Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

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I have a serious girl crush on Quinn Davis. She’s a mechanic, owns a cool horse, and has a tendency to say whatever is on her mind, often resulting in hilarious conversations. Though one thing she never really told anybody is how much Tate broke her heart.

Seeing her one true love back in town, is a shock to her system. All those past emotions come bubbling back up, and having Tate so close again is scaring the bejesus out of Quinn.

Leaving Quinn was the worst thing Tate ever did, and I truly get why he did it (families can suck!). I loved that he came back for her. The love he still had for Quinn just radiated of him, and winning her back is all he ever wanted.

Seeing these two lovers get a new chance at happily ever was charming to read. I felt the connection between Tate and Quinn off the pages. From the first flash back you’re just rooting for these two to get back together. Quinn’s sass, with Tate’s determination makes for some very fun, and interesting scenes. A cowboy romance to make your heart melt.

3 stars

Coming Home – Reading order and purchase links

Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan  Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan  Cowboy Up (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan

Lost Rider (my review)

Kiss My Boots

Cowboy Up (December 2017)

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Trust by Kylie Scott

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

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“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”

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They say that people who’ve gone through a traumatic event together, form a special bond. This is definitely the case for Edie and John. Being held at gunpoint is life altering. Edie’s life no longer feels her own. Her private school is even worse than before, the relationship with her best friend doesn’t feel the same, that overall feeling that no one can relate to you.

All except John. The boy who saved her. Who everyone else still sees as a drug dealing troublemaker, but to Edie he’s her hero. When Edie transfers to public school, she runs into him again, and an unlikely friendship forms.

Edie is desperate to feel alive, do the things she always shied away from. Gone is the nice, good girl, and the spiral goes downwards. Meanwhile for John, the robbery was a wake-up call. Trying to get his life on the right track, he has to fight all the prejudice, proof that he means business.

As their friendship evolves, John actually becomes the good influence Edie needs at that moment. They can confide in each other about what happened, how it makes them feel, and the daily life they struggle with. I very much-loved how Kylie Scott didn’t rush the romance. These are two teenagers trying to navigate a very difficult situation. We get to see that connection form, and grow over time.

Trust was excellent written, and Edie and John were fascinating characters. Impossible to put down, this story deals with a lot of teenage issues such as bullying, self-image, stereotypes, fighting prejudice… From the first chapter you get dragged into the story, and it holds you in its clutch way passed the last page. Trust is a young adult novel I will be rereading a lot.

4 stars

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A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING…

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.

Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.

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Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen is another sweet m/m story, where two main characters have to overcome some outside hate to find their happily ever after.

When Axel and Cax got outed by a priest when they were teenagers, their parents had quite a different reaction. Axel’s mom didn’t care, as long as he was happy. Cax’s dad was not accepting it. So much in fact that he made the family move, and the two guys never saw each other again. Until now.

Axel’s new job puts him at the same college where Cax works. While Axel has been able to live a normal life, exploring his sexuality and all that, Cax has been very much in the closet. Like Narnia deep into the closet. Though now that Axel is back, right in front of him, the pretend becomes more and more difficult to keep up.

The pull between Cax and Axel is inevitable, but overcoming the terror of Cax’s dad is quite the hurdle. Though I pleasantly believe in love conquers all.

I enjoyed getting to know these two new characters, and loved their dynamic. Hello Forever is a fast paced love story, with plenty of sexy times, and enough depth to keep things interesting. Fans of the m/m genre will definitely love this one.

3.5 stars

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Review- Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye #1) by Sarina Bowen  Hello Forever sarina bowen

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Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

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Paintbrush is Hannah Bucchin’s debut novel, and I loved it. A charming coming of age story, with colourful characters, realistic drama, hopeful dreams, and gives you that feel good vibe.

Mitchell and Josie both grew up in the same commune, but couldn’t be more different. While Mitchell can’t wait to leave the place, Josie thrives in the community. Besides driving to and from school together, you wouldn’t even really call them friends. Though after a major revelation by Mitchell’s mom, his world is turned upside down.

Graduation is almost here, and meanwhile Josie and Mitchell grow closer than ever before. Big decisions need to be made, feelings are involved, colourful secondary characters to keep you on your toes, and Paintbrush Community Village becomes one fascinating place to be.

Paintbrush is a perfect young adult summer read. Two great main characters, real issues, wonderfully written, inspiring message…what more could you need.

3.5 stars

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Review & Excerpt- The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young

I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

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“Headmaster Vanderbilt would like to introduce himself.”

Headmaster Vanderbilt turned out to be a guy probably only five years or so older than Theo. I expected someone stuffy, pretentious and more than a little condescending, but Headmaster Vanderbilt—a tall, reed-thin man who wore a tiny pair of rimless glasses perched on his big Roman nose—was warm and welcoming.

His welcome, in fact, would be the warmest I’d receive that day.

My first class was Microeconomics and to my horror Eloise, Finn and their whole crew took the class. I hadn’t been expecting to see them all together in one class and while the teacher introduced me I had to quickly put my mask of indifference on.

Eloise didn’t acknowledge my presence as I took a seat on the other side of the classroom. My eyes drifted to Finn but he was staring at the teacher, almost too studiously, like he was trying to avoid my gaze. I shook that suspicion off, knowing Finn thought he was superior to me—I probably wasn’t even on his radar.

Not that I cared if I was on his radar or not.

My Microeconomics teacher was pretty cool and I got through the class not feeling totally out of my depth. I considered that a positive for the day.

Fiction Writing was next and Charlotte was in my class. When I walked in, her eyes lit up and I thought I detected the beginnings of a smile before a thought passed over her expression. Her shoulders slumped, and she looked like she wanted to blend into the background.

I decided to ignore her weirdness and waved at her as the teacher approached to introduce herself. The teacher saw my exchange with Charlotte and insisted I sit with her.

“Hey,” I said as I took the seat beside her.

Charlotte gave me a half smile, half grimace. “Hi.”

“Don’t worry, I won’t cheat off you.”

Her answer was a tremulous smile.

Encouraged, I nodded at her violet dress. “That color looks awesome on you.”

Appearing almost taken aback, Charlotte glanced down at the dress and ran her fingertips over it. “Really? Bryce said it washed me out. She said I look trash in it.”

Of course she did. I got more than a few mean girl vibes off that girl. “Well, she’s wrong. It’s really cute.”

“Thanks.” Charlotte gave me a shy smile before wariness replaced it and she turned determinedly to face the front.

Her body language told me not to push talking to her, but I felt hope.

Smiling inwardly, I faced forward, too, and listened to the teacher as she started class.

Two classes passed and I already had more homework than I’d ever had back at Fair Oaks High. I wasn’t freaking out about it just yet, considering I had no friends and no extracurricular activities to distract me from all the schoolwork, but once I did I’d have to find a way to juggle it all.

As I was walking toward my next class I noticed the glances and full-on stares from my new schoolmates. Their looks varied from curious to sneering and I felt a tingle of wariness across the back of my neck. Turning a corner on my search for my Modern European History class, I came face-to-face with my stepsister-to-be and her girls. They sashayed down the hall like an ad for a TV show about beautiful popular high school kids, long hair fluttering out behind them like silk, long trim legs on display in their designer dresses and elongated by their Jimmy Choo sandals.

Eloise saw me, looked right through me and kept on walking without a word.

My skin felt hot with embarrassment at her obvious cut.

I watched her disappear around the corner with her best friends before looking around the hallway. That’s when I realized I hadn’t been imagining the sneers of my classmates.

A sick feeling settled in my gut as I wondered what the hell was going on.

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You see that cover, you read that blurb, and you think: love triangle! At least that’s what I thought, and luckily I could not be more wrong. India, Finn, and Eloise’s situation is *dramatic pause* complicated.

Without giving anything away I can say that the story, and mostly the secrets will captivate you. Three young teenagers who are all hiding something. Though secrets do have the tendency to reveal themselves, and it’s so much fun trying to figure out what they are.

Lifestyle of the rich isn’t nearly as glamorous as you might think, and growing up in that environment can be quite toxic. Enter India, a girl from the other side of the track, and things are definitely becoming a lot more interesting.

Mostly I loved the friendship between the characters. The depth and intricacy of the story, and characters was wonderfully written. Strong teenagers, trying to find their place in the world, brilliantly written, and captivating from beginning to end. The Impossible Vastness Of Us is a young adult novel recommended for young and old(er).

4 stars

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Review- Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

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I feel Until It Fades and He Will Be My Ruin couldn’t be more opposites. From mystery thriller to romance, quite a change-up again for K.A. Tucker, though I love that she pushes herself. Until It Fades is actually super sweet, though it wouldn’t be a K.A. Tucker novel if there weren’t some big secrets that keep you on your toes.

Most people wouldn’t mind their fifteen minutes of fame, definitely if it puts them into a positive spotlight. Though I completely understand why Catherine shuns that attention. While glad she could help someone for once, the aftermath she could have done without.

Though when hunky hockey icon Brett Madden gives you his attention, it’s hard to deny. Mixed feelings, his persistence, her past, more secrets, meddling family, it all keeps you severely invested in Until It Fades. The whole time you’ll be rooting for Brett and Catherine, she deserves that happiness. Meanwhile the secrets, and drama keeps you flipping the pages.

4 stars

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting… until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

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Though Blake will always be my favourite, Matt Eriksson is highly delectable. If you need a reminder: super hot hockey player, great dad, animal lover, and one surprising dirty mouth.

So it’s no surprise he’s Hailey’s favourite player. One could even say she has a little crush on the guy. I loved seeing how flustered she got the first couple of times she meets Matt. This normally strong, focused, professional woman, becomes a mess around him.

Matt has a little more game than Hailey, and deems himself very lucky she likes him so much. A blossoming romance, with some dirty bedroom or other rooms action, and low on the drama scale, this is my kind of book.

Though to be fair, Matt’s ex-wife needs an attitude adjustment. While there are the troubles of every relationship, though magnified by their busy schedule, I loved every interaction between Matt and Hailey. Their relationship feels very natural, with plenty of funny, adorable, and hot moments.

Another hit for Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. We get a hint on the next story, and I can’t wait! Stay was excellent written, wonderful characters, and a pleasure to read.

4 stars

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Review & Excerpt- Too Close to Call (Romancing the Clarksons #3.5) by Tessa Bailey

All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage.

None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Sutton, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring.

Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring.

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“Bree.” Her blood snapped with electricity at the sound of her name, said in that low drawl. Kyler stepped to the forefront of the crowd. The green eyes that still graced her dreams zeroed in, raking over her like they couldn’t help it.

Heaven above, four years looked incredible on him. Extra inches had been added everywhere. His height. The athletic breadth of his shoulders. The corded biceps that tested the stitching of his T-shirt sleeves. Even his thighs, which were wrapped up in faded denim, were exploding with muscle; thighs she’d spent a good portion of her youth perched on since Kyler never allowed her to sit anywhere but his lap, no matter where they were or whether it was appropriate. “Hello.”

“Hello,” she whispered. “You’re in town.”

His slow nod was so familiar a ripple moved through her. “Here for the week. Can I get you that coffee?”

“No.” She flushed over her own abruptness. “I meant to say, I can’t stay. I’m going to be late for an appointment.”

“Fine. I’ll walk you out.”

His expression dared her to say no. Challenged her. And for the first time since Kyler left, sexual awareness danced in her middle, sending a swift tremble down the length of her legs. Because her body hadn’t forgotten what often lay on the other side of those challenges. “Fine,” she breathed. “Suit yourself.”

For all his sexual energy, Kyler was a gentleman, straight down to the soles of his feet. So Bree wasn’t one bit surprised when his long gait ate up the distance between them. He reached over her head to push open the glass door, sending his scent crashing into her senses, the combination so familiar, Bree’s nipples tightened until she winced. Grassy fields and Nautica Blue aftershave.

Their gazes clashed, but Bree couldn’t decide if he’d worn the scent on purpose. His steady eyes gave nothing away. Before hers could betray her curiosity, Bree turned and passed through the door Kyler held open. And hell if it wasn’t the longest walk in history, his presence behind her looming larger than a mountain. Every eyeball in the diner was sure to be on them and the attention made Bree twitchy, her fingers yanking on the strings of her hoodie.

She needed to get this reunion over with as soon as possible. Being around Kyler would only make her wonder what might have been. That kind of thinking was pointless. Destructive.

Back in high school, the writing had been on the wall when it came to Kyler. Everyone knew he’d been destined for greatness. That he would shake off Bloomfield and put his name in the history books. She’d been selfish to stay with him for so long, absorbing his love and attention, all the while knowing she’d wave good-bye to him someday. The decision was a painful one, but it had been made and now she would stick to it.

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Too Close To Call stands separate from the Clarksons family. Though Kyler might be familiar for the fans of the series.

This very talented man just got drafted in the NFL. Upon accepting his jersey, Kyler realises someone very important is missing.

Middle school sweethearts until Bree dumped him after graduation, Kyler has not moved on one bit. Too hurt, and too angry back then to fight for her. Now he’s back in town, and won’t leave without Bree.

Bree loved Kyler. Breaking up with him, she believed was the best for him. Though neither has been truly happy in the last four years.

It was so much fun to see Kyler trying to win Bree back. The love between them was still so clear to see. The sexual tension, and chemistry was off the charts. I loved the connection Kyler and Bree have, the history they share, and their unwavering devotion.

A sweet second chance romance novella, with some pleasantly surprising steamy scenes. A true love connection between two characters that makes you believe in fairy tale romances and happily ever after.

3.5 stars

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Review- Hearts on Air (Hearts #6) by L.H. Cosway

3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.

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Ever since Trevor was introduced in Hearts Of Blue I’ve been wanting his story. I love his energy, the randomness that comes out of his mouth, and his loyalty.

And Reya, oh how I felt for her whenever Trev was after some new girl, or made some casual remark not realising her feelings.

Though luckily he finally saw the light, then screwed it all up. A bit more grown up, and self-knowledge, he’s ready for a second chance.

Reya doesn’t know if she’s ready to spend three weeks on the road with Trev. Which you know, it’s a bit silly, when it’s so clear to everyone that she still loves him, and he is also still very much in love with her.

On the one hand I really wanted to yell “Just kiss, and make up.” On the other hand I’m glad they didn’t. This gave us the opportunity to get to know the characters better, discover their issues, and therefore root even more for a happy ending.

I’m so happy with Hearts On Air. Reya is amazing. Trev can consider himself a lucky guy with a girl like that. Trev’s teasing is a highlight for me. He’s a great guy, not perfect, but it’s impossible for me not to adore him.

Hearts On Air can be read as a standalone, though we’re getting more stories after this one. A story I’ve wanted for two years, and it was everything I could ever want. L.H. Cosway writes amazingly wonderful stories. Her characters are fascinating, and I’ll keep reading whatever she writes! I love it all.

4.5 stars

Hearts – Reading order and purchase links

*All books can be read as a standalone*

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King Of HeartsAmazon US – Amazon UK

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Review- One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManu

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was hooked. Kid dies during detention, four witnesses, and a whole lot of secrets. What a page turner.

Once again I’m so glad I went to high school before smartphones were invented, and most social media didn’t exist yet. Teenagers are brutal.

While most kids admit they didn’t like Simon, killing him is obvious a step too far. Author of the school’s gossip app, Simon has plenty of enemies. Though it’s the last four whose secrets he hadn’t revealed yet, who stood to lose the most.

Each has his or her secret. Some more shocking than others, though all equally life changing.

The police is relentless, and the suspects keep claiming their innocence. The media is on their case as well, though none are as harsh as their peers.

Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy set out to find the real culprit. Honestly it’s sad when teens can do a better job than the professionals.

I loved how we’re kept guessing ’till the end. False leads, suspicious secondary characters, and the final reveal is awesome. I mean tragic, ’cause a kid died, but masterfully set up.

On Of Us Is Lying is a thrill ride, taking teenage drama, and angst to a whole new level. I loved every second of it. Impossible to put down!

4.5 stars

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Roommates with Benefits by Nicole Williams

Soren Decker. He’s the epitome of the “bad boy, good man” persona. The best of both worlds. The worst of them too. He’s the type of guy most girls wouldn’t mind sharing a confined space with, except my new roommate isn’t all swagger and chiseled abs.

He’s bossy. Messy. Cocky. Infuriating. Doesn’t believe in personal space. Has no qualms about roaming the apartment with a loincloth-sized towel cinched around his waist. Seems under the delusion he’s my personal protector (refer back to infuriating). He plays college baseball and holds down a part-time job—I don’t know where he finds the time to get on my nerves.

We have nothing in common . . . except our attraction to one another. And in six hundred square feet of shared space, the tension only has so much room to grow before one of us gives in to temptation. But really, what chance do a couple of young kids chasing their dreams in the big city have of making it?

Since Soren claims I know squat about sports (he might have a semi-point), here’s a stat for him—one in a million. That’s our odds.

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If Hayden and Soren weren’t so down to earth, and awesome, I could totally hate them. Hayden is an upcoming supermodel, quickly becoming a big name. While Soren is one game away from being a professional baseball player.

Though currently still living in a crappy studio apartment. The attraction is there from the beginning, but still I loved the gradual pace between them. From roommates to friends, to…

Honestly Soren is a hoot. His humor is on point, and I love his romantic streak. He’s a hard worker, a family man, and has a natural charm about him that’s irresistible.

Hayden’s life is going exactly as she wants, and as they say “she’s going places.” Though she never gets a big ego, and has a joy for life that’s likeable.

The natural flow between Hayden and Soren makes you almost miss what is going on. There is no high drama, but realistic issues, and believable love.

I recommend Roommates With Benefits to anyone looking for a swooning romance, with likeable characters, and wanting a HAE in New York.

3.5 stars

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Review- Twenty-Two (Assassins #11.5) by Toni Aleo

When Lucas Brooks was traded to the Nashville Assassins over a decade ago, he was a brash, brawling hothead without an anchor.

Well, four kids and a smokin’ hot wife will weigh you down real fast, but Lucas wouldn’t change a minute of his happily ever after.

During an epic, end-of-season quest for the Cup, changes appear on the horizon, and suddenly, there’s a plot twist in Lucas’s fairy tale.

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Fallon held a half-eaten snow cone in one hand and her phone in the other with one earbud in as she watched Aiden rush down the ice, the puck under his control. He caught the defense on a change, somewhat of a breakaway, before he shot the puck hard toward the net, hitting the back of it with ease.

“Woot!” Audrey called from beside her.

“Yes!” Fallon fist-pumped as the girls stood by the glass, bouncing up and down in their way too big Brooks jerseys. Looking over to Asher, who was on his computer, she said, “Your brother scored.”

“Attaboy!” he called out, but he didn’t look up, which only made Fallon shake her head as she watched Aiden hug his teammates. “What’s the score on Daddy’s game?”

“Two-zip, Assassins,” she said as she waved her hand in the air when Aiden looked up at her, like he always did. Like he always had, and a part of her was excited about his future. But the other part just made her heart ache. When he was in college, would he be able to see her?

And in the NHL? Crap, she knew he wouldn’t be able to see her then.

“This is game four, right? They win, they go to round three?”

“Yes, baby. Emery! Get off there! Come eat this snow cone. It’s melting.”

Emery continued to climb on the rail of the bleachers as she looked up. “I don’t want it.”

“Then come get it and throw it away.”

She pouted. “I don’t want to.”

“Emery Elaine,” Fallon warned. “Get over here. Right now.”

“I want my daddy!”

“That’s new,” Audrey commented as Emery stomped up the stairs, her little brow

furrowed.

“That’s Emery, who has stayed close to her dad every moment he’s been home,” she muttered as Emery stopped in front of her. “Do you want that tail wore out?”

“No, ma’am.”

“Then what do you need to do?”

“Throw away the snow cone and watch my mouth?”

“Exactly,” she said, handing the snow cone to her trying child before looking down at her phone to see that the Assassins were on the penalty kill. They were probably playing the best hockey she had seen them play in her many years of supporting and loving the team. She was excited, but her gut was in a knot, not only for the Assassins but also for Aiden. Because across the rink, she could see the Bellevue representatives, watching her little boy with intent.

“Aiden is playing great,” Audrey said then, and Fallon nodded.

“I know, the best he’s ever played. Just like the Assassins.”

Audrey beamed. “We’ll close out tonight and then get a nice break before round three.

They need it.”

“They do.” Looking down at her phone, Fallon watched as the second period ended, and she let out a long sigh. One more period. Twenty more minutes, and if the Assassins could hold the Hawks, they’d move on to round three. She couldn’t believe it. This would be the first time the Assassins had swept anyone in the play-offs, and according to Facebook, Elli was coming out of her skin.

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

It seems ages since we’ve read anything about Lucas and Fallon, so I’m pleasantly surprised with this novella. Lucas has become the oldie of the Assassins. While still an excellent player, he’s getting up there in age (relatively), and he doesn’t remember the last his body didn’t ache.

Still, hockey is his life, and the Cup is so close he can pretty much taste it. Meanwhile life around is not standing still. I don’t know when it happened, but Aiden has become a young man, ready to explore his college, and more professional hockey options. Let’s just say, I’m really looking forward to his story.

The one person who might have the most trouble with all the changes is Fallon. Aiden growing up so fast, the insecurity around Lucas, and the other hellions keeping her on her toes. Though she supports them to her best abilities, and I love that about her.

Twenty-Two is definitely a novella for the Assassins fans. A quick check in, in the lives of the Brooks family, and filled with little hints, I feel, for the next generations books. I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with Lucas, Fallon, and Aiden.

3.5 stars

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Taking ShotsAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Trying To ScoreAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Empty NetAmazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Falling For The BackupAmazon US – Amazon UK

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4 & Counting (FREE)

Blue LinesMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK – Book Depository

Breaking AwayMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

Laces & LaceMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

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A Very Merry Hockey HolidayMy review – Amazon US ($0.99) – Amazon UK (£0.99)

Wanting To ForgetAmazon US ($0.99) – Amazon UK (£0.99)

OvertimeMy review – Amazon US – Amazon UK

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A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

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Finally we get to see behind the ice queen’s walls, and understand why Lauren is so standoffish when it comes to these hockey players. Turns out, once upon a time she was rather close with them, one in particular.

Mike and Lauren, it seemed meant to be. Until Mike screwed it all up. I can understand, for the most part, why he did what he did. Though I do not agree with the way he did it. Now that these two are running into each other a lot more, Mike sees it as his chance for redemption.

I love how Lauren makes him grovel. Mike needs to put in the work, to get back into Lauren’s good graces. Honestly he’s good at that. He truly wants things to work out between them, and isn’t afraid to do go for it. It’s not an easy road, as the emotions still run high, not the mention a tween daughter to consider.

Pipe Dreams was a great addition to the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I’m glad we got to know Lauren, and Mike better. A nice sports romance novel, that was funny, sweet, sexy, and low on drama llamas (except for the tween, tween drama doesn’t count.)

3.5 stars

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Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons #3) by Tessa Bailey

This time, she’s calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

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“I don’t know, Peggy.” He whirled on her, closing in until she was forced back onto the desk. “I had an All-American on my squad this morning and now I don’t. That’s all I know.” He pointed a finger toward the window. “I solve problems down on the field. Saving people isn’t my job.”

Saving people. God, there was such a wealth of regret and pain in those two words. But he couldn’t hear it and she couldn’t address it. Letting him know she saw right through his façade to the hurt beneath might force Elliott to close himself off. “You didn’t always limit yourself. Why are you doing it now?”

“Accepting things that can’t be changed isn’t a limitation. It’s realistic.”

“But how will you know if something can’t be changed unless you try?”

“When it comes to certain things, Peggy, trying leads to losing.” He was in her face now, the mint from his toothpaste familiar and inviting where it slid over her lips. “And I don’t lose.”

No one ever stood up this man but her, and she wouldn’t be cowed now. “No? You’re out a receiver.” She hitched herself up on his desk. “I’d call that a loss.”

The tips of his shoes met Peggy’s, his hands gripping the furniture on either side of her hips. “Who do you think you are, little girl? Coming into my office and telling me what I’ve done wrong?” His eyes were brilliant in their vexation, the attraction he was trying so hard to fight. “Where do you get the goddamn bravery?”

“The bravery is what you liked best about me,” she breathed, heat sizzling in a downward V toward her thighs. “Isn’t it?”

“No. That bravery is what almost led to my downfall.” His hands found her bottom, jerking her to the edge of the desk. “I resented it. Still do.”

“Liar,” Peggy whispered, easing her thighs wider. “You’re dying for an excuse to head for another downfall.” When her legs were as open as she could spread them, she leaned up to Elliott’s ear and let her breath shake loose. “One thrust.”

Elliott’s right hand came up out of nowhere, molding over Peggy’s mouth as his hips crowded into the notch of her legs. With a quick maneuver to recline her halfway back, Elliott’s erection found the apex of her thighs, delivering an aggressive pump against her underwear that sent a scream climbing up Peggy’s throat, only to be trapped by his hand. Knees jerking up out of reflex over the rush of sensation, an orgasm almost—almost— broke past the surface, sending her waters rippling out on all sides. Her legs wanted to hug Elliott’s waist, her voice wanted to beg for one more, one more, one more, but he shook his head, denying her, even though his gaze was hot, a low groan issuing from his harshly masculine mouth.

He leaned in and nipped the lobe of her ear. “Next time, ask for two.”

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Yes, I have found my favourite book in this series. I was very curious about the woman with the four broken engagements. What type of guy would hold her back from committing.

Then you meet Elliott, and it all makes sense. While a forbidden romance, because she was a student back then, it has always been more. Though things were complicated.

Elliott is a complex man. A legend on campus, outside the stadium he sees himself as a failure. Intend on punishing himself, he shies away from happiness.

Peggy was heartbroken, and now she’s back for vengeance. Believing she has the upper hand this time, she wants closure. Though soon she’s back dragged by the enigmatic man. Old wounds are reopened, emotions come to the surface, and Peggy is more lost than before.

Elliott truly is a special man. I absolutely did not like the effect of his behaviour towards Peggy. Though I do like how he finally tries to redeem himself. He needs to find some inner peace, and let people back in.

Peggy needed that confrontation with Elliott. She too has been running from her emotions. Reconnecting with Elliott might be exactly what she needs to be happy again.

Too Hard Too Forget will take you on quite a roller coaster ride. Two complex, though fascinating characters, will drag you into their world, and not let go ’till the last page. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a second chance romance, women who fight for what they want, and men who don’t give up.

4 stars

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Too Hot To Handle (My review)

Too Wild To Tame (My review)

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Too Beautiful To Break (September 26, 2017)

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Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan

In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

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I should tell Quinn and Clay that he’s here. But one look at him and it’s like the last ten years have never passed and I’m back at the bonfire, the awkward high schooler uncomfortable in her own skin. Marching away from him in the woods. It was the last time I saw him. How is it possible that he can affect me this much after all this time?

He hasn’t noticed me, not with his head bowed, so I quickly turn around and focus on Pastor John as he finishes up his prayer. Him being here means nothing. I should be happy that I remember the pain from that night so well, it will make keeping my walls up around him so much easier.

“On behalf of the Davis family, I want to thank everyone for coming today. At this time, the family has asked for some time alone as they say their good-byes. They wanted me to remind everyone that the PieHole will be opening up for a few hours tonight starting at five for anyone that wishes to join them.”

I keep my arm around Quinn, not looking back to where I saw Maverick. I can hear the church slowly emptying and I feel a frown pull at my lips. I had hoped that when everyone started to leave that he would have come up front to be with his family, but so far, the pew we’re in is still empty save for the three of us. We sit and wait for everyone to leave, something that Clay had asked Pastor John to make arrangements for in place of the customary recessional, knowing that no one in this town would really mean a word of it anyway. Plus, I know Quinn is having a hard time. Regardless of the fact that she wasn’t the closest with her father, she was really counting on this—Maverick home. She’s still shaking in my arms, but when I look over at Clay I realize his silence isn’t because of the heaviness of Buford’s death, but instead anger over his brother’s absence that has started to build to a boil. I fear that he’s seconds away from tipping over the edge.

I stand when Clay and Quinn do, but hang back at the edge of the row we had been sitting in as they meet Pastor John and gather their father’s ashes. I can’t wait to get out of these heels. If it would have been acceptable to wear my boots, I would have, but Quinn would have killed me. As it is, I feel like I can’t take a deep breath with how tight my dress is against my chest. I never wear tight shirts. I haven’t since my boobs became beasts of their own right. I’m too busy fiddling with the straps of my dress, trying desperately to get some of the pressure against my chest to ease up so I could take a deep breath, when I heard Quinn gasp.

“Mav!” Next thing I know she’s running past where I’m standing, her black hair streaming in the air behind her as she speeds forward right into her brother’s arms. Clay moves to stand next to me and I look up to meet his green eyes, the questions he isn’t vocalizing dancing in their emerald depths. He’s not stupid and I’m doing a crappy job at hiding the memories haunting me right now. He gives me a small smile, shifting his hold on the urn to wrap his free arm around me and pulls me into a strong hold.

“You’re shakin’,” he says against my temple and I just nod.

“I’m good, Clay. Go see your brother.”

“I’m fine right where I am, sugar.”

I keep my eyes to the ground, focusing on his worn boots instead of looking up, hating myself for making this moment about me when I should be focused on them. Like it or not, I can’t fight the feelings that being near him bring me. I’m that stupid, naive sixteen-year-old all over again. “Let’s get out of here,” he says after a few silent seconds. I look up and give him a smile, hoping that it looks a hell of a lot braver than I feel. Inside I feel like I might puke.

“You think I could have a second with my family?”

My head shoots up at the coldness I hadn’t anticipated in Maverick’s voice. He’s not focused on me, though, instead looking at his brother with a hard expression and one brow raised upward.

“Mav!” Quinn gasps and he moves his attention from his brother to her.

“Sorry, Quinn, but I’m thinkin’ that Clay’s lady friend would understand that this should be a moment for our family and give us time alone.”

“I’ll just—”

“Don’t you dare finish that sentence, sugar,” Clay all but spits through clenched teeth and drops his arm to take a step forward. “You’ve got something to say, Mav, then say it.”

“Nothing to say, Clayton, I just think it would be nice for your girlfriend to give us some space.”

“My girlfriend,” he parrots sarcastically, his deep voice vibrating in anger.

“Mav.” Quinn attempts to butt in, but stops when Maverick leaves her side and turns to stalk out of the church. I should find it comical that he obviously didn’t recognize me, or hell, maybe he did and he’s just picking up where he left off ten years ago in the middle of the dark woods. I take a deep breath. “It’s okay. He’s right. Y’all need some time as a family. I’ll head over to the PieHole and start settin’ up for tonight.”

Quinn brushes a tear from her cheek and just shakes her head. I look at Clay to see him staring in the direction that his brother just left.

“You’re family,” he finally says, not looking in my direction.

“Clay, really, it’s okay. It’s been a long time since y’all were back together and I don’t need to be there for that reunion. It sucks that it takes all of this to finally bring him home, but he’s here and y’all need to make up for a lot of time lost.”

“Shut up, Leighton.”

“Don’t, Clay.”

“Don’t what? You’ve got every right to be here. You’re just as much a part of our family as he is. Hell, maybe even more so than he is at this point. So just shut up, come with us, and ignore him.”

I shake my head, the fight instantly leaving my sails, knowing I would be arguing until the end of time if I

pressed this issue.

“I can’t believe he doesn’t even recognize you,” Quinn whispers.

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One word: Cowboys! My ideas about cowboys are probably completely wrong, but I sure like the ones Harper Sloan writes about. A broken rodeo star, with a big heart, and a hopeful future, not to mention the hat, and mostly the nicely filled out jeans. Prepare to swoon with Maverick Davis.

He left town fast, and never looked back. ‘Cause he knew if he gave Leighton a chance, he would never leave. Now that he’s back for good, she is his number one priority. Fix what he broke ten years ago, and convince her to give this lost rider a chance.

Luckily Leighton never really got over her crush, and things heat up pretty fast. There is no lack of passion, inside and outside the barn. Two strong-willed characters, pent-up emotions, and hurt feelings, yes, it gets intense.

I mostly liked how the drama isn’t dragged out. Once all secrets are revealed, apologies are made, Leighton and Maverick don’t waste time. They already lost out on ten years, and they don’t want to waste any more.

Lost Rider was a solid start for a new series. A must read for anyone who likes cowboys, broken men who try to redeem themselves, and the strong women there to guide them. It was, at times, sticky sweet, passionate, and mostly good fun. 

3.5 stars

Coming Home – Reading order and purchase links

Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan  Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) by Harper Sloan

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Kiss My Boots (July 18, 2017)

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