Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nancy Warren Book List

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Just Judy's Jumbles Blog Party

Interview with Nancy Warren
What is the strangest real life situation that is in one of your stories?
The strangest and absolutely the most fun was interviewing NASCAR superstar Carl Edwards for Speed Dating, the Harlequin book that launched the series. Carl and I launched the series at the Daytona 500 and it was really fun to ask the (then single) hunk about love and marriage. Frankly, I thought he was a great catch!

Have you traveled to do research for your books?
I really like to go to the places where my books are set. There is no way to replace the smell of a city or the unique turns of phrase that people use. Towns have personalities like people do. The farthest I traveled was to Australia for Bad Boys Down Under, and, frankly, sometimes making up a setting means I can do whatever I like without worrying about accuracy!

Do you enjoy reading your own stories?
NEVER. Hell for me would be being forced to read my own books. Once they are published I don't want to look back at them or I'll want to rewrite everything.

Any advice for those who are just starting out?
You got into this crazy business because you love books. Hold onto that joy while writing. If you can do that, you've got it nailed. 

Are you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
Yes. They become such a part of my life. This latest series I wrote for Harlequin Blaze features three hockey playing buddies who have a bet to see who will be the last bachelor standing. I fell in love with those guys and was truly sorry to say goodbye to them. 

What is your go-to snack?
Trader Joe's salted caramels. I'm horribly addicted to the point where I eat them long after I start feeling sick.  It's a constant battle between the toffees and my dental fillings. I'M not sure how long the fillings can hold out…
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Take a Chance Series
Prequel: Chance Encounter
Daphne Naigle has gone and made a mess of her young life. Putting her trust in the wrong man. Her family is disappointed in her and she chooses to move on, to go live with the black sheep in the family.

Jack Chance has had a rough life. Most likely opposite of the fragile flower on the bus with him. Looks like she had all life had to hand her. So why the sadness?

Jack and Daphne get to know each other on the bus ride from California to Oregon. They share their pasts. After all, they are only two strangers on a bus ride who will never see each other again after the ride. Right? A very short story to introduce the Take a Chance Series. 
Book 1: Kiss a Girl in the Rain
Evan Chance has it all, or does he? He's in a top law firm, dating a beautiful woman and he has plenty of money. What else is there? When his mom sends a birthday card that includes his “bucket list” from when he was twelve, it haunts him a bit. How could he be so successful at almost thirty-five years old and not have accomplished some of the simple things on this list? Where did all the time go? And when something happens to someone he cares deeply for...it's like a wake-up call to start living.

Doctor Caitlyn Sorenson lives in the tiny town of Miller's Pond. Most days it's great to know all your neighbors. Other times it can drive you crazy that they know every time you fart. One of those times is when the darkly handsome biker dude passes through town. Kind of hard to escape the eyes of the town when they do not want to lose their only doctor in town, and have hopes of her marrying the chief of police.

This was such a good story that it was hard to set down until the end. Evan's troubles start with an ugly dog that soon grabs the reader's heart. Sometimes life is so busy while we chase endless dreams...that it's easy to miss what is right in front of us. I'm not sure what the second book will be about at this time, but I'm definitely excited to read more in this series.
**Sexual content
Book 2: Iris in Bloom
Iris Chance, the owner of Sunflower Coffee and Tea Company should feel complete. But as her thirty-third birthday inches up on her, so does some panic. She wants a baby, a family would be great but Hidden Falls isn't exactly brimming over with eligible bachelors. There is the new English teacher but he seems to be carrying some baggage of his own.

Geoff McLeod was thankful for the mid year teaching position he found at Jefferson High. When his wife chose to leave him, he wanted to get out of LA, away from her. The small, quiet Oregon town seems a good place to be. And for a man not wanting to get divorced, after meeting the local coffee shop owner, he finds it can't happen soon enough.

Welcome back to Oregon and the Chance family. In the first book Kiss a Girl in the Rain, we meet Evan, the second oldest of eleven children. Some are natural born, others were adopted. When they hit sixteen, they can ask Jack and Daphne which they are. Some choose to, others do not. This is another great addition to this series. Looking forward to more.
**Sexual content
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Changing Gears 
 Fast Ride Novella
Nell Tennant needed to get away from the fast pace of LA. What better place to go then Harleyville, Kansas to stay with her great aunt Gertie Hopkins. After a scare for the biker gang in town goes wrong, Nell and Gertie end up with a wounded biker in the house who can't remember anything. Accept that he thinks Nell is his girlfriend.

Wes Doman doesn't like the man he is, whoever that is. He can't remember a thing about himself. He's not sure how he got such a great girlfriend considering he's a long haired, most likely criminal, biker who belongs to some nasty gang.

Gertie's anti-biker tactics aren't quite reliable it seems. Instead of getting rid of the nasty critters, she's stuck with one. This is a funny and sexual novella with a few surprises. **Previously published in Bad Boys on Board
**Sexual content and language

Wild Ride
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Duncan Forbes is a professor and he's on sabbatical while he writes and searches for lost and stolen art. Following a lead on a long lost Van Gogh leads him to the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon...with the sexiest librarian he's ever seen.

Alexandra Forrest has an agenda. Now that her grandfather has passed away, she plans on finishing the details of writing his memoirs and packing up his home to sell. Then move to the big city to complete her life plan. One that definitely does not include the sexy stranger in her library.

Gillian Forrest Munn messed up her life big time as a teen and small towns don't forget. Now that her husband left her, she's alone again and only Officer Tom Perkins seems to really believe she has changed.

A dead body in the library in this quiet town changes everything. Things like this don't happen here. A steamy romance and murder mystery are only two of the happenings going on. Another page turner story.
**Strong sexual content and language
Crazy Ride
Emily Sargent inherited The Shady Lady Bed & Breakfast in the sleepy and unusual town of Beaverton, Idaho. A town full of eccentric people who care about one another. When a stranger comes to town, he stays at her B&B. A real paying customer instead of the two special women she inherited along with her inn.

Joe Montcrief is looking at property for a customer and cannot believe what he has fallen into. The oddest town full of loonies. A kleptomaniac, Napoleon, one woman pretending to be French and the mascot is a huge rat like creature. He can't wait to get back to Manhattan, accept for one thing. The innkeeper.

Another page turner from Nancy Warren. A mysterious man who owns Changing Gears in Harleyville and seems to have just that special motorcycle that can change your life. A town full of fun and unique people. And of course the outside corporate folks who see things as money, not as peaceful and beautiful. This little town may not have money but they are no match when it comes to saving Beaverton.
**sexual content and language
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Toni Diamond Mysteries
Book 1: Frosted Shadow
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Toni Diamond is a Lady Bianca cosmetic representative extraordinaire. Her nose, which is too large in her opinion, seems to lead Toni right into trouble. When a murder occurs, Toni just can’t help notice some things about the dead woman, such as, she had last years sample colors. A true travesty.

Detective Luke Marciano was knee deep in lilac. The color of the Lady Bianca conference. He had a murder to solve and a nosy woman to deal with. He did notice there was more to Toni than her sparkly bling, much more. Still, the woman was too nosy for her own good.

The push to sell cosmetics reminded me of my own days with a home sales company. The competition for the leaders to get to the next level, more money, more prizes. Just more. And these Lady Bianca sales reps are not going to let a murder, or two, in their hotel sway their new recruits away from their party. A fun, fast moving story that keeps you on your toes trying to figure out who done it.
**Sensual content
Book 2: Ultimate Concealer
Amazon
Toni Diamond loves her makeup and selling the Lady Bianca line along with encouraging those she’s brought into the business. Her sales ability pulled her from poverty to being able to raise her daughter alone. Since her ex took off shortly after becoming a father. Never to be heard of physically or financially again. Until now. Sixteen years later. Now Toni finds herself along with her mother and daughter in Vegas, helping the one man who never lifted a finger to help her.

Toni’s story begins in Frosted Shadow, the first book in this series. She’s a highly fashionable lady whose one flaw seems to be her nose. It keeps going where it doesn’t belong and trouble isn’t far behind. Only this time, has her sideline investigations caused a more serious complication?

A touch of romance. A large dose of mystery. An even larger dose of fashion sense. And at least one character that you just want to hit on the head in hopes it would knock some sense into him. I’ve enjoyed both of these books and look forward to more.
**Sensual content
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The Crane Series
Amazon
Book 1: Sun Kissed
Jennifer Talbot goes to Australia to meet with her client and learn about his business. She does not expect to stay in his home or to be seduced. She has a perfectly sensible fiancé and does not need the likes of Mr. Too-Sexy-For-Her-Own-Good Crane to stir up her world.

Cameron Crane needs this woman for his business and has decided to seduce her. She's beautiful and he wants her. And she's a challenge, just what a man like him needs. She may be more of a challenge than this bachelor expected.

I loved that even though Jennifer found Cameron irresistible, she did not give into him right away. The story has a unique cast of secondary characters that I’m sure we will meet in future books. For this reader the book was a page turner and kept my attention from line one to the final word.
**Sexual Content
**Originally published as Bad Boys Down Under
Book 2: Sea Kissed
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Lise Atwater lived a stressed out life as a workaholic. And now she had to deal with some male model who was probably full of attitude. More aspirin and Maalox would be in order. Seems her presumption doesn't quite match up to the truth.

Steve Jackson was laid off for a few months from his job. When he applies for a warehouse job...he's offered something different. He wanted to refuse but the money was more than he could say no to. I absolutely loved the way Steve's character was so well written, very endearing.
**Sexual Content
Book 3: Star Kissed
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A Romance in Four Seasons
Volume 1: Border Collie Christmas
When Erin Nash hears a baby crying outside her door on a cold December night, the baby she discovers is a lost puppy with a red, and very wet and dirty, Christmas bow still hanging around its neck. When she 

attempts to unite the dog with his owner, she meets Jarad a man trying to raise a-five-year old daughter, Sadie, alone. Jarad begins to rethink the wisdom of getting his daughter a puppy for Christmas. She’s 

already lost her mother, what if she lost the puppy as well? As Erin and Jarad get to know each other, one small Border Collie with a big personality and no name, begins to unite two hurting people.

Author’s guarantee: No dogs were harmed in the telling of this story. You will not fall in love with the dog only to find yourself sobbing over his little grave at the end. I promise! 
Volume 2: A Dog Named Cupid
Jared Gardiner has an engagement ring burning a hole in his pocket and Valentine's Day is the date he's chosen to propose to the woman he loves, jewelry designer Erin Nash. When the dog who brought them together, 

a puppy appropriately named Cupid, gets sprayed by a skunk, Jared discovers that's not the worst thing that can happen to a man on Valentine's Day. 

Erin Nash is in love with a wonderful man, has a design business that is thriving and realizes that after some tragedy in her life, she's found contentment. Trust a man to screw that up! Why can't Jared leave things as 

they are? Why does he have to propose and ruin everything?

When Jared's six-year-old daughter Sadie hears that Erin isn't going to be her stepmother after all, she decides to take matters into her own small hands. With some help from the canine Cupid.
Volume 3: A Midsummer Night's Wedding
It's summertime in the small town of Kaslo, Washington and Erin Nash and Jared Gardiner are getting married. It's only going to be a small wedding, forty guests, and a tiny wedding party: Erin, her step-daughter to 

be Sadie as the flower girl, Cupid the Border collie as the ring bearer and Jared and his best man. What could possibly go wrong? 

Erin might have ideas about her ceremony, but her mother has much bigger plans for her only daughter's wedding. If she can't move the wedding to the Waldorf Astoria in New York she'll do her best to bring a 

Waldorf type wedding to Kaslo including 150 extra guests.

Suddenly, Erin has a wedding planner she never hired, a husband-to-be acting strange, and she and Sadie are rewriting fairy tales about wicked stepmothers. 

You might as well come to the wedding too, everyone else is invited! Bring your sense of humor, a few tissues just in case and sit back and be part of A Midsummer Night's Wedding.
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Holiday Related eBooks
Let it Snow
When meteorologist Marisa Langley gets stuck in the cold with The Last Man She'd Ever Want to be Trapped with, survivalist cameraman Rob Sheridan, she can't begin to forecast how hot things are about to get between the two of them.
Unwrapping Santa
One overheard conversation plus one Secret Santa office party gift exchange equals two office workers who loathe each other by day and discover there's a lot to like outside office hours. Daniel Jarvis is the top salesmen for an aeronautics firm who looks at the big picture and hates picky details like say, keeping track of his expense receipts. Tara Ellison is the company accountant, and she likes things orderly, and balanced. Like Daniel's expense account for instance. It may be war for these two during the day, but it's something else by night. Unwrapping Santa is a fun, very sexy, holiday story.
The Christmas Grandma Ran Away From Home
 For every woman who's ever felt overwhelmed and under-appreciated at Christmas comes the story of a decent woman, a widowed grandmother, respected matriarch of a big, noisy family who snaps one holiday season and decides to run away for the holidays. Little does she realize what adventures are in store.

Long time widow Sandy Forbes is breaking out this Christmas. In her 71 years on earth she has stuffed and cooked 55 Christmas turkeys, baked hundreds of pies, turned out thousands of shortbread cookies and hoisted enough pine trees in her living room to reforest the Amazon.
Her family love her. They come to her for every occasion, eating, drinking, squabbling and then leaving her with a mass of dishes and crumpled holiday wrap. But this is the year everything changes. When she wants someone else to take over for one year, the family lays a big guilt trip on her and Grandma rebels. Sandy’s giving herself a gift this Christmas. She’s running away from home for the holidays.
The 12 Dates of Christmas
If Lucy Daniels doesn’t get a date for her over-achieving family’s Christmas dinner then her awful cousin Trevor has threatened to fix her up with his friend. A blind date for her own family’s Christmas dinner? As if! In desperation, she tells her mother she already has a date for the big family dinner. With six weeks to go, she figures she can squeeze in 12 dates to find the perfect man to impress her snobby family. Lucy learns a lot in 12 dates. About herself, her family, about love. 
Enjoy the ride with Lucy as she counts down her 12 Dates of Christmas to the biggest surprise of her life.
Her Valentine Fantasy
Book Blurb:
Tonight's sinful dessert special…Valentine's Fantasy
The tasty dish from Benedict restaurant is everything Jessica Lafayette could want… or crave. And it's not the dessert in front of her—it's her waiter. A guy with dark, intense eyes that suggest he wants to slowly lick whipped cream off her skin. A smile so wicked it makes her insides lava-cake gooey. And a too-hot-to-handle body that was meant to be tasted…

Yup, Sam The Waiter is better than chocolate.
But what Jessica doesn't know is that her one-night-waiter is actually Sam Benedict, Upscale Restaurateur. And that her little lie about being from out of town is going to turn into a Big Deal. Now Jessica is in deep hot chocolate… because her Valentine Fantasy is starting to look a lot like a red-hot reality!

My Review:
Sam Benedict is the owner of a restaurant that is taking Seattle by storm. He didn't mind playing the waiter when needed, like the night he met her. The woman at table 12 became more than a patron, more than a seat number. And he wanted her.

Jessica Lafayette set out to have good hot sex before Valentines Day. Her date was not going to be it. Especially after his disappearing act before the dessert even arrives. In her distress she leaves her room key instead of a credit card. Was it the worst or best mistake she ever made?

What starts out as a woman determined to have casual sex, just a one night stand, becomes much more. Sam and Jessica have both left out important facts about their lives and yet as they email back and forth they build a relationship. Something much stronger than just a night of pleasure.
**Sexual content
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Stand alone eBooks
Drive Me Crazy
In the town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon, things are heating up. Dead bodies and missing masterpieces, family secrets and dangerous threats, a man who likes to feel his way around a problem and a woman who likes being the problem -- it's all adding up to the kind of steamy sleuthing that might just lead one very sexy librarian and one rugged art recovery expert into danger of the most intimate kind.
Steamy Southern Nights
Every family has secrets; no one knows that better than history lecturer and amateur genealogist Lucy Charles. When Lucy travels from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to New Orleans to meet a branch of her family she's only recently found, she discovers one very sexy kissing cousin, antiques dealer Claude LeBlanc. There's also a mystery afoot that involves midnight meetings, missing jewels and an unexplained family fortune. Even as she falls for her distant cousin, she wonders if he's seduced her, along with the warm, steamy nights, right out of her mind.
Rich Bitch: Everything's Going to the Dogs
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Vincent Elliot Preston Grange, the fourth, more often known as Vince or Bulldog, has just received an unwanted gift. This big man known for being ruthless has inherited a foofoo dog from his great-aunt. Lucky him. And dearest Mimi only understands French. Yep, he’s lucky all right. And then...Sophie Veneau stepped into his path when he needed her most. Literally. A French speaking nanny. Lucky him!

Things aren’t quite cut and dried. Things start happening the day Sophie starts as the doggie nanny. Can they solve the mystery before someone gets hurt? This was a fun read. I could just imagine this big manly man taking care of a foofoo dog with painted nails. And it was fun to see the added characters come on the scene. The author really brought all the characters and their actions to life.

**Sexual content and language
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Promises Made
His Secret - Her Baby. When busy accountant Vicky Harmon discovers she's pregnant, she couldn't be more shocked. She hasn't been within hand-shaking distance of anyone but a client in months. Except for that one 

night she can't remember very well. The only possible father of her baby is lawyer Ryan Kilpatrick. But how could he make love to her and never mention the fact? Vicky knows something, somewhere is terribly wrong.

Ryan Kilpatrick knows he's found the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Vicky is smart, gorgeous and loyal. She's also the victim of a crime. He wants to protect her, but at what cost?
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Last Bachelor Standing Series 
How long can three sexy single men hold out? 
Book 1: Game On
Book Blurb:
First up? Mr. No Commitment…Detective Adam Shawnigan. As you can see, ladies, he has the protective cop hero thing happening -- plus he's all gorgeous height, piercing dark eyes, sensuous mouth and lean hot body. But here comes sweet temptation…. 

Performance coach Serena Long is helping Adam prepare for his hockey league playoffs. As it turns out, he's also in a position to help out with her little stalker problem. It's quid pro quo, both in the bedroom and out. And now the bets -- and the bedroom games -- are on!

My Review:
Detective Adam Shawnigan has a pretty good life. Two lifetime friends who would do anything for him, a June Cleaver type mom and a great dad, what more could he want? His mom would say a wife, but he just made a bet with his friends to see which one of them could hold out as a bachelor the longest. What he could use was to win the hockey championship. And Max thinks a friend of his is just what Adam needs.

Serena Long has come a long way from her poor and embarrassing roots. She is a performance coach, helping people believe they can anything they set their mind to. Like her pro-bono case...teaching the big, hot, hunky cop not to crumble under the pressure of a hockey championship game. And then she gets a stalker who seems to want to destroy her confidence. Good thing she has Adam on her team.

This is so much more than a hot steamy romance, although it is that as well, it's also a suspense story with plenty of people who could be guilty. At one point it reminded me of the movie The Bodyguard, where the protection and fear of others escalated Serena's fear to the point of breaking. And then the moment you let you guard down...well, you should never let your guard down is all. This is the first of three books in the series. Looking forward to Max and Dylan's stories in Breakaway and Final Score.
**Sexual content and language
**Received through NetGalley for review
Book 2: Breakaway
Book Blurb:
Our next bachelor? Mr. Business-Before-Pleasure, Max Varo. He's a genius billionaire with the cojones to go after anything he wants--and win. Now this tempting man is disguised as a "pilot" while he checks out a small Alaskan airline he wants to buy. But he's about to meet his (very sexy) Waterloo.... 
Pilot Claire Lundstrom hasn't a clue that her family's struggling business is on the cusp of a takeover. What she does know is that she has some rather unbosslike lusty thoughts for Max. But Claire will have to convince him--in the most exquisite ways possible--that losing can be way more fun than winning.

My Review:
Billionaire Max Varo has more money than he could ever spend. His employees are good at their jobs and so loyal that they rarely need him. Basically, he's bored. Nothing challenges him anymore. When his company, Varo Enterprises, looks into buying a small family owned company, he decides to go under cover to check things out.

Claire Lundstrum's grandparents started Polar Air long ago and everything seemed fine with the company. Then Grandma told her they were in debt and close to foreclosure. Seems one of their trusted employees was not so trustworthy. They would just have to work harder and get out of debt. Business was good enough that they could hire a new pilot, Claire just had no idea this man was much more than he seemed to be.

Welcome to the small town of Spruce Bay, Alaska. Guaranteed that your business will be known around town faster than it happens. Only no one seemed to know the small tidbit of who Max really was. He kept his secret well, too well. Seems those secrets always come out of hiding at just the wrong time.

This is the second book in this fun series of three childhood friends who have grown up to be three extremely handsome and athletic men. At Adam's thirty-fifth birthday they make a bet to see who will be the last bachelor standing. Adam Shawnigan fell first in book one; Game On. Now Dylan Cross is the last bachelor standing, I look forward to his story in the third book; Final Score.
**Sexual content
Book 3: Final Score
Firefighter Dylan Cross has outlasted his two best friends as the last bachelor standing. A contest they started at Adam’s thirty-fifth birthday party. Not long after Adam fell out of the competition and in love with Serena and Max fell soon after with his Alaskan bush pilot, Claire. Not Dylan, Mr. June on the firefighter calendar. Nope, he was going to keep his bachelor state for a long time.

Cassie Price took advice from friends, family and financial advisers and bought a house. The problem is that it’s a fixer upper and she is not Miss Do-It-Yourself Handy Woman. Good thing her friend Serena’s fiance has a friend who can help. Or maybe not such a good thing. Mr. June is definitely a firefighter who is too hot to handle.

What a great series. Three buddies who are so close and have each others backs since kids in a sandbox. Their friendship has survived through the years and now it’s time to grow up. Only Dylan isn't quite ready for that. Amazing what a beautiful woman and kitten can do. Book one is Adam’s story, Game On and Book Two is Max’s story, Breakaway.

**Sexual content
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Power Play
Amazon
Emily Saunders life changed drastically on this visit to Elk Crossing, Idaho for her cousin’s wedding. Like all of her family’s doings it was long and drawn out for a week. The change wasn’t having to wear a orange pumpkin-shaped bridesmaid dress, or her family trying to set her up with her third cousin. It didn’t even have to do with her being asked to do so many things, because she couldn’t refuse them. No. The life changing part had to do with bedbugs at her hotel.

Jonah Betts was a cop who loved playing hockey. This week he’d be playing game after game with his Portland Pater’s in the over thirty games. Rather than bunking with his some of the the team members, he chose a room by himself at a different hotel. And that choice changed everything.

Sexy, humorous and a touch of some seriousness wrapped together in one package to make this a ‘can’t put it down’ type book. There is a unique side story with another couple that add even more to the story. Nancy Warren has a recent series called Last Bachelor Standing. If you read them, you’ll enjoy Power Play and vice versa.
**Sexual content
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 Harlequin NASCAR Series
A Very NASCAR Holiday
All I Want For Christmas by Nancy Warren
Emily Littlejohn is doing her best for her ten year old son, Darren. When he lets his hopes rise at winning a trip to spend time with his favorite NASCAR driver, Emily tries to keep him grounded on his chances of winning. Her son don’t know that same driver was his mom’s high school crush, although she didn’t believe he even knew she existed.

Jason Bane enjoyed driving and fans but deep down, he was still just a hometown boy. After they chose a winner for the contest he noticed a letter from his hometown in Minnesota, when the picture fell out of a young boy and his mom he knew that they needed to be part of the prize package as well.
Heartwarming story on believing in Christmas miracles, especially when Santa is involved.
Racing Hearts Anthology
An Outside Chance – Nancy Warren
Lucy Vanderwal felt like a spinster on a shelf. Following the advice from a book for a last chance at love she ends up at Daytona week to meet a fellow NASCAR fan. It went all wrong with the guy she went there to meet, she’d been duped. Big time. Thank goodness for Sawyer Patton the rookie driver she accidentally meets. Her vacation isn’t a total loss after all, and maybe her love life isn’t either.
Speed Dating - Nancy Warren
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Kendall Clarke was having a tough night when it should have been the best time of her actuary life. Instead her fiance gives her some bad news and breaks up with her and then she’s mistaken for a race car drivers date…..to his ex-wife’s wedding. Suddenly her boring world turns upside down, and she likes it.

Dylan Hargeave has been going through a tough patch with his racing, but his luck seemed to change with Kendall at his side. Her kisses seem to help him do well racing and being by his side keeps his ex-wife a safe distance away. Life is going well with her as his pretend girlfriend, and he does not even need to make any commitments, right?

The author takes the reader for an exciting ride in the NASCAR world. Real life driver, Carl Edwards even makes a few cameo appearances in the book. The characters were realistic enough that it’s easy to get irritated at a few of them and endeared to others. Great story. Turn Two has another Cameo with Carl Edwards and Dylan and Kendall return as well.
Turn Two - Nancy Warren
Taylor Robinson has just returned from Australia. It was time to get back to work. After a few tragedies she ran away from her marriage and everything else. The last thing she expected to find in her new PR job for a rookie in NASCAR was her ex-husband. No matter how far you run it seems life has a way of finding you.

Mike Lundquist had tried to forget the woman who ran away from him and left him to deal with their home and all the pieces of their broken marriage. Seeing her again let him know that he failed at putting her behind him. And now they’d be working closely in the NASCAR world, she needed to get her rookie in the news, and Mike was one of the main reporters she’d have to schmooze, he liked that idea.

Another great addition to the NASCAR series. This book continues where Speed Dating left off. Dylan and Kendall have an active part in this book as they continue their relationship. Carl Edwards makes another cameo appearance in this book as well.
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A Valentine from Harlequin: Six Degrees of Romance
Pulse Point by Nancy Warren
What if you gave six authors the same opening paragraph and let their imagination fly? That’s what we’ve done in A Valentine from Harlequin: Six Degrees of Romance!

Experience the variety Harlequin romance has to offer with this collection of novellas from six Harlequin series, including the passionate drama of Harlequin Presents, steamy encounters of Harlequin Blaze, spooky and sensual tales of Harlequin Nocturne, and more.

Collection includes novellas by Nancy Warren, Catherine Spencer, Margaret Moore, Maggie Shayne, Michele Hauf and Christine Bell.
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Harlequin & Carina Press

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Colleen Collins
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Book 1: The Next Right Thing
Book 2: Sleepless in Las Vegas
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Valerie LeRoy wants to be a P.I. and is being mentored by the best. When her boss falls ill, her new mentor just happens to be a man she had set a honey trap for...even though she legally had no business playing P.I. yet.

Drake Morgan has an array of emotions when it comes to the lovely P.I. wanna-be. They run from hot to cold. From lust to thoughts of murder by strangling. He has to keep his mind on his job and not the crazy Cajun woman who keeps taking up space in his thoughts and if he’s not careful...his heart.

This story has some drama, humor and of course it has romance. Written from the perspective of a real-life private investigator adds to the story. The story pulled me in from the beginning to end and I can’t wait to read the next book about Drake’s brother Braxton...Hearts in Vegas.
Book 3: Hearts in Vegas
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Frances Jefferies is on the right side of the law these days even if it looks like she is on the wrong side. Her newest job is a big one...recovering a very old and priceless necklace. She needs to be careful and keep her mind on her work, not her handsome bodyguard. One slip-up can mean five years of hell to pay.

Braxton Morgan has turned his life around, he’s no longer the playboy with the expensive pad and car. When he’s hired to spy on an old enemy...he gets the perk of being around the woman he just met and wants to get to know much better. Only they both have secrets that may keep them apart.

In Sleepless in Las Vegas the reader meets Braxton. The books can be read as stand-alone, but I would encourage you to read Sleepless first to understand where Braxton has been, and it’s worth reading about his brother Drake. I loved how the author brought out Braxton’s personality, he’s quite easy to fall in love with. Frances was easy to connect with too as she struggles with an imperfection that rules her life.
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Temporary Nanny by Carrie Weaver
Royce McIntyre had truly failed as a father. He made the excitement of being an expat and his next adventure more important than his family. While he was in Russia an explosion changed everything. He realized what he lost by not being there for his son Michael, who is making a name for himself in NASCAR and is now the one who don’t have time for him. Help from his loneliness came in a surprising package. A ten year old boy and his beautiful mother.

Katy Garner is doing her best for her son. His father wants nothing to do with him and her usual babysitter isn’t working out. Surprisingly the handsome downstairs neighbor has offered to be Jake’s nanny for her. Too bad she swore off relationships because Royce is really handsome and has become a great friend. Can she trust him to be there for Jake even when things get tough?

Royce was introduced in the Harlequin NASCAR series book, A Chance Worth Taking. It’s the story of his ex-wife Tess and his son Michael. Royce sees himself in Jake’s father and has to face the hard reality of how badly he messed up, but he’s willing to go the extra mile to win his son back. The next connected book is Baby, I’m Yours and is about Royce’s sister Becca.
**Sexual content and mild language
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Countdown to First Night - Harlequin Anthology
This Harlequin Anthology takes place in Snow Falls, Colorado. As the town prepares for First Night, the countdown to New Years, we find our characters in and about town for different reasons. The three authors have done a fantastic job with each story as they take the reader through the snow filled beauty of the mountains during this celebration. You may even catch glimpses of the characters before meeting them in their own stories.

Winter’s Heart By Jillian Hart
Shelby Craig’s life couldn’t get much worse, she hoped. A widow, a mother, no home, no job and her old car was definitely on it’s last days….maybe minutes. At least they made it to Snow Falls where they’d be staying with her granny until she could find a new job. And at least through the First Night Celebration. When she sees her childhood friend, Ronan Winters, it’s like all the years between have vanished. Can these two bruised hearts beat again and find love?

Snowbound At New Year By Margaret Daley
Ellie Summers writes a children’s series. She has come to Snow Falls during the First Night celebrations to meet with her new illustrator and as guest celebrity for the First Night countdown. She ends up gaining much more than she ever expected from her time in the snowy town.

Brody Kincaid is content living on top of the mountain, away from people, and raising his twin girls. He had his one true love and lost her and closed her heart and mind to ever finding love again. He didn’t expect Ellie. Her beautiful attitude and kind heart along with the way she immediately took to the girls. Maybe a second chance is possible after all.

A Kiss At Midnight by Brenda Minton
Jolie Godwin has never felt like she fit in with the other towns people. She always felt that they viewed her as the daughter of Mac Godwin….the man who stole from his wealthy employer and was fired for it. She just couldn’t let the past go and accept that she was making her own way as an artist. If only she could fight her attraction to Jake, the same man her father had stolen from.

Jake Wild was more than just the wealthy owner of the Wildwood Lodge and one of the most sought after bachelor’s. Most women only cared about those things though. Not Jolie. She seemed to do her best not to get close to him. Can these two put their rocky pasts behind them and make a new start on this First Night celebration?
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Mira Lyn Kelly
Waking Up Married

Megan Scott is a woman with a plan. No more relationships. No more hurt. She was taking her life and moving forward. She wanted a child and would raise it on her own, once she decided on how to get said child. Who knew that going to Vegas for her cousins wedding and having a few too many drinks would end up with her plans all askew?

Connor Reed was a man who also had his plans. Find a woman who didn’t want a fairytale life or a love relationship but just happy being a family that liked each other. He didn’t plan for it to come to be while in Vegas but he wasn’t a man to turn his back on opportunity either.

Plans don’t always turn out like you want though. This partnership could only work if they could keep emotions out of the way. And I know there were plenty of emotions because they jumped right out of the book. This was definitely a book that the Kleenex needed to be close at hand, at least for this reader. I really enjoyed this story.
**Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Caridad Pineiro
Kissed by a Vampire
The Calling/The Reborn Vampire Novel Series
Alex Garcia is a DEA undercover agent. After a job in New York gone wrong, he almost died there and it left him with odd nightmares of a beautiful woman who also had the face of a demon. Just as he gets the okay to go back to work in Miami, Dan McAnn, a former agent, calls to ask Alex to find his missing daughter, Andrea. What he didn’t expect was to see the woman from his dreams a while he searched for the missing woman.

Stacia is a two thousand year old vampire elder, very powerful and very lonely. So many of her fellow vampires in New York were finding love that she decided to escape to Miami. Stacia didn’t believe herself capable of loving someone let alone of having any humanity left in her. All that changes when she meets the man who’s life she saved a year ago. A man who puts duty above all compared to herself who lives only for her own needs.

There are quite a few books within this series and this book hints to things that happened in a previous book, Darkness Calls, but it is still stand alone. If you enjoy series than you may want to read the previous books in order to know the whole story. A unique vampire tale on how love can revive a dead heart and change can come no matter how old you are….even if you are two thousand years old.
**Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review

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Michele Hauf
Forever Werewolf & Moon Kissed - 2 in 1
Forever Werewolf
Trystan Hawkes wasn’t raised within a pack and yet they always intrigued him. Having a father who was half wolf/half vampire and a mother who was vampiress….he wasn’t always welcomed by other wolves, a vampire vs wolf thing. After arriving at the Alpine Pack to make a delivery for his father he becomes fascinated by the old castle and all the glorious snow around, Tryst was hoping to stay around awhile. Thanks to an avalanche his wish came true. Loving outdoor sports he could maybe get some snow time in but more than that was the beautiful princess who caught his attention.

Alexis “Lexi” Connor had plenty of responsibility with her pack. And everyone kept a wide birth around her. Her thick walls helped with that. How was it that this Hawkes wolf could so easily get through those walls? His red hair, freckles and smile were one thing and his love of life made him seem carefree. Whereas Lexi just knew how to be busy. Her secrets had to be kept and because of those secrets….forever wasn’t in her future, especially with another wolf.

From the get go of Trystan’s arrival everything starts happening, the leader of the pack has an odd illness that they can’t figure out, the avalanche causes him to jump in feet first to help rescue, he makes a quick enemy of one of the wolves (and Sven doesn’t even know about the half vampire yet!) And of course there is Lexi….the ice princess that warms his heart. You may want to read the previous books in the Vampire Series to have the whole background story; Seducing the Vampire & Forever Vampire contain the stories of Trystan’s parents and his twin step-brother and yes I wrote that correctly.

Moon Kissed
Belladonna “Bella” Reynolds enjoys running and keeping her body in shape, her dancer’s body. One night she runs down the wrong street, runs past the wrong type of men and runs into the arms of a man who don’t want to let go. But can she accept that he is more than a man and give him all he wants?

Severo is a ninety something year old werewolf who feels those years when he’s lonely and tired. He has a deep hatred for the longtooth and is able to rescue a human beauty from them one night. He wants to let her go and be done with it but her scent won’t leave his head….or heart….alone. Could she be a mate for this lonely wolf after all this time?

Michele does a great job of bringing her characters to life. You feel the loneliness of Severo and his hope that he can find love and have it returned. You feel the struggles Bella goes through as she has made it to this point in her life of never knowing about the paranormal world and suddenly has vampires out to hurt her and a werewolf out to make her his mate. This story is packed full of adventure and many twists and turns. It also may have you wanting to read the rest of the stories in the Wicked Games Series. Book 1-The Highwayman and Book 3-Her Vampire Husband.
**Received through NetGalley for review
**Sexual situations

Vacation With a Vampire Anthology
Stay by Michele Hauf
Lucian Bellisario lives in Paris and owns an antique shop. Most of the antiques are things that he knows of personally because he happens to be a vampire. When in deep need of some blood after “donating” some of his for a friend, he is glad to see a customer waiting at his shop. Meal time.
Magen Sloan is visiting Paris for two weeks. She left Minnesota with the goal to enjoy herself and have an affair with a Frenchman….who would whisper sweet French nothings in her ear. Her adventure turns into a bit more than she planned on. She just didn’t expect vampires, ghosts and witches.
Vivi and the Vampire by Kendra Leigh Castle
Justin is a king, at least in the paranormal world. He is over 2,000 years old and is usually buried in work behind his huge desk. Until his sister, Dru, pushes him to take a nice relaxing vacation in Florida. Reluctantly he goes and duty calls immediately as he has to pull a vampire off a Hunter. And then his vacation really gets interesting.
Vivi is going to take a nice non-vampire vacation. Yeah right! No sooner is she enjoying a walk on the beach when two vamps start arguing which one is going to bite her. And then she is rescued by the most handsome vampire she has ever laid her eyes on. The two of them call a truce for their vacation but the Hunter’s who hate all vampires….whether good or bad….have other plans.
This was a really good story. The unique romance between the hunter and the hunted. They should have been natural enemies but the heart didn’t see it that way. The author has written Justin’s character in such a clear way that you fall in love with the quiet, lonely and handsome vampire from the get go.
Island Vacation by Lisa Childs
Piper Reynolds won a vacation. At work they held a yearly lottery and this year was for a vacation and she won. She never had been on a vacation. She worked since fourteen and had been hiding out for the past four years. Trying to escape her nightmares. When she lands on a private Island it looks like her vacation may be another real life nightmare.
Roarke Monterusso has wait four long years for revenge. When the person claiming to be Patricia Reynolds came to his Island...she denied being Piper Reynolds. The person his long awaited vengeance was going to be taken out on.
Another enjoyable story where nothing is what it seems to be and Piper has secrets about herself that even she don’t know about.
*Language and sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
A Vampire for Christmas Anthology
 Enchanted by the Blood by Laurie London  Sweetblood Series 2.5
Charlene Grant went out with her friend but was leaving alone. Kari took off with some guy she thought could help her climb the work ladder. On the way to her car two guys start coming after Charlene. She runs into a hard chest and a deep voice tells her to go to her car and wait. For some reason she feels safe with the stranger and does as he says.
Trace Westfalen felt an urgency to go to a part of town he usually did not frequent. Sure enough he found Charlene in trouble. A couple of Dark bloods were after her. He had her wait and she did. Bad mistake. A year ago Charlene had been hired to decorate the mansion for Christmas. During that time Trace spent a lot of time with her. Being a vampire it was never wise to get too close to a human but he did. Until the fateful night she walked into a room where Sebastian was feeding. The horror on her face left Trace with no choice but to wipe her memories. A year later and he stills feels for her what he never felt before.
Charlene could not believe she let Trace drive her home and then invited him in. She was not that kind of person and yet something about him was so familiar and safe. He left her the next morning and she did not hear from him for a week. He had hired her to decorate for their Christmas Party.
Trace could not stay away and he finally decided that being elected to Council or anything else in his life would not be worthwhile without Char. And once he told her the truth of who he was and that they knew each other, she still looked at him the same.
Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf
Daniel is a vampire, not by birth and not by choice. He was a hot shot on wall street until the night of his attack. Now he just considers himself a monster and just exists. Although he does see where his life slowed down and he can look back and see he was not all he thought he was.
Olivia considers herself a type of monster when she's all dressed up and made up to sing on stage. When she comes home to the quiet place she stays a few weeks out of the year she breaks up a fight and invites the man who was being beat up by two others into her home. So what that he ends up being a vampire. It ends up being more than a one night stand for Daniel and Olivia. Even though she is in the spotlight and he has to stay away from it. Can two such opposites actually fall in love and make a relationship work?
**Sexual situations and some language
When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro
A century ago Damien was a different man. He did not realize Angelina's worth to him until she died to save him from Remirez, who then turned Damien into a vampire anyways. When Angelina returned a century later Damien could not believe it. She was light in his dark world. And both times he met her it was right before Christmas Eve. Once again Remirez the evil vampire he is, comes to tear them apart once again. And once again Angelina gets in the way and dies. It is now a year later and Damien is outside of his lighthouse watching, waiting and hoping for one more chance with her.
He does not know that she is really is guardian angel and that she is there to guide him to the right path.
She does come back again. She will need his help and he will have to face Remirez one more time and try to keep the demon that lives within him silent if he has any chance of saving Angelina and his own soul, which he had thought was lost long ago. Either way, it looks like their last Christmas Eve together.
**Sexual situations
All I Want For Christmas by Alexis Morgan
This was a great story. Eagan is an undercover cop and a vampire. He is searching for some young vampires who have been luring teens to drink from and they had found a few dead. His search had him near a diner and had him watching the beautiful owner of the diner, Della. He decided that hanging out at the diner may help him watch the area better. A friend of Della's gave him evil looks, he didn’t know what had that she-wolf hating him but there had always been bad blood between the species.
Della was so drawn to Eagan, even though Lupe kept warning her to stay away from him. He had a sadness and loneliness about him. When she ends up cutting herself in the middle of the night, Eagan is there to help her and heal her. Della finds out quickly that the world around her was not what she had always thought it to be.
*Sexual situations.
**Received Through NetGalley for Review
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Laurie London
Seduced by Blood - Sweetblood Series Book 4
Tristan Santiago is the region commander of the Guardians in the Pacific Northwest. He is the tough guy that expects to be obeyed the minute he speaks, or maybe even sooner. When things are going wrong in his area it looks like they may have a traitor in the midst. On top of that Roxanne Reynolds just arrived from Florida and something about her has disrupted his line of thought. His guys think he needs to use this Tracker to go undercover with him….as lovers….to find the culprit.

Roxy is helping her friend Lily out by filling in for her. Her ulterior motive is to search for the person who killed Ian O’Grady. She don’t like Santiago and isn’t going to put up with him telling her what to do. When he tells her about the undercover operation she sees it as a door to help with her search for the killer. What neither of them expected was that the act could become reality.

This is the fourth book in the Sweetbloods series and they are written as stand alone. Being the characters from the previous books are in this one as well it seems it would be best to read them all for the whole picture. There are three books and also Enchanted by the Blood which is book 2.5 and in Vampire for Christmas Anthology. The book is full of action and adventure and it includes glimpses of the other characters along with the main ones. Sweetbloods are humans with a blood so sweet it becomes addictive and the Darkbloods are the vampires who live on human blood alone.
*Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
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The Siren's Song by Jennifer Bray-Weber
Romancing the Pirate Book 3
Amazon
Welcome to adventure and romance on the high seas. Captain Thayer Drake “helps” those who have become stranded as their ships run a muck or whatever bad luck befalls them. He is kind enough to not only take them aboard but their cargo as well...after he gives them the choice of giving up the cargo or returning to the sea of course. On one such adventure they rescue all the men just to find a lone woman left out on the ship in the middle of quite a squall. After Drake rescues her. Twice! Seems the fool woman thought her purse important enough to jump back into the sea for, he figures she was cargo and now belongs to him as well. For a man fighting demons of his own he has no plans of keeping her but somehow she keeps ending up in his care.

Gillian McCoy, a young woman with the voice of an angel, is running for her life by stowing away. When the ship is caught on a reef and a fierce storm rises up, she must escape her hiding place alone and get to the deck. Once she is rescued her life will never be the same. Has she run away from one dangerous situation just to find herself even deeper, or is the dangerous looking Captain Drake a man she can sing her way into his heart?

The rest of the books in this series are: Book 1: Blood And Treasure, Book 2: A Kiss in the Wind, the 3rd book is a Novella called Beneath the Water's Edge. The Siren's Song was well written and keeps a steady pace with all the adventure. Never a dull moment. There is some language and sensual situations.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
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Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett
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Alex Winslow, Earl of Ayersley, had a secret love. He was never able to ask her to dance or have much conversation as he was shy and stumbled over his words. Due to what seemed to be his lack of interest, Roxana Langley thought he disliked her. When she became engaged to George Wyatt, Alex chose to stay in London and rarely came to his country estates that were a mere two miles from Roxana's home. After his mother hurt herself he had no choice. And the events that happened after that...well you'll have to read the book to find out.

Roxana waited five long years for George to come home from the war. They had their engagement ball and after accidentally hearing about his life in from a few comrades she almost second thought their marriage...but George sweet talked her into forgiving him. And a few weeks later he jilted her without excuse. From there an innocent incident falls into the rumor mill, the same rumor mill Roxana use to enjoy hearing tidbits from but not so much when she's the tidbit. She soon finds herself engaged and than married. Not the wedding day or marriage she dreamed of with George either. Instead she finds herself in a lonely loveless marriage.

Alyssa does a great job of misunderstandings between Alex and Roxana. And right near the end she creates an extremely emotional climax that leads into a fabulous ending to this story. This is only the author's second book. A Tryst With Trouble being her first.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
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Harlequin's Regency Series
Silk & Scandal
I read and enjoyed this series and wanted to share it. 
At the time I was not writing reviews so they only have the book blurbs.
 Book 1:The Lord and the Wayward Lady by Louise Allen
Amazon
From Impoverished Miss to respectalbe wife...

The closest milliner Nell Lathan has come to high society is making fashionable bonnets for ladies. But when she's asked to deliver a message to the Earl of Narborough, she's soon swept up in a web of intrigue and scandal!

Marcus, the Earl's sinfully sexy son and heir, tracks down the messenger, little expecting to find her so attractive. Nell is a mystery—her manners and demeanor are not those of a working girl. And as secrets are revealed and danger draws closer, Marcus has to choose between family honor and naked desire.
  Book 2:Paying the Virgin's Price by Christine Merrill
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I pledge in payment the maidenhead of my daughter...”

Chaperon Diana Price knew she was teetering on the edge of ruin. Her father had staked his fortune, and her virginity, at the card table—and lost! To the most notorious gamester in town...

Nathan Wardale had money, plenty of it, but it was a long time since he'd been considered a gentleman. Still, he never intended to pursue this debt. Until he met Diana Price in the flesh—and began to wonder just how long his honor would hold out...
 Book 3: The Smuggler and the Society Bride by Julia Justiss
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Earl's daughter Lady Honoria Carlow flees London after a scandalous disgrace to take refuge with her aunt in Cornwall and try to figure out who engineered her ruin and why.

There she encounters handsome Irishman Gabe Hawksworth, known locally as “the Hawk,” who is temporarily captaining a smuggling vessel as a favor for the army friend who saved his life.

Though her family would be appalled at her attraction to a “low-born free trader,” there's something about the well-spoken Gabe that calls out to the free-spirited Honoria, even as Gabe wonders about the unexpected appearance of this mysterious beauty.

Until an attra that should never have been becomes a compulsion too strong for either of them to resist.
  Book 4: Claiming the Forbidden Bride by Gayle Wilson
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Romany mistress...or society bride?

Battle scarred and jaded from the Peninsular War, soldier Rhys Morgan is in the market for a bride. But the simpering debutantes on the Marriage Mart don't rouse his interest—let alone fire his blood...

Whereas dark-haired, dark-eyed Romany beauty Nadya Argentari has a strength and passion to match his own. If he took her as his mistress, no one would blink an eye. But if Major the Honorable Rhys Morgan were to marry her...it would be the scandal of the year. 

  Book 5:The Viscount and the Virgin by Annie Burrows
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I am not at all the kind of girl a future Earl ought to marry.”

Imogen Hebden knew she was no diamond of the ton. A clumsy, gangling spinster more like! This last-chance Season was sure to be a disaster. What sort of suitor could she hope to catch?

Viscount Mildenhall, son of the Earl of Corfe, the most eligible, most arrogant rake in London, claimed to find her guiless ways irresistible. But even as inexperienced as she was, Imogen could tell he was in an indecent hurry—particularly when it came to producing an heir.
 Book 6: Unlacing the Innocent Miss by Margaret McPhee
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Hardened thief-taker “Wolf” Wolversley has clawed his way out of the gutter to get where he is. No stranger to society's underbelly, he's met Rosalind Meadowfield's seemingly sweet type before.

Accused of a crime she didn't commit, fearful Rosalind begs Wolf not to turn her in. But Rosalind's fear soon turns to desire as the bitterness n Wolf's eyes turns to passion...His touch is gentle for so fierce a man. Rosalind should be mortified by her wantonness. Instead, it's as if something else has taken over her body...
 Book 7: The Officer and the Proper Lady by Louise Allen
Major Hal Carlow was a fine soldier, but he was also a flirt, a rake and a scoundrel. In general, he tried to steer clear of proper young ladies—no fun at all—and spend time with the sort of women who appreciated his finer qualities...

Miss Julia Tresilian's duty was to find a husband, but her prospective suitors bored her to tears. Yet even “talking” to the incorrigible Hal Carlow was dangerous to her marriage prospects, let alone anything more...
 Book 8: Taken by the Wicked Rake by Christine Merrill
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At the mercy of a very wicked rake!

Lady Verity Carlow is poised, charming, virginal. Her families precious jewel. She will marry whatever titled bore is chosen for her. Yet sometimes, in the dark of night, she wishes she weren't always so well behaved...

Then she is kidnapped by her family's enemy, Gypsy lord Stephano Beshaley. In this dangerously unsuitable man's arms, Verity is tempted to do wicked, wicked things. And, shockingly, she does not want to be rescued—not one little bit!

As the secrets of the past are dramatically revealed, join in the final breathtaking installment of Silk & Scandal.
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Marguerite Kaye
http://justjudysjumbles.blogspot.com/2012/06/marguerite-kaye-book-list.html
Rake With a Frozen Heart
Amazon
Rafe St Alban, Earl of Pentland had been married once and he would never marry again. He no longer cared about an heir to carry on his many titles, he didn't seem to care about much at all. His life took a sudden turn one morning when he found a woman in his ditch, on the edge of death. And later the same day he found her stowing away in the back of carriage. What could he do but help her prove she was innocent of a crime she was being accused of. He found she added a bit of liveliness to his life that had been missing a long time.

Henrietta Markham woke up in a strange room, strange bed and with an extremely handsome half dressed man looking at her. This was a first of everything for her. Good thing she was not so beautiful as her mother because she found out this half dressed man was the earl who was known as a rake. Not that she understood exactly what a rake was other than he would be rather immoral. When she remembered she was hit on the head by a housebreaker while looking for her employers dog...Rafe didn't seem to believe her. When she returned to her governess job a bit later not only was she not believed but she was also accused of theft. She leaves the house in fear of ending of in gael with no one to help her get out...she heard the stories of how awful gael was. After hiding into a carriage that looked bound to London, so she could capture the thief and clear her name, she ends up once again with Rafe St Alban.

This was one of those books that I couldn't put down. The adventure kept moving forward and there just was not a good place to stop. The heroine is quite talkative and blurts out whatever is on her mind. The hero carries a burden of guilt and chooses to punish himself for mistakes of the past. Marguerite adds the thoughts of other characters in the book as well. I enjoyed the story and characters.

**Book received through NetGalley for review.
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The Half-Breed Vampire
Book 3 of The Sons of Midnight Series
Amazon
Slade Donovan is a vampire, by choice. At eight years old he woke up on the streets and didn't remember his past. Later the vampires had found him and took him in under their care. When given the choice to become a vampire he accepted. Now he is called upon to help a woman with wolf problems. Nature girl, Raina Ravenwing, is not his type of woman and yet as he works along side of her attractions blooms.

Raina needs to find where this new wolf pack has come from and why they are bothering her people. She is known as the tribes Wolf Whisperer but until now she never believed there was anything to the title. And than Slade tells her werewolves exist and she can hear them. The vampires and wolves are sworn enemies but can they come together to fight a deceitful goddess who is trying to destroy them all? And what happens when Slade finds out his true roots and his childhood memories return?

I have not read the previous two books in this series: Book 1 is The Truth About Vampires and book 2 is The Vampire Who Loved me. If you like series though I think reading them first would add to this story as well, although it was very good as a stand alone book as well.
**Sexual situations
**Received through NetGalley for review
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Holiday Kisses Anthology
Alison Kent, Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon & Shannon Stacey
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This Time Next Year by Alison Kent
Dillon Craig lives with the memories of war. As a doctor, he did his best but he remembers the men he failed. Now he lives on the mountain and helps the people there. Brenna Keaton is heading to her Gran's on the mountain to spend Christmas like every year. When she ends up in a snow bank, Dillon comes by on his horse, Ranger, and rescues her. Only they end up snowed in at his cabin. Can love grow between them? Brenna is heading to Africa for a year and Dillon has his ghosts to deal with. Will they be together again this time next year?
**Sexual situations
A Rare Gift - Jaci Burton
Wyatt Kent and his brothers have a construction company. When Calliope Andrews calls for an addition to her daycare, they send Wyatt. He has a hard time not being attracted to the beautiful young women. The last time he saw her she had not grown into the body she now had. And it seemed she wanted him. Too bad. She was taboo for him. A wall too high and thick between this angelic vision and what he could have. That wall was Cassandra. His ex-wife. Calliope's sister. Can the love of a good woman overcome the bitterness the wrong woman left in this mans heart?
**Sexual situations
It's Not Christmas Without You – HelenKay Dimon
Austin Thomas and Carrie Anders had been dating on and off since she was fifteen. Austin was her brother Mitch's best friend so she had a crush on him even before that. Carrie had dreams though and Austin didn't respect them. She wanted to work in a museum and she got her chance and took it. Leaving Austin behind. So he comes up with a plan to win her back and bring her home. Only he sees her fitting in in DC while he fits in their country town. This story will have your heart twisted and tears rolling down your cheeks (if you are the emotional type) as their relationship fights for survival in the two completely different worlds they live in.
**Sexual situations.
Mistletoe and Margaritas - Shannon Stacey
Justin McCormick and Brendan Rutledge had been best friends since fourth grade. They had both met Claire the same night and it was Brendan who married her. Now he was gone and Justin and Claire were best friends. Only Justin had a secret he could not share with his best friend. A secret that could tear them apart. A guilt he could not shake off.
It was two years now that Claire has been a widow. Her body seemed to be waking up from the mourning period. Maybe it was time to start dating again. Between erotic dreams and other peoples suggestions, she started seeing Justin in a different light but she did not want to jeopardize their friendship in any way. Can two people find love when the person standing between them is no longer alive?
**Sexual situations.
**Book Received through NetGalley for review
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Bronwynn Scott
Secret Life of a Scandalous Debutante 
 ISBN- 978-0-373-29658-3
The Viscount Claims His Bride precedes this book. They are stand alone but it may help to read this one first to understand more about Valerian & Philippa. As this story is about Beldon Stratten who is Valerian's best friend and Philippa's brother.

Beldon Stratten, the fourth Baron Pendennys, his life is all mapped out. He has worked the last ten years to restore the estates and get his affairs in order. Now he is wife hunting. He has a list of the type of wife he needs and he is here for beginning of the London season to find her. He will not be distracted by the alluring luscious back he is looking at. Such perfect shoulder curves and her raven black hair along with that beautiful, long slender neck. What a fantasy his mind is developing. When she turns he recognizes her as his brother-in-laws ward, Lilya Stefanov. She is not on his list and could not be. He could not take a dowry from Valerian and he did need a wife with wealth to help keep the estates in order. Yet he needed to go and see her.

Lilya saw Beldon coming towards her. His kiss to her hand sent feelings through her that none of these other men did. And when they waltzed together it was wonderful. She had a secret to keep though and she would not risk love or marriage. She seen all her family murdered for the secret, all but her baby brother Constantine and herself survived in the escape from Negush. Too many lives depended on her as the keeper, she would not fail it was her duty. She could still enjoy Beldon for awhile though.

Beldon set his eyes on an Earl's daughter. She would be trained to be a good mistress for his home and she had the dowry. Even if she did not boil his blood as one exotic young woman did. Beldon tried to stay away from Lilya but it seemed that was not so easy.

Christoph Agyro, a member of a secret society,  had a plan. He was sure Lilya had what he was sent for. He would woo her, marry her and take the prize for himself rather then return it to the Filiki  Adamao. Women did not refuse his dark good looks and he established with her they were fellow countryman who both lost families in the war back home. Only she seemed to have eyes for the Baron more than she did him. That would not do.

A story of dangerous secrets, plans gone awry, greed turning into madness, unexpected love and what one would give up for such love.
**Contains sexual situations
Received from NetGalley for review
You may want to read this book first if you enjoy series type books.
Book 1: The Viscount Claims His Bride
For years Valerian Inglemoore, Viscount St. Just, lived a double life as a secret agent on the war-torn Continent. Returning home, he knows exactly what he wants-- Philippa Stratten, the woman he gave up for the sake of her family...
But Philippa isn't the naive debutante he left behind. His rejection stung deeply, and now she is suspicious of his intentions. Valerian realizes he must wage a tough battle if he is to finally claim her, once and for all, as his bride!
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A Scandalous Proposition by Wendy Soliman 
ISBN 978-1-4268-9221-9
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Southern England 1809
Major Lord Adam Fitzroy had been fighting with the 95th Rifles in Spain and was heading home for furlough and had stopped at an Inn. He felt worn down and the images of all he has seen haunted him. On top of that he was to go home and see the woman he thought he would marry, Philippa, now married to his brother James and the new Duchess of Southsea Court. There was a disturbance in the hall and suddenly a woman was in his parlor, he could tell she was distressed and someone was after her so he quickly hid her. After her pursuer was convinced to leave and she settled in to eat with Adam, he seen how beautiful she was. She looked to be from Spain with her dark skin and hair.

The woman introduced herself as Mrs. Simon Smith. She was heading the same way as Adam so he took her with her and dropped her off a church in the town. Then he went to visit Christine at Chamberleigh, the local brothel of higher class Courtesans. Suddenly Mrs. Smith burst into Christine's rooms. Adam felt angered that she had fooled him. No wonder she was running from that man. Christine called the woman Florentina. The next day when he went to see his mother at the Dowager cottage she had moved into since Philippa married James. He had heard much about her new companion, Mrs. Grantley.. Mother called her Tina and when the woman entered the room she was none other then Mrs Smith. This woman, a courtesan was keeping his mother company, Adam is outraged. When she leaves to run an errand for his mother he follows out of the house and makes a scandalous proposition, if she meets him at the Summerhouse tonight he might not tell her mother what she is. He believes this will get her out of his system and then he will have her leave.

Florentina did not know what to do. She was outraged at this man's proposition. She went to talk with her friend Christine,who knew all about her life, who had been the one to rescue Tina and her siblings from a life of prostitution. Florentina was a widow not a whore but she could not tell this man the truth. It was more important to keep her family safe and others that she tried to rescue from an evil man who brought young girls and boys to England under false pretenses, just to sell them to the bawdy houses. She did meet him but Adam quickly deduced for himself that this woman was not what he thought.

There are several stories within this one. Florentina & Adam's relationship, rescuing the children from Captain Dawson and his lackey Reynolds, Philippa who was going to blackmail Adam into coming back into her life and she is also with child but Adam has doubts that it is James child, James who is quite weak and ill and completely under Philapp's control. Philippa had been there for his young children when his wife Julia had died and after supposedly seducing her while drunk he could only do what was right by marrying her. There is Lord King who holds hedonistic parties and he has his eyes set on Florentina. In the end, everything comes together.
**Contains sexual situations
**Book Received through NetGalley for review