Thursday, June 30, 2016

High Class (The VIP Desire Agency Book 2) by Mel Teshco - Review


Claire Davis has tried to give herself and her sisters a simple life since their mother died when she was eighteen. But appearances can be deceiving. She leads a complicated, double life as Scarlet, high class call girl, sleeping with billionaire businessmen to pay the bills. Falling in love has never been part of her plan, especially to a born heart-breaker.

Mackenzie Smitherson has one goal in life: make money, and lots of it. Except the one woman he pays to be with him also turns out to be the one woman whose heart isn’t available at any price. He wants more than her beautiful body…he wants all of her. Even if that means he has to open up his heart, and reveal his own dark past. But will Claire walk away to save her own heart before he has a chance?

My Review: 

A memorable love story.

Claire "Scarlet" Davis was the one woman Mackenzie Smitherson couldn't get out of his mind.  He wanted her exclusively for himself.  As one of Australia's richest men, he was used to getting what he wanted.  But Scarlet played hard to get and it only made Mackenzie want her even more.

After the death of her mother, Scarlet was left to raise her twin sisters on her own.  She became a high class call girl with The VIP Desire Agency and was doing well for herself, even paying for her sisters to go to university.  But when she wasn’t working, she just wanted to live a quiet normal life.  She didn’t need a man to take care of her and falling in love was definitely not in her plans.

Scarlet might be jaded with other men, but with Mackenzie, every look and touch was exciting.  Will Claire stop fighting her feelings long enough and realize Mackenzie is the man who could finally gave her a happily ever after? 

This fast paced book has a lot of depth to it.  Claire and Mackenzie had great chemistry and were more alike than they thought.  They both had less than ideal childhoods and both worked hard for what they had. They feared commitment, but once they gave in, they realized how much they brought out the best in each other.  This book contains very descriptive intimate scenes, so if you are not into that, you may want to skip the book.  If you are into it, you will really enjoy this story.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Heat (Firefighters of Montana Book 4) by Karen Foley - Review


Callie McClain is back in Montana after a twelve year absence to care for her ailing father, despite the fact she can’t stand the cold and isolation. But in an ironic twist of fate, it seems Montana is finally giving her what she wants—blistering heat and a fiery glow that threatens to incinerate everything in its path. Wildfire. The only thing hotter than the advancing flames is the smokejumper who comes to her rescue, and suddenly Callie is finding reasons why Montana might just have everything she’s ever wanted.

Tyler Dodson can’t recall a time when he didn’t want to be a smokejumper. There’s nothing as dangerous—or as exhilarating—as jumping, until he rescues a pretty veterinarian from an advancing wildfire. He knows he shouldn’t get involved. He doesn’t need that kind of complication in his life, and distractions of any kind can be deadly in his line of work. So why can’t he keep his mind – and his hands – off of Callie McClain?

My Review: 

An exciting and emotionally charged story.

Callie McClain has returned to Montana to help care for her father.  She really doesn’t want to be there. She would rather have her father return to California with her.  When a fire threatens their safety, it is Tyler Dodson who rescues them.

Tyler lived for his job.  He always wanted to be a smokejumper.  He lived for the danger and excitement of the job.  He doesn’t have room for a woman in his life, but he can’t get Callie out of his mind.

Sparks fly between Callie and Tyler, but Tyler knows they can’t have anything permanent with Callie living in California.  How will they make this relationship work? 

This is another wonderful addition to the Firefighter of Montana series.  I really liked the chemistry between Callie and Tyler.  The story line was interesting and entertaining and kept my interest all the way to the very end.    

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Driftwood Bride (Driftwood Bay Book 3) by Lenora Worth - Review


Melissa Sonnier is desperate to find her own happily ever after as she helps her sister celebrate her beach wedding in Driftwood Bay, but it’s difficult to move on and find love when she can’t let go of Judson Duvall, a boy she’s loved since middle school, even after their last break up in their on again, off again relationship. But as she watches her sister exchange her sacred vows, she sees Judson, waiting for her asking for one last chance. He vows he’s changed. Can she risk her heart one last time?

After his latest rodeo related injury Judson Duvall is ready to hang up his spurs and always a man of action, defies doctors and drives all night to reach the only woman he’s ever loved. He begs for one last chance and is prepared to do anything to win back Melissa’s love. He claims he’s changed, but is it enough or is it too late?

The Driftwood Bay series
Book 1: Driftwood Cowboy
Book 2: Driftwood Hero
Book 3: Driftwood Bride

My Review: 

A heartfelt story about forgiveness and second chances.  You’ll find yourself cheering for Melissa and Judson as the rediscover the love that they had lost. 

Melissa Sonnier has many thoughts going through her head while she is at her sister’s wedding.  Both of her sisters have found the love of their lives and Melissa wonders if she will ever have the same happiness as her sisters.   

Judson Duvall is risking his recovery after a bull riding accident.  He has driven across four states to find Melissa and win her back.  He has finally given up the rodeo and ready to settle down.  He will do anything to show Melissa that he is a changed man.  Will Melissa be able to forget what happened in the past and give Judson another chance? 

Beautifully written and descriptive, this book is a great addition to the Driftwood Bay series.  Along with Melissa’s story, I also enjoyed catching up on her sisters Maddie and Michelle. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ignite (Firefighters of Montana #3) by Nicole Helm - Review


Lina McArthur has spent her life in Marietta, Montana, in the shadow of her doctor father. But now that she’s finally broken free and moved away, she is determined to figure out who she is out of her scrubs. Then she meets the first man to ever tempt her to let him take them off…

Dean “Ace” Clark has been on the run from a troubled and tragic past. When a work-related injury sends the smoke jumper to the hospital, his wounds are tended by the beautiful Dr. McArthur. Just one problem. He knows the McArthur name, and she’s connected to the past he desperately wants to stay one step ahead of.

Ace has never been afraid to jump into a dangerous situation, but falling for Lina might just be the biggest leap of courage he’s ever faced...

My Review: 

Smoking hot firefighters.  Need I say more?

When Dean "Ace" Clark ends up in Kalispell Hospital's emergency room after a jump goes wrong, he discovers the doctor to be none other than his sister's best friend Lina McArthur.   He couldn’t let Lina know who he really is.  He didn’t want to interfere with his sister’s life.  Ten years ago, Ace left Marietta and never looked back.  He wanted Jess to have a good life without his troubled past overshadowing her.  He has created a whole new life for himself including a new background and he wasn’t going to let anyone know his secret.

Lina was tired of living in her father’s shadow.  When it was time to break free, she moved to Kalispell where she could figure out who she really was.  The day Lina has a patient with her best friend’s last name, it sets her mind racing.  What if this was Jess’s long lost brother?  She was almost positive Ace really was Dean and she will do anything to find the truth.  But one thing Lina didn't expect was how hard she would fall for the sexy smoke jumper.

This is a fast paced book with a great storyline and interesting characters.  It is a wonderful addition to the Firefighters of Montana series.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica - Review


In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger's spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

My Review:

Be prepared to read way past your bedtime. 

Written in the voice of the two lead characters, Quinn and Alex, the story of Esther is told.  Both see her in totally different ways.  Quinn knows her as the Saint Esther, the perfect roommate and best friend who disappeared one night while Quinn was out.  Alex knows her as the mysterious girl who shows up in his town whom he nicknames Pearl.  Alex is drawn to Pearl and wants to know what she is doing in his town and staying in the supposedly haunted abandoned house across from his.   In the end, both Quinn and Alex’s worlds are rocked by the truth they discover.  Nothing is as it seems.

I was so enthralled with this book I couldn’t put the book down and was up late into the night reading it.  Usually I can figure out the endings but this one was a huge surprise.  This is the first book by Mary Kubica that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Scorch (Firefighters of Montana Book 2) by Dani Collins - Review


Jacqui Edwards is back in Glacier Creek to wrap up loose ends after the death of her husband, Russ, captain of a group of daring, talented smokejumpers. She wants to stay and reboot her life, but faces an uphill battle shedding the role of the captain’s fragile, grieving widow.

After growing up in foster care, Vin Kingston finally found a family when he joined the smokejumpers. Then, six months ago, his best friend and captain died in a freak jump accident right before his eyes. Vin is consumed with guilt and determined to watch over Russ’ widow. No easy task when the vibrant, beautiful Jacqui is busting out of her shell and challenging Vin’s vow to keep her off limits.

My Review: 

In a small town where everyone knows everyone else's business, how will two people who are starting their lives over move past the gossip and rumors to find happily ever after?

After the death of her husband, Jacqui Edwards tried to move on with her life in Florida.  After she returned to Montana to pack her belongings and sell the house, she decided she just can't leave.  This did not go over so well with Vincent Kingston, who was in the process of fixing up the house and had already planned on buying it.  Vin had been living with Jacqui and her husband Russ before Russ's tragic death.  Vin and Russ were best friends and worked together as fire fighters and Vin still had a hard time coming to terms with how Russ died. 

Vin knew Jacqui was off limits.  But he was having a hard time fighting the attraction that grew stronger with each day that they spent together under the same roof.  Jacqui had never been with another man except for her husband, so the feelings she had towards Vin were all new and she really didn't know how to go about moving on with him.  When she finally gave in, it was well worth the wait.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit. The characters were written really well and the story was very descriptive.  I can't wait for more Firefighters of Montana books. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Smolder (Firefighters of Montana Book 1) by Tracy Solheim - Review


Former Army Ranger, Sam Gaskill, is starting over in Glacier Creek, Montana - far away from the plains of Texas and the memories of his late wife. Taking charge as the new captain of a squad of smoke jumpers should provide him with enough adrenaline to chase away the ghosts from his past. Until a sexy, green-eyed temptress with a sassy mouth enters the picture…

Laurel Keenan, champion horsewoman, couldn’t wait to escape her hometown. But instead, an ailing mother and an unplanned pregnancy landed the impetuous dreamer right back on her father’s ranch. Laurel has managed to lead a quiet life with her young son—until she sets eyes on the tough guy with the sexy ass.

Sam already failed one woman; he won’t trust his heart with another. And Laurel is determined not to risk her heart—or her son’s—on another thrill-seeker. Can their slow burn lead to a love that lasts?

My Review: 

An exciting love story. 

Laurel Keenan, a single mom who put her dream of being an artist aside to study for a more stable career so she could raise her son without any financial worries.  She has enough to worry about with Tyson's father being a professional snowboarder training to participate at the Olympics.  She refuses to ever get involved with another man who had a dangerous profession. 

Sam Gaskill is a former soldier who lost his wife in a tragic accident.  He just wants to start his life over again in Montana where no one knows him.  He has accepted the position as the new captain of Glacier Creek’s forest service station.  He has also brought his late wife's horse Tabitha to board and train for the American Quarter Horse Championship at Whispering Breeze Ranch, Laurel's parent's ranch.

When Laurel and Sam first meet, they are instantly attracted to each other.  They soon have a quick fling, but then Laurel backs off as she is afraid of losing Sam because of his job.  Even though Laurel knows she should get Sam out of her head, she has a hard time doing so.  Sam wants more from Laurel, but she is refusing to give it to him.  What will it take for Sam to get Laurel to let go of her fears and give them a chance at love? 

This is one of those stories where you just don't want to put the book down because you just need to know what happens next.  It is filled with excitement, passion and great chemistry between the characters.