Rebuilding Hope: RUSTY NAIL–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Nazarea Andrews. RUSTY NAIL is the second book in her River City series and features a playboy falling for a woman with a bad reputation. The male lead is Aidric, uncle to Dempsey from FIREBALL so I’m sure we’ll run into him and Taite in this one.

About the book:
In a small town, rumor is everything…
Life came easy to him.
Town playboy Aidric Jones has it all: money, women, a life without responsibility. Until his house burns down and a daughter he doesn’t know lands on his doorstep. No one expects him to step up, to grow up, but he finds disappointment is different when someone is counting on him.

And everyone is whispering…
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks everyone knew Olivia Buckley was going to end up pregnant and stuck in River City with a deadbeat boyfriend. Now she’s a single mom working for her parent’s construction company, unable to escape a reputation she hates. She’s fighting like hell to make a life for herself and her son, to prove everyone wrong.

They’re two people with nothing in common except a falling down house, two angry kids, and a town full of rumors–but maybe that’s enough

They’ll give them something to talk about…

My Review:
This is the second book in the River City series, and picks up with a new odd-couple.

Aidric Jones is an opportunistic lover–with a scandalous reputation in his small hometown. Despite his college degree, he’s a firefighter, on the same crew as his nephew, Dempsey. Aidric likes his no roots bachelor ways, but his life is gonna change when he learns he’s a father—to an eleven year old orphaned girl. HE’d spent one sexy weekend with her recently deceased mother, and moved on like always, not noticing the gal left school at the term and never returned.

To say Aidric is shocked is an understatement, but he’s determined not to mess up Kendra’s life any more than it already is. He reaches out to an old acquaintance, Olivia Buckley, to begin renovating his half-burned childhood home so it will be a livable space for him and his daughter.

Ollie–as she goes–is a tough-as-nails single mother who’s long ago outgrown the “loose girl” reputation she was slapped with when she got pregnant senior year in high school. She’s worked damn hard to support herself and her eleven year old son, Theo, diving into project management for her father’s construction company and assuming full control once he retired.

Ollie has always had a thing for Aidric, but she’s been celibate going on twelve years. No man was good enough for her to upset her son about–and Theo’s a sensitive kid. He takes on the forlorn souls at school, including odd-ball Kendra. As Ollie and Aidric work on the house renovation, the attraction simmers. Meanwhile, Theo and Kendra build a bond. Neither parent wants to disrupt the budding friendship, but they also can’t ignore how their own feelings are growing, too. But would Aidric settle down and be a one-woman man? Ollie never dreamed it could be true, but she’s seen how much he’s changed with parenthood. That said, does Ollie even want to remain in Rover City? She’s had some offers to sell her business…and she always wanted to move away from her small-town ghosts. Will she, once she and Aidric work their lust out of their systems?

For me, this one was okay. It’s a long-slow-simmer with little sexytimes until late in the game, once Aidric and Ollie have built a solid friendship, commiserating over parenting woes and house details. I liked that, honestly, because it showed some solid maturity for these seasoned lovers. What didn’t work for me was how Theo and Kendra both read far older than eleven–late teens, at the least. They are far too self-aware and other-aware to be 11. Their words of wisdom and insight, well, having raised two grown kids and having one nearing this age range, it didn’t feel realistic or natural, for me. Aidric’s age is something of a conundrum. I thought he was in his early forties when we met him in FIREBALL, and him being Dempsey’s older bachelor uncle also pegged him in the mid-late forties bracket, too. But that doesn’t jive with having an eleven year old he conceived in college. That kind of inconsistency had me scratching my head a lot. I didn’t get why Kendra and Theo had chapters in the book–it pulled me out of the story and took the focus off Ollie and Aidric. I’m curious who might be having a love story next in this town–and I’m hopeful it might leave me with fewer questions than answers.

Interested? You can find RUSTY NAIL on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo.

You can also find FIREBALL, the first book in the series, on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series.

Stop by her twitter and tell her what fantastic book she should read next. You can also find her on her website, blog, Facebook, join her Street Team, or sign up for her newsletter.
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Making a Family: BROTHER’S KEEPER III: LUKE A Military Monday Review


Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Stephanie St. Klaire. LUKE is the third book in the Brother’s Keeper series which features a tight-knit set of five brothers who work in ultra high-profile security business. LUKE is a former soldier who can’t believe himself worthy of love, while the woman he’s protecting is headstrong and lonely–and love the overwhelming sense of family she feels within Luke’s extended family business. I haven’t read either of the previous titles, but I was able to jump in with both feet on this one.

About the book:
Luke O’Reilly has seen it all, done it all, and lived through it all. When a career ending injury forces him to retire from the military, he struggles to adapt. Luke was born to be a soldier, not conform to the nine-to-five mediocrity of everyday life. He needs to protect and serve like he needs his next breath.

Angry, with a bitter taste of civilian life, he finds himself searching for purpose in dangerous operatives through the family business that is Brother’s Keeper Security. Working alongside his brothers, protecting them and those they love, gives him satisfaction. But he still wants more – needs more – and struggles to find it. That is, until the one thing he didn’t think he was searching for, lands on his doorstep. Literally.

Daisy King lives life on her own terms, just the way she likes it. A free spirit, until she finds herself in the protective clutches of Brother’s Keeper, one frustrating brother in particular. As the key witness to a high-profile murder, the stakes turn dangerous and take an unpredictable twist leaving her once simple life an existence she’ll never reclaim.

In a true tug of war between good and evil, Luke fights to overcome his past, to protect his future. Can Luke and Daisy save each other and find a happily ever after? Or, does murder and mayhem prevail, robbing Daisy of her freedom and sentencing Luke to a life alone?

My Review:
Daisy King is a free spirit and performer in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s looking for a bathroom at a house party where she’s the entertainment and inadvertently becomes the only witness to a senator’s murder. Surveillance operatives whisk her away from Nashville to Seattle–in an attempt to keep her safe. It seems there’s a mole in the WITSEC program and their witnesses against a certain cartel’s crimes all end up dead. Separated from her ailing grandmother–Daisy’s only family–she’s unhappy that taciturn Luke is her overlord , uh protector. But, Daisy loves the sweet ladies who are attached to the Brother’s Keeper security team. And, she’s sure that Luke is attractive man.

Luke hates that he’s unfit for duty, but he’s also happy to be home with his family–if he can maintain a level of privacy. Having Daisy dropped into his quiet home is inconvenient, at first. She’s a boundless problem, however, and often tries to shake the metaphorical shackles he insists are in Daisy’s best interest. Keeping her safe is his top priority, but he didn’t expect to like her so dang much.

This is a pretty fun one, with lots of banter. I had some issues with the time frame, as we jump forward by days and weeks at times, and that wasn’t super easy to follow. Also, I felt there was often too much backstory bogging the pace. I know when there are series tales it’s easy to want to explain who everyone is and how they fit, but I really like sticking with the current protagonists and their journey, so I didn’t need to know all the history between Luke, his brothers and the rest of the gang. At times, I experienced it as telling me the story, and it didn’t work for me in that moment. There’s a bit of romance that does develop, even as Luke protests that he’s not a “forever man,” but Daisy takes a chance anyway. When it seems like she’s likely in the clear regarding pursuit it all goes sideways and it’s up to Luke to save the day, and the woman he’s come to love. Expect an unexpected happy ending where Luke and Daisy really bond, and build a space within Luke’s family that is both supportive and comforting.

Interested? You can find BROTHER’S KEEPER III: LUKE on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

The previous books in the series are also available.
BROTHER’S KEEPER I: DECLAN on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

BROTHER’S KEEPER II: LIAM on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

About the Author:
Stephanie St. Klaire debuted in 2016, launching her writing career with Rescued, the first book in the widely popular, five book series known as McKenzie Ridge. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs.

As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance.

Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.

Catch up with Stephanie St. Klaire online to keep up with her work on her website, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, newsletter, Goodreads, Amazon or Bookbub.

Now Available BROTHER’S KEEPER III: LUKE


Hi there! Today I’m getting the word out on a new contemporary romance from Stephanie St. Klaire. LUKE is the third book in the Brother’s Keeper series which features a tight-knit set of five brothers who work in ultra high-profile security business. I haven’t read either of the previous titles, but I was able to jump in with both feet on this one.

About the book:
Luke O’Reilly has seen it all, done it all, and lived through it all. When a career ending injury forces him to retire from the military, he struggles to adapt. Luke was born to be a soldier, not conform to the nine-to-five mediocrity of everyday life. He needs to protect and serve like he needs his next breath.

Angry, with a bitter taste of civilian life, he finds himself searching for purpose in dangerous operatives through the family business that is Brother’s Keeper Security. Working alongside his brothers, protecting them and those they love, gives him satisfaction. But he still wants more – needs more – and struggles to find it. That is, until the one thing he didn’t think he was searching for, lands on his doorstep. Literally.

Daisy King lives life on her own terms, just the way she likes it. A free spirit, until she finds herself in the protective clutches of Brother’s Keeper, one frustrating brother in particular. As the key witness to a high-profile murder, the stakes turn dangerous and take an unpredictable twist leaving her once simple life an existence she’ll never reclaim.

In a true tug of war between good and evil, Luke fights to overcome his past, to protect his future. Can Luke and Daisy save each other and find a happily ever after? Or, does murder and mayhem prevail, robbing Daisy of her freedom and sentencing Luke to a life alone?

Expect my review next week…

Interested? You can find BROTHER’S KEEPER III: LUKE on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

The previous books in the series are also available.
BROTHER’S KEEPER I: DECLAN on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

BROTHER’S KEEPER II: LIAM on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

About the Author:
Stephanie St. Klaire debuted in 2016, launching her writing career with Rescued, the first book in the widely popular, five book series known as McKenzie Ridge. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs.

As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion, reactions, and outcomes. Her characters are passionate, have bold personalities, and full of life. She writes happily ever after’s, with plenty of twists, turns, drama, and of course, steamy romance.

Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.

Catch up with Stephanie St. Klaire online to keep up with her work on her website, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, newsletter, Goodreads, Amazon or Bookbub.

Lonely Souls Connect: AIDEN–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Melanie Moreland. AIDEN is the second book in the Vested Interest series. I liked BENTLEY, and I’ve enjoyed AIDEN, too.

About the book:
Haunted by memories of his past, Aiden plays the part of the happy-go-lucky friend. Always ready with a teasing smile or a joke, he is good at hiding his pain.
Using his impressive physique as a shield, he keeps his past buried beneath his rugged exterior.
Except, one woman sees through his façade.
Her green eyes see too much, even as her body tempts him.
Even as his heart yearns for her.
Cami is determined to make him realize that he is worthy of being loved.
He pushes her away at every turn, yet finds himself unable to keep her at arm’s length.
Who will win this battle of love?

My Review:
Aiden and Cami met in the first book of this series. They had an instant attraction, and great sexual chemistry, but Aiden, a child abuse survivor, believes he’s ultimately unlovable. Meanwhile, Cami’s mentally ill mother died when she was young, and has been raised by her elder sister. She needs to feel needed–and loved–and Aiden’s mixed signals are doing her head in.

It’s not the right time for drama, either, because Cami seems to be forgetting things, and is losing possessions and contact with her sister–who’s on an extended business trip–and her bestie, Emmy, who has moved in with her fiance, Bentley. Is Cami showing the first signs of mental illness, or is there another situation brewing that is putting her life in danger.

This book picked up steam about halfway in. Like Cami, I got tired of Aiden’s waffling about how he’s not a forever man, and how unworthy he is for her. That never works for me, as a reader, and the prose was verbose and repetitive until we got to the heart of Cami’s “forgetfulness,” which is a problem Aiden CAN help her manage. That brought me in, and the suspense was almost the right tempo to keep me turning pages. On the whole, the pace of the book was slower than I would have liked. The romance was okay, and I liked that Aiden overcame his issues and loved Cami with his entire being by the end.

Interested? You can find AIDEN on Goodreads, Amazon or other outlets.

****Book Sale****
You can also find BENTLEY on sale $.99 until May 10th on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

About the Author:
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

You can catch up with Melanie on her Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or sign up for her Newsletter.

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Out Today! RUSTY NAIL

Hi there! Today I’m wishing a Happy Book Birthday to a new contemporary romance from Nazarea Andrews. RUSTY NAIL is the second book in her River City series and features a playboy falling for a woman with a bad reputation. The male lead is Aidric, brother to Demspey from FIREBALL so I’m sure we’ll run into him and Taite in this one.

About the book:
In a small town, rumor is everything…

Life came easy to him.
Town playboy Aidric Jones has it all: money, women, a life without responsibility. Until his house burns down and a daughter he doesn’t know lands on his doorstep. No one expects him to step up, to grow up, but he finds disappointment is different when someone is counting on him.

And everyone is whispering…
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks everyone knew Olivia Buckley was going to end up pregnant and stuck in River City with a deadbeat boyfriend. Now she’s a single mom working for her parent’s construction company, unable to escape a reputation she hates. She’s fighting like hell to make a life for herself and her son, to prove everyone wrong.

They’re two people with nothing in common except a falling down house, two angry kids, and a town full of rumors–but maybe that’s enough

They’ll give them something to talk about…

Interested? You can find RUSTY NAIL on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Currently on release week sale for $.99!

You can also find FIREBALL, the first book in the series, on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series.

Stop by her twitter and tell her what fantastic book she should read next. You can also find her on her website, blog, Facebook, join her Street Team, or sign up for her newsletter.
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Small Town Quarrels: FIREBALL–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Nazarea Andrews. FIREBALL is a smoking hot romance between small town folks who can’t avoid one another any longer… I really liked SECRET THINGS, so I was excited to try a new book from this author.

About the book:
He’s infuriating…
Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.

She’s impossible…
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.

And I don’t want to.

It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…

My Review:
Dempsey Jones has had a thing for Taite Ridley ever since high schoo.Painfully shy, Dempsey hid his attraction behind sharp words and one-upmanship. It seems. But Dempsey’s been having some delicious hate sex of late with River City’s junior chief of police. He wants more, but how can he convince Taite he can be the man of her dreams?

Taite, having lost her mom young, is a daddy’s girl to the max. She grew up at the precinct, doted on my the cops and office staff, and has now come in to her own as an officer herself. Taite’s had a lust-hate relationship with Dempsey since high school, but she always thought her troublemaker persona turned him off. And, she’s never getting married. Not after seeing her dad suffer when her mom died. But, as the small town gears up for the big fundraising competition between the fire department and the police department, Taite might have more to lose than her pride. Yup, Dempsey’s careful planning might just win her heart.

This is a sweet and sexy love story that seemed to be enemies-turned-lovers, on the surface. Instead I think it was friends-turned-lovers because the hate posturing was more Taite’s drama than anythign else. Dempsey has been gone on Taite a long time now, and his only angle is how to turn his “drunken,” down-low hook-up into his sleep-in-my-bed-all-night girlfriend. There’s plenty of fun bits, too, like how the fire department tries a new tactic to raise money: a nude calendar. For Dempsey, tall, fit and sexy fire captain, well, he can’t avoid baring all–and it’s part and parcel of his plan to win Taite over too.

There’s plenty of waffling, however, and that was a little bit of a drag, for me. Taite does finally see the light, though, when Dempsey sees her through some dark moments. It’s cute and fun. I enjoyed it.

Interested? You can find FIREBALL on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series.

Stop by her twitter and tell her what fantastic book she should read next. You can also find her on her website, blog, Facebook, join her Street Team, or sign up for her newsletter.
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Out today! AIDEN–and a book sale!

Hi there! Today I’m wishing a happy book birthday to a new contemporary romance from Melanie Moreland. AIDEN is the second book in the Vested Interest series. I liked BENTLEY, and I’ve enjoyed AIDEN, too.

About the book:
Haunted by memories of his past, Aiden plays the part of the happy-go-lucky friend. Always ready with a teasing smile or a joke, he is good at hiding his pain.
Using his impressive physique as a shield, he keeps his past buried beneath his rugged exterior.
Except, one woman sees through his façade.
Her green eyes see too much, even as her body tempts him.
Even as his heart yearns for her.
Cami is determined to make him realize that he is worthy of being loved.
He pushes her away at every turn, yet finds himself unable to keep her at arm’s length.
Who will win this battle of love?

Look for my review later in the week!

Interested? You can find AIDEN on Goodreads, Amazon or other outlets.

****Book Sale****
You can also find BENTLEY on sale $.99 until May 10th on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

About the Author:
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie loves stories, especially paired with a good wine, and enjoys skydiving (free falling over a fleck of dust) extreme snowboarding (falling down stairs) and piloting her own helicopter (tripping over her own feet.) She’s learned happily ever afters, even bumpy ones, are all in how you tell the story.

You can catch up with Melanie on her Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or sign up for her Newsletter.

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