Friday Freebie- Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks

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See where the USA Today Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks began!
This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks’ Best-Selling Bluegrass Series.

McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

Review

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This was such an enjoyable break from some of the heavier stuff I have been reading. I love all that crazy, heavy reading but sometimes it’s good to settle into light-hearted romance.
Kathleen Brooks’ Bluegrass State of Mind was just the book I needed. It is full of endearing characters in a ‘Mayberry’ type small town who seem to embrace you as they embrace the main character, McKenna.

McKenna and her friend Danielle witness a crime perpetrated by McKenna’s boyfriend and the law partners from her prestigious firm in New York. The group also contained a high-powered Senator and McKenna knew their only hope of survival was to split up and disappear.
McKenna ends up applying for the Assistant DA position in the small town of Keeneston hoping to use an old friend from her childhood as a way in.

The important things about this story are how it made me feel. I loved the town and it’s citizens. I felt the author truly knew these people and they were not one-dimensional characters. The romance between McKenna and Will are secondary for me but still well written and important to the story. The added suspense of McKenna’s past gave the over all plotline flavor.

I am not a huge Romance reader these days but I am thankful Kathleen Brooks asked for the review. I am happily adding the rest of the series to my TBR shelf and will continue to follow Ms. Brooks future works.

I recommend this book highly to all lovers of Romance and those that need to change it up from their typical reading preferences.

About the Author

Kathleen Brooks is the USA Today best selling author of the Bluegrass Series. She has garnered attention as a new voice in romance with a warm Southern feel. Her books feature quirky small town characters you’ll feel like you’ve known forever, romance, humor, and mystery all mixed into one perfect glass of sweet tea. Her fifth book, Rising Storm, made the USA Today Bestseller List for all books on August 30th, 2012. Kathleen is an animal lover who supports rescue organizations and other non-profit organizations whose goals are to protect and save our four-legged family members. Kathleen lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a dog. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at Kathleen@Kathleen-Brooks.com.

Thursday’s Historical Romantic Picks- One Heart To Win by Johanna Lindsey

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Some young ladies marry for money and social standing, a few lucky ones marry for love—but Tiffany Warren is marrying to end a feud. Honoring her mother’s promise, Tiffany reluctantly travels west to meet her estranged father and his enemy’s eldest son, rancher Hunter Callahan. Once the Warrens and the Callahans are united by marriage, both clans will stop squabbling over a disputed strip of land. In the chaos of a train robbery Tiffany seizes a golden opportunity: By assuming the identity of her father’s new housekeeper she can live with the father she never knew and assess his true character, as well as that of the neighboring cowboy to whom she is betrothed. But, too late, Tiffany discovers that the rivalry between the Warrens and the Callahans has escalated when the Callahans steal the Warrens’ housekeeper as soon as she steps off the train!

Now, Tiffany, who is pretending to be Jennifer Fleming, finds herself living in the enemy camp, under the same roof as her fiancé. All too soon she learns her intended is a handsome, sweet talking charmer whom she has to fight off because he can’t keep his eyes—or his hands—off Jennifer. After Tiffany’s charade is exposed she refuses to marry Hunter to end the feud. As Hunter goes about claiming his rightful bride-to-be, he knows that although he loves two women—proper, elegant Tiffany as well as spunky, passionate Jennifer—he has only one heart to win.

 

Review

“For her 50th romance Lindsey creates a memorable western, complete with a clan feud, ranchers, miners, and a pair of stubborn lovers who discover the value of family and trust. The secondary plot lines of old loves and dark secrets will keep readers turning the pages along with the joy of watching a young, impulsive heroine mature into a strong western woman. With that special touch of Lindsey humor and sexual tension, she wins her fans’ hearts.”

(Romantic Times Book Reviews)

Wednesday’s Contemporary Romantic Picks- Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano

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USA TODAY Bestseller

“Fasano’s best book yet.” ~BigAl at BooksAndPals.com

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.

Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both–if the truth doesn’t rip them apart.

Wednesday’s Romantic Picks Bargain Spotlight- Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

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He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.

So, that was Matt.  Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot.  But there is also Finn.  Who she flat out loves.

Complicated? Awkward?  Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.  Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers.  Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter?  Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.

But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves.  And no one ever escapes unscathed.

New York Times best-selling author Jessica Park mines the territory of love’s growing pains with wit, sharp insights, and a discernible heat and heartbeat. Her previous novels include Relatively Famous, and she authored the e-shorts What the Kid Says (Parts 1 and 2) and Facebooking Rick Springfield. 

Visit her on the web at http://www.jessicapark.me

The author of Flat-Out Love has donated this book to the Worldreader program

“…This is The Best Book I Have Ever Read… I have read a lot of books but none like this one. It made me laugh until I nearly cried. It’s funny, sad, romantic and just simply fantastic…” ComaCalm’s Corner 

“I loved it so much that I’m already considering how long to wait before re-reading it.The romance in this one is amazing because it’s a slow building, feel-it-in-your-stomach kind of love.” Book Labyrinth

“Within the first chapter, I laughed out loud no less than four times. The characters were well-rounded, and strong while still vulnerable…Flat Out Love is a shining example of romance in the internet age…” –Random Musings

“It had me laughing, it had me crying, it made me feel emotions that I thought my black heart wouldn’t allow.”   –See K Read

This book was so outrageously good…It’s at the top of my favorites. It has surpassed…dare I say it?…my deeply beloved Nicholas Sparks. Totally different type of books but I’m trying to prove a point here.  –Just Another Book Addict

Tuesday’s Contemporary Romantic Picks- If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

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The steamy first installment in the Inside Out erotic romance trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones, in the bestselling tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

When Sara McMillan finds a stack of journals in a storage unit, she’s shocked and enthralled by the erotic life the writer led. Unable to stop reading, she vicariously lives out dark fantasies through Rebecca, the writer—until the terrifying final entry.

 

Certain something sinister has happened, Sara sets out to discover the facts, immersing herself in Rebecca’s life. Soon she’s working at the art gallery Rebecca worked at and meeting Rebecca’s friends. Finding herself drawn to two dangerously sexy men, the manager of the gallery and a famed artist, Sara realizes she’s going down the same path Rebecca took. But with the promise of her dark needs being met by a man with confident good looks and a desire for control, she’s not sure anything else matters. Just the burn for more.

Now Optioned to STARZ for TV! 
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Don’t miss the connected novellas REBECCA’S LOST JOURNALS out now! 
  • Rebecca’s Lost Journals: The Seduction
  • Rebecca’s Lost Journals: The Contract
  • Rebecca’s Lost Journals: His Submissive
  • Rebecca’s Lost Journals: My Master
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This book was tense, exciting and compelling it commands your senses and DEMANDS that you pay attention — Reviewed by Shauni — For more reviews by Shauni check out Tea and Book and
Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

From the Author

Booklist says: Jones’ suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Monday’s Historical Romantic Pick- One Good Earl by Sarah MacLean

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, the second book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s award-winning Rules of Scoundrels series, is a lively, romantic adventure, starring a lovable, sometimes bumbling heroine and a sexy, leading man who offer up plenty of steamy sexual tension.

Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, the always proper and logical Lady Philippa “Pippa” Marbury wants to learn about London’s dark side before she happily heads off to the country and embraces married life. But it’s in London’s shadowy corners where she meets Cross, the brooding, mysterious bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell. He’s a rogue in every sense of the word. Or is he?

The heroes of the Rule of Scoundrels books will steal the hearts of their heroines and readers alike!

Review

Maclean seamlessly moves from the first novel in her Rules of Scoundrels series to the second. The same great chemistry, intelligence and sparkling humour shine, and the added sexual tension provided by lessons in temptation provides readers with a delectable read. Pure, unadulterated MacLean! RT Book Reviews McLean’s second Rule of Scoundrels novel is a clever, original historical romance with compelling main characters who are so engaging and enchantingly well-matched you simply don’t want to see their stories end. Cross is a fallen-angel archetype with a damaged, guilt-ridden past, but it is the delightful, captivating Pippa whom readers will fall in love with and root for, and readers will love Cross just a little bit more because he does, too. At moments heart-wrenching, at moments comedic, at all times entertaining and satisfying, this book deserves a read if you’re a romance fan. Kirkus

From the Author

I cannot wait for you to see Cross & Pippa’s story unfold-and I’ve saved one nugget of information for here, on my own blog, to thank you for coming over and joining me this week!Here’s the thing: Pippa was never supposed to be a heroine.

She was supposed to be a sweet side character in A Rogue By Any Other Name — the odd younger sister who ends up married because that’s what happens to odd younger sisters. And Cross was supposed to (get this!) marry a lady doctor. I had plans for him that involved neither ruination of engaged aristocratic misses nor falling head over heels for strange bespectacled beauties.

Not to mention the fact that Temple’s book was supposed to come first.

I’ve never been one of those writers who has characters who speak to her. I am lord and deity over my books. I tell my heroes to do stuff and they do them, for heaven’s sake. But…for some reason, for this book, I wasn’t in charge. They were. To be more specific, Pippa was. She wanted her time in Cross’s office and she wanted to know what she was missing out on, and she wanted…well…him. And she shocked me just as much as she shocked Cross, honestly.

Suffice to say, she may not be my favorite heroine…and he may not be my favorite hero…but together they are absolutely my favorite couple. And I cannot wait for you to meet them.