The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle

The Misbehaving Marquess
by Leigh LaValle
(This was originally published in the e-book anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER.)
ebook, 90 pages
Published October 26th 2012 by Heart Bay Publishing

Review courtesy of Leigh LaValle

Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir-immediately-she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?

My Thoughts:
I loved the character, Cat, in Leigh LaValle's The Runaway Countess.  I knew she had a story to tell and I am so glad Leigh gave her a chance to tell it....

I knew she was married but there was little mentioned about why he was no longer in the picture.. In The Misbehaving Marquess I learned that he left shortly after they were married. Cat hasn't seen or heard from her husband, Jamie, in 5 years.. As she is getting on with her life, Jamie suddenly appears one day out of the blue.... "He wants an heir".  Well can you imagine the commotion that statement caused!!

One of the things I loved about this book is the open communication, no wishy washy characters that keep everything in and the reader has to wait patiently for the "moment of truth".  Very refreshing.

Here is my favorite quote in the book....

As a novella, I find some books are rushed and abrupt, not the case with this book, The Misbehaving Marquess was well planned: the beginning, the climax and the ending was smooth and transitioned well. I am glad that I was asked to read this wonderful book and look **patiently** forward to the next book in this series, (Naughty in Nottinghamshire)... I believe, The Rogue Returns is due out early this year.... Stay tune I hope to have Leigh stop by the blog when it releases.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Catherine Bybee- The Vows Book Tour & Giveaway

I am so happy to be part of the Catherine Bybee's Vows Tour.  If you are a follower of FBL you know that I just love her books, you can find my reviews here:
Below are excerpts from the books, Enjoy!!

Binding Vows 

"A lady is not safe out here by herself." She stopped again. This time he didn't stop in time and fell into her.

Hands at her sides, her chest thrust up next to his; she gritted the words between her teeth. "A lady
isn't safe around you, either."

"Now, Tara." He tried pleading with her.

"Oh, don't you even, 'now, Tara' me." She stepped to the side and started off in a different
direction. Walking in circles.

He let her walk for several minutes before attempting to talk to her again. "I would be happy to
escort you on a walk, but we need to get you more properly dressed." He knew the effect watching her
walk was having on him. He could only imagine what his men must have thought when she had
stormed the courtyard in her shorts.

"You're a bastard, you know that, MacCoinnich?"

He wanted to counter what she said but cautioned himself against it. "Still, we need you in
more fitting clothes. If someone were to come along, questions would be raised which would be most
difficult to answer."

"You should have thought of that before you brought me here." She waved a hand in his general
direction. "Right now I don't give a crap what questions

"I told you how necessary it is for secrecy." He turned to the Keep and noticed some of the men
watching to see what would happen. He needed to put a stop to this and soon.

"Bite me."

A completely inappropriate image of him doing exactly that popped in his head. A slow lazy smile
inched over his lips.

Unfortunately for him, Tara read his thoughts. "you might have to answer."

Silent Vows 

"I want you," he whispered in her hair, not willing to break their contact.

She stiffened when his words registered. "I don't--"

"You want the same thing, Myra. Don't try and deny it."

"I don't know what I want. I've not ever..." She didn't finish her sentence.

"Not ever what?"

"No one has ever kissed me the way you do. Let alone anything more."

A virgin? Was that even possible?

"You mean you've never...?"

"Never." She lowered her head and removed her
hands from his shoulders.

"Hey." He caught her gaze. "It's nothing to be embarrassed about." He kissed her again, briefly,
then placed a protective arm over her shoulders and walked her home. "So are the men in Scotland

She laughed. "Nay."

"What then?"

"My father is very protective."

"Does your father know you're here?"

"Much to his dismay, but we had no choice."

Interesting, a protective father who sent his daughter away to a different country without any
money. Something wasn't lining up.

They were within a block of his home when Myra stiffened, and all color washed from her face.
She stopped and spun in a slow circle.

"What is it?"

"Someone is watching us."

"Some of the neighbors are busybodies."

"No, Todd. The one who watches wants more than to gossip."

Now the hair on his neck stood on end.

Redeeming Vows 

Her next two punches came fast, unexpected, one catching him hard on the jaw. And it hurt. His brow rose. The muscles straining on her arms held surprising strength.

Fin sent his foot out to trip her.

She avoided it and waved him toward her. "Come on, Fin. Stop playing." He turned his back to her, heard her approach, and swept her off her feet... Within ten minutes, they were both panting. Liz's punch wavered. Fin caught her fist and pulled it behind her back and her firmly up against his chest.
Her breasts heaved, and her breathing strained. The soft curves of her body pressed to his. Liz reached up to the arm he used to hold her and called her Druid powers. Fin felt his skin burn under her touch...

"Not fair, lass."

"Ever hear the term, all's fair in love and war?"

Aye, well, what were they?

When she came at him again he ducked, taking her down to the floor and grabbed her hands and stretched them above her head where she couldn't apply any fire or heat because her fingertips weren't touching him. Her eyes met his, his body heavy on top of hers, keeping her from moving. But this
closeness, this contact was torture.

Elizabeth's gaze traveled to his lips dancing dangerously close to hers. He smelled the sweet scent of her breath, knew without a doubt she desired his taste as much as he did hers. He knew that taste, had it once before, briefly. Wanted it even more now.

"You're quite a workout," she breathed the words to him, lifted her lips a tad closer.

"As are you."

They lay there, staring at each other, neither willing to make the first move. Stubborn.

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How to Entice an Earl by Manda Collins ~ Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

How to Entice an Earl by Manda Collins

review courtesy of Author and Publisher

Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…

Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he's investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he's ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren't so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…
How to Entice an Earl was my favorite in the Ugly Duckling series.  I know, I probably wrote that in my reviews of How to Dance with a Duke and How to Romance a Rake the first two books. How to Entice an Earl is the third and final installment in the series.

These books have one common thread: the Dance Card. For Cecily (How to Dance with a Duke) and Juliet (How to Romance a Rake), the card proved to be a good luck charm, not only was it a way for them to meet eligible men, it soon lead to them meeting and falling in love with their husbands.  While our heroine, Maddie, is happy that her two cousins found wedded bliss, she is not ready to settle down just yet, her first priority is finishing her novel.

The hero, Christian, as he jumps at protecting Maddie from the taunts of the series bully, Amelia. Maddie is head strong in gaining entry to gaming hells for research for her novel, Christian finds himself volunteering to be her escort.

Once again the book centers around solving a mystery~ this time it is a murder. This book takes you on a roller coaster ride, there are twists and turns and just when you think you may have solved it, you find out that you are wrong.

Manda Collins has the plotting for a  mystery down to a science, leaving the the reader satisfied in uncovering the mystery page by page. I truly enjoyed the main characters in this mystery: there is the feeling of intense romantic chemistry between them. Manda blended both the romance and the mystery where they didn't overshadowed each other.I would have loved to see a story dedicated to Lady Emily and Linton.  Manda Collins is an author that will be on my must read list..

“Warmth, wit and delicious chemistry shine through every word of of Manda Collins’s delightful debut. With a heroine to root for and a hero to die for, How to Dance with a Duke is a romance to remember.” —Julie Anne Long

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.

I Could Write a Book
by Manda Collins

In my latest book, How to Entice an Earl¸ Maddie is determined to write a novel. And regency romance is positively brimming with lady writers, from journalists to novelists and everything in between. Let's take a look at some of my favorite examples of the female writer in the genre:

1.   Lydia Grenville, heroine of Loretta Chase's fabulous The Last Hellion. A journalist by day and a novelist by night, Lydia is as hard working a lady writer as you'll see in romance fiction. Her journalism writing takes her into the very darkest parts of London society where she exposes the exploitation of women and children. And her serial novel (under a pseudonym) has the people of London clamoring for the next installment. Her relationship with Vere Mallory, Duke of Ainswood is rife with witty banter, passionate arguments and just plain passion. At 6 feet tall, Lydia is quite literally a force to be reckoned with. And her devotion to her craft as well as her love for the bull headed Vere makes her one of my favorite heroines ever.

2.   Marina, Countess Gorham, heroine of The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal. Marina is the celebrated author of silver-fork romances, which were quite popular during the Regency era and depicted the elegance and glitter of high society at the time. (Not unlike our own Regency romances that often feature Dukes and Duchesses and the highest of high society.) But it's her rumored romance with Jasper Hedges' nephew that brings him up to London to rescue the young man from her clutches. It turns out, however, that Jasper himself finds himself dazzled by Marina and her witty repartee. Marina, born Maria in Ireland, is as inventive about remolding herself as she is with the plots of her novels. And she's a great example of the upward mobility that novel-writing allowed women of the era. Her romance with Jasper is remarkable not only because they are made for each other, but also because they are somewhat older than your average romance hero and heroine. All of which makes The Age of Impropriety one of my favorite novels.

3.   Sara Fielding, heroine of Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. I'm cheating a bit with this one, since Dreaming of You is set during the Victorian Era, but I don't think you can talk about lady writers in romance without mentioning Sara Fielding. She writes novels set among the lower classes of London society, and it's on a trip to the London rookeries on a research trip that she stumbles across Derek Craven being accosted by two young men and frightens them away with a warning shot from her pistol. From the first theirs is a relationship of opposites: Sara is from a respectable middle class family, Derek was born in a drainpipe. Sara is a bespectacled writer, Derek is a mountain of a man who owns a gaming hell. Perhaps it's because of their divergent backgrounds that their romance is so wonderfully sweet. And it is because of Sara's longing to have the happy ever after in real life that she gives to the characters in her novels that when she and Derek find theirs the result is utterly magical.
So, do you have any favorite writer characters among the books on your keeper shelf? Tell me about them! They can be male or female. One commenter will win a copy of How to Entice an Earl!
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Tour ~ Review and Giveaway~Highland Heart by Heather McCollum

Welcome to the blog tour for Highland Heart by Heather McCollum, published by Entangled Select. As a part of the tour, an e-book of Highland Heart is being given away, enter below. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Highland Heart by Heather McCollum
Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance
Length: 55 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-995-0
Imprint: Flirt

Purchase Links: Amazon

Alec Munro, chieftain of the Munros, has captured the Englishman who swindled his father. Set on retribution, he’s caught off-guard by the thief’s beautiful daughter, a lass whose beauty and spirit leave him questioning the value of revenge.
Rachel Brindle has a secret: she can heal people with her magic. While journeying with her father and sister into the Highlands, she becomes a prize sought between two warring clans. She must use her cunning and her healing magic to prevent the same slaughter that started the blood feud a century ago. But when her secret is exposed, will it condemn her in the eyes of the barbarian who has capture not only her family, but also her heart?

This is the perfect book to get lost in for a few hours, it is a quick read ~55 pages. In this short novella there is kidnapping, magical healing, a sexy Highlander, and a determined lass. What's not to love? This is a lovely and fun romance to get lost back in the Scottish highlands.  As with most novella, it is just enough to tease you and tempt you~ and always leaving you to want more.  This book is no exception, I was just learning about the characters and Rachel and her sister's magically abilities when Wham! the story was over.  Bawwww! I want More...  If this is any indication on how this author can pull you in in just 55 pages, she is an author I will read again.
So for those who love the sexy brawny men in Scotland and you are having to wait in the Dr's office or in the airport~ grab this one... it will make the time go by quickly and what better way to fill the time!!  Or better yet, see below for your chance to win your own ebook copy of Highland Heart...

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In the Spotlight~ Reading Infection

Well It's a brand new year and it's time to be introduced to fellow bloggers... Today we are introducing Rain and her blog Reading Infection. Here's is a snippet about Rain...

I've been reading since I was four (totally useless info, right?). Love books, love discovering new authors, love losing myself in a good story.

I'm not a book snob. If I like a book, I don't care who wrote it, what it's about or what anyone thinks of it.   Also, I don't mind differences in taste/opinion - it can be refreshing and helpful to hear another point of view - but I do mind disrespectful and judgmental individuals.

If I ever stop talking about books, you'll find out I like chatting with my friends, writing, music, interior design, cats, guinea pigs, colorful nail polish, silver jewelry, and... well, I kind of collect mugs (total caffeine addict).

Love my heroes Alpha, dark, damaged, tattooed (if possible) and lethal. I'm such a slut for those.
My energy level has an on/off switch, so I'm either not moving or on jerboa mode.
I have a tendency of going to extremes.

In real life, I'm in a loving, all-consuming relationship (not thatkind guys, it's sort of an ongoing joke) with my very best (girl)friend/soulmate/saner half, for sixteen years already. Love ya, Ami!

Let's learn more about Rain.... Thanks for stopping by....

When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?

I’d been toying with the idea of becoming a book blogger for a while, but it never seemed to be a good time to start. Six months ago, I finally shared my thoughts with my friend Dinjolina, we decided to do it together, and the blog was up and running in no time. As I’d had personal blog for years and enjoyed the experience immensely, this was a great way to combine my love for books, and my need for a place where I can share all the bliss and gloom of reading.

So far, what’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?

The hardest part (and one I haven’t figured out yet) is finding the time to do all that needs to be done. Aside from that, I enjoy blogging very much.

What do you do when you are not blogging?

Chatting with my online friends. Meeting with the offline ones. Reading. Cooking. Spending time with my family. Acting like a family therapist/peacemaker when necessary. Collecting fictional boyfriends. :)

Tell us about the name of your blog, Reading Infection, how did you choose this name?

Both Dinjolina and I gave a couple of suggestions for the name. Reading Infection was hers. I loved it, and it was the easiest decision to make. Really, reading is an (incurable) infection, so why not go with the obvious?

What genre(s) do you read, can you tell us what is it about the genre(s) that grabs your interest?

I’m the “romance all the way” kind of girl. Historical, contemporary, suspense, erotica (BDSM and m/m especially), paranormal (though I’d always rather read about shifters than vampires)... I do enjoy reading a good thriller/horror too, when the mood strikes.

A regular dose of HEA is what I need, and what romance books provide. What grabs me, when it comes to any genre, is a great hero/heroine, good plot and the ability of an author to hold my attention and make me wish I could live in his/her book.

Who are your three favorite authors?
That’s a tough one. My list of favorite authors changes constantly, as I keep finding new books I love. Nora Roberts was my favorite for years, and I read every book of hers I could find.

Three favorite authors in 2012 (sorry, that’s the best I can do with the “favorite” thing) are Kristen Ashley, Joey W. Hill and Abigail Roux.

Which author would you most like to meet (dead or alive)? Tell us more..

Margaret Mitchell, definitely. She managed to create a phenomenon, though I’m not sure she was aware just how popular the book will turn out to be. I love “Gone With the Wind”, it’s one of my all time favorites, and I’d love to chat with her and try to figure out what gave her the inspiration for it.

Another reason is the fact that although there is no HEA, the book is just perfect. It became even more so once I read her comment "For all I know, Rhett may have found someone else who was less difficult.", when asked about what happened to Rhett and Scarlet after the book ended.

How big is your TBR pile? How many books do you read/review in a month?

My TBR pile is huge, and it could explode any day now. I’m aware it’s out of control, but I can’t seem to stop adding more and more books, hoping that someday I’ll manage to read them all.

Sometimes I read fifteen books in a month, and sometimes I only manage to finish three or four. It all depends. Life has a tendency to interfere with my reading, so I try to grab every moment I can to finish a book (which usually means I’m up late at night).

When it comes to reviews, eight to ten a month is the number I’d like to post, but sometimes I need to go back and re-read some parts of the book first, or simply let the review lie for a while before posting it, so (again) it all depends.

Finally, if someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Uh-oh... “NSFW”. Let’s leave it at that. :)

On A Personal Note

I’m 31, from Serbia (no, not Siberia), a true coffee addict and in love with books. I work as a professional translator, and I will never publish a book, because I’m honestly disgusted by all the celebrities here that suddenly became writers. It’s not the crowd I’d ever like to join.

I tend to spend too much time online, since I have great friends all over the world, and I like to chat with them daily. And, I do love my family, but their tendency to interrupt me while I’m reading is driving me crazy most of the time. What makes people think I’m bored every single time they see me with a book is seriously beyond me!

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The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella

The Reluctant Countess
by Wendy Vella
Published January 14th 2013 by Loveswept
ISBN: 0345540077 (ISBN13: 9780345540072)

review courtesy of publisher and netGalley
From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

My Thoughts: 

Just finished reading Reluctant Countess and just in time as I hear it debuts today. I read this book in less than one day, it was that good!!   Awesome debut, Everything that I Love to find in a book. From rags to riches.

A fairy tale romance - beauty, prince charming, villain and of course a happy ever after ending. 

What is not to love about this book.. I think what set this book apart from the rest of the historical romance books I have read lately, is the utter honesty between the characters.  If there is a miscommunication or a secret that one may be keeping~ they talk about it in an open way, no hiding waiting for them to find out the secret on their own. It made for such a pleasant read, without that, well I can't talk for you but I simply want to slap them and tell them to fess up. The more they wait the more strain on the relationship. But Sophie and Patrick have an open dialogue between each other- quite refreshing.  

Our heroine is not one to be taken lightly either.. She has spunk and inner class, so she wasn't born into it but sometimes class is not by title and family name alone. Sophie gave purpose to Patrick's life, she had broken through the barrier he placed around his emotions, erected as a child, locked away until Sophie entered his life.

There was such cute dialogue between the characters, finding myself chuckling out loud and highlighting the section, just to go back and read it again..  Some was very emotional... here is a sample of what you will find...   

 I simply loved the secondary characters- Stephen and Amelia. I hope this was just a tease and these two will have their own book.  The author left us with a bit of a cliffhanger... Drats!!!

This book moves up my favorite list.. once again an exciting debut from author Wendy Vella. I don't think we have seen "nothing" yet from this captivating author.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:


Calling The Shots by Christine d'Abo

Calling The Shots (Long Shots #4)
by Christine d'Abo
Published October 8th 2012 by Carina Press
ISBN: 1426894473 (ISBN13: 9781426894473)

review courtesy of netGalley and publisher

He's had a wild ride, and now sex club owner Josh Scott is looking for a change of scene. But first, he's determined to bring two friends together, and he's willing to be a third wheel to move things along...

Beth Norris is eager to be set up with hot bartender Oliver Stephenson, but she's equally attracted to matchmaker Josh. Soon she's fantasizing about both men at once—and about being the one to call the shots in the encounter...

Ready to move on with his life post-divorce, Oliver is conflicted by the realization that he's attracted to women and men. Or more specifically, to Beth and Josh. He tries to keep his distance, but it's not long before the chemistry between the trio combusts in a night of mind-blowing sex.

In the light of day, it's clear something deeper than desire is growing between Josh, Beth and Oliver. But though Josh has helped others find love in unconventional relationships, is he willing to take a chance on one himself?
My Thoughts:
Finally, Josh's story... I had this book sitting in my TBR pile.  I was burnt out of holiday romance and all ( I know bah humbub, but after awhile you must move on) and I wanted to read something more vampier, more erotic.  This book was down right sizzling, enough to melt the snow in the North Pole.. yikes, this was exactly what I needed!

In the previous books of the Long Shots series: Double Shot, A Shot in the Dark,  and Pulled Long, Josh has been portrayed having a dark, hidden side and to be perfectly honest this carried on into half of this book.  It wasn't until the middle of the book did we learn about Josh, his parents and what inner demons he had lurking himself himself.

Beth, you may have remembered her she is the one caught getting kinky on the counter of the coffee shop... well after she gets fired for that (you think?) she ends up at Mavericks.  One of the few new characters introduced is Oliver... Ollie ~ don't call me that.

The three flirt and fantasize about each other for a good part of the beginning.. that and through of series of hit and misses signals, they finally join together...  once again Christine heats up my kindle... wickedly good steamy sex scenes..

As Josh regresses into his dark side, he pushes away both Beth and Oliver... thinking he was doing this for their own good or possibly for before they left him... Thank goodness, both Beth and Oliver know a good thing when it happens and together they convince Josh that it is better to face things together then apart. And if you are lucky in love grab that chance and hold on tight... 'cuz nothing better than double the lovin'..

Have you read the first three books in the series?  I don't think you need to before you read this one, but again, all were good and I wouldn't want you to miss out on this series.  This review is in exchange for an honest review...

My Rating:

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The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella ~Spotlight

Have you heard of the new romance line from Random House- Loveswept..  For those Historical Romance fan, here is a scribd sneak peek – – THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS --Expected publication: January 14th 2013

From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Doc Holiday: A Loveswept Classic Romance by Debra Dixon

Doc Holiday: A Loveswept Classic Romance
by Debra Dixon
Published November 12th 2012 by Loveswept
(first published December 1st 1994)
ISBN: 0307804577 (ISBN13: 9780307804570)

Review courtesy of netGalley

With poignant humor and sizzling romance, Debra Dixon presents a story about the magic of Christmas and promises made under a starry winter sky.

Drew Haywood needs a feminine touch to help give his young son a holiday to remember—and no one does Christmas better than Taylor Bishop. She knows how to transform a house into a home that sparkles. But when Drew lets his guard down, he finds that Taylor has much more to offer. Kissing her is like coming in out of the cold—and Drew doesn’t want to go back out.

Taylor has already raised one family—she grew up with six brothers, after all—and she doesn’t need another. She may have fallen for Drew as a teenager, but he’s asking for a Christmas miracle that would break all her rules. Still, the chemistry she shares with this sexy, single father has nothing to do with the past. Perhaps the gift of a young boy’s smile, not to mention stolen kisses beneath the mistletoe, will point the way to the one thing on Taylor’s wish list.
My Thoughts:
Random House has a new romance line of books, Loveswept. I am loving each book I have read and this new line gives me an opportunity to read new authors!!  When I saw this book in netGalley and read the blurb, I knew I this book was just perfect for a Christmas holiday romance.

This book had me weeping and laughing- it was like watching a Hallmark commercial.. You know the ones- this heartwarming book is sure to bring a tear and warm your heart.

Taylor lost her mother when she was 14, and has been the family's matriarch ever since. Each year, she is in charge of decorating the family's house for Christmas, but this year she is needed elsewhere.

Her childhood crush- Drew is back in town and he is in desperate need of a "Taylor Bishop Christmas"  for his young son, Noah.   But, can he mix Noah's Christmas with his feelings for Taylor without sacrificing for the other?

I loved reading their family  traditions- the ornaments for each of the Taylor kids were kept in a box to be given to them when marry and have their own family. The gingerbread men baked fresh each year and added to the tree.

My heart ached for Noah, this little precious boy who was worried that if he was bad his father would give him away. Just like his mommy did.   See what I mean... heart wrenching...

Now don't think everything is picture perfect between Taylor and Drew- they go through their own adjustments, but there is a HEA waiting at the end of this book.  I think this has been added to my annual Christmas romance reads...

My Rating

Big Sky River (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #3) by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky River (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #3)
by Linda Lael Miller
Published December 18th 2012 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 0373777205 (ISBN13: 9780373777204)

review courtesy of netGalley
The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, brings you to Parable, Montana-where love awaits.

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn't want romance-the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone's peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances. 
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I didn't know until I received the ARC that this was part of a series. I have not read the first two book, in my opinion this is a stand alone book, however I fell in love with the secondary characters and the town of Parable, Montana that I have already purchased the first two books- Big Sky Country and Big Sky Mountain. I believe the two main characters, Boone and Tara are mentioned in the first book and sets the stage for their indifference to one another.

Boone is the Sheriff in Parable, his two young sons have been being raised by his sister after the death of his wife to cancer. But all that is about to change, it seems his sister's husband had an accident and she needs to concentrate on his recovery, so the boys are coming back home to Boone.  

Tara is a city slicker relocated from the Big Apple trying to run a farm.. Everything is perfect except the  run down eye sore of a trailer that belongs to her neighbor- Sheriff Boone. There are many laugh out loud scenes and well as some kleenex moments..

In a twist of fate, it seems both Boone and Tara are being "parents" again. Tara with her two twin step- daughters and Boone with his young sons. Little by little Boone learns to open up his heart again and is willing to risk it all in the name of love. You dont want to miss the antics of the children, this is a heartwarming tale sure to melt your heart.

I have never read Linda's books before, but I once again have added her to my must read list. How can anyone go wrong with a brawny sexy cowboy, unless of course it is a Highlander. LOL
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review...

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The Warrior (Return of the Highlanders #3) by Margaret Mallory

The Warrior (Return of the Highlanders #3)
by Margaret Mallory
Published October 30th 2012 by Forever
ISBN: 044658309X (ISBN13: 9780446583091)

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Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.


From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Deemed unworthy of a chieftain's daughter, Duncan abandoned the lovely Moira to prove his worth in battle. Now, when called upon to rescue her from a rival clan, one thing is certain: Moira's pull on his heart is stronger than ever.

Bartered away in marriage to a violent man, Moira will do anything to ensure she and her son survive. When a rugged warrior arrives to save her, the desperate beauty thinks her prayers have been answered—until she realizes it's Duncan. The man who once broke her heart is now her only hope. Moira vows never again to give herself—or reveal her secrets—to the fierce warrior, but as they race across the sea, danger and desire draw them ever closer.

My Thoughts
I was looking forward to Duncan's story and Margaret Mallory didn't let me down. THis was a wonderful roller coaster of a book. So much so that I didn't know which way the story line would turn next... On land and at sea, hold on tight - your are in for a ride of your life.

Our hero, Duncan loved Moira for a better part of his life. But as the story goes, he was a class beneath her and her father had a different bridegroom planned for his young daughter.  Years past and our heroine's live didn't turn out the way daddy dearest expected, seven years of misery married to a violent man. Moira s only saving grace was her young son, who as any mother would do, she put his  safety and well being above her own. I knew I hated her husband the moment he gave his son the ultimatum  drowning her mother or giving up his beloved dog- Sar. What an arse!!

Don't miss how Duncan saves the day and how he learns about a little secret Moira has for him. It is touching and moving. Romance at its best...

This was a perfect addition to the Return of the Highlanders series. I heard that the Chieftain will finally have his story told this coming February. I am looking forward to see what Margaret has in store for him.

I do recommend you read the first two books in the series, it seemed to flow better for me having read them and learning about the rest of the Highlanders.

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