CRASHING INTO HER by Mia Sosa

April 2, 2019

4/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

CRASHING INTO HER by Mia Sosa. Avon Impulse; Reissue edition (April 2, 2019). ISBN 978-0062878762. 400p.

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THE CHANCE by Robyn Carr

March 18, 2019

3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE CHANCE by Robyn Carr. MIRA; 1st edition (February 25, 2014). ISBN 978-0778315995. 360p.

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THE HERO by Robyn Carr

March 16, 2019

3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE HERO by Robyn Carr.  MIRA; 1st edition (August 27, 2013). ISBN 978-0778314592. 379p.

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THE NEWCOMER by Robyn Carr

March 12, 2019

3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE NEWCOMER by Robyn Carr.  MIRA; 1st edition (June 25, 2013). ISBN 978-0778314523. 360p.

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THE WANDERER by Robyn Carr

March 9, 2019

3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

THE WANDERER by Robyn Carr.  MIRA; 1st edition (March 26, 2013). ISBN 978-0778314479. 377p.

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MR. ACCIDENTAL HERO by Gina Robinson

March 6, 2019

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Jet City Matchmaker Series, Book 1

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One beautiful and mysterious woman. One hot multimillionaire looking for his soul mate. When their matchmaker gets involved, though, falling in love is anything but accidental.

Jeremy Marino is the kind of guy who runs towards the sound of gunfire, leaping in to help anyone in trouble. His friends call him the accidental hero. He always seems to be at the right place at the right time to save a life.

Crystal Pruitt is the kind of woman who instinctively jumps in to help people in trouble. Her friends call her the accidental heroine. But a cool-hunter like her can’t afford any publicity.

When they meet working to save a trucker from his burning beer truck, the chemistry between them is off the charts. Until Crystal disappears into the gathering crowd, leaving Jeremy wondering if he’ll ever be able to find her again. Was their attraction real or just the heat of the moment?


This came up as a free Kindle book from BookBub, and if you haven’t heard about this site, check it out. If you like inexpensive or free ebooks, it is definitely worth a visit. I think the most expensive book I’ve seen on there is about $3.99, many are $1.99 or free. It’s one of the best emails I get every day.

I grabbed this free book and gave it a read and I was very glad I did. It is short, only 234 pages so almost a novella, but the characters and back stories are developed enough in that time frame. I actually thought it was possibly the second book in the series, but by the end I realized what was going on.

Crystal is a great character, strong, fierce, sure of her own self worth. I’ve had it with women with low self esteem; Crystal is the antithesis of that and a refreshing change in the romance genre. More and more strong women characters are populating this genre and I couldn’t be happier about it. Our hero, Jeremy, is literally that; he and Crystal meet when they are inadvertently at the scene of a horrific truck accident and they both jump in to save the driver. But like Cinderella, Crystal takes off before he can get her name or number.

Enter Ashley, one of Jeremy’s closest friends and a super successful professional matchmaker. She has been trying for over a year to find Jeremy a wife, he is more than ready to settle down. But he is intrigued with the mystery woman he met at the accident, so when she sets him up with Crystal, he half-heartedly agrees to meet her for coffee, not an auspicious beginning. But once they realize that they have met and where, the sparks fly and the romance is full on fire.

This was a super fast read, partly because it is a short book but mostly because the story is so engaging. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more books in the series.

02/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

MR. ACCIDENTAL HERO by Gina Robinson. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 15, 2018).  ISBN 978-1981468492.  234p.

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THE WRONG HIGHLANDER by Lynsay Sands

March 3, 2019

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Highland Brides, Book 7

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A laird’s daughter kidnaps a Highlander—and loses her heart… in New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ new historical romance

Lady Evina Maclean has heard much about Rory Buchanan’s skill as a healer. What she hasn’t heard is how good the brawny Highlander looks bathing in a waterfall. But Evina can’t afford the distraction, for her ailing father urgently needs care. Only when she’s rendered Buchanan unconscious and dragged him back to her family’s castle does the truth emerge—it’s not Rory she’s kidnapped but his brother Conran.

Other ladies try to ensnare Conran with flattery. Evina hits him over the head with the hilt of her sword to save her kin—and Conran likes the spirited redhead all the more for it. He’s learned enough from his brother to heal Evina’s father, but there are other dangers swirling around the Maclean clan. And while the beautiful, independent lady has sworn not to marry, this wrong Highlander may be just the right man for her.


I started this series with book 5, and I didn’t love it. But I forgot that and read book 6, which I liked a lot so here I am. I really enjoyed this latest entry in the series so now I think I will try at least one of the earlier books.

I love historical romances with strong women characters, and Sands introduces a new one here in Lady Evina. She rides her horse astride, carries a sword and is expert enough in sword fighting that she helps train the men. So when her father is dying, out of desperation she takes off in search of Rory Buchanan, who is reputed to be the most skilled healer in all of Scotland. She arrives at the Buchanan property to find a horse with a saddlebag stuffed with medicinal herbs, but the rider is apparently showering under the waterfall. When one of her men approaches him, he lashes out and Lady Evina rushes in and knocks him out with her sword.

They take the unconscious healer, tie him to the horse, and set off at a rapid pace for home. Lady Evina is praying that her father is still alive when they get there. Eventually the healer comes to, they make it back and he immediately starts seeing to the laird.

The confusion arises because it turns out the man she kidnapped is not Rory, but his brother, the always helpful Conran. He was out helping his brother collect medicinal herbs when he was called away to attend a patient, leading to the mistaken identity. Conran doesn’t bother to correct them, he has helped his brother enough that he knows what to do.

Conran and Evina have instant attraction. When she tells him she is married, he backs off immediately. Then he finds out that she is actually widowed, and he decides a dalliance with the merry widow might be fun. Except turns out Evina was married and widowed as a child, leading to some very uncomfortable sex and a compromising position.

There is also a bit of suspense throughout this story, as there was in the other books I’ve read in this series. This time it appears someone is trying to kill Evina, and that suspense keeps building, helping make the pages fly by. This was another terrific read, and the Highlands setting is a good way to help me through the Droughtlander.

3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE WRONG HIGHLANDER by Lynsay Sands. Avon (February 5, 2019).  ISBN 978-0062890672. 288p.

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CALIFORNIA GIRLS by Susan Mallery

March 2, 2019

3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

CALIFORNIA GIRLS by Susan Mallery. Forever (January 29, 2019). ISBN 978-1455541829. 496p.

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DEVIL’S DAUGHTER by Lisa Kleypas

February 27, 2019

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The Ravenels meet The Wallflowers

The Ravenels Series, Book 5

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Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself…as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire…not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil’s daughter knows…


I’ve read several of the books in this series and liked them all. Kleypas excels at portraying a world gone by, with terrific, well developed characters and always a strong storyline. This book is no exception.

Lady Clare is a widow with a heart of gold. She and her husband were childhood sweethearts and best friends, but their marriage was overshadowed by his illness. Henry had some sort of “wasting” disease, that left him weak and sickly for all of his life, and ended his life very young. Henry’s nemesis at boarding school was West Ravenel, a well known rake and a man with a very bad reputation. But for Lady Clare and West, there is instant chemistry.

That chemistry causes Clare to feel guilt and to fight it every step of the way. And West is determined to keep her at arm’s length, feeling that he does not deserve her and does not wish to harm her children’s reputations as well.

There are a lot of obstacles to overcome here, but their families see what’s going on and help them along to find their happily ever after. A fast, fun and sexy read – highly recommended with the caveat that it probably helps to read this series in order. There are a lot of characters, but I was comfortable with them because I remembered them all.

2/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

DEVIL’S DAUGHTER by Lisa Kleypas. Avon (February 19, 2019).  ISBN 978-0062371935. 384p.

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THE COWBOY NEXT DOOR by R.C. Ryan

February 26, 2019

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Montana Strong, Book 2

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From New York Times bestselling author who “delivers it all with page-turning romance” (Nora Roberts) comes a story about a down-on-her-luck teacher, a carefree cowboy, and finding second chances in the most unlikely places.
After weeks on the trail, Sam Monroe is looking forward to a hot bath, a home-cooked meal, and a real bed. In that order. But he’s greeted by something even better when he opens the door to his family’s ranch house. Seems the new housekeeper is a gorgeous young woman who cooks like an angel and wrangles his family like a pro. If only she didn’t dislike him so much…
Penny Cash is down on her luck, and the last thing she needs is a flirtation with a wild, carefree cowboy. Sure, he’s funny and sexy, but they’re as different as whiskey and tea. And she’ll be leaving town as soon as she finds a full-time teaching position. But when trouble comes calling, Penny will find out how serious Sam can be when it comes to protecting the woman he loves…

This second entry into the Montana Strong series lived up to my expectations – an how often do I get to say that. The first book, Cowboy on My Mind, had some suspense running through the story, this book does not, which was fine with me. I think this series is probably best read in order, although there are enough explanations in this book to make the reader feel comfortable if they haven’t read the first book, but not too many to be annoying. It really is a fine line and Ryan did it admirably.

It is the characters that drive these stories and they are all well developed. We learn about Sam and Penny as they learn about each other, and the rest of the characters are brought to life as well. I felt like I knew these people. The setting, a Montana ranch that abuts a small town, is equally well described and so real I could almost smell the long neck beers.  Penny Cash, aka Ms. Money, had a silly name but do a lot of real people so why not.

These books are charming, fun and a little bit sexy without being too explicit. I read these first two books in a few hours and enjoyed every minute. Looking forward to the next installment.

2/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE COWBOY NEXT DOOR by R.C. Ryan. Forever (February 26, 2019). ISBN 978-1538711170.  464p..

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