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Zoe Westin may
be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of
Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect
way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life
and limb. But when she's saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community
service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.
thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s
not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the
stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who's not only his boss, but his mentor.
Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges
her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will
falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?
Kimberly Kincaidwrites contemporary romance that splits the
difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting crosslegged in an
ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing
obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her
kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden
Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She
resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three
Kimberly is releasing JUST ONE TASTE, A Pine
Mountain Novella on May 26th, 2015. Kensington Books is offering a
fun exclusive deleted scene to anyone who pre-orders the novella! Just sign up here, http://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/justonetaste/, and you will be emailed the deleted scene
from JUST ONE TASTE!
Jesse Oliver was a
medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears
as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old
Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters,
Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return
favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other
side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off
Kat McMarrin has
fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of
course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even
if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his
sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper
projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her
instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
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From bestselling author Christina Dodd comes The Listener, a novella of mystery and intrigue in which misfit and computer security expert Cornelia Markum hacks into a text conversation between unidentified Virtue Falls residents … and realizes she’s stumbled into a murder plot.
EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY BESTSELLING AUTHORS: Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
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"It is a proud privilege to be a soldier." —George S. Patton Jr. "We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us." —Winston Churchill
Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot
William may be home, but the pro baseball
player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep
him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step—and
Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.
still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for
Rylan’s two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas
should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it’s Atlas who won’t
budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One
more strike and she’s calling the dog out—unless she and Rylan admit that the
attraction they’re feeling is a game-winning grand slam…
What happens when Author Kate Angell blends her Barefoot William series with her Richmond Rogues series? You get NOONE LIKE YOU, an engaging romance with fun characters and a scene stealing Great Dane named Atlas. Rylan Cates was only looking for a temporary P. A. when he hired Beth Avery to help him get organized with his life. Beth was looking for a new start in another town after a failed event hurt her career as an event planner. Thanks to a matchmaker named Atlas, the two find themselves together a lot as Beth gets Ry's home, pets, friends and finally his heart where it needs to be.
This little gem is fun and light-hearted with wonderful characters, humor and charm. This is a perfect romance to read on a sunny summers day. Do yourself a favor and add it to your TBR list.
She left Rylan standing on the crosswalk, not
daring to turn around to see if he was watching her. She was already so
embarrassed, she didn’t want to mess this up, too. No doubt he was observing
her every move. His judging her did not sit well. People in her past had taken
her to task, and she’d not enjoyed the criticism.
Jogging, she caught up with Atlas and Rue. Ry
trailed behind them in the McLaren. Apparently he didn’t trust her to cover the
three blocks alone. Not that she blamed him. What dog owner wanted to see his
animals sprawled out and asleep on the asphalt? It was not a pretty sight.
Rylan’s two-story cottage sat west of Center Street on Manatee Way. The heavily
wooded lot provided him privacy. Only hints of gray paint and white shutters
could be seen through the trees.
Slowing to catch her breath, Beth followed the lime
rock driveway that wound between tall hedges. She pulled in her gut and kept
going. She was determined Atlas and company weren’t going to get the better of her.
The problem was, they knew the terrain, and she did not.
She nearly turned her ankle on a loose stone in her
attempt to keep up with the lead dogs. She winced, wanting to stop and rub her
foot, but they had picked up the pace and were headed for their water bowls
aligned in a row on the porch. The dachshunds squirmed in her arms, wanting
down. Once on the ground, they scrambled up the steps.
Tires crunched on the driveway behind her, and she
heard Coldplay on Ry’s car radio before the engine cut off. Exhaling, she
pushed back the hair falling into her eyes and straightened her top. She barely
had time to adjust her shorts before Rylan joined her at the front of the
house. He looked down at her. She tried not to notice that his light eyes
looked tired and he hadn’t shaved this morning. He seemed to have a lot on his
mind. Perhaps the man needed an assistant more than she’d realized. She hoped
it would be her.
“You made it back okay,” he said.
She nodded. “Just in time to—”
Be slobbered on. Oh, no. Atlas had
drunk deeply, then jumped off the porch, coming straight to her. He wiped his
muzzle on her denim hip. She was his towel. Drool spread from her crotch to her
thigh. She flinched.
“Sorry about that,” Rylan apologized as he tugged
off his T-shirt. “Let me dry you off.”
“No, I’m fine—”
He touched her. She should’ve remained wet. His
hands were large and rough; the fabric of his shirt soft from wear. His bare
chest brushed her breast as he bent toward her hip. The warmth of his breath
blew across her belly. His rubdown was fast, thorough, and disturbingly
intimate. He didn’t seem affected, but she nearly came out of her skin. Goose
She waved him off. “I’m okay, really,” she managed
and moved away from him, only to walk into Atlas. The Dane still invaded her
Rylan smiled, appearing relieved. “He likes you.”
She found that hard to believe. “He wiped his face
“He’s playing with you.”
“Then why am I not having fun?”
“You’ll get used to him.”
His words gave her pause. He would have to hire her
for that to happen. She wasn’t sure she could live with a dog the size of a
pony and the stubbornness of a mule.
“I’m not certain this job is for me.” She was being
honest with him and herself, even if it meant the interview ended right there.
Being broke was no longer an option. She hated to let the job go, but she
didn’t want to get in over her head. Been there. Done that. Her past hadn’t
played out well.
Her hesitancy had Rylan narrowing his eyes. He did
the unexpected. Throwing back his head, he released his inner beast. He howled.
The sound cued the dogs to do the same. They howled so loudly, Beth covered her
“What are you doing?” she asked once the racket
“We’re talking you into staying.”
She shook her head. “You’re crazy.”
“I’m also smart, practical, and tend to be too
serious, according to my family,” he told her. “I’m an animal lover and a
Decent ballplayer? She’d Googled him
before she applied for the job. Statistics showed he ranked among the best. He
was a gifted athlete.
She needed to come clean with him. “I lied on my
résumé,” she confessed. She figured her admission would put him off.
“I know,” he surprised her by saying. “I checked
your previous employers and references. If you worked where you said you did,
you were invisible.”
“Why did you let me slide?” she asked, confused.
He shrugged. “I’m honestly not sure. I trust my
dogs’ instincts. Atlas is an excellent judge of character. He wouldn’t let
anyone in the cottage who didn’t belong. He joined you on the sofa during your
first interview and you didn’t freak out. I had one applicant leave the house
“He is rather large.”
“Large, but harmless,” Ry assured her. “He’s still
growing. He’s just two years old.”
Still growing. Her heart nearly
“The job is only for eight weeks. It starts a week
before spring training and ends a week after,” he reminded her. “I have a
permanent assistant in Richmond. She’s just
gotten married. I gave her time off for an extended honeymoon in Cancun.”
The timing is ideal, Beth thought.
Free of her previous obligations, she didn’t want to stay in one place too
long. She had a lot of country to explore. She wanted to lose herself in her
travels. Returning home was not an option. She wouldn’t be missed.
“It’s a busy time for me,” Rylan continued. “I’ll
have personal and professional obligations. I’ll need someone to keep me on
Beth swallowed hard. Some days she lived chaos, all
on her own. Could she keep his life and her own running smooth? That was to be
seen. Organization could be challenging.
To her surprise, he took her silence as holding out
for more money. “You’ll receive a salary and a household budget. You’ll have a
business credit card for emergencies. Should you come up short for any reason,
just let me know.”
The man was trusting. Perhaps overly so. She didn’t
want to disappoint him. She quickly gave the job a final assessment. The pay
was enticing—she’d make more money in eight weeks than she had made the
previous year. The cash cushion would be nice—she could take a short vacation
once she left town. She wouldn’t be forced to immediately seek another
She had one final question for him before she
“You had far more qualified applicants. I couldn’t
be your first choice. So why me, Rylan? Besides the fact your dog likes me.”
Because I’m not attracted to
you. He didn’t admit that to Beth; he didn’t want to hurt her feelings.
Plain and simply put, she wasn’t his type. He
didn’t have a lot of time to date, but when he did, he favored tall, slender,
savvy blondes. The two other women he’d interviewed had turned him on. He
didn’t need the distraction or the erection. No work would’ve gotten done.
Beth Avery had quirky written all over
her. Her brown hair was curly and unruly. The tip of her nose turned up
slightly. She pursed her lips a lot. She had a chin dimple. She couldn’t be
more than five foot two.
Her style in clothes was mismatched. She’d shown up
to her first interview wearing a lavender prairie flower print top, a flowing
ankle-length green skirt, and white cowgirl boots with silver scrolling. Peace
sign earrings had dangled from her ears, and a crocheted and beaded bracelet
had wrapped her wrist.
Her amazing eyes had gotten her a second interview.
Rain cast in color, the blue-gray reminded him of the Gulf of Mexico before a summer
storm. He’d noticed that the hue changed with her mood. Blue dominated when she
was relaxed. Gray indicated her frustration. Atlas had aggravated her greatly.
Her eyes had turned gunmetal gray.
Ry was polite when he informed her, “I’m going on
gut instinct alone in hiring you,” he admitted. “You seem nice, have an ability
to adapt, and if you screw up, Atlas will let me know.”
“Atlas looks like a tattletale,” she agreed with a
glance in the dog’s direction.
“I need someone immediately,” he added. “You’re
standing before me. The job is yours if you want it.”
Hi Readers. I love suspense stories, don't you? Here is a quick look at one of the books I will be reviewing soon: CURVEBALL by Teresa Michaels. It's Book 1 in a brand new series. I hope you will join me next week, Wednesday May 27th when I post the review.
What's In The Book:
Breanne Sullivan’s world has been turned upside down. In the midst of an investigation surrounding her husband, Breanne returns to the corporate world she left years ago to raise her children. Now, a required business trip places her on Innovation Airways’ maiden flight sitting next to pitching sensation and self-proclaimed bachelor, Drew Scott.
Drew is charismatic, devastatingly handsome and has never encountered a woman he couldn’t have. That is, until he meets Breanne, whose attempts to deny the intense attraction they share only fuels Drew’s determination not to take no for an answer. But when the flight veers off-course and an unfathomable sequence of events forces them to rely on each other in a race for their lives, intentions quickly change. High-tech travel turns into a game of survival that invites temptation and threatens to push their desires over the edge.
He’s a tempting distraction she has to resist. She’s an unexpected challenge he’s determined to have at least once. The question is, if she gives in will he be able to let her go?