The troublemaker next door – Marie Harte

Flynn McCauley never thought he’d be so cliché as to fall for the girl next door. But when Maddie calls him over to help fix her faulty sink, he’s a goner. Too bad the fiercely independent interior designer wants nothing to do with him. Even worse, he’s forced to rely on the advice of his nosy brothers—and his five-year-old nephew!—to figure out how to make her give him a shot.
My thoughts:
It’s what the title tells you. 3 women move in together and next door are some hunks 😉 But which one is the trouble maker, Flynn or Maddie? Honestly both are in ways, and that makes it fun.
Maddie is busy with her job, she got some relationship issues, but this is a romance so she will get over it.
Flynn is just hot blue collar, hot, I said hot already, yes hot.
They meet, he wants her, she wants it casual, we know they will fall for each other bit there is a road there to take. And that road is paved with hot smokin’ passion. These two get it on and talk dirty.
Passion, lots of smexy times and two people that should be together.
Oh and I think I will like the next couple too.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2014)
The McCauley Brothers #1
Contemporary romance
for review

Talk to Me – Jules Wake

Olivia and Daniel certainly aren’t talking the language of love…

Olivia has been in love with Daniel forever but, despite her best efforts, they’ve never been able to get it together. Their relationship has always been a series of mixed messages and misunderstandings, and the final straw comes when Daniel mysteriously starts dating her flat-mate, Emily.

Hurt and confused, Olivia resolves to forget her heartache with a spot of speed-dating. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

One crazy stalker later and Olivia’s life is becoming increasingly strange and scary. Can she rely on Daniel to step in when events take a terrifying turn, or will their communication breakdown ultimately result in tragedy?
My thoughts:
A romance with suspense thrown in, as the end does get really suspenseful.
Olivia has been in love with her friend Daniel for a while. But nothing has happened. But the spark is there, I can see it as I read and they so belong together. She is a nice girl, he is a nice boy. they should be.
But Daniel is dating her room mate. Noooo. And she was such a cow, I grew to loathe her as the book progressed. Trust me, you will also feel the same. Arghhh, what a cow!
So these two have a long way to go. He is with someone else, she thinks all is lost.
Now where does the suspense come in? Oh there is a stalker, a creepy creeping stalker. And who is it? What does the stalker want? What will happen? You will see.

Romance, suspense and a friendship that has a suffered a bit.

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2014 by Choc Lit (first published May 6th 2014)
Romantic suspense
for review

Review: The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby – Carolyn Brown

Tis the season for…
A pistol-totin’ woman who’s no angel
A tough rancher who doesn’t believe in miracles
Love that warms the coldest nights

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can’t wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person.

When he pulls in, there’s Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.

Lucas is unfazed. But wait…is that a BABY in her arms?
My thoughts:
Sassy women and real cowboys. If you have not noticed by now that I enjoy Brown’s books then you can have looked that close. This is the *checks* 11th book that I have read by her. And they are all sweet as butter in the sun. 
The Holidays are close in this book and a Lucas is gonna see the girl he has talked to online for months. You would think it would be all kisses and hugs but Natalie did forget to tell him she got preggers and had a baby. I do get why he got mad, she should have told him but there is a reason why she did not. So it’s a rocky start and they has to become friends and fall in love all over again.
Put in a scheming father and granfather. Animals running amok and getting everything ready for xmas and you got this book.
It’s all sweet and fun. But then if I want cowboys I want a Brown book.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
Cowboys & Brides #2
Contemporary romance
For review

Review: The Christmas he Loved Her – Juliana Stone

All he wants this Christmas is her. In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.

Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn’t know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again.
My thoughts:
This is book 2 but yes I would say you can read it as a stand alone. Still it’s always more fun to have read book 1 first. Also the book was good, but not as good as book 1. But that is because they were about different things. This one had a lot of emotional turmoil.
Raine lost her husband 1,5 years ago. But, yes then there are those forbidden feelings she has now for her brother in law Jack. She is fighting with herself, she wants him, but drama drama. And Jack wants her too but he keeps thinking about his brother. Also seems he has PTSD from the war and he was there when his brother died.
As you can see the romance has a lot of bumps in the road. If it is not one thing it is another thing. These lovers can’t catch a break. And they fit each other so well, they truly should be together.
But love always finds a way and it is a romance after all.
Two emotionally scarred people looking for love.
Would I read more by this author?
His head, I miss his head

Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2
Contemporary romance
For review

Review: Project Darcy – Jane Odiwe

It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen’s childhood home. She’s always had a talent for ‘seeing’ into the past and is not easily disturbed by her encounters with Mr Darcy’s ghost at the house where she’s staying. When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened whilst Jane danced her way through the snowy winter of 1796. As Steventon Rectory and all its characters come to life, Ellie discovers the true love story lost in Pride and Prejudice – a tale which has its own consequences for her future destiny, changing her life beyond imagination.
My thoughts:
I liked this re-telling because, well I can’t say it cos that would be a spoiler. But I liked how it all tied in together. Oh and the end, I did not see that, fun 🙂
Elizabeth, Elle, is on a Jane Austen dig with her 4 friends. All with names hinting to that they are the Bennet sisters. And together they experience Pride and Prejudice. There is a Wickham, Mr Darcy and Bingley. There is Pride and there is of course prejudice. 
But the thing is, that while all of this is going on Elle is seeing bits and pieces of Jane’s life as they are digging out her house and visiting places she visited. There are memories from her childhood and how she met Tom Lefroy. And then there are spoilery things I wont mention but that were awesome.
An interesting re-telling of the old story with a new twist on it.
Would I read more?

Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 11th 2013 by Paintbox Publishing
Pride and prejudice variation
For review

Review: Crush on You – Christie Ridgway

The Baci sisters are on a mission to save the winery that’s been in their family for generations-by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. If only Alessandra Baci-affectionately known as the “Nun of Napa”-didn’t need the help of tempting neighbor and business rival Penn Bennett.
My thoughts:
I wanna make this short, I am so tired today for some reason.
Right, so I read book 2 first I think, then book 3 and at last book 1. Don’t say anything 😉
I wanted to read about Alessandra since day 1. The Nun of Napa. She was sweet and kind. In a way there was not anything special about her. Except for that her husband to be died 15 min before their wedding and the whole town has tip toed around her ever since. Mourning is one thing, but being the living memory of him and no men looking at her is another thing. As I got to know her, I felt sorry for her.
Penn is a bit full of him at first, I wanted to smack him over the head (yes I do love to do that ;). Quite a few times actually. Truth be told, I never truly warmed up to him. I did not feel all gaga over him.
I did rush the end a bit as it took a 3 days to finish the book (just not enough time). I did not like it as much as the other books. And I think that if I had read this one first I would not have gone for the rest. Still it was good, just not special.
I liked it, but it could have been better.

Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley
Three Kisses #1
Contemporary romance

Review: Cowboy Seeks Bride – Carolyn Brown

Rancher Dewar O’Donnell is just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can’t wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time – until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car.

Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She’s keen to research her company’s hot new idea for a reality TV show – but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding?

It’s too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down. Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O’Donnell could prove mighty interesting…

Paperback, 384 pages: Published August 6th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca:  Spikes & Spurs #7: Contemporary romance: From the publisher for a review

My thoughts:
I could say it time and time again. Brown writes cute, sassy and fun cowboy books. The women are sassy and the men are, well cowboys 😉
The book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. There is talk of Dewar’s family and friends, but hey that’s normal. You do not need to have read previous ones to follow along.
Dewar is a cowboy through and through. He loves his ranch, he loves the life. Haley is everything he isn’t. She loves her job in Dallas and her power suits. Therein lies the drama. These two meet, become friends and then something more. But there is always that big cloud over them. He wants to live where he lives, she is going back to Dallas and her fancy office.
The atmosphere was also nice in this one as they went on a month long cattle drive, and lots happened. I will just leave it at lots so not to spoil anything.
While reading I heard about Haley’s grandma and I am telling ya, I would love that story 😀 Hint hint to the author.

Drama on the trail, romance, passion and cowboys. What more could a reader ask for?