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)

Thursday’s Bargain Spotlight- Heiress Bride by Cynthia Woolf

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Heiress Ella Davenport survived a carriage accident that killed her father. Her life saved in exchange for savage scars marring her beautiful face. Her friends, socialites, showed their true colors, casting Ella aside like damaged goods and leaving her a social pariah. Even her wealth can’t buy her the kind of marriage she wants. Desperate to find a husband who can accept her despite her scars and, without knowing about her money, she seeks to become a mail order bride. Matchmaker & Co. is her one chance to start over and leave the pain and betrayal far behind her.

Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan’s Arapaho heritage. It didn’t matter that Nathan was a successful rancher, businessman, and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed. Even his money couldn’t buy him a wife. That was ten years ago. He moved and rebuilt everything that cold rancher once took from him. He has it all…except a wife. Matchmaker & Company promises to send him a woman willing to start a new life with him. But Nathan’s battered heart lacks the ability to trust. He longs for children, not romance. His new bride, scarred and cast aside like himself, promises to be perfect for him. Until he meets his mail order bride. Fierce desire and an even more dangerous hope roar back to life within him. Two things he swore never to indulge in again.
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And love? For these two battered souls, that’s the biggest risk of all

 

Review

It is eighteen seventy one, and Mrs. Selby of Matchmaker & Co. has once again made what she believes is the perfect match. Ella Davenport is a New York City heiress. A year ago someone tampered with the carriage she and her father were driving in. A serious accident ensued, killing her father and leaving Ella badly scarred. Due to the constant stares and looks of pity, she has secluded herself in the home she shares with her brother Joshua. Now Mrs. Selby has found her a husband, and she will be travelling to Denver to marry him. He knows about her scars and has accepted her anyway, so now she has no fear of someone only marrying her for her money.
Nathan Ravenclaw has accepted Ella Davenport to be his wife since he has scars of his own. He is a successful rancher, but he is half Arapaho and in spite of people being willing to do business with him, they frown on their daughters or sisters marrying him. Ella knows about his heritage. She accepts his scars and he accepts hers.
Then danger rears its ugly head in the form of someone wanting Ella dead. Is this the same person who tried to kill her in New York City? What reason would someone have to wish her dead? Well, the guilty party took everyone by surprise including me.
This is the second book in the Matchmaker & Co. series, and like the first it is a heartwarming story about people with problems looking for love. We catch up on Sarah and John from book one who happen to be Nathan and Ella’s neighbor. I hope there are more books in this series, because so far I have not been disappointed.
Reviewed By: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

 

About the Author

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends. Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006. Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time. She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years. In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she’d attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter’s table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn’t looked back. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

OCTOBER’S NEW RELEASES

 

FACE OFF/FORWARD PASS

RULES OF THE GAME- BOOK TWO

by Heather Peters

FORWARD PASS
Cam Landry is the new unattached quarterback for the New York Falcons. When his anger on the field nearly gets him benched, he’s ordered to join a yoga class to tame his occasional bouts of temper.
Amanda Abbott is a pretty yoga instructor, whose heart has just been broken. Her work with the handsome Cam is just the distraction she needs. But will they back away from their feelings or will Amanda be able to improve Cam’s ….Forward Pass?

FACE – OFF
Adam Piersson is the strong and silent captain for the New York Thunder and a serial bachelor.
Elena Collins is the woman who dares to seduce him into playing one on one with her.
When they start a torrid affair with no strings attached, Adam discovers he wants more from Elena than just a simple….Face-Off.

 

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

by Liberty Blake

Cross a Christmas phobic male with a caterer with Christmas bells on…can she ignite the Christmas spirit in him?

 

BIGGER THAN BECKHAM

by V K Sykes

Sports journalist Martha Winston loves her career, but her life goes sideways when she inherits a pro soccer team from her father. The team is almost bankrupt and on the skids, but Martha has vowed to save her beloved father’s legacy. But she needs to get a financial infusion fast, or else lose the team to the wolves baying at her door.

Former British soccer hero Tony Branch wants to add Martha’s team to his growing sports empire. But he wants it strictly on his terms–full control, not a partnership. When Martha turns him down flat, he’s determined to change her mind by any means necessary. If that includes using the sexual heat flaring between them, Tony is more than willing to play a game of seduction.

Book Three in the Philadelphia Patriots Series.

 

COLD MOON DEAD

by J M Griffin

Telling Vinnie Esposito to stay out of trouble is like telling a wolf not to howl at the moon.

But you can’t blame Vinnie this time. She’s just trying to be a Good Samaritan. How is Vinnie supposed to know that the little old lady, stranded at the side of the road, is a carjacker? And when Vinnie helps her artist friend paint a mural in a big, fancy mansion—how is she supposed to know that the owner is the biggest, most notorious, mobster in the state? And she can’t help it when she finds a dead body at the art show.

And next thing you know her parents are fighting; and her boyfriend, hunky State Trooper Marcus Richmond, is mad at her; and her sexy, upstairs tenant, FBI agent Aaron Grant, is up to something.

And Vinnie has to make everything right.

But before she does that, it’s going to get even more wrong.

PARADISE FOUND

by Mary Campisi

How does one see truly–with the heart or with the eyes?

Matt Brandon has it all–wealth, power, looks, and talent. Women want him, men want to be like him. When a freak ski accident strips him of one of life’s most basic needs–his sight–he struggles to accept the possibility that his blindness may be permanent.

Enter, psychologist, Sara Hamilton, a woman who has known her own share of grief and loss and may just be the one person who can help Matt redefine his new world. Sara is every woman’s woman–she’s not a toothpick or a Cosmo girl, has never been prom queen, or dated the blond-haired god with the big white teeth. She’s honest and decent and real…and lives on the perimeter, applauding her patients’ successes, nursing them through their failures, but never acknowledging or accepting her own lackings. She’s loved and lost once and has been so emotionally scarred, she’s not willing to risk those feelings again.

Of course, she’s never met a man like Matt Brandon. As Matt and Sara explore the delicate balance between ‘blind’ trust and hope, they will discover that sometimes you have to lose everything to find what you are truly looking for…

ANOTHER NIGHT FALLS

TIDES OF CHARLESTON- PART III

by Jerri Hines

Sumner Meador walked in a world of wealth and privilege as part of Charles Town’s elite, but that was years ago. Now he fights in the Southern backwoods driven by the passion he holds for the Patriot cause, shadowed by his past. Reeling from a devastating defeat at the hands of the British, Sumner seeks haven at his farm, only to find an interloper—an unwelcome and unwanted distraction. He has no time for the young woman or the complications she brings with her, but soon discovers he has no option but to give aid to the stubborn, courageous beauty whether she wants it or not.
A widower, Sumner has been haunted by the death of his wife and is consumed with a desire for revenge.
Jane Kilmer has been violently thrust into the midst of the civil war ensuing in the backwoods. Hiding from one of the most dangerous vigilantes, Jane trusts no one. Suddenly, she has no choice but to put her life in Sumner’s hands. Both desire revenge, but neither wants what happens—to fall completely, undeniably in love with each other—so much so, that both are willing to die for the other. And they might have to.

IMMORTAL SURRENDER

THE CURSE OF THE TEMPLARS

by Claire Ashgrove

“This series (The Curse of the Templars) is explosive, sexy, riveting, and Claire Ashgrove is a master of her craft.” ~New York Times Bestelling Author of MARK OF THE WITCH, Maggie Shayne

“Ashgrove’s Templars will steal your heart and her world building will leave you wanting more.” ~National Bestselling, Award Winning Author of the L.O.S.T series, Karin Tabke/Harlow

“Claire Ashgrove weaves complex layers of history, paranormal worlds and romantic fiction seamlessly.” ~New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of WIFE BY WEDNESDAY, Catherine Bybee on the Templar Series

“Compelling characters, crackling sexual tension and a fascinating paranormal mythology–Immortal Surrender has it all!” ~Award Winning and Bestselling author of WEST OF WANT, Laura Kaye

 

TOURNAMENT OF CHANCE

by S G Rogers

When a beautiful commoner enters the Tournament of Chance archery competition, her thwarted victory sparks a revolution in the oppressive kingdom of Destiny. Although Heather never believed the legends about the restoration of Ormaria, after three shape-shifting Ormarian wizards awaken from a long magical slumber, she joins their perilous quest to regain the throne. Heather battles vicious predators and angry trolls to free the wizards’ magic, but at a horrendous cost. She is unexpectedly torn from the arms of the man she loves and hurled back in time to fulfill a prophecy not yet written. The ensuing maelstrom tests Heather’s survival skills, wits, and endurance. Will she become an unwritten footnote in history, or can she trust the magic to lead her back to her one true love?

 

TUMBLEWEED LETTERS

by Vonnie Davis

When rancher and single father Cam McBride finds a letter tucked in a strip of cloth tied to a tumbleweed, he is captivated by the mysterious author. Finding a second tumbleweed letter further pulls him under the lonely writer’s spell. He needs a mother for his little boy and a wife to warm his bed. Could this mysterious woman fill his needs?

Sophie Flannigan is alone, scared, and on the run from a rogue Pinkerton agent. She spends her days as a scrub lady at Madame Dora’s brothel and her nights writing notes to the four winds. Her life holds little hope until a small boy lays claim to her and his handsome father proposes an advantageous arrangement.

Can these three benefit from a marriage of convenience, or will a determined Pinkerton agent destroy their fragile, newly formed bond?

FIREFLY MOUNTAIN

by Christine DePetrillo

Firefighter Patrick Barre is determined to hide away in the woods of Vermont. He’s content to do his job, remodel his house, and enjoy the company of his arson-detection dog, Midas. Scars from the fire that destroyed his family keep him from letting anyone into his life.

Gini Claremont uses her camera to celebrate the beauty of life. Nature soothes her, while anger is dangerous for Gini–and anyone near her. If she doesn’t guard her emotions, her surroundings could go up in flames. Living alone, keeping busy, and letting her family keep watch on her is best for everyone.

When an arsonist declares war on their town, Patrick and Gini reluctantly band together to sift through the ashes, each holding a secret close to the heart. As the arson escalates, so does their mutual attraction. Will teaming up put out the fires, or start a whole new one?