Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ONCE A RANCHER by Linda Lael Miller

Publisher:    HQN  

Published:    March 29, 2016

ISBN:        978-0373779680

Genre:       Contemporary Romance

Format:     Print

Obtained via:  Publisher  

Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina





Back from his latest film venture Slater Carson just wants to kick back and relax a bit before jumping into his next venture.  The last thing he wants is to get into a relationship. Well actually the last thing he wants is to get married.  He came close once and that was enough.


Likewise, newcomer to Mustang Creek, Grace Emery, isn’t looking for romance or marriage.  She’s pretty much got her hands full with a new job and her ex-husband’s child by his first marriage.  And that son, Ryder, is a handful himself between getting in trouble at school and just being your average teen.  She’s heard about the Carsons, but so far hasn’t had any dealings with the close knit family.  That is, until Ryder steals a sign off Slater’s truck.  Not at all thrilled with her stepson, despite the late hour, she drags him over to the Carson ranch where she has him apologize to Slater and return his sign. 


It takes barely a minute before sparks fly between Slater and Grace and Slater determines he’s going to marry the prickly redheaded Grace. 


I’ve been a Linda Lael Miller fan since her first book, Banner O'Brien in 1984.  Usually I fall in love with her characters.  This one....something was missing.  I liked them well enough and, as usual, really liked the setting.  I just felt like something was missing.  I didn’t feel the passion between Grace and Slater.  There just wasn’t that zing she usually has between her romantically linked couples.  And they fell in love just way too fast for me.  Slater admits he has a thing for redheads and Grace is a redhead.  Done deal. 


And the interweaving of the different relationships…at one point I felt like I needed a score card.  There’s hints of what’s to come with Slater’s two brothers, Drake and Mace.  I really liked Red and his “cowboyisms” and “Harry” the cook is a hoot.  I didn’t dislike the book – it just wasn’t up to what I’ve come to expect from Ms. Miller.  I’ll continue with the series simply because I cannot resist reading her.



This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Master Charming by Jennifer Leeland

Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Date published: November 2015
ISBN: 9781682520031
Contemporary, BDSM
Reviewed by Gabrielle (
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4

After so many failed relationships Beth has decided to give up on love. She decides to take a dip into the world of Dominance and submission. She realizes that this is just a way to scratch an itch not a place to fall in love yet the man she chooses touches her in ways that no man ever has. Can she keep her distance and  remember that this is just about testing her boundaries and  keep her heart guarded?  Chris is more than willing to keep things uncomplicated and help a newbie find their way but this new submissive has gotten under his skin and he doesn’t know what to do.  Will their pasts get in the way or will these two find a way to move on and find their happiness?

This is a sweet romance that will have you believing in that magic called love.  Beth is a great character. I loved that she is taking her life back and starting new and not letting the wrong men rule her life anymore.  She is a strong woman that has made some bad choices in her life and truly just longs for love. Chris has his own past and mistakes as well as family problems to deal with and those problems are what get in between Chris and Beth’s first chance at things. They work well together and have a strong attraction right from the start.  Before they know it love begins to find its way to Chris and Beth. With great characters and emotions this fast paced read pulls you in. I was immersed in the story right from the start and just like the original fairy tale this story has you wishing for your own happy ever after.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Phoenix Rising (Anthology) by Lena Austin, Belinda McBride, Anne Kane, Tuesday Richards


Publisher:  Changeling Press
Date published: 
ISBN:  03979-01273
Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Rating: 3

This collection of stories contains multiple worlds about finding just what you need and taking a chance on love. The women in these stories find the strength to move on in life and go after what they truly want. In these stories you are treated to cross dressers and exotic dancers and more. Love will come to you when you least expect it to and these women learn that lesson. Protection can come from oneself or from the one you love and these stories show us that love will always win in the end.
So may stories to tell; a woman hiding as an exotic dancer finds help in a man who is hiding his true self from her. An abused woman finds out just how much her new man can give her, two crossdresser find out that they are not alone and Beltane dancers are dancing for more than just the ritual. Each of the authors has built a world where the woman can find the strength in herself to fight for love.

While these stories are well written I was not immersed in their worlds. They are sweet and full of romance but did not have the emotion or intensity to them that would grab my attention and not let go. I found that they were missing something for me. These are short fast paced reads that give readers a nice romance.  If you are looking for something short and sweet this collection of stories might be for you. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

BAY OF SIGHS by Nora Roberts

The Guardians Trilogy Book 2
June 14th, 2016
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
5 Hearts

The first star was found and now as the six guardians race to find the second one, danger stalks them in the shadows.

For mermaid, Annika, she has just two more months to help her newfound friends find all three stars and falling in love with time traveler, Sawyer King, wasn’t in the cards. But new to this world, with a purity and innocence that runs off her in waves, Annika will have to find the strength she needs to defeat an enemy that is determined to get the stars, no matter the cost. And this time, it’s going to take all six of them to survive the coming battle because if what the seer, Sasha, is telling them from her visions, it’s going to take blood and courage to get the second star.

Whoa mama, get ready for a wild and thrilling ride in the second book in Nora Roberts acclaimed Guardians trilogy. The first star, the fire star, was found in book one, Stars of Fortune, and as the group of six guardians race to find the second one, the water star, danger stalks them all. I got to admit, reading the second book right after book one, Stars of Fortune, just wetted my appetite to read book three, Island of Glass, which doesn’t come out till December alas. But with BAY OF SIGHS we get t he experience Annika’s joy as she discovers the world as we know it and her pleasure in all she discovers is infectious while reading this wonderful second book. With the right amount of joy, pain, danger and romance we get to experience all with all six characters we met in book one and especially see how Sawyer and Annika finally find the romance they tip-toed around in the previous book. Roberts delivers a strong middle story in her trilogy and that right there is the strong point I can make. Normally middle books in a series or trilogy can be weak or fall flat but not BAY OF SIGHS. It’s a fast paced, action packed story that delivers a few twists you don’t see coming and I, for one, was astounded by some of those twists while I flipped the pages in anticipation of seeing where it leads next. All the characters continue to grow and meld into a cohesive group/team that they need to be while sharing more of their secrets and lives with one another.

What really got to me was how much the characters stand out. They are multi-dimensional, complex and wildly entertaining and with a diverse group here to enjoy, you always find someone to root behind or in my case, root for them all. To be sure, this could have been the same old, same old, kind of paranormal story yet Roberts gives the readers a breath of fresh air in the pre-story of three moon goddesses, an evil goddess and the people who are charged to battle said evil. I felt reading book one and two of this trilogy that it was a new twist on a classic genre that hit all my love buttons and I can not wait to see where the final book goes next, especially as we have two characters still not paired up either. BAY OF SIGHS is a story that will take you from the island of Corfu and the setting alone will leave you longing for the hills and beaches of this gorgeous country. I don’t know where this author gets her inspiration but I am really hoping she never stops writing these stories.

BAY OF SIGHS is a wild and entertaining ride from the first page to the last. Each t ime I thought I new what was going to happen, she flipped it around or threw in something that took me completely by surprise. This is why I just adore this author and can not wait for the final book in the trilogy, Island of Glass, just to see if this wonderful group get the final star and beat back the evil that is determined to have the stars, no matter the cost.

If you are looking for a paranormal series that you can read at the beach then this trilogy is perfect for you. I do suggest you start with book one, Stars of Fortune as the second book capitalizes from that storyline and continues the story started there. I look forward to seeing where this author goes next in her writing. Highly recommend and wildly entertaining!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Saturday, September 24, 2016

With Every Breath by Maya Banks

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Date published: August 23, 2016
ISBN: 978006241016
Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3 Hearts

Eliza has a past and it seems that it is coming back to haunt her. When she was young she was terrorized by an evil man yet she found the strength to put that man in jail, but now he is out and looking for payback. Can Eliza protect herself and those that she has come to care for?  Wade knows something is wrong with Eliza and is not about to  let her do this alone. This time she will have help no matter if she wants it or not.

If you follow this series you will have met Wade and Eliza already. After seeing their past interactions I was excited to get to read their story.  Eliza is a strong woman who can take care of herself and is a good match for Wade. He is a good man and proves it in this book.  The two work well together and make a nice couple. The attraction between the two is something else and I enjoyed watching it turn into something deeper.
Maya Banks does a good job of putting the romance and action together in this book. I really liked that Eliza is a tough lady and was ready to fight the battle even alone. This story is full of emotion and grabs your attention right from the start. Wade is a very dominant man and he will stop at nothing to protect Eliza. He has grown tired of ignoring his feelings for her and is more than ready to act on them. I enjoyed watching the two work through everything. From keeping everyone safe from the evil to figuring out where they stand as a couple. Love and trust are hard things to find and even harder to keep. Eliza and Wade learn this lesson the hard way. I enjoyed seeing the two fight to save what they could have in the future and for what they have just started together. Their story is a nice installment to this series and I hope that this is not the last time we get to visit this world.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.