Review – Strong Enough to Love by Victoria Dahl

Strong Enough to LoveBlurb
USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Dahl delivers sassy and sexy contemporary romance in a new series set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Get a taste with this novella, Strong Enough to Love….

Photographer Eve Hill was completely comfortable being single. Or at the very least, she was completely resigned to it. There was only one man who made every nerve in her body and brain light up when he walked into a room. But Brian Stewart had always been off limits. Hell, she’d never even kissed him!

For Brian, returning to Jackson Hole feels like coming home. But that has nothing to do with the town. It’s Eve drawing him back. Eve and the chance to finally see if they have something or if it’s all been in his imagination.

Eve doesn’t think she can open her heart to Brian again after getting hurt so badly before, though her body still wants him. She offers Brian one night to fulfill their long-denied fantasies, and that’s it. No love or promises, just a chance to get their attraction out of their systems. But can one night really be enough?

Return to Jackson Hole for more steamy romance by Victoria Dahl in Close Enough to Touch, Too Hot to Handle and So Tough to Tame.

Warning – this is a short novella (914 locations on a kindle). For such a short read, I feel like the author drew me into Jackson Hole and made me want to stay there and learn more about the other residents as well. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the Jackson Hole series.

Ms. Dahl did second chance love very well with this book. I loved that the heroine didn’t just welcome back the hero with open arms that he had to work for it. He deserved to have to work for it after how he left the first time. Beautifully written and very compelling.?

Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – Double Down by Katie Porter

Double DownBlurb
Desire as reckless as a fighter jet in freefall…and just as dangerous.

As part of the 64th Aggressor Squadron, Major Ryan “Fang” Haverty flies like the enemy to teach Allied pilots how not to die. The glittering excess of the Strip can’t compare to the glowing jet engines of his F-16. But a sexy, redheaded waitress in seamed stockings? Now “she” gets his blood pumping.

Cassandra Whitman’s good-girl ways haven’t earned any slack from her manager ex-boyfriend, or prevented a bad case of frazzle from holding down two and a half jobs. She sure wouldn’t mind letting the handsome Southern charmer shake up her routine.

Their wild weekend lives up to Sin City’s reputation. Especially when they discover a matched passion for roleplaying. For Cass, it’s an exciting departure from her normal, shy persona. But for Ryan, it triggers memories of a time when his fetish drove away the woman he loved-leaving him reluctant to risk a repeat performance.

Except Cass refuses to settle for ordinary ever again. She’s about to show the man with hair-trigger hands that she’s got a few surprise moves of her own.

A beautiful beginning to what seems like an amazing series. I always love to read romance novels featuring our military men. They are truly heroes. Double Down was well-written and executed beautifully. The story shows us what love is all about. Give and take, trying to make yourself better for the one you love.

Ryan is scared to admit to his fantasies because of being rejected for them in the worst way. Clare is scared to stand up for herself and do what makes her happy in her life. Clare forces Ryan to see nothing is wrong with his fantasies and Ryan pushes Clare to make her dreams become a reality. The sad thing is they almost loose each other doing that.

I was so glad that Jon and Leah pushed Ryan to go to Clare’s show. I didn’t know if he would ever get his head out of his ass and go on his own.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – No Knight Needed by Stephanie Rowe

No Knight NeededBlurb

Broad shoulders silhouetted in the night. Strong arms anchoring her against a powerful chest. A modern-day knight in shining armor on a stormy mountainside… Who has time for that kind of fantasy? Not Clare Gray, that’s for sure. The plucky single mom is a little too busy to dream about turbulent dark eyes brimming with intensity, and sensual kisses that ignite her soul. But when Boston business mogul Griffin Friese steps out of his black truck on the abandoned mountain road and helps Clare rescue her daughter from a deadly Maine storm, her well-ordered world implodes.

Suddenly, Clare finds herself having fantasies about tender loving and hot passion with the mysterious stranger with the rain-slicked jacket and the angel painted on the roof of his truck. The midnight encounter awakens yearnings in Clare that are far too dangerous to explore, but when she learns that her heroic knight is staying in town for a few days, he becomes a reality she can’t deny. She’s already barely surviving, so how can she risk her heart with a man who threatens everything she believes in?

NOTE: No Knight Needed was originally published under the title Dawn at Birch Crossing. Book Two of the Ever After series, Fairytale Not Required, is an entirely new release and will available December 2012.

Reading Between the Wines blog hosted Ms. Stephanie Rowe to feature the second book in this series, No Fairytale Required. They also did a giveaway. I hadn’t read the first book, so when I won, I requested the first book No Knight Needed. I am so glad I did. This book was amazing, and very emotional. Clare has been a single mother for fifteen years. She’s also been keeping a secret from everyone she loves that whole time. She has emotionally shut herself off from men after her first husband died in an automobile accident leaving her to raise their daughter alone at eighteen.

Griffin shows up at just the right time for Clare. He helps her rescue her daughter and her daughter’s friends from being stranded in a storm when Clare’s car won’t make it around a downed tree.

I really didn’t know if these two would ever get their shit together. Norm did the right thing in pushing Griffin. I think that helped him realize what he was leaving behind and what was really important. Every small town needs a Norm. I’m really going to miss him in the second book.

Ms. Rowe wrote this story beautifully. She shared the hero and heroines emotions so that you knew exactly how they felt and what they were going to feel next. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series and more books from this author in the future. Thanks for the awesome read Ms. Rowe.

Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – Fresh Temptation by Reeni Austin

Fresh TemptationBlurb
Victor Barboza is a man who has everything but a good woman.

Cara Green has a young son, three part-time jobs, and a few extra pounds.

Their worlds collide as Cara serves Victor at an upscale party in Manhattan, upsetting Victor’s ex-fiancee, Alexis, in the process.

Victor pursues Cara, but Cara is not sure of his intentions: Is he using her to make Alexis jealous? Does he just want her for sex? Or is love Victor’s true aim?

I purchased this book in December and forgot about it. I read about it when I noticed it was free and found out that I had already purchased it so, I decided I would read it. The blurb enticed me and wanted to see what it was about. I love romance series and hoped this would be another to add to my list that I’m following.

The beginning of the book drew me right in. A single mother, from rags-to-riches hot Latin male, what more could you want, right? I was loving the story and then the ending just kinda didn’t do it for me. It feels like I was there, all there, for the first week of the romance and then wth happened. All of sudden we were months down the road and no idea how we got there or what happened in between. I wanted to hear about the dating and long distance relationship. I wanted it all!

I liked this book, but really want a better ending.

Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – Rescued by the Rancher by Soraya Lane

Rescued by the RancherBlurb
Can anyone heal this rugged rancher’s broken heart?

Volunteer firefighter Jake McGregor can’t believe it when he arrives to the scene of a burning house, and finds out that someone in his small town has committed arson. When he looks into the frightened eyes of Faith Walker, he can’t imagine who would want to hurt her or her son, so why was the fire intentionally lit?

Faith has only been back in town a week, and already she’s wishing she’d never returned. Until handsome cowboy Jake rescues her and invites her to stay at his ranch, her old home town has been nothing short of unwelcoming. When she was sent away years ago, as a teenager and pregnant, she had hoped to never come back. Her dad turned his back on her, and she’d learned to fend for herself – the hard way.

Jake doesn’t particularly want a woman in his life, but he can’t turn Faith away. He’s been a bachelor since his fiancée died in a car crash five years before, and that’s how he wants to stay. Even if staying away from Faith starts to feel like the hardest task he’s ever endured…

Can anyone heal this rugged rancher’s broken heart?

I purchased this book from Amazon for free. I love cowboy romances, and I loved Montana Reunion by the same author, so I figured I would give it a try. Rescued by the Rancher was very well written. I just think everything fell into place too neatly for these two. I don’t understand how he went from not being able to look at her without it hurting to going to bed with her in one day.

Another thing that bothered me, the person who started the fire gets away with it? I don’t like that. Just threatening him is not enough. I don’t care who his family is. That’s ridiculous. What if they would’ve died. To me, this book had a lot of potential, I think there should have been more conflicts and the conflicts that were there, should’ve been worked out better. It’s like the book was rushed.

As I said this is a very well written book. Hardly any, if any, grammatical errors and the cover is smoking! I just wish I could’ve gotten more out of this story.

Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – Seven Night Stand my Nicole Helm

Seven Night StandBlurb
Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh loves her job, but she’ll lose it if she doesn’t find a hit. When she’s sent to Kansas to scout a show, it looks like a bust…until she meets sexy pilot, Nate Harrington. His family would make the perfect show to save her career.

Nate can’t deny his attraction to Vivvy, but no way can he let this show take off. The Harrington family is riddled with secrets, and she wants it all out in the open. For the next seven days, he’s going to stop at nothing to keep her out of his family’s business, even if it means keeping her distracted in his bedroom.

Reading about this book on the Ex Libris blog, I decided I had to try it. When I was notified I won it, I said SCORE! Seven Night Stand sound like a fun read. I couldn’t wait to delve in and see how these opposites came together.

Seven Night Stand had some hilarious moments, some scorching moments (one storage closet scene that was yummy) and some emotional moments. Neither the hero nor the heroine wanted to commit. The heroine didn’t think she could “stick” to any relationship or town. The hero never had anyone “stick” to him. They just figured it would be seven nights of fun and hot and sweaty. Boy were they wrong.

The author spun the tale so you could understand how both the Nate and Vivvy felt. You completely understood their reticence in declaring their emotions, but you still wanted to whoop upside their heads. They were exactly what the other needed and fought it at every turn. Vivvy was very frustrating to me. Nate kept putting himself on the line, and she never did. She always took the easy way out. Well, right until the end. Then she put everything on the line and made me love her too.

Seven Night Stand was a story about how two very different people can make it work with love. It was pretty awesome!

Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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Review – Brash by Nicola Marsh

Jess Harper is so tired of being good…

Thrust into the dazzle of Burlesque Bombshells, Vegas’s premier dance venue, the small town librarian has no option but to embrace her inner vixen.
Especially when blast from her past, sexy Aussie celebrity chef Jack McVeigh is still determined to keep their relationship strictly hands-off.

This time Jess isn’t surrendering without a fight and armed with her hot props and Bombshell moves, Jack doesn’t stand a chance.

When Jess and Jack are sequestered on an island to orchestrate the burlesque wedding of the year, sun, surf and sizzling sex are on the menu!

But will the fiery couple come back for seconds?

Jess and Jack both love each other, but neither feels that they are good enough for the other. Jess’ self-confidence took a beating when her ex-fiancé cheated on her and called her cold. Jack’s childhood left a lot to be desired. He never thought anyone would love him and stay.

Thrown together, after ten years apart, these two are busy planning a wedding. Jack is the caterer and Jess is the wedding planner. She’s also studying to be a seductress. And boy does her plan work.

This story was so fun, it was also embedded full of emotions. Jess puts it all on the line, telling Jack exactly what she feels. Once again, he crushes her heart. She doesn’t look back, just runs. Meanwhile, Jack is standing there frozen in pain. He can’t believe he’s so damn stupid. She loves him.

The fact that it took Jess running away, for the last time to make Jack realize what he had done, then and ten years ago was awesome. Men can be thick, as Adele says in the story. I can’t wait to read more of this hilarious upbeat series. Reid and Adele definitely deserve love. I can’t wait to figure out what has Adele so wary.

Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Slinky

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