Friday, 22 October 2021

*** 5 STARS *** OVER THE EDGE by Suzanne Brockman

 

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"Suzanne Brockmann has taken romantic suspense by storm with her action-packed thrillers. Now she has written the most gripping novel of her career-an unforgettable story of an explosive hostage situation in which two people are caught between the call of duty and the lure of destiny.
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Her passion is flying. As one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, Lieutenant Teri Howe is strong, dedicated, and highly skilled-until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she's worked for. 


Rock steady Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of tackling difficult challenges. So it's no surprise when he comes to Teri's aid, knowing that his personal code of honor-and perhaps his heart-will be at risk. But when a jet carrying an American senator's daughter is hijacked, Stan's unflinching determination and Teri's steadfast courage are put to the ultimate test. The rescue mission will be daring and dangerous. But somewhere between peril and resolution, the line between friends and lovers begins to blur, pushing both their lives "over the edge." . . .

 


 I love Over the Edge!!  It is a great addition to the Troubleshooter series.  (I know I’m late to this series, just the same, I’m loving these characters’ past and present.) Suzanne Brockman does an excellent job at creating well-loved characters who quickly drop into my heart.   

Teri Howe is a wonderful heroine.  She has issues in her personal life to resolve.  However, in the helicopter she is boss.  Stan Wolchonok is the fixer.  He is often called in to get his men out of tight situations on the home front and leads the team through dangerous situations on foreign soil.  His men say he can fix anything. He has different issues from Teri’s.

Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok is caught off guard by Teri at the start of the story.  He has admired her flying skills for some time.  According to Stan she is the best helicopter pilot he knows.  What he didn’t expect was for Teri to show up at his house asking for help with a personal matter.  Chief, as he is called by everyone, is not prepared for the pull on his heart.  He dreams about Teri romantically, but he is concerned about the age difference, and the ethics of a relationship with her.

The SEAL Team 16’s mission is to free the passengers on a highjacked plane that set down in Kazbekistan and take down the terrorists.  Government policy is to never negotiate with terrorists. However, one of the passengers is a senator’s daughter, which gives the terrorists another bargaining tool.  The mission is all too plausible and nerve racking adding to the anxiety for the reader, and the reason I couldn’t put down my Kindle.    

As with the previous books in the series, we get an older character’s perspective of their time serving in World War II.  The history of the time comes to life through the memories.  It is a beautiful tribute to the unsung heroes both military and civilian.  Brockman’s interest and research of the period is evident in the retelling of events. 

In Over the Edge I found a marvelous romance with a fantastic SEAL adventure. I love that the characters have adult romances with adult problems.  These men and women love their jobs and don’t want to do anything that will jeopardize their careers.  The romance moves slowly, but the action is fast moving making the story the perfect pace. 

In addition to Teri and Stan, the continuing build of Sam and Alyssa connection picks up speed.  I’m not sure I’m on board with their relationship by the end of the book, but it is an interesting twist.  I’m looking forward to seeing how Brockman resolves their problems. 

 I’m looking forward to whatever is next.

 

5 STARS 


 

*** EXCERPT REVEAL *** WELL PLAYED by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

 




Title: Well Played
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2021


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Presley

Harper picked up the notebook that contained my to-do list from the table and opened to a fresh page. Clicking the pen open, she scribbled across the top.
To do with Levi
I chuckled. “Are we making a dirty to-do list?”
She wiggled her eyebrows and put the pen to the paper. “We certainly are.” “Tell me one thing you fantasize about doing with him.”
Yep, I was definitely drunk, because sober me wouldn’t have participated in this. Though, even in this state, I felt my cheeks blush. “Well, every day he goes out back and does pull-ups in that big oak tree. Sometimes I imagine he’s naked while doing them, and then I walk out naked, too. I wrap myself around him like a koala and he’s a tree, and he keeps doing the pull-ups. Hoisting us both up and down.”
Harper smirked. “Nice start.” She then jotted down koala pull-ups. “What else you got?”
“Well, I also have this running fantasy that I’m watching him do the pull-ups from my bedroom window with binoculars, and then I lie down on the bed and…you know…go to town on myself. And when I’m just about to orgasm, I look up at the window and see Levi with the binoculars. He’s watching me masturbate from outside.”
“Oooh… I like that one.” Harper wrote down voyeur masturbation.
For the next half hour, we polished off our spiked lemonades, laughed a lot, and added more than a dozen sexual to-do tasks to my list. It was the most fun I’d had in ages. But Harper had to fly home in the morning, and I didn’t want her to have a raging hangover. So rather than make another pitcher of spiked lemonade, I grabbed her a water bottle and some Motrin and told her to drink up before going to bed.
But as I walked around and shut off the lights, another fantasy hit me. “That peach cobbler we had for dessert at the restaurant was orgasmic, wasn’t it?”
“It sure was.”
I pointed to the notepad. “Sit on Levi’s face while eating that pie.”
Harper had been drinking water and spit it out all over the place. “Oh my God. That is most definitely going on the list!” She picked up the pen and spoke while jotting something down. “Double orgasmic peach cobbler.”
We started to crack up, but a knock interrupted our laughter. At least it interrupted mine. I looked up to find Levi standing in the doorway to the living room.
My eyes widened. “Levi… What are you doing here?”
His brows lifted. “I own half the place.”
“No, I meant I didn’t know you were back.”
He looked between Harper and me and seemed to smirk. “Oh, I’m back.”
My palms started to sweat. “I didn’t hear you come in. How long have you been…standing there?”
Levi tilted his head, and his smirk elevated to a cocky smile. “Not too long.”
Oh my God. I wanted to crawl into a hole and never come out. What if he heard? I suddenly felt pretty damn sober. “Umm…well, this is my friend Harper. She’s leaving early tomorrow, so we were just going to bed.”
He nodded. “Nice to meet you, Harper.”
Harper stood and hiccupped. She covered her grinning mouth. “Nice to meet you, too. Your family’s inn is beautiful.”
“Thank you.”
Her eyes shifted to me. “Although there’s a lot to do around here. Presley and I made a list. You might want to take a look at it and get going on some of the new to-do tasks we added.”
My eyes nearly bulged out of my head, and I lunged for the notebook on the table.
Levi squinted at me. “Everything okay, Presley? You seem stressed.”
“I’m fine!”
He nodded slowly. “Right.”
“Alright….” I grabbed Harper’s arm and tugged. “We’re going to bed. Welcome home.”
Levi never moved from the living room doorway as he watched me drag my friend out of the room.
Harper waved over her shoulder. “’Night, Levi. Enjoy your to-do list!”
Somehow I managed to get Harper to her room without her yelling anything too obscene. But for the next half hour, I lay in my bed with my heart pounding. What if he’d heard us? What if he’d been standing there listening the entire time? Oh my God. I covered my face with my hands. The things I said I wanted to do to him. My head began to ache, and tomorrow’s hangover hadn’t even started yet.
After another twenty minutes of lying there freaking out in the dark, my mouth was so parched that I needed a bottle of water. But there was no way I wanted to run into Levi again. So I cracked open my bedroom door and listened for any sounds of someone moving out in the common area. Finding it quiet, I snuck down the hall and peered around the corner to see if any lights were still on. They weren’t, so I breathed a sigh of relief and went to the kitchen for a drink.
I guzzled half a bottle of water before turning to slink back to my bedroom. But I froze at the sight of Levi standing in the kitchen doorway. My hand flew up to cover my racing heart. “Oh my God. You scared me.”
“Sorry. I was just going to head out to grab a bite to eat.”
“Oh…there are leftovers from lunch in the fridge, if you want. I made chicken pot pies this morning.”
Levi held my eyes for a moment. “Thanks, but I think I’m going to go out.” He walked over and leaned down to whisper in my ear. “I have a real hankering for peach cobbler.”
Oh.
My.
God.
My jaw dropped to the ground. I had no idea what to do or say.
Levi winked as he walked to the door. “Get some sleep. I wouldn’t want you to be too tired to work on that to-do list.”

★★★ 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.



PENELOPE WARD


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance. 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.




Thursday, 21 October 2021

**COVER REVEAL** LOVE STORIES: A NOVELLA COLLECTION by Samantha Young

 


Samantha Young has revealed the cover for Love Stories: A Novella Collection!

 

Releasing: December 6, 2021

 

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Photographer: Regina Wamba

 

A collection of contemporary romance novellas from New York Times Bestselling Author Samantha Young.

This volume includes novellas previously only available exclusively to newsletter subscribers. They have now been collated into this romantic collection of modern love stories.

Includes:
The Forbidden Christmas Gift:
It's Christmas at Shaw's Department store in Edinburgh! Reid Shaw should feel nothing but gratified by his success. But he's not satisfied because the sexy Scot wants forbidden fruit for Christmas: Evan Munro. Reid's Evan's boss. He's thirteen years older than her.
Oh ... and she's his best friend's little sister.

New Year's Eve:
After Ryan drunkenly kisses the object of her crush, Joe--her sister's father-in-law-- at his son's birthday party, all she wants to do is avoid Joe for the rest of eternity. But when they find themselves stranded alone together on New Year's Eve, Ryan discovers Joe most definitely doesn't want to avoid Ryan...

Loving Valentine:
Micah Green has loved Valentine Fairchild for over ten years; ever since they were kids brought together by Micah's difficult family life. Too many outside factors have gotten in their way, pushing them further apart over the years. But Micah, no matter how hard he tries, can't forget her. When he finds a way to see her again, he realizes he's wasted too much time loving Valentine from afar. Now he just has to convince her to let go of their past so they can move on with their future. Together.

Ember in the Heart:
Loosely Inspired by Pride & Prejudice.
When Ember Bonet overhears her sister's fiancé's best friend uttering rude remarks about the Bonet sisters at the engagement party, she instantly dismisses him as a pretentious man-child. Then said man-child, Foster Darwin, moves into the house next door along with his five-year-old daughter, making him hard to ignore.
Foster can't believe his best friend, Colt, omitted to tell him the spinsterish Bonet sisters live in the house next door to his new home. Problem is, Ember Bonet is anything but spinsterish. From the moment they met, Foster has fought an overwhelming attraction to her. An attraction he has no time for. Not only is he determined to prioritize his daughter Georgie, he can't fail his own father again. And Edward Darwin has made it clear that Foster must settle down with the right woman. Unfortunately, his family's idea of 'right' isn't the sexy massage therapist next door who's eleven years his senior.
Determined to keep her distance from Foster, Ember fails when it becomes clear he and Georgie need support in their new life together. But proximity to one another is too great a temptation, and physical chemistry soon turns into so much more. If only Ember could get over their age difference and Foster his family pride...

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Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over fifty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 31 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

*** RELEASE DAY REVIEW *** THE LILAC CADILAC by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Today we're thrilled to be sharing The Lilac Cadillac, an epic love story at a time of war by Jane Harvey Berrick

"Amazingly beautiful and powerful"

"Heart-wrenching and poignant"

“I have no words to tell you how beautifully this is written. You give the whole war new meaning for those who didn’t live through it. This story is epic.”

“Better tell readers to get that box of tissues out ready”


                

SYNOPSIS

Two women, two lives, divided by an ocean – and a secret hidden for 75 years. London, 1939, Sylvia marries her sweetheart, Harry, in the days before he’s sent to war. It will be four, long years before she sees him again.

In 2019, Fiona McCloud is struggling to make ends meet in her small Iowa town but has big dreams of a more glamorous life. In private, the plus-size woman fantasizes about being Marilyn Monroe. In reality, she’s a part-time hairdresser and beautician at the Cedars Retirement Village.

Fiona’s favorite resident is 97 year-old Dolly. The world thinks Dolly is disgraceful, with her octogenarian lover and addiction to fast cars.

And then there’s Joe Fox, the sulky and sensual gardener, a Native American with flowing black hair and wary eyes.

When Dolly decides to take a road trip to Las Vegas, she persuades Fiona and Joe to come with her. They don’t know that Dolly has an ulterior motive, or that this journey will change their lives forever.


                                            

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EPILOGUE

© 2021 Jane Harvey-Berrick All rights reserved.

Life is a journey. That’s what they say, isn’t it? We’re all traveling toward some unknown destination, not knowing when or where we’ll stop, when we’ll pick up passengers or wave goodbye to others.

We grow up, we grow older, and the direction of the journey changes. Sometimes we choose our path and sometimes our path chooses us. But sometimes, just occasionally, someone else picks a different path for us, and we’re traveling down it before we even realize.

What happened to me is a combination of all these things: two very special people who changed the course of my life. And a large, ugly and uncomfortable car, a lilac-colored Cadillac.

It really was ugly. But I ended up loving it, because … well, it’s a long story.    


                                        

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Meet Jane:

Writing is my passion and my obsession. I write every day and I love it. My head is full of stories and characters. I’ll never keep up with all my ideas!

I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Winnie, every day. It’s on those beach-side walks that I have all my best ideas.

Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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I love Jane Harvey-Berrick’s books, and The Lilac Cadilac is no exception.  As mentioned in the blurb, this is the story of Fiona McCloud in the present day, well 2019, and Sylvia Woods in WW II England.  The book’s journey is the discovery of how these two unrelated stories connect.  Secrets are revealed, and lives are changed on the journey. 

Fiona:  Fionna lives in a rundown trailer in Strawberry Point, Iowa.  She is a cosmetologist working three part-time jobs to make ends meet.  She works in a salon, in a funeral home, and a nursing home.  She greets her customers, even the dead ones with, “Hello my name is Fiona.  It’s nice to meet you.  I’m your cosmetologist and I’m here to make you look beautiful for your special day.”  Fionna works hard to keep positive and spreads joy to the people she meets.  I could relate to her from the start.  Her struggles, dreams, and an obsession with Marilyn Monroe made her real. 

Dorothy Porter a.k.a. Dolly.  Dolly is one of the residents of Cedar Court retirement village and nursing home.  At 97 Dolly knows she doesn’t have much time left.  She wants a last adventure and convinces Fiona and Joe Fox to give her this wish.  Dolly wants to go to Vegas for her last hurrah. All three travelers make discoveries as they drive cross country in a lilac Cadillac.

Sylvia Woods is the heroine in the World War II flashbacks.  I adore her until about sixty-five percent into the story where she makes decisions, especially the one at ninety percent, that I didn’t agree with at all.  Regardless of whether I agree or disagree, Sylvia is a great character.  She volunteers with WAAF to do her part to support her husband serving in the RAF.  She is amazing.  A young woman who dropped out of Oxford, she competes with many people older and better educated.  Her determination and strength is inspiring.

There are great support characters in the past and present.  They all bring so much detail and development to the story.  I found myself cheering for, angry with, laughing at, and crying about all of them at different times throughout the story. 

I’m not a big fan of flashbacks, however, these are well done.  It took me a few chapters to get into the flow.  The main reason is I wanted more about the person who’s POV I was reading at the moment.  When Fiona’s chapter ended, I gave a sigh because I wanted more about her and vice versa.   After my brain settled on the flow of events, all was good.

The historical facts are educational.  So many of our parents and grandparents lived through WWII.  It is emotional to realize what their lives were like.  What they gave up for freedom and the legacy they left for future generations.  I found myself Googling events to get more details as I read.  That is a great writer who makes the reader want more.  Jane did that for me.  The Lilac Cadilac  has it all; an outstanding story, characters, settings, and emotion producing.  You must read. 

 

 5 STARS