Though the eastern section of America was becoming more civilized in the latter part of the 1800’s, there was still much lawlessness if one traveled farther west. Jenna Kernan shows what can happen when an unsuspecting woman needs to be rescued by a man from much different social standings. In her compelling historical romance, the true worth of a hero can be proved by his behavior and not from his humble beginnings.
When Laurie Bender is kidnapped by an outlaw gang, she dreads what might possibly happen to her as she has heard about the cruelty of these men. After another man joins the group, she initially thinks her situation is just getting worse. What she did not know is that her father who is a Texas Ranger sent the man to get her away from certain peril.
Since Boon was once a member of the gang, he is allowed to come into their camp without being shot. Laurie senses there is something not quite as ruthless about the newcomer, yet she questions his motives when he makes her kiss him. He can tell she is exceptional in countless ways, yet he also knows there is a vast difference in the way they have been brought up. Boon knows he can fantasize about having a woman like Laurie in his life, yet he also realizes there is no way someone fashionable like her can be in his future, even if he can get her safely back to her father.
Historical facts, from clothing descriptions to word usage to locale, make THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER believable and totally enjoyable. Jenna Kernan skillfully transports the reader to the time when Texas was often a dangerous place to live, and the threats could come from numerous sources. The cold-hearted outlaws in this story are unfeeling and care only for themselves, and the circumstances which Laurie has to face are certainly unsettling. Though she has been raised to be a lady in the last few years, her childhood teachings help her throughout the ordeal and during her rescue. I was just as shocked as Boon when she uses some of the practices taught to her by her father, as she at first appears to be someone much more pampered. I like when a woman is able to help take care of herself when trouble arrives, and Laurie was not a helpless female who just stood by and completely relied on a male to keep her safe. Although she is in her late teens, she has not had much experience in the world and this leads to some mistaken ideas that cause current dilemmas. Boon is unlike many of the typical men found in western stories, as his upbringing makes many of his viewpoints very dissimilar from others in this era. His desire for a more productive life is definitely admirable, and his distress when hopes are dashed is movingly poignant. Folks often had to act like an adult at an earlier age during this time period than happens today, and Ms. Kernan gives several examples of this occurring with Boon and Laurie. The sexual exploration between them is sometimes uncertain yet always sincere, as they both have much to learn about this special time shared by two people. Jenna Kernan has created an entertaining historical novel with THE TEXAS RANGER’S DAUGHTER.
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Callie MacKintosh finds herself between a rock and a hard place as she tries to do her job yet hang on to her principles. She was sent to Accord, Colorado by her boss, Nick Jordan, to get his brother, Gabe Jordan, to sign over his portion of the family land. Nick plans to build a ski resort on the pristine property and Gabe is in his way. Callie has no problem with that until she meets the ruggedly handsome Gabe and her heart beats double time with instant attraction. Gabe is a wounded soul; when he returned home from Afghanistan, where he lost his best friend, his home town had changed into a bustling tourist destination. All he wants is peace, a place to raise his sled dogs and to train for the Iditarod. He supports himself by offering dog sledding camps for adults on the weekend and for school kids during the week. As Callie takes part in one of these camps, she discovers the real Gabe; kind, caring and dedicated, not the recluse many folks in town profess him to be. How can she destroy his world by taking his land from him?
Gabe and Nick Jordan have been estranged for years. Nick was always the spoiled brother, catered to by their mother, while Gabe was the primary caregiver after their father died. The middle brother, Tyler, is the town sheriff and tends to side with Gabe but he has family problems of his own to distract him. Gabe knows he is falling in love with Callie but can’t afford to let his guard down especially since she is representing Nick in taking away his one place of solace.
Award winning author Mary Sullivan delights her readers with a new town and fresh characters in her Accord, Colorado series beginning with IN FROM THE COLD. She introduces us to the Jordan men. They are Gabe, the brawny eldest brother, mild mannered Tyler, Accord’s sheriff, and citified Nick, an unhappy man with a chip on his shoulder. IN FROM THE COLD is Gabe’s story. We learn why he has withdrawn from the town and how one savvy lady teaches him to smile again. Kudos, Mary Sullivan, for creating another compelling series with interesting characters and their heartwarming stories.
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Cia Allende has just the solution to her problem – an ex-husband. But first she has to have a husband. Marrying gorgeous Texas real estate tycoon, Lucas Wheeler, should solve everything. The six month marriage will be beneficial to Lucas as well. In the end, his reputation will be repaired and she will have access to her trust fund allowing her to build a women’s shelter. She just needs Lucas to divorce her. Lucas see the benefit to her plan but plans to have a real marriage for those six months. Seducing his wife should be easy. Keeping it simple should be as well. Unfortunately, the best laid plans oten go astray.
Having worked in a women’s shelter, Cia did not have a good opinion of men and marriage. Lucas did not turn out to be as expected. He was, in fact, the opposite of what she expected. Falling in love was not what she wanted. It made getting a divorce complicated. But love always complicates things and love has a habit of winning.
Marriage With Benefits was a heart warming story of love winning. Lat Cantrell took two improbable people and paired them up with delicious results. If you are looking for a touching love story, Marriage With Benefits by Kat Cantrell is just what you want. The ending will leave you with a smile.
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Ainsley St. James needs a break after losing her bid to be mayor of her home town. In Hilton Head SC, she finds herself having a hot one-night stand with a sexy stranger, something she has never done before. Ainsley never dreamed she would meet him again. But to get her old job back she needs to interview a reclusive marine biologist whose work may be the hottest break through for men in ages. And no one is more surprised than Ainsley when the marine biologist turns out to be her memorable lover.
Winston Coltrane likes his island paradise and only leaves occasionally. His last trip led to a night he cannot seem to forget. Imagine his surprise when his the women he cannot forget turns up looking for an interview. Winston does not want to talk about his new break through. He wants to lure her back in his bed and into his life. It is beginning to look as if he may no longer be a Bachelor Unclaimed. Now to convince her.
A chance meeting, instant attraction and then a parting where both want more but neither shared enough. Bachelor Unclaimed by Brenda Jackson has all that and more. Two people who meet and separate and come back together with enough chemistry to sizzle the pages. Pick up Bachelor Unclaimed and fall in love all over. Winston is to die for. Too bad Ainsley is just what the good marine biologist ordered. Brenda Jackson once more pens a magic tale for us to enjoy.
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The fourth story about the Alpha Force team has the unit in danger of being disbanded unless two of its members can find proof to contradict possible damaging evidence. This series has plenty of sexy werewolf heroes, and Linda O. Johnston makes Quinn someone whom I truly loved as he fights to discover the truth. There are few clues to the countless mysteries in UNDERCOVER WOLF, but lusty passions are in abundance.
At the urging of his brother, Quinn Parran leaves his P.I. business behind and joins the Alpha Force military unit. Since he is a werewolf, he gets special treatment and is given the rank of Lieutenant. The biggest reason he wanted to become a member of this highly covert group is so he can take part in research where an elixir lets him change into a wolf whenever desired. Assisting Quinn is Staff Sergeant Kristine Norwood, a former nurse who watches out for him while in animal form. All seems to be going well, and he is very happy with the results after several tests.
His joy turns to concern when he hears about two murders that took place in Maine near the town where his brother and new sister-in-law are spending their honeymoon. When Quinn cannot get in touch with the couple, he knows something is very wrong, especially when he learns they are thought to be involved in the killings. Since Kristine has worked closely with the new bride, she readily agrees to go with him and discover what happened to the newlyweds. His plan is for them to pose as a recently married couple and hopefully uncover where the Alpha Force members are now. Both are fully dedicated to their quest. What Quinn and Kristine did not anticipate is the attraction they feel to the other, making them want the pretend role they are playing to become more real.
An Alpha Force story always has an original plot, and the supernatural beings in the series certainly possess unique traits. What these shape-shifters do for the United States is commendable, and it unfortunately appears someone does not want the group to continue using their extraordinary abilities to keep unsuspecting Americans safe. Linda O. Johnston has constructed extremely innovative ideas about the Alpha Force members, and UNDERCOVER WOLF tells what takes place when two of their own are in danger. The missing couple previously had their own story, and a werewolf plus a human team up to find out exactly what has happened to them. Books pairing up an immortal with a mortal always fascinate me, as I like watching their interactions with each other. Quinn is new to military life and taking orders does not always set well with him, while Kristine is a strict follower. Scenes where they must quickly decide who takes the lead when it comes to asking questions contain genuine reactions, as emotions are hard to keep in check since any answers received are so critical. While the appealing shape-shifter can be playful if the moment is right, a perceived threat can turn him into a physically powerful opponent that I would definitely like to have on my side. The sexual awareness between Quinn and Kristine grows with every second they are together, and their respect for the other makes the development of tempting desire seem very natural. These feelings then explosively ignite when the pull becomes too much for them to disregard. There are numerous twists that are unforeseen, and several incidents could become deadly for this likable couple. Linda O. Johnston has created another entertaining installment of the Alpha Force series, and I want more stories about these commanding shape-shifters. UNDERCOVER WOLF has suspenseful adventures and a devotedly passionate romance.
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