Friday, February 24, 2017

SO RIGHT Blog Tour for Darcy Burke. Review, Excerpt & Giveaway for a Wonderful series!

Darcy Burke knows how to write stories that grab you by the heart...and push your  emotional buttons! SO RIGHT is book #2 of the Love On The Vine series. It is a spin-off to the Ribbon Ridge novels and features the Westcott Brothers. This is Luke Westcott's story.
     Luke isn't an alpha male. A self-admitted introvert and workaholic, he loves his vines and his alone time. He is an all around solid man, the kind his friends and family can rely on. Lately, he keeps running into Kelsey and starts rethinking his solitary way of life. 
     Kelsey is driven to working and saving after a bad relationship, so she gets where Luke is coming from. As tempted as she is interested in Luke, she is in no hurry for a relationship. They strike up a friendship, but she keeps sending Luke mix messages. It's a good thing that you can read her thought processes, otherwise she would be a wishy-washy woman, but Ms Burke's talented pen has you hoping that Kelsey can heal from her broken past. That doesn't mean that you don't want to shake her once in a while. She has a tendency to make Luke pay for the sins of her past. Luke proves that he is with her for the long haul, especially after an OMG moment near the end of the story. 
     SO RIGHT is another great addition to the series. I loved Kelsey's grandmother and it was nice spending time with the Westcott's and their friends, the Archers. Luke and Kelsey's story was an emotional roller coaster and I can't wait to see more in this heartfelt series.

 “I was thinking I might want to go to Oktoberfest after all. I’ll tag along with you, if you don’t mind.”
Luke didn’t immediately answer, and Kelsey held her breath. His brow furrowed slightly and he stared at her a moment. “Okay, that’s twice now I’ve asked you out and you’ve declined only to change your mind. Is this how you do things? Because it’s a bit demoralizing.”
Ouch. She deserved that. “No, it’s not how I do things. Honestly, I’m terribly out of practice. Forget I said anything. You should probably run in the other direction.”
He lightly touched her forearm and guided her toward the building. She realized someone needed to walk by, and they were sort of hogging the sidewalk.
His gaze was steady and warm as he looked at her. “I don’t want to run the other way. I want to take you to Oktoberfest. On a date. Just so we’re clear.”
A date. That sensation of wanting to fall into his eyes stole over her again. This time, she didn’t shrink away. “Okay.”
His lips curved into a handsome smile. “Okay. I’ll pick you up at six, if that works.”
Yep, that’s great. See you then.” Neither one of them moved for a moment. “I need to get back to work. My lunch is over.”
Oh. Well, I’ll walk with you since I’d planned to pick up lunch anyway.”
They crossed the street, and when they reached the other side, she turned to look at him. “You can meet my grandmother. She’s inside flirting with George.”
He grinned. “That sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to give George a hard time.”
She elbowed him as they approached the door. “Be nice. They’re very cute.”
I bet. I was only teasing. I’m happy for them both.”
He’s taking her to Oktoberfest on Saturday too.”
He opened the door for her. “Should we double date?”
God, no.” She slapped her hand over her mouth. “Well, that sounded terrible.” She laughed. “I only meant that I don’t want to intrude on them. But it was nice of you to offer.”
In all honesty, now that I finally get to take you on a date, I don’t really want to share you either.”

Meet Darcy:

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,
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About the Book:

Kelsey McDade realizes that her love life is one and done. Her last—and only—relationship left her broken and afraid and more than ready to be alone for the long haul. But sexy-charming vineyard manager Luke Westcott pushes all of her buttons in the right way and makes her wonder if she ought to try again.
In nearly twenty-eight years, Luke’s most successful romance has been with the outdoors. Currently single, he’s happy to pour all of his energy into his new winery until Kelsey provokes feelings he didn’t know he was capable of. He can envision their future together—if she’ll let down her guard.
When the ghost of Kelsey’s past causes her to slam on the brakes, Luke is ready to fight for her, even if it means sacrificing himself in the process. Convinced she’s only made wrong choices in the past, Kelsey must decide if Luke—and their love—is worth the greatest risk of all.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Club Thursday: February Reading Challenge 2/23/17

Hi Readers! The month is wrapping up and we BCT bloggers are featuring our monthly Reading Challenge. We have three lists to choose from-Easy, Tricky, and Super Tricky. 
     This month, I chose from the Tricky list. My pick fits in two challenges, so I lucked out. It's not always easy to find a book that fits. Read a book about a wedding & Read a book set in your home state. My pick is IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING by Julie James, set in Chicago, Illinois.
Read a book published before 2010
Read a book with a wedding 
Read a book published in the month (not year) you were born
Working Girls 
Read a book set in your home state
Read a book that includes nature on the cover 
Read a book with a cover that you really don’t like (ugly)
Read a book you once gave up on
Read a book with a clever title
Read a book that takes place in Winter
Read a book set during a Holiday
Read a book set in/around New Orleans
Read a book with a “Food” word in the title
Read a book that includes a food item on the cover
Read a book with a seasonal word in the title 

Julie James
Jove Publishing- May 2014


After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…


Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without… 

I needed a change of pace in my reading because the last few books I read were pretty angsty. When I was searching for possibilities in my challenge list, I knew I wanted to read something a little more fun and when I saw the cover of IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING, I knew my search was over. I loved this book from cover to cover. Though it is book #5 in the FBI/Lawyer series, it can easily be read as a stand alone.
     The story is a fun and breezy battle of the sexes between smart and successful Sydney, an investment banker, and gods gift to women aka FBI agent Vaughn. When he tries to pick her up in a coffee shop, she shoots him down leaving his ego a bit bruised. He's not used to women saying no. And Sydney is already gun-shy since suffering a recent broken engagement. Fate plays some wicked games sometimes and they meet again a half hour later when her younger sister and his younger brother tell them that they are getting married after knowing each other for just a couple of months. They both want Sydney and Vaughn to help out with their quick wedding plans. Yes, they are going to be seeing a lot of each other!
     I loved the sparks and banter between Sydney and Vaughn. The more time they spend together, the more the reader knows they belong together, even if they won't admit it. It was fun watching them fall, especially Vaughn. Sydney was his match and I loved her strength and wit. To me, it was a feel good story that had me snorting and laughing throughout the book. Julie James hit the right notes with me and I can't wait to catch up more with of this series.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Club Thursday: COVER TALK 2/16/17

Hi Reader's! Welcome to this week's Book Club Thursday. This week, we are having our new COVER TALK feature. We thought we would have a little fun with covers.

     Covers are the first thing you see about a book and  gives you  the initial impression of what's between the covers. Some grab you right away. It might be cute, homey and comforting, or eye-catchingly beautiful. Some have a hunky hero or a kick-ass heroine adorning them. Some are so-so and some don't fit the description of the book at all. And then there are some which give a glimpse of the genre of the book without saying a word. That cover with a bloody knife and a black rose is most likely not a secret baby romance.
     So we at BCT thought we would have some fun with covers this week. First off, Ann, Cyndi and I will each post a picture of a book, but it will not reveal the title or author. 
     Can you guess the book?
     Now when I post my picture, you will find out the book, author and links, but not here on my blog. Ann @ Romancing the Readers will reveal my info there on her blog, just like I will reveal Cyndi's cover info here at The Many Faces of Romance. Cyndi @ Born to Read Books will have Ann's selection. Sort of a Round Robin of Book Covers.
     I hope you have fun guessing each book. And don't forget to tell us what you think of this feature!

First off- My Cover Pic:

Can You Guess the Title or Author?

Cover Reveal for Born to Read Books:


Shanna by Kathleen E Woodiwiss


Sadly, the author passed away in 2007 but her books are still available in a variety of formats and there are still sites to learn about her and her books.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Great Price! Sale Blitz:IN A RANGER'S ARMS by Donna Michaels February 13th, 2017

No amount of training could’ve prepared him for her.

The Men of At Ease Ranch #1
Donna Michaels
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No amount of training could’ve prepared him for her.

Former Army Ranger Stone Mitchum doesn’t have time for relationships, let alone a one-night stand. He’s too busy running a ranch that helps transition veterans back into society. But when his curvy new tenant falls into his arms, his libido snaps to attention.

Jovy Larson has four weeks to prove she’s worthy of taking over the family business. She’s up for whatever ridiculous task they throw at her, but selling vegan food to a bunch of cowboys in cattle country, Texas? Not half as tough as fighting her attraction to her sexy, surly landlord.

Good thing she’s stubborn. Then again, so is he…

Donna Michaels is an award winning, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. Her hot, humorous, and heartwarming stories include cowboys, men in uniform, and some sexy, primal alphas. With a husband in the military fulltime, and a household of nine, she never runs out of material to write, and has rightfully earned the nickname Lucy…and sometimes Ethel. From short to epic, her books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres, and one has even being hand drawn into a Japanese translation. Now, if only she could read it.