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By Joan Johnston

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Montana Bride (Bitter Creek) by Joan Johnston

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Shot by an arrow and abandoned, Hetty finds herself at the mercy of an unlikely quartet of misfits. A prostitute aka mail-order bride, two children pretending to be hers, and a wise Chinese man full of advice from Confucius and they are all on the way to meet up with Karl Norwood-poor man didn’t know what was about to hit him.  Hetty didn’t realize the fun was just getting started.  When Karl’s “sweet” mail-order bride finds karma is swift and just and plummets off the side of a cliff, Hetty must make a decision that will save two orphans and maybe even herself, all she must do is step in and become a widowed mother of two. How hard could it be?

Right away Karl knows something is amiss when he meets up with the group.  First, how could this young lady be the mother of two children, that were obviously older than what the letters had stated.  Furthermore, these children had different fathers and looked nothing like this stunningly beautiful woman.  Not willing to let the beauty walk away, he decides to play their little charade and see how it went, not realizing he might just fall in love along the way.

I stumbled across this book at my favorite used bookstore, and I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the author.  I love it when I find a new author that takes me on a journey through her writing.  From page one I was instantly swept away, becoming more and more involved with the characters and their dilemmas, cheering them on when they stumbled. Watching the “plain” Karl transform into the dashing young man that Hetty couldn’t help to fall in love with.  I can’t wait to buy other books by Joan Johnston, she is an author I would recommend to my friends.


By Jamie Ripp

Suddenly ripped from her boring mundane life, Arri found herself thrown into a world of danger- something that not even her worst nightmares could have prepared her for.  What do you do when you find out your whole life has been one big lie, and worst of all you find out vampires are real and not only have you been living with them, but you’ve been calling them Mom and Dad?  Her own parents had kept their true identity from her, hoping to shield her from the most powerful and evil vampire to walk the face of the Earth, but it was only a matter of time before Nicholas found her, and he was ready to fight- he wouldn’t lose this time.

                Finding herself on the run and turning to the most unlikely of friends, Arri doesn’t know who she can trust, and she must remember there’s more to the people than what first meets the eye.  It’s not uncommon to be rubbing shoulders with vampires and werewolves when she turns to others for help, looking for protection in the arms of those that she isn’t so sure she should be trusting, much less falling in love with.

                Jamie has done a great job weaving a story that keeps the reader turning the pages as fast as they can to find out how Arri will survive this new attack on her life.  Keeping me on the edge of my seat with action, suspense and the thrill of a paranormal romance, she keeps this romance clean enough for both teens and adults.  Mrs. Ripp reaches all ages with her writing.  I enjoyed reading her story and watching the characters come alive and leap off the pages.  I can’t wait for the other books in the series to continue Arri’s adventures.

Buy: Fresh Starts: Bree’s Story

Bree has been able to live a few short years free of fear from her crazy stalker as he sits in his jail cell.  However, his time has come to an end and he’s about to be released.  In order to protect her and her family, her brother has hired a private body guard aka Greyson Law.  Heading to Oregon to care for an apple orchard under the disguise of a married couple, Greyson and Bree find that the chemistry is pretty strong from the get go.  It helps that Greyson has had a crush on Bree since they were kids and now Greyson just has to convince her that he’s not the jock from high school that she remembers.

Kimberly Krey does an amazing job writing a story that has characters that anybody can relate to.  As with her other books, the characters are developed and the story line moves quickly.  It seems every time I open one of her books I set it down thinking, “Wow, now that was my favorite one!” Each one is just as good as the one before.  I love that her books can be read by themselves, but they are also all interconnected with characters from each of the series.

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Buy Now: Marry Your Billionaire: A Modern Cinderella

Midge Knightly had no intentions of falling head over heels in love with the gentleman she overheard discussing his tarnished reputation, she just knew she must step in and stop him from making a huge mistake by starring in a reality show to clear his name. However, Brody Prescott knew that he was smitten from the get go and he had plans to catch the red headed librarian that wore over sized glasses that hid her cute freckles. With a little luck and some well-placed eavesdropping, Brody Prescott knew that there was a chance to catch the elusive Cinderella. It seemed the perfect answer: Play the dashing Bachelor in the TV series, Marry Your Billionaire, where Midge is forced to be taking a role as one of the candidates fighting for his attention in order to get her trust fund back from her father.

Forced in front of the screen, and surprised to find herself staying on for more than one night, Midge is not too happy with the way the events are starting to play out in her life. Brody must be persistent and continue to shower Midge with attention in order to gain her trust and her love. However, there is something sinister happening onset and Midge may be forced to leave the scene early in order to save her life.

I had a blast reading this book. The characters were warm and engaging, and I couldn’t help but chuckle throughout several moments of the book. The romance was sweet and the mystery and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, I kept yelling at Midge to watch her back. I think it’s a fun book that any romantic would love to get their hands on and read.

 I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Buy: Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome)

Lynne Harmony has had her fair share of fear, pain, and heartache. She’s survived the Scorpius Syndrome only to come out with a glowing blue heart and has been imprisoned, poked and prodded and threatened. The world, at least those that have survived, has gone into survival mode. Shoot first ask questions later and they aren’t about to trust anyone, not even the woman with the blue heart who may just be the only hope the world has left at fighting the disease that destroyed civilization. Stumbling along ruin Lynne gets herself captured by Jax Mercury, the man who has become a legend. Caring for the weak and leading a small army of strong men, Jax is not a man to mess with. With a little give and take it doesn’t take long for the two to find out that they need each other to survive and with a little patience they find that there can be more than just heartache in all the mess and death. It is possible to find love.

There was never a dull moment in this action packed book. Amidst a world of chaos, the romance and chemistry jumped off the pages. I felt the raw pain when another survivor would succumb to the horrible disease. Rebecca Zanetti does an amazing job creating strong characters and a great plot that left me excited to read the next book in the series.

*Does Contain Adult Content*

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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The Winters Sisters Series

   Posted by: Kristina   in Mystery & Suspense, Paranormal, Romance


Victory Winters is a world-renowned geneticist and is the best in her field.  Because of her expertise, she’s wanted by those that would like to use her talents for something more sinister than eliminating disease.  After witnessing the murder of a co-worker, a man she thought she loved at one point, Victory knows she must get away.  She’s unable to turn to the police for help, she doesn’t know who she can trust.

Tristan Farraday,  has a few special abilities that he shares his brother.  Together they lead a secret Special Operations Command team, Team Alpha.  Now their target is Biotec, a company that Tristan is now investigating undercover.  When it’s been discovered that the man they have been following has been murdered, Tristan picks up the scent of Victory Winters. Both sides know that she holds answers to their questions and its become a race of who can get to Victory first?  If Tristan can catch up to her, can he keep her safe?


Payton Winters no nonsense business mind is perfect for taking over the position of CEO in The Winters Corporation.  Running the business end of things helps free up Victory’s time so she is able to run the lab trying to find the answers to so many unanswered questions left behind when their parents passed away. However, things are about to get even more complicated after she finds out that she may have special abilities that bound her to the very unstable Collin McBain.  After Collin had been tortured and tested like a lab rat, he is unable to control his wolf side and it’s up to Payton to calm him down.  The sister’s are still not safe and they continue to learn how to control their powers while trying to stay one step ahead of the secret group trying to destroy them.

Willow has the ability to see people’s true feelings and emotions which makes her the perfect candidate to take lead in the hiring employees for The Winters Corporation.  When it’s become obvious that their is a traitor in the company, she must use her abilities to search him out.  The Kaleidoscope Group has made it perfectly clear, that they will stop at nothing and will kill whoever gets in their way, to get to the sisters and the research they are in possession of. Wyatt Farraday has his hands full trying to keep the three sisters safe, but it’s even harder when he finds that he is drawn to Willow and together they discover that their abilities are heightened-a discovery that Willow isn’t so happy about, and she is so adamant that she can take care of herself.

The Winters Sisters Series are filled with intrigue, murder, suspense and romance.  The fast paced action leaves the reader on the edge of their seat, turning pages fast, and wondering what happens next. The characters are developed and their personalities help bring them alive.  I have come to love reading Joanne Jaytanie’s books and look forward to reading more of her writing.

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Between Good and Evil Blog Tour

   Posted by: Kristina   in Blog Tours, Mystery & Suspense



   Posted by: Kristina   in Contemporary, Mystery & Suspense, Romance


Since birth, Jack Cavanaugh’s parents had groomed and trained him the family secret. A secret that was hundreds of years old that comes with its one legacy and title. The rich and powerful, the weak and vulnerable, anyone that knows the stories behind the title: Pimpernel, wanted him. The guilty wanted him brought in, they didn’t care whether he was dead or alive, and the victims wanted to hire him to fix where they had been wronged. The Pimpernel had talents, he had a team, and he had an endless supply of money, and best of all, he was great at what he did.

Jack was no stranger to assessing a situation promptly. With his team backing him and advising him, they were pros at getting in and getting out quickly. No questions were asked and assignments were done with a magical twist of his wrist. He was the master of disguise and misdirection. However, Jack’s newest assignment is not going as planned. With a man behind bars, he’s no closer to catching the head of the latest scheme and he’s sure an innocent PhD student, Claire Ramsey, is being used like a puppet. He wants to follow the strings attached to her and stop the hands controlling her spiral into the criminal world, a world she has no business in. The longer he stays in the assignment the more attached he becomes to the sweet naïve genius, who happens to suffer from an extreme case of OCD.

Feeling trapped, with no other options before her, Claire Ramsey must start down the road as a criminal, swindling businessmen out of their money. With threats aimed towards a man she feels that she cares for, Claire does better than anyone ever imagines. The money comes flowing in. With a cold hearted mother filled with more Botox than love, and a gay roommate as her only friend, Claire continues aimlessly lost in the world that she has stumbled into. As the masks come off, she realizes that nobody is who they say they are, and she may not be able to trust anybody.

Sheralyn Pratt knows how to write a great story that hits the ground running. From the moment I started the book I was captivated. Her characters are smooth, developed and ripe with realistic flaws that bring them to life. With twists and turns that come out leap out of the page, Pimpernel is full of suspense and comes with hints of romance to spice up the plot. I loved the story, I loved the characters and the dialogue. It never slowed down once. This is the second book I’ve read from Sheralyn Pratt, and I will definitely keep reading more. A very good author that knows how to keep her readers hooked. The best part? At the end, she hints at the possibility of writing a series with these characters! Yes, Please!

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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When Ronnie Lake gets a frantic call from her niece begging for help, she drives like hell to her childhood home to see how she can help her anxious niece. Her niece gives Ronnie a jumbled up story of a new and stunning woman in her father’s life and begs for help in investigating the woman. Ready to wave it off as nothing out of the ordinary, Ronnie sees for herself all the mysterious events that start to happen since the mysterious woman’s arrival: phone calls, a suspicious and smelly package that arrives on a door step, and cars being pushed off the road by scary tattooed strangers. She knows that she must do something to protect her brother and her family. Ronnie takes it upon herself to open up an investigation. The only problem, she’s not an investigator.

Divorced, in her fifties, and with lots of time and money on her hands, Ronnie starts digging into the questionable and nonexistent past of Juliana. A story begins to emerge, and she begins to realize that sometimes it’s just better to let the past lay dormant because Ronnie’s peaceful life could never prepare her for the world where gangs are formed by children, crimes are committed, and children just disappear. Unwilling to give up the hunt, Ronnie and Juliana begin to see that there’s only room enough for only one of them in her brother’s life and Juliana may just have the upper hand.

I was a little skeptic opening the book and realizing that the character was in her fifties, and wondered if it would be a silly and sappy mystery with an older woman trying to waste time playing detective. I actually was very impressed and found myself quite engrossed in the story. The characters are developed and strong, and the mystery that wraps itself around Juliana and how she presents herself to the world while secretly hiding a crime filled past. Did Ronnie make a few mistakes in her investigation, sure, but she handled herself amazingly and took the challenge head on and didn’t back down. Even when her life was in danger, Ronnie kept going, knowing she wouldn’t give up until she made sure her brother was making the right decision and would be keeping his family safe. This was a really fun mystery, kept you guessing the entire time, trying to find out what Juliana’s game plan was and who she was trying to help. Stunner kept a good steady pace and I never felt it drag on. It would be interesting to see what the other books in the series will be like.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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