Review: First Comes Love by Heather Heyford

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

In Heather Heyford’s newest book, a single mom and attorney with deep roots in the rolling hills of Oregon’s Ribbon Ridge wine country thinks her family is perfect as is—until she crosses paths again with a gruff police officer who has two boys of his own . . .

There is nothing sweeter than the family you pick yourself . . .

After detective Alex Walker’s last case in Portland is skewered by a tough-as-nails attorney, he decides to finish out his career on a quiet note in the Willamette Valley. Dedicated to his job and committed to his family, he’s fine letting his brusque exterior keep even the thought of a relationship at bay—especially once he realizes his new hometown is the old hometown of the attorney who ruined his last case . . .

Single mom and attorney Kerry O’Hearn is just as wary as Alex is, thanks to her disastrous first marriage. But she isn’t fooled by Alex’s tough-guy image. When he asks for her assistance in gaining custody of two little boys from an abusive foster home, she sees what he desperately tries to hide: a giant-sized heart. Between them they have five kids and a whole barrel of bad experience. And yet, Kerry can’t shake the feeling that she and the crusty cop were meant to be . . .

Rating: 4.5-stars

Review:

This contemporary romance novel by Heather Heyford is sweet, engaging, and heartfelt. There is a huge theme on family. Patience, love, and friendship are among the smaller themes featured in this book. I was hooked. I connected quickly to both the single mom and the police officer. Both have enormous hearts of gold and an unavoidable attraction to each other. First Comes Love, was fun to follow. Kerry O’Hearn is a single mother who feels something for the former police officer she knew from her past. Brought together again after so much time, both end up getting what the desired and what they never thought they could have. The children made for some laugh out loud moments. I truly enjoyed reading this romantic tale. Overall, Irecommend it to readers everywhere.

Review: The Sweet Spot by Heather Heyford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Welcome to Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, a small town steeped in history and graced with verdant valleys. In the first book of Heather Heyford’s newest series, a family-run vineyard is the perfect place to find yourself . . . and lose your heart.

A summer friendship ripens into something more . . .

The Vineyards at Ribbon Ridge is about as far away from the big city as Philadelphia music teacher Jamie Martel can get, and it’s the perfect place for her to forget her troubles for a while. But can a dream vacation turn into her real life? When she is offered a summer job at the lush Oregon vineyard, she decides it is time to find out.

Hank Friestatt took over The Vineyards when his parents passed. Committed to keeping their legacy alive, he has poured his heart and soul into the family business. With things back on track, he’s torn between tradition and a tempting opportunity to cut and run. Yet something about down-to-earth Jamie is making him question his plans. As the grapes are harvested and the leaves start to turn, Hank vows to keep the promises he made. Saying goodbye to Jamie, however, may be a lot harder than he thought . . .

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

The Sweet Spot by Heather Heyford is the first contemporary romance novel to a new series, A Willamente Valley. Inside, I was quickly introduced to a small-town setting with a big family theme. I loved how Hank took his family obligations seriously and how easy going he was. He worked hard on his family vine yard, and it may just be worth enough it going. Hank’s decision on quitting is natural. Sometimes doing things for so long, the drive to keep going gets lost. It was lost until a wonderful woman like Janie showed up to help. With her around, Hank has a lot to think about…especially where his future may lie with Janie. Janie is just as likable as Hank. She took on a summer job that holds a promising future ahead…only time could tell. She met Hank and things quickly changed for her as it did for him. Their personalities made it easy to connect with them both. The plot felt character driven with some action. It was heartfelt and engaging. Overall, I highly recommend this sweet romance to all readers.

Review: Claiming His Secret Heir

Synopsis:

Can he win back his wife?

When Caroline McNeill shows up outside her husband’s mansion, she claims to have no memory of the past year…or their passion-filled honeymoon. But faking amnesia is the only way Caroline can find out if Damon was behind her abduction. She needs to trust him—a man she craves but still barely knows—before she can tell him about their infant son. Did the Silicon Valley mogul merely marry to claim an inheritance then dispose of her? Or is what they share real and forever?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Claiming His Secret Heir by Joanne Rock is sexy as hell, emotionally engaging, and fast-paced. Risks, danger, and intrigue…all in one perfect read. Themes such as second chances, new beginnings, love, and family are found.

A woman just married the man she loves. Returning back home, she finds her father in their house and then everything is blank. She wakes up with amnesia. Caroline can’t remember her name or anything…until her sister finds her. From there, parts of her life come back to her. Yet, she still has no idea what happened or why. Nor who to trust. Running away from her father, Caroline takes a risk and finds her husband. She needs to find out what happened. Once, she can eliminate her husband from her suspect list, she’ll share her story. Plus, there’s a secret that Damon will want to know…

Damon never liked his wife’s father. That man was manipulating and awful. Always trying to push Damon out of his business. However, Damon is a fighter and won’t go down without fighting back. Damon tried looking for his wife, but Caroline’s dad reassured the police that she kept in touch with him. Damon wanted to go after her, yet the father said she wanted distance. Damon let it go but he still hoped for Caroline to return.

Ten months later…they reunite but under terrible circumstances. Danger and temptation are surrounding them. Caroline was kidnapped and drugged. Damon blames her father…but Caroline can’t believe that her father would be so evil…their passion still sizzles.

I fell in love with the characters instantly. Caroline’s torture that she went through had me sympathizing with her. Plus, with the secret she has…and the Heat Damon creates within her…everything was explosive in all the right ways. Hot, heartfelt, and addictive. Overall, I recommend Joanne Rock’s Claiming His Secret Heir to all.

Review: Mocha & The Billionaire’s Son

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Synopsis:

Above all else choose love. In a world where the cards are stacked against interracial couples, who would choose to travel that road?

Mocha is CEO of Baldwin Enterprises. She runs the company for Billionaire William Baldwin. William Baldwin’s only son, Billy, is ready to settle down and start a family. Mocha is the object of his desire. But nothing comes easy in a world of love and hate. While Mocha and Billy are determined to be together, can they overcome the evil doings of a crazy psycho who’s just as determined to keep them apart.

Come on this journey with Billy and  as they are tested beyond belief in this tale of love that conquers all.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Mocha & The Billionaire’s Son by Regina Swanson almost made me think I was reading a thriller at first…the two main characters came onto the stage and that was when the I knew what I was reading. The crazy pyscho killer in this exciting new title made me feel chills down my spine. It was like at any point in time she could kill anyone and get away with it. Then, there is another woman woman who is nothing but jealous of Mocha, the black CEO. Mocha caught the desire and attention of the billionaire’s son. A white rich man wants nothing more than just to have her as his. This sets off a friendship with the jealous woman and the psycho killer. Just how far things will go…will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Regina Swanson also knows how to heat up the pages for her readers. With every page, I felt the raw animalistic attraction between Billy and Mocha. Hot, steamy, and bold. Mocha & The Billionaire’s Son is a romance featuring two lovers going agaisn’t all odds to be together. Readers will find themselves immediately lost within this read. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.

Review: When the Summer Ends

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Synopsis:

A tale of love and friendship set in the 1950s, When the Summer Ends tackles society’s views of the times.

Aika Rowland is a young lady affected by undiagnosed Aspergers, and struggling to live her life; her famous family has its own problems and often she is overlooked, finding it hard to fit in with her outlandish clothes and strange mannerisms. That is, until she meets rough, tough Greaser girl, Cherry Knox, the girl who shows her what love is really about.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

When the Summer Ends by Ellie Morris is well-written and shows a lot of issues at hand that our society faces today. As a reader, I could sympathize with the characters. A family going through many issues. Issues like an older brother being gay, a father who can’t stand up to his demanding wife, and the daughter struggling with who she is and developing an attraction to another female. This was indeed an emotional thrill ride. As each cahracter went through their issues and self-discoveries. But desipte all that was happening the sibblings supported one another. That made me feel good. Gender issues as well as sexuality and racisim were also other issues that were brilliantly brought up within this historical read. Quite a journey to go through. Never a dull moment. Love isn’t something that we can box up and define. It’s something that changes as life evolves. Love isn’t hatred. Ellie Morris brings these themes into her highly entertaining world of fiction. Overall, I recommend this new title to readers everywhere.

Review: Troublemaker

 

Synopsis:

A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard.

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life figured out. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a mysterious man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan.

The harder they fight the intense heat between them, the closer Morgan and Bo become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it might just cost her life.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Troublemaker by Linda Howard is amazing. It’s hot, addictive, and suspenseful. A powerfully written story that swept me off my feet and kept me turning the pages. The emotional journey blew me away. The characters are in a tight situation and with danger right around the corner, it’s one heck of an intense battle. One character knows the other is keeping secrets…but what they were definitely not expecting was the explosive chemistry they feel towards each other.

Troublemaker is indeed just as the title presents. Sexy tough agent, Morgan walks into Bo’s life bringing just that. It’s hard enough that his looks have her memorized by his every movement…but something he’s not telling has her on the edge. Bo, a part-time police chief senses, something dark about the stranger that’s just popped up, within her radar. Morgan is tempted by the strong beautiful woman whom he will be staying with as he bids his time staying under the radar. Someone is after his team and until the culprit is found he has to stay out of trouble. Every page brings both raw desire and fear. This romantic suspense thriller is about Bo and Morgan’s relationship, as well as dealing with the trouble, that is left to Bo to handle. The female officer isn’t sure of which to be more afraid of…losing her heart to Morgan or the mountain town’s chaos. Linda Howard’s writing is superb. I have never found any of her novels to be less than brilliant. Her characters are believable and the scenes are realistically done. Overall, I highly recommend Troublemaker to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: Jazz Moon (A Novel)

 

Synopsis:

In a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, Joe Okonkwo creates an evocative story of emotional and artistic awakening.

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For the aspiring poet, Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter—and to Paris where Baby Back says everything is happening.

In Paris, jazz and champagne flow eternally, and blacks are welcomed as exotic celebrities, especially those from Harlem. It’s an easy life that quickly leaves Ben adrift and alone, craving solace through anonymous dalliances in the city’s decadent underground scene. From chic Parisian cafés to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo will make readers question everything they read and feel. Nothing like a novel about jazz that brings out the poetic side to everyone especially the characters. A debut novel that brings, to life, the action, drama, and passion of 1925. Times where everything beckoned and called to those who hearts wanted more. Inside this title, readers will get a glimpse into a poet’s lifestyle. He has a devoted wife but is angry with her…he soon find himself attracted to another who brings out the heat of raw animalistic desire deep within his blood. A stirring unlike any other. Paris is a place where art, passion, and desire come in abundance and that’s where both Ben and his new lover find themselves. Joe Okonkwo brings readers the best world of fiction readers will find. Race, jazz, and travel are deep topics easily explored within this exciting well-written plot. Overall, I highly recommend this new novel, Jazz Moon, to readers everywhere.

Review: NOOKIETOWN

 

Synopsis:

Recently divorced, 40-something single-mom, Lucy, is lonely, bored and craving physical connection. So, when her trusted long-time married friend, Nancy, begs Lucy to sleep with her husband to save her marriage, Lucy goes for it. It’s such a success, the two friends invent a town-wide underground barter system whereby Nancy’s married girlfriends sub-contract Lucy’s divorcee friends to sleep with their husbands so they don’t have to as often. It’s a win, win, win- for a while. Then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket.

Laugh-out-loud funny, emotionally provocative and at times racy, Nookietown is a story of risk-taking, marriage, honesty and desire, and what one woman rationalizes in order to get what she wants.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

NOOKIETOWN by V.C. Chickering is indeed one realistic yet funny read that readers worldwide can easily enjoy. Readers are introduced to a group of women made up of two sides. The married women and the divorcees. Both come together in this quirky tale that shows the real ups and downs of every marriage. Men want sex. Women want a life and great sex. But when one is married sex life gets complicated. Men are horny and women are picky on when, where, and how they want the sex to be. It’s crazy, insane, but shows a part of life that readers know exists today. Maybe not a group of friends that come up with a silly scheme like contracting their husbands out to their women friends…because we all know sex is complicated. There are no black and white versions. It’s messy, emotional, and dirty. By dirty…I mean both sides play dirty. A woman gets pregnant from having sex with her friend’s husbands…but who the father is…is a mystery. She always wanted to have a baby and maybe she just might get what she asked for…however, everything else will get sticky when it involves her friends and their husbands.  V.C. Chickering masterfully writes a comedy that deals with consenting adults and the marriage life. Funny, addictive, and well-written. Overall, NOOKIETOWN is easy to relate to and to get lost within its page. I look forward to reading more by this talented writer and highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Review: The CEO’s Unexpected Child

Synopsis:

CLAIMING HIS CHILD…AT ANY COST 

A shocking fertility clinic mix-up has resulted in Luca Moretti fathering a child with a woman he’s never met. There’s no way the CEO will walk away from his baby girl. But he has thirty days to convince her distractingly beautiful mother to do exactly what he wants.

Widow Claire Douglas is still reeling from the loss of her husband when she discovers a stranger has fathered her child. And the rich bachelor will stop at nothing to gain joint custody. How can she possibly fight a man with such money and power…and a charm she can’t resist?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The CEO’s Unexpected Child is a must read for all. This is one hot romance readers can’t miss. The juicy plot by Andrea Laurence takes readers into a tale about a man and woman who have lost a lot…only to find hope and maybe love too. A woman who can’t get pregnant and then does…but finds out it’s not her cheating dead husband’s kid. It’s the child of a rich Italian man who thought he would never have a kid let alone another chance to create one with a woman. He went through a tough life…graduating high school with his diploma in a wheelchair and battling a cancer, that may take his life…he thought he was completely sterile…until a woman enters his life. One woman who ended up pregnant with his donated sperm…

Andrea Laurence is a master at creating a romantic sweet story that will blow readers away. Her characters are well-developed and her story is extraordinary…it will take a miracle for two individuals to find the happiness, love, and hope that is brought to readers in this novel. Somehow Andrea Laurence ends up bringing readers a promising hot read. Inspiring, motivational, and perfect for anyone that loves a big happy family. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

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