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Old Dog New Tricks - Roxanne St. Claire
This book is FINALLY Daniel "The Dogfather" Kilcannon's story. After losing Annie, the love of his life and the mother of his 6 children, Daniel never thought any other woman could even create a flicker of interest in his broken heart.....but boy was he wrong. When a girl from his past, the same one who introduced him to Annie comes back into his life, he thinks that maybe Annie is trying to pull some strings to help Daniel move forward in his life. Unfortunately that is not the reason that Katie Rogers Santorini comes back around. Instead she has some information that is going to throw Daniel's life into a tailspin.

As these two decide how to deal with the fallout her news has created, they start to spend a lot of time together, even meshing their two large families. Katie is now a widower and is ready to move on, but Daniel is not so sure. It will take all 11 kids, their spouses and grandchildren to be able to get these two to their happy ending....but man is it worth it!

If you have been reading this series, then be prepared for a really emotional ride....no I mean REALLY EMOTIONAL!!!! I loved Daniel and Katie's back story. I loved the people they both have become and together they both deserved this happy ending. As with all the books in this series, there is a new dog, a new baby and a possible new romance. I'm so excited and cannot wait for the next book. Thanks for the perfection this story brought!
 
 
 
Sealed with a Kiss - Carly Phillips

We met Daniel Hunter in Cross My Heart and now he gets to have his own happy ending. Back in law school Hunter met Molly Gifford and was instantly smitten. He tried multiple times to get her to go out with him but nothing ever panned out. Now Molly is in Hawken's Cove because her mom is engaged to Lilly's Uncle Mark. When Molly's mom's engagement ends, and Molly finds out who her real dad is, she decides to leave town and Hunter to go find the family she has always longed for.

After being gone a year, Molly all of a sudden shows up on Hunter's doorstep needing his help. Her real father has been charged with murder and Molly needs him to defend her dad. Hunter reluctantly agrees but decides he is walking away from Molly for good once the trial is over.

Throughout the investigation into the murder, Molly and Hunter grow close again and they both realize they never stopped loving the other....now if they could only trust the other.

It was really fun going through the mystery of who killed Molly's dad's partner and the final reveal was worth it. Throughout this story Molly realizes that she has finally found what she always wanted in her new family and especially in Hunter. I just loved all the crazy characters in Molly's new family. Grandma "Commander" Edna was a hoot as well as her macaw, Ollie. Overall this was a fun romance with a little bit of mystery thrown in and a perfect happy ending.

Cross My Heart  - Carly Phillips

Ten years ago Lilly Dumont with the help of her best friends, Ty Benson and Daniel Hunter, faked her own death at 17 years old to get away from her Uncle Mark who had custody of her after her parents died.  He also had custody of trust fund and liked to make her life a living hell.  Ten years later she is living in New York City and doing ok for herself under her new name, Lacey Kinkaid.  When Hunter finds out that Lilly's uncle is going to declare her dead so he can get her trust fund, he let's Ty know and together they decide to find Lilly and let her know.

Ty, being a PI, has always kept tabs on Lilly.  He has always had a place for her deep in his heart and wished things had turned out differently.  Now Ty knows he has to go face his past and the girl he loved and lost.

Lacey's life in New York City was rough at first, but thanks to a wonderful lady, Lacey's has her own thriving business, Odd Jobs, where she and her staff perform odd jobs for people who need the help.  After a long day at work, imagine Lacey's surprise when a knock at her door is not her boyfriend, but the boy she has always loved, Ty!  All the old feelings came rushing back for both of them!

Ty explains to Lacey what he is doing there and she agrees to come back to Hawken's Cove to claim her inheritance and that is when the fun begins.  Uncle Mark is shocked to see her but he claims that he is a changed man and is happy she is alive.  Of course Lacey and Ty don't believe him.  When Lacey is told that she can't claim her trust fund until her birthday (in a month), Lacey decides to hang around Hawken's Cove until then.  During that time, Lacey has to deal with her boyfriend back in New York City who is still waiting on an answer to his marriage proposal; her feelings for Ty; her uncle, and the fact that someone is trying to kill her.

This story takes you on a fun mystery trying to find out who is wanting to kill Lacey, while taking you through all of the emotions that she goes through being back in touch with Ty.  I just loved these two characters, along with Hunter.  I cannot even begin to think how Lacey felt going through her life the way she did but the happy ending she eventually received was well worth it!  This was a fun re-release of a second chance romance.

Legend - Sawyer Bennett

If I didn't know better, I'd think that Sawyer Bennett is really a guy hockey player in real life. She really knows how to write a hockey romance!

This book is Legend Bay's story! After first meeting Pepper Nantais in Erik's story....where Legend and Pepper clashed...you just knew these two would get together. Legend grew up in a military household so he likes his life very orderly. As the goalie for the Arizona Vengeance, Legend follows a very strict regiment that has worked well for him. When Legend moved into his house he didn't realize that his new hot neighbor, Pepper, was so over the top. She likes her life loud and colorful and it drives him nuts. These two love to spar and drive each other nuts but when Legend finds something unusual on his front porch, the first person he goes to for help is Pepper.

As Legend and Pepper deal with this new situation, they grow closer and Legend starts to realize that there is way more to Pepper than he ever realized. Just when it looks like these two are going to get a happy ending. someone from Legend's past has to go and cause trouble. In the long run, it ends up just making Pepper and Legend even closer.

This was a wonderful, fun and sexy story. I loved all of the characters involved and can't wait for Dax and Tacker's stories!

Skirt Chaser - Stacey Kennedy

What a fun, sexy story!  Greyson Crawford is owns Crawford Architecture and has hired Evie Richards to decorate his offices.  Grey may be a "skirt chaser" type of guy, but he doesn't mix business with pleasure so he is waiting until the day Evie is done at his company before he makes his move.  The day has finally come and just as Grey is going to make his move, he sees Evie crying and talking with his assistant Janet.  When Evie runs to the bathroom, Grey asks Janet what is up.  She tells him that Evie is the maid of honor this weekend at her best friend's destination wedding...oh and she is marrying Evie's ex!

Grey has the perfect idea and convinces Evie to take him to the wedding where he will play the perfect boyfriend and in exchange, he gets to have her.  Evie thinks it's crazy, but agrees.  The funny part was the pretending to be together quickly turns into really wanting to be together.

I loved Grey.....such a cocky, alpha male!  He knew what he wanted and went for it.  Big surprise for him was that he didn't realize just how much he really wanted.  Evie was the super sweet, always doing what everyone wanted girl and it was fun watching her morph into a stronger person.  Together these two were combustible!  Overall this was a great, sexy read!

Take Me Again - Carly Phillips

Sebastian Knight has spent most of his life as a playboy. He's easily likeable and usually can get whatever he wants. At 26 years old he thinks his life is perfect....until she returns....Ashley Easton....the girl he wanted when he was 18....technically she was his step sister at the time but so what. When they got caught together, Sebastian's father sent Ashley away to a boarding school and he hasn't seen her in 8 years.

After a night of drinking and hooking up with a stranger, Sebastian missed phone calls from his family. Ends up his brother Ethan's wife committed suicide. As the family is bonding together over their grief, who shows up but Ashley, all the way from London. Turns out she has kept in touch with Ethan all these years. Sebastian's irritated that she kept in touch with Ethan but not him. He thought they had something special. It also irritates him that he is even more attracted to her now than he was when he was 18!

Ashley knew she had to be back by Ethan's side. After all the times he helped her she needed to help him even though she knew she would be seeing Sebastian. 8 years later and a whole continent apart didn't stop the feelings she still has for him. As these two spend more time together, they get to a better understanding of each other and realize how strong their feelings are. Sebastian decides he wants a second chance and will do anything to get it. When a great opportunity opens up, Sebastian jumps at it to put his plan in motion to win Ashley back.

I just adored these two. Both of them never let go of the other and just kept going on with their lives never really fully happy. It took a huge tragedy for these two to finally get back together but it was so worth the wait and both finally got what they had always wanted. Great start to the new series.

Game On - Kelly Jamieson

This was my first time reading a book by Kelly Jamieson and I must say I loved it! I'm a sucker for hockey romances and saw the blurb on this one and thought it might be fun and I was right.

Cam Brickley is a hockey player. He is known as a playboy and loves to make bets with his friends about anything. When his fellow hockey friends bet him that he couldn't date the same person for 2 months in a row and not fall in love with her, he easily takes that bet. The hot blonde sitting at the bar is just the person that his friends pick.

Olivia Lockwood, aka hot blonde, comes from a family of lots of money. Too bad she wants to make it on her own and not work for the family business. Olivia started a charity that helps underprivileged children keep active because of her problems in her youth. When Cam Brickley hits on her at a bar instead of blowing him off she plays along. He wouldn't be interested in her because of her money and family connections and he may be just the perfect choice to be a spokesperson for her charity.

What these two didn't realize is that they were both using each other to get something they each wanted. Funny how their original plans got blown out of the water because both of them ended up wanting more from their arrangement than they first intended. I just adored these two. Olivia doesn't want to be the rich princess and wants to do something good in her life. Cam never wanted a real relationship because of things from his past but Olivia quickly changes those thoughts. Together these two were fun, flirty and down right sexy. I loved every part of this story and would highly recommend it.

The Bastard (Filthy Duet, #1; Dirty Rich, #6) - Lisa Renee Jones

Eric Mitchell is the bastard son of Jeff Kingston.  When Eric's mom died of cancer and he had to go live with Jeff and his family, he was treated like an outsider.  Now Eric is out to prove that he is just as good, if not better than the rest of the Kingston's.

Eric's life is going well (he's almost a billionaire) until he see her....Harper Evan, the princess who is standing with the Kingston's.  She is the daughter of his father's latest wife, and his step sister.  The attraction between the two is instant.  After they spend some time together, Eric walks away.  He believes she is just like the rest of them and that is the last thing he needs.

6 years later Harper shows up at his office in New York wanting his help.  She believes Kingston Motors is in trouble and that something funny is going on.  It wouldn't be a big deal except Harper's mom took her trust fund money and gave it to Jeff to use.  Eric doesn't want to help but wants her to join his company instead, which she turns down.  After thinking about the situation, Eric ends up flying to Colorado to help Harper, not Kingston Motors.  This is when the fun begins.  

There is something going on and Eric is trying to figure it out.  This story is such a mystery.  Just when you think you are figuring something out, wham, it changes directions.  I could not put this story down once I started reading it.  It does end on a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to see where this goes.

The Duke I Once Knew  - Olivia Drake
I just adore second chances at love. Abigail "Abby" Linton and Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, were once best friends when they were school aged kids. When Max's mom passed away and his dad sent him away, they agreed to keep in touch through letters until they were both of age and could marry.
What neither of them knew was that the letters that each of them wrote never made it to the other, so they both thought the other didn't want them anymore.

Abby spent most of prime years taking care of her ailing mom. With both parents gone, and nearing 30, Abby decides she has to get out from under her siblings demands and take control of her own life. When she learns that Max's little sister is in need of a governess, she jumps at the chance. After all it has been 15 years since Max left.

Abby gets the job and imagine her surprise when Max shows up at Rothwell Court! Yep, fireworks are still there....too bad Max showed up with another woman and his group of friends!

As these two dance around their real feelings, the truth of what really happened 15 years ago comes to light. It takes a great leap of faith for these two to get their happy ending that they should have had years ago.

I just adored this book. Abby and Max were two young people when they met and their feelings for each other never really died as much as they tried to forget the other. I just love when love and happiness win out in the end. I really enjoyed all the other characters in the story also. Between Abby's crazy family, Lady Gwendolyn and Max's aunt Lady Hester, there is a lot of fun, entertaining craziness going on. Read this book, you will not be sorry!
 
 
 
Taking It Easy - Erin Nicholas

Logan Trahan is known as being a fun time playboy.  He owns a happening bar in New Orleans, but he generally has a care free, easy going lifestyle.  When he first meets Dana Doucet, he knows he wants her.  Too bad the single mom isn't falling for his lines.  Flash forward, Dana finally gives in only to find out that she unexpectantly gets pregnant.  Already having 2 girls, Dana doesn't know if she is ready to be a single mom to 3 kids having lost her husband 2 years ago while he was in the service.  When Logan hears the news he is beyond excited and brings his whole family into the situation to celebrate.

Dana is concerned that when the fun is over, Logan will go running but what she doesn't understand is that he is all in.  While Dana and Logan start to tread through life they realize that their chemistry is off the charts but will their relationship be the type to stand the test of time?  As Logan gets more involved with her daughters, Dana is slowing coming around.  Just as it looks as if things are going to go perfectly, life seems to get in the way.  It will take a big leap of faith for the playboy and the single mom to realize that what they have is really worth fighting for.

This was a fun, sexy story.  I just loved Logan.  He reminded me of my brother.  It was also fun having the story set in New Orleans.  I was just there and it was fun knowing of certain things the author was describing.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

We met Lady Regina Haversham in A Duke Like No Other....she is Mark Grimaldi's cousin.  During Mark's story, Regina was very attracted to Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf.  So much so that she decides that she wants to lose her virginity to some one of her choosing before her 30th birthday when she will be forced to marry the Earl of Dryden.  Of course Daffin turns her down even though he is attracted to her.

Skip forward and it appears that someone is out to harm Lady Regina so Mark calls on his good friend Daffin asking if he would be Regina's bodyguard while he is out of town.  Daffin reluctantly agrees even though this means he will be staying under the same roof as Regina.....now the sparks can ignite!

While trying to figure out who is after Regina, Daffin and Regina spend a lot of time together making their chemistry combustible!  Just as things heat up, all hell breaks loose.  Now they just need a Christmastide miracle to get these two love shy people to open up their eyes and see what is right in front of them.  When all the dust settles, Daffin and Regina will finally get their happy ending!

I loved these two characters.  They both had such sad events happen in their childhood which had left both of them fairly jaded.  Together they brought out the best in each other.  Overall I really loved this story! 

First Earl I See Tonight - Anna Bennett

David Gray, Earl of Ravenport may be an Earl, but having just been dumped by his fiance because of the state of his property, he has sworn off love and marrying. Instead he is concentrating on fixing everything up to its former glory so his Grandma can enjoy it before her sight completely goes.

Miss Fiona Hartley is not titled, but she comes from money and has a very large dowry to offer the right man. Too bad none are calling. When Fiona gets a letter blackmailing her regarding her younger sister, she must take matters into her own hands. If Fiona can find a man who is willing to marry her in the next 2 weeks, in exchange for her nice dowry, she will enter into a marriage of convenience, as long as they give her the money she needs to pay off the blackmailer. Of course who comes to mind, Gray, the Earl who was just dumped.

Gray thinks Fiona is nuts but agrees to think about her offer. He even invites her and her family to his house thinking that she will change her mind once she sees just how bad of shape the property is in. Instead, this ends up backfiring on him. Gray also finds the more time he spends with Fiona, they more he is starting to realize that he is developing feelings for her. It takes a huge leap of faith for these two to trust each other because they both are hiding secrets. In the end, love wins out and Gray and Fiona get their happy ending!

I loved both of these characters. Fiona is such a strong force and so dedicated to her family. Gray's only purpose in life is to make his Grandma happy....he doesn't care about himself....but deep down he is loyal and loving, even if he doesn't always show that side of himself to other people. Overall, I loved this book. It was fun, entertaining and swoon worthy.

Rough & Ready - Tracy Wolff

Tanner Green plays for the San Diego Lightning. He has really made a name for himself as one of the nice guys....probably has to do with having to raise 4 younger sisters and being the grandson of a preacher. Tanner always tries to give back to those in need because he remembers a time in his life when things were much harder.

Elara Vance is an ex-WNBA star player, having to retire because of an injury. Now she runs Rebound, a rec-center for underprivileged youth in her San Diego. Imagine her surprise when she finds out the donation she was suppose to receive ends up going to Tanner's foundation instead. Elara is pissed and wants to tell Tanner off and she does it in such a great way....in his locker room, in front of his friends. It was great. Only problem is, is that Tanner didn't realize any of this happened and he wants to help make things right. Too bad Elara isn't biting.

When Tanner shows up to Rebound that is when the fun begins. He doesn't realize that Elara is an ex-WNBA player and agrees to a little 2 on 2 pick up game each of them picking a youth. Imagine Tanner's surprise when Elara blows him away! I just FLOVE Elara!

As Tanner keeps trying to play nice, Elara isn't buying it. All ballers are just a bunch of players and because of something from her past, she is not getting played again. Slowly, Tanner is starting to break Elara's walls down. Just when it looks like they are going to get their happy ending, the past comes back to haunt both of them and together they need to work very hard to get that happy ending.

I loved both of these characters. Tanner really is a perfect guy. Sweet, thoughtful, loving....what more do you need???? Elara is such a strong female and loves to speak her mind. You do not want to cross her! I really enjoyed their happy ending too! Overall this was a great end to such a fun series.

Dream - Carly Phillips

Andrea "Andi" Harmon is Kane's little sister and we finally get to read her story. Now divorced, Andi has been trying to provide a good life for her 8 year old son, Nicky and all she cared about was keeping him away from his abusive father. Why Andi had to fall for the bad boy quarterback in high school, she'll never know. Too bad she didn't realize just how bad he was until it was too late. Because of her ex, Andi lost her best friend, Kyle Davenport....something that she regrets everyday.

Guess who just moved back to Rosewood Bay? Yep, Kyle. He is now Nicky's teacher. When Kyle realizes that Nicky is behind in his reading level, he asks Andi to come up to the school to discuss it. Yep, the old chemistry is still there....too bad Kyle never told Andi how he really felt about her all those years ago....things may have turned out differently.

As Kyle and Andi start to spend more time together, Kyle decides this time he isn't giving up. He will give 100% to get Andi to see him as something more than her old best friend. And boy does he! Andi really had no chance! Of course just when these two have broken down all of their walls from the past, the past comes roaring back in the form of Andi's ex, Billy. This time it will take both Andi and Kyle standing up for themselves so they can finally get their happy ending.

I just loved Andi and Kyle. You can't help but root for two people who are so genuinely nice and good. I also adored their happy ending. It was just perfect!

Wicked Wedding - Sawyer Bennett

We met Andrew Collings in the book Wicked Envy, which ended up being Dane and Avril's love story even though Drew was heavily involved in their story line. Now it is time for Drew to get his own happy ending.

Drew just finished throwing his best friends, Dane and Avril, the best wedding reception that money can buy. He truly is happy that they found love. On his way back to his condo from the reception, Drew sees a woman, in a bridal gown along the highway wanting to hitchhike. Drew decides to stop and offer his help.

Brynne Adams is pissed. Having just found out minutes before her wedding ceremony that her fiance cheated on her with her maid of honor AND his best man in a threesome, Brynne bolts out of the church and needs to get out of dodge. While riding with Drew, she gets a feeling of safety. She can't explain it, but she knows it's the right decision to be with him now. Drew proposes that they go get stinking drunk so that she will feel better. While drunk, Drew also proposes that they go get married....why waste a beautiful wedding gown, plus he still had his tux on. They find out they can get it annulled in 2o days, so they go for it.

What neither of them expected was that they would both end up falling hard for the other. Everything was perfect and magical, even the sex...until Brynne finds out Drew's little secret. It takes a lot of love and a huge leap of faith for Brynne to be able get past Drew's little omission. In the end, love wins out and Drew and Brynne get their happy ever after!

I just loved this story! Both of these characters were so fun. I just love a nerdy, sexy guy and Brynne fit his personality perfectly! Great sexy, fun read!

At the Stroke of Midnight - Tara Sivec

This is the first book in the Naughty Princess Club, but actually the last one of the three in the series that I read.  While I think it would have been better reading the series in order, you really didn't have to.

Cynthia Castle had the picture perfect life.  She lived in the big house on Fairytale Lane, with her perfect husband and her perfect teenage daughter....or at least that is what she let everyone think.  In reality her life was miserable so when her husband up and left, WITH THE BABYSITTER!!! and took all of their money, Cynthia had no idea what to do but still pretend everything was perfect.

When Cynthia meets the divorced, redhead on the street, Ariel, she is thrown for a loop and immediately treats her like an outcast.  Ariel calls her out on her perfect life and then drops a bombshell.  When Cynthia faints, a tall, handsome stranger comes to her rescue and carries her back into her house.  

At the Halloween street party, Cynthia, Ariel and Belle all dress up as Disney princesses.  When one of the guys suggest they show up at his party dressed like that and he will pay them, they decide to do it since they need the money.  When they end up at the guys party, they realize that the guest of honor, PJ Charming, is the handsome man who rescued Cynthia and he is not too happy that the girls are there.  They were the hired strippers only they didn't realizes that was the job they were hired for!  LOL

When PJ explains to Cindy, Belle and Ariel that they are not cut out to be a strippers, they set out to prove him wrong.  This move riles PJ up....he likes this feisty side of Cindy.  The more PJ and Cindy keep crossing paths, the more the attraction starts to escalate until these two finally get to their happy ending.

I just loved the transformation Cindy went through to become the woman PJ fell in love with.  It was fun watching her shred that perfect image.  I also loved the friendship between Cindy, Belle and Ariel.  These girls are fun and entertaining in their own ways.