Thursday, June 30, 2016

ARC REVIEW Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue series

Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue series started the beginning of this year with the (still free!) prequel On His Watch followed by Hold Your Breath and Fan the Flames. With more to come this year. For the exception of the prequel there is a continuing mystery which keeps you reading the series. As a whole I love this series so far, the characters are all very relatable with their personal issues and attitude. The on going mystery starts with Callum and Lou in Hold Your Breath when Lou is going through a training exercise and accidentally finds a dead body weighted down in the frozen over lake. Lou a former lawyer decides that she's the only who can figure out what's going on. The mystery of the whodunit and the why are still a mystery that continue over into Fan the Flames where sexy sexy fireman/biker Ian is being framed for the murder of the dead guy. Even after the book is over the mystery continues, not that it leaves you with a cliffhanger this story arc is the only thing that carries through the books everything else ends, happily.

This is a great starter. It has a brief but funny intro to all the characters, an exciting plot, and some steamy chemistry. For Derek, Artemis has been and will be the only girl for him, but years ago he gave her up because he didn't want to drag her down with his criminal activities. Artemis moved on married someone else and then divorced that someone else and now has been longingly watching Derek from afar. But when the school organizes an educational field trip for the kids that involve the Search and Rescue team to explain what they do and how they do it brings Derek and Artemis together. Even more so after the demonstration turns into an actual search and rescue for two sisters. Derek and Artemis search together and get stuck in a snowstorm. Lots of mishaps happen and most importantly they talk. They talk about the past and what happened with her marriage and what led to the divorce, and why he did what he did; then they kiss and makeup.  

Overall this was a short, exciting, and fantastic read. I'll remind you again this one is still FREE!

The first book of the series is a great one. Lou and Callum have such a funny start. Louise Sparks is a firecracker! She brings a little bit of chaos into Callums clean and organized life. Lou doesn't see it right away because she's new and doesn't know Callum like everyone else but he acts differently around her and once it's pointed out to her she acts on her feelings. If it wasn't for her stalker things might have never happened. Lou's stalker is subtle at first but like most things quickly escalate and Callum is there to protect Lou. To top it all off Lou is trying to discover the identity of the dead guy she discovered. Lou is all for a fling with Callum but she just got out of a very controlling relationship and controlling parents she wants to embrace her freedom to do what she wants. And what she wants now is to find out who the dead guy is, who killed him, and why? Callum is stubborn and he isn't about to let Lou do all that on her own and risk her life doing it especially since she has a stalker on the loose. Callum just has to convince Lou that he doesn't want to control her just protect her.

Overall, I fell in love with this book. it is funny, exciting and Callum is sweet as hell.

Book two brings us Ian story. The bad boy biker Fireman, rwar. Ian is being framed for the murder of the dead guy Lou discovered in book one, but Lou knows for a fact that he is being framed because the so called "evidence" wasn't on the body when they first dragged it out of the lake. Ian is trying to figure it out on his own but the woman he has been in love with since he was a kid has become the focus of some stalker type problem. Rory was raised by paranoid doomsday preppers. She has been trained to be the same, never letting anybody close and always able to protect herself any given situation, even the zombie apocalypse. After her parents died and Rory was running the gun shop on her own Ian made himself a permanent fixture in her life slowly biding his time until she is comfortable enough around him to let him in. But her problems are linked to his MC and he is ready to turn against them and his step father to protect her. Rory never knew she had so many friends, being socially awkward she never knew how to communicate with people unless they were talking about guns but when Ian gets arrested she rallies the troops to help. Rory has alway been in love Ian and with a gentle push from Ian she finally lets him in.

Overall, this is a great story about a socially awkward woman and the wicked hot bad boy. The best part is that it's not over yet.                  

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ARC REVIEW Test Drive by Marie Harte

Two years ago Marie Harte released the McCauley Brothers series. I read the last two, Ruining Mr. Perfect and What to do with a Bad boy this book is a spin off of the latter of the two. The characters from Murphy's Garage that were introduced are finally getting their stories. Unfortunately it's been two years and A LOT of book later I didn't remember the characters right of the bat and I felt a little confused with the abundance of character intros in the very first chapter. It's not necessary that you read The McCauley Brothers series, this is a new series and everyone is reintroduced, but it is very obvious that it is a spin off from another series and be warned the majority of the characters are all introduced in the very first chapter rather succinctly. Not that it's a bad thing I just wasn't prepared and felt a little lost at first.

The story was strictly romance, two people who have been spying each other over the bar and have been friends. Not for the lack of trying on Johnny's part he's asked Lara out a dozen times already and she still turns him down. Lara has seen what working your self to the bones just to get by like her parents and has watched repeatedly her sister go from one husband to the next in search of someone to financially take care of them. Lara isn't going to be like that she has a plan and that doesn't include having a man in her life, not even one as hot as Johnny.

Lara's brother-in-law, soon to be ex-brother-in-law, starts to give her sister a hassle about the divorce and says he trusts only Lara (who used to be a CPA until she realized she hated it and for some convoluted reasoning he wants her to deal with the financial aspect of the divorce) especially since the divorce lawyer her sister was sleeping with called quits and was stuck without one. But Lara knows the true motives behind his reasoning which is to get Lara to sleep with him, something he's been trying to do since before her sister and him married. Knowing just what a douche he is Lara sets up the meeting at the bar and asks Johnny to keep an eye out for her in case anything happens. That's how it all starts. From the moment Johnny saved Lara her whole look but don't touch dissolved and as much as she tries Johnny is bound to her. Lara just has to get over her misconception that every man whats to change her and that she will lose her identity and self in a relationship.

Overall, it was a cute romance I enjoyed the characters and story pretty much. I look forward to the rest of the boys getting theirs.      

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ARC REVIEW Dead End Fix by T.E. Woods

Book 6 in T.E. Woods' Mort Grant/Justice series. It was a good read I don't think it's quite as good as the previous books. The two stories that usually run parallel throughout the book cross at some point and the unrelated stories are more connected then originally thought. This book, however, the two have nothing in common except for the moral of the story.  The two separate stories were good but not the suspenseful, edge of you seat, gripping story. Another issue was the lack of Lydia. I love her and her part of the story, I loved how it played out, was the best part too bad there wasn't more. Allie who really has shown off her psychotic entitlement issues before really shows them now. Mort is faced with the moralities of justice and not every bodies views of justice is the same especially when it comes to gang life.

When we last left Mort and Lydia they just found out that Allie had kidnapped one of her nieces. Mort asked Lydia track her down and find his granddaughter. Allie outright hates Lydia, she thinks Lydia stepped into her place in Mort's life. Allie is determined to get her family back and get rid of Lydia. Thankfully Lydia is freakin' brilliant and is three steps ahead of Allie the whole book.

Meanwhile on the streets of Seattle; a young boy is killed in a drive by shooting. Even though it is apparently gang related  and against the advise of the gang unit at the station Mort keeps digging trying to find out who murdered this young boy whose only fault was wearing his older brother's jacket. Another young man, who has been looking for a family connection seeks out the local gang, The 97, to join their family. The young man witnessed the boy get shot down and used the rival gang patch, the Picos, on the jacket as his way in with the 97s. Lying he tells the leader that he killed a Pico and earns his way in. The murder of the boy stirs the pot and the gang members start killing each other left and right. The truth can't hide forever and soon gang justice is swift.

Overall, it was a good read but I wish they were switched and Lydia and Allie were the predominate story, but I liked the conclusion.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BLOG TOUR Hero: Impossible #13 by Julia Sykes

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Book 13 in the USA Today Bestselling Impossible Series—Can be read as a standalone.

A man with a broken heart…
The agony of losing the woman I love to another Dominant has left me dead inside. Over the last two years, sex has become my drug of choice to cope with the loss. I know I’m too broken to ever love again, but that won’t stop me from trying to fuck my pain away.

A woman with a painful past…
I’m not interested in intimacy, but I am interested in sex. As a BDSM romance novelist, I need to explore the world of kink for my books. The power exchange is meaningless; nothing more than research. Until I meet him. The powerful Dom won’t relent until he breaks down all my walls, including the ones that protect my ravaged heart.

Bound together by lust and danger…
Chloe Martin is a BDSM romance author by night and an investigative journalist by day. When the latter brings her to the New York unit of the FBI to research the Latin Kings, she never expects her two careers to collide. The agent she’s shadowing—Dexter Scott—is also a Dominant, and he’s interested in helping with her research in the field and in the bedroom.

But Chloe’s story on the Latin Kings puts her in the line of fire, and Dex’s protective—and possessive—instincts kick in. Can he let go of his pain and find his happily ever after? Or will the danger that surrounds them steal his second chance at love?   

This is my first Julia Sykes book, and while I was a bit hesitant to start especially since this is book 13 of the series, I was happy to discover that it really didn't matter. There was a brief sums up of what had happened previously just enough to fill you in on whats important and to tease you with wanting to go back and read the previous books. The overall story was okay, it concentrated more on the seduction of Chloe. I enjoyed the BDSM and eroticism of the book, it was very well described and accurate. I liked Chloe but I wasn't crazy over Dex, more because he's not my favorite kind of Dom. The story did hit a hard limit with me and that spanking for punishment especially for a non-scene related issue. It pulled me out of the story and I had a hard time getting back in to the fantasy of the story. (Of course it's a personal preference thing) I also had a hard time liking Dex because he spent most of the time trying to get over a lost love, the majority of the book he is still whining about it. (been there done that IRL don't want it for possible book boyfriends) Chloe I did like, she was dealing with her horrible marriage the only way she could and that was submerging herself in her work both her journalism and her erotic novel writing. After what had happened she wasn't ready for an intimate relationship anytime soon. ( and this I did like) Dex was gentle enough with her and had a subtle dominance that she easy could deal with once she admitted she really wanted it.

Overall, the BDSM aspect of the book and Chloe were my favorite, I really like those but the above mentioned person preferences kept me from really enjoying and liking the book.    


“Your safe word is red,” Dex told me. “Can you remember that?” 
“Of course I can.” A hint of my indignation returned. Did he really think I was so dim that I couldn’t remember a simple safe word. 
The pressure of the crop beneath my chin increased, tipping my head back farther and forcing me up onto my toes. 
“Don’t be so sure. I’m going to take you so high, you’ll forget your own name. But don’t forget that one word.” 
I wanted to say that I doubted his arrogant assertion. No Dom had ever sent me into subspace. I might play the role of a sub for my scenes, but I never truly submitted.But something deep within me whispered that I’d already lost. I’d made the mistake of engaging in a power play with him, and I’d ceded to his will. I’d thought I was fully in control of the scene, but what had seemed like small changes—the blindfold, the gentle caresses of the crop instead of painful strikes, his low, firm commands rather than barked orders—had made me come undone. 
“Good girl,” he said again before I could gather my wits enough to formulate a flippant response. 
“I didn’t say anything,” I protested weakly. I’d done nothing to earn his praise.The crop tenderly traced the line of my jaw. I suddenly wished he’d touch me with his fingertips instead. My teeth sank into my lower lip as I bit back a plea for him to put his hands on me. 
“You didn’t have to say anything,” he told me in that same smooth, soothing tone. “And you don’t have to fight me. I can tell you’re trying to resist. Submit.” 
“I can’t,” I whispered. 
“Yes, you can. You just don’t want to. But I’m not giving you a choice. Your only way out of this is your safe word.” 
A beat of silence passed. He was giving me the opportunity to escape.But I said nothing. I sealed my fate. 
“Excellent. You’ve pleased me, Chloe.” The smooth leather traced the swell of my breasts again, and I arched into him as carnal sensation overwhelmed me. “That feels good, doesn’t it?” 
I moaned. A bite of pain nipped at me as the crop slapped the top of my breast.“I want a coherent answer,” he prompted, his voice lilting with arrogant amusement. A twin hit landed on my other breast, chastising me. 
“Yes,” my shy admission was barely audible. 
“Louder. And address me with respect.” The crop snapped against my sensitive inner thigh, and I cried out at the unexpected sting. With my sight taken, I couldn’t predict where the blows would land. It heightened my physical senses, making the relatively light hits inflict sensation that went deeper than my flesh. An odd tingling raced across my mind along with the sparks that danced across my skin. Thoughts turned hazy, and for a moment I floated. 
Then the crop fell on my thighs again, snapping against one and then the other in rapid succession. I squealed and tried to close my legs, only to be reminded that they were held open by the spreader bar. My sound of protest transformed into a husky moan.“I asked you a question,” his voice threaded through my mind. “Tell me this feels good. Tell me you like pleasing me.” 
“Yes,” my voice seemed detached from my consciousness, leaving my lips without thought. “Yes, it feels good.” 
“Yes, Sir,” he corrected me with another, sharper slap against my thigh. My abused flesh throbbed with a delicious burn, the warmth spreading up into my pussy.“Yes,” I said more clearly. “It feels good, Sir.” 
The crop suddenly pressed against my labia, stroking the wet folds. My head dropped back on a long sigh as pleasure flooded my mind. 
“You mean it this time,” he said, his voice deep with satisfaction. “You called me Sir before because you thought it sounded like one of your romance novels. But this is the real thing, princess. A good Dom earns his sub’s respect.” He continued to stroke me with the crop, and my clit pulsed in need. 
“I’m going to hit your clit, and you’re going to come for me,” he informed me. “But you’re going to ask me for it like a good girl. When we started, you demanded that I crop you. Do you want to try that request again?” 
I whined my wordless resistance as a small part of me clung on to my final shreds of control. 
He tapped the crop against my pussy lips, the light slap a promise of how he would stimulate my aching clit. 
“We both know you want to come. I want it, too. I want you to give me a nice, big orgasm. Your pleasure is mine. Your body is under my control. I want to hear you admit it, to both of us. This is submission, princess. And you were made for it.” 
His low, confident words wrapped around me like a caress even more erotic than the touch of the crop on my pussy. It was deeper than physical pleasure; it called to my soul. 
I let out a blissful sigh, my entire body softening as I gave everything to him. 
“That’s it,” he urged. “Surrender. Beg me for your orgasm.” 
“Please make me come, Sir.”


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Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.
After spending four years living in England, Julia returned to her Southern homeland. She has recently settled down in South Carolina and spends her time petting her cat-children, reading, and binge watching TV with her husband when not writing. You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced latte clutched in her hand.
Julia loves connecting with readers! Please feel free to contact her on facebook, through twitter, or email her directly at You can find out more about Julia's current and future projects at
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BLOG TOUR Ink Enduring by Carrie Ann Ryan

  Ink Enduring (Montgomery Ink, #5) 

by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink series continues with a forbidden love between three friends and a past that they can’t escape.

Jake Gallagher knew from the moment he saw Maya that she was the one for him—it had the same breath-taking intensity as when he’d first set eyes on Border. Only life never turns out the way one plans, and now he’s falling for someone else...or at least he thinks he is.

Maya Montgomery never should have looked past the friendship she already had. Now that she has, she can’t stop thinking about Jake and what he means to her. When a mysterious stranger from Jake’s past shows up at their door, she’s forced to admit that if she doesn’t take the risk of a lifetime, she’ll regret it for the rest of her days.

Border Gentry walked away without a second glance once because of what could happen if he let go, but now he’s back and ready to see what he’s missed. He’s been on the road a long time and has seen things no man should ever see, yet once he rediscovers the broody Jake and meets the inked and fierce Maya, they’re like a balm to his soul and he realizes what path his future should take.

It will take more than sizzling chemistry and a heat that never dies for the three of them to overcome their pasts. And when someone from the outside wants to stand in their way, it’s not only their hearts on the line…but also their lives.

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Jake's theme song pretty much from the start of the series has been George Micheal's I'm Never Gonna Dance Again, well in my head at least. Then suddenly in the last book it switched to Maya. LOL! To my surprise when Jake first saw Maya she was dancing and I giggled at that. On to the book, if I was forced to use just one word to describe this book it would be HOT! Thankfully I can use more than one word because this book is so much more than just HOT. It was an emotional journey for three people finding true love coming to terms that it is possible to love more than one person at a time and getting their HEA finally. FOUR BOOKS! four book we have had to wait until Maya and Jake finally got their shit together, and then Carrie Ann Ryan throws in a curve ball in the form of Border. I normally don't read menage but I love Carrie Ann's. I just love the way she writes them. This book was everything I expected it to be and hotter. As strong as Maya is she shows a new side of herself a bit of vulnerability (whose theme is  Heart's Alone). Border is the wild card and Carrie Ann played him well (Whitesnake's Is this Love). Jake, well, I think I love him a bit more after this book. 

Overall, I loved the book. Carrie Ann Ryan went dirty.

About Carrie Ann Ryan
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Entangled Small Town Romance Blitz!

Entangled Publishing has set up a Small Town Romance Blitz. Featuring 8 of their small town romance books. Peruse through the selection and see if any tickle your fancy.

Guarding His Heart by Annie Seaton

About the book:

Bestselling author Liam Wyndham needed an escape, and Half Moon Bay, with its small town charm and beautiful ocean, is the perfect place to enjoy his writer's block in sweet isolation. But all of his plans to become a surly recluse disappear when spitfire carpenter, Georgie Sacchi, marches into his house.

Georgie wants an adventure, and she has a plane ticket that promises her everything she needs—excitement, independence, and a way to escape the memory of her last ruined relationship. Still, she has one last job to complete before she can leave the country. The last thing she needs is a recalcitrant author with a gorgeous face (and a hot body) distracting her from her plans.

But life doesn't always give you what you think you need…

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 Playing With Fire by Alison Bliss

About the book:

Nothing ignites a fire like the perfect match…

Anna Weber is every inch the proper librarian–old-fashioned, conservatively dressed right down to her tightly clipped flaming red hair. She’s just moved to a small Texas town, and is determined to spend time with her friend before she has to disappear. Relationships aren’t easy for her. She knows too well what it means to be burned. And the last thing she ever wants to do is fall in love…

Especially not with a fireman who’s hot enough to set the entire state of Texas on fire.

Cowboy can’t resist the fiery little librarian, and he’s determined to make her his. Beneath that prim-and-proper exterior is a woman he very much wants to know–if she’d let him. She’ll test his patience. His control. Hell, his very sanity. And for the first time, Cowboy wonders if he’s found the one fire he can’t control…

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 Stealing the Bachelor by Sonya Weiss

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Having missed out on the "drop-dead-gorgeous" gene in her family, Ann Snyder decides to kick a little butt in the business world instead. That is, until her skeezy manager's "side business" has the FDA raiding her chocolate shop. Now Ann's in huge trouble...and the only person who can help her is the adorkable guy who completely humiliated her in high school.

Lawyer Eric Maxwell has been in love with Ann as long as he can remember. He figured he never stood a chance-don't the beautiful girls always prefer the bad boys to the nerds? So he makes Ann a deal. He'll provide her with free legal services...if she'll move in and help him transform him from nerd-without-a-clue to bona fide bad boy. And once the transition is complete, all he has to do is prove that he's the only bachelor for her...

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Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh

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Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trial whorehouse where her great-great grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn’t want to be wrangled?

Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town, and rehashing old feelings complicates his life and makes him think about things he’D rather forget.

When Lila’s restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets – or wherever the moment takes them – it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.

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(Psss I've read this one it is really good)


Real Men Don’t Break Hearts by Coleen Kwan

About the book:

Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy--the man she blames for getting her jilted at the altar six years ago. Plus, now her ex-fiancé is back in their hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. Everybody's treating Ally with kid gloves, as though she's still heartbroken, but she's just fine, thank you very much.

Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?

As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it's fallen in, she doesn't count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…

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Ivy Entwined by Laura Simcox

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When Ivy Callahan returns to her hometown as mayor, she doesn’t expect much to have changed. But now her ex-fiancé is the town planner, the biggest business is closed, and the only store interested in Celebration, NY is a Megamart. On top of it all, the liaison for the big, bad, box store is Marcus Weaver, her childhood crush. And he’s still as dangerously delectable as ever.

Marcus unwillingly spent his teens in Celebration with his vindictive, drunken uncle. As far as Marcus is concerned, the town’s only use is to cement his rise up the corporate ladder. He needs that Megamart opened, and Ivy is his ticket. But the sexy, stubborn mayor could also be his downfall.

As the unemployed townspeople put on the pressure, Ivy needs to do something. With a fresh downtown-renewal project in the works, Ivy could stop Marcus and his Megamart before they kill the town’s spirit. But with sparks flying between Ivy and Marcus, they each need to decide what’s more important: their careers or their hearts.

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Just For Appearances by Jenna Rutland

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Rachel Clarke is a single mom with three boys, and she needs help. Now. Unfortunately, her only option is John MacDonald—her high school sweetheart and the disgraced hometown hero who's just returned to Lake Bliss. He's perfect for the job. He cooks, he cleans, and he's amazing with kids. He's also still far too sinfully hot for Rachel's comfort…

Rachel is just as gorgeous as John remembers. But in order for his new youth activity center to be a success, John needs Rachel's help to earn the town's trust back. In exchange, he'll take care of her boys for the summer while she works. Except keeping their relationship strictly business is harder than he imagined. But summer can't last forever, and when it ends, so will their arrangement—and John's time in Lake Bliss.

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Tucked Away by Jennie Marts
About the book:

Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places…

Charlie Ryan’s cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She’s hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she’s inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs—and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.

Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn’t need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma’s ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can’t he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots…and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?

Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk‪…one night will change everything.

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