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Bridge Of Mist and Fog by Nikki Broadwell

Bridge-Of-Mist-and-Fog-by-Nikki-BroadwellAiry Fitzhugh is anxious when she spots an island off the coast that her mother is unable to see–she’s lived in her powerful mother’s shadow her entire life. But when she consults the goddess of prophecy and discovers she has a destiny, her mood lifts. According to Corra she’s linked to someone on that island and their future involves building a bridge between two worlds.

It’s another matter altogether when her parents insist that she attend college in Milltown, Massachusetts, far from the mystical Otherworld where she’s lived all her sixteen years. It is only when she meets a boy from the future that Airy’s world begins to expand. Fehin makes her aware that her ability to talk to trees is a gift. She is special after all. But many dark and tangled paths must be taken before the two of them can discover what fate has in store.

How can they trust in destiny when everything is working against them?

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Careful What You Wish Jennifer Robins

Careful What You Wish 2015 Cover.jpg2Wishes sometimes come true, or do they?

While tuning an older woman’s piano, Carlson notices her photo at a much earlier age and finds her enchantingly beautiful.

He wishes he could have been around when she was young so he could seduce her, make love to her.

Did his wish come true when he returned to her house the next day for his forgotten tools?

He has reason to believe it did.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Dancing Fawn by Ginger Simpson

Dancing-Fawn-by-Ginger-SimpsonGrace Cummings’ family is killed and she’s taken captive by a war party of young Lakota’s hungry to fight the white men encroaching on their sacred black hill; land granted them in a treaty with the government. The brave responsible for leading the war party and Grace’s captor is shunned by the tribe for drawing attention to their band and leaves the village, giving Grace to Little Elk, the nephew of the chief.

With the help and guidance of another white woman in camp, Green Eyes, wife of the chief, Grace learns important facts about the tribe and accepts her given Lakota name, Dancing Fawn… and the love of Little Elk.

While the warriors are away joining with other tribes to fight the war brought upon them by the young warriors, white soldier attack the camp, killing only women, children, and old men. Dancing Fawn is discovered, identified as a white captive and forced to return with the soldiers to Fort Sully. Tied hands and constant guarding display she’s not going voluntarily. Back in civilization and under the watchful eye of the Colonel’s wife, Fawn must decide where her heart truly lies.

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Very good book that touches on a part of history that was left out of the history books at school.
A nice change of pace to drop back into an American Historical where the Indian is the good guy.
I enjoyed the book and found the historical facts were in line with what I’ve read in other books, both factual history and historical fiction. Well researched and sensitively written.

Genre: Romance, Historical

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Darkness Falls (The Dark Brethren Series Book 2) by M.D. Wiselka

Darkness-Falls-The-Dark-Brethren-Series-Book-2One hundred and fifty years have passed since his crossing, but the bearer, a man once known as Owen Adler, has yet to find a way of restoring himself to the life he lost and the man he loved. When his great lord and master, Seker, offers him his freedom in exchange for his aid in punishing a disobedient servant, Owen, believing he has nothing to lose and everything to gain, seizes the opportunity.

An Elder bearer called Melek, exiled a century before for an act of treachery, will soon return to his exalted place in Master Seker’s court. Before he does, Master Seker wishes Melek to be humbled before his brethren lords for his sin. To this end, Owen, assuming Melek’s guise, appears before the lords of the Hour a humble penitent. In the ninety days remaining him before his return to court, Owen, in Melek’s guise, vows to prove himself worthy of his office or return voluntarily to exile for another century.

To secure his freedom, Owen must survive the ninety days in Melek’s guise without being exposed a fraud. No easy task, now he can count, among his many enemies, the offended Lord Melek, a ruthless and vindictive monster who’ll stop at nothing to punish Owen and the ones he loves.

But the greatest danger of all may be Owen himself. To outwit the devilish fiend that would take his life, he must become a devil himself. Even if he succeeds in at last wresting his freedom from his cunning master, will Owen ever again be the man he was when last he held his beloved Jacek in his arms?

Publisher’s Note: Darkness Falls is a male-male love story and contains homoerotic sex acts that may be offensive to some readers.

Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance/Gay & Lesbian

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The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard (The Duke Series Book 4) by Sandra Masters

After three years in England, Thorn Wick, the duke’s bastard son, perfectly flawed, still fights for acceptance in his father’s world as a renowned Argamak Turk horse trainer. Just when he starts to believe in fairy tales, another obstacle looms to thwart his plans: on a dangerous mission to Barbados, Thorn is stunned when secrets are revealed about his mother. Will he exact revenge for the foul deed?

Alicia Montgomery, ward of the duke, is in love with Thorn. Strong willed and adventurous, she determines she can convince him to admit his feelings. But the reality of loving Thorn too much almost destroys her.

Can Alicia quell Thorn’s demons and prove love can pave the way to their happiness?

Book Review

The fourth book the Duke Series is set in Porticio of Beckamhouse, London, England, 1820. The book opens with a romantic interlude between Thorn Wick and Alicia Montgomery.

Travel back into a period of time when men and women behaved elegantly and letters were more than mere words, they were the expression of one’s heart and soul. Let me draw you into the story with this quote:

“Chester announced that the visitor the Marquess of Montgate, had arrived, and he’d shown the gentleman into the room. She smiled a warm greeting to him.

“Dear, dear Alicia, I’ll be the envy of every man at the ball tonight. You look ravishing in that goddess-like gown. How will I keep all the men away from you?” He bent low and kissed her extended hand.

“I will assist by exhibiting the manner of a shrew if necessary. Now, Percival, give me a proper hug. I promise not to bore you about horses, but I will keep you engaged in conversation about my schoolmistress duties. I confess I’m worn out. I wonder how our tenants are able to cope with so many children without servants.”

Percival smiled. “We aristocrats do have some advantages.”

“That may be, but I look forward to our time tonight. Thorn gave you a letter for me?”

“Yes, he did when last we met.” He grinned. “He also gave me instructions that I was to protect you from any man who would try to woo you to a balcony or some such thing. Especially I’m to keep Claven, that scoundrel, a good distance from you. Please don’t encourage the rascal. I’m too young to die in a duel.” He walked toward her. “Thorn’s much in love with you, my dear.”

“And I am with him.”

“Alas, it’s my sad fate to relinquish you. Here is his letter.” He withdrew it from his breast pocket. “Now if you will direct me to the duke and duchess, I’ll extend my greetings while you read the contents.”

“Percival, you’re a good friend of his. I thank you. I’ll be with you shortly. Just follow the conversations, and they’ll lead you to the grand drawing room. Gordon is with them. I’ll join you in a few minutes.”

He turned to leave.

“Percival,” she called out. “Thank you for this wondrous gift. I shan’t forget you.”

“It’s my pleasure, Alicia. Thorn is my dearest friend. I know how much he loves you, and I’m happy to help him attain his goals.” He winked, and left.

She ran into the library where she could read his letter in private. She carefully opened it and her heart lifted at its prose.

You must read the book to find out what this letter said and how Alicia responds.

Theodocia McLean endorses The Duke’s Magnificent Bastard by Sandra Masters. One Night with a Duke, is promised for release in 2017. I purchased this book and reviewed it form a Kindle format. This review was completed on November 6, 2016.

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Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story (Desert Series Book Two) by Nikki Broadwell

Coyote-Sunrise-A-Shapeshifting-Story-by-Nikki-BroadwellSara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby are not what they seem. All three can shift into coyotes. When the Predator Masters arrive and hunt coyotes for sport Istaga turns into a snarling replica of himself, insisting they travel far into the mountains to warn other coyotes and keep out of danger. But before that can happen Sara’s former husband, Raleigh, steals their baby girl and discovers exactly what she is.

When Istaga shifts into a coyote and nearly kills Raleigh, someone manages to get the entire surreal scene on his camera phone. From that moment on Sara and Istaga are thrown into turmoil, their lives and that of their shape-shifting baby placed in grave danger. With hunters and cops searching for them they head for the hills.

What will it take to free themselves from Raleigh?

Can their love survive?

Book Review

Excellent storytelling will draw you into this must read series. If you love animals and want to protect their environment, this tantalizing paranormal sci-fi romance will take you across the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans and exposes the dark side of human nature.

Coyote Sunrise is book two (Just Another Desert Sunset-Book One) in the series where the reader is drawn into the life of Sara and Istaga and their two-year-old baby (Kaliska) who shift from the human world into the treacherous world of coyotes. Although a series, each book stands alone as Author Nikki Broadwell masterfully writes a complete saga from beginning to end with expert knowledge of the Tucson Arizona Desert, Coyotes, American Indian Traditions and the mission of the Predator Masters Hunting Group who hunt to kill predators, especially Coyotes with the blessing of the United States Government.

Descriptive writing brings the reader not only into the story but into the desert environment with the glory of sunrises and sunsets, the birds of the air and the creatures of the land with raw dangers that are inherit in the life cycle of coyotes. Istaga along with his wife Sara is determined to “keep these hunters from laying waste to all predators”. I am careful not to spoil the story for the reader, but I always quote a passage so you can experience the authors writing style.

Once she was away from town she shifted, knowing it would take less time on four legs. The moon was up, spreading silver light across the pale desert landscape and seeming to light her way. Her belly was empty and she was anxious to see her pup and her mate, but other than that her mind was on the pungent scents riding the cool night air and the other animals roaming and trying to stay out of sight. In the distance she heard sirens, a sound that never failed to make her heart beat faster.

Her anxiety began to taper once she reached the river and swam across. There was no light from the fire when she worked her way up the steep cliff face toward their cave. Her coyote mind pictured raw meat instead of cooked, her mouth filling with saliva. But as she approached the cave she stopped to listen. There were no sounds coming from within. Before she processed the thought she was standing on two legs, alarm filling her body with adrenaline. Ducking her head under the overhanging lip of the cave she entered dark space. There was no one there.”

So check your DNA and keep turning the pages as the dialog and storyline is keenly in Nikki’s realm of imagination and sphere of time. I encourage to read Coyote Sunrise as I now wait for the next story in this series to take shape in Nikki’s mind.

Theodocia McLean endorses Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story by Nikki Broadwell as a tale of courage and survival. Coyote Sunrise is Nikki’s eleventh novel and follows Just Another Desert Sunset that shares a place and time where Nikki and her husband call home. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on January 6, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Elbourne House: Volume One by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-One-by-Fran-ConnorEx-pirate, Daniel Carver returns home to the East Hampshire area of England intent on living a peaceable life with his stolen fortune. Daniel quickly finds himself in the middle of a fierce battle for Elbourne House with Charles Withington, the money hungry scoundrel attempting to steal Elbourne House from the current owners – the Abercrombie family.

The Elbourne House series follows the stories of the families in and around Elbourne House from the mid – 17th century to current day.

Packed with drama, romance, and passion, Elbourne House will keep readers enthralled with the many twists and turns the characters experience through their lives.

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Romance

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Elbourne House: Volume Six by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-Six-by-Fran-ConnorAt the turn of the 19th century, the Carver Family is thriving.

Edward Carver is a member of the House of Commons, teaming with other forward thinkers to end the slave trade.

Their leadership comes at a price. The Carver’s find themselves the targets of a sinister kidnapping/murder plot.

Sex, murder, and revenge are all prominent themes in this adventure filled tale of the Carvers and their children.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Her Man In Havana by Fran Connor

Her-Man-in-Havana-by-Fran-Connor-New-CoverIf you love action, adventure and thrillers that also make you smile, this is the one for you.

When Harry arrives in Havana on business he’s soon way out of his depth as he’s drawn into a scam with stolen rum, gangsters, secret police and the beautiful Maria.

This ordinary guy must trawl his hidden depths to find the courage that will keep him alive and out of prison.

Book Review

From the time Harry walked into the Saratoga Hotel in Havana, Cuba his routine business trip would be anything but routine. After all, this is Havana which has a mystique unlike any place on earth.

It doesn’t take Harry long to scope out the most beautiful woman on the island and his heart among other things beats with excitement as she notices him and strolls over to him. There isn’t a man on earth that doesn’t dream of classy women like Maria. Harry is mesmerized by her deep brown eyes that look into his soul.

Harry soon discovers that his British accent and inability to communicate well in this multicultural community leaves him at the mercy (smiling) of his new found friend Maria who speaks English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Russian. With serious business to conduct as an importer, Harry is the luckiest man on earth to have Maria by his side as guide and interpreter. However, business is not as he imagined it to be in Cuba and soon Harry is in too deep.

I would like to share you a quote to show you the author’s writing style and the character’s mind-set.

“There was Neanderthal and one of the grey-suited guys. He held a gun against me, inside a newspaper.

I looked at the line of people in the queue ahead waiting to check in for my flight. Could I do anything? Could I make a scene? These guys wouldn’t shoot me here in broad daylight with so many witnesses. Or would they? Did I have the bottle to find out?

I answered my own question when I walked submissively in the direction the gun was pushing me: away from my ride home. Away from safety and into God only knows what end. In my mind I went through my last will and testament. Most of what I had—which included a three-bedroom, terraced house in Fulham that only had a twenty per cent mortgage on it due to the rise in house prices, a Ford Mondeo and some cash—would all go to my mother.

I thought about what she would say when she heard I’d been shot dead in Cuba: ‘Silly bugger. Always was a prat.’ Then she’d blow most of it at bingo.”

Author Fran Connor writes this fast paced romantic thriller with an intellect of the setting and people of Cuba, with humour and interesting dialog. I personally love it when a man writes romance and I believe any adult reader will enjoy and stay engaged with the plot. According to Fran Connor’s bio and screenplay portfolio, he has seven feature length scripts in several genres with one in pre-production in the UK. Six of his eleven plays have been produced on stage. Fran is a romantic at heart and this is reflected in his writing.

Cold Coffee Press endorses Her Man In Havana by Fran Connor. Other books by Fran Connor found on Amazon include Sophia and the Fisherman, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Devil’s Bridge and Elbourne House-Novella Series Volume One-Eight. We received this book in a Kindle/PDF format. This review was completed on April 13, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Thriller, Suspense

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Elbourne House: Volume Four by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-Four-by-Fran-ConnorA swashbuckling adventure and love story as young Edward Carver leaves Elbourne to fight for King George in the American War of Independence.

He grows up fast in the thick of battle. When he saves an escaped young slave woman from trackers, it sets him on a collision course with the enemy and some on his own side.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Elbourne House: Volume Two by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-Two-by-Fran-ConnorRetired pirate Daniel Carver successfully negotiates the purchase of Elbourne House.

After surviving an attempt on his life by the hired guns of his nemesis Charles Withington, Daniel sets out to return Elbourne House and it’s grounds to past splendor.

Daniel’s life is soon complicated by another dilemma. He must sort out his feelings between two women determined to win his affections.

Caroline Baverstoke, a beautiful but cunning socialite betrothed to Withington, or Charlotte Abercrombie, the daughter of the previous owner of Elbourne House.

Volume 2 details the tug of war these two women play with his heart, culminating in the unexpected result to a deadly showdown at dawn.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Full Circle by Gloria Antypowich

Full-Circle-The-Belanger-Creek-Ranch-Volume-2-by-Gloria-AntypowichBook Two: Belanger Creek Ranch Series

“Shauna Lee, I told you I’m a hunter. I have hunted cougars in the wild. That is where I like to keep them: in the wild; with me doing the stalking.” Her face went scarlet. “Are you calling me a cougar?” she asked, indignantly.

Twenty years ago, eighteen-year-old Shauna Lee Holt rose like a phoenix, out of the ashes of tragedy. Fierce determination focused her drive for independence. After graduation, she worked non-stop, scrimping and saving every penny. She purchased Swift Current Accounting and Bookkeeping Service. Now she is regarded as a successful accountant in the business community: but no one knows her personal, private hell.

Brad Johnson recently moved to Swift Current, where he set up Windspeer Energy; a company specializing in small wind energy turbines. Brad feels an undeniable attraction to Shauna Lee, but he refuses to play her “nothing serious, no strings attached” game.

As time passes, he falls head over heels in love with this tormented woman. Shocking fragments of her tragic past come to light, and he begins to realize that she may never be able to give him the emotional connection he desperately desires.

This is a stand-alone book in the series, but the lives of Colt and Frank Thompson are woven into Brad Johnson and Shauna Lee Holt’s story. The couple, who seem to have everything, discover that grief and pain are no respecters of person. When they face the unimaginable, will their relationship be shaken beyond repair?

This is a story of wrath, hatred, murder, betrayal, denial, and unconditional love.

Book Review

Full Circle by Gloria Antypowich is book two of The Belanger Creek Ranch Series. I was delighted to discover that book two continues where book one (The Second Time Around) left off. Book two adds more well defined characters that not only tie both books together, but move ahead with real life situations that involve work, play, past, present, family, friendship, love, hate, romance and genuine passion for life and fulfilling relationships.

Once again Author Gloria Antypowich masterfully brings her own life experiences into her creative writing process to draw her readers into the story line tugging at their heart and mind revealing their own memories whether good or bad. I find that these first two books, especially Full Circle has a short dedication that played over and over in my mind while I lived vicariously through her characters.

In my reviews I always quote at least one passage to show the writer’s style and intent I am very careful not to spoil the story for you the reader. I quote from page 154 (in my copy) as Shauna Lee and Brad enjoy a leisurely horseback ride.

They took the horses out through the gate at the back of the horse pasture and followed the trail to the gently rolling fields. They rode in companionable silence, enjoying the crisp, fresh air and the serenity of being away from everything else.

Shauna Lee sat astride her horse and threw her arms wide open, embracing the world. “I love this: total solitude, no sounds of traffic, no telephones, and no computers!” She turned to smile at him, happiness overflowing.

“I know what you mean. I get that same feeling when I go hunting in the mountains. Dad and I ride way off the beaten track. You feel like no else has ever been there. The mountains are so majestic, the air so clean and the scenery so spectacular. It’s like being transported into a totally different world. For two weeks, we become different people. I always think we become the people we really are meant to be. Life is simple, with no outside pressures. It recharges my batteries. One day I’d like to take you with me.”

Shauna Lee shook her head. “I couldn’t go hunting.”

Brad looked out over the fields. “Shauna, man has been a hunter for centuries. Dad and I always use the meat we take. How can I explain it to you? For us, it’s almost a spiritual thing; being so close to nature, to the creator.”

Come experience life, love, sorrow, forgiveness and a genuine hero spirit. Experience romance where men are real men and even the most liberal women have to stop to appreciate this lost art of gentlemanly behavior. After coming Full Circle move into The Hand of Fate, book three of the Belanger Creek Ranch Series.

Theodocia McLean endorses Full Circle (Belanger Creek Ranch Book 2) by Gloria Antypowich as a Contemporary Adult Romance inspired by her husband (they are both retired) who is the love of her life. This review was completed on August 22, 2015.

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Elbourne House: Volumes One, Two and Three by Fran Connor

E1s1JBG2hrS._SL250_FMpngElbourne House Volume: One

Ex-pirate, Daniel Carver returns home to the East Hampshire area of England intent on living a peaceable life with his stolen fortune. Daniel quickly finds himself in the middle of a fierce battle for Elbourne House with Charles Withington, the money hungry scoundrel attempting to steal Elbourne House from the current owners – the Abercrombie family. The Elbourne House series follows the stories of the families in and around Elbourne House from the mid – 17th century to current day. Packed with drama, romance, and passion, Elbourne House will keep readers enthralled with the many twists and turns the characters experience through their lives. Book 1 in the Elbourne House series.

Elbourne House Volume: Two

Retired pirate Daniel Carver successfully negotiates the purchase of Elbourne House. After surviving an attempt on his life by the hired guns of his nemesis Charles Withington, Daniel sets out to return Elbourne House and it’s grounds to past splendor. Daniel’s life is soon complicated by another dilemma. He must sort out his feelings between two women determined to win his affections. Caroline Baverstoke, a beautiful but cunning socialite betrothed to Withington, or Charlotte Abercrombie, the daughter of the previous owner of Elbourne House. Volume 2 details the tug of war these two women play with his heart, culminating in the unexpected result to a deadly showdown at dawn.

Elbourne House Volume: Three

Volume 3 of Elbourne House finds Daniel and Charlotte Carver juggling a growing family, managing their stature as leaders in the community, and staying neutral in war torn England in the late 17th century. The story follows Daniel’s attempts to provide for the members of his community and estate, as well as protecting himself and others from the corrupt and power hungry Withington. The plot takes readers through their encounters with highwaymen, soldiers, and even General Cornwell himself. Volume 3 finishes the tale of Daniel and Charlotte Carver, but begins a new tale with the journey of Edward Carver, Daniel and Charlotte’s great great grandson who is getting ready to sail to America to join the fight in the War of Independence.

Genre: Fiction Drama, Romance

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Elbourne House: Volume Five by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-Five-by-Fran-ConnorEdward Carver has returned home from the Revolutionary War in America.

He and his new bride Ruth are the heirs to Elbourne House, and plan to run the estate by carrying on the traditions of the Carver family: fairness, honesty, dignity, and respect.

Volume 5 details the hardships Edward and Ruth face; racial tensions, tensions between different classes in society, and the appearance of Ruth’s former captor/slave owner from America.

A riveting tale with romance, adventure, and heart pounding confrontations laced throughout. Elbourne House is the best book yet in an already great series.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Elbourne House: Volume Seven by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-Seven-by-Fran-ConnorWhen the British evacuate Northern Spain after the Battle of La Corunna.

Lt Alexander Carver RN and Lady Emelia are left behind enemy lines and must cross hostile French occupied territory to safety in Portugal.

They meet Spanish guerrillas and a fiery Spanish beauty.

Alexander finds himself the prize in a battle of wits between the two women.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Elbourne House: Volume Three by Fran Connor

Elbourne-House-Volume-Three-by-Fran-ConnorVolume 3 of Elbourne House finds Daniel and Charlotte Carver juggling a growing family, managing their stature as leaders in the community, and staying neutral in war torn England in the late 17th century.

The story follows Daniel’s attempts to provide for the members of his community and estate, as well as protecting himself and others from the corrupt and power hungry Withington.

The plot takes readers through their encounters with highwaymen, soldiers, and even General Cornwall himself.

Volume 3 finishes the tale of Daniel and Charlotte Carver, but begins a new tale with the journey of Edward Carver, Daniel and Charlotte’s great great grandson who is getting ready to sail to America to join the fight in the War of Independence.

Genre: Fiction, Drama

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Hurts So Good by Serge de Moliere

Sometimes, pain can lead to pleasure and delight.

Krista, an attractive, single African-American woman, is disgusted with herself when a fall from a horse, at her very first lesson, leaves her with disabling back pain. Afraid to overdo medication and determined to avoid surgery, she reluctantly decides to go for physical therapy. But when she meets the gorgeous, muscular physical therapist, she thinks maybe she’s made the right decision. Concealing her attraction proves difficult indeed, especially when the therapy involves his sensuous, powerful hands all over her body. And it becomes even more difficult when she realizes he’s as hot for her as she is for him…

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Thorn, Son Of A Duke (Duke Series Book Three) by Sandra Masters

Mini novella prequel to Book Four

At the age of seventeen, Thorn Wick made a promise to his dying mother that sends him sailing from Barbados to England to meet the man who sired him, the aristocratic Duke of Althorn, who never knew of his son’s existence.

Alicia Montgomery, ward of the Duke, develops a deep affection for the Anglo Indian who protects her from advances by other men. She wants him to acknowledge his feelings for her, but he insists on ignoring the chemistry between them.

Despite the intrigue, revelations, and revenge, will their passion and love for each other conquer all?

Book Review

The third book (mini novella prequel to book four) in the Duke Series is here and Author Sandra Masters delivers another true regency romance with Thorn, Son Of A Duke.

The book opens with Thorn Wick aboard his Majesty’s Ship en route to England, 1817. “Thorn Wick leaned over the railing of the ship. A queasy sensation roiled in his stomach as he watched the swelling of the seas. He closed his eyes and hoped he’d wake up and find himself in his sunlit room in Barbados on firm ground listening to island chants.”

Enjoy regal characters and superb story telling that will keep you invested in the plot. Let me share with you a passage from the book as tension builds at ‘London Wharfside’.

“Thorn stood by the railing and scanned an old road that gave access to wharves and docks on the north bank of the River Thames. The panorama before him amazed. Busy docks men and porters hustled large cases and bales from the ships to the waiting warehousemen. Men shouted while clerks with inventory lists directed longshoremen to the appropriate buildings.

“Sir Tomas, what is that large building to the right of us? Never have I seen such a large structure.”

“That’s the East India House owned and operated by the company. I would venture to say the wealth that passes within its portals is unsurpassed in the world. They are a powerful force with which to reckon. Fortunately, your forefathers had the good sense not to invest in India and chose Barbados.”

Thorn’s eyes widened at the activity; excitement overtook him. He didn’t know where to look first.

“Do you see that black coach with the Lion crest waiting?”

“Yes. Is that my father’s?” he asked with a bit of trepidation.

As they spoke, a tall aristocratic gentleman departed the coach, his beaver top hat and greatcoat an admission of his wealth. The coach driver was armed and one footman was on the back board. The other footman walked behind the man. A gold dome-topped cane glistened in the sunlight.

“Is that my father, Sir Tomas?”

“Yes, it is. He’s come to greet you personally.” Tomas grasped Thorn’s shoulder in convivial support. “Just be yourself, Thorn. Everything will be fine.”

The gangplank was lowered, and the passengers prepared to depart. Thorn and Tomas waited for the others to precede them.

“Courage, little lion,” Tomas joked.

“I will need more than that,” Thorn replied, unable to keep his eyes off the aristocratic gentleman who waited patiently on the dock.

I now understand what my mother saw in him.

Thorn took a deep breath. “I’m ready, Sir Tomas. Let us greet the great lion.” He smiled with an inquisitive stare at the man who gave him life and wondered what future awaited him.

I invite you to follow this father and son reunion and see what lays in store for this son of a duke. Read the entire Duke Series by Sandra Masters at Amazon. Each book stands alone for your regency romance enjoyment.

Theodocia McLean endorses Thorn, Son Of A Duke (The Duke Series Book 3) by Sandra Masters. I purchased reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on March 10, 2016.

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French Kiss by Serge de Moliere

Olivia is an attractive Asian-American actress unsuccessful in either her career or love life.

She teaches at a local college where she is attracted to a handsome adult student.

Later, she attends an audition for an indie film. She is startled when the director, an unseen shadow in the dark auditorium, commands her to disrobe.

His French accent is strangely familiar. Are he and Jean one and the same?

Things come to a head when she is summoned for a callback.

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First Degree Innocence by Ginger Simpson

First Degree Innocence by Ginger SimpsonCarrie Lang’s sheltered life ends with a prison sentence for involvement in a bank robbery. Her arrest comes on the day she’s called in sick and stayed inside, so she can’t explain how an eye-witness describes her in great detail, down to the make and model of her car. A terrible mistake has been made, and her insistence of innocence falls on deaf ears. Even her fellow inmates don’t believe her as it’s a claim they all make. Alone in the world, she has no one to turn to for help, and not a single soul to campaign for her freedom…at least until she makes a valuable friend. In the meantime, a plan for retribution is brewing, and naïve Carrie finds herself smack dab in the middle of an evil scheme concocted by the prison bully. A ten year sentence seems mild when she’s threatened with death for refusing to participate. Can Carrie find a way out of this horrible nightmare, or is she destined to spend her days locked in terror, isolation, and the cold gray interior of prison walls?

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Gypsy’s Quest: Gypsy Series Book 1 by Nikki Broadwell

Gypsy's Quest-Book 1 (Gypsy series) by Nikki BroadwellThe last thing Gertrude remembers is landing at the Edinburgh airport, but this medieval world where she finds herself bears no resemblance to Scotland. Here there is neither indoor plumbing, nor any electronics, cars, busses or trains.

When she discovers that she’s pregnant her fear mounts. There are no hospitals, no doctors, and no stores in which to buy diapers or baby food. And why can’t she remember the father?

But things are worse than she imagines—her past is catching up. And when her baby is kidnapped, the horrible memories begin to resurface.

Little does she know that searching for her baby will pull her into a larger quest to save the world. But before she can do either, she must save herself. Does she have the strength to overcome the obstacles in her way before it’s too late to save anyone?

Aided by a man from her distant past and a magical boat, she hunts for her child in worlds that should only exist in myth.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Gypsy’s Secret: Gypsy Series Book 3 by Nikki Broadwell

Gypsy's Secret-Gypsy Series Book 3 by Nikki BroadwellIt is June of 2011 and Gertrude has been working tirelessly to finish The Tower as part of the bargain she made with Loki. The god has made no attempt to fulfill his end of the agreement, and Gertrude is out of patience as she waits to be reunited with her son.

When Ella uses Gypsy to travel back to Gertrude’s timeline and make trouble, Gertrude is able to steal the ship to return to 2457Fell. What she finds is a world in chaos with reoccurring shifts in time that thwart every attempt she makes to find her son and Kafir.

As Gertrude struggles through a world gone mad what she doesn’t realize is that Ella is now pregnant, carrying a child who will bring about the end of Far Isle and every living thing in it. Gertrude’s powers are tested in new ways and her son’s abilities astonish all who encounter him.

Will their combined power, aided by Gunnar, MacCuill, and the gods and goddesses be enough to combat this new evil?

Or is it too late to save the world from ultimate darkness?

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Gypsy’s Return: Gypsy Series Book 2 by Nikki Broadwell

Gypsy's Return-Gypsy Series Book 2 by Nikki BroadwellA time traveling romance.

The flutter of a butterfly’s wings may cause a hurricane across the world, but can the turn of a page cause chaos across time?

Gertrude is about to find out just how mighty the pen is when she publishes The Hanged Man, a fictional account of her time in the future that is meant to prevent the suffering she witnessed. But the love and loss she experienced are brought crashing back when the god Loki informs her that good intentions aside, her book has sent ripples into the future with disastrous consequences.

An evil sorcerer and witch have joined powers with malevolent corporations, creating a society based on massive wealth disparity and the worst manipulations of science. If this weren’t enough for Gertrude to deal with, she is given reason to believe that her son is still alive in this terrible new world.

Frantic to find out the truth Gertrude searches out an ancient druid who brings her face to face with the law of unintended consequences. Is there anything she can do to rectify the future before it’s too late?

With the help from some old friends, Gertrude sails into the unknown, fearful but determined to make things right and reclaim her son.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Gypsy Trilogy Gift Set: Gypsy’s Quest, Gypsy’s Return, Gypsy’s Secret by Nikki Broadwell

Kindle Gypsy Trilogy Gift Set- Gypsy's Quest, Gypsy's Return, Gypsy's Secret by Nikki BroadwellIn ‘Gypsy’s Quest’ Gertrude finds herself in a land called Far Isle that seems steeped in the past. When she discovers she’s pregnant with no memory of how this came to be she tries to find her way home, but there are no trains, no planes or ships to carry her back to Milltown, Massachusetts. Her fear mounts when she runs into an evil sorceress who tries to kill her and her baby before he’s even born. But it is when her baby is kidnapped that things really heat up. With the aid of a man from her distant past Gertrude searches for her seven-month-old son in Norse worlds she’s only read about in books. And along the way she learns a thing or two about what it means to love.

Book 2, ‘Gypsy’s Return’ finds Gertrude trying to remedy what she’s experienced in the future of Far Isle by writing a book in her own time–she has decided that this is the only way she can retrieve her child from Loki, the Norse god who holds him hostage. But things turn ugly when she returns in order to hold Loki to his promise. Her son’s father is not who he appears to be and when she discovers his alignment with a very powerful sorceress called Ella, Gertrude realizes her own powerlessness. Loki demands that another book be written to bring this future into some sort of balance.

In Book 3, ‘Gypsy’s Secret’, Gertrude is once again placed in a precarious position trying to right the wrongs she’s caused by her previous books. Far Isle is in chaos with shifts in time that frustrate all her attempts to find her son and the man she loves. And thwarting her at every turn is Ella, the witch and sorceress who was once married to the same man Gertrude holds dear. Ella wants to erase all memory of Gertrude and Gertrude’s son in her frenzied race to control Far Isle. And this time Ella has a son of her own who is more powerful than anyone could have predicted.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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He’s Mine by Bernadette Y. Connor

Hes-Mine-by-Bernadette-Y.-ConnorWhat’s a girl to do when she moves to a new town and falls in love with the most desired man in town?

What’s a girl to do when that man belongs to all in his family and social circle?

What’s a girl to do when their infatuation with him is unhealthy to the point of being dangerous?

What’s a girl to do when one of them threatens her and she doesn’t know which one it is?

What’s a girl to do when that person declares, “He’s Mine!”?

“Dream come true turns nightmare!”

“A romantic, gritty and disturbing fatal attraction.”

Tall, dark and incredibly handsome, Miles Alexander is admired by his friends and colleagues, loved and adored by every woman in town, including his family. He is an attorney from a wealthy family, and an incurable romantic who has dated every attractive woman in town. Miles’s world is comfortable and carefree until Patrice Mays whisks past him in the lobby of his office building and his appreciation of a beautiful woman eclipsed. With just the two of them on the elevator, Miles inspects her from head-to-toe and cannot believe his eyes, she is perfection.

Patrice Mays is new in town and Miles is the first person to penetrate her determination to be on time for her first day at Tymes, McNeil and Lowell Law Offices. The gorgeous floral arrangement and warm welcome note Miles had delivered impresses her. The recollection of his handsome, well dressed physique made her smile. However, Patrice is focused on her career, Miles is focused on Patrice.
Miles makes his infatuation with Patrice well known immediately, and the information is not well received by all. Patrice is confronted at the end of her second day by an irate Miles romantic reject and receives a mind-boggling note in her inter-office mail that simply says, “He’s Mine!”

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‘He’s Mine!’ by Bernadette Y. Connor is a romance that begins as a chance meeting in an elevator, turns into an adventurous pursuit, infatuation, intrigue, romance, jealousy, stalking and attempted murder. All the elements that keep the reader tuning the page and creates caution in the minds of single hearts looking for love.

Two main characters from different backgrounds bring their own history and unique circumstances to the story. Miles Alexander is an attorney from a wealthy family. He is tall, dark, handsome and carefree with a giant Doberman named Roman. His good looks, money and carefree lifestyle makes him a target for women who want the best and are willing to go to any length to accomplish their quest. Patrice Mays is the new woman in town, focused on her career and is about to find herself in the cross-hairs. I quote a passage that stands out in my memory: “Patrice stood in the doorway watching Miles and Roman disappear into the night, and she was surprised by the number of people still sitting on their steps. Patrice would soon learn that this was a ritual of summer in the inner city.”

I especially like to read passages that give insight into how different two people can be when a friendship begins. I quote: “He especially loved the way she ate the barbeque with her fingers and licked them afterwards. Patrice had not gone to any trouble trying to impress the great Miles Alexander. Miles had never eaten a piece of meat with his fingers until he was in college, and to date had never licked his fingers. His mother would have had a massive coronary if she had witnessed him doing any of it.”

Romance that begins as a fine fragile line between two people. I quote: “In silence, Patrice dissected and analyzed her anger. When the particles settled, there was only one answer. Patrice Mays was more physically attracted to Miles Alexander than she had ever been to any man in her life and it had made her horribly uncomfortable. Truthfully, she had no idea whether she was acting rational or not. Her hormones were blitzing her brain cells.”

Secondary characters who may or may not have a reason to come between Miles and Patrice. Attraction is one thing, but when mixed with some mental illness things often change without warning. Chaos can affect a wide circle of people and the criminal justice system can’t always protect the innocent.

Theodocia McLean endorses ‘He’s Mine!’ by Bernadette Y. Connor as a romance with a fatal attraction mystery entwined. We admire the author’s inner strength and ability to raise three children alone and inspire them to graduate from college. Our heart acknowledges her struggles through her own medical issues and the brutal murder of her eldest son in 1991.

Her early writing began in the wee hours of the morning when her children were sleeping and resurfaced later when she wrote and published her debut novel, ‘Damaged!’ in 1998. This book garnered her a spot in “Who’s Who In America 2004” for the first psychological thriller published by an African American Woman. From here she went on to publish Inherited in 2005, PEARL AND ANGELA in 2009, SASHA’S New Beginning in 2011, THE PARCEL EXPRESS MURDERS in 2012 and He’ s Mine! on September 15, 2014.

I purchased and reviewed this book in a Kindle format. The review was completed on May 10th, 2015.

Genre: Romance, Suspense

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Haiku Dance by Cora J. Ramos

Haiku-Dance-by-Cora-J.-RamosDance Series Book Two

Thirteen year old, Shino, rebellious and undisciplined, is sent away to the Tendai monks to be trained as a samurai warrior. When leaving his childhood friend Miyoshi behind, he carelessly crushes her young heart.

Years later, weary of senseless battles fought for selfish lords, Shino is thrust into the world of Heian Kyo where he finds Miyoshi once again.

Now blossomed into the beautiful and charming Lady Lotus, she is courtier to the emperor’s court and soon to be betrothed to another. Finally accepting that he has always loved her, he risks everything to keep her from the fate to which she is destined but does not want, and the dangers that threaten her life. Does he dare hope for more?

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Even though I am open to all books, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy a story about a samurai warrior. I was wrong, so let me explain why.

It is 968 AD and early spring on Mount Takao, Japan.

Torn away from his grandfather and the tea farming, final acceptance of his direction in life sets in as Shino puts away his childish memories of Miyoshi. Strict samurai training of body and mind becomes his existence while Miyoshi learns the disciplines of her intended role.

Boyhood is replaced by manhood; through the skills perfected in battle, by dreaming the future, and the assignment that brings him back into Miyoshi’s life in an unexpected way. I quote:

“Tonight, after years of denying and repressing the urging of my heart, I now admit I love her. It has always been so. But my heart is weary of fighting for lost causes. I am not of her class and can never hope to have her. She’s a lady of the court of the emperor, and I, a samurai warrior. There is no meeting place for us except here, where I watch over her tent while she sleeps, guarding her as instructed by my daimyo lord.”

Miyoshi, too, has a destiny to fulfill. Can the worlds of the samurai warrior and the court aristocracy ever intertwine?

With Intense knowledge of the time period and culture, Author Cora J. Ramos weaves mystery steeped in ancient Japanese culture that is very educational. Well-developed characters with innocent childhood memories will touch your soul. Suspense is woven around elegant beautiful haiku poetry, love letters, and famous quotes from Confucius, Buddha and Lao Tzu. Carefully worded dialog draws the reader into this historic yet contemporary love story.

‘Dance The Dream Awake’ was Cora J Ramos first book in what she now calls her “dance series”. This book was inspired by a paranormal incident that occurred while she was vacationing on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Although the author considers this a series, each book stands alone with its own story line and ending. Once a teacher, the author now enjoys writing full-time in California with her husband and two feisty Chihuahuas.

Readers now wait for ‘Dance The Edge’ due to be released in late 2016.

Theodocia McLean endorses Haiku Dance by Cora J. Ramos. I reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on July 10, 2016.

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance Historical/Contemporary

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Once Upon A Duke: The Duke Series Book One by Sandra Masters

Serena, an artist and widow, has no desire for another husband. When she meets Geoffrey Austen, attraction sizzles to a scorch. Stolen days and nights ignite forbidden passion. Geoffrey asks Serena to be his mistress, but she wants commitment, love, and marriage, not an affair with a notorious rake.

Geoffrey realizes Serena might be the one woman who can care for his tortured soul, and maybe release his demons. The magic they shared is shattered when he learns she has been forced into an engagement with another. He vows to save her even at the cost of his own life.

Will Geoffrey’s gallantry prove he truly loves Serena?

If he survives, will Serena surrender all to him?

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When a seductive beauty meets a rake, passions ignite …

Chapter One”

If Lady Serena could be granted one wish, it would be to ride off into the morning mist and never come back. These sunrise rides were an escape for her now that she was free of her fiend of a husband. Hoof beats disturbed her peace. A vision of syncopated grace, man and steed, which moved as one caught her attention. She blinked to see if he was real. He was almost God like.

“Good day, my lady,” the vision spoke, drew the horse to a halt, got off his stallion and tethered it to a tree away from the mare. “It is a beautiful day and to come across a woman such as you makes it only better.”

“Yes, it is a welcomed morning, sir. But you flatter and my head is not turned easily.” Serena raised her hand to shield the sun and eyed the well-dressed handsome stranger. Alarmed, she contemplated a reach for her riding crop, but then checked the impulse. After all, this was her brother’s land and well-guarded. She dismissed the momentary threat of fear.

Serena assumed the vision was one of noble birth if he ventured on her brother’s land, since Henry was an unbearable snob and would never allow an outsider to encroach. “Allow me to introduce myself, Lord Geoffrey Austen at your service.” He swept off his hat and bowed with a flair of pretentiousness. “I am Henry Worthington’s hunting guest for the week.”

“I am Lady Serena Worthington, the sister of your host. I would rise and curtsy to you, but I am far too comfortable. You may however, consider that I have proffered the appropriate respect if you would indulge me.” Her smile charmed.

Geoffrey laughed at her effrontery. “I would be happy to humor you in any manner you prefer.” His voice stayed low and husky. Without permission, he moved closer and sat next to her on a log fashioned into a seat. He had seen her before, but their paths never crossed the many times he visited her brother’s estate. He thought Henry wanted to keep his sister away from him because of his reputation as a rake. The few times he had seen her, he wanted to be introduced but thought the better of it to admire her from afar. What wonderful god caused him to come upon her this auspicious morning? Whichever one it was, Geoffrey would drink a toast to it.

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Bring regency romance into your life with Once Upon A Duke. Each book in the Duke Series stands alone for your reading pleasure.

Warm, realistic characters in book one bring the reader back to London 1817. Lady Serena Worthington Durand is a strong independent woman ahead of her time, but she faces demons from the past. I quote: “If Lady Serena could be granted one wish, she would ride off into the morning mist and vanish. That, of course wasn’t possible, but here in her favorite lakeside retreat, she could relax in safety.”

Legendary Duke of Sutton, Geoffrey Austen has a chance encounter with Lady Serena and I quote: “Allow me to introduce myself, Lord Geoffrey Austen, at your service.” He swept off his hat and bowed. “I am Henry Worthington’s hunting guest for the week.”

More than a romance story, it is an adventure that will make your heart pound, your emotions run wild and your spirit soar.

The combination of remarkable storytelling, easy going to face paced reading, true to time period dialog and settings along with extensive research by Author Sandra Masters engages the reader in the life and times of Lady Serena Worthington Durand.

I invite you to light a fire, pour a glass of red wine (Sandra Masters would join you in the wine, but hers would be a white fruity glass) and relax with romance as it should be. Author Sandra Masters states it best: “Every woman should have a divinely decadent Duke in her life.”

Theodocia McLean endorses Once Upon a Duke by Sandra Masters as a true Regency Romance that will leave you wanting more. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on October 7, 2015.

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Inner City Blues (Stafford Brothers series Book 6) by Chicki Brown

Successful surgeon, husband and father of three, Dr. Jesse Stafford, lives in an exclusive enclave in Atlanta.

He volunteers his time at a neighborhood free clinic in one of the roughest parts of Atlanta where his wife, Cydney’s family still lives.

When an unarmed thirteen-year-old boy is shot and killed by the police in this neighborhood, Jesse finds himself in an ethical dilemma and at odds with some family members.

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My Divinely Decadent Duke (The Duke Series Book Two) by Sandra Masters

Orphaned and abandoned by family, Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love. Beautiful and innocent, she attracts the attention of a renowned rake, the Duke of Althorn. When her security is threatened, she offers him a proposal for an arranged marriage in exchange for his guarantee of safety for her and her ward. After her first taste of desire in his arms, she finds the sexual attraction irresistible. Finding herself in a family way, she leaves his home, unsure of his love.

The Duke is at first enraged by the brazen behavior, yet he sees Cassandra as a captivating caregiver for his mother and impossible to resist. He agrees. The arrangement becomes inconvenient because love and sex enter the equation.

Will she believe her husband truly loves her and return to his waiting arms?

Will the Duke admit his love and use his rakish skills to woo Cassandra back to his bed?

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Follow-up regency romance Once Upon A Duke with My Divinely Decadent Duke (Duke Series Book Two).

Back in London in 1822 arranged marriages of even royalty doesn’t mean the woman (seen as a possession) is secure in life or love, in fact the beautiful Lady Cassandra Montgomery yearns for love.

At the ballroom “Cassandra turned to her brother. “Brent Montgomery, Earl of Stratton. May I introduce you to his Grace, Duke of Althorn.”

Later “The Duke stared at the sun-dappled ocean from his balcony residence as the evening hour approached. The ever-present restlessness was his companion. He took deep breaths, prepared to harness his energy and put it to work for him. His beloved dog Clayo lay at his side. He knelt to pet her head. She was one of his prized possessions; there could never be a doubt of the indisputable fact. The animal gave him a lick on his hand. His gentle creature with the name of a temptress Egyptian Queen was dedicated in her affection for him.”

“The Duke decided to walk the beach again. This time he took Clayo, and his attire was indeed informal. He’d left his jacket at the villa, but was still dressed in his waistcoat appropriate to his rank. Crop in his right hand, he strode quickly. Although he would be loathed to admit it, he wanted to see if his Enchantress of the Sea would be out and about. He invited her the night before to walk along the beach, but she didn’t present herself. In his heart, he didn’t think she would tonight, but nonetheless, it didn’t hurt to ask. Clayo plodded alongside him and wagged her tail. He kept at their “stick into the ocean” game, and she promptly retrieved. They played most of the time until either he became bored or Clayo tired.

His heart leaped when he saw Cassandra. This time the outfit was a dark azure skirt with the same white balloon sleeve blouse, a light blue jacket, and a fetching azure hat with her blonde hair tucked under it. The children were with her. Alicia, wearing a white ruffled dress with many petticoats, ran barefoot and giggled. A huge white bow accented her blonde braid so the wind wouldn’t whip hair in her face. Blue eyes that matched the sky, soft creamy white skin, and a delicate frame gave the girl an impish look. It then occurred to him how much Alicia resembled Cassandra. Could it be a coincidence? Or was there more to it? Was there a secret somewhere?

More than a romance story, it is an adventure told with remarkable storytelling, easy going to face paced reading, true to time period dialog and settings along with extensive research by Author Sandra Masters engages the reader in the search for true love between Lady Cassandra Montgomery and Duke Gordon Althorn.

Relax into a deep, hot bubble bath with a glass of red wine (or drink of your choice) and relax with romance as it should be. Author Sandra Masters states it best: “Every woman should have a divinely decadent Duke in her life.”

Theodocia endorses My Divinely Decadent Duke by Sandra Masters as book two in this Regency Romance. I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed on February 6, 2016.

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Just Another Desert Sunset (Desert Series Book One) by Nikki Broadwell

Just-Another-Desert-Sunset-by-Nikki-BroadwellBook One In The Paranormal Romance Desert Series.

Coyote yearns to be human but when his wish is granted he discovers that the shaman left out one tiny detail–as soon as he falls asleep he will always return to animal form.

Meeting the human female Sara further complicates Coyote’s life as he is drawn to her in a way he can’t explain. Ignoring Raven’s warnings that he should stick with his own kind, Coyote-man finds himself heading to Sara’s house at odd times, her essence impossible to ignore.

When a cruel trick of fate separates them, Coyote seeks council from a Navajo man who promises to help. Will this man trick him like the other shaman or can he be trusted? Walking the spirit trail brings answers but not to the questions he asked.

What will happen if Sara learns the truth? Will she turn away from this strange-looking man with the yellow eyes who seems like he comes from a different planet?

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“There was once a coyote who wanted to become a man, but before he could be granted his wish the shaman asked him for three things.”

Just Another Desert Sunset is a provocative paranormal romance that begs the reader to recognize the fine line between humans and animals in a mystical realm that honors Native Americans traditions and beliefs.

This face paced well written story takes place in Arizona where Author Nikki Broadwell uses the beauty of both sky and land with desert creatures that crawl, area birds fly and furry animals that hunt. Nikki weaves spell binding rituals with humans that are going about their lives unaware of the clash of cultures that exists as a fine line ready to tear the very fabric of time and space.

Well-developed characters live in a modern world that collide with a spiritual world were a coyote leaves his familiar pack in search of a way to become a human man. His deepest desire is to see, hear, feel and make love to Sarah who overwhelms his senses with her fragrances and beauty which brings confusion and longing in his spirit. Shape-shifting is not new to literature, but it is new to coyote when his warm, four footed fury body shifts into a Native American man named Istaga with yellow eyes, long braids and smooth, hairless skin.

I quote a passage where romance bridges instinct. “Coyote woke with a start, staring down at the woman curled up next to him. She looked serene and peaceful, a slight smile curling up the corners of her mouth. He wanted to stay as he was, wanted her to know him as animal as well as man, but it was too soon—too early for her to find out the truth. If she woke now he couldn’t imagine how she would react seeing a wild beast lying next to her. He thought of the night before and how he had longed to turn into his coyote form but had managed to control the urge. How he wished his visions would come to pass—that they could change together from human to animal while they mated. When he moved away she moaned in her sleep, reaching for him, but he was already loping into the underbrush, searching for their breakfast.

When Sara woke, Istaga was gone, nothing left to indicate he’d ever been there. She had a moment of panic, wondering if she’d dreamed the entire scenario, but then she felt the sand in her hair, the sore muscles in her shoulders and hips and smiled to herself. There had been no exchange of the usual endearments between them but somehow the episode felt profound and deeper than any sex she’d ever experienced. Except for the first time with Istaga, she thought to herself, chuckling. Hopefully he had only gone to relieve himself and would be back soon. The thought of him disappearing from her life again was too painful to bear.”

Theodocia McLean endorses Just Another Desert Sunset by Nikki Broadwell as a delightful paranormal romance that intertwines human and animal nature in its purest form. Nikki currently has 10 books within 4 series, two Kindle Gift sets and a new book coming out early in 2016. I purchased and reviewed this book in a Kindle format. This review was completed on November 23, 2015.

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Inherited by Bernadette Y. Connor

Inherited-by-Bernadette-Y.-ConnorDerrick Dawes is a cafe au lait Adonis who lives comfortably and enjoys bachelorhood.

When Derrick receives a call informing him that his wife has left the hospital it begins as an obvious mistaken identity that turns into a nightmare.

His security and peace of mind are shattered by the reality that there are newborn twins with his name listed as father. DNA will free him, if the babies are not his, in three months without the mother’s DNA contribution.

If he signs anything, he is acknowledging paternity. If he leaves the hospital without them, he will be charged with abandonment.

Derrick Dawes as Daddy is a comedy of errors until he meets their nurse and angers an old girlfriend who makes his life a living hell. Through it all, Derrick searches for the mother of the twins.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Murder In Plain Sight: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 1 by Nikki Broadwell

Murder-In-Plain-Sight-A-Summer-McCloud-Paranormal-Mystery-by-Nikki-BroadwellSummer McCloud has been managing without her mother for five years now. But what she knows about Lila McCloud could fill a teacup.

When a woman is murdered the same day she buys a book from Tarot and Tea, the occult shop Summer inherited when her mother disappeared, Summer’s life begins to unravel. She is the number one suspect in the murder investigation. But Summer is an amateur sleuth and has visions about murders–she can solve this one, can’t she?

The only person on the force who believes in her innocence is a homicide detective that Summer once dated. But now Jerry seems to be working at cross purposes. When ghosts from the past begin to rear their ugly heads Summer begins to lose her confidence. Is her mother alive or dead?

A journal belonging to the dead woman reveals more than Summer wants to know, leading her down several twisting paths that put her life in jeopardy. She must solve this case or lose everything, including her life.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Murder Me Twice by Jennifer Robins

Murder-Me-Twice-by-Jennifer-RobinsThe interesting subject of death and what happens after has been under scrutiny for a long time by those who are skeptical. Research goes on with amazing results. Do we live on and possibly come back to another life. And, what if we experience signs of our past life?

This novel hits on the subject and takes it to another level.
When Constance Withers’ new love interest offers to help find out the reason for her recurring and disturbing nightmares, the couple uncovers a string of deadly secrets that reveal Constance is in danger of being killed—again.

Genre: Romance, Suspense

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Lost In His Eyes by Ginger Simpson

Lost-In-His-Eyes-by-Ginger-SimpsonHarlee Wagner didn’t expect to fall in the well when drawing water, and she certainly never expected to be rescued only to find her entire family gone. Logan Carruthers, her handsome hero, insists she rest up before she starts searching and then leads her on a trail consisting of hints and guesses. Will she find her family, or will she discover love?

There’s something about his gorgeous blue eyes and broad shoulders that makes her heart flutter.

Previously released as The Well

“A lot is packed into this short book, the story moves along well and the plot kept me interested. I found it enjoyable and recommend this for a lazy day read to anyone to anyone that enjoys a clean mystery romance.” – Birdlady

“I must say that Gingers Simpson’s writing is superb. Harlee’s character is funny and her relationship with Logan’s mother comes alive for me. I have read many of Ginger Simpson’s works and I can’t believe how much she has improved her writing. I am willing to bet that if she got a decent agent she could be the next Danielle Steel.” – Carol Langstroth

“This is a fast paced mystery romance that will keep you intrigued from beginning until almost the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it.” – Miskagirl

Genre: Romance, Historical

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Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow by Connie Vines

Here-Today-Zombie-Tomorrow-by-Connie-VinesAlive, Steampunk novelist Meredith Misso worked hard at living the perfect SoCal celeb life.

Now that she is a Zombie, it’s all about the make-up, non-vegan lifestyle, and her soon-to-be ex, who somehow managed to Velcro himself back into her life.

Novella length: “Quirky, Sassy, and Fun! ~Authors Den Review

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Meredith Misso, best-selling author of Steampunk romance novels and an unwilling sponsor of the annual Zombie Walk Festival in Long Beach realizes the event has gone terribly wrong when she wakes up in a body bag.

Meredith withdraws to a cabin in the small mountain town of Forest Falls to complete her novel before Valentine’s Day. Becoming a zombie and dealing with the entire raised from the dead issues isn’t easy for her. Pippa, her sister, soon-to-be-ex-husband Viktor, cute teddy bear hamster along with a small circle of friends consume her days.

Victor, who is intense and undeniably sexy knocks on her door and infuses himself right back into her life. Meredith senses that while still driven by his work, he seems more intense than he had been in the past. Puzzled by his behavior, she searches for a way to tell him her secret.

I invite you to come follow Connie Vines’ sassy, fun fantasy series which is packed with adventure and romance in another realm. Whether you are a zombie groupie or this is your first introduction to the zombie world like it was for me, you will get caught up in the fun characters and interesting story of the undead.

Theodocia McLean endorses “Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow” by Connie Vines as a fun new series, novella in length, easy to read and entertaining. I purchased and reviewed this book in a Kindle format. This review was completed on January 1, 2015.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Rita Rita by L. L. Dahl-Jensen

Rita-Rita-–-by-L.-L.-Dahl-JensenJosie finds herself in a tough spot and begins a deception that will have her fearing for her life while love threatens to engulf her. How can she ever get things back to normal without something disastrous happening? Then there is Rita, who has escaped a life in “The Mob” that threatens her very sanity. Watch her discover an inner strength she never knew she had. Can love find her, too? How these women meet and forge their future makes for page-turning drama. Their trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.

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Rita, Rita is a fast paced story with strong characters in realistic settings. Mentionable characters include Josie who finds herself in an unusual situation, Tony who is just going about his life as usual, Rita who just wants to start over away from the mob and Susan who has memories that haunt her and unanswered questions.

An unusual family saga that transitions smoothly with twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged. This book holds something for everyone as there are good guys, bad guys, adventure and romance that stirs the heart.

L.L. Dahl-Jensen is a new up and coming author that writes with a great story telling style. Rita, Rita is the first book in this author’s trilogy and so we anticipate more great books in the future.

Theodocia McLean endorses Rita, Rita by L. L. Dahl – Jensen as a suspense drama with a romantic twist. Reviewed on November 26, 2014.

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Ride A Wild Heart/Summer Magic: Double Delights #22 by Connie Vines and Sydell Voeller

Ride-a-Wild-Heart-Summer-Magic-Double-Delights-22RIDE A WILD HEART: Cowboy Lynx Maddox has a dangerous reputation for tempting fate. And he wants only two things: to win the Silver Buckle and Rachel Scott. Rachel wants nothing to do with the rodeo world. But her attraction to Lynx is too powerful to deny and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist.

SUMMER MAGIC: When her fiancé calls off their engagement, veterinarian assistant Lisa Prentice joins the circus in hopes of escaping the everyday grind. But life under the big top isn’t quite what she expected. None of the veterinarian’s former assistants managed to please their short-tempered boss, and Lisa fears that her days are numbered, too. Michael Figaro, a dashing young trapeze artist, is also caution about whether Lisa can stay, and because of that, he tries to keep his distance. Still, Lisa finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to him. Although Michael is the aerialist, it is Lisa who is flying on an emotional high wire. What happened to her safety net? Will their love survive? RIDE A WILD HEART: Cowboy Lynx Maddox has a dangerous reputation for tempting fate. And he wants only two things: to win the Silver Buckle and Rachel Scott. Rachel wants nothing to do with the rodeo world. But her attraction to Lynx is too powerful to deny and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Lynx: A Rodeo Romance Book 1 by Connie Vines

Lynx-A-Rodeo-Romance-Book-1With a dangerous reputation for taking chances and tempting fate, rugged cowboy Lynx Maddox had one goal in life—to win the coveted Silver Buckle rodeo championship. But when he sets eyes on lovely Rachel Scott, he becomes determined to capture her as well.

Rachel traveled the circuit with her famous rodeo rider dad until his fatal accident in the arena. Now, she wants nothing to do with that world—or the men who risk their lives for one brief moment of glory. But her attraction to Lynx becomes too powerful to deny. . . and his unexpected gentleness too seductive to resist. . .

H.O.L.T. Medallion Finalist, Orange Rose Finalist, Colorado Gold 2nd Place, Fool for Love 2nd Place, and Award of Excellence Winner.

Previously published as “Ride a Wild Heart”
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“Connie has a wonderful gift for making her characters come alive for her readers. A must read!” 4 ½ Roses –romance.com
Highly Recommended. Written by a gifted writer—a worthy addition to anyone’s book collection.” Under the Cover Reviews.
“Kiss-Ass heroine!” Reader’s Review @ Author’s Den
“Instant action/Sizzling attraction! This book kept the pages turning, and a box of tissues close at hand.”
“A rare find. A must read!” Word Museum.

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‘Lynx’ sets a warm, romantic tone for book one in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance Series. This is short, easy, lazy afternoon read. With strong characters like Lynx, Rachel, Dan and Charlene the Rodeo small town country environment breeds friendships, excitement, danger, attraction, reluctance and full blown passion.

As a reviewer I read many genres and this was my first Rodeo romance. To my surprise this short story and colorful characters kept me turning the pages and refilling my coffee cup.

The fact that Connie’s father is from Texas and she spent summers in the Texas panhandle as a child is interesting. Her father rode broncs in amateur rodeo events while in high school. I’d like to imagine that the Texas setting is probably is some ways kin to the author’s real home environment set in the “quirky suburbs of Southern California” where she lives with her husband “in a butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees”.

‘Lynx’ is a romance with a couple of Texas recipes thrown in for extra spice. This first book in the Rodeo Romance Series was selected as the H.O.L.T Medallion Finalist and the Orange Rose Finalist. Only time will tell us where the series will go and how many hearts will be won or lost.

Theodocia McLean endorses ‘Lynx’ (book one) in Connie Vines’ Rodeo Romance for the romantic and young at heart. Review date September 2014.

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One Last Dance by Ernesto Patino

One-Last-Dance-by-Ernesto-PatinoMarco Anissi comes out of a comma, days after his car slams into a light pole—the same pole he had crashed into exactly ten years ago, killing his fiancé, Susan. Coincidence? Not to him.

Her spirit has reached out to him in a way he would understand. If it had happened on a different date, in a different place he would have missed it entirely.

With the help of Susan’s mother, Marco learns that a woman named Julia Tinsley had received her daughter’s heart. She lives in Tucson where she works as a dance teacher. Obsessed with the idea of reconnecting with Susan’s spirit, Marco travels to Tucson. But he can’t just walk up to Julia and introduce himself. What would she think—a complete stranger wanting to meet her?

He signs up for lessons, hoping to develop a relationship. Now, Marco must make a decision: tell the truth about himself and risk losing Julia with whom he’s falling in love, or remain silent and enjoy his new life with her.

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A powerful story told by a master story teller. One Last Dance by Ernesto Patino is a love story that will draw you in and hold on to you until the last word leaves you yearning for more.

Do you believe in coincidence?

Marco Anissi is confronted with this question when he wakes up from a comma after a car accident. This is not just any accident. He hit the same light pole ten years ago that killed his beloved Susan.

Deeply believing that Susan is spiritually reaching out to him, Marco goes to get advice from Professor Rangan about arranging a meeting with the recipient who received Susan’s heart. What he hears from the Professor will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. You will have to read the entire conversation, but at the end of their visit he told Marco that “Susan’s spirit will detect your presence.”

Marco learns with Susan’s Mother’s help that Julia Tinsley is the lady that received Susan’s heart. Marco travels from Miami Florida to Tucson Arizona in hopes of meeting her to see if he can get closer to Susan. Following the professor’s warning to take things slow because the recipient might not be very receptive to his needs, he signs up for dance lessons with her as his instructor. I quote what Marco writes in his journal.

“I met Julia for the first time today. Though she was not as I imagined her, I immediately felt a strong connection. Susan’s presence was palpable as Julia agreed to be my teacher despite the fact she only takes advanced students. I won’t build up my hopes just yet. Though it’ll be hard not to, considering that we’ll probably spend a lot of time together in the days and weeks to come. Meanwhile, I’ve got to find some kind of job, something with flexible hours that will allow me to see Julia as often as possible. I don’t want to drive a cab again unless I have no other choice. It would be great if I could work in a restaurant. It might even be fun. Tomorrow I’ll check out a few places, preferably close to my apartment and the Sonoran Ballroom Academy.”

How does Marco reach out to Julia as his instructor in a non-threatening way?

Should he tell Julia about Susan’s heart that is beating inside her?

Should he tell her about the second car accident and his belief that Susan’s Spirit has sent him to meet her?

With Marco’s feelings for Julia growing, he is confronted with the biggest dilemma ever. Should he tell Julia what he has just learned?

Can he risk this fragile friendship that might develop into something more and bring him even closer to Susan?

With well-developed characters and a story that will tug at your heart, One Last Dance is an unpredictable romance with uncommon circumstances. Ernesto Patino writes this love story from his heart and I especially enjoy love stories written by a man. With forty-four chapters, journal entries and letters this is a fiction that will leave a mark on your soul. You will close the final chapter wondering about the afterlife and the imprint of a donated organ on the recipient and beyond.

Theodocia McLean endorses One Last Dance by Ernesto Patino. This author has also published ‘In The Shadow Of A Stranger’, ‘Web Of Secrets’ and ‘The Last Of The Good Guys’ on Amazon. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on June 25, 2016.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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Saille, The Willow: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 2 by Nikki Broadwell

Saille-The-Willow-Wolfmoon-Trilogy-Book-2-by-Nikki-BroadwellMaeve has been having strange dreams but when she goes to the psychic to find out some answers she leaves with more questions. As she walks out of the store a crow stares down at her from on top of a telephone pole and she could swear his gaze seems malevolent. When a shipment of paintings arrives from Scotland Maeve feels drawn to them in a way she can’t ignore.

Why do the dark landscapes seem so familiar? And why is there a glowing moonstone hovering in the background of each one?

More dreams plague her sleep and when she finds herself running down a path that only exists in a painting, she realizes that her safe, predictable life has taken a very different turn.

Between consulting the psychic and falling in love, Maeve will find out a secret that will turn her life upside down and send her careening into a future she could never have imagined.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Saffron and Seaweed: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 2 by Nikki Broadwell

Saffron-and-Seaweed-by-Nikki-BroadwellBook 2 takes Summer and Jerry away from Ames on holiday. Little do they know what awaits them there!

Summer and Jerry’s romantic weekend takes a dark turn when they discover the body of a young woman in the surf.

When the local police deny the crime and the newspaper prints nothing, Jerry and Summer realize they are on their own. But they have no idea how deep they will have to dig to find out the truth. The murder is only a thread in a web of lies that extends to the furthest reaches of political office.

Are Summer’s visions to be the only clues? Jerry doesn’t think so, his focus on good old-fashioned detective work, but when he doubts her psychic abilities the trust between them begins to crumble.

As the days pass, Jerry and Summer come to understand that not only their relationship, but their very lives are in jeopardy.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal

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Over The Mistletoe by Jennifer Robins

Over-The-Mistletoe-by-Jennifer-RobinsRachael didn’t know how her life would change just by looking into a department store window at the wonderful annual Christmas display.

How was she to know that very day would be the beginning of a life time romance?

The Great Depression was a tragic time in our countries history, but that didn’t stop Stan from courting the pretty girl standing on the sidewalk outside the department store on a snowy day in December, 1939.

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

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A Woman’s Worth: Book One in the Stafford Brothers Series by Chicki Brown

Gianne Marvray has been through the worst two years of her life physically and emotionally. After a battle with cancer and all it entails, she is finally ready to start living her life again. She wants to see new places, meet new people and experience new things, but she isn’t ready for the rollercoaster ride she’s about to embark on when she meets Las Vegas personal trainer and raw vegan foods advocate, Marc Stafford.

After a four year absence, Marc comes home to Atlanta to attend a family celebration in one of his brother’s honor. He’s not thrilled about seeing his father, but he has promised his mother that he won’t throw off the family balance by being the only one of their six sons absent. All Marc wants to do is make an appearance at the event and spend a little time with his brothers. Little does he know that this is the night he will meet the woman who will forever change his life.

BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDED: 1st chapter of Chicki Brown’s next novel, TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME, coming Winter 2014.

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Till You Come Back to Me (The Stafford Brothers Book 2) by Chicki Brown

Brothers-Book-2-by-Chicki-Brown.jpg” width=”313″ height=”500″ />Driven to make a difference in the lives of the injured and deformed, Atlanta plastic surgeon, Charles Stafford gives up his successful practice to work with a medical organization in Nigeria. Awaiting him at the small village hospital is the beautiful and compassionate nurse, Adanna Okoro, who is everything he has ever wanted in a woman.

Adanna has returned to her homeland after graduation from a London nursing school. Her two desires in life are to help the sick in her nation and to marry a smart, motivated man. Charles enters her life like an answer from heaven, but cultural differences separate them. Adanna must choose between tradition and the man she has come to love.

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Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (The Stafford Brothers Book 3) by Chicki Brown

New York TV personality Greg Stafford has been hiding a secret for years. When this secret is exposed to the world, he has to fight to restore his image with the public, his family and his belief in himself.

Therapist Rhani Drake spends her days listening to people’s problems and helping them to overcome their challenges. When Greg Stafford shows up at her office, she isn’t ready for the problems he creates in her life.

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I’m Losing You: Book Four In The Stafford Brothers Series by Chicki Brown

Dr. Vic Stafford has an enviable career, a gorgeous wife, and two handsome, well-behaved sons. He travels extensively without his family, but after twelve years of marriage, former beauty queen wife, Ramona has become cold and distant. He suspects all isn’t as it seems and sets out to discover what is behind her attitude change.

Ramona Stafford has lived a privileged life since her marriage to Vic. She spends her time doing charity work and making her husband, who is now the chief of surgery at the largest hospital in the south, look good. Mona has everything most women would kill for, but it’s not enough. She wants more, and Vic seems unable to give it to her.

Is money and status enough to keep their marriage alive?

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I Want You Back: Book Five In The Stafford Brothers Series by Chicki Brown

Nick Stafford is the youngest in his family. He’s recently graduated from medical school and finished his internship. Everything was going well for him until Cherilyn, his girlfriend of two years, starts hinting about marriage. The thought of adding more responsibility to the pressure he is already facing getting ready to take the last of his board exams and the nearly quarter of a million dollars in student loan debt already hanging over his head is too much. He breaks off their relationship.

Eight months later, he runs into Cherilyn at an event on the arm of another doctor, and she’s wearing an engagement ring. Seeing her with another man stirs up a jealousy like he’s never experienced before. Now all Nick can think of is how he can get her back.

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Not A Word About Love by Hana Goldberg

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After eleven years of marriage, Maya falls madly in love with a mysterious man. Through alleys fragrant with the pungent smell of fried rice, amid child beggars and vendors of psychedelic fabrics, she makes surprising discoveries about the stranger, and about herself. How far will she be willing to go?

“From the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award of Israel’s Association of Authors and Composers (ACUM) 2015, comes a brilliant book: a witty love story, full of humor and sensuality.” Lily Pery, #1 literary editor

“This book will drive you to pursue your passions and will make you laugh out loud. A tremendous bestseller.” largest Israeli newspaper – Yediot Achronot

“A riveting and sensual story of the search for love, the longing for happiness and the fear of missing out on life.” Ha’aretz

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