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Book Review

Bad Decisions
by Cat Johnson

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

“Bad Decisions” is book 7 in the ‘Smalltown Secrets’ series from Cat Johnson, and reading it is definitely a very good decision!  If you’ve never read any of the other books in the series, don’t worry, you’ll still have no problem at all enjoying this one.  If you are familiar with this series, you’ll be happy to see that at long last Deputy Sheriff Carson Bekker gets his turn in the spotlight.

There aren’t a lot of dating options in a small town like Mudville, and Carson knows everyone. When he stops by one of the few local places for something to eat after work one day, he’s shocked to find that there’s a young woman working there who he’s never seen before, and she’s incredibly sexy.  He really wants to get to know her better. Kayleigh is a tattooed beauty with a mysterious past.  She’s in town on a mysterious secret mission of her own, and the last thing she needs is to attract attention from people.  But she’s irresistibly attracted to the clean-cut man in the law enforcement uniform, and that could be a huge problem. As the story and the romance slowly unfold, so does the mystery surrounding Kayleigh. It seems more and more likely that she’s involved in something criminal. Carson and Kayleigh are both likeable characters and the connection between them practically jumps off the page. The tension keeps rising as their relationship progresses, and her secret quest also progresses.

This story is well-written and the pages seem to go by quickly. I was pulled right into the story of Carson and Kayleigh. I was also charmed and entertained by the multitude of quirky, crazy, helpful, nosey, frantic and funny inhabitants of Mudville. If you’ve read other books in this series, it’s fun to see a bunch of characters you’ll recognize appear again in this story. Who’d have thought a place with a name like Mudville would be a place I’d wish I could go?

She’s a criminal. I’m the deputy sheriff. I should be arresting her. Instead, I’m kissing her.

Small town law enforcement always has been a bit different, but even I can see this situation is going to be a problem.

All I know is I’d better find evidence Kayleigh is innocent of the recent crime wave in town before the Mudville Ladies Amateur Detective Society proves otherwise.

And if I can’t, what am I going to do then? Do I honor my professional oath, or follow my heart.


About Cat :

A top 10 New York Times bestseller, Cat Johnson has been the recipient of a starred Publishers Weekly review and is the author of the USA Today bestselling Hot SEALs series. She writes hot heroes (who often wear combat or cowboy boots) and the sassy heroines brave enough to love them. Known for her unique and creative marketing and research practices, Cat has sponsored bull riding cowboys, promoted romance using bologna and owns a collection of cowboy boots and camouflage for book signings.

Hot SEAL, Sweet and Spicy
by Cynthia D’Alba

Release Date: Available now

My review:

Cynthia D’Alba has given us something special with her new book, “Hot SEAL, Sweet and Spicy”, part of the ‘SEALs in Paradise’ series of interconnected standalone stories. This is a story that hits deep in some surprising ways.

Addison and Eli first meet when they are both in the bridal party of her best friend and his brother. She’s the hostess of a successful television show and he’s a career Navy SEAL. They share a powerful instant connection, but then a disastrous miscommunication wrecks everything.  When he retires from the Navy 8 months later and goes home to his family’s ranch, he’s struggling with worry about how he’s going to adjust to cowboy life after so many years in the military. It’s understandably shocking when he finds Addison there as a guest of his sister-in-law. Addison is recovering from major surgery that’s left her with physical, emotional and psychological consequences.  As the story develops the undeniable attraction between them quickly resurfaces, and the miscommunication from their initial weekend so many months ago is resolved. Now, though, other misunderstandings, assumptions and worries regarding her recovery from cancer treatment and surgery put their relationship firmly in the ‘friend zone.’  Neither of them truly wants it that way, yet neither can figure out quite how to change it without risking the friendship that has bloomed between them.

I appreciated that neither of the main characters were depicted as stereotypes. For example, he’s not some manwhore military man or guy who barely speaks, and she’s not an incredibly naïve girl or a woman who cares about nothing but her career.  Instead, they both have multi-faceted personalities that really make them interesting characters. The secondary characters in this story are good, and if you’ve read other books in this series you’ll recognize a few of them.

I thought this story was truly outstanding. The author does an excellent job making us feel the jumbled emotions that the characters are feeling. She also effectively conveys Addison’s experiences with her battle against cancer. This is a story that manages to be entertaining, heartbreaking, passionate and inspirational all at once.

Ex-Navy SEAL Eli Miller is headed back to the family ranch after seventeen years of service. Starting over is tough, especially when he doesn’t know if he wants to be a cowboy again.

No one deserves a year like Addison Treadway has experienced. She’s faced an unfaithful husband, divorce, breast cancer, and major surgery. She needs time to regroup and heal. When her friend offers her a no-strings apartment on a horse ranch in Montana, it’s impossible to say no.

A year ago, Eli Miller and Addison Treadway had a one-night fling that left both of them with regret and unresolved conflicts. Neither expected to see the other again. Fate had other plans.


About Cynthia :

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun. She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s a doorman for her border collie, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

Full Bodied
by Delta James

Release Date: Available now

My review:

“He would become her whole world as she had become his, and they would share a glorious future and an even more incredible love.”

As the 4th book in the “Tangled Vines” series by Delta James, “Full-Bodied” is deliciously entertaining. It’s a paranormal shifter romance with a plus-sized heroine, an alpha hero, some intense passion, and a little danger to make it extra interesting. This is a series of interconnected stand-alones, so it’s not a problem if you haven’t enjoyed any of the previous books yet.

Whitney is smart, capable, and beautiful, although she has a hard time seeing the latter because she’s not thin. She’s an event planner and engaged to be married to a man she thinks is acceptable, even though it’s not a passionate love relationship like what she wishes she had. When he cheats on her, she jumps at the chance to spend a wild night with Jameson, a man that she believes is way out of her league. She’s so certain he will regret having been with her, she sneaks out of his hotel room because she’s sure his regrets will make it awkward. A couple of months later she accepts a dream job that opens up at a winery in California; it’s not just any winery, it’s Jameson’s winery. Unbeknownst to her, Jameson has known since he met her that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for his whole life. He’s gone through a lot of trouble to get her to his vineyard and he has no intention of losing her.

If you’ve had the pleasure of reading other books by this author, you won’t be surprised to learn that there is domestic discipline incorporated into the story. Jameson thinks Whitney is perfectly gorgeous and he’s not going to let her put herself down. His behavior is always well-intentioned and his number one goal in life is to protect her and make her happy any way he can. I thought Whitney was a little too immediately accepting of the fact that the man she loves and all the people surrounding her are wolf shifters. You’d think she’d freak out quite a bit, right? There is a dramatic encounter with vicious people who hunt shifters, and Whitney also handles that well. Her surprising ability to go with the flow is a minor point in the overall experience of enjoying the book, and hey, maybe her ability to not get too rattled by unexpected things is part of what makes her a great event planner! Put your feet up, grab a glass of your favorite wine or other drink, and spend some time with Whitney and Jameson at the Earthly Spirits Vineyard.

Finding your fated mate is rare. Hunters will regret stealing mine.

Whitney Morrison is a full-bodied, successful event planner, a human, and my fated mate. I’m the Alpha of Monterey and I always get what I want.

I catch her scent at a wine festival and invite her to dinner. A dinner invitation that leads to the most memorable night of my life. The next morning I return to our room to find Whitney has run away.

My wolf is devastated. She will learn there is no running from your fated mate.

Three months of searching and preparing has finally brought her back to me. She is on my land and in my home having accepted a job in the area. My wolf is pushing me to make her mine. Before I can mark and claim her, Hunters attack the pack, stealing her from me.

The hunt is on.


About Delta :

If you’re looking for paranormal or contemporary erotic romance, you’ve found your new favorite author!

Alpha heroes find real love with feisty heroines in USA Today Best Selling Author Delta James’ sinfully sultry romances. Welcome to a world where true love conquers all and good triumphs over evil! Delta’s stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline.

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Poetry Corner

Love and Friendship
by Emily Brontë

(Excerpt from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/emily-bronte)

The only poems by Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848) that were published in her lifetime were included in a slim volume by Brontë and her sisters Charlotte and Anne titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846), which sold a mere two copies and received only three unsigned reviews in the months following its publication. The three notices were positive, however, especially with respect to the contributions of Ellis Bell—Emily Brontë. The writer of the review in the 4 July 1846 Athenaeum, for example, noted her “fine quaint spirit” and asserted that she had “things to speak that men will be glad to hear,—and an evident power of wing that may reach heights not here attempted.” It seemed in 1848, the year of Emily’s death, as if this potential were never to be realized. However, Brontë’s twenty-one contributions to Poems represented only a fraction of the nearly two hundred poems collected by C. W. Hatfield in his noteworthy edition, The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë (1941). Several factors combined to delay the publication of a complete, accurately edited collection of Brontë’s poems: her sister Charlotte, who in her heavy-handed revision of seventeen unpublished poems by Brontë to accompany the 1850 edition of Wuthering Heights, first published in 1847, went so far as to add lines and whole stanzas; the wide dispersal of Brontë’s manuscripts after their sale in 1895 by Charlotte’s widower, Arthur Bell Nicholls; and finally the difficulty in reading the manuscripts, some of which Brontë wrote in a tiny, crabbed script on irregular bits of paper. Ranging from 1836 to 1846—fortunately, Brontë dated all but about a dozen of her poems—these verses reveal that she had indeed reached the heights attempted in the poems in the 1846 volume.

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