Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – Regret at Roosevelt Ranch by Elise Faber

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Regret at Roosevelt Ranch; Roosevelt Ranch #4 (Series)
by Elise Faber (Author)

This review is from: July 28, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥

This is the second book I’ve read of Roosevelt Ranch (sadly I still haven’t had time to catch up with the first two books, they are still sitting in my TBR pile) and I’m still loving the small, quaint town and people that Faber writes about. This time we visit the local diner, where aside from the actual Ranch, a lot of the action in Darlington, Utah transpires at. I love that we finally get a glimpse into the man who has had a hand in helping so many others, Henry Miller.

Henry is at times, gruff, but also a loveable teddy bear. We have always gotten a sense that he has been wounded, but we never knew by whom. We finally meet the woman that put a thorn in Henry’s paw, Isabella. She doesn’t show up in town alone though. Her fiancé appears, even though Bella claims to no longer be engaged. Sergio is slime personified. This creates a whole new emotional level of chaos in Henry’s life. Is he ready to jump back out of the pan into the fire again? With the town at his back, Henry is ready for anything, but the bigger question is, is Bella ready for Darlington?

If you haven’t read any of the Roosevelt Ranch books yet, the great thing is you can pick them up at any point and jump right in. They are a quick, easy read that will always leave you with a good feeling after you finish them.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance

Review – Dare Me Tonight by Carly Phillips

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Dare Me Tonight; The Knight Brothers #3 (Series)
by Carly Phillips (Author)

This review is from: July 28, 2019 By Kay Daniels
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Level:🔥🔥🔥🔥

Dare Me Tonight is sexy and full of family, but also for all the contemporary lovers it has all the feels.

Sienna Dare is the baby of the family, weighing her options on whether she wants to attend a prestigious Master’s program in New York or just begin living her life. Upon meeting Ethan Knight, the CEO of Knight Time Technology, she only knew one thing for certain, she wanted to spend the night with him while she was visiting New York City. If there was anything for certain that Sienna knew it was that life was too short and she didn’t want to regret a thing. Not spending it with Ethan would be something she would regret that was certain.

Ethan Knight hadn’t been the same since his wife had passed.  Not that he was still grieving her. He was still bitter, annoyed, and angry at himself for missing the signs that his wife had been stealing from his company and cheating on him while also being a drug addict. He missed a lot of things and truthfully now that everything was out in the open, his wife was not one of them and that also weighed heavy on him. For that alone, he’s been alone, that is until he meets Sienna Dare. She’s the first person to stir something in him in a very long time.

Ian Dare, Sienna’s brother, has hired Knight Time Technology for a huge project and with a big project on the line can either one afford the possibility of messing that up? After their one night together they wish each other well, but that one night has later consequences. Will Knight and Dare be able to work things out that involves a happy ending for everyone involved? Read the book to see how everything turns out for this couple and their ever evolving family.

When I read the novella, Take The Bride, and saw a brief glimpse of Ethan Knight, I was curious about his story. Not only about his past, but even more so about the woman who would bring Ethan out of his saddened state into a better future. Since Take The Bride was the first Knight book I read and I had yet to jump into the Dare world I figured what better way than to jump in feet first with both families than by reading Dare Me Tonight in this wonderful blended novel.

If this is also your first time jumping into a Carly Phillips books, don’t worry, I had no problem keeping up. Carly does a fantastic job of throwing just the right mix of family time in while keeping the plot moving right along. You”ll love reading about both families and getting taste of each world. This is a great book!!

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New Release – All for You by Belle Brooks

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Title: All for You
Series: Beautiful You #1
Author: Belle Brooks
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 28, 2019

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“I will breathe for you.”

Some people’s bodies are built to run marathons. Others to lift and labour. And some are made so graceful their footsteps are barely heard.
My body was built to be a vessel. It was always built for you.

Maybelline Connors knows stars are not always as faultless as they appear. She knows life is not permanently concreted into its foundations, and love can last a lifetime … even when a lifetime is shorter than one hoped.

May has only one thing left to fight for: her baby. And when the man you love’s heart is breaking, it can be hard to find the beauty in those stars you once adored.

With life there is love … and with love there will always be life.

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EXCERPT

There is no breeze when my stiletto hits the footpath. The air is stale and lifeless. Like me. I slip each foot out of my shoes and hang them from my fingertips. The path is scorching against the flesh of my soles. I’m not sure why I do it—it could be because the path is far too hot for my skin to bear, or it could be because this is a natural act for me, but I run. I run flat out. Running has always alleviated my tension—it’s probably why I started training for this stupid half-marathon in the first place. My handbag slaps at my sides as my feet pound against the tar. Running usually supplies contentment in my life, but right now I feel numb. There is no contentment—no nothing. Maybe if I run far enough away then I won’t have cancer anymore.

Darting in front of a car, I inhale harshly as I wave my apologies before entering a children’s playground on the opposite corner to the medical centre. Children swing freely. The sound of innocent laughter fills the air. The green grass instantly cushions my boiling feet. I stare at its brilliant colouration when my head drops and my hands grasp my knees.

“It’s okay. Breathe,” I tell myself, trying to slow each breath.

Without warning the grass slowly fades to a haunting grey. I flick my head upwards and my body follows suit. The swings bearing the weight of small children suddenly morph into aged tombstones. This once beautiful playground becomes ugly, as I see only an eerie cemetery. I try to escape the sudden changes, and step forward. My lungs seize, causing me to cough hard, and I gasp. I attempt to inhale air, but it’s not entering my body like it should. A stampeding herd pummels my chest, buckling my torso over, folding me in half once more.

“Breathe, May,” I whisper, right before my legs give way. I fall heavily upon my knees as salty tears flow steadily from my disbelieving eyes. Finally, I draw a needy mouthful of air only to release it again in an injured howl.

Please don’t take my life.

AUTHOR BIO

Belle Brooks is the International bestselling author of eight novels and multiple novellas. She lives out in the country of Queensland with her incredibly tolerant and crazy family. She writes contemporary romance, romantic comedy and contemporary women’s fiction ranging from young adult to adult audiences. She also writes crime and psychological thrillers.

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Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, New Releases

Blog Tour – Defying Gravity by K.K. Allen

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Their greatest risk was the one they never took …

Defying Gravity, an all-new emotional sports romance from USA Today bestselling author K.K. Allen is available now!

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It was an accidental spring fling three years ago—one week spent in the mountains of Big Sur and no one was the wiser. Ignore the fact that Tobias James was my neighbor and my best friend’s older brother. Or that upon our return his hoop dreams were waiting for him, robbing us of any potential future we could have shared.

Now, I’m fulfilling my own dreams in L.A. and my biggest dream of all is about to come true. The last thing I expected was for my past and my present to collide.

Not now. Not here. Not him.

But he struts back into my life like he never even left. Unfortunately, I’ll never forget what happened after he did.

The ball is in my court, but Tobias isn’t below stealing—my power, my resolve, my heart… When he wants a second chance to reignite our connection, my answer is simple. We can’t.

Not unless we defy the rules our dreams were built on and risk everything.

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Excerpt:

“Where can we find the best view in Los Angeles?”
I had to think about that one. Every trail I’d hiked in the area ended with a gorgeous view, but I didn’t think a hike was what he’d had in mind. That gave me an idea. “Griffith Observatory has some nice views. Not sure how parking is this time of night.” I was still thinking. “Or there’s always Canyon Lake Drive.”
The look he gave me next wrapped a string around my heart and tugged gently. “Somewhere you haven’t been with a dude.”
Forcing back my smile, I grabbed his phone. “Drive. I’ll program the directions so I can enjoy the ride.”
I tried to ignore the pleased look on his face when I blushed at his request, but it was almost impossible to ignore him when I handed back his phone and my fingers accidentally brushed his. Our eyes connected on a beat, the electricity so charged between us that I felt the vibration throughout my body.
We rode the rest of the way in silence, like we both knew the conversation to come was a big one. Besides that, neither of us was a fan of small talk. Maybe that was why we’d always gotten along so well. We preferred hours of comfortable silence to awkward conversation. It made each moment we were together meaningful.
“Almost there,” he said once we were on Western Canyon Drive. “Where should I park?”
“You’ll keep going up the hill. Park on West Observatory Road. You’ll see the line of cars. I usually find a spot up close, but—” I made a face as I looked around his truck. “My car is three times smaller than this.” I grinned at him. “You might want to park about a half mile away.”
He chuckled. I didn’t understand why until he continued driving past where I recommended and almost reached the top of the hill, when he slowed. Just then, like fucking magic, a large truck was pulling out of a parallel parking spot, leaving it vacant.
“You are kidding me.”
He laughed again and parked with ease. Growing up in Malibu didn’t give us many opportunities for parallel parking, but I was certain he’d had his fair share of chances to get it right in Chicago.
I hopped out of the truck just as he made it to my side. “So impatient to hang out with me.”
I rolled my eyes. “Keep dreaming, James.”
He rolled his head back, grinning. “You realize there are women out there dreaming about a night just like this, right?”
I hoped he could feel the heat of my glare. “You don’t say.”
His lips pressed together like he was biting back a smile, then he took my hand in his and tugged me forward. “Let’s move. We have to make it before sunset.”
This time, silence didn’t fill our gaps. It dissipated with the first view we encountered before ever reaching the observatory.
“Wow.” I tugged away from him and walked to the balcony of the outlook.
As I stared out over trees and rock mountains, I had an epiphany. Taking Tobias here conveyed an unspoken promise that I’d never shared the same space with another man. I hadn’t even questioned the intimacy of what that meant, because it felt natural, just like everything with Tobias, even when the world was trying to pull us apart.
My choice had always been Tobias, even when he wasn’t around for me to choose. My heart still belonged to him.
A breeze whooshed by, tossing my hair. I breathed into the wind as it continued to beat against me, like the week hadn’t been enough for me to endure. And then strong arms wrapped around me from behind as my insides softened to putty. It had been only a week of knowing Tobias was back in town to stay, and I already knew I was in trouble.
Neither of us dared a word as he held me there, the hills of LA a beautiful sight before us, but it was his touch, his breath, his nearness that stole my focus. We’d never even made it to the observatory, but I knew what his mission was in wanting to take me somewhere with a view.
It was reminiscent of the one we’d shared in Big Sur, and I couldn’t ignore the rush of those memories that surfaced in the moment.
We stood in silence for a long time while Tobias held all of me—physically, emotionally, and metaphorically. His presence grounded me in a way that only my soul could feel. He owned me. All it took was the admission, and for the first time in a very long time, I felt at peace.
Once upon a time, Tobias had called me his moon. His rock. His strength. The one he reached for when the waters got rough. As risky as it was to admit it, I still wanted that to be true.
“Should we keep going?”
I knew Tobias was referring to the observatory, but my response was to a different interpretation of the question.
“Yes.”

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Meet K.K. Allen

K.K. Allen is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author and interdisciplinary arts and sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt contemporary romance stories that are as real as they are inspiring. K.K. is a Hawaiian girl who was raised in Seattle, and currently resides in central Florida. She works full time as a digital producer for a leading online educational institution and is the mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.

K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.’s love for inspirational and coming-of-age stories involving heartfelt narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K. releases next.

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