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Review: Reawakened by Colleen Houck

October 1st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 11, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

About the book:

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

From New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.


This book caught my eye because of the Egyptian mythology but I was a little leery since it can so easily be messed with. I passed on it but when a friend raved about it I had to pick it up. Sadly I was underwhelmed and found myself irritated throughout most of the book.

Amon got on my nerves for probably 3/4 of the book. Even allowing for the fact that he is a prince used to getting his way the manner in which he commands Lily around against her will grated on me. Then what was even more irritating was how little protest Lily puts up against it. Yes, she’s irritated but that turns amazingly quickly to “I’m undeniably attracted to this man who literally makes me do things again my will” AND she gets all possessive over him when other women flock around him. Then when he shoots her down when she wants to make out with him she falls into a self-pity party thinking something is wrong with her. Uhhh, could it be he’s a mummy brought to life to save the world and then going back to being dead for another 1000 years?

The ending seemed way too easy as well and was kind of a let down. Overall this was just a frustrating read.


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Review: Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

September 28th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: September 29, 2015

Series: Fool’s Gold #19

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

Wish upon a Christmas star with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery’s sparkling Fool’s Gold romance!

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she’ll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world’s sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!

Jonny came to Fool’s Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and “ordinary” Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he’s ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful.

Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?

My Review

I love the Fool’s Gold Christmas stories. They are always so sweet and are perfect to put you the holiday spirit. This one was a sweet, steady read with no real highs or lows but is an overall pleasant read. I liked both Jonny and Madeline’s characters and it was fun watching the two work together on Jonny’s sister’s wedding. I will say the one thing that did bother me and took away from some of the enjoyment was being beaten over the head with how much Jonny was treated like any other person in Fool’s Gold. At times it felt like every 10 pages there was a scene of Jonny thinking “Oh gee, they’re treating me like an ordinary guy and not a movie star.” It got to the point where I felt like shaking him and saying we get it! You’re a famous movie star used to always being the center of attention. The other minor thing was that the issue keeping Jonny and Madeline apart was so minor it didn’t seem like they had to do much to overcome it. While that was nice it didn’t have the same high when you see a couple overcoming some huge obstacle and realize how perfect they are for each other.

Still this is a quick, sweet read that fans of Fool’s Gold should be sure to pick up.

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Review: Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry

September 21st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Edelweiss

Publication date: September 22, 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★½

About the book:

Return to the zombie apocalypse wasteland that is the Rot & Ruin in this short story collection from Jonathan Maberry.

Benny Imura’s zombie-infested adventures are well-chronicled in the gripping novels Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, and Fire & Ash. But what else was happening while he was on his quest? Who were the others navigating the ravaged landscape full of zombies?

Bits & Pieces fills in the gaps about what we know about First Night, surviving the plague, and traveling the land of Rot & Ruin. Eleven all-new short stories from Nix’s journal and eleven previously published stories, including “Dead & Gone” and “Tooth & Nail,” are now together and in print for the first time, along with the first-ever script for the Rot & Ruin comic books.

My Review:

I have to make a guilty admission that I haven’t read Fire & Ash or any of the short stories yet because I’ve fallen behind on the series but I really need to go do so now. Jonathan Maberry has yet to disappoint me and still holds true. I meant to just start this book but next thing I knew it was 1:30am when I finished reading it.

I loved it and I loved reading about where a lot of the “famous” zombies came from as well as more of the heroes of the Rot & Ruin. At first it was a little confusing as the book jumps from the first night events, to events before Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, etc. But once you get into the rhythm I loved it. It was kind of funny to go back to the “early days” before Benny grew up and stopped being a PITA and remembering me how much he ticked me off.

The other part I loved is the tying in of two of my favorite Maberry series, the Benny Imura books and the Joe Ledger books. I love Joe and it was great seeing him throughout the book as well. If you choose only one zombie series to read it would have to be one by Jonathan Maberry. His writing is absolutely amazing.

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Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin Blog Tour

September 14th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books


Bad Romance
Stepbrother Series #1

By: Jen McLaughlin

Releasing September 15, 2015


About the book:

In this explosive novel from bestselling author Jen McLaughlin, a good girl falls for the ultimate bad boy: her stepbrother. Perfect for fans of Sabrina Paige, Caitlin Daire, and Krista Lakes, Bad Romance proves that passion can be so wrong it’s right.

Seven years in the army will change a guy. But after a shoulder wound ends his career as a sniper, Jackson Worthington finds himself back home, fighting a battle that’s all too familiar: keeping his hands off Lily Hastings. She’s still her rich daddy’s little angel, innocent, impossibly lovely, as squeaky-clean as Jackson is dirty. And she’s still his stepsister—forbidden but not forgotten, not after the soul-melting kiss that got him kicked out of the house at eighteen. He couldn’t resist her then. How the hell can he resist her now?

Lily is about to marry a man she doesn’t love, and commit to a high-stress job she hates, all to please the father who controls every waking moment of her life. On top of everything, her teenage crush is back, with a sleek, chiseled body and a trace of the rebellious boy whose lips sealed her fate. Jackson’s timing couldn’t be worse . . . or better. Because Lily’s all grown up, too. She’s aching for another taste. And for the first time, she’s ready to be a bad girl.

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About Jen:

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin and Random House. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is also an USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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“Walter, you know he ran as soon as he found out I was pregnant. I had to raise Jackson by myself, and you know how hard that was on me,” Mother said, her voice low. She shouldn’t have bothered. I heard her, anyway. “But if you would consider letting him . . .”

I walked away, knowing how this conversation would end. Walt refused to accept that I had all but joined the army—all it needed was a few signatures, and it would be done. I passed all the tests, filled out the papers. It was a done deal, and I would be leaving soon. But once I was gone? Yeah, he’d get the picture pretty damn fast.

“Psst,” Lilly called out, holding two bottles of Coke. I would rather have a beer, but she wasn’t into rebelling. Not that badly, anyway. “Come here.”

I walked over, my heart thumping against my chest the closer I got to her. I might be three years older than her, but we connected on a level that couldn’t be ignored or explained. She just got me. And I got her. “What’s up, little girl?”

She flushed. “I hate it when you call me that.”

“I know.” I tapped her on her nose. “It’s why I do it.”

She stole another quick glance at me from under her ridiculously long eyelashes and bit down on her lower lip. My heart rate increased in response, but I ignored it. It was no secret that she had a huge crush on me. I liked her from day one, and I’d tried to keep that concealed as it wasn’t so much a sexual thing for me. Well, okay, she was a babe, so obviously I appreciated that like men did . . . but my feelings toward her were really more of a protective “I’ll take care of you” thing, if that made any sense at all.

At least we weren’t blood.

And thank God for that. I’d kill myself if I were a Hastings like that asshole in the other room. We were a family unit by marriage and legality only. And Lilly was pretty much my only friend, which made her my best friend, and a guy didn’t mess around with his best friend.

She was too young. Too pretty. Too clean.

Too good for a guy like me.

I graduated high school a month ago, five months after our parents married, and she was about to enter eleventh grade. I might only be eighteen, but I’d seen and done shit she had no clue about. And I intended to keep it that way.

“Don’t listen to him,” Lilly whispered. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He never does.”

I smiled, because she was trying to make me feel better, and I wanted her to think it was working. She always tried to cheer me up after Walt went on one of his asshole binges with me. “I know. What’s up?”

“Come here. I want to show you something.” She held her hand out to mine, watching me with those bright green eyes of hers. “Alone.”

Just the way I liked it.

Walt laughed from the dining room, and his deep voice boomed as he said to his wife, “The boy is doomed to fail.”

I knew he talked about me. Just like I knew he hated me. Just like I knew the one way that I would be guaranteed freedom from his overbearing grasp. And it was through his Lilly. . . . Ah. He loved his sweet, innocent Lilly. Everyone did. If I took her, and dirtied her by making her mine, he would flip his shit. Never forgive me. And I would finally be free of his annoying interference in my life.

Too bad I couldn’t do that to her.

She meant too much to me.

It wasn’t as if she didn’t want it, or me. She did. If I kissed her, she’d probably have an orgasm right there. But I refused to hurt her. To use her. And that was that.

“All right. Let’s go,” I said.

“Hurry, before they see us.” She grabbed my hand and dragged me along behind her, her tiny hand feeling dainty and frail in mine. For some reason, her touch felt different tonight. Like she wasn’t my stepsister, or even my best friend. I didn’t know where these feelings were coming from, but they needed to quit. “Look. They opened the pool. No one’s been in yet, so they won’t think to look for us here.”

I scanned the area. We were indeed alone. My heart thumped so loudly I couldn’t even hear my thoughts, but that was a good thing. They were confusing the hell out of me. “It looks great,” I said, my voice strained. “I’ve never been in here before.”

“It’s my favorite part of the house.” She kicked her pink flip-flops off and sank her toes into the clear, blue water. “Come on. Sit next to me and enjoy it.”

Sighing, I removed my black Chucks and sat directly beside her. She smiled over at me, and I shook my head because she looked so utterly beautiful, staring up at me with adoration in her eyes. Guys like me? Yeah, we didn’t usually get looked at like that.

Especially not by pretty girls like Lilly.

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The Eight by Katherine Neville Now Available in eBook!

September 9th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

I was so excited when I heard that one of my favorite books, The Eight by Katherine Neville, is now available in an ebook version!  I first read this book for a school assignment back in 1993 and it immediately become one of my favorite books.  I’ve re-read it so much over the years my original copy actually fell apart and I bought a new one.  It’s at the top of my list of recommended readings whenever I talk to someone about books.  And now you can get the ebook version for just $2.99!  Be sure to pick up your copy.

The Eight by Katherine Neville

About the book:

Empire building was not Charlemagne’s only legacy. Within his chess set is a terrible power, a devastating power, a power no one should have. To protect the world, nuns assigned to keep the set hidden away dig up Charlemagne’s bejeweled, mystical chess set and hide its pieces across the globe so that no one could ever use its powers for ill.

Now, someone is trying to unleash the terrible power held within that ancient chess set—and only three women, from two different eras, can stop them. In the 20th century, a young computer expert named Catherine Velis has been pulled into this power struggle that spans more than two centuries, leading her on a quest that will risk her life against diabolical forces more powerful than she could have ever imagined.

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Also don’t miss Katherine Neville’s two other books that are also now available

The Magic Circle by Katherine NevilleA Calculated Risk by Katherine Neville

The Magic Circle

A Calculated Risk

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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!


Tough Love by Lori Foster

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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!


Hard Knocks

No Limits

Holding Strong

Tough Love

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:



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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?


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


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…


“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


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

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