KISS MY CUPCAKE by Helena Hunting

September 11, 2020

KISS MY CUPCAKE by Helena Hunting. Forever; Illustrated Edition (August 11, 2020). ISBN 978-1538734674. 368 pages.

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A COWBOY FOR KEEPS by Laura Drake

August 18, 2020

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Chestnut Creek, Book 3

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From a “fabulous new voice in romantic fiction” (NYT bestselling author Lael Miller): an arrogant cowboy meets a headstrong woman determined to take custody of his niece, only to realize that she may be the family he was always searching for.
There’s not much that could rattle a cowboy like Reese St. James. But when his twin brother dies in a car accident, Reese is stunned to discover he has a six-month old niece, Sawyer. Wanting to make up for lost time, Reese heads down to Unforgiven, New Mexico, to bring her home. He doesn’t plan on Sawyer’s guardian giving him any trouble, but the intriguing, independent woman is turning out to be more than he bargained for.
Lorelei West had given up hope of having a family of her own until her sister’s tragic death brought little Sawyer into her life. And now there’s no way she’s going to let Reese take her away. Lorelei knows hotshot, good-looking cowboys like him — she’s dated enough of them — and she intends to stand her ground. Yet the more time Reese and Lorelei spend together, the harder it is to deny the attraction building between them. But opening their hearts to a baby is one thing — can they also open their hearts to the possibility of a happily-ever-after?

Lorelai is poor as dirt but determined to take of herself, her grandmother, and the ramshackle house they live in. At one time her family owned all the acreage around the house but it was sold off years earlier. Then Lorelai gets some devastating news. Her twin sister has been in a fatal car accident. The only survivor is her baby because she was with the babysitter at the time.

Lorelai didn’t even know her sister had a baby, but she is determined to bring her home and with the help of the social worker in the hospital, she gets Sawyer. Her sister was with a rodeo cowboy and he died as well. Shortly after she leaves, the cowboy’s brother shows up. He didn’t know about the baby either, but he has no other family and he wants her to grow up on the ranch he still lives on.

Reese is not your typical cowboy. For one thing, he owns the ranch and deals more with banking that cattle. He can afford to give that little baby anything and everything, but he quickly realizes that Lorelai isn’t going to be bought.

It takes a lot of time and patience for Reese to break through Lorelai’s walls, and it takes her a lot of time before she decides she can trust Reese. Then it takes a while longer for them to realize they are in love.

This was a good story with lots of drama and the socioeconomic class differences between them was stark. But I couldn’t help hoping that Lorelai would bend just the littlest bit before Reese ran out of patience so they could have their happy ending. And they did.

8/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

A COWBOY FOR KEEPS by Laura Drake. Forever (July 28, 2020). ISBN 978-1538746479. 352pages.

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PARTY OF TWO by Jasmine Guillory

August 15, 2020

PARTY OF TWO by Alexis Daria. Berkley (June 23, 2020). ISBN 978-0593100820. 352 pages.

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YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria

August 11, 2020

YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria. Avon (August 4, 2020). ISBN 978-0062959928. 384 pages.

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THE FRIENDSHIP LIST by Susan Mallery

August 9, 2020

THE FRIENDSHIP LIST by Susan Mallery. HQN; Original edition (August 4, 2020). ISBN 978-1335136961. 384 pages.

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TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert

August 7, 2020

TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN by Talia Hibbert. Berkley (July 7, 2020). ISBN 978-1984804044. 320 pages.

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NOT LIKE THE MOVIES by Kerry Winfrey

August 2, 2020

NOT LIKE THE MOVIES by Kerry Winfrey. Berkley (July 7, 2020). ISBN 978-1984804044. 320 pages.

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FIRST KISS WITH A COWBOY by Sara Richardson

July 12, 2020

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Silverado Lake, Book 1

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In national bestselling author Sara Richardson’s first book in the Silverado Lake series, “the pace is fast, the setting’s charming, and the love scenes are delicious” when a risk-taking cowboy convinces a no-nonsense writer to give him a second chance (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review) — includes a bonus story by AJ Pine!
Shy and sensible romance writer Jane Harding’s carefully ordered life is crumbling around her. With her latest novel due and her teaching contract at an end, returning home to help plan her best friend’s wedding is a welcome distraction. Yet when Jane discovers that the too-hot-to-handle boy who once tempted her is now the best man — and the rodeo circuit’s sexiest bull rider — her distraction is in danger of becoming a disaster . . .
Toby Garrett is no stranger to risk. But this latest injury could end his rodeo career for good. Thankfully, his recovery at home isn’t as awful as he’d imagined, especially when he comes face-to-face with Jane. The kiss they once shared still fuels his fantasies, but when she walked away, he let her go. Now Toby is determined to fix his mistakes. Can this sweet-talking cowboy prove that the passion still burning between them is worth braving the odds?

Toby and Jane shared a kiss back in high school, but he was off to join the rodeo, and she was off to college. Unbeknownst to her hometown, Jane has become a romance novelist under a pseudonym. Like many writers, she also has another job as a teacher. But when her contract is up, she heads home to figure out her next move. Her best friend is getting married, and that will keep her busy for a while. But then she finds out Toby is the best man and things start changing.

Unrequited young love is a favorite trope of the romance genre, although it’s not necessarily my favorite. But Richardson does a really good job here, and this was a fun, sexy read. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

NOTE:  On the cover of this book it says “includes a bonus story by AJ Pine.” I read the digital galley supplied by the publisher and the bonus story was not included. I cannot comment on that except to say I really like AJ Pine’s books.

5/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

FIRST KISS WITH A COWBOY by Sara Richardson.  Forever (May 19, 2020). ISBN 978-1538717158. 432p.

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THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT by Farrah Rochon

July 8, 2020

THE BOYFRIEND PROJECT by Farrah Rochon. Forever; 1 edition (June 9, 2020). ISBN 978-1538716625. 356 pages.

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THE SUMMER DEAL by Jill Shalvis

July 5, 2020

THE SUMMER DEAL by Jill Shalvis. William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2020). ISBN 978-0062897916. 384 pages.

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