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Night_Time_Sweethearts_largeNighttime Sweethearts

Cara Colter

Contemporary Romance

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Cynthia Forsythe lived in the shadow of her famous mother.   She dreams of the day when she can break free of her meek existence.  One night she throws caution to the wind, and decides to take a moonlight swim.

In the shadows Rick Barnett spies Cynthia.  She is no stranger to him for they had both shared a brief love in high school, but Cynthia turned her back on him because he was from the wrong side of the tracks.  Rick managed to become a successful architect, but an unfortunate construction accident leaves him blinded in one eye and with permanent scars.

In the protection of the dark, Rick goes to Cynthia; she knows the night protects him from seeing the devastation he has suffered.  Cynthia is enthralled by the man of mystery, when he demands a kiss for allowing her to retrieve her clothes she should be shocked, instead she finds herself intrigued.

Will the nighttime romance be able to survive once the daylight hours reveal the truth?  Or will Cynthia once again turn her back on Rick and all that he has to offer?

NIGHTTIME SWEETHEARTS will wrap itself around any true blue romance reader’s heart.  There is no way they can resist the beloved characters of Rick and Cynthia.  Cara Colter has done an outstanding job in writing a book that overflows with emotional energy.  With the perfect setting, imperfect characters, and a romance so deserving of love, there is no way this book should be missed.

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The_Summer_I_Found_You_largeThe Summer I Found You

Jolene Perry

Contemporary Romance

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Kate Walker’s senior year of high school should be filled with memories that would last her a lifetime.  Unfortunately, all of that changed the day her boyfriend Shelton looked into her eyes and ended their relationship; now Kate finds herself questioning what her future holds.  To complicate matters, she has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Aiden Connelly thought he had his life planned out, when he graduated from high school two years prior he enlisted in the Army.  All of that changed the day his Sergeant and him found themselves under attack in Afghanistan.  In an explosive flash, Aiden watched in horror as his Sergeant’s life ended in an instant by a lethal missile.  In the same attack, he managed to survive but was left with his right arm being amputated.

Now Aiden finds himself back at home, sharing a home with his Aunt and Uncle.  He doesn’t know what the future will hold for him, or how he should go on living his life.  On the encouragement of his cousin Jen, he agrees to meet her friend Kate at a local amusement park.

Aiden is surprised that he finds himself enjoying himself with Kate.  With her he is able to forget his disability exists.  Kate is still getting over the loss of her boyfriend, but being with Aiden lessens the pain of her broken heart.

Can two wounded souls find the healing balm each one needs to move forward with their lives?  Or will the tragedy they each have faced keep them a prisoner in the darkness of despair?

THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU is an exceptional teen romance.  Kate and Aiden are two wounded characters who have experienced some very heavy life changing events.  How each one deals with the tragedy that has complicated each one’s life makes for a very moving reading experience.  I was highly impressed with Jolene Perry’s writing style.  I feel this book is one that every teen should read for all the life lessons it offers, for it provides a realistic look at how when a person thinks their life is going great, in a blink of an eye all of that could change.

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Have_Yourself_a_Marine_for_Christmas_largeHave Yourself a Marine Christmas (Always a Marine – Book 20)

Heather Long

Contemporary Romance

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Ryan Edward Brun – better known as Rebel, once lived for the magical feeling he received in celebrating Christmas.  All of that changed, when he was injured in Afghanistan.  Now he finds himself in a rehabilitation hospital learning to walk again with artificial legs.  With his future so uncertain, he sinks into a deep state of depression.

Noel Torres has been Rebel’s case worker since he was injured.  She has stood by his side and watched him slowly begin to rebuild his life.  When she sees his mood has taken a downward spiral, she attributes it to the holiday season.

Noel refuses to allow Rebel to wallow in self-pity.  In him she sees a beautiful man so deserving of the best the world has to offer.  Will Noel be able to convince Rebel that Christmas is a time of celebration and for coming together?  Or will he push her away and refuse to let her lead him to the light at the end of the tunnel?

I was highly impressed with Heather Long’s writing style.  Her description of Rebel almost had me believing that he was not fiction.  I fell in love with Rebel and Noel’s story; it is the perfect tragedy to triumph romance.  HAVE YOURSELF A MARINE CHRISTMAS is book 20 of the ALWAYS MARINE series.  This is the first book I have discovered in this series, I had no trouble reading it as a single title, and loved it so well I hope to read more in this series.  For those readers that crave an injured hero, a determined heroine, and a romance that will capture your heart, this book contains all these wonderful elements!

To view all the titles of the ALWAYS MARINE series see the below URL:

http://www.heatherlong.net/bookshelf/always-a-marine

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Opposites_Attract_largeNot His Type (Opposites Attract, Book 1)

Lisa Crane

Contemporary Romance

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Life is not a bed of roses for Brooke Valentine.  When her grandfather died, she was left to pay off his medical bills.  She works two jobs, and is trying to better herself by going to college.  As she leaves her home on her way to work, she is involved in an accident.

Travis Cooper is Brooke’s neighbor, he feels responsible for her accident since it was one of his construction workers that stepped out in front of Brooke’s bike and made her wreck.  He takes her to the hospital, and stays with her throughout her surgery.  When he learns that Brooke is barely making it, his heart goes out to her; he vows to make her life somewhat easier.

Brooke is not use to depending upon anyone.  She questions why someone as handsome as Travis would even give her the time of day.  As Travis spends more time with Brook, he questions his growing feelings towards her.  Then he does the expected when he surprises her with a kiss.

Jazz Valenzuela is Brooke’s Supervisor, it is evident that Brooke and Travis have feelings for one another, but are two stubborn to admit it.  She devises a scheme to make Travis jealous so that he will be able to see how important Brooke is to him.  Will her plan succeed, or backfire in everyone’s face?

NOT HIS TYPE is a good afternoon read.  Brooke is a character that is overwhelmed with life’s responsibilities.  Travis makes for a very gallant knight in shining armor.  Problems keep occurring, and Travis is always there is lend a helping hand.  This is a feel good romance that you can’t help but cheer for the delightful characters and hope they both find a happy ending.

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Elusive_Hope_LargeElusive Hope (Escape to Paradise Book 2)

MaryLu Tyndall

Barbour Books

Historical Romance

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The ravages of the Civil War have ripped two countries apart, to avoid being caught up in the devastation of this war torn land, Magnolia Scott‘s father drags his family to the safety of Brazil.  Magnolia is not impressed with her surroundings, she dreams of escaping back to her Georgia home and her fiancée.

Vengeance has kept Hayden Gale set on his primary mission for years.  He has spent countless hours trying to track down his father, who he believes is responsible for the death of his mother.  Stowing away on a ship bound for Brazil, he hopes this newlead will help him locate the scoundrel and finally be able to have the justice of revenge he soul craves.

When Magnolia meets Hayden she sees him as her one opportunity to escape this savage land and return back to her beloved hometown.  When Hayden discovers that Magnolia has been following him, he allows her to accompany him to Rio de Janeiro.

As Magnolia and Hayden set out on their journey, each is unaware of the dangers they about to embark upon.  Together they will enter into a world neither expected, and along the way they find a growing love that demands to be explored.

ELUSIVE HOPE is an exceptional historical romance.  From page one, the reader cannot help but be drawn into pages of this addictive novel.  MaryLu Tyndall is an author who provides readers the utmost reading pleasure in how she is able to spin her tale that will quickly wrap its way around anyone’s heart.  The rich historical detail she blends into her books make for a realistic adventure that will have your heat beating fast.  There is no doubt, that MaryLu Tyndall is the Queen of the Historical Romance gene, her endless talent continues to leave me speechless.

Other titles in the ESCAPE TO PARADISE series include:

•             FORSAKEN DREAMS (Escape to Paradise, Book 1)

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