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HIS Return by Sheila Kell narrated by Carson Beck


This was a good read and listen. Not my favorite of this series, lots of melodrama, but still interesting. There is steam and story, which many authors forget to include something to keep the listeners interest. Worth the time spent.

HIS Choice by Sheila Kell narrated by Carson Beck


The second book in this series. I read these first, out of order and this is my favorite so far.. I like the audio version, but the read is my favorite. Romance, steam, suspense and story. This was worth the time spent. Add this to your listen list

His Desire by Sheila Kell, audiobook narrated by Carson Beck



First in this series. This was an enjoyable listen. I read the book prior to listening to the story. There were spots that I did not remember in the book. There were several months between the two. I have to say, I liked the read better than the listen but both were good. One thing that makes this series is the intrigue. It is not all about the steam.

Tangled Up in Christmas by Lisa Renee Jones

 


An entertaining, fun read. This is a follow up to the “Truth About Cowboys” book. Enjoy this horse whisperer story wound around Roarke and Hannah, a couple with a past. There is drama, misunderstandings, romance, stirred together with family lies and the requisite HEA. Also included in this book is the novella “Santa Baby”, another good read. Add this to your TBR list. 

Stealing the Bride by Nadia Lee. Release Day!

My Bag of Books blog review. 
http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/1967729/stealing-the-bride-by-nadia-lee


Title: Stealing the Bride
Author: Nadia Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2019
 

BLURB
 
When the hottest woman I ever slept with leaves me fifty bucks and sneaks out of my bed, I'm completely stunned and left feeling a little...dirty.

Most men might let it go. But I'm not most men. This woman has left her mark and I have to track her down.

Imagine my surprise when I discover that she's getting married...

So I do what's most logical: steal the bride. Except...am I even at the right wedding?

Stealing the Bride is a standalone full-length romance novel with a sexy AF billionaire, smart geeky heroine, identical twins and mistaken identity. No cheating, no cliffhanger. Just lots of heat, heart and humor. Grab it today!
 
 
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48269614-stealing-the-bride
 
 
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EXCERPT
 
The bride is over my shoulder, wriggling like a trout caught between a bear’s paws. And it’s true: my paw is on her ass, so maybe she feels like a trout, even though we’re on a beach and there are no bears in Maui. And she’s screaming like a banshee.
I run like hell down the aisle, past the tropical flowers lining each side, feet churning the sand. Somewhere a Chihuahua is barking insanely. The bride’s head bounces on my back, the white veil brushing my thighs and knees. The guests in semi-casual beachwear are too stunned to move. They just stare, their mouths open. It looks comical—like something from a third-rate chick flick.
“Stop, you son of a bitch!” comes from behind me. The groom’s finally gotten his shit together.
Sissy. I didn’t even push him out of the way that hard. I look over a shoulder to give him a superior smirk.
He’s started after me, his feet pounding the sand. But the guy’s not fast enough. Even with a struggling woman over one shoulder, I can outrun him. I didn’t get my muscles from one of those jiggle dumbbells that simulates jerking off. I got them the old-fashioned way—sweating on Icarian fitness equipment in a gym.
Oh yeah. You aren’t getting married. Not until pigs win the Super Bowl.
Besides, he’s going to thank me. As soon as the fact that his intended and I slept together only two weeks ago sinks into his microscopic brain.
My getaway Maserati convertible is waiting. Hell yeah. Stealing this bride in style.
I dump her in the passenger seat. Cursing, she struggles against the tangled veil and a small sea of white fabric.
I start the car. The engine roars like a lion, while the bride screams like I’m Hannibal Lecter coming off a month-long fast. The Hawaiian breeze ruffles my hair. I smack the wheel in triumph and give the car some gas.
Someone in red runs right in front of the car. Shit! I slam on the brakes.
“You f**king crazy?” I shout, my heart knocking hard against my chest. The Maserati could’ve turned her into a bloody human pancake. “I almost ran you over!”
A tall, slim brunette places her hands on the hood of my car, almost like she’s daring me to run her over. Then she lifts her chin.
What the f**k?
The familiar aquamarine eyes send a jolt through me. I blink. The bride is right next to me, still cursing. What the hell is she doing over there in that red dress? Am I seeing things? I’ve been thinking entirely too much about her over the last two weeks.
“Skittles?” I say.
“Yeah.” The same husky voice.
Damn… It is her.
I glance at my kidnapped bride…who has finally gotten her veil out of the way and has the exact same face as Skittles. What the f**k is going on?
 
 
AUTHOR BIO
 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nadia Lee writes sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.
 
Currently, she shares a condo overlooking a small river and sakura trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.
 
Stay in touch with her via her website, http://www.nadialee.net, or her blog http://www.nadialee.net/blog
 
 
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Release Day! Stateless by Meli Raine

 

 

My Bag of Books review link

http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/1965213/stateless-by-meli-raine

 

Title: Stateless
Series: The Stateless Series #1
Authors: Meli Raine
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 15, 2019
 

 
When you’re born without a trace, no one knows you’re a weapon.
 
I lie for her.
I hunt for her.
I kill for her.
And above all, I betray my mission for her.
She doesn’t know why. She doesn’t care why.
I do.
Treason comes in many forms.
Love is one of them.
Our training taught me to be a sociopath. A machine. A pawn. Nothing more than a tool for a larger goal, without attachments or feelings.
Our teachers forgot one important detail:
Pawns shouldn’t have hearts.
Yet we do.
It turns out our emotions are our greatest weapon.
And I know exactly where mine are aimed.
 
The Stateless Series also includes:
Traceless (releasing 11.19.19)
Fateless (release date TBA)
 
 
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44285623-stateless
 
BOOKBUB LINK: https://www.bookbub.com/books/stateless-stateless-1-by-meli-raine
 
 
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Also available in audio
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EXCERPT
 
I do not sleep.
Kina does, though, and that matters more.
Sleep is a luxury when we are in Woods. She knows it. I know I should catch an hour or two, especially with my five-nightpunishment and determination to go for six, but I can't.
What did I just say?
What did I just do?
Kina has the dreams. I have the dreams. I've never told anyone else anything that wasn't one hundred percent part of The Mission.
To confess emotion, to confess my own dreams that do not fit The Mission, could be punished by death.
Or worse. What if I really am so weak? Emotion is shameful. It’s disgusting.
We fail every time we feel.
She knows this. I know this.
And yet we both spoke. Shared.
Confided.
Why?
What does this mean?
With her sleeping beside me, I let my mind wander, giving in to the luxury of imagination. For years, the dream has been the same.
A burning wood fire.
A screaming boy.
A woman with long hair being shot.
A man with a shaved head and blue eyes like mine beaten by another man with a log.
And me with my bow and arrow. My hands are tiny, the skin around the knuckles dimpled. I've worked with the four-year-olds here at the compound. I know what young hands look like.
Why would I dream like that?

 

COMING SOON
 
#2 Traceless – Releasing November 19, 2019
 
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AUTHOR BIO
 
Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.
 
 
AUTHOR LINKS
 
Website: http://meliraine.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meliraine
Twitter: https://twitter.com/meliraineauthor
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/meli-raine
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13536295.Meli_Raine
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/beV0gf

 

Cold Hearted by Toni Anderson Audiobook narrated by Eric Dove

Book six in this series and tied with the first (which was my favorite). This story has all the mystery, drama, romance and thrill, I have come to expect from this author. The narrator for the audiobook is Eric Dove, who does an outstanding job. A killer is stalking the campus, he is intelligent, cunning and dangerous, he is fixated on a police detective. Excellent read and listen. The audiobook and hard copy are equally entertaining. Add this to your listen list.

Stealing the Bride by Nadia Lee


So much fun! From this new to me author.  After a steamy one night stand, Court steals a bride from right under the groom’s nose at the wedding ceremony and the fun begins. There is drama and romance, which ends with the requisite HEA. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book, is there is plenty of story to balance the steam. Excellent read.  

Stateless by Meli Raine

The first in this new series and let me just say “WOW”!  This is another link in the chain of the previously published series’ and the wagons are circling. What happens when corrupt, greedy, rich, powerful people decide to grab children and train them to be single minded, soulless, killing machines, placing them in or close to positions of power. This is the first book and does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. Don’t miss this one!

Misadventures at City Hall by Victoria Blue. Release Day!

 

My Bag of Books blog review:  

http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/1957409/misadventures-at-city-hall-by-victoria-blue

 

Misadventures at City Hall by Victoria Blue

 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

 

 

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Synopsis

 

Go-getter Skye Delaney’s sights are set on the office of LA City Manager, but when her path is blocked by a cloud of corruption at the Mayor’s office, she is forced to reevaluate her ambitious goals. A seat on the City Council is the next logical step, but as they say, politics makes for strange bedfellows. Fellows like Kyle Armstrong.

 

Kyle barges into Skye’s life without warning and has her yearning for more. But when she discovers he’s running for the same City Council seat she is, Skye is faced with some big decisions.

 

Does she give up on her political dreams for a man? Or is Kyle the man to make all her dreams come true?

 

*****

Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They're the perfect bedside read, a 'quick blush' for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.

 

Meet the Author

 

Victoria Blue lives in her own portion of the galaxy known as Southern California. There she finds the love and life sustaining power of one amazing sun, two unique and awe inspiring planets and three indifferent, yet comforting moons. 

 

Life is fantastic and challenging and everyday brings new adventures to be discovered. She looks forward to seeing what's next!


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Release Day!

Hers for the Season by Elena Aitken

Reblogged from My Bag Of Books:


If you are into paranormal romance, this book is for you. Steam, discord, a small mystery, all during the Christmas season. Roll this into the shifter universe and you have a hot light read. Have a cup of eggnog and enjoy. 

Evening Shadows by Sheila Kell Blog Tour and review.

Author: Sheila Kell

Title: Evening Shadows

Series: Agents of H I S, book 1

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Cover Designer: RMGraphX

 Available now! 

Amazon: US | UK | AU

 

When deception leads to vengeance, it’s only your heart you can trust.

 

From Romantic Suspense BEST-SELLING and AWARD-WINNING Author • When his life depends on the woman who holds secrets, can he trust their love will be enough for her to seek the truth? In Sheila Kell’s thrilling novel of deception and second chances, two operatives embark on a dangerous journey that will test them as agents, friends, and lovers.

 

Time and distance hasn’t impacted Ken “Boss” Patrick’s love for Samantha “Sugar” Milton. When faced with the chance to move them from friends to lovers, forces out of his control make the stakes impossibly high. His mission to win her heart becomes a frantic task to save both of their lives.

 

To survive a new injury and being captured by their target, Ken must rely on the woman he loves but no longer trusts. With Sugar’s difficulty to separate truth from deception, Ken’s only chance is to convince the agent who holds his heart that the forces working against them are the true enemy.

 

EVENING SHADOWS is the first book in the Agents of H I S romantic suspense series. Agents of H I S is a spin-off series of the original award-winning H I S series. Just like in the H I S series, each Agents of H I S novel is a standalone novel.

 

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2NZUn7b 

AmazonUK:  https://amzn.to/2XRBvfl 

Amazon AU:  https://amzn.to/30x2mKu

 

My Bagof Books Blog Review.  
http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/1937996/evening-shadows-by-sheila-kell

Release Day! Special Delivery by Abby Tyler.

My Bag of Books blog review:  

http://Pippen.booklikes.com/post/1954134/special-delivery-by-abby-tyler

 

Title: Special Delivery

Author: Abby Tyler

Genre: Single Dad Romance

Release: October 7, 2019

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48137449-special-delivery

 

Blurb:

She brought him pizza. He delivered a family.

 

Police Officer Jack Stone hasn’t been able to leave the house in seven days. His wreck of a sister gave birth in prison, and baby Ella has been discharged into his care.

 

He has no idea what to do with her.

 

Louisa is ready to move on with her life and arrives at Jack's house with her very last pizza delivery before she quits. When he opens the door, Ella is crying, his place is a disaster, and Applebottom’s senior police officer is completely lost.

 

He could solve her problem, and she could solve his.

 

Too bad they’ve hated each other since high school.

 

It will take the entire town to end the twenty-year feud between Jack and Louisa and remind them that people do grow up, and in a crisis, you often grow together.

 

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):

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Author bio:

Abby Tyler loves puppy dogs, pie, and small towns (she grew up in one!) Her Applebottom Matchmaker Society books combine the sweet and wholesome style of romance she loves with the funny, sometimes a-little-too-truthful characters she remembers from growing up in a place where everyone knew everybody’s business.

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Excerpt:

Louisa gestured to all the towels, the strewn clothes, the dirty bottles, and complete disarray. “You need some help,” she said.

 

“I haven’t told anybody about her.”

 

Louisa’s eyes dropped to the baby. “You’re going to have to eventually. You need help.”

 

Jack could feel the anger rising in him. This is exactly what he didn’t want—everyone showing up, telling him what to do. “It’s just a baby. I can handle her.”

 

“Looks like you’re really handling it, Jack. I’m going to let Betty know. She’ll get a whole team of ladies in here.”

 

Jack jumped to his feet. “You will not tell a soul!”

 

The baby startled, her arms flailing out as though she’d been attacked. Her eyes opened, and her mouth let out a terrible little wail.

 

“Give Ella to me,” Jack said, his voice practically a growl. “We’re done here.”

 

“Stop scaring her,” she said. “The last thing this child needs is to have the first conversation she’s heard in a week be two people arguing.”

 

Jack balled his hands into fists and willed himself to calm down. Louisa always got under his skin. The woman was maddening.

 

“It’s not like you know a lot about babies,” he said, although he knew it was a low blow to bring up her lack of family. “Now give her to me.”

 

It worked. Louisa passed the baby back into his arms.

 

“Jack Stone, you would cut off your own nose to spite your face. You need help, and there’s no way I’m going to keep this a secret.” She pointed a finger at the baby. “For her sake, not yours. You can starve for all I care.”

 

She didn’t even look back as she opened the door, stepped out, and slammed it behind her. The loud thud set the baby to crying with renewed strength.

 

“Good riddance,” Jack said to the door.

 

He lifted Ella to his shoulder. “We didn’t need her anyway.”

 

In response, Ella spit up all over his last clean shirt.

Title: Special Delivery

Author: Abby Tyler

Genre: Single Dad Romance

Release: October 7, 2019

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48137449-special-delivery

 

Blurb:

She brought him pizza. He delivered a family.

 

Police Officer Jack Stone hasn’t been able to leave the house in seven days. His wreck of a sister gave birth in prison, and baby Ella has been discharged into his care.

 

He has no idea what to do with her.

 

Louisa is ready to move on with her life and arrives at Jack's house with her very last pizza delivery before she quits. When he opens the door, Ella is crying, his place is a disaster, and Applebottom’s senior police officer is completely lost.

 

He could solve her problem, and she could solve his.

 

Too bad they’ve hated each other since high school.

 

It will take the entire town to end the twenty-year feud between Jack and Louisa and remind them that people do grow up, and in a crisis, you often grow together.

 

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/356oJJE

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2Vb6KNC

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2OlfMXg

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2og7yop

 

Author bio:

Abby Tyler loves puppy dogs, pie, and small towns (she grew up in one!) Her Applebottom Matchmaker Society books combine the sweet and wholesome style of romance she loves with the funny, sometimes a-little-too-truthful characters she remembers from growing up in a place where everyone knew everybody’s business.

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Excerpt:

Louisa gestured to all the towels, the strewn clothes, the dirty bottles, and complete disarray. “You need some help,” she said.

 

“I haven’t told anybody about her.”

 

Louisa’s eyes dropped to the baby. “You’re going to have to eventually. You need help.”

 

Jack could feel the anger rising in him. This is exactly what he didn’t want—everyone showing up, telling him what to do. “It’s just a baby. I can handle her.”

 

“Looks like you’re really handling it, Jack. I’m going to let Betty know. She’ll get a whole team of ladies in here.”

 

Jack jumped to his feet. “You will not tell a soul!”

 

The baby startled, her arms flailing out as though she’d been attacked. Her eyes opened, and her mouth let out a terrible little wail.

 

“Give Ella to me,” Jack said, his voice practically a growl. “We’re done here.”

 

“Stop scaring her,” she said. “The last thing this child needs is to have the first conversation she’s heard in a week be two people arguing.”

 

Jack balled his hands into fists and willed himself to calm down. Louisa always got under his skin. The woman was maddening.

 

“It’s not like you know a lot about babies,” he said, although he knew it was a low blow to bring up her lack of family. “Now give her to me.”

 

It worked. Louisa passed the baby back into his arms.

 

“Jack Stone, you would cut off your own nose to spite your face. You need help, and there’s no way I’m going to keep this a secret.” She pointed a finger at the baby. “For her sake, not yours. You can starve for all I care.”

 

She didn’t even look back as she opened the door, stepped out, and slammed it behind her. The loud thud set the baby to crying with renewed strength.

 

“Good riddance,” Jack said to the door.

 

He lifted Ella to his shoulder. “We didn’t need her anyway.”

 

In response, Ella spit up all over his last clean shirt.

Awesome audiobook narrated by Eric Dove

Cold in the Shadows (Cold Justice) (Volume 5) - Toni Anderson

Fifth in this series, just finished the audiobook narrated by Eric Dove. So far this whole series has been nail biting action and mayhem. The steam and romance between the main characters along with mystery makes this an excellent listen. Add this to you read and listen list, no disappointment here. 

Hers for the Season by Elena Aitken


If you are into paranormal romance, this book is for you. Steam, discord, a small mystery, all during the Christmas season. Roll this into the shifter universe and you have a hot light read. Have a cup of eggnog and enjoy.