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Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

Kelli Pinks is the good girl of Sundale. She never gets in trouble. Her friends use her as an alibi because their parents know Kelli is honest. What they don’t know is that their children pay Kelli to make excuses and be their alibi in order to see someone their parents would not approve.

One night Kelli does the unthinkable. She goes out with her best friend, Sadie. While out, she meets Chase Moroney. To her dismay, Kelli makes a spectacle of herself in front of college boys. One in particular turly got under her skin. But thinking she would never see him again, Kelli signs online to do battle only to learn her online friend is the same guy. And there starts the tale of Kelli and Chase.

This is cute. Written for teens, Cassie Mae gets tot he heart of the story and keeps dishing up more fun as the plot steadily moves onward.

Flirt
9780345548818
July 2013

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Contemporary

 

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Some Like it Hot by Susan Anderson

Harper Summerville came to Razor Bay under false pretenses. She did have a temporary job at The Brothers Inn. But she was also there to scrutinize a charity for Sunday’s Child, her family’s foundation. What Harper did not realize nor expect was to make long-lasting friends. And that made her job much more difficult.

Max Bradshaw had a way with troubled teens. They looked up to him and gave him their trust. So when he wasn’t being a deputy, he volunteered his time at Cedar Village. Yet his cop instincts went on high alert as Harper weaved her way into his heart and his bed. And there was no way he was putting himself through a bout of misery that he thought he had outgrown.

Max was tired of traveling. Harper loved to see new places. Can these two put aside their differences long enough to see what their hearts are saying?

Harlequin HQN
9780373777761
July 2013

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Contemporary

 

Staying at Joe’s by Kathy Altman

Allison Kincaid let people down. She promised to care for her mother. She wasn’t doing a very good job.All it did was land her further in debt. Until the day Allison was forced to find an old co-worker to help on a project. That was when her eyes opened. And she learned it was time to put herself first.

Joe Gallahan was the best advertising executive around. When he wasn’t drinking. Thinking he was to be fired, he quick and moved to a quiet town to fulfill his dream. The love of his life refused to go so he continued to wallow in liquor Now she’s back and willing to help in exchange for him to work on this project. If he could convince her to stay, his job will be complete.

This is a sweet slow moving story that has the guaranteed ending. In addition readers also get a glimpse of one immersed in an addiction with loved ones trying to help but in the end only making it worse.

Harlequin Superromance
9780373718689
August 2013

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Contemporary

 

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Isabel Beebe came home to sell the family business. And to heal from her strange marriage that ended in divorce. Now she had larger problems. Ford Hendrix was back in town. And was living next door. Isabel could handle that. But then she remembered the letters she had penned to Ford during her teenage years. Embarrassment is mild considering Isabel never expected to see him again. Figuring she could handle living next door once niceties were out of the way, Isabel never dreamed that Ford would expect more. Mallery has created a winner in Ford as he learns a lesson about love.

Harlequin
July 2013
97803737777785

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To The Limit by Jo Leigh

Captain Sam Brody loved to fly. He had lived it. That feeling of rising from the runway to above the louds. Now he was permanently grounded. His life ended. Not like Danny’s. But he would never fly again. So he was transferred to Alamogordo, New Mexico to be an instructor. The best part was knowing someone before he arrived. Just thinking about her drove him crazy. But she was the reason he never married.

Emma Lockwood was in a tizzy. She never expected to see Sam again. Now that she had, Emma could think of nothing else. Yet her conscience had to be clear. So she told Sam the big secret. And he understood. But could Emma live with another pilot who loved the thrill and speed?

Sam and Emma are natural characters. True to life, they seem real in their desires. And the combination lights up the pages as Leigh reunited two old friends.

Harlequin Blaze
August 2013
9780373797646

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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Contemporary

 

Hotshot by Julie Garwood

When she was five, Finn MacBain saved Peyton Lockhart from a watery death. In her heyes, Finn wasn’t a teenager, he was her hero. Everyday she would wait for him to come home from school. And every year she thanked him for saving her life.

Many years pass. During that time, Peyton has blossomed into a beautiful woman. Finn, on the other hand, had a job with the FBI that took him all over. Being on TV, Peyton had a chance to see her hero. So Peyton had the advantage during his brother’s wedding. Finn just knew she was all woman. Until he heard her whisper his counter ego, HOTSHOT, dreamed up with the one and only Peyton.
 
And then Finn noticed bullet holes in Peyton’s car.
 
Meanwhile the Lockhart girl’s favorite uncle offered them an opportunity to good to resist. While Finn left to save the world, Peyton and her sisters began making plans to move to Florida. But for Peyton the violence continues as she finds another bullet hole and then her car is incinerated.
 
With a few sizzling love scenes, HOTSHOT is explosive. It’s one of the few books that cannot be put down until the final page. As usual, Julie Garwood rocks in this adventure.
 
published August 6, 2013
9780525953012
 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Book Reviews, Contemporary

 

Canyon by Brenda Jackson

Canyon Westmoreland was livid. Not only had Keisha Ashford believed he had set out to harm her, she had the audacity to keep his son from him. He had every right. And he wanted answers. Keisha was ready for the weekend. She was on her way to pick up her son when she noticed two vehicles behind her that screamed road rage. When one of the drivers made his presence known, Keisha knew her weekend plans were not going to happen. Although she wanted nothing to do with Canyon, she was glad he had followed her home. And knew who to call. And kept her from entering the house. And insisted on keeping her and Beau safe.

She didn’t trust him. He didn’t trust her. But Keisha knew she  lost when Canyon informed her that Beau would know his dad. And carry his father’s name.

It’s a fight to the finish with both lawyers arguing their point.

Jackson has been writing Westmoreland novels for years and her touch remains with the 25th book in this fun series.

Harlequin

August 2013

9780373732586

Harlequin Desire

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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Book Reviews, Contemporary

 

A Texas Hero by Linda Warren

It was so not her day. Her ex was late. So Abby Bauman asked her father to watch Chloe. Then she had a fender bender. Her morning had not even started when two men pulled up and robbed the bank. To make her day perfect, she along with Ethan James were taken hostage to an unknown location.

Traumatic circumstances bring unlikely people together. That’s the case when bank teller meets hunky man of action who will put his life on the line. Now if they can free themselves without ending up dead, these two just may find their chance at happiness.

Many heroes go about their daily routine with nary an acknowledgement. These are the true heroes for they do not need ribbons, medals or certificates. To them saving a life is thank you enough and a good day. For Abby, a thank you just was not enough.

Harlequin Superromance
July 2013
9780373718610

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Book Reviews, Contemporary

 

The Rancher’s Homecoming by Cathy McDavid

Third times a charm.

When the fire roared through Sweetheart, Sam Wyler saw the damage happening. He was unable to stop the fire. Deep down, he felt guilty. He should have foreseen the wind would change. So coming back home, Sam decided to help the town rebuild.

The Hennessy’s were proud women. They built and maintained the Sweetheart Inn for decades. A pile of debris remained of what had been their home. Struggling with depression, Annie is determined to rebuild. But with Sam back in town, her feelings are hurt when it is his ranch that brings the town back to life.

This is a heartwarming, heart-rending, and coming-to-terms story set in the middle of America.

Harlequin America Romance
July 2013
9780373754625

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Book Reviews, Contemporary

 

Zane by Brenda Jackson

Another Westmoreland male is on the hunt. Or in the case of Zane, on the run. His ex-girlfriend is in town. Channing Hasting may be engaged by Zane decidedly dislikes her fiance. While Zane was upfront and held Channing above all else while they were together, Zane could not believe Channing would put up with a womanizer.

The both moped. They both missed the other. They both loved the other. Channing admitted it. Zane did not. Now that Channing is back in Denver, Zane realizes that although he didn’t truly love her before, his feelings are different. And he is going to prove it. To Everyone!

Another fabulous Westmoreland novel. Jackson started strong and keeps them coming off the presses.

Harlequin Desire
July 2013
9780373732524

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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Book Reviews, Contemporary

 
 
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