family business is finally hers. One big, handsome problem stands in her way. And it’s not a clogged toilet.

Jack Reid is the boy she crushed on in high school. Ten years ago, he broke her heart and skipped town. But now he’s back, and he’s definitely no longer a boy. He’s all man—and he’d really like for Veronica to check out his pipe.

Forced to being roommates, Jack and Veronica have to work through a decade of baggage, disappointment, wanting and unrequited lust.
Even though Veronica’s heart hasn’t yet forgiven Jack, they’ll need more than a pillow berm down the middle of the bed to keep them apart.

Montana Heat
Emma Hardy hasn’t been able to forget Sam Carter, or his incredible kiss in the elevator. Sadly, he rocked her world (and her libido), then calmly walked away, quit his job, and disappeared for two months.

Not exactly the hot kiss follow-up she’d been hoping for.

But Sam was busy making plans. Plans that include the two of them and picking up where they left off.

This time, nothing will stop them.

Montana Wild
Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she’s been called in as emergency reinforcements—of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she’s never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won’t be hard work—while wishing for more.

Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady’s advances.

A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could possibly go wrong?

Montana Mine
Daphne Lane leads an uncomplicated life as a travel journalist. After spending a week visiting her crazy Aunt Velma in Montana, she’s more than ready to escape to her next assignment. But Fate has other plans in the form of JT McCade, a sexy detective with a sensitive trigger finger.

Pulling over a car for speeding should’ve been quick and easy for JT. Hand over a ticket and move on to his summer vacation. But Daphne was a force of nature and destroys his plans. When he finds himself on a road trip across the west with Daphne and three other women, he doesn’t know what hit him. Oh yeah, Daphne Lane in a vintage RV.

Can JT and Daphne survive everything three geriatric matchmakers dish out on this road trip from hell?? Will the insanity lead Daphne to the one place she’s never really been…home.

♥Published: Summer 2018♥

Lauren Blakely owes me kleenex with this next book. I may get teary or choked up while reading, but Unbreak My Heart had me weeping throughout the entire book. I had to stop reading multiple times because I couldn’t see the words swimming in front of my bleary eyeballs. This book broke me and then unbroke me. It was just that good.


Unbreak My Heart

by Lauren Blakely

From #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely comes a new standalone romance as you’ve never seen her before. Filled with raw emotion, heartbreak, hope, and humor, UNBREAK MY HEART explores how to heal, how to live, and how to love.

I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine — we broke each other’s.

I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned . . . but I’m not the guy I was before.

Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same — my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.

There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.

She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.

That’s the chance I have to take.

Paperback 300 pages

♥Published: July 6th 2018♥

Lorelei James is the queen of Cowboy Romance. Her sexy men in tight wrangler jeans are the stuff of my cowboy fantasities. And Racked and Stacked delivered on every level. The main characters were introduced a few books back and whew…did they dislike one another. Lorelei always knows when the timing is right to release all that passion….mmmm yum hold on for it in Racked and Stacked.


Racked and Stacked

by Lorelei James

Opposites don’t just attract in the West–they sizzle–and Wyoming has never been hotter than in the latest sexy Blacktop Cowboys® novel.

Growing up with three older brothers, Larissa “Riss” Thorpe defines the term tomboy–a moniker that never mattered to her until she crossed paths with sexy cowboy player Ike Palmer. Seeing him in action on the road, Riss can tell that Ike prefers his women soft-spoken and feminine. And since Riss is obviously not his type, it’s unlikely that they’ll mix business and pleasure when they’re in close quarters together.

Former cattle broker Ike Palmer was ready for a new chapter in his life as a stock contractor when he started working with Riss, a sassy truck driver who gets under his skin at every turn. But Riss is unlike any woman he’s ever met and her candor inflames him in the most unexpected ways.

After circumstances force a truce between them, Riss and Ike will have to choose to maintain the stubbornness that keeps them apart or take a chance on the fiery attraction that could lead to something more…

ebook 352 pages

♥Published: August 7th 2018♥

 

The first book in a new series, the Rockwell Legacy, The Rebel set the stage for a new family to fall in love with. The Rockwell family has lived in the mountain lodge for years, but will their legacy remain with their father’s health failing? Time will tell and this series is going to be so good.


The Rebel; The Rockwell Legacy #1

by Jennifer Bernard

A passionate new series from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard …

Every family has its rebel … and its secrets.

Deep in the Cascade mountains, the Rockwell family has been running historic Rocky Peak Lodge for generations. But now, that legacy is at risk of disappearing forever.

Kai, always the rebel, would rather risk his life as a rescue paramedic than deal with his impossible father, “Mad Max” Rockwell. Only one thing could bring him home—a real threat to his family’s legacy. Especially in the form of a beautiful woman.

Nurse Nicole Davidson never pictured herself as a spy. All she wants is security for her disabled sister. Get some inside intel for a friend’s real estate group while working for surly Max? She can do that. Until the outrageously sexy Kai Rockwell shows up and sets everything on fire—most especially her.

Equally determined, equally passionate about protecting their families, Kai and Nicole don’t know if they should be enemies or lovers. All they know is they can’t resist each other…no matter the price.

ebook

♥Published: September 4th 2018♥

The first book in the the series, The Theory of Unrequited, was just the beginning. The beginning of the puzzle that was AJ and Evan. The Solution to Unrequited begins to fill in what the picture of the puzzle looks like between AJ and Evan. That puzzle still isn’t finished by the end of the book. There are still more pieces to fill in until we see the whole picture. AJ and Evan’s story isn’t complete and my heart is waiting in anticipation until the next release. It’s heartbreaking, maddening, and soulful to watch these two, and yet I can’t wait to finish the puzzle.


The Solution to Unrequited; The Science of Unrequited #2

by Len Webster

The Solution of Unrequited, Book Two in The Science of Unrequited: The Story of AJ & Evan.

Atomic number: 33
Name of chemical element: Arsenic
Symbol: As

Every solution has a poisonous flaw … even between best friends.

The agreement: Fall break together.
The struggle: A road trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts.
The reason: To find a way back into each other’s lives.
The issue: AJ’s not ready to let Evan reclaim the parts of her he made his.
The hindrance: Connecticut.

ebook, 281 pages

♥Published: July 11th 2018♥

Memento Mori – “Remember that you must die”.
First of all, you know I adore Lexi Blake. Secondly, this book is filled with crossovers and I love crossovers so hard!!  Lexi took bits from almost every series she has been a part of and that fed my crossover addiction like the good dealer she is. I was basically bouncing in my seat while I read each new crossover reference. I’d say I need help, but I adore it, so please keep it up Lexi! Also, did I mention I was giddy over this release? Memento Mori is so good it is everything I expected from a Lexi Blake novel and so much more..

Memento Mori (Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1)

by Lexi Blake

Six men with no memories of the past
One leader with no hope for the future

A man without a past

Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman’s will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows-his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.

A woman with a bright future

River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She’s finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.

A love that could heal a broken soul

Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he’s never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn’t even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?

ebook, 452 pages

♥Published: August 28th 2018♥

 

*All book synopsis’ given by Goodreads

For a bigger list of published books released this past month that includes Romance, YA, Science Fiction, Fiction, YA, etc…Find it on Goodreads

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