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roadlgHis Road Home

Anna Richland

Carina Press

Contemporary Romance

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In Afghanistan, Special Forces Medic Reynaldo ‘Rey’ Cruz finds himself in an uncomfortable situation when an Afghan Warlord offers him his daughter as thanks for medical care he had provided.  He knows if he were to refuse the man, it could insult him enough to cause him to take out his anger on him.  He thinks quickly and tells him that he has a fiancée at home.  The man insists that he see a picture of the woman who has captured his heart.

With the help of the internet and a color printer, Rey goes in search of the perfect make believe “fiancée”.  When none of his Facebook friend’s pictures will do, he goes back to his high school days and remembers one shy girl, Grace Kim.  He manages to locate Grace’s picture at where she works.  With a bit of cut and pasting, he has the perfect engagement photo.

When Grace Kim receives a call from her family demanding to know why she hid an engagement she is puzzled at what they are referring to.  Then a call from her boss offering her  plane tickets to be with her fiancée further complicates things.  When Grace starts to piece the confusing facts together, she finds that a wounded solider had her picture with him when he was injured.  The story made media news and everyone is talking about how the brave young soldier deserves to have his fiancée by his side as he recovers.

Grace knows she has to make the trip to Walter Reed to hear why Rey fabricated the lie of their engagement.  When she enters into Walter Reed Hospital it brings into perspective those that had made the ultimate sacrifice to defend their country.  When she enters Rey’s room, she finds that half his bed is empty, for he has lost both of his legs.  In addition, he is suffering from a brain injury that has scrambled his speech.  Although he understands everything that is being said to him, he is unable to speak the words that are locked away in his mind.

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heartlg_4A Heart to Heal (Gordon Falls Book 4)

Allie Pleiter

Love Inspired

Contemporary Romance

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Max Jones lives his life as a Dare Devil.  From the flames on his vehicle that carry over to the wheels of his wheelchair he refuses to allow his paralysis to slow him down.   Since his accident almost a year ago he has embraced life and lived it to the fullest.

Guidance Counselor Heather Browning is concerned about one of her students.  She sees that Simon Williams is a bright young student with a wealth of potential ahead of him.  Unfortunately Simon’s parents refuse to allow him to find his own identity.  Because he has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair he is bullied from the older high school students.

Heather enlists the help of Gordon Falls only other wheelchair user, Max Jones.  She hopes that Max will be able to show Simon that even though he is disabled, there is an unlimited opportunities available to him.

A HEART TO HEAL is an outstanding romance!  Max’s can do in your face personality is a strong highlight of the book.  It determination to conquer the world with or without anyone is to be admired.  Heather provides the calming presence he needs to settle out his turbulent life.  Together they make one extraordinary couple.  Ms. Pleiter has done an exceptional job in describing the hardships faced by both Max and Simon, the small elements of details makes for a very realistic book.  I look forward to discovering more of her work in the future.

A HEART TO HEAL is a part of the Gordon Falls series; other titles include:

  • Falling for the Fireman (Gordon Falls Book 1)
  • The Fireman’s Homecoming (Gordon Falls Book 2)
  • The Firefighter’s Match (Gordon Falls Book 3)

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shockwavelgShockwave (Calendar Men – Mr. May)

D. L. Jackson

Decadent Publishing Company, LLC.

Contemporary Romance

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In the military, Tanner North learned to disarm bombs.  He blames himself for his last mission where a young mother lost her life.  He is haunted by that one day where he replayed it out in his head he questions himself if he made the right decision.

Lannie Sawyer was a War Reporter.  She was there the day that Tanner North had to make a difficult decision.  Through her camera, she captured the fiery explosion as Tanner ran with the young mother’s child.  Her news article turned Tanner in an instant overnight hero.

When Lannie finds herself in need of a lucrative career to help fund her grandmother’s nursing home stay, she seeks out Leo Russo.   The only way Leo will employ Lannie is if she convinces Tanner North to be a part of his Widows and Orphans calendar shoot he is planning.

Lannie knows that Tanner blames her for his unwanted fame.  How she is going to convince him to help her will test all of her skills of persuasion.  Will she succeed in even coming close enough to him to allow her the opportunity to make her plea?

SHOCKWAVE has all the elements that would make it an excellent romance.  Although I found myself struggling with how the book jumped from one scene to another.  I feel if the author had stayed in the present moment this would had been a much better story.  The action at the end of the book was its biggest saving grace. It was written with nail biting suspense that had me holding my breath.

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thankfullgThankful for You (Calendar Men – Mr. November)

Cindy Spencer Pape

Decadent Publishing Company

Contemporary Romance

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A grenade ended Sig Nicki’s military career, and returned him back to his Michigan hometown to rebuild his life.  When he is asked to be a part of a calendar to benefit the Widows and Orphans fund he agrees.  He never expected the reaction the town would have to his picture, overnight he has become the town’s local hero.

Elsie Jordan is the owner of the town’s pet shop.  Sig is a regular customer, who visits her shop each week.  With every visit he asks her out for dinner, and each time she refuses and reminds him that she doesn’t date.  Her rejection to his offer has nothing to do with the scars he received from his injury, instead it stems from a tragic past she has tried to put behind her.

When Sig’s fame lands him as the town’s Grand Marshall at the parade, he knows he doesn’t want to attend the event solo.  He makes a plea to Elsie to help him out of his dilemma.  She agrees to go with him as friends only, but as the night comes to a close will their friendship be taken to a higher level of attraction?

THANKFUL FOR YOU is an EXCEPTIONAL romance!  I was so impressed with Cindy Spencer Pape’s writing style.  Sig and Elsie are both wounded in their own way; together they find the healing bond each one of them needs to be whole.  The chemistry these two exhibited skyrockets romance to new heights.  THANKFUL FOR YOU is a part of the CALENDAR MEN series.  It can easily be read as a standalone novel.

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snowlg_2Snow Angels (Calendar Men – Mr. December)

Sabrina York

Decadent Publishing Company

Contemporary Romance

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Ever since Wade Masters had agreed to be photographed for a calendar to benefit the Widow and Orphans fund,  his life hasn’t been the same.  His photo made him an overnight success.  Now he finds himself stalked by women everywhere he goes.

He decides to get away from it all by spending a month long getaway in his sister’s cabin.  He hopes that by the time the month is over, and his Mr. December status is through, his life will get back to normal.  He never anticipated that a knock at his door would deliver Lyssa Salk.  Lyssa is unlike any woman he has ever met.  When she says that her car slid off the road, he knows by the threatening weather she will be his houseguest for however  long it takes for the snow to melt.

Unbeknownst to Wade and Lyssa, Wade’s sister put both of them at the cabin at the same time on purpose.  She hopes being snowed in together will allow the two to get a chance to find one another in getting to know each other.

When Wade learns that Lyssa is able to communicate with the dead, and has a message for him from his deceased fiancée, will Wade put enough faith in her skills to allow her to receive the message from the beyond?

SNOW ANGELS is an exceptional romance.  The paranormal elements that are entwined into the story line makes for one unique reading experience.  This is one book that allowed time to get away from me; once I started there was no way I could look up until I was completely finished.

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fallinglg_1Falling for Her Navy Seal Again (Calendar Men – Mr. October)

Clarissa Yip

Decadent Publishing Company, LLC.

Contemporary Romance

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On his last mission Navy Seal Matt Hunt is injured; he makes the decision to return to his hometown to recuperate.  He finds that much has changed while he was away.  His best friend’s sister Jenesi Coleman has moved on with her life and is now dating.

When Jenesi learns that Matt is back, she can’t help her heart from doing a backflip.  The two of them have always shared an intense chemistry.  She knows that if she allows him back into her life, it will only end in heartache, for Matt’s first love is his career in the Navy.

When Matt sees Jenesi he wants to claim her as his, the thought of parting from her does not sound appealing.  The day arrives when he receives his report to duty papers; will he be able to turn his back on Jenesi once again to serve his country?

FALLING FOR HER NAVY SEAL is a wonderful true to form romance.  Matt and Jenesi share a bound that sizzles.  Their story is another provides another Hallmark moment in the Calendar Men series.  This is the first book I have discovered by Clarissa Yip, but it is evident this author knows how to offer her readers the best type of reading experience.

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vixenlgThe Vixen and the Vet

Kathy Regnery

Amazon Digital Services

Contemporary Romance

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In Afghanistan, Asher Lee was injured by an Improvised explosive device (IED). The right side of his face suffered extensive damage, and he lost his right arm and now walks with a limp.  He returned to his hometown to hide away from the world.

Savannah Carmichael was once a successful Journalist who worked for a prestigious New York newspaper.  She lost her position when she trusted in the wrong person; now she is trying to revive her career.  When an offer comes to her from the Phoenix Sun, she knows she will do anything to land this position.

Savannah editor requests she do a human interest story.  She sets her subject on the towns forgotten Veteran, Asher Lee.  She puts all of her Southern Charm in convincing Asher to allow her to interview him.

At first Asher is reluctant to agree to expose himself to the public eye, but he cannot seem to forget the beauty Savannah possesses.  He sees the connection to Savannah as the first outside connection he has allowed near him since his injury.

When Savannah receives Asher’s call to tell her he accepts her offer she is thrilled.  As the days go by she learns there is more to Asher Lee than meets the eye.  Beneath the war torn exterior he projects, there is a man starved for human attention.

Savannah brings a light to Asher’s dark world.  Her presence has him wishing for things he never dreamed possible.  With her acceptance, will he find that he is willing to see what the world has to offer?

THE VIXEN AND THE VET is an outstanding romance!  I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was with Asher and Savannah.  This tale is a beautiful Beauty and the Beast theme that is assured to touch ones heart.  I highly recommend any book that Kathy Regnery writes for she has the unique writing style that instantaneous captures her reader’s attention.

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