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Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

August 31st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

My Review

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series is one of my favorite series ever and I’ve read them over and over and over. When I saw Hunter it sounded close enough to it to sound like a world I could get immersed in so I jumped on it when it popped up on Netgalley. I will admit that it took awhile to get into the story and I kept picking it up and putting it down. The beginning was slow as Lackey built this world, introduced the characters and set the stage for the rest of the series. Maybe about halfway through it picks up and really drew me in. I really liked Joy’s character and the mix of her being a “turnip” or country bumpkin yet she had really sharp mind. The supporting characters haven’t been as fleshed out yet so I am not totally invested in any of them but hopefully in future books we will learn more about them. By the end of the book I was thoroughly involved in the book and couldn’t wait to read more. This looks to be a bright start to an amazing new series.

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Tough Love by Lori Foster Release Blitz

August 25th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Lori Foster’s TOUGH LOVE! Grab your copy today! And if you haven’t before, make sure you grab the other books in this fantastic series!

 

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Praise for TOUGH LOVE:

“Foster brings her signature blend of heat and sweet to her addictive third Ultimate martial arts contemporary. Foster ably tosses out red herrings and also seamlessly lays the foundation for the next book in this series. This luscious tale will appeal to Foster’s legion of fans and attract new ones—even those who aren’t fans of professional fighting.”- Publishers Weekly

See my review here

 

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TOUGH LOVE Synopsis:

She’s playing hard to get…to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

Vanity Baker loves a good, clean match, but she’s not above playing a little dirty. She’s wanted Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan from day one. Seems as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack’s past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he’s the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they’re much more than friends with benefits. He’s ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who’s tamed him for good?

 

TOUGH LOVE is part of the Ultimate series. Check out all the books in the Ultimate series today!

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Holding Strong

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Fighting Dirty

 

Author PhotoAbout Lori Foster:

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/

 

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Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster

August 24th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Tough Love by Lori Foster

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: HQN

Series: Ultimate #3

[rating 3.5/5]

About the book:

She’s playing hard to get… to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Timesbestselling author Lori Foster…

Vanity Baker loves a good, clean match, but she’s not above playing a little dirty. She’s wanted Stack “The Wolf” Hannigan from day one. Seems as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack’s past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he’s the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they’re much more than friends with benefits. He’s ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who’s tamed him for good?

Review

We saw a little bit of setup for this book in the previous title in the series so I was eager to see where it would go.  The story itself was interesting and I enjoyed reading it but both Vanity and Stack had their moments that irritating me or didn’t seem consistent.  For instance, Vanity seemed to ping pong back and forth between being a busy body who can’t keep from poking her nose in other people’s business to supposedly being a woman who doesn’t pry into Stack’s business when not wanted.  She constantly butts into Stack’s and his family’s business so I didn’t get how Stack kept thinking at least Vanity wasn’t a busy body.  She was also a little too perfect to be truly relatable.  She was good looking, rich, could paint, model, was super sweet, etc.  The only slightly negative thing about her seemed to be her family situation but even that was hard to sympathize with so it didn’t make her seem like a real woman.  Stack also was a bit of a jerk at times for unnecessary reasons at times.  I’m glad his friends take him to task but the reasons for his blow ups seemed pretty ridiculous.

I did love Armie as usual and cannot wait for his story.  We get to see some interaction between he and Merissa but I’m really dying to see the two of them together.  It was also great to see Denver, Cannon and Rowdy make brief appearances.  I’ll say it was the supporting cast who really carried this book.  I loved seeing the progression with Leese’s character and seeing a bit more of some of the other guys.

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Guest Post: Opposites Attract by Jennifer Ryan + Giveaway

August 17th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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Her Lucky Cowboy
Montana Men # 3

By: Jennifer Ryan

Releasing August 25, 2015

Publisher: Avon

 I am super excited to be participating in Jennifer Ryan’s Her Lucky Cowboy blog tour!  I had read some really great reviews of her previous books so jumped at the chance to read this one.  I am also lucky enough to have Jennifer Ryan stop by today.  I loved this book so be sure to check out my review below as well.  Now please welcome Jennifer Ryan!

One of my favorite tropes is opposites attract. I love the dynamics between two people when they come from different worlds or have very different personalities or beliefs. It’s so much fun to see how two people who seem so different from each other find a way to overcome their differences and come together and make it work. It just goes to show, love conquers all. At least in a romance novel, right?

So how does Dane, a rodeo champ with buckle bunnies riding his tail, convince Bell, a woman who’s lived a sheltered life and never been on a date, to take a chance on him?

It starts with a phone call…

Excerpt:

“Bell, you make it damn hard to get to know you. We’re just talking here. You tell me something. I tell you something. It’s a conversation.”

“You haven’t told me anything.” Why did she say that? She should just hang up. He’d called her under false pretenses. No reason for her to carry on with this ridiculous conversation, telling him things he didn’t need to know, or that mattered in the first place. He’d get bored. See she was nothing like the other women he knew, and he’d move on. A novelty in his life, he’d find someone more interesting and forget about her.

“What do you want to know?”

“Why you’re doing this?”

“I like you. I want to know more about you. It’s that simple and that complicated, Bell. I know you don’t get it. I’m not sure I do either at this point. I want to be your friend. Is that so hard to believe?”

“Yes. It is.” She didn’t realize she’d said the words out loud.

“Well, believe it. Friends know things about each other. They talk about their day. Since I spent most of mine with you, and we’ve caught up on our evening, I’m moving on to things I don’t know about you. Like what’s your favorite color.”

This seemed ridiculous, but she’d play along. For now. Because she’d never had a close friend, but she’d always wanted one. “Blue.”

“Like your denim-blue eyes?”

She smiled. People often commented about her eyes and their contrast to her hair. She’d never heard them described like that.

I can’t stop thinking about you. I wish you were here.”

“I’m going to blame those little gems on your meds.”

“Not the meds. Just you. So, will you have dinner with me?”

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea. You’re my patient.”

“Don’t make me get another doctor just for a date?”

“That’s just it, Dane, I’m not just a date. I’ll never be the woman who is just a date. Get some rest. I’ll see you next week.”

Bell hung up and sighed, staring at her cramped little room with the floor to ceiling books stacked so tightly together she couldn’t see the walls. Her grandfather had hoarded the books. She loved them as much as he did. She wanted to open another now and lose herself in another world. Too bad, the only world she wanted to be a part of was Dane’s.

Then leads to a kiss…

“Bell, come here.” This time, he reached for her, placing his hand on the back of her neck and drawing her to him.

Their eyes locked. He leaned in and brushed his lips to hers in a soft stroke that demanded nothing and promised everything. He caressed his fingers over her short hair, let the strands slide under his fingers. She sighed, leaned into his touch, and he pressed his lips to hers again, tilting his head for a more intimate angle. She watched him. He watched her. The surprise in her eyes turned to interest. He swept his tongue out to slide over her lips. She sucked in a breath, and he took advantage, sweeping his tongue in to glide against hers. Just a taste is all it took to turn that interest in her eyes to smoldering heat.

He leaned back, just an inch to stare down at her. “That’s chemistry, Bell. That warm feeling spreading through you. The heat pooling in your belly. That need gnawing at your gut and racing through your veins. Your heart pounding in your chest and in your ears. That voice in your head saying, ‘Do it again.’”

“Do it again.” Her words were softly spoken, but held no less than demand in her plea.

He drew her close again. Maybe she pulled him in. Didn’t matter. All that mattered is that her mouth met his in a kiss so shockingly erotic and sweet that he only knew her and the need he unleashed at her command. He pressed his lips to hers and slid his tongue deep into her mouth to taste and caress hers. She met his every move and took him under her spell. He tried to keep things tame. He kept his hands on her shoulders, his fingertips massaging her soft skin at her neck.

Bell tore her mouth from his and stared at him wide-eyed. “This is kind of addictive.”

“You’re addictive.” He pulled her back in for another long kiss. He loved that sweet sigh and sexy moan she made when she settled into his arms. He wanted to make her do it again.

Of course it ends with a happy ever after, but not before Dane and Bell discover the one thing they have in common – neither of them have ever been in love…until now.

What about you? Did you fall for someone who is your opposite?

About the book:

Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family’s Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he’s sure he’s died and gone to heaven . . . because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago.

Bell would do anything for Dane. He’s the fantasy that always kept her going. A child genius hidden away by her family, Bell was the secret no one talked about, the girl no one wanted. Despite finding success as a young surgeon, she’s still the awkward girl who’s never had a boyfriend. So why does Dane, a notorious playboy and sizzling-hot cowboy, insist on taking her on a real date?

Bell is the only woman in Dane’s heart. When a rodeo rivalry turns deadly, it’s his turn to save Bell’s life—because he sure as hell won’t lose his guardian angel again.

 My Review

I’ve really been wanting to read one of Jennifer Ryan’s books after seeing a couple blogs I really like rave about her books. When I saw a chance to review Her Lucky Cowboy I jumped on it. It took me a few chapters to get into it but once I did I didn’t want to put the book down.

I felt so bad for Bell and the way she was raised. It’s always so hard to imagine people treating their own flesh and blood the way her father and grandmother treat Bell. What’s even more amazing was how well Bell did coming from such an environment. She’s brilliant and while she may be socially awkward at times she is the sweetest person. I have to admit I would have been sorely tempted to just pay someone else to come take care of her grandmother if I were in her shoes.

Dane is also an amazing hero. I loved watching him woo Bell and introduce her to all the things in life she missed out growing up with her grandmother. I also really enjoyed the glimpses we got of his brothers and their wives. It definitely makes me want to go back and read their stories.

There were two minor issues that kept this from being a 5 star read for me. One being I found it hard to believe the police weren’t able to find the villain considering how drunk and sloppy he was for pretty much the entire book. Second the pace of Bell and Dane’s relationship seemed to move along really fast once they started dating. It felt like within a matter of days she was ready to move in with him despite it taking weeks to even consider going on a date with him.

Still neither detracted too much from my admiration of Jennifer Ryan’s story telling. Her Lucky Cowboy is an a thrilling and heart warming story that readers won’t want to miss.

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About Jennifer Ryan:

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

July 29th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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Releasing July 28, 2015

Publisher: Avon

About the book:

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Timesbestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband… until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

My Review:

I have to say after not being that impressed with the one Argeneau book I read I wasn’t sure what to expect with her historical romances but I’ve really enjoyed them! Saidh is such a fun character. She swears, can handle a sword and has a pack of brothers who made me laugh. She was much more unconventional than even the other independent heroines you usually find in stories like this and I was eager to see what she would do next. There was just a minor moment of a real lapse in judgment that made me shake my head at her but over all I loved her. Greer was also likeable but nothing stood out about him that made me fall head over heels for him. He did have his moments where he made me laugh though.

The story itself was interesting overall. Some moments dragged and it’s easy to tell who the villain is but it was still interesting to see how the villain would come to light. I’m really glad I took a chance on Lynsay Sands historical because The Highlander Takes a Bride was a delight to read and I’m dying to read about Saidh’s brothers now.

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Author Info

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at www.lynsaysands.net.

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(Grand Prize is a Print Set of All Three Highlander Romances and Winners Choice Scottish Stole.  Five (5) Runners Up will receive a Print Set of AN ENGLISH BRIDE IN SCOTLAND and TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD.  (ALL US ONLY)

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Review: Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

July 27th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: HQN

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

My Review:

I loved Kiss me and totally fell in love with Zane and Phoebe. Maya intrigued me so I was thrilled (no pun intended) to read this book.  Sadly it just didn’t have that same appeal.  It was by no means bad but there were several things that bothered me.

One was the repetition of certain aspects of the story.  Like yes, I get the Mitchell family is a family with secrets.  I don’t need it repeated over and over and over often time in almost the same wording “typical of a family that loved to keep secrets”, “for a family that loved secrets”, “You know we love our secrets”, etc.  Another thing was Del being so stuck on how women always lie to him and how can he ever trust them.  Again I got he had trust issues but I felt like I was being hit over the head with it over and over until I wanted to yell at him to get over himself.  Even after Maya explained why she did what she did he was still so focused on her “lying to him” instead of truly trying to understand where she was coming from.

What I did love about this one was the side characters.  I loved the little interactions with Phoebe and Zane and Eddie & Gladys cracked me up.  I have to admit sometimes I love them and sometimes I just shake my head over their antics in the past books but I truly adored them in this one.  If anything these interactions make the story worth reading.

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Review: The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

July 20th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: July 21, 2015

Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

The year is 1546.

Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities.

Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.

We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.

But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal. As a series of barbaric murders take place, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive…

My Review:

I had only recently realized I missed this book and The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly and since I love his other books I had to rectify this.  Like The Great Zoo of China this book felt very different from his other books.  In the case of The Tournament I don’t feel like he quite pulled it off.  This was a historical fiction book and therefore was missing a lot of the fantastical explosions and fire fights that are present in his other books.  I enjoy a good historical fiction read so that wasn’t an immediate turn off but I didn’t feel like Reilly pulled off a strong historical story.  There were little things here and there that just didn’t feel right and didn’t draw me in.

I really enjoyed Ascam’s character though some of his investigative deductions seemed quite a stretch even for someone as brilliant as he was supposed to be.  Sadly he was the only character I really felt a connection with.  It would have been nice to see more development of side characters like Giles and Elsie.  Even Bess as the main character didn’t truly capture my heart.  Yes, she’s central to everything going on but it really felt like she was just being swept along vs carrying the story.

The story itself wasn’t bad but was missing the zing of his other books and while it was interesting it wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down.

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Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

July 20th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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I’m super excited to be taking part in the Chasing Jillian blog tour.  Check out the excerpt and blog tour giveaway below!

Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

About the book:

Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.

Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.

And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?

Love and Football # 5

By: Julie Brannagh

Releasing July 7, 2015

Avon Impulse

Excerpt

She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.

Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning.  She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference.  The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.

She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.

Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little.  Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more.  When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.

My Review:

This is my first time reading a book from Julie Brannagh but after reading Chasing Jillian I do want to go back and read the other books in the series. It can be read as a standalone but the glimpses I got of the other characters has peaked my interest. I really enjoyed this one except for a few points.

I could definitely relate to Jillian and her self consciousness over her body (though I did find it slightly irritating that despite her body being described as fleshy and overweight enough to have lost 40 lbs, the cover shows a super skinny woman. I guess that must be the after photo? lol). It was nice to see an athlete who actually looked beyond the surface and was kind to Jillian even before truly knowing her. I loved seeing the relationship between Seth and Jillian build and though the story was relatively drama free I still had fun reading it. The only small bit of drama is because of what really is a silly reason but again I could relate to Jillian and while logically her over reaction seemed overdone I can see where she was coming from.

All in all an enjoyable read. The main reason I didn’t rate it higher is that while it was fun to read it wasn’t truly memorable. It was missing the dark moment where we usually get to see the couple really figure out how much they belong together and grow individually from this realization. Everything in this story seemed almost too easy and neither character had to stretch outside of their current personal outlook to really realize the other person was perfect for them.

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About Julie:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig

July 19th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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The Bride Wore Denim
Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys # 1

By: Lizbeth Selvig

Releasing July 21, 2015

Avon Impulse

About the book:

When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister’s long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole’s rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.

Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who’s always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn’t as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he’s been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he’s tied to the land and she’s created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.

As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.

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About the author:

Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. Her debut novel, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released in 2012. Her second, Rescued By A Stranger is a 2014 RWA RITA® Award nominee. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), a hyperactive border collie named Magic and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, Lizbeth entered Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird) and won the Single Title Contemporary category.

In her spare time, she loves being a brand new grandma to Evelyn Grace as well as to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and play with her four-legged grandchildren, of which there are nearly twenty, including a wallaby, an alpaca, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!

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Excerpt

Another lucky grab garnered her a little Australorp who was returned, protesting, to the yard. Glancing around once more to check the empty, rainy yard, Harper squatted back under the eaves of the pretty, yellow chicken mansion and let the half dozen chickens settle again. These were not her mother’s fowl. These were her father’s “girls”—creatures who’d sometimes received more warmth than the human females he’d raised.
 
Good memories tried to flee in the wake of her petty thoughts, and she grabbed them back. Of course her father had loved his daughters. He’d just never been good at showing it. There’d been plenty of good times.
 
Rain pittered in a slow, steady rhythm over the lawn and against the coop’s gingerbread scrollwork. It pattered into the genuine, petunia-filled, window boxes on their actual multi-paned windows. Inside, the chickens enjoyed oak-trimmed nesting boxes, two flights of ladders, and chicken-themed artwork. Behind the over-the-top manse stretched half an acre of safely-fenced running yard trimmed with white picket fencing. Why the idiot birds were shunning such luxury to go AWOL out here in the rain was beyond Harper—even if they had found the gate improperly latched.
 
Wiping rain from her face again, she concentrated like a cat stalking canaries and made three more successful lunges. Chicken wrangling was rarely about mad chasing and much more about patience. She smiled evilly at the remaining three criminals who now eyed her with concern.
 
“Might as well give yourselves up,” she called. “Your day on the lam is finished.”
She swooped toward a fluffy Cochin, a chicken breed normally known for its lazy friendliness, and the fat creature shocked her by feinting and then dodging. For the first time in this hunt, Harper missed her chicken. A resulting belly-flop onto the grass forced a startled grunt from her throat, and she slid four inches through a puddle. Before she could let loose the mild curse that bubbled up to her tongue, the mortifying sound of clapping echoed through the rain.
 
“I give that a nine-point-five.”
 
A hot flash of awareness blazed through her stomach and lodged there manufacturing unwanted flutters. She closed her eyes, fighting down the embarrassment that followed in their wake. She hadn’t yet found her voice when a large, sinewy male hand appeared in front of her, accompanied by rich, baritone laugher. She groaned and reached for his fingers.
 
“Hello, Cole,” she said, resignation forcing her vocal chords to work as she let him help her gently but unceremoniously to her feet.
Cole Wainwright stood right in front of her, the knot of his tie hanging three inches down his white shirt front with the two buttons above it spread open. That left the tanned, corded skin of his neck at Harper’s eye level, and she swallowed. His brown-black hair was spiked and mussed, as if he’d just awoken, and his eyes sparkled in the rain like blue diamonds. She took a step back.
 
“Hullo, you,” he replied.
 
His grin, wide and warm and charming, hadn’t changed since they’d been kids. His pirate smile—the one that had been dorky when he’d been ten and she’d been eight and they, together with Harper’s five sisters, had been the only pirates who’d sought treasure on horseback rather than from a ship’s deck. Then she’d turned twelve and one day found she’d preferred being the captured princess to one of the crew, because that smile had no longer been dorky.

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Release Day for The Perfect Bargain by Julia London w/a Jessa McAdams

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THE PERFECT BARGAIN 

How to Marry a Highlander
# 1

By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
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American lass seeks brawny Scot…

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield’s friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she’s waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there’s an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend…and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Julia London is the New York
Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty
romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters
historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride,
and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several
acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the
recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.
Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including
The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.
 

 

Julia is the recipient of the RT
Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious
RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia
London news, please visit 
http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on
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