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farlgFar from Perfect (Perfect, Indiana:  Book One)

Barbara Longley

Montlake Romance

Contemporary Romance

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When a roadside bomb ended Noah Langford’s military career, he returned back to his hometown.  Upon his arrival, he received the devastating news that his stepbrother Matt had been killed in a car accident.  When he goes to clean out Matt’s apartment, he finds a large sum of money, a life insurance policy, and a letter indicating that Matt had left a woman and his child.  Noah can’t believe that Matt could be so heartless; he knows that it is up to him to find her and make up for the past.

Ceejay Lovejoy lives in the town of Perfect, Indiana.  All of her life she has felt abandoned by those that are supposed to love her the most.  First her mother turned her back on her when she left her in the care of her Aunt; then at nineteen she became pregnant and her boyfriend took her car and life savings then left town without a backwards glance.  With all the life rejections she has suffered, Ceejay manages to work hard to make a stable life for herself and her daughter, Lucinda.

When Noah arrives in Perfect, Ceejay thinks he has searched her out to rent her carriage home.  Noah decides to go along with her assumption, for it will give him the prime opportunity to get to know Ceejay.  In Ceejay he finds a devoted mother who has a loving heart.  Ceejay’s willingness to accept Noah with all of his injuries has him believing that there could be a future for both of them.

When the day comes when Noah’s true reason for visiting Perfect is revealed will Ceejay find it in her heart to forgive him?

FAR FROM PERFECT is one of the moving emotional roller coaster rides I have ever experienced in reading/reviewing a novel.  There is no way that anyone who reads this book can’t resist following in love with the town of Perfect and all their beloved characters.  I was taken by storm within the first few pages of this book.  There is no way I could put it down until I knew how it was to end.  This is the first book in the PERFECT, INDIANA series.  Other books in the series include:

•            The Difference a Day Makes – Book Two

•             A Change of Heart – Book Three

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snowboundlgSnowbound with the Soldier

Jennifer Faye

Harlequin

Contemporary Romance

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It was Christmas time, and Kara Jameson was concerned if she would have a job at the start of a new year.  The resort she works in had been sold to an unnamed buyer.  It is rumored that the new owner wants to make major changes.

Jason Greene had been gone for seven years.  He turned his back on his family and his fiancée then he went and joined the military.  With a military medical discharge, he returns back to his hometown and secretly purchases his father’s resort.

When Kara learns that Jason is the new owner she questions if she can work for him.  When a snow storm traps them together will it be the opportunity they need to reconnect to their past?  Will Kara forgive Jason when she hears of why he abandoned all that he loved so many years ago?

SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER is an outstanding book.  Jennifer Faye should be proud of this creation.  The book is filled with intense emotional pain, and the renewed hope that love will conquer all.  I was highly impressed with Ms. Faye’s writing style and look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

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masterlg_1Master’s Pet

Jan Bowles

Siren Publishing, Inc.

Contemporary Romance

Purchase:  http://www.bookstrand.com/masters-pet

 

Three years ago, Cole Rossi saved Jessica Summers from destroying herself after her Master abandoned her to venture across the world.  Through her dark days to find the light of living again, it was Cole that stood beside her until she realized she was worthy of finding love again.

Today, Jessica has turned into everything that Cole seeks in a dutiful submissive.  Nine months ago, the two had gone through a collaring ceremony to pledge to love and commitment to one another.  Jessica’s perfect world is shattered, when she receives a call and learns her former Master, Quinn Sutherland,  is back in town.

Quinn returned to his hometown to bury his father.  He wanted to revisit Club Submission to see if any of his friends were around.  When he comes into contact with his former friend Cole Rossi he is puzzled by Cole’s hostile treatment of him.

When Quinn learns that Cole has taken over as Jessica’s new Master he is determined that he can easily win Jessica back.  Which master will Jessica serve?  When Cole gives her an ultimatum and she refuses his command, will it be the end of their relationship?

MASTER’S PET captures the beauty and grace of talented author Jan Bowles.  It is six in the highly popular MASTER OF SUBMISSION series.  This review cannot rave enough at how impressed she has been with each offering she has experienced of Ms. Bowles.  She feels privileged as having reviewed all titles in the series.  For anyone who has ever wanted to learn more of the BDSM scene, there is no better author than Jan Bowles to educate your curiosity.

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PiratesTreasureLGPirate’s Treasure

Sarah Barimen

Cobblestone Press

Historical Romance

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Miriam Van Vorce was serving as her sister Elena’s chaperone to escort her to her betrothed who lives in the Caribbean.  When their ship is attacked by pirates, they find themselves taken hostage by Captain Bartolo of the Serpent.

It is the Captain’s plan to ransom the ladies.  To ensure their safety, he locks them into his own cabin.  Miriam is concerned the pirate captain will not keep his word on delivering them unharmed to their final destination.  To protect her sister, she offers her own virtue in exchange for her sister to be delivered a virgin.

Captain Bartolo cannot resist the offer that Miriam has suggested.  He eagerly takes her up on her word and brings her body to a whole new light.  Miriam is surprised that she isn’t repulsed by the captain’s touch or caresses.

When the time comes that Bartolo receives his ransom money, he keeps his promise and lets the two ladies travel safely to shore.  Miriam finds her body feels lost without having the affection of her pirate captain.  Will she be able to put her memories in the past and go forward with her life?

THE PIRATE’S TREASURE is a true jewel!  I loved how this book took me back to another time when I was growing up and savoring the pirate bodice rippers of the 80’s.  Miriam’s story will provide the sizzle that makes for a wonderful reading experience.

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soullgSoul Dreams

Desiree Holt

Decadent Publishing

Contemporary Romance

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Nina Foster left her high paying Publicist job when she heard her “boyfriend” announce at his book release that he was engaged to another woman.  She didn’t know what direction her life needed to take, but she knew she had to get away from him.  After days of traveling, she found herself in a small town with an offer to purchase the local book store, Books and More.

Nina has accepted her small time life style, and made peace with her past.  She finds herself intrigued by a customer she has never met in person, Blake Massie.  He sends her instant messages and insists that she drop the books that he orders at his home.

Blake hides his fire-ravaged face from the world. When he was doing an internet search he found Nina’s bookstore.  There was something about the shopkeeper that intrigued him enough to reach out to her.  Although of all their contact is done through his butler, he stands at the window and is able to see her beauty.

As Christmas approaches, will Blake be brave enough to give into Nina’s request to meet him in person?  If he does, will she be able to accept his beastly form?

SOUL DREAMS is a wonderfully constructed Beauty and the Beast romance.  Both Nina and Blake has suffered hardships that make them so deserving of love.  This is the first book I have read by Desiree Holt, and I was very impressed with her writing style. I look forward to seeing more of her titles in the future books.

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neverlg_1Never Underestimate a Caffarelli

Melanie Milburne

Harlequin

Contemporary Romance

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Millionaire Raoul Caffarelli has always lived his life on the edge.  His carefree lifestyle comes to a halt when he suffers an accident that confines him to a wheelchair.  When his fiancee learns that his injury could be permanent, she cannot accept it and breaks off their engagement. 

Raoul brother Rafe is determined to have Raoul present at his wedding.  Raoul insists that he will not be present if he is confined to a wheelchair.  He does some research to find a physical therapist that can help Raoul get back on his feet.  He learns of Lily Archer and the miracle she performed with a Sheik’s daughter.

Lily Archer has a strict rule of not working with male clients.  When the offer comes in with an enormous amount of money she questions if she wants to work with Raoul’s case.  When Lily’s mother finds herself in a financial bind, Lily knows she must accept her new client in order to help out of her mother.

Lily finds Raoul to be an embittered man who refuses to accept her help.  Lily is determined to break down the walls of resistance that he has built around himself.  Who will be the stronger of the two in this battle of wills?

NEVER UNDERSTIMATE A CAFFARELLI is an outstanding book!  I love how Lily was strong enough to go against Raoul and bring him out of his dark deep of state of self-destruction.  How Raoul was able to make her see herself as a beautiful, desirable woman was very enlightening.  I look forward to reading more titles in THOSE SCANDALOUS CAFFARELLIS series.

 

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